Author: Dhi Good

Restoring Rio RMDC

written by Alyssa Graziano During the Cameron Peak Fire in 2020, the streamside of Rio RMDC that was once lush with willows, birch, and aspen was severely burned, leaving the stream with a high loss of vegetation, an eroded bank, and important wildlife habitat lost. The small but beautiful stream that runs through Drala Mountain Center, the Rio RMDC, flows into nearby Elkorn Creek— a tributary of the mighty Cache La Poudre River. The Elkhorn Creek watershed is a diverse and beautiful area; home to many Rocky Mountain species we all know and love such as moose, elk, mountain lions, bobcats, eagles, and mule deer. It is also a habitat for threatened and endangered species such as the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse and the Arapahoe Snowfly. The ponderosa forests of Drala Mountain Center are fire-adapted, and wildfire is a regenerative process that is a part of the natural cycles of the ecosystem here. However, severe fires as with the Cameron Peak Fire can cause many problems within watersheds, including poor water quality, erosion, flooding, and …

New Name for SMC: Drala Mountain Center

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado •  Friday, February 18, 2022  Shambhala Mountain Center announces its new name: Drala Mountain Center.   Why the name change? When SMC became a fully independent nonprofit organization last fall, we came to an agreement with the Sakyong Potrang to change our name by the end of March. We are grateful to the Sakyong Potrang for working with us to effect these changes, which are essential to fulfilling our mission.  What does Drala mean? When people reflect on being at SMC, they talk about how vividly they experience the power of the land itself. We can experience drala by directly connecting to the world through our sense perceptions. By opening to this experience, we encounter vast wisdom in ourselves, those around us, and the world itself. Much more can and will be said about drala as we grow together into the meaning of our new name.  Also see the FAQs below. What About Shambhala?  Our roots run deep in Shambhala, and we endeavor to uphold the teachings of our tradition. We will …