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.


May 11 - 18

Mudra Space Awareness: The Full Scope

with Dr. Craig Warren Smith, Acharya Suzann Duquette and Greg Heffron
What might it look like -- to respond skillfully to chaos? What might it feel like -- to be utterly confident in total groundlessness? Discover Mudra, an intense practice for intense times.

May 15 - 18

Mudra Space Awareness Weekend*

with Dr. Craig Warren Smith, Acharya Suzann Duquette and Greg Heffron


June 19 - 21


with Anjie Cho
Discover and cultivate the source of creativity and learn how to express this in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space and perception. No prior knowledge nor training in flower arranging is needed.


July 3 - 5

Learn the Art of Japanese Archery: Kyudo First Shot

with Grace DiNapoli and Tom Kyle
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 9 - 12

Kyudo Annual Program *

with Jim Boorstein
Seiko's annual gathering of Kyudo practitioners for an extended period of practice in a retreat setting.

July 23 - 26

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.


August 28 - 30


with Acharya Arawana Hayashi
Social Presencing Theater (SPT) is a series of practices developed under the leadership of Arawana Hayashi for the Presencing Institute. SPT is inspired and informed by the teachings of Shambhala Art and Mudra Theater.