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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.

November

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.
November 29
with Acharya Michael Greenleaf
What is prosperity? What is wealth? How can we offer the world what it needs? How do we receive what we need from the world?

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 21
At this darkest point of the year, we gather to celebrate light and community. Join us for a morning and afternoon of festivities, including crafts, a visit by the King and Queen of Shambhala, and a play starring the Karmê Chöling staff. All are welcome.
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
with Nicolia Jiraff and Elizabeth Dealing
Through story, song, sitting meditation, outdoor exploration, art, and play, the Aloka Program builds a culture of worthiness that allows all children a joyful opportunity to express their unique gifts. For children ages 3-12.
December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015
with Geoff Cox and Leslie Gossett
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 13-18.
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
with Madge Rossinoff
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 Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Shelley Heinz
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
This ngöndro practice and study retreat is open to all practitioners of the vajrayana path within Shambhala.

February

February 6 - 8, 2015
With the great problems now facing human society, it seems increasingly important to find simple ways to bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world, even in small ways.
February 9 - 24, 2015
with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and Margaret Drescher
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
Come explore the Shambhala dzokchen path of Ashe, windhorse, and the four dignities with the mahamudra vipashyana investigations into the nature of mind.
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.
March 20 - 22, 2015
with Shastri David Stone
Unlock your inherent freedom and create a radical shift in your understanding of the mind/body relationship to space.
March 28 - April 4, 2015
with Gisèle Laberge
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.
March 28 - April 5, 2015
with Chris Kreeger
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.
 
 
March 30 - April 1, 2015
 
April 1 - 4, 2015

April

April 9 - May 7, 2015
Open to beginners! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat.
 
April 9 - 17, 2015
 
 
April 24 - May 7, 2015
April 24 - 27, 2015
with Shastri Bill Brauer
This training is for students who have a strong personal practice and feel ready to help others on their meditative journeys.

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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