Silent Simplicity: A Meditation Retreat

Buddhist Retreats Vermont Main Shrine Room
On-LandCloseIntroSilent Simplicity Meditation Retreats


Bill Brauer

Date & Time Details:

June 2024



Program Fee:

Generosity Price - $180

Tuition - $150

Room/Meals Fee:

This will be added in during the registration process.
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Karmê Chöling
(802) 633-2384

A simple silent meditation retreat

Delight in the magic of summer at Karmê Chöling and embrace relaxation and wakefulness in the beautiful green foothills of Northern Vermont.

This retreat is an opportunity to settle in — to let your mind rest and recover from the demands of the busyness and expectations we all place on ourselves. Allow time to slow down, and check in with yourself and your thoughts.

During this program we will create a warm and inviting atmosphere through simple mindful meditation practice, contemplations and the camaraderie of each other. Here you can:

  • Step out of your usual patterns of daily life
  • Slow down
  • Relax your mind and become fully present
  • Look inward, gently coming to know yourself more fully

Let yourself settle and heal in the green lushness of summer. Find solice in time taken for yourself and cultivate resilience for the life you'll return home to!

Great for friends, couples, or individuals.

General Schedule

  • 7:30 am Optional sitting
  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Morning Session
    instruction and practice
  • (mid-morning break)
  • 12:00 Morning Session Ends
  • 12:30 lunch
  • 1:00 ROTA (light service task)
  • 3:00 Afternoon Session
  • 4:00 Tea Break
  • 4:30 Afternoon Session Resumes
  • 6:00 Afternoon Session Ends
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • 7:30 Optional sitting

Attendance & Price

Joining All Sessions or Just a Few

You may join all of the sessions for the weekend or just a few. There is much benefit in being able to do the whole retreat, sinking deeply into meditation even for a couple of days. But the schedule (or your body) may prevent you from being able to do the whole weekend.

The Full weekend has three Main Sessions plus several partial sessions:

  • Saturday Morning Session
  • Saturday Afternoon Session
  • Sunday Morning Session
  • Smaller sessions are Friday night, early Saturday morning, late Saturday evening, and early Sunday morning.

Partial attendance is based on the number of Main Sessions you attend. There are two partial attendance options:

  • $110 - For two of the Main Sessions
  • $60 - For one of the Main Sessions

You'll need to contact our Front Desk in order to register and make arrangements for either of these partial attendance options at:


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: $180.00
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: $150.00
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.


Bill Brauer Karme Choling Meditation Retreat Center Vermont
Bill Brauer

Bill Brauer has been a member of the Shambhala community for 50 years and was once the Executive Director of Karmê Chöling. He has taught extensively on Shambhala Buddhism throughout North America and Eastern Europe and continues to offer classes, seminars, and retreats at Karmê Chöling.

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