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.



Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has issued a "stay safe at home" order through April 15 to slow down the spread of COVID-19. This order may be extended. Karmê Chöling will be closed to all visitors during this time, and we are continually monitoring the situation. Check our blog for further updates.

Care and Conduct Policies

Karmê Chöling maintains and updates a comprehensive set of Care and Conduct policies that apply to all retreat participants, teachers, staff, volunteers and visitors.

Featured Programs

April 3 - 5

LIVESTREAM: Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Weekend

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

UPDATE: This community practice weekend will be offered online as a live-streaming event. Details now available...

April 4

LIVESTREAM: Parinirvana Day Feast

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

UPDATE: The Parinirvana Feast will be offered online as a live-streaming event. Details now available...

April 28 - May 3

Lineage as the Heart of Ritual - Invoking Drala through Harmony in Voice & Movement *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette, Walker Blaine, Andrea Doukas and Timothy Quigley

A five-day retreat offering advanced training in lhasangs and feast practices for Shambhala Ritual Academy Werma Sadhana practitioners. We will practice, deepen, study shrine room iconography, and share the power of ritual in community.

May 1 - 3

Lineage As the Heart of Ritual: All-Sangha Weekend *

Shambhala ritual practitioners at all levels are invited to gather for hands-on training and study in leading chants, voice, drumming, and shrines, with study in shrine room iconography. Come deepen in the power and practices of Shambhala ritual.

May 1 - 10

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.