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. 

Meditation in Everyday Life

Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again 

Contentment in Everyday Life

Shambhala Training Weekend II: Discover Your Inner Warrior

Joy in Everyday Life

Shambhala Training Weekend III: Warrior in the World

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

Shambhala Training Weekend IV: Awakened Heart

Wisdom in Everyday Life

Shambhala Training Weekend V: Open Sky


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.