For more than 50 years, extraordinary people have gathered at Drala Mountain Center to partake in year-round offerings featuring Shambhala teachings, indigenous wisdom traditions, body awareness practices, contemplative arts, mindful living, and other paths of personal transformation.
Taught by a remarkable array of accomplished practitioners and teachers, our programs offer something for everyone from the beginner to advanced student. We invite you to browse our many offerings and hope to see you on the land soon!
On Land Retreats
Meditation & Mindfulness
Sometimes we need to step back in order to move forward. For thousands of years, the practice of retreat has been valued across wisdom traditions as a time to step back, take inner care, and reawaken our deepest knowing. Join us for a spacious retreat that allows time to walk the
land, visit the Stupa, or to follow the spontaneous callings of your spirit. Our center offers the vastness, stillness, and gentle support that allows you to unwind, unplug, relax, and reconnect to what is of true value in your life. Daily optional yoga classes, meditation instruction, and group practice sessions help you ground in contemplative practices to calm the mind, rejuvenate the body and awaken insight and inspiration.
Read our Retreat and Renewal blog article.
Shambhala & Tibetan Buddhism Retreats
In today’s high-paced, high-stress world, each of us has the natural capacity to find peace, clarity, well-being, and compassion within ourselves. The best means of tapping into this inner capacity is through the use of meditation – a simple practice of coming back to the present moment via the breath, the body and the senses.
Our contemplative workshops are suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. For those new to meditation and other contemplative disciplines, we offer Learn to Meditate and Shambhala Training Weekends. Our Retreat and Renewal programs include an introduction to meditation. There are no program prerequisites.
Shambhala Training is a meditation discipline that helps us to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness. The training path begins with a series of Heart of Warriorship weekends that help to establish a personal meditation practice. Each program includes meditation instruction, Shambhala teachings, group discussions, and individual interviews.
Our retreat environment is an ideal setting in which to get started or to deepen your meditation practice. Join us and learn how you can transform the challenges of daily life into opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.
Contemplative Living Retreats
Our Contemplative Arts retreats and workshops feature writing, poetry, photography, drawing, painting, calligraphy, dance, flower arranging, and other disciplines that appreciate the uniqueness of the everyday sensory experience, the “art of everyday life.” Arts and Creativity practices bring beauty, vividness, and wisdom to our lives and our environment.
Social Impact Retreats
We are pleased to offer this series of programs dedicated to our societal awakening. Join us for in-depth explorations concerning social healing, race, gender, power, and anti-oppression work.
For these retreats you may choose between three tuition prices (see program pages for details).