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

March 25 - 27

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Frank Ryan and Susan Ryan

When we enter the world in an open and vulnerable way, we let the world touch our heart, and our heart wakes up to the touch.

March 25 - 31

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Frank Ryan

Awakened Heart and Open Sky are the culmination of the Heart of Warriorship section of Shambhala Training, and the prerequisite for entry into the Sacred Path section.

March 28 - 31

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Frank Ryan and Susan Ryan

With our body resting on the earth, no different from the earth, and our mind resting in the sky, no different from the sky, we encounter the vastness of heaven joined with the primordial depth of earth in our own being.

March 25 - 27

Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

This retreat introduces the vision of the Great Eastern Sun, the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists. Great Eastern Sun is the entry into the Sacred Path section of Shambhala Training.

March 25 - April 1

Shambhala Training Retreat: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

The Sacred Path brings the principles of warriorship and the practice of mindfulness-awareness into daily life. It is designed to nurture the student's ability to experience the world as sacred and their aspiration to create an enlightened society.