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 evening we offer a free program that is open to everyone! On Sunday evenings from 6-8pm, Shambhala St. Petersburg offers meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation, and great conversation centered on an interesting topic. Light snacks and refreshments are also provided. For more information, click here!

See a class that looks interesting? We are offering a 50% discount on your first class at Shambhala St. Pete!




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 →


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

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Will Ryken

September 17th—October 15th

Through the gentle precision of meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and our simple, day-to-day human experiences. This class is open to everyone. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

with Will Ryken

October 5th

This three hour introductory course provides a safe container for people to learn and explore shamatha meditation. Open to all! Continue »

Staffing as a Practice

with Christie Rainbeau

October 5th

Staffing programs is a great way to take your meditation practice and put it into action! If you have taken Level III you can staff a program! Come have lunch with us and deepen your practice! Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

with Travis May

October 7th

An opportunity for those who have received the lung for the Shambhala Sadhana may practice together as a group. Continue »

Shambhala Weekend Retreat Level II - Birth of the Warrior

with Gerard Van Gils

October 10th—October 12th

This weekend builds on the foundation of the meditation practice introduced in the Level I weekend retreat by exploring how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world. Continue »

Contemplative Photography Group

with Eric Rainbeau

October 13th

All are welcome who are interested in exploring photography! All you need is a camera or phone that takes pictures and an open mind! This group meets every third Monday of the month. Continue »

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