Colorado, USA, Shambhala Mountain Center
Sun Camp in Colorado takes place in a Rocky Mountains valley just above the downtown area of Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado and is about two hours from Boulder, Colorado. The valley overlooks the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, and is lined on three sides by wooded areas. About a half mile walk up the mountain to the back of the valley is Rocky Mountain National Forest with miles of rocky and wooded areas. This spot sits at 8,342 feet and is very dry. If you are coming from sea level, be prepared to feel slightly light headed and low energy the first couple of days and to drink plenty of water!
Directions from Boulder From 28th Street, go east on the Diagonal Highway for 18.7 miles to Interstate I-25. Go north (left) on I-25 for 29.3 miles. Exit on CO 14 W/Mulberry Street (exit 269B towards Fort Collins). Stay on CO 14 W/Mulberry Street for 3.7 miles and take a right (head north) on College Avenue/US-287. Continue on US-287 for 20.5 miles. Then, turn left on 74E, just before the Fork’s Restaurant (sign to Livermore, Red Feather Lakes and Boy Scout Ranch). Drive 16 miles on 74E, then make a left onto County Road 68C, just after the blue and white sign that says “Shambhala Mountain Center 5 Miles.” Go 5 miles to Shambhala Mountain Center entrance on left.
Direction from Denver International Airport Take Pena Boulevard for 9.8 miles. Merge onto I-70 W for 6 miles. Take the I-270 N exit, Exit 279, toward Ft. Collins for 5.8 miles. Take the I-25 North Exit toward Ft. Collins for 52.6 miles. Exit on CO 14 W/Mulberry Street (exit 269B towards Fort Collins). Stay on CO 14 W/Mulberry Street for 3.7 miles and take a right (head north) on College Avenue/US-287. Continue on US-287 for 20.5 miles. Then, turn left on 74E, just before the Fork’s Restaurant. (Sign to Livermore, Red Feather Lakes and Boy Scout Ranch.) Drive 16 miles on 74E, then make a left onto County Road 68C, just after the blue and white sign that says “Shambhala Mountain Center 5 Miles.” Go 5 miles to Shambhala Mountain Center entrance on left.
Nova Scotia, Canada, Tatamagouche
336 Willow Church Rd., Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0 | Map
Sitting in a ¼ mile clearing on the side of Tatamagouche Mountain, camp looks out across the Northumberland Strait toward Prince Edward Island. The camp is lined on one side by deep woods with walking trails and there are a number of swimming holes nearby for before or after camp. On clear nights the stars fill the sky, and the aurora borealis can sometimes be seen. Camp is two miles down the road from the Dorje Denma Ling meditation center, and two hours north of Halifax.
Directions from Halifax Follow 102-N from Halifax to Truro. Just past Truro, take exit 14A for Onslow/Nova Scotia 2 Trunk toward Tatamagouche/NS-311. Turn right onto Onslow Rd/NS-4 Trunk E (signs for NS-311/Bible Hill/Tatamagouche) and drive for about seven minutes. Turn left onto NS-311 N. Follow 311 for 39.4 km, then turn left onto Balmoral Road NS-256. Pass Dorje Denma Ling on your left. Take your first left onto Old Tatamagouche Road North (sign says Willow Church road). Follow Old Tatamagouche road approximately 450 meters. Look for the Sun Camp sign on the left.
Limousin, France, Dechen Chöling
There is a place where the sky opens and rainbows form. Surrounded by the peaceful countryside of the Limousin region in central France, three and a half hours South of Paris. The Sun Camp field overlooks the Chataeu of the Shambhala practice center Dechen Chöling (Dharma Place of Great Bliss). The field and the Tori (entrance to camp) await the summer, when young warriors come. These young warriors await the time when white tents are pitched, fire pits dug and flag poles raised. They come from all over Europe and speak all sorts of languages. They cook over fire, they eat in the shade, they feel the sun’s beaming heat, they get wet when it rains, and they form bonds that bridge hundreds and thousands of kilometres. And, then there are the cows, always mooing, the frogs, always croaking, the crickets, and the small lake that reflects the moon at night.
Directions Dechen Chöling is situated in central France, near Limoges. It is about 350 km south of Paris and 220 km northeast of Bordeaux. You can get there easily by car, train or plane. Dechen Chöling offers shuttle service from Limoges or St. Victurnien train stations and Limoges Bellegarde airport. Further information can be found here.