Tog Chod Retreat

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Tog Chöd
Wisdom Sword Retreat

Experience a unique and powerful moving meditation
to reduce thought, develop mindfulness and cultivate confidence.

August 5 - 8, 2018

Shambhala Mountain Center
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

 The Wisdom Sword

The Wisdom Sword

What is Tog Chöd?

Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche founded this Wisdom Sword Practice.

Rooted in Buddhist principles, it is a moving meditation with a sword. This powerful technique harnesses our inner power, bringing us swiftly into the present moment.

While it is a dynamic, fast practice, at its heart, Tog Chöd is a mental training.

There is no enemy outside ourselves. The only enemy we fight in Tog Chöd is our negative emotions, which we slay with every slice of our sword.

With this practice, you will learn how to calm and clear the mind, cease distracting and self-limiting thoughts, and tap into your inner power. The result is courage and confidence and clarity to make good decisions for a good life.

Plus, it’s really fun!


 Tulku Lobsang, pioneer of Tog Chöd

Tulku Lobsang, pioneer of Tog Chöd

What You Receive

  • Learn the dynamic forms of Tulku Lobsang’s Tog Chöd practice.

  • Receive a wooden sword that you can take home and continue to practice with.

  • Understand the Buddhist principles and philosophy that inform the rich context of this practice.

  • Experience the Lu Jong Five Elements Movements, to open the spine and energize the body.

  • Discover the power of mantras for deep relaxation and toning the nervous system.

  • Harness the power of the breath and learn techniques for breath retention.

  • Have fun, while you connect with your body, the deep nature of your mind, and a great group of people.



About Shambhala Mountain Center

Located in the Colorado Rockies, on 600 acres of forest, Shambhala Mountain is a beautiful, quiet nature retreat.

Meals and Accommodations

  • 3 meals per full day are included in the retreat cost. Omnivore, vegetarian, vegan and wheat-free options are available at every meal.


  • Wireless internet is available in most lodge rooms as well as the dining area.

  • Public landline phones are available for guest use, as cell phone service can be limited

  • Coffee/tea, fruit and bread with spreads are available 24 hours a day.

  • Over 8 miles of hiking trails.

Additional Activities

  • Tours of the stupa, guided hikes and ecology tours are available for an additional cost.

More about Shambhala Mountain Center

Travel Information

Transportation to the Center

Closest Airport
The closest airport is Denver International (DEN)

Shambhala Mountain is about a 2-hour drive northwest from Denver.

However, it is suggested to allow about 4 - 5 hours between your flight’s scheduled landing and when you would like to arrive at Shambhala. And the same for returning to DEN. This means landing by 11:30 am and departing no earlier than 6:30 pm. If these times are not convenient from your location, consider spending an extra night in Denver, Fort Collins, or at Shambhala.

Shuttle Service
We may arrange a shuttle to take passengers from Denver airport to Shambhala for an additional cost of $150 Round-Trip.

Please inform us if you are interested in the shuttle service, and we can assist in making arrangements.

Otherwise, a rental car is another good option.

Please see this page for more travel details:

Arrival Day Schedule
Sunday, August 5, 2018

If arriving at DEN, please let us know if you are interested in using a shuttle service.

Between 2 pm - 5 pm at the Registration Office

6:30 pm

Opening Session:
We will having a welcome and orientation session Sunday evening after dinner, around 8 pm.

Departure Day Schedule  
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Conclusion Session:
Our final teaching will end by noon.

12:30 pm

Depart Shambhala:
2 pm

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Sample Schedule

7:00-7:30 am       Morning Practice
7:30-8:30 am       Breakfast
9:30-12:15 pm     Teaching & Practice
12:30-1:30 pm      Lunch
1:30-3:45 pm        Free
3:45-6:00 pm       Teaching & Practice
6:30-7:30 pm       Dinner
8:00-8:30 pm       Guided Relaxation 

 Experience an energizing AND calming practice in a beautiful setting.


The costs listed below vary according to your choice of accommodation.


- All Retreat Activities
(Daily morning practice, Background teachings, Movement Instruction, Breathwork)

- All Meals (Buffet-style)

- Accommodations (choose your accommodation below)

Does Not Include:

- Travel from your home to Shambhala Mountain Center


Accommodation Options





 Double Room

Double Room


(All Prices are in USD)

Single Room, Shared Bath             

Full Payment: $687
3-Payment Option: $235

Single Room, Private Bath             

Full Payment: $807
3-Payment Option


Full Payment: $501
3-Payment Option: $172

Double Room, Shared Bath             

Full Payment: $624
3-Payment Option: $214


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Cancellation Policy

If it is necessary to cancel your participation in this retreat, there is a $75 non-refundable registration fee.

The remaining amount above $75 is refundable until 21 days before the start of the retreat.

If canceling within less than 21 days before start of the retreat, 50% of the full value is non-refundable and the other 50% may be applied toward any future Tibetan Healing Movement event. 


About Your Teacher

Farrah Garan has dedicated her life to spreading the deep wisdom of the Tibetan healing arts. Her aim is to make these simple—but powerfully effective—practices widely known so that many may benefit. 

Farrah first learned Lu Jong in 2002 and has developed a deep love for it and the other Tantrayana practices she has received from Tulku Lobsang, including Tsa Lung, Tog Chöd and Tummo. Again and again, she experiences in herself and witnesses in her students the vitality, clarity and joy that is a benefit of these profound methods.

Read what others have said about Farrah's teachings on the Testimonials page.

Read more about Farrah's background here.


Is This Retreat Right For You?

Do you want to develop mindfulness and be more in control of your emotions?

Do you want to strengthen your resolve so that you can be more decisive and follow-through with your decisions?

Do you enjoy exploring Buddhist principles and practical ways that they can inform your life?

Do you want to feel your body and tap into its power?

Then this retreat is for you and we hope to see you in Colorado!

If you have any questions, please reach out by clicking the button below. We’ll be happy to connect.

 Tulku Lobsang, Farrah's teacher and the pioneer of introducing Tog Chöd.

Tulku Lobsang, Farrah's teacher and the pioneer of introducing Tog Chöd.