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.



Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors Wednesday, May 22nd through Sunday, June 2nd. We look forward to seeing you after June 2nd.

Featured Programs

June 5 - 12

Celebrating the Vajrayana *

with Acharya Christie Cashman

Throughout this week-long retreat, we will explore how wrathful, peaceful, and effortless vajrayana methods "touch the fruition," and thus remind us of our inherent wisdom.

June 13 - 16

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Madge Rossinoff

Discover relaxation and wakefulness in the rolling green mountains of Northern Vermont and learn contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life.

June 14 - 16

Embodying Community Accountability: Principles of Harm Reduction *

with Trinley Busby

During this retreat we will endeavor to maintain the supreme spacious view of Basic Goodness, but our focus will rest on the practical and relative truth of conduct (action).

June 21 - 23

Embodied Listening ®

with Hope Martin

Embodied Listening offers a way to move through blockages, challenges and uncertainty by tuning into your most reliable source for guidance - the wisdom of your body.

June 21 - 23

Being Tara: Transcending Fear through Song & Dance

with Kristine McCutcheon

The practice of Tara is for all of us, whatever stage of life. We will explore various ways of meditating with Tara, including song and dance, in order to go beyond the many faces of fear that confront us in daily life.