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6/26/20 Update: Two solitary cabin retreatants have arrived at Karmê Chöling and our practicing in the Retreats Area at Karmê Chöling. Following policies developed by KCL’s COVID-19 Task Force, which is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and state health officials, the retreatants walked themselves to their cabins and made no contact with the staff. Interviews with the Retreats Master took place outside, masked, and at least six feet apart.

6/5/20 Update: Despite an outbreak of COVID-19 in Winooski, a city in Chittenden County 85 miles east of Karmê Chöling, state officials outlined a series of orders today that open the door to increased but limited lodging opportunities in the state of Vermont. The orders go into effect June 8. In mid-June, Karmê Chöling, whose COVID-19 Task Force is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and state health officials, will accommodate solitary cabin retreatants who follow strict guidelines, which include isolation from KCL residents and outdoor workers. Learn more at VTDigger.com: https://vtdigger.org/2020/06/05/vermont-officials-eliminate-travel-quarantine-for-some-open-indoor-dining/?is_wppwa=true&wpappninja_cache=friendly

5/15/20 Update: Vermont Gov. Phil Scott extended the state of emergency to June 15.

Via VTDigger: With just one Covid-19 patient now in an ICU in a Vermont hospital, Gov. Phil Scott on May 15 continued to open the state to an economic recovery.

Scott promised he would relax the stay home/stay safe orders that have kept Vermonters in their homes since mid-March. While he extended the state of emergency to June 15, he assured Vermonters that if Covid-19 infection rates continue to stay very low, outdoor dining, close-contact businesses like salons, and other indoor businesses would be open by June 1. He also said the state’s limit on gatherings, now set at 10, would be expanded to 25 people.

5/6/20 Update: While Karme Choling remains closed to all visitors, today Gov. Scott has added an amendment to the stay at home/stay safe order — reopening certain outdoor recreation facilities and trails. Hikers rejoice!

Play Smart and Play Safe. Addendum 6 to the Executive Order (Stay Home/Stay Safe), is hereby amended to make clear Vermonters may leave home to get fresh air and exercise and resume limited social interactions and gatherings of 10 or fewer, preferably in outdoor settings, provided that physical distancing and protocols for hygiene consistent with guidance from VDH and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), are observed.

4/10/20 Update: Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has extended the “stay home/stay safe” executive order through May 15 to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Learn more at VTDigger.

3/26/10 Update: Vermont Gov. Phil Scott issued a “stay safe at home” order on March 24, requiring all Vermonters to stay at home, leaving only for essential reasons critical to health and safety. The order is in effect through April 15, and may be extended. Check in with our blog for further updates.

3/15/20 Update: Due to the current uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19, Karmê Chöling will be closed to all visitors beginning Sunday, March 15, through March 31. We are continually monitoring the situation and, if necessary, may extend this closure. We feel that it is important to take this simple preventative step rather than risk increasing the harm of this virus. 

In alliance with the larger community and most of the world right now, we are partnering to slow the spread of this virus. We are monitoring the coronavirus situation in Vermont and throughout the nation daily, and have put new health & safety procedures into effect for our residential staff and volunteers. As an additional precaution we are postponing the arrival of any new volunteers until April, and KCL staff members who are returning from abroad will be self-isolating for 14 days, at a location off-land.

In addition, the Parinirvana Celebration on April 4th will be offered as a live, online-only event.  We will give you more details on this as they become available. 

It’s also important to add that we are addressing this situation with both practical actions and practice. Today, several of our staff joined the healing White Tara practice, offered through Shambhala Online, and we continue our daily protector chants, practices, and offerings.

We will keep you posted on any further developments.

3/13/20 Update: Karmê Chöling wants to reassure everyone that we are daily monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Vermont and nationally, and are following all recommendations from the Vermont Dept. of Health regarding preventative measures and whether to hold large gatherings. Do keep in mind that we do not ramp up programming until the end of April and, as we monitor the situation, we will be deciding whether to take more drastic measures before anyone arrives for the program season, including canceling programs if that is what is called for. We are looking into offering much of the April 4, Parinirvana Day event online, and will let you know of further developments.

As the virus situation develops we will keep you posted on the status of the program season in May and on the well-being of the KCL residents


Hello Shambhala Sangha,

Here in the programs office at Karmê Chöling, we’ve started fielding questions and concerns about how coronavirus may affect the upcoming program season, so we thought we’d let everyone know what we’re doing to prepare. At this time, there is no plan to cancel any of our programming based on coronavirus. Karmê Chöling is actively developing protocols to address and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please check our blog regularly to see more of what we are doing to keep everyone safe and healthy.

As part of our preparations for the upcoming season, we are consulting with medical professionals and other knowledgeable sources, including the Infection Preventionist at the local hospital and the Vermont Deptartment of Health, to establish new procedures to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. When you come, you will see both physical and operational changes informed by best practices in health and safety — and you may find yourself on a doorknob sanitizing team.

Karmê Chöling is taking the situation seriously, and we are also committed to offering a sane and safe practice container, especially in this time when fear and confusion are so prevalent.

DO follow common sense precautions: If you are at risk because of chronic health conditions, monitor travel advisories from WHO. If you are ill, whether COVID-19 or the common cold, stay at home where you will not risk infecting others.

We look forward to hosting you this summer. If anything changes, we will let you know. Until then, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Rusung, Andy Benson, who is leading the charge towards COVID safely.  He is available at rusung@karmecholing.org.

Marian English
Director of Practice, Education & Programs



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