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

September 29 - October 29

Natural Confidence: A Month-Long Meditation Retreat

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Donna Williams

Open to everyone! Explore bravery and authenticity in this in-depth meditation retreat. This program fulfills the dathün practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path. Attend the first week, the first or last two weeks or the full retreat.

October 7 - 9

Meditation Retreat For Parents

with Shastri Iris Ramos

Join other parents and families for a supportive and inclusive weekend practice retreat.

October 7 - 9

Teen Retreat: Listening Mind/Seeing Mind

with Pablo Coddou

This retreat for youth ages 13-17 is designed for young people with a genuine curiosity about life and the wish to explore the principles of awareness and warriorship in the company of their peers.

October 14 - 16

Youth Leadership Intensive

with Shastri Nick Kranz

The foundation of enlightened society is being unashamed of who you are. This weekend will be an exploration in creating enlightened culture through the practice of social meditation a way to experience meditation as a form of cultural integration.

November 17 - 23

Five Wisdom Energies: Discovering Natural Brilliance in the Darkness of Your Confusion

with Irini Rockwell

These teachings focus on how our constricting neurosis can be recognized and transformed into awakened insight. Working directly with the basic elements of every aspect of our lives, we will experientially bring about an embodied transformation.