Located some 50 miles northwest of Fort Collins, visitors can head to the Shambhala Mountain Center for a general visit, attend a retreat or simply to relax in the tranquility of Mother Earth.
Day visitors will have limited access to the center since most areas are only open to program participants. Once a month, organizers would conduct a general tour of the center for free, which would take visitors on a tour of the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya as well as introductory dharma talks about meditation. On a daily basis, members of the public are welcomed to enter the stupa, stop by the gift shop or enjoy lunch and dinner services served at the center. They can also join in the meditation session or wander along the extensive hiking trails around the center.
The center offers numerous programs throughout the year for anyone interested. From day- to month-long programs, they cover broad themes of meditation and mindfulness, yoga and wellness, arts and creativity, relationships, family and work as well as the Shambhala training path.
For many Buddhists, meditation is one of the techniques that help move beyond the distractions of the world to develop their mental state of calmness, concentration and mindfulness among other qualities. Its benefits have made meditation increasingly popular with non-Buddhists, one of the many reasons that people are attracted to attend the center's meditation courses. Beginners will benefit from introductory classes that will teach you how to meditate and guide your mind down the path of meditation. Experienced practitioners can enroll in workshops to pick up new techniques or immerse in longer retreats to connect the mind with the body and environment.
Those looking to improve their mental and physical well-being would be delighted at the center's offerings. One of the many courses available is qigong, which is the ancient Chinese healing practice that emphasizes on breathing practices, gentle movements and physical posture to help with cleansing and circulating energy flows around the body. Attain greater flexibility and strength with the center's yoga workshops that seeks to connect the mind-body in a comprehensive and holistic approach. Runners and walkers will gain fresh perspectives into the meditating while in action as well as engaging more deeply with the physical world.
Creative souls will be able to explore with their hands with specially designed programs for grounding their minds and body within the present moment. Some of the activities include writing workshops, music and rhythm healing exercises and visual arts sessions that would stimulate the senses and awaken the conscious towards the creation of deeper self-awareness.
As humans, relationships are an integral part of being alive, but they are often the most difficult to navigate. Part of the courses focus on provoking self-inquiry and transforming relationship with the self, everyday life and work. Individual aside, there are also retreats for couples and families to foster relationship and bonds with loved ones. Photo:
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