Family Camp 2024

Family Camp Karme Choling Meditation Retreat Center Vermont
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Registration is closed. You will need to email if you are interested in attending.


Irini Rockwell

Date & Time Details:

July 2024



Program Fee:

Tuition - $200

Room/Meals Fee:

This will be added in during the registration process.
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Contact Us:

Karmê Chöling
(802) 633-2384

Note: Registration is closed at this time. You will need to email if you would like to attend.

Family Camp is a magical week for parents and children to spend together with old and new friends in the beautiful, rolling green hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom at Karmê Chöling.

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Family Camp is a week-long program that combines meditation practice, outdoor time, and the warmth of family and community. For parents, the morning is a time for meditation practice, with morning dharma talks and discussions focused on mindful parenting, led by our Family Camp staff. There will also be spaces dedicated for practitioners to do their personal practice in a group setting.

For children we offer daily programs:
9:15 am—12:15 pm, grouped by age

  • Tigers (3-5)
  • Lions (6-7)
  • Garudas (8-10)
  • Dragons (11-12)
  • Explorers of the Phenomenal World (13-16)
  • Earth Warriors (17+).

Activities are varied and often include meditation, craft projects, time outdoors, stories, songs, hikes in the woods, and group games. Afternoons are dedicated to family time, with both structured and spontaneous activities. There are many mountain lakes nearby to enjoy. Evenings include a relaxed dinner together, laughter and play on the front lawn, and supervised campfires with songs and stories.

Rites of Passage

The Rites of Passage program, at the heart of Family Camp, will be offered again this year for children between the ages of 8 and 10. This week-long program includes bow and arrow making, bow and arrow practice, calligraphy, poetry writing, and connecting with nature.

The program culminates in a beautiful ceremony, attended by the entire camp, marking the passage from early childhood into the greater independence of late childhood. All morning programs are taught by our dedicated adult staff and supported by our teen counselors, many of whom have themselves grown up within Family Camp.

Family Camp begins on Saturday, July 27th and ends on Sunday, August 4th at noon. Please plan to stay until noon on the 4th. You may also volunteer to arrive a day or two early to help set up camp (fees for meals/housing will apply, email if interested.)

2024 Program Pricing

Adult: $600 per adult.

Children: $320 per child for the first two children of the family.

Additional Children: $160 for each additional child (beyond the first two).

Children 2 years old and younger are free.

Rites of Passage: $85 materials fee for each child participating in this Program.


All meals and a one-family-sized tent are included in the cost of the program. This year we are inviting families to bring and use your own tent if you wish to receive a $30 discount on family tuition!


Scholarships are available for those in need. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must first register your family and make a deposit ($200) online. Once you have done that, contact Ella Reznakova to request a scholarship:

The deadline to request a scholarship is May 8th.
No other discounts apply.

Special Instructions for Registration

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Note: There will be no lottery system this year. Registrations are handled on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Friday, March 15th - Registration opens via this website!
  • A $200 deposit is due at the time of registration
  • For now, register only one family member per family
  • Then in the "Requested Roommate" box, list the names and ages of all your other family members expected to attend Family Camp
  • In a few weeks, we will send you a link to where you can complete your registration
  • Friday, April 26th - Registration closes!
  • Wednesday, May 3rd - Confirmations and invoices sent to families.
  • June 21st - Payment in Full due

Deposits and Refunds.

Deposits are due at the time of registration. All additional payments are refundable up to two weeks prior to the program start date, minus a $30 cancellation fee. After the two week deadline, Karmê Chöling will deduct a $30 cancellation fee and retain the rest of your deposit as credit towards another program. This credit will expire after two years. Any payments over the deposit will be refunded.


A family-sized Karmê Chöling tent is included in the cost of the program. If you prefer, you can bring your own tent for a $30 discount on family tuition! Our priority for assigning housing in the Karmê Chöling tents located nearest the main house is for families with young children and/or mobility challenges.

We have a limited number of rooms in the main house. Regular accommodation rates apply for housing in the main house and at our offsite location, Ashoka Bhavan. Our priority for assigning accommodations in the main house is for families with young children and/or mobility challenges.

Please note: accommodations are assigned in the order of when the program deposit is made.

An important note: We recognize that our Camp has historically not reflected the full diversity of society. We are working to be proactive in taking steps to change this reality. It is important that all people feel invited, especially those underrepresented within the larger Shambhala community.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions about the process.

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Tuition: $200.00
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.


Irini Rockwell
Irini Rockwell

Irini Rockwell, MA, is founder, director, and principal coach/trainer at the Five Wisdoms Institute. The Five Wisdoms have been the vehicle to bring together her training in Buddhism, meditation, psychotherapy, leadership, mind/body disciplines, movement, and the arts. She has taught Buddhism and the Five Wisdoms internationally for over 40 years at Buddhist centers and spiritual and personal growth venues and created customized trainings for the National Institute for School Development in the Netherlands, Karuna Training in Germany, and the EastWind Institute in Canada. Her training includes Naropa University's Contemplative Psychotherapy / Buddhist Psychology MA and Authentic Leadership, courses at The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, and Tantric Buddhism. She is a longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Her books are "The Five Wisdom Energies, a Buddhist Way of Understanding Personalities, Emotions and Relationships" and "Natural Brilliance".

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