Summer Art & Meditation Retreat

A 10-Day Retreat

Summer Art Dathun
On-LandOpenIntroContemplative ArtsDeep Meditation Retreats


Lance Brunner

Laura Simms

Date & Time Details:

June 2024



Program Fee:

Generosity Price - $925

Tuition - $770

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A Meditation Retreat with Contemplative Art

This meditation retreat is open to anyone. It can be a very powerful introduction to mindfulness-awareness for the beginning meditator or an opportunity to deepen an existing meditation practice for a long-time practitioner. The basic daily schedule consists of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation with time for talks, study, and a short work period. Contemplative art exercises and activities will also be incorporated into the schedule. These exercises allow the participant to explore how meditation practice can be extended into other activities in their everyday lives.

Contemplative Art as Mindfulness/Awareness

The theme for this meditation retreat is "Contemplative Art". Having a theme allows the basic mindfulness/awareness technique to be connected with other forms and activities. These activities have the potential of enriching or extending the mindfulness/awareness practice into other contexts besides sitting meditation. For this program, we will use the contemplative arts to explore working intensely with the mind/body as a unit. This exploration can become the ground of discovery for leading a more creative, mindful, and artful life.

Discover how we are all artists

This program is not meant solely for practicing or aspiring artists. Nor is it meant to substitute for parts of the formal Shambhala Art program. The exercises and activities involving contemplative arts will be used to explore how meditation practice can be extended into our daily lives; whether we are making a cup of tea, having a conversation, painting on canvas, or writing a poem or novel. Whether or not we are practicing artists, when we wake up we can all lead our life as a work of art.

Contemplative Practices during this Retreat

  • Silence and functional speech will be observed during the retreat
  • Sitting Meditation: We will work with basic sitting meditation or shamatha practice. Shamatha ("peaceful abiding") allows us to experience the present moment with a light and intimate touch.
  • Walking Meditation: Mindful walking practices are incorporated into the daily schedule, cultivating a sense of presence while in motion.
  • Individual Meditation Instruction: Each person receives guidance and support from an experienced Meditation Instructor. Your individual questions about your own practice can be answered during these meetings.
  • Contemplative meals: Meals are taken in the shrineroom while maintaining silence and mindfulness.
  • Talks given by Senior Teachers: The senior teachers will share their understanding and insight of the view and path of meditation.
  • Study Periods and Group Discussions: Time is set aside for study and contemplation, allowing participants to explore the concepts behind mindfulness-awareness meditation. We will also engage in group discussion in order to share experience and learn from one another.
  • Nature: Karmê Chöling is spectacular in the summer. Much time is spent outdoors, experiencing and appreciating the natural world and bringing that into the various art projects.
  • Open time: Get ready for garden walks, singing frogs, ‘looking and seeing’, object arrangement, open hearts and much more. Come play, dance, and create!

Mindful Living in the World

In the face of all the uncertainty and changes in our world, a meditation retreat with emphasis on contemplative arts restores and refreshes our capacity to live. On all levels, it allows us to communicate and work with joy, skillful means, creativity, and compassion.

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Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

Generosity Price: $925.00
You're able to help us with this commitment by choosing the "Generosity Price". The money above the basic tuition cost goes into a scholarship fund for those who might not be able to attend a program otherwise.

Tuition: $770.00
This is the price of the program, it does not include housing options or material fees.

Please Note:
Price does not include accommodations, which will be added during the registration process.


Payment Policies:
Please read the payment policy before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.


Lance Brunner
Lance Brunner

Lance Brunner is an experienced teacher in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition, having directed Shambhala Training and contemplative arts programs and retreats for over thirty years. He has taught in a variety of settings, including North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. From 2008 to 2019 he has lead seven Summer Arts Dathüns” at Karmê Chöling. He served as co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Shambhala Path of Social Engagement and was a member of the International Shambhala Art Council.

He combines his interests in the arts, meditation, and action in the world through his consulting and facilitation, having worked with health professionals, businesses, leadership organizations, and within prisons. A Kellogg National Fellow (1985-88) and the founding Director of the Commonwealth Fellowship Program for community leaders in Appalachia (1990-96), he has been a professor of music history at the University of Kentucky since 1976.

Laura Simms
Laura Simms

Laura Simms met Chogyam Trungpa, RInpoche in 1978. She is a senior teacher of Shambhala Buddhism and Dharma Art.

Professionally she is a storyteller and writer dedicated to compassionate action in the world. She performs, and teaches worldwide and lives in New York City.

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