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

September 29 - October 1

Youth Leadership Intensive

with Shastri Nick Kranz

The foundation of enlightened society is being unashamed of who you are. This weekend will be an exploration in creating enlightened culture through the practice of social meditation a way to experience meditation as a form of cultural integration.

September 29 - October 29

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend one, two, or all four weeks.

September 29 - October 7

Dathün: Week 1

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

Open to beginners! Deepen your meditation practice by joining us for the first week of this intensive month-long retreat. This weekthün fulfills a portion of the group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

October 6 - 14

Dathün: Week 2

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

Open to beginners! Deepen your meditation practice by joining us for the first week of this intensive month-long retreat. This weekthün fulfills a portion of the group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

October 14 - 29

Dathün: Weeks 3-4 *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive retreat. Open to people who have already completed a weekthün or part of a dathün.