Path of Meditation

with Loden Nyima and Dhi Good

People often come to meditation seeking relief from difficult emotions and the challenges of life. You may long for peace, stillness, restoration, and freedom. We have a path for you based on the essence of meditation — timeless methods that can be practiced by people from all walks of life, regardless of religious background.   

One Path, Many Options

We offer a range of retreats, including Introductory Weekends every other month, Silent Meditation Intensives every other month, and Weeklong Retreats approximately four times a year for a deeper dive. 

Whether you’re new to meditation or you want to get back to it, get going with one of the Ease In weekend retreats. If you feel ready for a little more intensity, look for On Path retreats that fit with your schedule. If you’re ready for a deeper dive into meditation, mindfulness and working with silence, check out the Deeper Dive options. We’ll be ready to welcome you back.

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Learn to Meditate: An Introduction and Retreat for Everyone  August 26 -28 with Loden Nyima

Silent Meditation Intensive: The Cradle of Loving-Kindness Oct 14-16 with Loden Nyima

The Art of Meditation: A Weeklong Retreat Sept 11-18 with Loden Nyima

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The list above are current offerings. We will add and update the list over time. Check this page or our programs page for upcoming retreats. As you contemplate attending a retreat or wonder whether it’s a good fit, feel free to reach out to Loden or Dhi with any questions or concerns. loden@dralamountain.org    dgood@dralamountain.org 

What People are Saying

“I have mobility issues which make it hard to walk or climb stairs or sit for very long. [Drala] Mountain Center staff made it very welcoming for me, and I had no problem completing the week-long program. It was hard but valuable for me to meditate so many hours a day. I look forward to making this my regular retreat “home.” I want to encourage anyone who has a hard time physically getting around to know that DMC will work their best to make it possible for you to participate and be comfortable as you renew and strengthen your practice.”     Ellen, Fort Collins, CO

“[Drala] Mountain Center was the perfect place to practice this style of shamatha. Why? Because the physical space is so open and alive. When I mixed my mind with space in the shrine room I found it traveled right outside and mixed with all the space of the land. This was especially true when I chose to sit on the veranda and practice outside. My heart just got really comfortable being open. Now that I am home, I find that familiarity with that space makes it easier to find again.”     Sue, Cleveland Heights, OH

“Loden led in such a gentle, open way and everyone responded so well.  That made me feel so hopeful.  In these times, that’s kind of rare, feeling hopeful like that.  In the practice, itself, I loved Loden’s way of teaching.  He would always turn it back to the person asking the question and ask them how they felt, what they thought; which was something that I really appreciated.  One thing that I felt after a few days (and there were people who had never meditated before) was the energy in the room was so wonderful.  Everyone was meditating in their way and that ignited hope in me, too.  So, for me, it was a really uplifting experience.” Sue, Louisville, CO

Why Come Here?

If you’re looking for a place to rejuvenate, get in touch with your inner nature, and reconnect with the natural environment, DMC is for you. You’ll find healthy meals, friendly folks and an environment designed to support contemplative practice.

The teachings we use on meditation are drawn from the tradition of shamatha, a Sanskrit word  that means peaceful abiding. Shamatha pre-dates Buddhism and has been practiced by people of many different spiritual traditions for thousands of years. In modern times, shamatha is frequently the source or inspiration for secular mindfulness practice. 

Shamatha helps us make friends with ourselves. Through peaceful abiding meditation, we can process and heal difficult emotions. It brings out our natural stability, clarity, and strength of mind and heart. For many, it’s a source of grounding and resiliency in life. 

The Path of Meditation is designed to support you according to your own wishes, with no prerequisites or commitments required.  It’s about your practice, as you see fit, and we’re here to help however we can. We welcome and respect a wide range of interests and motivations. 

Art of Meditation  •  Online Gatherings

  • Monthly Meditation Circles first Mondays at 7pm Mtn. 
  • Individual Meditation Meetings by appointment

These online options provide a sense of community and continuity in between retreats. They are based on the practice of generosity; donations of any amount are accepted with gratitude. Loden, Dhi, and Tricia offer virtual Meditation Meetings by appointment. These are opportunities to connect one-on-one and discuss your meditation practice, including any questions, concerns, or insights you’re experiencing. Registration coming soon.

Resources for Meditation  •  Articles by Loden 

If you’d like to get a feel for our approach, or would like a refresher from a retreat you’ve attended, you may enjoy this eight-part series of articles introducing meditation practice. More resources are on the way!  

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Learn to Meditate: An Introduction and Retreat for Everyone  August 26 -28 with Loden Nyima

Silent Meditation Intensive: The Cradle of Loving-Kindness Oct 14-16 with Loden Nyima

The Art of Meditation: A Weeklong Retreat Sept 11-18 with Loden Nyima

Your Retreat Guides

Loden Nyima

Gelong Loden Nyima is a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He lived at Gampo Abbey from 2009 – 2017 where he practiced intensively, completed Shedra studies, and served in various roles including as a Shastri. He now lives at Drala Mountain Center where he serves as Resident Teacher and a founding faculty member for the Summer Seminar and other programs. He spends a portion of each year in retreat, frequently travels to continue his own dharma education, and can often be seen jogging around the land at DMC. See Loden’s recent articles:

Dhi Good

Dhi Good is a senior teacher in Shambhala, who studied Zen intensively for 10 years. In addition to Shambhala path programs, she teaches mindfulness at work for non-meditators. She earned a masters in Future Studies from University of Houston, and is co-author of Trendbenders: Building Healthy and Vital Communities (2002). Dhi lives in Denver and works as Director of Communications and Marketing for Drala Mountain Center. See Dhi’s recent articles:

Tricia Cominsky

Tricia has worked at Drala Mountain Center since 2017.   She has been a student of the Dharma and meditation for the last decade.  The path of recovery from addiction spans the last fourteen years for Tricia; her life’s work and calling is being there for others who need and want help.   As a meditation instructor, creative, and caring human, her work with those who surf the waves of behavioral and mental health challenges is a source of joy, opportunity, and giving back in the most personal way.  She believes in love, the energy of goodness, and the ultimate Bodhisattva – Mother Nature.  See Tricia’s recent articles: