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

November 17 - 23

Five Wisdom Energies: Discovering Natural Brilliance in the Darkness of Your Confusion

with Irini Rockwell

These teachings focus on how our constricting neurosis can be recognized and transformed into awakened insight. Working directly with the basic elements of every aspect of our lives, we will experientially bring about an embodied transformation.

November 17 - 25

Natural Confidence: A Week-Long Meditation Retreat

with Shastri Bill Brauer

Open to everyone! Explore bravery and authenticity in this in-depth meditation retreat. This program, also known as a weekthün, fulfills a portion of the practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Simplicity: Meditation for Real Life

Open to all and ideal for beginners on the path of meditation, Simplicity retreats were created to give everyone a flexible, simple way to enjoy the benefits of sitting meditation.

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Heart of Recovery Retreat

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

A exploration of how meditation and mindfulness intersect with recovery from addiction and other harmful habitual patterns. This is a week- long journey of warriorship, gentleness and bravery.