Silent Simplicity of Summer

Reconnect with yourself

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On-LandOpenIntroSilent Simplicity Meditation Retreats


Charles Byron

Donna Williams

Suzanne Trahey

Mary Beth Furr

Date & Time Details:

August 2024



Program Fee:

Generosity Price - $660

Tuition - $550

Room/Meals Fee:

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

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An Extended Silent Meditation Retreat

Summer into fall is often a transitional time. With the autumn season approaching we often anticipate a fuller and more structured schedule.

August is a perfect time to gift yourself an intentional break from everyday life with time and space for reflection, relaxation and rejuvenation.

Disconnecting from the noise of everyday life, offers a time to practice using mindfulness to investigate your moment-to-moment experience. Taking a break from constant overstimulation and external demands creates space for cultivating greater calm, spaciousness and presence.

Settle in for five days of silence and stillness at Karmê Chöling. August in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is a time of great beauty with a sense of abundance. The natural world surrounding KCL is the perfect setting for this transformative experience.

Join us for this extended version of a fan favorite, a retreat of silence and stillness to rediscover inner clarity, essential optimism, confidence and wellbeing in your life.

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


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: $660.00
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: $550.00
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.


Charlie Byron
Charles Byron

Charlie Byron, lived and worked in Boston as an analyst and manager at a financial information firm. He started practicing meditation in 1992 and over time became a student of Shambhala, then a Buddhist. In 2000 he began teaching programs in Boston, initially Shambhala Training and later Buddhist programs and introductory talks. Later, he moved with his husband to Vermont and began teaching at Karmệ Chöling, including at their longer residential programs. In recent times, Charlie has pursued interests including daily compassion practice for Ukraine, Buddhist and secular book groups, travel, helping start a community-supported cafe, gardening, and continued Shambhala teaching.

Donna Williams
Donna Williams

Donna Williams has taught in the Shambhala tradition for many years. Presently she is developing a Contemplative Ecology program which compliments her appreciation and enjoyment of the forests and mountains of her home in Vermont. For the past 12 years she has spent time in Santiago and Copiapo, Chile teaching and staffing programs. Her interests include gardening and growing native dye plants and practicing Shibori (a Japanese inspired textile art). Her 3 grown children live in the West and she hopes to spend more time “out” there.

Suzanne Trahey
Suzanne Trahey

Suzanne Trahey is a dedicated practitioner and student of Buddhism, with over 15 years of devoted study. She has imparted her wisdom through teaching a diverse array of classes and programs. Residing in the town of Barre, Vermont, Suzanne has seamlessly woven her spiritual insights into her professional life. Suzanne is the Senior Manager of Organizational Learning at the Vermont Foodbank, fostering mindfulness and authentic confidence among her colleagues and community.

Suzanne’s passion extends beyond her work; she finds solace and joy in playing in sacred nature, where the whispers of the wind and the rustle of leaves speak to her soul. Her explorations of relationships and connections with others are not just pastimes but integral parts of her favorite ways of being. Suzanne’s journey is one of continuous growth, guided by the principles of Buddhism and her unwavering commitment to nurturing the spirit of leadership and compassion in herself and those around her.

Mary Beth Furr

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