Summer Ngöndro Retreat

13 August 2017 - 22 August 2017
Acharya Samten Kobelt


Primordial Rigden practice retreat. This programme will provide a container for practice, study, talks and discussions about practicing Shambhala Ngöndro.

Participants are also invited to join the talks by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in the concurrent Sacred World Assembly.  

This retreat will count towards the group retreat requirement for Rigden Abhiskeka.

Attention: spaces are limited for this retreat. Thank you for registering early and making a deposit to confirm your place.


Samten KobeltSamten Kobelt grew up near Zurich, Switzerland where he again resides since 2013. In 1984 he met the Shambhala teachings at Naropa University and started practicing. He met Trungpa Rinpoche in Germany in 1985 and became his student. He was Resident Director of Shambhala Training in Bern and coordinated the first two Warrior Assemblies in Europe. Samten spent 10 years at the major Shambhala land centers in North America where he became a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He served for six years as Director of Marpa House and three years as a shastri at the Boulder Shambhala Center.

Samten has been interested in the mind-body connection and its application in society since he started meditating. He is practicing and teaching Contemplative Dance Practice, developed by Barbara Dilley; Lujong (Tibetan Yoga) transmitted by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche; Bugaku (Japanese Court Dance) from Togi Sensei through Arawana Hayashi; and Qigong in the lineage of Eva Wong.

Practical information

Arrival day (August 13):Orientation talk at 8 pm. You're invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.

End of program (August 21): Closing circle and Banquet in the evening.

Departure day (August 22): You may leave anytime (no program). You're welcome to stay for lunch.

This program is taught in English. Translation available at no extra costs upon request to be done as early as possible.




Price of your stay

Standard 880 euro

Standard price: global tarif including the program fee, full board comprising standard accommodation (Dechen Chöling tent) and organic meals.

Other services

  • You may select a single or double room during online registration (if available, we’ll confirm by mail after registration).
  • Shuttle transport or taxi (all year round) and child care options (July/August) are available.
  • The insurance covering you during your stay (third party liability) is included in the yearly required membership fee for the Association Shambhala Europe (15 €).

We would like finances not to be a barrier to your participation. If needed, Dechen Chöling can propose several financial assistance options (monthly payment, scholarship…).
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