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

October 27 - 30

Awake Society, Now

with Acharya Adam Lobel

Gather with a community of spiritual warriors to unite Shambhala's spiritual teachings and its vision of enlightened society.

November 3 - 9

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Shastri Nick Kranz

Awakened Heart and Open Sky are the culmination of the Heart of Warriorship section of Shambhala Training, and the prerequisite for entry into the Sacred Path section.

November 10 - 12

Heart and Mind Conflict Transformation

with Basia Solarz and Ella Reznikova

Learn to respond thoughtfully to conflicts - rather than react - during this weekend program which will explore the forces that derail mindful engagement when it matters most.

November 16 - 19

Brave Leadership: The Art of Hosting

with Marguerite Drescher, Gabrielle Donnelly and Aarti Tejuja

Brave Leadership is designed to enrich and support how we practice and create Enlightened Society and draws on the global Art of Hosting movement.

November 16 - 24

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

with Shastri Bill Brauer

Open to everyone! Learn to understand your mind and emotions with this in-depth introduction to mindfulness-awareness meditation and Shambhala Meditation.