The Power of Kindness

with Christine Heming

April 15 - 17, 2016

Holding HandsWhen asked what the most effective technique for transforming a person’s life, writer, philosopher and humanist Aldous Huxley said: “Just be a little kinder.”

One of the essential teachings of renowned meditation master and founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, was: “Be kind.”

The Dali Lama’s motto: “My religion is kindness.”

These instructions are all simple and universal. But have we really looked deeply into the meaning of kindness? Is it just a social nicety that helps us get along with one another, or something more? 

Join us for a weekend exploration into the essence of kindness.

During this enriching retreat, we will cultivate kindness through meditation, contemplation, and sharing. We will tell our stories, listen deeply to one another, and reflect on what it means to be kind – to ourselves, to others, and to our environments.

There will be time for reflection, dialogue, sitting meditation, and (weather-permitting) exploring the beauty of the natural environment at Karme Choling.

Together we will work to discover the transformative power of kindness. The retreat is appropriate for any experience level.

The program begins at 7:30pm on April 15th and ends around 5pm on April 17th.

Special Funding Available

If you identify as a person of color , you may be eligible for special financial support to attend our retreats.


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

Please Note:
Price does not include accommodations.

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 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

Online registration is not currently open.


About Christine Heming

Christine Heming lives in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, with her husband Gregory Heming, an ecologist and municipal councillor.  She holds a Ph.D. in speech science and pathology, for nine years was on the faculty of Dalhousie University, and later joined the staff of the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. Now retired, she devotes her time to promoting the principles of Shambhala as a Shastri, or senior teacher.  Fostering genuine communication has been a major part of her life’s work.  She has a daughter, Carolyn, an artist and advocate for persons with special needs, who currently lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada.  She is also a proud grandmother.

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