Karmê Chöling Residency

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.

Featured Programs

October 24 - 25

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

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

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED for this program. Please stay tuned for announcements about future Mudra Space Awareness programs. Ever wonder about Mudra? Need more Mudra practice? Join this unique mind-body discipline of intensification postures and sensory

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.

November 7 - 8

ONLINE: HOW TO LEAD STRATEGICALLY: The Art of Leading-Embodied Presence

with Suzann Duquette and Jane Arthur

Based on a book by Eva Wong: Leadership is more about being than doing. Just as by being virtuous, a leader attracts virtue, so trustworthiness attracts commitment and integrity from others.

November 27 - 29

Gentle Bravery: The Power of Mindfulness

with Acharya Dan Hessey

ONLINE: This program will provide an introduction to mindfulness practice for new meditators and an opportunity to re-engage the depth and richness of shamatha for people at any level of experience.

December 5 - 6

ONLINE: HOW TO LEAD STRATEGICALLY: The Art of Leading - Strategic Wisdom

with Suzann Duquette and Jane Arthur

Based on a book by Dr. Eva Wong: The art of leading has elegance and beauty. It requires subtlety and knowing how to read people, who to trust and not trust, and how to make use of people?s potentials.

Community News

  • Residency update: 14 and counting
    Eight new residents walked through the Dharma Door Saturday, boosting Karmê Chӧling’s population to 27 and signaling that its transformation into a residential meditation center holds real promise. In April, Executive Director Betsy Railla announced plans for Karmê Chӧling Residency,… Continue reading
  • Resident Spotlight: Alley Smith-Morrissey
    Recently, I medically retired from the military and came to Karmê Chöling.  I served in both the Marine Corps (active duty) and the Navy Reserve.  For my entire military career, we have been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. And… Continue reading
  • Deepening our embodied practices outside of therapy
    This article was previously published at buddhistpsychotherapyny.com  by Alison Pepper. More and more people are talking about the ways we work with and heal trauma in the therapeutic setting. As the understanding and culture around trauma has shifted so to… Continue reading
  • Caring for the Purkhang
    Meet Raven Fennell, a long-time sangha member and  Choling treasure. She took over care for the crumbling Purkhang in 1998 and undertook a major restoration in 1999. More than 20 years later still maintains the beloved structure. The purkhang used… Continue reading
  • Andrew Holecek: What Got Me Into Dream Yoga
    I’m often asked what got me into dream yoga. For me, the journey into these incredible nighttime practices started nearly forty years ago and I have been exploring them ever since. Some of the most remarkable experiences I’ve ever had… Continue reading
  • Knocking on Dharma’s Door
    My second-favorite moment at Karmê Chöling’s 50th anniversary was a talk featuring Jack Niland, who described the magical circumstances of his arrival at Tail of the Tiger and his heart connection to Trungpa Rinpoche. Key 0 in the mystical Tarot… Continue reading
  • Mudra Musings:
    Chaos and Vastness Mudra’s connection to a sense of chaos is very interesting.  A system is called chaotic if small changes in the initial conditions at some initial time lead to large differences at some later time.  That seems to… Continue reading