Mukpo Institute

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


April 17 - October 23
with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven
Entering its third year, the Garden Apprenticeship is a unique 6-month residential program in which participants gain both theoretical and practical hands-on training in organic gardening while participating in mindfulness-awareness based meditation.


September 9 - 13
with Frank Ryan and Susan Ryan
These trainings prepare qualified students to begin a practice of listening to, encouraging and supporting others as meditation instructors.
September 9 - 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.
September 18 - 25
with Cara Thornley and Madge Rossinoff
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.
September 18 - 25
with Shastri Donna Williams
The Sacred Path brings the principles of warriorship and the practice of mindfulness-awareness into daily life. It is designed to nurture the student's ability to experience the world as sacred and their aspiration to create an enlightened society.
September 20 - 22
September 22 - 25
September 27 - October 1
with Dr. Eva Wong
This is the second part of Level 6, given for the first time, focusing on tuning the energetic system of body and mind to the seasons.


October 2 - 4
with Dr. Eva Wong, Suzann Duquette and Dr. Peter van der Molen
Using the Art of War, Warrior Qigong, and space awareness techniques, this weekend program offers training for living strategically in body and mind.
October 8 - November 7
with Acharya Dan Hessey
Dathün, a month-long group meditation retreat, is an environment of trust, warmth and discipline in which we can discover the courage and vulnerability to explore our minds and hearts. Open to everyone!
October 9 - 11
with Shastri Shelley Heinz
Parenting is both a challenging and potentially joyful activity. No matter the child's age, communications and interactions between parents and children are influenced by a multitude of daily interactions, behavior patterns and stresses.
October 9 - 11
With both outdoor and indoor exploration, the children learn and grow through play, organized activities, arts, physical activity and interacting with peers.
October 9 - 11
This retreat for youth ages 13-17 is designed for young people with a genuine curiosity about life and the wish to explore the principles of awareness and warriorship in the company of their peers.
October 15 - 18
with Jane Arthur
Delight in the magic of fall and rediscover yourself during the height of peak foliage season.
October 23 - 25
with Shastri Nick Kranz
The foundation of enlightened society is being unashamed of who you are. This weekend will be an exploration in creating enlightened culture through the practice of social meditation a way to experience meditation as a form of cultural integration.
October 30 - November 1
with Dennis Southward and Jan Jercinovic
In this introductory Desung program we will work with the principle of working with our own minds as we attempt to be helpful to others who are encountering physical, emotional, social or spiritual distress.


November 13 - 19
with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
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 13 - 20
with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
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 13 - 15
November 15 - 17
November 20 - 25
with Walker Blaine
Explore all aspects of the Kurukulla Sadhana including an extended feast practice dedicated to the development and prosperity of Karmê Chöling
November 20 - 28
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


December 4 - 12
The purpose of the retreat is to provide a concentrated period of time in which senior leaders, through individual and collective practice, can connect with the mind of the "Sacred Governance" lineage of Shambhala.
December 14 - 18
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 20
Join us for this celebration of the winter solstice and day of appreciation for children, including festivities, crafts, a play starring the Karmê Chöling staff, and a visit from the King and Queen of Shambhala. All are welcome.
December 26, 2015 - January 1, 2016
with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
Relax into the vast space and profound teaching of the Werma Sadhana through this study and practice retreat.
December 26, 2015 - January 1, 2016
with Rhiannon Wells
Open to all and ideal for beginners on the path of meditation, Simplicity retreats were created to give everyone a flexible, simple way to enjoy the benefits of sitting meditation.
December 26, 2015 - January 1, 2016
In a busy, high-pressure, hi-tech world, 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, 2015 - January 1, 2016
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, 2015 - January 1, 2016
with Shastri Brett Ferrigan
A exploration of how meditation and mindfulness intersect with recovery from addiction and other harmful habitual patterns. This is a week- long journey of warriorship, gentleness and bravery.


January 7 - February 4, 2016
with Acharya Richard John
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 7 - 15, 2016
January 21 - February 4, 2016
January 15 - 24, 2016
with Shastri Benoît Côté
Who am I?? How can I help?? What is real?? Don?t miss this opportunity to experience the Basic Goodness teachings and deepen these themes in the context of an intensive retreat.


March 3 - 11, 2016
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

* Indicates Program with Prerequisites

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