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


January 8 - February 5
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 22 - February 5


February 6 - 8
with Acharya Martin 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
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 14 - 16
All Dorje Kasung are warmly invited to join us at Karme Choling for Kasung-family gathering during the Dön Season for further deepening, exploration and contemplation of Shambhala Warriorship and Society as Dorje Kasung.
February 19
The Karmê Chöling Community invites you to celebrate Shambhala Day and welcome in the Tibetan New Year with us! Whether new to Shambhala or an old friend, come and join the celebration.
February 24 - May 12
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 1
with Geoff Cox
Join us for a weekend of exploring what is possible when we are fully present in the moment with the bravery to be who we are, weaving together meditation, nature connection, group games, celebration, and Jedi training within the magic of Karmê Chöling.
February 27 - March 3
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 27 - March 4
with Acharya Michael Greenleaf
Who am I?? How can I help?? What is real?? Meant for new and seasoned meditators alike, the Basic Goodness series introduces the view of Shambhala experientially.
February 28 - March 16
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 4
Come celebrate the life of Milarepa with the staff of Karmê Chöling.
March 8 - 15
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
with Shastri David Stone
Unlock your inherent freedom and create a radical shift in your understanding of the mind/body relationship to space.
March 20 - 22
with Julia Persch
You are warmly invited to join a work weekend for The Stupa That Conquers All Directions at Karmê Chöling.
March 23 - 26
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.
March 28 - April 3
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 4
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


April 9 - May 7
with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld
Open to beginners! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat.
April 17 - 19
with Madge Rossinoff
Celebrate the awakening of spring with relaxation and playfulness in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
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.
April 24 - 27
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
with Dr. Eva Wong and Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity.
May 10
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?
May 15 - 17
with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Lodro Rinzler
Inspired by his new book, The Shambhala Principle, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche invites us to deepen our meditation practice and take it off the the cushion into our lives, viewing whatever we encounter as an opportunity to create an enlightened society on the
May 22 - June 2
with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Christie Cashman
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
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.


June 17 - 21
with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XXI
All past and present Kyudo practitioners are warmly invited to Seiko Kyudojo's first Kyudo Assembly with Kanjuro Shibata XXI. Here is a special opportunity to meet Sensei and join together in a retreat setting for an extended period of group practice.
June 25 - July 2
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 25 - July 24
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.


July 9 - 10
with Dr. Eva Wong
July 11
with Dr. Eva Wong
July 12 - 15
In this program, qigong postures will be modified to maximize training in tendon strength, elasticity, and flexibility. In addition, the Eight Basic Wudang Qigong forms, which is the fast-track program for strengthening the tendons, will be taught.
July 23 - 26
with Jane Arthur
Our Relax, Renew and Awaken program offers contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and personal endeavors of all kinds.


August 11 - 13
Drawing wisdom from the Shambhala root text The Letter of the Golden Key, learn the practice of enriching presence.
August 17 - 28
Warrior Assembly is the culmination of the Shambhala Training Sacred Path program.


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

* Indicates Program with Prerequisites

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