Our communities have been forever changed by the effects of social media, computer technology and globalization in a way that has reduced the amount of time we have to spend with family and friends and changed the way we communicate with them. We are often communicating in sound bites and photo captions that do not create a sense of real connection with the people we care about. In fact, some feel we have lost the art of communication.

Sakyong Mipham shows us a way to do better. 

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver invites you to a profound weekend program that will give you insights to the importance of conversation, tools to improve your conversation ability, and practice in the art of good conversation.

Join us for the Friday night meditation and discussion with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and guests to hear a variety of perspectives on why good conversation is so important in these challenging times. The first step toward forging a stronger relationship with our friends, family and fellow citizens is to develop the relationship we have with ourselves.

Then on Saturday, Lodro Rinzler will host a day-long retreat with teacher Susan Piver, featuring a talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 

The full retreat includes the live events on Friday and Saturday and a six-week online companion called The Cushion Tour.  The online event features exclusive content and behind-the-scenes footage from the tour as well as the live talks and live panel discussions with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche from every stop in Denver, New York and Toronto.


Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham is the head of the Shambhala lineage and the global network of more than 200 Shambhala Meditation Centers. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, his teachings focus on living a courageous life based on wisdom, kindness and compassion. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the author of four books including the bestselling Turning the Mind Into an Ally. He is a husband, father of three daughters, and avid runner. More >>



Lodro Rinzler, a senior Shambhala teacher, is the award-winning author of six books including The Buddha Walks into a Bar. He serves as co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of MNDFL, NYC's premier drop-in meditation studios. More >>


friday night Guest panelist


In her work as Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, Dr. Mosby-Tyler specializes in the development and delivery of leadership, equity, diversity, cultural responsiveness and inclusiveness training programs and strategies. More >>

featured Teacher

Susan Piver

Susan Piver is a New York Times best-selling author, Shambhala Buddhist teacher, keynote speaker, and is the founder of the Open Heart Project, the largest virtual mindfulness community in the world. More >>


friday night Guest panelist

Rep. jared polis

Jared Polis is a member of the United States House of Representatives for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a former member of the Colorado State Board of Education. More >>

The Denver events will focus on the role of conversation in how we relate to ourselves and our own personal life's journey.

Full Retreat

Friday, Saturday and online 

Full retreat includes:

  • Ticket to Friday night meditation and discussion
  • Saturday all-day retreat
  • Free bonus: Access to the six-week online Cushion Tour including exclusive content with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Lodro Rinzler, Ethan Nichtern, Susan Piver and Fleet Maull as well as behind-the-scenes footage and live streaming of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche at the events in Denver, New York and Toronto. 

Friday Night Event

Friday Night only

Meditation and Discussion:

See Sakyong Mipham, Susan Piver and Lodro Rinzler along with special guest Jared Polis discuss the current state of conversation, why conversation is important, what it means to them in their lives and what we can do to improve our conversations in our own lives in this what will surely be a rousing discussion.