Family Camp

July 30 - August 7, 2016

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.

Family Camp begins on Saturday, July 30th and ends on Sunday, August 7th at Noon. Please plan to stay until Noon on the 7th.

Program Pricing:

Adult: $485 per adult. 

Children: $240 per child for the first two children of the family.

Additional Children: $120 for each additional child (beyond the first two).

Children 2 years old and younger are free.

Rites of Passage: $90 fee for each child participating in this Program.

All meals and a one-family-sized tent are included in the cost of the program. This year we are inviting families to bring and use your own tent if you wish to receive a $50 discount on family tuition! 


Scholarships are available for those in need. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must first register your family and make a deposit ($200) online. Once you have done that, contact Ella Reznakova to request a scholarship:

No other discounts apply.

Deposits and payments are refundable up to two weeks prior to the program start date, minus a $25 cancellation fee. After the two week deadline, Karmê Chöling will deduct a $25 cancellation fee and retain the rest of your deposit as credit towards another program. This credit will expire after two years. Any payments over the deposit will be refunded. 


Family Camp registration is closed; we have reached our maximum capacity for this year. 


A one-family-sized Karmê Chöling tent is included in the cost of the program. If you prefer, you can bring your own tent for a $50 discount on family tuition! Our priority for assigning housing in the Karmê Chöling tents located nearest the main house is for families with young children and/or mobility challenges.

We have a limited number of rooms in the main house. Regular accommodations rates apply for housing in the main house and at our offsite location, Ashoka Bhavan. Our priority for assigning accommodations in the main house is for families with young children and/or mobility challenges.

Please note: accommodations are assigned in the order of when the program deposit is made. 

Family Camp begins on Saturday, July 30th and ends on Sunday, August 7th at Noon. Please plan to stay until Noon on the 7th.

For additional information:

General questions about Family Camp schedule or curriculum, please email Jen Castle, Family Camp Coordinator:

Information about Rite of Passage program:

Family Camp Counselor applications:  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 complete the application & references and return by May 15, 2016:

For children 15 years old or younger who will be attending Family Camp with a surrogate parent or guardian: the parents of those children must complete the following release of liability form. The surrogate parent or guardian must submit this completed form at the time of check-in at Family Camp in order for the children to be allowed to stay.



Program Fee: $485

Child Fee: $240

Additional Child Fee: $120

Financial Aid

Karmê Chöling offers interest-free payment plans, scholarships, and other financial assistance.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

Online registration is not currently open.

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