Welcome to Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group

Uplift your heart and mind through meditation

The Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group is a vibrant, welcoming and supportive community dedicated to recognising and revealing the innate goodness within us all.

We are part of a global community, led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala presents the wisdom traditions of Buddhism and Tibet through accessible, modern and dynamic teachings. The teachings and practices uncover the compassion, clarity, joy and goodness within ourselves and each other, and connect us to the natural world.

We offer free meditation instruction for beginners and support for experienced practitioners with a range of regular meditation sessions, courses and retreats. You are warmly invited to join us!   See Upcoming Programs and Regular Events highlighted on this page. 


Upcoming events

The Vision of Shambhala with Geoff Crinean

Open House on Monday 9th April will be facilitated by visiting senior teacher Geoff Crinean. Geoff has been teaching and learning the Shambhala tradition for over 35 years with both Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

This will be a unique opportunity to share the evening with such an experienced teacher and gain insight into the Vision of Shambhala.

Everyone is welcome to attend Open House and the full day of sitting (held on the third Saturday of the month) whether you are just beginning to explore meditation or you are already experienced. Both of these regular offerings are great ways to learn more about meditation (including individual instruction for those who would like extra support), listen and discuss wisdom teachings from the Shambhala lineage and meet our lovely community.

What’s on at other Shambhala Groups around Australia

Northern Rivers

Shambhala Level One with Shastri Loretta Geuenich and Charlotte Brookes

Friday 18 May 6.30 – 9.00pm Saturday 19 May – Sunday 20 May 8.30am – 4.00pm 

 We usually associate happiness with fleeting moments of satisfaction, pleasure or comfort, but the Shambhala teachings and the meditation practice they are based on, can lead us to a deeper and more enduring happiness. This is the path we set out to explore in Level 1 as mindfulness practice begins to open us to the depth and dimension of the present moment, where we learn to appreciate who and what we really are.

This weekend includes sitting and walking meditation instruction and practice, talks by Shambhala teachers Shastri Loretta Geuenich and Charlotte Brookes, one-on-one and group meditation discussions, and opportunities to socialize and make new friends with fellow participants. Open to all! For more information and to register click here. 


Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart with Geoff Crinean

Saturday 24 March – Sunday 25 March8.30am -5.00pm

Awakened Heart is the fourth retreat weekend in the Way of Shambhala series. In this retreat, the boundaries between “us in here” and the “world out there” become more permeable. Our natural curiosity takes us deeper as our hearts open and we learn to let more of the world in, allowing ourselves to be touched without closing down out of fear. And we start to see that who we are and what the world is are not as separate as we might have assumed. We begin to discover our inherent confidence, patience, and generosity. This program consists of walking and sitting meditation, teacher talks, one-on-one instruction, silent periods and group discussions. For more information and to register visit the Sydney Shambhala website.


“In meditation we are constantly discovering who and what we are.”  Chögyam Trungpa


Shambhala New York City Podcasts

The Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group is part of a world-wide network of Shambhala Groups and Centers including Shambhala New York City (https://ny.shambhala.org/) which has been offering New Yorkers the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through meditation for over 40 years. We would like to share with you some of these very entertaining and enlightening talks from their Open House Program featuring senior Shambhala teachers.

Shanté Smalls: The Gift of Kindness

What happens when we unwrap the gift of non-aggression and kindness, both for ourselves and for other people?


Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls began her formal Buddhist journey at 16. After studying and practicing with different sanghas, and lots of non-practicing and non-studying, Shanté happened upon the teachings of Ani Acharya Pema Chödron and the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She’s been a Shambhala student since 2006. In her working life, Shanté is a scholar, artist, and writer. Her teaching, research, and writing focuses on Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms.

Ethan Nichtern: Sustaining a Meditation Practice

Why is it so challenging to sustain a meditation practice? Shastri Ethan Nichtern offers some real hints for getting your meditation practice going this year.


Shastri Ethan Nicthern is a lifelong member of the Shambhala community, and Senior Teacher in Residence for the Shambhala NYC community.His latest book, The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairy Tale of our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationshipswas released in September 2017 from FSG Books. His prior book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path made several major lists of the Best Books of 2015. 

Elizabeth Reid: Gathering Strength from the Richness of the Phenomenal World

What does it mean to engage fully with our world? Shastri Elizabeth Reid discusses the power of meditation to open us up to our senses, and to engage with the richness of the phenomenal world.


Elizabeth Reid is a Shastri, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, having been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now the current Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. With a background in theater and dance and an ongoing relationship with photography, she is endlessly intrigued by the interplay between meditation and the arts. Passionate about bringing more body awareness to students in their practice and lives, she offers Alexander Technique based exercises in her teaching. She has a private practice in NYC as a Nationally Certified Alexander Technique Teacher.

David Perrin: Freedom of Speech

We are inundated by various forms of speech. And oftentimes – between family, social media, and other challenging aspects – we can feel trapped by its demands. How do we find true freedom through speech?


David Perrin is a teacher and meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition. David has held various posts in Shambhala Governance and Leadership at the Center. Trained in the disciplines of dharma art, as well as creative arts therapy, David has collaborated with youth and adults across a variety of therapeutic, recreational, and educational settings. With over twenty-five years experience working in the third sector he has served in various governance, administrative, and field posts ranging from direct-service to social change philanthropy. David lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

Filomena Leonardi: Mindful Holidays – The Gift of Presence

The Holidays: a season of joy, gratitude, family and friends… and anxiety, sadness, chaos and conflict. Filomena Leonardi helps us unpack this contradiction, and investigates the role of mindfulness in helping us navigate the holidays.


Filomena Leonardi has been a student in the Shambhala tradition since 2009. Filomena is a partner at the global consulting firm, Spencer Stuart, where she regularly advises executives on talent management and leadership development considerations. Originally born and raised in Italy, Filomena has lived in several places, including London and Sydney. She has made  New York City her ‘home’ for over 10 years. In her (limited!) spare time, Filomena is an enthusiastic ceramics artist at Greenwich House Pottery, and considers clay and the wheel her very first mindfulness teachers.

Natalie Baker: The Lost Art of Good Conversation

Natalie Baker draws from the new book, “The Lost Art of Good Conversation” by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as a basis for exploring how to communicate mindfully and how to avoid the pitfalls of communicating from negative emotions.


Natalie Baker, founder of Buddhist Psychotherapy NY & Neurofeedback NY, is a licensed psychotherapist and certified neurofeedback trainer in New York. She has been a student and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism and Shambhala Buddhism since the 90s.