Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

Shambhala St. Petersburg is part of a world-wide organization of meditation and cultural centers attempting to help people uncover their inherent basic goodness and to make the world a better place.

We offer a wide array of programs and events for all levels of students and practitioners. Based on mindfulness meditation and creating a culture of kindness, Shambhala is a place to meet friendly and helpful people, rediscover the joy of living, and celebrate the art of being human.

For a list of upcoming programs, click the Classes & Retreats link above. To see our ongoing offerings, please click here.

 

 

Looking for a place to land? Visiting for the first time?

Every Sunday morning at 11:00 am we offer free, informal meditation instruction during our Sunday Open Sitting Practice. Come and experience the power of sitting with a group of practitioners.! At noon we will host a simple “soup and salad social” for new and current members to mingle. This is a chance to ask our teachers any questions you may have or just hang out and get to know some really cool people. For more information, click here!

 

 

 

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New to Shambhala?

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 →

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View our Monthly Calendar of Classes and Retreats

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Ongoing Offerings

Our centre offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →

Featured Programs

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Gerard Van Gils

July 15th—August 12th

OPEN TO ALL!! This is a great class to help people get into a daily meditation practice! Continue »

Aging With Dignity and Confidence Series

with Eric Rainbeau

August 7th

The Shambhala Working Group on Aging co-sponsors online education series that focus on growing older, “enlightened retirement”, death and dying, Join us as we view these online classes and have open discussions about the content. OPEN TO ALL! Continue »

Shambhala Weekend Retreat Level I - The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

August 8th—August 9th

OPEN TO ALL! This is the first in a sequence of Shambhala Weekend Retreats suitable for anyone interested in exploring meditation as a means to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness toward ourselves and our world. Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

August 29th

This is a time for the community to gather, practice and delight in conversation and in each other’s company. All members are invited, the lung (sadhana transmission) is not a prerequisite for these monthly events. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Paula Bickford

September 6th

Interested in meditation? This is the class for you! Come and receive instruction on meditation. from one of our senior teachers. This is open to EVERYONE! It is a great class for beginners but also beneficial for the seasoned practitioner. Continue »

Harvest of Peace

September 26th

ALL ARE WELCOME!! Come celebrate the fall solstice with us! We will have practice, food, art, music and good people to hang out with! Bring your whole family and friends! Continue »

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