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

July 19 - 22

Women's Kyudo Retreat *

with Lucy Halverson

Touching on the grace, dignity and tranquility of kyudo, this retreat offers women the opportunity to practice together in the relaxed setting of a contemplative community.

July 20 - 22

The Spirit World as Teacher

with Dr. Eva Wong

The touch of father sun, the brush of the moon, the breath of the earth, the heartbeat of life, the cycle of the seasons, the song of the trees - the spirit world is all around us.

July 22 - 27

Wudangshan Animal Long Forms *

with Dr. Eva Wong

The Wudangshan Five Animals Long Forms are designed to deepen tendon-changing and marrow-washing practices using advanced stances and internal martial arts-based postures.

July 24 - 28

Teaching from the Heart

with Acharya Noel McLellan, Tony Cape, D'Arcy Colby and Alexander Devaron

A program for school teachers to discover how we are with our students is as important as what we teach. In this retreat we explore meditation, teachings, and contemplations that help us to connect to the richness in our lives.

September 7 - 14

Finding Bravery in Times of Confusion - Shambhala Training Levels I - III

with Shastri Bill Brauer

This is where it all starts: the first 3 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship - a seminal path of ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings rooted in the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyday existence.