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

August 26 - 30

Staff Days Off

A chance for Karme Choling staff to take a break after a long Summer of programs! Karme Choling will be closed to visitors during this time.

September 3 - 8

Making Your Way Back Home: Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Timothy Quigley

The last 2 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship, a seminal path of training rooted in the ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings of the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyday existence.

September 4 - 8

Lowering the Tents - Volunteer Weekend

Join the Karme Choling Staff for a weekend of lowering the tents and meditation as we close down our Summer campground. Meals and accommodations are included!

September 7 - 8

Kyudo Open Practice Weekend *

Seiko Kyudojo invites all kyudo practitioners to spend the weekend in the hills of Vermont and practice at the Azuchi. Come for one or both days. Class equipment is available.

September 22

Harvest of Peace

A day for to gather and celebrate the riches of our community and Shambhala heritage!