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


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.
December 31
Come celebrate New Year's Eve with us at Karmê Chöling!


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-covered 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 6 - 8, 2015
with Acharya Marty Janowitz
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 8 - 15, 2015
with Shastri Brett Ferrigan
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 27 - April 4, 2015
with Acharya Michael Greenleaf
Who am I?? How can I help?? What is real??
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 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 17 - October 23, 2015
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.
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.


May 1 - 9, 2015
with Dr. Eva Wong and Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
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 22 - June 2, 2015
with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
This group retreat with the Sakyong is for vajrayana practitioners who are inspired to move toward the solitary Scorpion Seal retreat in the future.
May 22 - June 2, 2015
This retreats will focus on intensive practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices that were received at SSA One, as well as the reading transmission of the entire Profound volume.


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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