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

September 2 - 5

Volunteer Tent Weekend

Please join the Facilities Team for a weekend of tent-pitching and outdoor work as we take down the Karmê Chöling campgrounds for the end of the camping season.

September 6 - November 28

Mukpo Institute: Fall Semester

A semester of Buddhist study and practice under the direction of Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and senior teachers from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

September 9 - 11

LGBTQ Retreat: Inherent Confidence

with Acharya Eve Rosenthal and Acharya Eric Spiegel

In this retreat we will come together both as LGBTQ individuals and as a larger community. Through meditation, discussion, and celebration, we will reveal and explore our basic qualities, connecting to naturally wakeful minds and hearts.

September 9 - 11

Embodied Listening: Uncovering Our Bodies' Natural Wisdom

with David Rome and Hope Martin

Access your "felt sense"-the intuitive wisdom of the body- and experience living more fully and comfortably in your body.

September 16 - 23

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Bill Brauer

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.