Welcome to Karmê Chöling

Nestled in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Karmê Chöling offers contemplative programs and year-round retreats 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.



Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has extended the “stay home/stay safe” executive order through May 15 to slow down the spread of COVID-19. This order may be extended. Karmê Chöling will be closed to all visitors during this time, and we are continually monitoring the situation. Check our blog for further updates.

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

June 13 - July 18

5-Week Online Shambhala Ritual Academy Series: Lineage as the Heart of Ritual *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette, Walker Blaine, Timothy Quigley and Andrea Doukas

This 5-week series is available for all those who attend the online Shambhala Ritual Academy presentation, Empowering Lineage and Ritual in Our Household, May 23.

June 27 - 28

ONLINE: The Art of Being Human: Level 1 of the Heart of Warriorship

with Shastri Bill Brauer

This livestreamed mindfulness meditation retreat presents the view that human beings at their core, including ourselves, are fundamentally awake and good. It is open to all.

July 10 - 17

ONLINE: Weekthun

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

This online one-week meditation intensive, is an in-depth introduction to mindfulness-awareness meditation technique. Special Group rates are available to local Shambhala Centers that would like to host this retreat at their home center.

July 25 - 26

ONLINE: Birth of the Warrior: Level 2 of the Heart of Warriorship, *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

LIVESTREAM: Examine your fears and habitual patterns by training the mind to meet challenging moments with courage and confidence. This is the 2nd Level of the Heart of Warriorship series.

August 1 - 9

PENDING: Family Camp

PENDING: By July 1, we will announce whether this program will go forward as planned. Family Camp is a magical week for parents and children to spend together with old friends and new in the beautiful rolling green hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom at