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

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Werma & Scorpion Seal Intensive: Ashe, The Essence of Life *

with Acharya Christie Cashman

Relax into the vast space and profound teaching of the Werma Sadhana through this study and practice retreat. Scorpion Seal and other experienced Werma practitioners may attend all or part of this retreat.

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Simplicity: Meditation for Real Life

with Shastri Nick Kranz and Jade Kranz

Open to all and ideal for beginners on the path of meditation, Simplicity retreats were created to give everyone a flexible, simple way to enjoy the benefits of sitting meditation.

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Heart of Recovery Retreat

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan

A exploration of how meditation and mindfulness intersect with recovery from addiction and other harmful habitual patterns. This is a week - long journey of warriorship, gentleness and bravery.

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Teen Winter Retreat

with Anne-Marie Keppel and Pablo Coddou

Bring your teen to Karmê Chöling while you participate in one of our winter holiday programs. The teachings on awareness and warriorship offer teens an opportunity to slow down, learn about oneself, and open one's heart to others. For youth ages 14-18.

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Tween Winter Retreat

Our Annual winter retreat invites families to come together in the spacious, natural environment of Karme Choling to explore meditation and community. Bring your tween to Karmê Chöling while you participate in one of our winter holiday programs. Age 10-13