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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

April 10 - May 8
with Cara Thornley
Open to beginners! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat. You may also register for one to three weeks only.
 
April 18 - 25
with Acharya Arawana Hayashi
Relax into the vast space and profound teaching of the Werma Sadhana through this study and practice retreat. Scorpion Seal Assembly participants or experienced practitioners of the sadhana may attend the whole program or just a day or two.
April 18 - October 16
with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven
This is a unique 6-month residential program in which participants gain both theoretical and practical hands-on training in organic gardening principles while participating in mindfulness-awareness based meditation practices.
April 25 - 27
with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette, Walker Blaine and Andrea Doukas
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche wishes to invite all Shambhala Vajrayana practitioners who have already or wish to make umdze or chöpön training a major part of their ongoing practice path to attend these regional teachings.

May

May 2 - 6
with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems - The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.
May 3
Learn mindfulness meditation, a simple technique for training the mind's alertness and presence to bring flexibility and poise into daily life situations in the home or workplace.
May 6 - 10
with Dr. Eva Wong
This intensive serves as a deepening of the teachings in Qigong Levels I-III in which students will continue the study of traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems - The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School
May 9 - 14
with David Brown
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.
May 14 - 20
with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
The Rigden Abhisheka enters qualified students into the highest level of the Shambhala teachings expressed in the Druk Sakyong's terma, The Scorpion Seal of the Golden Sun, from which The Roar of the Werma and the Scorpion Seal retreat are drawn.
 
May 16 - 19
May 17 - 20
with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Walker Blaine
Offered to practitioners who have established Werma Sadhana as their main practice for more than one year and all Vajrayogini sadhakas in the Shambhala mandala who have a connection to the Sakyong.
May 22 - June 2
with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will preside over a garchen or great encampment in which Scorpion Seal Assemblies IV and V will take place separately and simultaneously.
May 22 - June 2
with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will preside over a garchen or great encampment in which Scorpion Seal Assemblies IV and V will take place separately and simultaneously.

June

June 11 - 17
with Shastri Bill Brauer
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.
June 11 - 18
with Cara Thornley
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.
June 13 - 27
Come explore the intersection of mindfulness-awareness meditation practice and organic gardening in Karme Choling's one-acre vegetable, herb and flower garden. Attend one or both weeks. All levels of gardening experience welcome.
June 14 - 15
with Jim Drescher
A day and a half to explore the potential power in collaborating as a region to move the Sakyong's vision forward.
June 19 - 22
Join Kyudo practitioners from all levels in the special practice weekend in the beautiful hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. The program offers an environment in which beginning and experienced students can advance their practice together.
June 20 - 26
with Lance Brunner
Mindful simplicity can give birth to elegant, artful living. The schedule is flexible, allowing for participation for the whole week, a portion, or just one day of the retreat.

July

July 3 - August 1
with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
Open to everyone! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat grounded in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Shambhala Meditation. This Dathün fulfills the group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.
 
July 11 - 15
with Dr. Eva Wong
Intermediate instruction in breath regulation and control techniques in The Immortals' Guide to Self Massage and Breath Regulation and Red Phoenix Calisthenics.
 
July 24 - 27
with Jane Arthur
Celebrate the height of summer with relaxation and wakefulness in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

August

August 2 - 10
Family Camp is a magical week for parents and children to spend together with friends old and new at Karmê Chöling, in the beautiful, rolling green hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.
August 13 - 15
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.
August 16 - 31
with Acharya Michael Greenleaf and Acharya Emily Bower
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.

September

September 6 - 20
Come explore the intersection of mindfulness-awareness meditation practice and organic gardening in Karme Choling's one-acre vegetable, herb and flower garden. Attend one or both weeks. All levels of gardening experience welcome.
September 9 - 11
with Lucy Halverson
The three-day program is open to women who have taken first shot and will focus on reviewing basic skills and group practice. We will also touch on the grace, dignity and tranquility of the practice of kyudo.
September 11 - 14
with Lucy Halverson
Join Kyudo practitioners from all levels in the special practice weekend in the beautiful hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. The program offers an environment in which beginning and experienced students can advance their practice together.
 
September 12 - 17
with Dr. Eva Wong and Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
The goal of this program is to teach people how to read a sacred text using both the deciphering method and the hermeneutical (text-listening) methods and integrate the Daoist philosophy of health with the practice of qigong.
September 19 - 25
with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
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 19 - 25
with Shastri Bill Brauer
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 21 - 23
 
September 23 - 25

October

October 2 - 31
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.

November

November 6 - 12
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

December

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.

* Indicates Program with Prerequisites

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