Family Camp

August 1 - 9, 2015

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

Watch the YouTube video entitled 'Buddha Camp'. By: Katie Frank

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 meditation instruction given on our first morning together. There are morning talks and discussions, led by our Family Camp Teacher-in-Residence, with a focus on mindful parenting. New practitioners have the opportunity to meet with a meditation instructor. There will also be spaces dedicated for practitioners to do their personal practice in a group setting during the morning session.

Children are in a morning program from 9:15-12:15, grouped by age: Tigers (3-5), Lions (6-7), Garudas (8-10), Dragons (11-12), and Explorers of the Phenomenal World (13-18). Activities are varied and often include meditation, craft projects, time outdoors, stories, songs, hikes in the woods, and group games. 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 the land. 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.

Afternoons are dedicated to family time, with both structured and spontaneous activities at Karmê Chöling and in the surrounding area. 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. You'll find that days are both spacious and quite full.

Rates are as follows:

Adult: $485 per adult. Children: $240 per child for the first two children of the family and $120 for each additional child (beyond the first two). No other discounts apply to children in this discounted category. Otherwise, income discounts apply and additional scholarships are available for those in need. For more information, click here.

All meals and one family-sized tent are included in the cost of the program. This year we are also inviting families to bring your own tent if you are able to, which would include a $50 discount on tuition! A limited number of private rooms are available at an additional cost. Please only contact the front desk if you're interested in a private room. Advance reservations are required.

There is a $90 fee for chlldren participating in the Rites of Passage Program.

For questions about Family Camp and Family Camp registration, please email Jen Castle, Family Camp Coordinator, at

For more information on the Rites of Passage program, please click here.

For a Release of Liability Form for teens age 16 and older who will be attending Family Camp without a parent present, click here

For Family Camp Counselor Applications, please click here. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 who have previously attended Family Camp are invited to apply to serve as a counselor in one of the classrooms. Please note that the deadline to apply is June 1, 2015.

To apply for financial assistance, please contact Ella Reznikova at The deadline for submitting requests for Financial Assistance is July 10th, 2015. 

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for Family Camp is now closed. If you wish to be put on our waiting list, please contact Family Camp Coordinator, Jen Castle


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.

This is the actual price of the program.

We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program. This price is made possible through the generosity of Karmê Chöling and our donors

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies 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 x-101 or x-103). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

Online registration is not currently open.

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