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 28 - May 2

QiGong Levels 4-5 *

with Sophie Leger

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.

April 28 - May 5

Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

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).

April 29

Dartmouth College Visit & Program

This is a special program just for the Dartmouth College Buddhism in America class.

May 4 - 7

Ziji Collective Regional Retreat: Civilization Architect Gathering

with Shastri Nick Kranz

Join society-focused and mindfully inspired people from cities around the region to explore social action without aggression. This program is open to anyone interested in this work, aged 16 and older.

May 5 - 7

Spring Tent Volunteer Weekend

Join the staff for a weekend of tent-pitching, outdoor work, and community connection as we prepare the Karmê Chöling campgrounds for the season.