Heart of Warriorship – Shambhala Training Levels

This page will be updated regularly as details about this exciting online program series are developed. Scroll down to view all the Details, Dates, Schedule, and Registration Information.

For Centers and Groups, Register Here for the Full Heart of Warriorship Series Package
Register Here for Level 3 – Warrior in the World w/ Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Register Here for Level 4 – Awakened Heart w/ Acharya Mathias Pongracz
Register Here for Level 5 – Open Sky w/ Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
**If registering as a Centre/Group, follow the “Centre/Group” links within each registration page above to register

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.

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 17-19, 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 26-28, 2021 (NOTE: DATE CHANGE!)
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. 


For Centers and Groups, Register Here for the Full Heart of Warriorship Series Package
Register Here for Level 3 – Warrior in the World w/ Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Register Here for Level 4 – Awakened Heart w/ Acharya Mathias Pongracz
Register Here for Level 5 – Open Sky w/ Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
**If registering as a Centre/Group, follow the “Centre/Group” links within each registration page above to register

It is important 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 and Affiliate Program
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.

Affiliate Opportunities for Centres and Groups:

If your Center/Group does not want to register with Shambhala Online, you can still capture revenue by becoming an Affiliate. This option is recommended for small Centers with a limited number of potential participants. Affiliates will receive 20% of the program price paid by each participant who registers via your Center’s registration links.

How it works:

  • Fill out this Form to become an affiliate.
  • You will receive:
    • A registration link with a unique identifier from Shambhala Online to use in your newsletters, emails, social media posts, website,  etc.
    • A widget to track clicks that you can embed on your webpage.
  • Your Centre receives 20% of all registration revenue that comes through your unique registration link.

Contact Diane at [email protected] with any additional questions about being an affiliate.

What is expected of Affiliate Centers or Groups?

  • At least two (2) email blasts to your list(s) with your unique Heart of Warriorship registration link included for EACH Level for which you’d like to be an Affiliate.
    • i.e., if you come on board as an affiliate for the entire Heart of Warriorship Levels 1-5, that would mean that this registration link would be included in 10 communications/newsletters to your list. If you sign up as an affiliate for only 2 levels, that would mean you would include the link in four (4) communications/newsletters to your list.
  • Listing the Heart of Warriorship Online on your Center/Group website’s home page with your unique registration link for at least 1 month before each level.
  • (Optional but recommended) Social Media posts that include your unique registration link.

Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors (SPMI’s, fka “AD”)

Are you Shambhala Training teacher and/or SPMI? Interested in serving as an SPMI for any of the Heart of Warriorship retreats? We’d love to hear from you. Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch. (All details regarding participation and commitment for SPMI’s is covered in the form, so please read carefully.)