Shambhala Training

Developed by Chögyam Trungpa in 1976, Shambhala Training offers teachings based on the vision that each of us have a natural source of innate wakefulness that we can discover, cultivate and express in our life.

This path is open to anyone seeking to develop gentleness and strength through meditation. Shambhala Training is a series of five contemplative workshops suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness that is used can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life.

Meditation practice helps us to examine our states of mind without trying to change them. This practice encourages openness to ourselves and to our surroundings. It transforms the way we habitually see our life and our world, making our old habits and patterns more transparent and leaving room for a more direct appreciation of situations.

Altogether, Levels 1 to 5 of the Shambhala Training provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humour, and dignity within the complexity of daily life.

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

Our practice of meditation will allow us to observe moments of relaxation in which we can not only touch our profound nature but also see how we create a cocoon of habits that prevents us from living fully.

This programme includes walking and sitting meditation, talks, silent periods, group discussions. Although it is taught in French, translation to English is available upon request two months in advance.

No prerequisites – you may register even if you have not yet done Level 1 of the Shambhala Training.

Practical information

This programme starts on Saturday June 1st at 9:00 and ends Sunday June 2nd at 17:00 after a festive tea break.

If you are arriving the day before the programme and/or departing the following day, please contact the Dechen Chöling office to reserve your extra meals and accommodation. ([email protected])

Programme price

Regular150 €
Patron258 €Help support lower income participants
Under 30 years of age75 €

If you require financial assistance to attend this programme please contact [email protected].

Accommodation and food

Full board60 € *

* includes standard accommodation and all meals.

Price information

  • Regular: this is the regular price for participating in the programme. Occasionaly (if specified in the programme description), there may be an additional fee for materials, to be paid upon arrival.
  • Patron: for those who can offer more than the regular price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full programme price and provides support to Dechen Chöling.
  • Under 30 years of age: 50% reduction on the regular programme price for persons under 30 years at the start of the programme.

Accommodation: the standard accommodation we provide is in a dormitory for the winter and a furnished two-person tent in the summer. Extra fees for room upgrades can be paid upon arrival. Additionally, room tax will be charged at 0.20 € per person, per night.

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Note: participation in any programme offered by the association of Dechen Chöling requires you to be up-to-date with the association’s annual fee (15 €), which can be settled upon arrival.