Surrounded by the 814,000-acre Roosevelt National Forest in the Rocky Mountains, Shambhala pairs Buddhist meditation techniques with outdoor adventure activities to achieve an unorthodox ideal – high-energy peace. "The idea of meditation is not to become some supernaturally calm person," says Michael Gayner, a martial arts black belt and the center's executive director. "It's about exertion and having the pumped-up energy to reach a place where you're fully engaged and experiencing things more directly." With access to 15 miles of wooded trails, 600 acres for snowshoeing, and top teachers like Lama Tsultrim Allione – one of the first Western Buddhism teachers – guests can choose from more than 100 classes, including Shambhala's signature three-day program, Waking Up to the Wild: Mindful Hiking. The class employs exercise, restorative yoga, and solo hikes to help you focus on the simplicity of your breathing, the sharpness of your senses, and the subtle movements of your body. "It's meditating on your feet," Gayner says. [From $99 a night; shambhalamountain.org]
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