Welcome to Karmê Chöling

Nestled in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Karmê Chöling offers contemplative programs to inspire wisdom and compassion in our everyday lives. As part of the global community of Shambhala we are dedicated to awakening our human hearts with kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue.

With an array of accommodations, elegant meditation halls, an abundant organic garden, and a warm, inviting residential staff, you will find an ideal setting to explore what it means to be fully human while deepening your connection to the earth, yourself, and society.


About Shambhala

Shambhala is a global community with over 200 meditation and retreat centers around the world. As one of it’s four largest rural retreat centers, Karmê Chöling brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life who are interested in exploring our minds, transforming our experience, and awakening our potential for enlightened society.

We offer a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented towards modern life. Our communities around the world cultivate kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue. Our vision is to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.

We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others to work on ourselves.

~ Pema Chödrön

Dathüns and Weekthuns

Dathüns and weekthüns are in-depth retreats and a powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation. They are offered multiple times throughout the year as one-week, two-week or month-long group retreats.

During these programs, the practice of mindfulness goes beyond sitting on a meditation cushion; every aspect of daily life becomes part of the mindful discipline of rediscovering the present moment and our own hearts and minds.


NEW Seasonal Model

Beginning in November 2019, Karmê Chöling will be shifting to a seasonal model. The Winter Session will be a wonderful time for solitary cabin and in-house retreats along with self-directed/organized deep practice groups. Public programming will resume in May 2020 - our 50th anniversary year; we hope to see you on the land soon!

Featured Programs

July 20

Sangha Nynthun

Come home to Karme Choling for a day of practice, food and celebration!

July 25 - 28

Women's Kyudo Retreat *

with Lucy Halverson

Touching on the grace, dignity and tranquility of kyudo, this retreat offers women the opportunity to practice together in the relaxed setting of a contemplative community.

August 3 - 11

Family Camp

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 at Karmê Chöling.

August 3 - 11

Earth Warriors: Young Adult Retreat

with Leslie Gossett

New Program to be held within the rich and lively container of Family Camp!! Young adults, ages 18-23, are invited to come together to engage in lively discussions, meditation, and exploration of Earths wisdom lineages.

August 16 - 18

Kado: The Way of Flowers with Anji Cho

with Anjie Cho

Using classical Ikebana (flower arranging) forms, Kado teaches us to clearly see the wisdom in nature, in ourselves and in others.