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

September 26 - 27

ONLINE: Awakened Heart: Level 4 of the Heart of Warriorship *

with Timothy Quigley

In this pivotal program, we allow our hearts to be touched without closing down, and from this place, we learn that our inner experience and our outer experience are not so different after all.

October 17 - 18

(Online) Teachings on the Heart Sutra

with Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche

Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will be teaching and giving commentary on the Heart Sutra. It is the most distilled essence of a group of Mahayana sutras concerned with Prajnaparamita; wisdom (prajna) that "reaches the other shore"(paramita).

October 24 - 25

(Online) Mudra Space Awareness: Gesture Practice for Intense Times

with Dr. Craig Warren Smith, Senior Teacher Suzann Duquette and Greg Heffron

Ever wonder about Mudra? Need more Mudra practice? Join this unique mind-body discipline of intensification postures and sensory awareness exercises for these intense times.

October 31 - November 1

(ONLINE) Open Sky: Level 5 of the Heart of Warriorship *

with Acharya Dan Hessey

In this culminating program, we learn that communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness sharpens. We find the open clear sky of mind, a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy.

December 12 - 13

(Online) Dakini Wisdom: Revealing the Feminine in Tibetan Buddhism

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Through an exploration of feminine principle, symbolized by the dakini, the sky-dancing goddess of Tibetan Buddhism, we may access our own vast wisdom beyond gender--and yet discover new meaning in our embodied, passionate lives as women and men.