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. Led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, our vision is to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.

Movement is good for the body, and stillness is good for the mind.

~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


Featured Programs

April 6 - 8

Teen Level II: Birth of the Warrior - Shambhala Training *

with Shastri Nick Kranz

This program is open to teens only. Examine your fears and habitual patterns by training the mind to meet challenging moments with courage and confidence.

April 7 - May 7

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend one, two, or all four weeks.

April 13 - 16

Kurukulla Intensive *

with Andrea Doukas

This retreat will include all aspects of the Kurukulla Sadhana including an extended feast practice dedicated to the development and prosperity of Karme Choling.

April 25 - 29

Qigong Levels 1-3

with 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 2 - 6

Raising the Tents - Volunteer Weekend

Join the Karmê Chöling Staff for a weekend of raising tents and meditation as we set up our Summer campground. Meals and accommodations are included!