Thanksgiving Retreat - Friday through Sunday Only

with Bill Brauer and Ella Reznikova

November 25 - 27

Join us for Thanksgiving in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont.

This is a precious opportunity to slow down during the holidays and experience this in-depth retreat focused on the practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation. This technique of watching and being with the mind and body transforms how we relate to everyday life and ourselves.

This retreat will also explore the Shambhala principle of basic goodness -- that we are all, at the core, worthy and complete. Learning this principle is a journey where by we make friends with who we are and draw out our inherent fearlessness.

From this point of view, meditation is not a tool to fix ourselves or improve our abilities. Rather, it is a direct path to connecting with our fundamental wisdom.

As the retreat unfolds, we will discover an atmosphere in which we can trust in the experience of truly feeling ourselves, the natural world, and human society.

You may register, below, for Friday through Sunday. OR you may register for the full retreat, Wednesday through Sunday, here.

Friday will be a full day of practice so please plan to arrive by Thursday evening if you are making a long journey.

Sample Schedule for Friday and Saturday. Sunday will end at 12:30pm for lunch.

7:00am Early Morning Practice Session
8:00am Contemplative One-Bowl Breakfast
9:00am Morning Practice Session
12:30pm Contemplative One-Bowl Lunch
1:30pm Work Period
3:00pm Afternoon Practice Session
4:00pm Tea Break
4:30pm Late Afternoon Practice Session
6:00pm Contemplative One-Bowl Dinner
7:00pm Evening Practice Session
9:00pm End of Day

COVID Protocols

Karme Choling's COVID protocols will evolve throughout 2022, based on CDC recommendation and local COVID activity. You may need to have a negative COVID test prior to, or on arrival. Masks may be required for certain indoor events. You will receive specific guidelines in the welcome letter for this retreat. You may check our current COVID protocols regarding on-land participation, at this link: https://www.karmecholing.org/visiting-us/covid-policy

Arrival & Departure

Friday, November 25th will be a full day of practice. If you are local, but not staying at Karme Choling, please plan to arrive by 6:45am for the first sitting session at 7am. You may complete any registration details during the morning break on Friday. If you are making a long journey, please plan to arrive between 3 and 6 p.m. EST, on Thursday, November 24th, 2022, in order to register and settle in for the program. Thanksgiving Dinner will be served on Thursday, Time TBD. Please email our front desk if you plan to arrive on Thursday at info@karmecholing.org.

The program ends on Sunday, November 27th, at 12:30pm. If you would like to extend your stay at KCL in order to depart Monday morning or later, contact KCL Guest Services at info@karmecholing.org.


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, which 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 Bill Brauer

Bill Brauer has been a member of the Shambhala community for 50 years and was once the Executive Director of Karmê Chöling. He has taught extensively on Shambhala Buddhism throughout North America and Eastern Europe and continues to offer classes, seminars, and retreats at Karmê Chöling.

About Ella Reznikova

Ella Reznikova, originally from Ukraine, is a  teacher in the Shambaha Tradition, a conflict mediator,  a translator, and the Scholarship Manager at Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center. 

Share this Program:

Share: Share on Facebook