Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training is a comprehensive curriculum of meditation practice and emotional intelligence education, comprised of five weekend training programs and five weekly courses. 

About Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training offers a structured path of meditation and emotional intelligence education rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Shambhala tradition and created for the challenges of modern, everyday life.

The Shambhala Training path is a secular course of practice and study which consists of five weekly, weeknight courses and five weekend retreats, suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition.

This comprehensive overview of mindfulness-awareness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the profound, simple, and incredibly relevant view that when we cultivate an awake and compassionate relationship with ourselves, we can and are fostering a healthy transformation in society and our world altogether.


Shambhala Training consists of the following sequence of programs. It is recommended, but not required, that you alternate between the retreats and courses, but they may be taken tangentially. 

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human
Level I dates in 2021:  March 13 – 14

Meditation in Everyday Life
MIEL dates in 2021: Thursday Evenings, March 18 – April 15

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior
Level II dates in 2021:  April 16 – April 18

Contentment in Everyday Life
CIEL dates in 2021:  Thursday Evenings, April 29 – May 27

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World
Level III Dates in 2021:  June 11 – June 13

Joy in Everyday Life
JIEL dates in 2021:  Thursday Evenings, July 8 – August 5

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart
Level IV dates in 2021:  August 20 – August 22

Fearlessness in Everyday Life
FIEL dates in 2021:  Thursday Evenings, September 9 – October 7

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky
Level V dates in 2021:  October 22 – October 24

Wisdom in Everyday Life
WIEL dates in 2021:  Thursday Evenings, November 4 – December 9 (skips Thanksgiving week)

Dates subject to change.


About the Curriculum

Shambhala Training is made up of five weeknight courses and five weekend retreats. Taken together, these ten programs offer a comprehensive path of meditation training and skills building that results in a simple yet profound personal transformation.

The path begins with the foundational 4-week course Meditation in Everyday Life. In these workshops we learn to tame our often wild minds – acknowledging and letting go of unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior – and to become familiar with the simplicity of our body, breath and natural wakefulness. In each successive program, we expand our awareness outward, learning to relate more directly with others and eventually applying mindfulness and awareness throughout all moments of our lives. Through this series of courses, the challenges of daily life can become opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.

At the heart of Shambhala Training are the five weekend retreats. When we truly create the time and space to dive fully into meditation practice, we are able to experience the possibilities of openness and relaxation that exist when we settle fully into the present moment. These trainings are opportunities to work directly with experienced teachers, qualified instructors and to engage meditation practice in a deep way – discovering what occurs through extended sessions of sitting meditation, walking meditation and mindful movement exercises. As well, each weekend offers a subtle but powerful variation on the basic technique, eventually empowering us with a full range of mindfulness-awareness practices that guide and inform our journey.

Through the contemplative experience of Shambhala Training, we can awaken our inherent dignity, kindness and confidence and open fully to our life as it is, right here and now.