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

June 27 - 30

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Andrea Darby

Open to beginners and those new to meditation. Explore the Shambhala path of warriorship over the course of this week-long retreat, or join us for one or more levels.

July 7 - 22

Summer Arts Dathün: Weeks 3-4 *

with Lance Brunner

Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive retreat. Open to people who have already completed a weekthün or part of a dathün.

June 30 - July 2

Kyudo First Shot - Beginner Japanese Archery

with Lucy Halverson

Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, is one of the oldest arts of the Japanese tradition of contemplative warriorship. The practice of kyudo begins with first shot and the cultivation of beginner's heart.

June 30 - July 3

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Tune Faulkner

Discover relaxation and wakefulness in the rolling green mountains of Northern Vermont.

July 17 - 21

A Taoist Journey of Balance

with Dr. Eva Wong and Carolyn Krusinski

Embark on a journey in seeking, discovering, exploring, and adventuring toward cultivating health, longevity, and inner peace through their journey of balance.