Regenerative Gardening and Meditation

with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven and Shastri Donna Williams

July 31 - August 14


The Forest, Meadows and Garden at Karmê Chöling will be both shrine room and classroom in a contemplative program to regenerate the soil, ourselves and other species who share this precious earth.

For the Backyard Gardener and People Awake to the Climate Crisis
Do you long to live in harmony with nature and feel more connected to the land?

For this interactive two week gardening intensive we ask you to bring your particular questions and challenges about how to develop and fortify your home garden or landscape.
With daily meditation and contemplations in the forest and garden, we'll examine our human role in nature and examine ways to enhance the resiliency and beauty of our environment. 
Our luscious Karmê Chöling garden and surrounding landscape will serve as an example and training ground but central to our discussions will be how you can incorporate Regenerative Methods in your garden.
We will be limiting registration to eight participants, so sign up early. As this program is offered by the Foragers group, and not Karme Choling, it is not eligible for a KCL Residency discount.

Who is the program for?

Home Gardeners and landscapers:

  • with a passion for fresh healthy food and living sustainably.
  • who are not afraid to slow down and listen to what the earth is whispering.
  • who are looking for practical ways to tackle our climate crisis.

Elements of program

  • Enter, observe, and sense the garden or landscape.
  • On-site organic gardening presentations with discussions. 
  • Strategies for Regenerative gardening.
  • Including cover crops and mulch for soil building.
  • Wildflower plantings and other ways to increase biodiversity.
  • Seeding, planting, composting (including Bokashi), and harvesting.
  • Outdoor meditation and sit spot practice
  • Contemplations and wanderings in the forest.

Special attention will be given to building fertile soil with help from biology and soil amendments. 

Forest, meadows and streams

In addition to our work in the garden, we’ll wake up through the senses while exploring the forest, meadows, streams and pond at Karmê Chöling.
This land has been blessed by many Buddhist, Shambhala and Taoist teachers since its founding 50 years ago. The Abenaki Tribe used the land’s abundance for thousands of years before it became a dairy and sheep farm.
The magic of meeting this land will unfold to us as we hike it’s trails, explore its rocks and caves, and investigate its mysteries. Some of these investigations will include finding power spots on the land and experiencing the interdependence of its many plant species. How do these trees and underbrush create cohesive communities using rhysomal connections? How does this substratum differ from the growing areas? How can we increase biodiversity in the forest and move towards more productive food forest plantings?
Alongside these explorations, we will forage in the forest, finding edible plants and mushrooms there. Which birds, amphibians and mammals are living there? How can we peacefully communicate with them? Do we need to?





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 Master Gardener Jan Enthoven

Jan Enthoven, Master Gardener, descends from a long line of Dutch fruit and vegetable growers. Interested in organic farming since childhood, Mr. Enthoven visited renowned Buddhist farmer-philosopher, Masanobu Fukuoka during his travels through Asia in 1982. Inspired by Mr. Fukuoka’s approach, Jan embraced ecological farming methods, and his farm became organically certified in 1983.

Drawn to the Shambhala teachings, Jan visited Karmê Chöling in 1988. Delighted by the people and landscape of Vermont, he agreed to be Karmê Chöling’s master gardener. Since that time, Jan’s organic garden has drawn thousands of visitors, and Jan has mentored many garden enthusiasts. He teaches garden internships for new and experienced gardeners and has written articles for newspapers and magazines.

About Shastri Donna Williams

Shastri Donna Williams has taught Shambhala Training Levels for the past 35 years both in the US and in Chile and is involved in teaching Contemplative Ecology and practicing plant-based textile arts. She lives in Vermont where she gardens, growing dye plants, apples, raspberries and tends plants and shrubs in Karmê Chöling's flower beds.

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