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Gathering of Eagles


Dear Gathering Family and Friends:
We would like to share the new dates in June 2021 for the Gathering of Eagles in Northern Colorado, given to us by Shambhala Mountain Center, our host. 

They are Sunday, June 6th for Camp Day, with the Opening Ceremony on the morning of Monday, June 7th and the Closing Ceremony on the evening of Thursday, June 10th.  Again, we are encouraged to stay over to Friday morning, June 11th. 

Having said all of this, we realize that we do not know what the next several months will bring with regard to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  If we are not able to safely hold the Gathering of Eagles again next year, we will certainly err on the side of caution and postpone it once again.  We will provide updates from time to time through our Announcements notices, as well as on the Gathering Facebook page.  That page can be found by going to “Spiritual Unity of the Tribes Gatherings, Gathering of Eagles.”

In addition, we wanted to mention that we are in the process of updating our website in order to simplify the registration process, and to add some information on the Gathering history that we recently received. 

Lastly, we want to remind everyone to “Gather in Place” during the period of June 8th through 11th, when we had planned to be together here for the 2020 Gathering of Eagles.  We will be holding an Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony here with our Gathering Committee Members.  Please link up with us and everyone else in prayers/meditations/songs from wherever you are, in whatever way feels comfortable for you during this period.  Making a fire or keeping a candle lit during the four days, incorporating a water ceremony, and making prayer ties are possible suggestions.  In addition, if you would like to post memories or photos from past Gatherings on our Facebook page, they are very welcome.

Please take good care and be gentle with yourselves and those around you at this difficult time.
With love and gratitude to each and every one of you ~
Mary Ellen and Clay Uptain for the Gathering of Eagles Committee


Everyone is encouraged to arrive on Camp Day, since the Opening Ceremony will begin around 7:00 a.m. on the following day.  

Upon arrival, please go to the Registration Cabin to check in.


Our location for the 2021 Spiritual Unity of the Tribes Gathering of Eagles is Shambhala Mountain Center, 50 miles northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado.
The address is 151 Shambhala Way, Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545.
 It is a Buddhist retreat center on 600 acres which was founded in 1971 
Vidyadhara Chogyum Trungpa Rinpoche
Cell phones often do not work there, because of the remote location.
 Shambhala Mountain Center is in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and the elevation is 8,000 feet.
 See more detailed information about the Center at

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Directions to Shambhala Mountain Center

From Interstate 25

  1. Merge onto CO-14 W/E Mulberry Street via Exit 269B toward Fort Collins for 3.5 miles.
  2. Turn slight right onto Riverside Avenue. (Riverside Avenue is 0.3 miles past S. Lemay Avenue.)
  3. Riverside Avenue becomes Jefferson Street. You are on Riverside/Jefferson for about 1 mile.
  4. Turn slight right onto N. College Ave/US-287 N/CO-14 W. Follow US-287/CO-14 W for 3.4 miles.
  5. Turn slight right just past N. Shields Street to stay on US-287 N for .5 miles.

  6. Follow US-287/CO-14/La Porte Bypass for 16.6 miles.

  7. Turn left onto CR-74E/Red Feather Lakes Road/Jackass Road/Livermore for another 12.8 miles.
  8. Turn left onto CR-68C/Boy Scout Road just past the blue and white sign, “Shambhala Mountain Center.”
  9. Follow CR-68C/Boy Scout Road for 5 miles (unpaved).

  10. Turn left at the entrance to Shambhala Mountain Center, 151 Shambhala Way.


The County only allows camping at Shambhala Mountain Center in the tents that they provide, which are 12 x 14 feet canvas tents on wooden platforms which contain two twin beds, bookcases, and hanging clothes racks.

Bedding is not provided. Please bring your own pillows, twin size sheets, sleeping bags or blankets (mindful that the nights will be VERY COLD), and towels for limited shower use.

No RVs are allowed, however, there are several camp grounds close by which can be used for people with RVs or those who need alternative camping. Click here for more information.

The standard fee for camping at Shambhala Mountain Center is $90 per day per person, which includes three meals per day. Due to the fact that we do not charge to attend the Gathering of Eagles, we are being allowed to pay $15 per person, per day for our meals, and donate as much as possible for our tent fees, in lieu of the $90 fee. 

Individual campfires will not be allowed due to fire danger.


There are various lodging rooms available for anyone who does not want to sleep in a tent, requires electricity, etc.

Shambhala Mountain Center is allowing us 25% off their normal rates, with the discount code shown.  Please go to the following link for information on the lodging rooms and to register.

Food & Supplies

Please read this important information

  • As mentioned above, our meals are being provided by Shambhala Mountain Center. It is not possible for us to prepare our own food. There will be choices for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans. Shambhala Mountain Center also provides many wheat-free options. We are being asked to donate $15 per person, per day for our meals. If this is not possible for you, please let us know and we will make other arrangements for your meals to be paid. We would like as many people as possible to make their food donations and tent donations ahead of time, in order to provide Shambhala Mountain Center the funds they will need to purchase food for us, etc.
  • Be sure to bring modest clothing appropriate for ceremonies and be prepared for any kind of weather. It may be hot in the daytime, and at 8,000 feet elevation, can be very cold at night. Bring sturdy shoes, layered clothing, folding chairs for sitting in the arbor and at your campsite, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, rain gear, flashlights, etc. Also, as mentioned above, we need to provide our own bedding for the tents.
  • Please bring a small container of water from your homeland, to be joined at the water ceremony on the second day.
  • Alcohol/drugs/firearms and dogs are never allowed at the Gatherings. Shambhala Mountain Center also has a policy of no pets whatsoever.

Other information

to keep in mind.

  • The entire four days of the Gathering of Eagles is a ceremony; therefore, phones, cameras, and other electronic devices should not be used until after the sacred fire is put out at the closing. Photography and videotaping are NEVER ALLOWED in the arbor or other ceremonial areas.
  • Please arrive on Camp day so that we can get settled in. The Shambhala Mountain Center is asking people to arrive, if at all possible, between 2 and 5 pm on camp day, for registration purposes. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. 
  • The opening ceremony will begin early on Monday morning. The Gathering will conclude at the end of the day on Thursday. We encourage everyone to stay over until Friday, if possible, to have time to make your goodbyes. Check-out time is 9 am, and everyone is welcome to stay for cleanup, lunch, and into the afternoon, if they would like. 
  • Normal hours for meals are: Breakfast 7:30 to 9 am, Lunch 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Dinner 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The first morning's breakfast will be extended, due to the opening ceremony.
  • If possible, please arrive between 2 and 5 pm on camp day for registration, and go to the Registration Cabin. If you arrive outside of these hours and no one is at the Registration Cabin, please follow the directions which will be posted there.
  • We would like to assist as many Elders as possible with their transportation and lodging expenses. Please contact us if you are able to help with the "Sponsor an Elder Program."
  • The Gatherings are an exercise in community living, and we need everyone’s participation in order to handle the fire tending, assisting the Elders, youth activities, cleanup, etc. Please come prepared to sign up for at least a couple of hours helping in the area of your choice.
  • The nearest airport is Denver International Airport, two to two and a half hours away. There are also small airports in Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming.
  • If you would like to mail your donations for meals and tent space and/or make a donation(s) to help with the rest of our preparations ahead of time, it would be most appreciated. Click here to Donate on PayPal
    Please make checks to the Gathering of Eagles and mail to Terra Eyl, 2818 Stanford Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
  • For further information, call Mary Ellen and Clay Uptain at +1 605.341.0724; or e-mail us at

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