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“Very Nasty Yoga Instructor”

Shambhala Mountain Center
Reviewed 18 February 2014

I attended a two day class at Shambhala and I left the class after the first day. Katherine Kaufman is not a yoga instructor. She did no yoga at all, only sat in the middle of the class acting like a high queen. She was very rude to several people attending and I was appalled at the attitude of some of the employees at the center. If this is a buddhist retreat, then I don't want to go there again. Prices are completely ridiculous and the fact that you cannot take your dog on a leash with you to the Stupa is insane. Also, the fees for classes is not something I think the Buddha would have agreed with. This is a place for snobby rich people pretending to practice buddhism. However, if you can get passed the insanity of the so-called practicing buddhists, then the hike up to the Stupa is definitely worth the drive to Red Feather. If you take away the un-awakened teachers and staff then you have a peaceful environment. Just don't stay there and attend anything. Take the hike and go on in peace!

16  Thank Judy B
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

This beautiful Stupa (no fee to visit), is a place very well worth visiting. Built by devotees from around the world (a lot of hand painting work), this is truly a labor of love. The huge statue of Lord Buddha is very imposing. The reason I rate it as very good rather than excellent is because the statue does have a lot of dust on it which they said they clean once a month. The whole place has a very peaceful aura about it and is really very alive with good vibrations. The center also offers several courses (payment for courses is required of course) and has accommodations (payment required) that are dormitory style -- very simple, basic, reasonable and adequate. The cafeteria style canteen serves simple, healthy and reasonably priced meals.

9  Thank RAJAN B
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

Every time I come to SMC and leave a changed person. It is hard to put it into words but the place is truly magical. It is one of those places that shows you what is humanly possible when people care about each other, are willing to treat each other with dignity and share that wisdom with the environment.

2  Thank WakefulHeart
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

I've seen a few reviews about how dreadful Shambhala's residences are. Remember that this is a volunteer-led area that uses donations to build up their area. Should the tents or older residences not be for you, then try the newer dorm-style lodges. This is where I stayed for a writing retreat. The room contained a bed, desk, and a place to hang my jacket -- nothing else. The shared bathroom was across the hall and features toilets, sinks, and hot showers.

This was fine, since all I was there for was to write. On needing a break I could walk outside and take any number of trails to walk into their "downtown" area or up to the beautiful Stupa about a quarter-mile from the main residence area. I also browsed the pretty extensive gift shop and also stood on the lodge's porch and just listened to the utter quiet.

I believe the type of food you receive depends on the chefs that normally come up to cook. During my stay the meals were fantastic and catered to all dietary types. Lunch and dinner were the best, featuring items like shrimp in cream curry sauce, beef stew, and penne with salsa verde. There wasn't one moment that I went hungry.

You want luxury, head down to Denver. You want peace, tranquility, and a chance to recharge your batteries, choose Shambhala for a weekend stay.

7  Thank Awilda K
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

You don't have to be a Buddhist or a meditator to be inspired by the peace and tranquility of this mountain retreat; however, I can't imagine anyone not being affected by the Great Stupa and the serenity there. The retreat center is fairly rustic, so other than hardcore camper types, I recommend staying in one of the lodge rooms with baths. The food leaves much to be desired and the dining tent is just what you might imagine in a large white tent put up in Summer and taken down in Fall.

3  Thank BeMorningstar
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