Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness, Colorado, USA

Date(s) - 13 April 2018 - 15 April 2018

The sacred is constantly in our midst – be present to it.


Join us April 13- 15, 2018 for an experiential time of learning, prayer, and chant rooted in the Celtic vision with acclaimed Scottish teacher, Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell at the beautiful Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado.


To register, click here.

John Philip Newell

John Philip Newell

My heart is dancing. – a participant from the 2017 Shambala experience

This is the third annual gathering of the Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness, a place to nurture a community of shared vision and spiritual practice for transformation in our lives and world. This retreat is open to all, both to those who attended the gatherings in 2016 and 2017 and those who wish to explore. The teachings will focus on the central themes of Celtic Spirituality including the sacredness of the earth and the human soul. Contemplative practices will concentrate on sustainable disciplines for individual well-being and collective healing.

Participants from our 2017 School reflected the following:

“John Philip Newell is a great soul – being in his presence energizes one to seek the light evermore.”

“A beautiful place with the outward beauty of the natural world and the inward beauty of remarkable people attending – the teaching, the meditations, the sense of community, the sacred space has fed my soul.” 

Our daily schedule will consist of prayer – at the beginning and ending of each day -, presentations by John Philip Newell, meditative practices, silence, and sharing. Meals (all organic) will be shared in common, and there will be free time to hike and rest as well as a celebration of our time together on the last evening.

Located in the Northern Rockies of Colorado,  The Shambhala Mountain Center is a peaceful retreat nestled between breathtaking mountain views. The event will be held in the main lodge with plenty of space indoors and outdoors for quiet reflection, as well as space to converse with old and new friends. We will gather at 4 pm on Friday, April 13th, and conclude after lunch on Sunday, April 15th. Space is limited so register soon!

Please note: the schools follow a three-year curriculum; participants may join at any point in that cycle and are welcome to interchange locations from year to year. The theme for the 2018 Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness will be ‘Dreaming the Way Forward’ (Alexander Scott, Kenneth White, and George MacLeod).

Required ReadingListening for the Heartbeat of God and Christ of the Celts. Further suggestions will be provided by John Philip for participants seeking additional reading in preparation for the retreat.

Lodging options:

Rates include retreat program fees, meals, lodging, and use of the Shambhala Mountain Center facilities. Due to accommodation constraints, all attendees are required to stay on-site. Click here for more information about the rooms at the Shambhala Mountain Center.

$418 – Lodge Dorm, shared room, twin bed, shared bathroom: Due to some cancellations, two of these beds have become available. Register now before they’re gone!: SOLD OUT

$494 – Lodge Double, shared room, queen beds (2), full private bath (partners and friends wishing to share a room must register separately and enter roommate requests under “special requests”):  SOLD OUT

$534 – Lodge Single Monk, private room, full-size bed, shared bathroom: SOLD OUT

$618 – Lodge Single (price for one guest), private room, full or queen size bed, private bath: SOLD OUT

(You may add up to one additional person to the Lodge Single Suite for $284)

$726 – Lodge Junior Suite (price for one guest), private room, queen size bed, full private bath: SOLD OUT

(You may add up to one additional person to the Lodge Junior Suite for $368)

Registration instructions:

1. Click on the registration link.

2. Enter your personal information.

3. Select lodging option – you may register up to two people for the “Lodge Junior Suite” or the “Lodge Single”. After selecting either of these options, please fill out the guest information portion of the form and select the corresponding lodging option. “Lodge Double” is single registration only but you may request a roommate, or we can assign a roommate with a similar gender.

4. Enter your payment information via Paypal or send a check to:

5431 NE 20th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

Please consider sending us a check to save us credit card processing fees.

Questions? For event related questions, please contact Jan Silverstein at To inquire about registration, please contact Karin Baard at

Scholarship Funds Available

Are you in need of financial assistance? Our generous donor community has contributed funds to help people attend the Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness.

Heartbeat has six $494 Scholarship Awards available to go towards food, dorm room lodging, and program fees. Scholarship recipients are responsible for their own transportation to/from the event as well as a $10 scholarship application fee.

Apply by filling out the online application and have a teacher, mentor, advisor, or religious/spiritual leader fill out our online reference form by January 15, 2017 (extended from December 15). Heartbeat’s Selection Committee will review all applications and notify successful candidates by January 22, 2018.

Necessary Forms and Guides

If you are registered to attend the Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness, prior to arrival, please read the SMC Visitor Guide.

Please also download the forms below, sign, and submit them at check in.

  1. SMC Code of Conduct and Liability Release
  2. Heartbeat Release and Indemnification
  3. Heartbeat Emergency Contact Form