Welcome to Karmê Chöling Residential Community

Nestled in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Karmê Chöling offers contemplative retreats and extended residencies to inspire wisdom and compassion in our daily lives. As part of the global community of Shambhala, we are dedicated to awakening our human hearts with kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue.

Living in a Shambhala community offers the camaraderie and support needed to deepen as meditators and progress on our path as good human beings. If you have questions about living at Karmê Chöling, please email Nathan Railla.


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.


Care and Conduct Policies

Karmê Chöling maintains and updates a comprehensive set of Care and Conduct policies that apply to all retreat participants, teachers, staff, volunteers and visitors.

Featured Programs

July 11 - 17

ONLINE: Gentle Bravery: A Week Long Meditation Retreat

with Acharya Suzann Duquette and Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Gentle Bravery: A Week Long Meditation Retreat is a 7-day online householder retreat designed to blend a deepening meditation practice with the ordinary daily schedule of our lives.

July 25 - 26

ONLINE: Birth of the Warrior: Level 2 of the Heart of Warriorship, *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

LIVESTREAM: Examine your fears and habitual patterns by training the mind to meet challenging moments with courage and confidence. This is the 2nd Level of the Heart of Warriorship series.

August 1 - 8

Family Camp ONLNE

with Barbara Bash and Laura Simms

DIGITAL FAMILY CAMP: Online gatherings. Registration opening soon!

August 22 - 23

ONLINE: How to Lead Strategically

with Suzann Duquette and Jane Arthur

How to Lead Strategically is relevant to everyone, as we are all leaders in different aspects of our lives. As taught by Zhuge Liang, learning to lead strategically from the inside out provides a clear path to benefiting ourselves, others, and society.

August 29 - 30

ONLINE: Warrior in the World: Level 3 of the Heart of Warriorship *

Livestream: Having discovered our own goodness and having begun to relax with the nature of fear, we can afford to be more daring, open, and genuine. This is the third level of the Heart of Warriorship Series.