Many Northern California Shambhala program and practice sessions are currently online. Others are in-person or a hybrid of both online and in-person.

Online-only Programs

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Weekday Morning Meditation

with Joanne Martin Braun

March 2nd—February 28th (2025)

Join us for morning meditation via Zoom. We start with a short dharma reading and sit until 8:00. For those who can stay, we have a discussion about the reading. We end by around 8:20. Continue »

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Igniting the Heart: Awakening Compassion to Transform Your World

with Pema Chödron

February 11th—April 28th

Are you tired of being hooked by your emotions? Join us for this online course with Pema Chödrön and Tim Olmsted to explore how emotions manifest in our lives and how to move fluidly through them without getting caught. Continue »

Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group

The Paramitas in Everyday Life with Basha Hirschfeld and Elizabeth Sheppard

April 18th—June 6th

In this class we will be viewing and discussing Pema Chodron’s teachings on the Six Paramitas. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Level IV

with Barbara Hirschfeld & Susan Gluck

April 20th—April 21st

With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. We can extend ourselves to others fully and with kindness. Continue »

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: 8-Week Program

with Cynthia Morin

April 30th—June 25th

Mindfulness-based stress reduction is an eight-week program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression and pain. Continue »

Northern California Shambhala

Profound Simplicity: Essentials for the Path, from Beginning to End

with Richard John

May 4th—May 5th

Some of the most crucial and powerful dharma teachings are the so-called “preliminaries” for establishing one's path of Dharma. The retreat will consist of teachings, Q&A, and practice of these three profound sets of teachings. Continue »

Northern California Shambhala

The Power of Presence with Others

with Eve Rosenthal

May 18th

In this troubled world, how can we connect with our heart and not be overwhelmed? It takes bravery and a strong intention to cultivate compassion for others rather than meeting difficulty with aggression or turning away. Continue »

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Community Meditation Intensive

June 1st

We will practice together with alternating periods of meditation, walking, contemplative readings, and tea—all before lunch on a Saturday. Continue »

Northern California Shambhala

Summer Retreat: Mind at Ease: Self-Liberation Through Mahamudra Meditation

with Gaylon Ferguson

June 28th—July 2nd

In this five-day group retreat — open to all practitioners, we will follow the teachings and practices outlined in Traleg Rinpoche’s profound text Mind at Ease: Self-liberation through Mahamudra Meditation. Continue »