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 3 - 11

Meditation Retreat for Everyday Life (Weekthün)

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Shastri Ethan Nichtern

This one-week group retreat will explore our internal wisdom through mindfulness-awareness meditation, which increases our ability to stay present for our life, and Shambhala Meditation, which supports us being who we are from the very nature of our being

March 5 - 12

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Mary Campbell

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.

March 18 - 20

Art of Hosting: Social Practices for Enlightened Society

with Marguerite Drescher and Gabrielle Donnelly

The Art of Hosting is a global learning community drawing on a range of leading-edge facilitation, community engagement and change practices.

April 15 - 17

The Power of Kindness

with Christine Heming

Join us for an exploration of the power of kindness and how we can cultivate a culture of kindness. We will practice deep listening, tell our stories, and have time for reflection, dialogue, and sitting meditation.

April 21 - May 4

Natural Confidence: A Two-Week Meditation Retreat

with Cara Thornley

Open to everyone! Explore bravery and authenticity in this in-depth meditation retreat. This program fulfills half of the the dathün practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path. Participants may attend the first week or the full retreat.