College & University Students / Young Adults Winter Retreat
Director: Gaylon Ferguson
Assist. Director: Alley Smith
Assist. Director: Vegan Aharonian
Guest Speaker: Judith Simmer-Brown
Guest Speaker: Grace Gershuny
Date & Time Details:
Generosity Price - $700
Tuition - $420
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Step away from the constant pressure of deadlines, demands, and the buzz of social media. Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery where the unparalleled natural beauty of winter in Vermont will provide the perfect backdrop for your mindfulness journey.
A Week-long Mindfulness Retreat
- Deepen Your Mindfulness Practice: Take a break and immerse yourself in a week-long mindfulness practice amongst peers.
- Accomplished Guest Speakers: Gain insights from a diverse team of guest speakers who will share relevant teachings on socially-engaged dharma, helping you see how mindfulness can be applied in various real-world contexts.
Gaylon Ferguson - Shambhala vision
Judith Simmer-Brown - Compassion and Science
Grace Gershuny - Food, soil, climate, hope
Vegan Aharonian - Enlightened Society and International relations
- Guided Sessions: Receive personal guidance from seasoned meditation instructors.
- Rediscover Calm, Presence, and Bravery: Learn valuable tools and techniques to use in your daily life, empowering you to navigate life's challenges with grace and courage.
- Explore Collective Awakening: In a world that often feels chaotic and out of control, is an enlightened society even possible? The Buddhist tradition offers far more than a mere path to ‘personal enlightenment’. This retreat will explore what it means to 'wake up' collectively.
- Mindful Living Practices: Experience the power of mindfulness through alternating periods of silence and mindful speech. Discover ancient practices that promote mindful eating and wakeful movement.
Join us for this unique retreat tailored to students and young adults, where everyone is welcomed to participate.
Our program tuition helps us cover the costs of providing you with an excellent retreat environment. Cost, however, should not be a barrier. Thanks to generous patrons, we are able to offer a generous scholarship program.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to request assistance.
We have a limited number of the following scholarships available:
Partial Scholarship - $620
Full Scholarship - $200
Here are Directions & Transportation options for traveling to Karmê Chöling.
Many people make their way to the Hanover/White River Junction/Lebanon area via bus, plane, or train. From there we are able to assist you with transportation the rest of the way to the retreat center here in Barnet. Please let us know when you register that you will need a ride.
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: $700.00
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.
This is the price of the program, it does not include housing options or material fees.
Price does not include accommodations, which will be added during the registration process.
Please read the payment policy before proceeding with registration.
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.
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.
Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, has practiced and taught Buddhism for over four decades. He received a doctorate in cultural anthropology in 1996 and taught at several universities, including fifteen years as core faculty at Naropa. He is a senior dharma teacher in the Shambhala International Buddhist community and has led meditation programs in numerous cities in the U.S. and internationally since 1976. He has been published in anthologies including "Dharma, Color, and Culture"; "Mindful Politics"; and "Black and Buddhist". He is the author of "Natural Wakefulness" and "Natural Bravery".
Chaplain Alley Smith is an ordained Buddhist Minister of Religion (Chaplain) in the Shambhala Lineage. She also holds precepts in Zen Buddhism. Alley is an experienced health care, college/university, hospice and end of life care chaplain. Alley is a US military war veteran. During her career, Alley served with the military funeral honors Honor Guard. She specializes in spiritual care, mortuary affairs and as a funeral clergy. Alley has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism and Zen since 1999.
Vegan Aharonian began studying Shambhala Buddhism in 1996 and has been teaching Shambhala Buddhism since 2007. Originally from Armenia (the former Soviet Union), he came to the United States as a graduate student at Columbia University in 1991. In addition to teaching regularly in New York, he has also taught international Shambhala programs in Russia and Ukraine. Vegan holds a PhD in geophysics and has worked as a software engineer for most of his career. His last engagement was at the United Nations. He is currently serves as co-Director of Karme Choling and leads practice and education for NY Shambhala Center.
Judith Simmer-Brown is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has been in the faculty since 1978. She has practiced Tibetan Buddhism for almost 50 years. She serves on the steering committee of the American Academy of Religion’s Contemplative Studies Group. Dr. Simmer-Brown lectures and publishes on Tibetan Buddhism, American Buddhism, women and Buddhism, interreligious dialogue, and contemplative studies. Her books are "Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism" (Shambhala) and, with Fran Grace, an edited collection of articles called "Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies" (Religious Studies Series, State University of New York Press).
Grace Gershuny is an American organic farmer, writer, and leader in the organic farming movement.
She is the author of books and articles on soil management and composting including; "The Soul of Soil", "Start with the Soil", "Compost, Vermicompost and Compost Tea: Feeding the Soil on the Organic Farm" and "The Organic Revolutionary: A Memoir from the Movement for Real Food, Planetary Healing, and Human Liberation".
Previously, she was editor of the "Organic Farmer: The Digest of Sustainable Agriculture".
Currently she serves on the faculty of the Institute for Social Ecology.
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