Programs

* Indicates program with prerequisites

February

February 24 - 26

Dorje Kasung Program

Dön Season Retreat

with Tara Halwes, Kado
Gathering during the Dön Season, a time when obstacles are particularly prevalent, is especially potent for Dorje Kasung because of our connection to the protection principle.

February 24 - 26

Shambhala Training Level I for Teens: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Nick Kranz
This introductory level of the Path of Warriorship is open to teens only: beginners or those new to meditation! Discovering basic goodness in the world and ourselves is the seed of developing confidence and gentleness.

February 24 - 26

Self-Guided Retreat for Parents

This offering is for parents of teens who are participating in the Level I for Teens program.

February 27

Shambhala Day

Please join us to celebrate Shambhala Day and welcome in the new year!

March

March 1

Shambhala Sadhana New Years Feast

Please join us for this special New Year's celebration. Open to all!

March 3 - 10

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf
Open to beginners and those new to meditation. Explore the Shambhala path of warriorship over the course of this week-long retreat, or join us for one or more levels.

March 3 - 5

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf

March 5 - 7

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf

March 7 - 10

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf

March 3 - 11

Mukpo Institute Program

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Shastri Ethan Nichtern
Open to everyone! Learn to understand your mind and emotions with this in-depth introduction to mindfulness-awareness meditation and Shambhala Meditation.

March 11

Milarepa Day

Come celebrate the life of Milarepa with the staff of Karmê Chöling.

March 16 - 19

Kurukulla Intensive *

with Andrea Doukas
Shambhala Kurukulla practitioners are warmly invited to attend Kurukulla practice intensive at Karmê Chöling.

March 17 - 19

Mukpo Institute Program

Mudra Space Awareness

with Acharya Suzann Duquette
Unlock your inherent freedom and create a radical shift in your understanding of the mind/body relationship to space.

March 21 - 23

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karme Choling will be closed to visitors during this time.

March 25

Tuck School Mindfulness Meditation

with Tune Faulkner
This is a special program just for the Tuck School of Business community.

March 25 - 31

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Frank Ryan and Susan Ryan
Awakened Heart and Open Sky are the culmination of the Heart of Warriorship section of Shambhala Training, and the prerequisite for entry into the Sacred Path section.

March 25 - 27

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Frank Ryan and Susan Ryan

March 28 - 31

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Frank Ryan and Susan Ryan

March 25 - April 1

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala *

with Shastri Bill Brauer
The Sacred Path brings the principles of warriorship and the practice of mindfulness-awareness into daily life. It is designed to nurture the student's ability to experience the world as sacred and their aspiration to create an enlightened society.

March 25 - 27

Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

March 27 - 29

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

March 29 - April 1

Shambhala Training: Drala *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

April

April 4

Parinirvana Day

Come celebrate the life of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the anniversary of his death.

April 6 - 21

Mukpo Institute Program

Half-Dathün: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Shastri Shelley Heinz
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend just the first week or both weeks.

April 6 - 14

Half-Dathün: Week 1

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

April 13 - 21

Half-Dathün: Week 2

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

April 7 - 16

The Basic Goodness Retreat

with Shastri Benoît Côté
The first principle of Shambhala is that everyone has a primordial nature of goodness.

April 7 - 9

Basic Goodness 1 *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 9 - 12

Basic Goodness 2 *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 12 - 16

Basic Goodness 3 *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 15 - October 15

Garden Apprenticeship Program

A six-month residential program in which apprentices learn the basics of organic gardening while engaging in daily meditation practice and community life. No experience necessary.

April 20 - 23

Shambhala Guide Training *

with Shastri Henry Chapin and Shastri Ellen Rook
This training is for students who have a strong personal practice and feel ready to help others on their meditative journeys. The Shambhala Guide is the first step in the Meditation Instructor path.

April 24 - 28

Mukpo Institute Program

QiGong Levels 1-3

with Acharya Suzann Duquette
A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity.

April 24 - 26

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 26 - 28

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3 *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 28 - May 2

Mukpo Institute Program

QiGong Levels 4-5 *

with Sophie Leger
A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity.

April 28 - 30

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4 *

with Sophie Leger

April 30 - May 2

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 5 *

with Sophie Leger

April 28 - May 5

Mukpo Institute Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities *

with Shastri Benoît Côté
The warrior, having learned to rest in basic goodness, rouses energy to engage with the larger world guided by the teachings of the four dignities (Meek, Perky, Outrageous, and Inscrutable).

April 28 - 30

Shambhala Training: Meek *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 30 - May 2

Shambhala Training: Perky *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

May 2 - 5

Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 29

Dartmouth College Visit & Program

This is a special program just for the Dartmouth College Buddhism in America class.

May

May 4 - 7

Ziji Collective Regional Retreat: Civilization Architect Gathering

with Shastri Nick Kranz
Join society-focused and mindfully inspired people from cities around the region to explore social action without aggression. This program is open to anyone interested in this work, aged 16 and older.

May 5 - 7

Spring Tent Volunteer Weekend

Join the staff for a weekend of tent-pitching, outdoor work, and community connection as we prepare the Karmê Chöling campgrounds for the season.

May 16 - 24

Shambhala International Program

Acharya Retreat with Kalapa Garchen

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
With Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche by invitation only. Karmê Chöling is closed to the public at this time.

May 18 - 24

Shambhala International Program

Kalapa Garchen

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
With Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche by invitation only. Karmê Chöling is closed to the public at this time.

May 27 - June 7

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal: Year 9

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
With Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Modeled after the traditional drupchen - great accumulation - this retreat will focus on intensive group practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices received. Karmê Chöling is closed to the public at this time.

June

June 9 - 13

Staff Days Off

Time for a break! Karme Choling will be closed to visitors during this time.

June 15 - 18

Course Leader Program

with Shastri Debbie McCubbin
This program trains and authorizes successful trainees to facilitate, either in pairs or with another Course Leader graduate, the first three programs of the In Everyday Life series.

June 23 - 30

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Andrea Darby
Open to beginners and those new to meditation. Explore the Shambhala path of warriorship over the course of this week-long retreat, or join us for one or more levels.

June 23 - 25

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 25 - 27

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 27 - 29

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 23 - July 22

Summer Arts Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Lance Brunner
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend one, two, or all four weeks.

June 23 - 30

Summer Arts Dathün: Week 1

with Lance Brunner

June 23 - July 7

Summer Arts Dathün: Weeks 1-2

with Lance Brunner

July 7 - 22

Summer Arts Dathün:: Weeks 3-4 *

with Lance Brunner

June 30 - July 2

Kyudo First Shot - Beginner Japanese Archery

with Lucy Halverson
Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, is one of the oldest arts of the Japanese tradition of contemplative warriorship. The practice of kyudo begins with first shot and the cultivation of beginner's heart.

June 30 - July 3

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Tune Faulkner
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in the rolling green mountains of Northern Vermont.

July

July 5 - 9

Kyudo Assembly *

with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XXI
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the building of the Azuchi, all past and present Kyudo practitioners are warmly invited to Seiko Kyudojo's Kyudo Assembly with Kanjuro Shibata XXI.

July 17 - 21

A Taoist Journey of Balance

with Dr. Eva Wong and Carolyn Krusinski
Embark on a journey in seeking, discovering, exploring, and adventuring toward cultivating health, longevity, and inner peace through their journey of balance.

July 21 - 23

Foundations of Chinese Divination - Principles of the I Ching (YiJing)

with Dr. Eva Wong
Chinese divination is the art of reading the energetic patterns of the universe so that we can live harmoniously in the world, appreciate the flux and permanence of the Tao, and intuit the interdependency of all things.

July 29 - August 6

Family Camp

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.

August

August 9 - 11

Way of Shambhala Program

Rigden Natural Confidence *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette
With the great problems now facing human society, it seems increasingly important to find simple ways to bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world, even in small ways.

August 12 - 21

Shambhala International Program

Enlightened Society Assembly *

The Enlightened Society Assembly (Sutrayana Assembly) is a Shambhala mahayana program that emphasizes the view of the intrinsic goodness of all beings, practices that rouse bodhichitta and confident activity that engages fully in the world.

August 23 - 29

Staff Days Off

Time for a break! Karme Choling will be closed to visitors during this time.

September

September 1 - 4

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Caroline Demaio
Delight in the magic of fall and rediscover yourself during the height of peak foliage season.

September 8 - 10

The Natural World as Teacher

with Dr. Eva Wong and Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
The natural world is the gateway to the Tao.

September 8 - 10

Fall Tent Volunteer Weekend

Join the staff for a weekend of tent-pitching, outdoor work, and community connection as we prepare the Karmê Chöling campgrounds for the season.

September 10 - 15

Qigong Level 6 *

with Dr. Eva Wong

September 16 - 23

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld
Open to beginners and those new to meditation. Explore the Shambhala path of warriorship over the course of this week-long retreat, or join us for one or more levels.

September 16 - 23

Shambhala Training Retreat: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala *

with Acharya Jeremy Hayward
The Sacred Path brings the principles of warriorship and the practice of mindfulness-awareness into daily life. It is designed to nurture the student's ability to experience the world as sacred and their aspiration to create an enlightened society.

September 16 - 18

Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun *

with Acharya Jeremy Hayward

September 18 - 20

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

with Acharya Jeremy Hayward

September 20 - 23

Shambhala Training: Drala *

with Acharya Jeremy Hayward

September 29 - October 1

Youth Leadership Intensive

with Shastri Nick Kranz
The foundation of enlightened society is being unashamed of who you are. This weekend will be an exploration in creating enlightened culture through the practice of social meditation a way to experience meditation as a form of cultural integration.

September 29 - October 29

Mukpo Institute Program

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston
Open to everyone! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat. This dathün fulfills the group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

October

October 14 - 25

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal: Year 7 *

Modeled after the traditional drupchen - great accumulation - this retreat will focus on intensive group practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices received.

November

November 3 - 9

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Shastri Nick Kranz
Awakened Heart and Open Sky are the culmination of the Heart of Warriorship section of Shambhala Training, and the prerequisite for entry into the Sacred Path section.

November 3 - 5

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Shastri Nick Kranz

November 6 - 9

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Shastri Nick Kranz

November 3 - 10

Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
The warrior, having learned to rest in basic goodness, rouses energy to engage with the larger world guided by the teachings of the four dignities (Meek, Perky, Outrageous, and Inscrutable).

November 3 - 5

Shambhala Training: Meek *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

November 5 - 7

Shambhala Training: Perky *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

November 7 - 10

Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

November 17 - 25

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

with Shastri Bill Brauer
Open to everyone! Explore bravery and authenticity in this in-depth meditation retreat. This program, also known as a Weekthün, fulfills a portion of the practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

December

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Werma & Scorpion Seal Intensive: Ashe, The Essence of Life *

with Acharya Christie Cashman
Relax into the vast space and profound teaching of the Werma Sadhana through this study and practice retreat. Scorpion Seal Assembly participants or experienced practitioners of the sadhana may attend the whole program or just a day or two.