Heart of Warriorship – Shambhala Training Levels

This page will be updated regularly as details about this exciting online program series are developed.

Welcome to the Heart of Warriorship Homepage

“When you don’t punish or condemn yourself, when you relax more and appreciate your body and mind, you begin to contact the fundamental notion of basic goodness in yourself. So it is extremely important to be willing to open yourself to yourself.”  

– from Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa

Shambhala Online is delighted to offer The Heart of Warriorship (Levels 1-5) online over the next year. Each level will be taught live by an Acharya (senior teacher), giving us the opportunity to gather as a global community and practice with these amazing teachers.


When we truly create the time and space to dive fully into meditation practice, we are able to experience the possibilities of openness and relaxation that exist when we settle fully into the present moment. These trainings are opportunities to work directly with experienced teachers and qualified instructors, and to engage meditation practice in a deep way – discovering what occurs through extended sessions of sitting meditation, walking meditation and mindful movement exercises. In addition, each weekend offers a subtle but powerful variation on the basic meditation technique, empowering us with a full range of mindfulness-awareness practices that guide and inform our journey.

Through the contemplative experience of Shambhala Training, we can awaken our inherent dignity, kindness and confidence and open fully to our life as it is, right here and now.

What to expect: 
– Daily talks by the Acharya
– Guided meditation sessions
– Lots of meditation practice
– Interactive activities 
– Discussion Groups
– Opportunity to meet with a meditation instructor
– Specially produced cinematography for each weekend
– Time to gather and converse
– Additional free talks by senior teachers between each intensive
– Additional opportunities to gather virtually as a community between each course
– Opportunity to steep in meditation practice in a transformative, unique virtual environment

If you have not attended the Heart of Warriorship retreats before, this is a wonderful opportunity to participate in these amazing meditation intensives and get a taste of the potency of Shambhala training. 

If you have completed these courses in the past, whether last year, 15 years ago, or in the 1970’s when the Heart of Warriorship training was created, why not take the time to refresh and deepen your understanding by immersing yourself in these precious teachings that are core to who we are as a community and hear some of our most senior teachers speak to these teachings and our paths as peaceful warriors and meditators.


Please save the date for these live retreats.
(Click here for the levels’ daily schedule.)

1- The Art of Being Human
May 14-16, 2021
With Acharya Arawana Hayashi

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.
Click here to register as an individual
Click here to register as a Center or Group

2- Birth of the Warrior
**July 16-18, 2021
With Acharya Fleet Maull

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness.

3- Warrior in the World
September 10-12, 2021
With Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we are willing to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities.

4- Awakened Heart
November 5-7, 2021
With Acharya Mathias Pongracz
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.

5- Open Sky          
January 14-16, 2022
With Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind—a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment.

**note: This is an update to a previously published date. Please update your calendar if you had the original dates.

Click here to view the provisional daily schedule for each weekend program.

The Heart of Warriorship program is a graduated progressive series of weekend retreats, meaning each weekend is a requirement for the following weekend. If you have already completed some of these weekends, feel free to repeat the levels you have already attended, or jump in where you left off.

It is expected that when you register, you are committing to attend the full retreat. If you have scheduling conflicts, please reach out to Camren at [email protected] as soon as you know. We will work to try to find a solution for you. 


It is important for us to convey one thing – no one will be turned away. That being said, the pricing below allows us to pay for the production of these programs, which is more robust than you might imagine, as we are investing in cinematography by The Weather Field – a brilliant Shambhala practitioner’s video production company – to help create the best meditative practice environment and evoke the brilliance of Shambhala forms in a unique virtual environment. With that in mind, we’ve tried to create a pricing structure that is not cost-prohibitive, but makes it possible for anyone to attend.

1. If you are a member of a Shambhala Centre or Group:
Check with a centre or group leader in your local community to see if they are offering the Shambhala Online Heart of Warriorship training, and how you can register with them directly. 

2. If you are a solo practitioner (or if your Centre or Group is not offering this Shambhala Online training series):
Not to worry. You are fully held within this unique meditation practice space. You can register as an individual and get the full experience. In fact, we are building these retreats especially for you. A space to practice, listen, share, and explore your world through the eyes of meditation.

Individual Pricing:
$149 per Level – helping Shambhala thrive price
$216 per Level – scholarship sponsor price – this directly sponsors a meditator in need

$79 scholarship price per Level – we use sponsor money to fund these retreatants’ registration

Further Scholarship – apply here for a further break on the program price. We use sponsor money to fund these retreatants’ registration, sometimes being able to fully sponsor eager practitioners who would not otherwise be able to attend.


Centre/Group Pricing
Centre – all 5 Levels – $2000–> Click here to register
Centre – single Level – $499
Group – all 5 Levels – $1500
Group – single Level – $350

**Centres or groups – we hope that this pricing represents a real value for you and your members. Centres and groups that need a break on this pricing, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Diane at Registrar@shambhalaonline.org to discuss your needs. We will find the pricing structure that works best for you, even if it means thinking outside the box. It is important that you and your members are able to participate fully and without worry in these times.

** Centres and Groups – we are also developing an incentive program to share in marketing outreach and webpage placement of this series in return for a break on pricing. Please reach out to Camren at [email protected] if you’re interested in these opportunities.