Wilderness, Discovery & Nowness program

Participants in the Wilderness, Discovery & Nowness program

Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

The Shambhala Meditation Center of St Johnsbury is located in the heart of downtown St. Johnsbury, serving a population of meditators who live in northern Vermont and New Hampshire. We invite you to explore our Center and our programs designed to help people of all traditions discover their inherent sanity, gentleness and goodness. We offer public meditation and Shambhala Buddhist teachings, as well as connections to advanced contemplative practices at other Shambhala Centers.

“Enlightened society is not a utopia, but a place where we are brave enough to see— and be—just who we are, surrendering our fantasies of something better. When we do that, the discovery of our own goodness on this planet becomes an exercise in appreciation and wonderment. Slowing down to self-reflect and feel our worthiness, and to feel confidence in it, creates space. Then we have the actual intelligence to know which way to go.”

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, The Shambhala Principle


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Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

Featured Programs

Train Your Mind: Lojong Slogans

with Caroline DeMaio, Gail Flynn, Barbara Inskeep, Wayne Schoech, Bob Taylor

September 7th—October 12th

Queer Mountain Meditators: Transcendence

with Riis Whitworth

October 2nd—December 4th

A meditation community group for those of us identifying as trans, genderfluid, genderqueer, non-binary, two-spirit, outside of CIS. Continue »

Contemplative Ecology - Finding our Balance in a Time of Uncertainty

with Shastri Donna Williams

October 7th

Join us for a day in the forest of the Northeast Kingdom. We’ll reconnect with our senses in this landscape of trees, rocks and sky, and experience the restorative effects that connection brings through sensory practices, mindfulness meditation, and mov Continue »

Queer Mountain Meditators: LGBTQIA

with Charlie Byron

October 16th—December 18th

A safe and welcoming space for meditation practice and community conversation. Continue »

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's Book Tour

November 3rd—November 4th

In this live-streamed online event on his North American book tour, Shambhala’s leader and lineage holder will offer teachings from his newest book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation. Continue »