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Gain experience in profound practices of meditation, contemplation and study in our extended residency training program.


Simplicity: Meditation for Real Life

An ideal introduction to Karmê Chöling's contemplative community and is offered several times throughout the year.


Deepen your understanding of mind through solitary retreat in our beautiful retreat environment.


Karmê Chöling offers inhouse retreats on a limited basis for those who wish to practice intensively outside the context of a program. This is open to those who have done two weeks of an intensive group meditation program and have an established daily sitting practice.

Program Calendar

* Indicates Program with Prerequisites

September

September 8 - December 1
A semester of Buddhist study and practice under the direction of Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and senior teachers from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

October

October 2 - 31
with Cara Thornley
Open to everyone! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat. This dathün fulfills the group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.
October 24 - 26
with Shastri Nick Kranz
We invite youth groups and young sangha leaders at any level of experience to join us in exploring how the practice of Social Meditation can develop a culture of kindness and create a foundation for authentic communication and fearlessness in leadership.

November

November 6 - 12
with Susan Ryan
Awakened Heart and Open Sky are the culmination of the Heart of Warriorship section of Shambhala Training, and the prerequisite for entry into the Sacred Path section.
November 6 - 13
with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
The warrior, having learned to rest in basic goodness, rouses energy to engage with the larger world guided by the teachings of the four dignities (Meek, Perky, Outrageous, and Inscrutable).
 
November 6 - 8
 
November 8 - 10
November 14 - 21
with Acharya Emily Bower
Whether you are doing the Rigden (Shambhala), Kagyü, or Nyingma ngöndro, whether you are counting or doing it by time, whether you are inspired or stuck, all are welcome. This program counts toward group requirements for the Vajrayana path.
November 15 - 23
with Shastri Bill Brauer
This one-week group retreat will explore our internal wisdom through mindfulness-awareness meditation, which increases our ability to stay present for our life, and Shambhala Meditation, which supports us being who we are from the very nature of our being
November 21 - 26
with Irini Rockwell
Explore your unique way of perceiving and interacting with the world and how it can yield enormous insight into how we color what we think, feel, say and do.

December

December 1 - 9
with Richard Reoch
Program for advanced practitioners of Shambhala--by invitation only
December 10 - 12
with Richard Reoch
This retreat will weave together the wisdom and skillful means of the Six Ways of Ruling with the participatory leadership methodologies of the Art of Hosting and Harvesting.
December 14 - 19
Karmê Chöling staff are on retreat at this time. Karmê Chöling will be closed to guests and visitors. We encourage you to visit another time. Please see our website for upcoming program information.
December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015
with Acharya Christie Cashman
This year's Werma and Scorpion Seal intensive will be dedicated to the practice and study of a unique and beautiful text by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015
with Charlie Byron
Winter is beautiful at Karmê Chöling, and the period between Christmas and New Years has a delightful sense of openness and renewal. Simplicity retreats are designed to give you space to find your own pace and activities while keeping a daily practice of
December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015
Bring your child to Karmê Chöling while you participate in one of our winter holiday programs. Children learn and grow through play, organized activities, arts, physical activity and interacting with peers. Open to ages 3-11.
December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015
with Noah Haspray
Bring your teen to Karmê Chöling while you participate in one of our winter holiday programs. The teachings on awareness and warriorship offer teens an opportunity to slow down, learn about oneself, and open one's heart to others. For youth ages 12-17.
December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015
with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
Join this retreat to explore the Shambhala Sadhana while deepening our understanding and practice of Ashe.

January

January 2 - 4, 2015
Delight in the magic of winter at Karme Choling and embrace the New Year with relaxtion and wakefulness in the beautiful snow-coverd foothills of Vermont.
January 8 - 13, 2015
with Shastri Bill Brauer
 
January 8 - February 5, 2015
with Shastri Shelley Heinz and Acharya William McKeever
Open to beginners! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat. This dathün fulfills the group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.
 
January 8 - 16, 2015
 
 
January 22 - February 5, 2015
January 16 - 31, 2015
with Shastri Benoît Côté
Whether you are doing the Rigden (Shambhala), Kagyü, or Nyingma ngöndro, whether you are counting or doing it by time, whether you are inspired or stuck, all are welcome. This program counts toward group requirements for the Vajrayana path.

February

February 9 - 24, 2015
The Enlightened Society Assembly (Sutrayana Assembly) is a Shambhala mahayana program that emphasizes the view of the intrinsic goodness of all beings, practices that rouse bodhichitta and confident activity that engages fully in the world.
 
February 24 - May 12, 2015
A semester of Buddhist study and practice under the direction of Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and senior teachers from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.
February 27 - March 3, 2015
with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
February 28 - March 16, 2015
with Acharya Suzann Duquette and Shastri Ethan Nichtern
This two-week group retreat will explore our internal wisdom through mindfulness-awareness meditation, which increases our ability to stay present for our life, and Shambhala Meditation, which supports us being who we are from the very nature of our being
 

March

March 8 - 15, 2015
Open to beginners and those new to meditation. Explore the Shambhala path of warriorship over the course of this week-long retreat, or join us for one or more levels.

October

October 2 - 4, 2015
with Dr. Eva Wong, Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Dr. Peter van der Molen

* Indicates Program with Prerequisites

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