Programs for Families and Children

Finding a program is as easy as searching on your local center’s website, a land center’s website, or by going to this page and selecting your region in the first field, and selecting Children/Families in the second field before entering the search. Below are some of the commonly offered programs.

Kids walking to the Great StupaPrograms for Families and Children

Rituals and Ceremonies

  • Baby Welcoming
  • Children’s Blessing
  • Rites of Passage (8-10 years old)
  • Nyida Day Celebrations (Shambhala Day, Children’s Day, Harvest of Peace)
  • Rites of Warriorship (16 years old)

Early Childhood

  • Bodhi School, a Shambhala education Program
  • Family Potlucks
  • Practice and Playgroups
  • Family Sundays at local centers
  • Family Camp at land centers (see below)
  • Shambhala Schools

Older Children

  • Rites of Passage (8-10 years old)
  • Sun Camp at land centers
  • Shambhala Arts programs
  • Family Sundays at local centers


  • Teen Retreats at land centers
  • Teen Shambhala Training Levels
  • Sun Camp at at land centers
  • Rites of Warriorship (age 16)
  • Teen Groups at city centers
  • Ziji Collective

Young Adults

  • Young Meditator Nights with Ziji Collective
  • Ziji Collective Yearly Summit
  • Shambhala Training Programs
  • Youth Retreats at land centers


  • Parenting as Path Classes
  • Parent Discussion Groups
  • Parent Retreats
  • Family Friendly Shambhala Training Programs (include children’s program)
  • Shambhala Cafe

    Land Center Programs

    Programs at the Shambhala land centers are rich ways for families and children to connect to the energy of our magical retreat spaces. Programs are offered year- round, and many land centers also offer childcare concurrent with other retreats and offerings. Click on the land center links below to be directed to the program pages for each land center.

    Some programs offered include:

    • Family Camp for all ages (offering Rites of Passage for 8-10 year olds)
    • Shambhala Sun Camp starting at age 10 (offering Cadet Command Workshop and Rites of Warriorship for 16-21 year olds)
    • Special Programs and Events such as Family Weekends, Spring Break Retreat, Holiday Celebrations and more are frequently offered at land centers

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