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Family Camp

July 29 - August 6, 2017

Family Camp registration is closed at this time. If you are interested in being considered for any spots that open up, please be sure to add your name to the wait list by completing this survey so you can contact be contacted. For further information regarding the waitlist or getting into Family Camp, please contact the Family Camp Director, Tracy Suchocki: tracy@cpro.cc

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 Ophelia Brown's video about Family Camp.

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 29th and ends on Sunday, August 6th at Noon. Please plan to stay until Noon on the 6th.

Program Pricing

Adult: $535 per adult.

Children: $270 per child for the first two children of the family.

Additional Children: $135 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/Discounts

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: scholarships@karmecholing.org.

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.

Registration

Family Camp registration is closed at this time. If you are interested in being considered for any spots that open up, please be sure to add your name to the wait list by completing this survey so you can contact be contacted. For further information regarding the waitlist or getting into Family Camp, please contact the Family Camp Director, Tracy Suchocki: tracy@cpro.cc

Housing

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 29th and ends on Sunday, August 6th at Noon. Please plan to stay until Noon on the 7th.

Additional Information

General questions about Family Camp schedule or curriculum, please email the Family Camp Director, Tracy Suchocki: tracy@cpro.cc

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, 2017:  

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.  (Surrogate parent form to come.)

Preauthorization:

This program requires pre-authorization in order to register. An authorization code will be included in your acceptance letter.


Pricing

Program Fee: $535

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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