HYBRID Weeklong Program: Meeting the Great Queen, Our Own Innate Wisdom

with Judith Simmer-Brown, Donna Williams and Pablo Coddou

January 7 - 15

Yeshe Tsögyal as Queen
by Cynthia Moku.

Used with permission. Prints available at https://cynthiamoku.com/


This hybrid program is available both On-Land and ONLINE.

The meditation tradition of Tibet known as Mahamudra, or “the great seal”, introduces the nature of the mind through nonconceptual and direct methods.  One of the most beloved methods is that of “dakini wisdom”, the earthy and intuitive transmissions from dakinis of the lineage who appear in visions, dreams, and encounters in the lives of the great Mahamudra adepts.  This weekthun, with Mahamudra and mindfulness-awareness tracks, will draw from dakini stories and lore to guide our practice as we journey to awaken to the true nature of our minds. 

This weeklong retreat is open to all, with two tracks—a tantrika track (for those who have attended Vajrayana Seminary/Sacred World Assembly) and a non-tantrika track, open to all.  The two tracks will join for the dakini talks.

This program can be taken as a stand-alone class OR as part of the three month study series, Yeshe Tsögyal and the Feminine Principle If you have registered for the full three month series, you are already registered for this retreat and do not need to re-register.


The Zoom room will open by 7:15pm EST on Friday evening, January 7th, 2022. Please arrive early to check your connection and let us help troubleshoot any technical difficulties. The program begins at 7:30pm on Friday evening. On Saturday, the day will start at 9am EDT and ends around 6:30pm EDT, with breaks throughout the day. The program ends by 6:30pm EST, on January 14th, 2022.

On land participants should plan to arrive Friday, January 7th between 3pm and 6pm, to check-in. Dinner is served at 6:30pm and there will be a brief orientation at 7:10pm for all in-person participants. The opening session will begin at 7:30pm. January 15th is a departure day. You may leave at any time. 

Please check our current COVID protocols regarding on-land participation. 

Registration Details

Because of the nature and logistics of online programming — including ensuring that you have the proper links, materials and schedules — the deadline to register for this program is 48 hours before it begins.

This program is available both On-Land and ONLINE. Participants who join the program in person, will pay an additional on-land differential of $300. This covers all meals and general land use at KCL. It does not cover accommodations.


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, meals, or in-person attendance. If applicable, these will be added during the registration process.

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 Judith Simmer-Brown

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, recently retired as Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University, where she was a Founding Faculty. She is an Acharya (senior dharma teacher) in Shambhala International, and teaches meditation widely.  She is author of Dakini’s Warm Breath:  The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism (Shambhala) and editor, with Fran Grace, of Meditation and the Classroom:  Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY).

About Donna Williams

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.

About Pablo Coddou

Pablo Coddou has been a student of Shambhala for 14+ years, and held various positions within the community, including meditation instructor, Rusung for Karme Choling, and most recently traveling personal assistant to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He is also a student of Khandro Rinpoche, at whose retreat center in India he lived for six months. Pablo obtained a Master's degree in Psychology from Naropa University with a concentration in embodied authentic expression and gestalt psychotherapy for young adults. He currently lives with his family in Craftsbury, and enjoys trail running, martial arts, and reading his baby daughter books in Spanish.

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