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. Our vision is to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.

We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others to work on ourselves.

~ Pema Chödrön

Dathüns and Weekthuns

Dathüns and weekthüns are in-depth retreats and a powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation. They are offered multiple times throughout the year as one-week, two-week or month-long group retreats.

During these programs, the practice of mindfulness goes beyond sitting on a meditation cushion; every aspect of daily life becomes part of the mindful discipline of rediscovering the present moment and our own hearts and minds.


Featured Programs

April 4

Parinirvana Day

Come celebrate the life of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the anniversary of his death.

April 5 - 7

Kado, The Way of Flowers

with Artist to the Kalapa Court Marcia Shibata

Discover and cultivate the source of creativity and learn how to express this in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space and perception. No prior knowledge nor training in flower arranging is needed.

April 12 - 16

Mudra Space Awareness

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

Unlock your inherent freedom and discover the unbound fearlessness that lies in all. Mudra Space Awareness is an energetic sequence of group exercises designed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

April 13 - November 7

Garden Apprentice Program

with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven

Entering its seventh year, the Garden Apprenticeship Program at Karmê Chöling is a unique six-month residential program of contemplative gardening through close mentorship with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven.

April 19 - May 4

Half Dathun: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Cara Thornley and Caroline DeMaio

Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend the first week, or the full two weeks