Welcome to the Shambhala Center of Albany

A Fresh Start with SMCA

If you feel you need a fresh start, please join us as we dedicate ourselves to living in the present moment with open, gentle and courageous hearts. Let’s reconnect to the joy, beauty and magic within and around us. Ki Ki So So!!!

Where to Begin?

We offer a wealth of classes and retreats. Here are a few to start with:

Learn to Meditate: 1st Wednesday of the month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Public Sitting Meditation: Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Heart of Recovery: Mondays 7:00-8:00 pm.


Updated COVID Protocols

At this date, our center is mask optional. Because we want everyone to feel safe and protected in our space, please continue to consider other’s well being while at the Center, particularly with COVID still quite prevalent. To see the complete update: Updated Covid Protocols.


 

Featured Programs

Saturday and the Three Jewels: Dharma and Practice- Together

with Elissa Kane

March 9th

Saturday Sits is a monthly morning class for those of us who find it easier to come to a meditation center to support our mindfulness practices in community than to figure them out alone. Continue »

March Ikebana

with Ellen White Rook

March 23rd

Explore ikebana--Japanese flower arranging. Monthly class for new and returning students. All welcome. Continue »

After the Eclipse Writing Retreat

with Ellen White Rook

April 13th

How can we respond in language to the ordinary and extraordinary events of our lives? Join us for a morning of meditation, mindful movement and writing. All welcome. Continue »

April Ikebana

with Ellen White Rook

April 20th

Tulip time! Explore ikebana--Japanese flower arranging. Monthly class for new and returning students. All welcome. Continue »

Saturday and the Three Jewels: Dharma and Practice- Together

with Elissa Kane

April 27th

Saturday Sits is a monthly morning class for those of us who find it easier to come to a meditation center to support our mindfulness practices in community than to figure them out alone. Continue »

May Ikebana

with Ellen White Rook

May 4th

Explore ikebana--Japanese flower arranging. Monthly class for new and returning students. All welcome. Continue »

Saturday and the Three Jewels: Dharma and Practice- Together

with Elissa Kane

May 18th

Saturday Sits is a monthly morning class for those of us who find it easier to come to a meditation center to support our mindfulness practices in community than to figure them out alone. Continue »

Write a Delight Half Day Writing Retreat

with Ellen White Rook

June 8th

Inspired by Natalia Goldberg's 'The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language, join us for a morning meditation, movement, and writing retreat. All welcome, Instruction will be provided Continue »