Programs

Special Funding Available

If you identify as a person of color you may be eligible for special financial support to attend our retreats.

* Indicates program with prerequisites

November

November 15 - 23

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

with Shastri Bill Brauer
Open to everyone - beginners to advanced practitioners! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this deep meditation retreat.

November 15 - December 15

Scorpion Seal 10: Month Retreat *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
This month long retreat will be lead by Ashe Acharya John Rockwell. This will be a rare opportunity for an extended group retreat of the Scorpion Seal 10 practice.

November 16 - 20

Mudra Space Awareness

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

November 30 - December 2

Transformative Dialogue: Supporting Communities to Connect Across Differences

with Judith Saul and Cherise Hairston
Transformative Dialogue supports changes in the quality of conflict interaction, allowing people to deal with their differences in constructive and nonviolent ways. Sponsored by the Shambhala Trust.

December

December 7 - 9

Dorje Kasung Program

Trident Assembly & Essential Heart of Kasungship II *

with Toby Sifton, Rupön and Bob Taylor, Rupön
This Assembly gives Dorje Kasung who are MPE Veterans, the opportunity to either begin or deepen their study of the Trident text.

December 7 - 9

Essential Heart of Kasungship II

with Toby Sifton, Rupön and Bob Taylor, Rupön

December 16

Children's Day and Winter Solstice

Come for this morning and afternoon of crafts, lunch, a procession of light, and a play starring the Karmê Chöling staff! All are welcome.

December 17 - 23

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors during this time.

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Werma Sadhana Winter Retreat *

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

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Simplicity Winter Retreat

with Shastri Donna Williams
Open to all and ideal for beginners on the path of meditation, Simplicity retreats are created to give everyone a flexible, simple way to enjoy the benefits of sitting meditation.

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Aloka Children's Winter Retreat

with Katie Frank
Bring your child to Karmê Chöling while you participate in one of our winter holiday programs. Children learn and grow through play, organized activities, arts, physical activity and interacting with peers. Open to ages 3-9.

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Tween Winter Retreat

Our Annual winter retreat invites families to come together in the spacious, natural environment of Karme Choling to explore meditation and community. Bring your tween to Karmê Chöling while you participate in one of our winter holiday programs. Age 10-13

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Teen Winter Retreat

Bring your teen to Karmê Chöling while you participate in one of our winter holiday programs. The teachings on awareness and warriorship offer teens an opportunity to slow down, learn about oneself, and open one's heart to others. For youth ages 14-18.

January

January 6 - February 5, 2019

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston
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.

January 6 - 14, 2019

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 6 - 21, 2019

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 21 - February 5, 2019

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 11 - 20, 2019

Ngöndro Intensive *

with Henry Chapin
Whether you are doing the Rigden (Shambhala), Kagyü, or Nyingma ngöndro, whether you are counting or doing it by time, whether you are inspired or stuck, all are welcome. This program counts toward group requirements for the Vajrayana path.

January 25 - February 3, 2019

Ashe Mahamudra Retreat *

with Acharya Richard John
This vajrayana retreat will be structured according to the Ashe Mahamudra, a profound practice liturgy by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

February

February 9 - 17, 2019

Vajrayana Retreat: HUM, ASHE, and All the Elements *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
In this weeklong vajrayana retreat, we will have a full mandala of practices from ngöndro to Scorpion Seal Assembly. There will be talks, discussion, silence, qigong, walking outside, and spontaneous arisings.

February 17 - May 11, 2019

Mukpo Institute Program

Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester

with Suzann Duquette and Shastri Bill Brauer
A semester of Buddhist study and practice under the direction of Acharya Suzann Duquette, Shastri Bill Brauer, and senior teachers from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

February 22 - March 1, 2019

Way of Shambhala Program

Finding Bravery in Times of Confusion - Shambhala Training Levels I - III

This is where it all starts: the first 3 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship training - a seminal path of ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings rooted in the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyday existence.

February 22 - March 1, 2019

Mukpo Institute Program

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

with Timothy Quigley
Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse, Drala mark the beginning of the Shambhala Sacred Path, introducing advanced warriorship practices that extend the meditation training of Levels I-V.

February 24 - 26, 2019

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

February 26 - March 1, 2019

Shambhala Training: Drala *

March

March 4 - 7, 2019

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors during this time.

March 15 - 23, 2019

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

with Acharya Suzann Duquette and Ethan Nichtern
with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and 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 26 - April 1, 2019

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

The last 2 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship, a seminal path of training rooted in the ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings of the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyday existence.

March 29 - April 1, 2019

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

March 26 - April 2, 2019

Mukpo Institute Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities *

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).

March 26 - 28, 2019

Shambhala Training: Meek *

March 28 - 30, 2019

Shambhala Training: Perky *

April

April 5 - 7, 2019

Kado, The Way of Flowers

with Artist to the Kalapa Court Marcia Shibata
Discover and cultivate the source of creativity and learn how to express this in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space and perception. No prior knowledge nor training in flower arranging is needed to ta

April 12 - 19, 2019

Mudra Space Awareness

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Dr. Craig Smith
Unlock your inherent freedom and discover the unbound fearlessness that lies in all. Mudra Space Awareness is an energetic sequence of group exercises designed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

April 22 - 24, 2019

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2

Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems - The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.

April 24 - 28, 2019

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 3 & 4 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette
Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems - The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.

April 24 - 26, 2019

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 26 - 28, 2019

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 28 - 30, 2019

Qigong Level 5 *

with Dr. Eva Wong
Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems - The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.

April 30 - May 5, 2019

Embodying the Tao in your Qigong *

with Dr. Eva Wong
In this program, we will use the practices of qigong to embody and understand the energies of yin and yang, the five elements, and the bagua in our body.

May

May 1 - 5, 2019

Raising the Tents - Volunteer Weekend

Join the Karmê Chöling Staff for a weekend of raising tents and meditation as we set up our Summer campground. Meals and accommodations are included!

June

June 28 - 30, 2019

Learn the Art of Japanese Archery: Kyudo First Shot

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.

July

July 3 - 7, 2019

Kyudo Assembly *

with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XXI
Kyudo practitioners are warmly invited to Seiko Kyudojo's third Kyudo Assembly with Kanjuro Shibata XXI. Here is a special opportunity to meet with Sensei and join together in a retreat setting for an extended period of group practice and fellowship.