Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre

About us

Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

The Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre is part of an international community of meditation centres founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by his son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Our Centre, located in Nelson, British Columbia, offers free meditation instruction, an integrated Shambhala Buddhist curriculum called The Way of Shambhala, a range of community activities and more—all meant to help people of all kinds awaken their innate wisdom, compassion and sense of delight.

We invite you to join us in celebrating this journey of discovery.

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  • Jeanie Puro   November 01, 2018


    I liked the people and the space. I liked the different exercises the most. I have been trying to remember the concepts from the texts, especially the idea of crazy wisdom. I felt a bit out of place at the centre. I think it has the right intention but it can come off as being kind of snobby. This does not change the joy I got from taking the course and meeting the instructors and participants. Thank you so much! :)

  • Todd Johnston   October 29, 2018

      The Sadhana of Mahamudra: A Five Week Class at Kootenay Shambhala!

    Great course. Russ and Lynne as co-facilitators, well you couldn't ask for a more competent, experienced, insightful duo. Great mix of experiential exercises and insights into some of the harder to interpret texts. Loved it!

  • Sandy Byers   October 16, 2018

      Open Sky

    I absolutely loved the Level V course. John was great to listen to (not alot of talking but enough instruction and insight). The Warrior Inquiries were my favourite part. The exchanges and sharing in an open and respectful manner (ie: listening) was great. Thank you to all who helped put this level together. I look forward to the next part of the path.

  • Ina Weber   April 27, 2018

      Ashe Mahamudra

    Just as last year, with this Ashe Mahamudra retreat, my view and practice has been refreshed. I really enjoyed it all the way around! Every year the teachings seem to deepen for me and are always fresh again. The aimless walks in Nelson are delightful! Nelson is a great environment for such a retreat, enough stimulation and yet quite time. The center is beautiful! I was very comfortable staying at the center this year. If I can and if there will be another retreat next year, I would like to attend again! Thank you! Ina Weber

  • Brian McEwen   April 10, 2018

      Shambhala Rigden Principle

    My heart was polished with this clear and informed teachings given in a beautiful setting with wonderful people. Susan Chapman was radiant and gracious in sharing the teachings in a clear conversational manner. In spirit, gratitude and deep connection. Brian

  • Diane Wilson   March 12, 2018

      Level IV

    Was a great weekend with wonderful teachings and a beautiful welcoming centre.

  • Lise Beaulieu   December 08, 2017

      Urban Retreat: Deep and transformative

    The retreat was held with seamless and impeccable leadership. It was wonderful to encounter a very strong and safe container to hold our deep sitting and each person's journey. I found the meals delicious and sustaining. It was completely welcoming.

  • Greg White   November 27, 2017


    I recently completed a week long meditation retreat at the Kootenay Shambhala Centre. It was a wonderful way to spend seven days. Insightful, challenging, connection, profound, and kindness are some words that come to mind when I reflect. Thank you to Russel Rodgers for the teachings he offered. The most enjoyable part of each day was listening to him speak. Thank you to Margaret for keeping us fed with delicious, nutritious food so that we had the energy to do the hard work on the cushion. Thank you to everyone who helped organize the program and kept it flowing smoothly. Thank you to the participants for helping create a safe and welcoming container to practice in. 5 stars. Highly recommended.

  • Louis Butterfield   October 12, 2017

      A Greater Sense of Community

    For nearly two years I've been frequenting the Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre and have been amazed and delighted by a few aspects of their culture. 1: They welcome everybody in with an open heart and are genuinely CURIOUS about the people that visit their centre. 2: They aren't pushy. 3: They're earnestly trying to help themselves, others and society become more genuine, more gentle and more compassionate. 4: It isn't an escape from our daily life. Though the centre does provide a space wherein you can come to learn and practice meditation, these people stress the importance of infusing our seated meditation practice with all aspects of "the daily grind." Overall this centre is a safe, elegant and mindful space to meet other practitioners of open heart and open mind. Very much recommended.

  • Anie Boudreau   October 01, 2014

      Kindness in every corner :)

    This centre is so very beautiful in every way. So much love went into creating this sacred space, that you can pretty much feel the kindness oozing out of the walls. :) The staff and members have always gone out of their way to make me feel welcome. It has now become my second home. I am so grateful for all the amazing teachers and programs offered here that have helped me soften as a human being and be more awake in this amazing world. Much love <3

  • Hoda Ghamrawy   October 01, 2014

      The Art of Being Human Retreat Weekend

    Spacious Centre full of Light and welcoming, a friendly community. It was the second time I signed up for this weekend retreat and it was simply marvelous. Breathing...let go of levels, let go of expectations and simply listen to a wise lady laugh and share her joy of living the teachings. Breathe...touch and let go... Simple sacred steps...breathe...it is all life and it is all joy and the teachings are there to help us simply be the basic goodness that we are...not a self improvement weekend...the art of being human...a practice that brings it all in...practice...a life long experience... In and out...in and out...in and out... Lady Yeshe Tsogyel gracing the Shrine Room. A community, a sangha that lives its potential... My potential...I identify with Lady Yeshe Tsogyel and I see her in all the participants and the teachers around me and in me... In our own way we are all Sky Dancers... oh and the food was good too. The centre a beautiful spot to meet oneself... The neighbours sing and the doors are open. Acceptance at its best...The river is indeed flowing and the drums beat and we practice the art of being human within the Stanley Street sounds... I feel gratitude and I feel blessed. Thank you very much one and all.

  • Sean Manoukian   September 30, 2014

      Kookenay Shambhala Meditation Centre

    I showed up for the opening of the newly renovated Kootenay Shamhala Meditation Centre. It was my first time in Nelson and I honestly didn't know what to think. When I stepped in the door I was greeted warmly by one of the members and invited into the centre. All in all It's a fantastic space, a really wonderful place all around. Whether you're new to meditation or are looking to connect with other members of the community, the Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre offers everything you'd ever want in a community meditation center.

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

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Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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