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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 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.

May

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
with Acharya Susan Chapman
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

June 12 - 14
with Lucy Halverson
To begin the study of kyudo, students are required to take First Shot instruction. This program will provide training in Kyudo's Seven Coordinations, the basic form for aligning the body and properly releasing the arrow.
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
with Margaret Drescher and Jim Drescher
In this training we take particular care to draw upon the wisdom of nature. Explore the Shambhala path of warriorship over the course of this week-long earth-based retreat. Open to beginners and those new to meditation.
June 25 - July 24
with Lance Brunner
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

July 3 - 8
with Acharya Noel McLellan
How we are is as important as what we teach, and how we are depends on how we relate to own minds and hearts. In this retreat we explore meditation, teachings and contemplations that help us to connect to the richness in our lives and teaching activity.
July 8 - 10
with Dr. Eva Wong
This program is designed to be a supplement to Level 6 in preparation for Level 6 Part II.
July 11
with Dr. Eva Wong
Come explore Karmê Chöling's land based upon the principles of land energy from the Chinese fengshui and Tibetan beyul (hidden land) perspective.
July 11 - 15
with Dr. Eva Wong
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

August 1 - 9
Family Camp is a magical week for parents and children to spend together with old friends and new in the beautiful, rolling green hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.
August 14 - 16
with Joe Inskeep
Drawing wisdom from the Shambhala root text The Letter of the Golden Key, learn the practice of enriching presence.
August 17 - 28
with Shastri Alice Haspray and Geoffrey Crinean
Warrior Assembly is the culmination of the Shambhala Training Sacred Path program.
August 28 - 30
with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven
What better way to learn about mindfulness meditation than through the practice of organic gardening?
August 28 - 30
For Vajrayana practitioners. Chöd practice represents the Mahayana view by helping us offer what is most precious to us: our body. It is an ancient practice for overcoming clinging and fixation.

September

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
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
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 28 - 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

October 2 - 4
with Dr. Eva Wong, Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Dr. Peter van der Molen
A series of programs that combine the physical practice of Warrior Qigong with a new and innovative approach to the Art of War - each practicum offering a fresh way to work with interpersonal relationships and conflict.
October 8 - November 7
with Acharya Dan Hessey
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.
 
October 23 - November 7
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 and Geoff Cox
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

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 - 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

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.

* Indicates Program with Prerequisites

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