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.

 
 

Winter Session

Karmê Chöling is in its Winter Session from November 1, 2019 until April 30, 2020.  If you are interested in visiting during this time, please reach out to us in advance at info@karmecholing.org or 802-633-2384x101.
 

Featured Programs

February 24

Shambhala Day

with Trinley Busby and Karme Choling Executive Director Betsy Henshaw-Railla

This year, Karmê Chöling will play host to the international Shambhala Day Broadcast. Join us and local sangha to celebrate.

April 4

Parinirvana Day

Please join us for this annual all-day celebration of Parinirvana Day, the anniversary of the passing of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala.

May 1 - 10, 2020

9-Day Mahamudra Retreat *

with Acharya Richard John

Mahamudra, the "great seal," is among the most profound streams of teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism. It is extremely simple and direct, focused on recognizing and gaining confidence in the nature of mind through direct experience.

May 5 - 9, 2020

QiGong Levels 1-3

with Sophie Leger

A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity.

May 6 - 10, 2020

Tent Volunteer Weekend

A weekend of practice and service as we prepare for the summer season!