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

February 4 - 7

Shambhala Training: Golden Key *

with Shastri Donna Williams

Drawing wisdom from the Shambhala root text The Letter of the Golden Key, learn the practice of enriching presence.

February 11 - 22

Warrior Assembly *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Acharya Samten Kobelt

Warrior Assembly is the culmination of the Shambhala Training Sacred Path program.

February 24 - 26

Dön Season Retreat

Gathering during the Dön Season, a time when obstacles are particularly prevalent, is especially potent for Dorje Kasung because of our connection to the protection principle.

February 24 - 26

Shambhala Training Level I for Teens: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Nick Kranz

This introductory level of the Path of Warriorship is open to teens only: beginners or those new to meditation! Discovering basic goodness in the world and ourselves is the seed of developing confidence and gentleness.

February 24 - 26

Self-Guided Retreat for Parents

This offering is for parents of teens who are participating in the Level I for Teens program.