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.


Center News

August 24, 2018

Update from the Executive Director

Karmê Chöling is committed to providing a safe place for people of all backgrounds, genders, race, age and physical ability, free from harassment, mistreatment and discrimination. We do not condone such harmful behaviors by any leader in Shambhala, including the Sakyong. We support and certainly call for the third party investigation report to be made public in its entirety, protecting the names of the victims. Read more…

July 20, 2018

Investigation Into Sexual Misconduct

For some months now, in the context of the Buddhist Project Sunshine, allegations of sexual misconduct have been brought against some individuals in Shambhala including, most recently, our main teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Read more…


Featured Programs

November 30 - December 2

Transformative Dialogue: Supporting Communities to Connect Across Differences

with Judith Saul and Cherise Hairston

Transformative Dialogue supports changes in the quality of conflict interaction, allowing people to deal with their differences in constructive and nonviolent ways. Sponsored by the Shambhala Trust.

December 7 - 9

Trident Assembly & Essential Heart of Kasungship II *

with Toby Sifton, Rupön

This Assembly gives Dorje Kasung who are MPE Veterans, the opportunity to either begin or deepen their study of the Trident text.

December 7 - 9

Essential Heart of Kasungship II

with Toby Sifton, Rupön

Essential Heart of Kasungship Part II is a clan gathering at the regional level for the purpose of sharing the profound view of the Dorje Kasung presented in the Makkyi Rabjam's recent teachings.

December 16

Children's Day and Winter Solstice

Come for this morning and afternoon of crafts, lunch, and a procession of light! All are welcome.

December 17 - 23

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors during this time.