9 Top Meditation Retreats
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
The location: The 600 pristine acres of Shambhala spread across a Rocky Mountain valley in the northern part of Colorado. The property includes extensive botanical gardens, a bird sanctuary, several spacious meditation halls, and, most dramatically, the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, a traditional spired Buddhist shrine.
The practice: Buddhist meditation in a variety of forms. The program offerings at Shambhala range from week-long "Learn to Meditiate" retreats to multi-week intensive study for advanced practitioners; there are also specialized workshops for children, painters, and writers, and those who prefer to combine meditation with activities like canoeing and hiking.
The accommodations: 65 elegant, clean-lined single and double rooms, some of which have shared bathrooms. Single-sex dormitory-style rooms, and in the summer, platform tents with shared bathhouses, are also available.
Be mindful: The staff at Shambhala also leads "Sacred Journeys" several times a year in places like Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, and Mongolia.
More information: Shambhala Mountain Center
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