Contemplative Disciplines

As a community, Shambhala embraces a variety of contemplative arts and practices. These disciplines are inspired by Nalanda, an eleventh-century Indian university that welcomed teachings from many different traditions. Contemplative arts and practices bring beauty, vividness and wisdom to our lives and environment.


June 27 - July 1

Kyudo: Japanese Archery Intensive *

with Don Symanski
For intermediate and advanced practitioners of the Heki-ryu Bishu Chikurin-ha school of kyudo. The aim is not the target, but synchronization of awareness and body in the present moment. It is meditation in action.

June 29 - July 1

Learn the Art of Japanese Archery - Kyudo First Shot

with Lucy Halverson
Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, is one of the oldest arts of the Japanese tradition of contemplative warriorship. The practice of kyudo begins with first shot and the cultivation of beginner's heart.


July 19 - 22

Women's Kyudo Retreat *

with Lucy Halverson
Touching on the grace, dignity and tranquility of kyudo, this retreat offers women the opportunity to practice together in the relaxed setting of a contemplative community.


November 16 - 20

Mudra Space Awareness

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
Unlock your inherent freedom and create a radical shift in your understanding of the mind/body relationship to space.