Programs

Special Funding Available

If you identify as a person of color or are an educator, M.Ed. student, or health care professional, you may be eligible for special financial support to attend our retreats.

* Indicates Program with Prerequisites

April

April 15 - October 15

Garden Apprenticeship

with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven
Entering its fourth year, the Garden Apprenticeship is a unique 6-month residential program in which participants gain both theoretical and practical hands-on training in organic gardening while participating in mindfulness-awareness based meditation.

September

September 6 - November 28

Mukpo Institute: Fall Semester

A semester of Buddhist study and practice under the direction of Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and senior teachers from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

September 29 - October 29

Natural Confidence: A Month-Long Meditation Retreat

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Donna Williams
Open to everyone! Explore bravery and authenticity in this in-depth meditation retreat. This program fulfills the dathün practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path. Attend the first week, the first or last two weeks or the full retreat.

September 29 - October 7

Natural Confidence: Week One

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Donna Williams

September 29 - October 14

Natural Confidence: Weeks One and Two

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Donna Williams

October 14 - 29

Natural Confidence: Weeks Three and Four *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Donna Williams

September 30 - October 2

Stupa Volunteer Weekend: Making Tsa Tsas

with Venerable Dawa Chötso and Julia Persch
This Stupa will bring tremendous blessings to the environment and community of the Northeast Kingdom.

October

October 7 - 9

Meditation Retreat For Parents

with Shastri Iris Ramos
Join other parents and families for a supportive and inclusive weekend practice retreat.

October 7 - 9

Aloka Children's Program

With both outdoor and indoor exploration, the children learn and grow through play, organized activities, arts, physical activity and interacting with peers.

October 7 - 9

Teen Retreat: Listening Mind/Seeing Mind

with Pablo Coddou
This retreat for youth ages 13-17 is designed for young people with a genuine curiosity about life and the wish to explore the principles of awareness and warriorship in the company of their peers.

October 7 - 9

Fall Tween Retreat: Adventures in Connection

with Nikki Jiraff
For the first time ever-- a retreat just for tweens!

October 14 - 16

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.

October 20 - 31

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year Three *

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf
The Sakyong has encouraged participants who have completed the Scorpion Seal Assemblies Year 1 and 2 to gather at practice centers for Scorpion Seal Assembly Year 3.

November

November 4 - 10

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Carol Hyman
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 4 - 6

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Carol Hyman

November 7 - 10

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Carol Hyman

November 4 - 11

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities *

with Shastri Kit St John
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 4 - 6

Shambhala Training: Meek *

with Shastri Kit St John

November 6 - 8

Shambhala Training: Perky *

with Shastri Kit St John

November 8 - 11

Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable *

with Shastri Kit St John

November 17 - 23

Mukpo Institute Program

Five Wisdom Energies: Discovering Natural Brilliance in the Darkness of Your Confusion

with Irini Rockwell
These teachings focus on how our constricting neurosis can be recognized and transformed into awakened insight. Working directly with the basic elements of every aspect of our lives, we will experientially bring about an embodied transformation.

November 17 - 25

Natural Confidence: A Week-Long Meditation Retreat

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.

November 26

Work, Wealth and Wisdom

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf
What is prosperity? What is wealth? How can we offer the world what it needs? How do we receive what we need from the world?

December

December 2 - 10

Monarch Retreat *

with Shastri Simon La Haye
The purpose of the retreat is to provide a concentrated period of time in which senior leaders, through individual and collective practice, can connect with the mind of the "Sacred Governance" lineage of Shambhala.

December 13 - 16

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karme Choling will be closed to visitors during this time.

December 18

Children's Day and Winter Solstice

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

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Werma Sadhana & Scorpion Seal Practice Intensive *

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 experienced practitioners of the sadhana may attend the whole program or just a day or two.

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Simplicity: Meditation for Real Life

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

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Winter Teen 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 12-17.

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Aloka Children's Program

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 3-11.

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Heart of Recovery Retreat

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan
A exploration of how meditation and mindfulness intersect with recovery from addiction and other harmful habitual patterns. This is a week- long journey of warriorship, gentleness and bravery.

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Winter Tween Retreat: Discovering the Light Within

with Nikki Jiraff
Snug in the magic of Karme Choling, tweens ages 9-12 spend five days bravely venturing into authentic connection with themselves, each other, and the world.

January

January 5 - 8, 2017

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Madge Rossinoff
Our Relax, Renew and Awaken program is an opportunity to settle in---to let your mind rest and recover from the demands of the holiday season, and the expectations we place on ourselves.

January 7 - February 4, 2017

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya William McKeever
Open to everyone! Explore bravery and authenticity in this in-depth meditation retreat. This program fulfills the dathün practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path. Attend the first week, the first or last two weeks or the full retreat.

January 7 - 15, 2017

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

with Acharya William McKeever

January 7 - 21, 2017

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya William McKeever

January 21 - February 4, 2017

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

with Acharya William McKeever

January 13 - 18, 2017

Dot & Stroke: Ashe Mahamudra & Stroke of Ashe Intensive *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
An opportunity for tantrikas and sadhakas to clarify and stabilize mind transmission through in-depth practice and study of the mahamudra investigations and dzokchen.

January 20 - 28, 2017

Ngöndro Retreat *

with Shastri 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.

February

February 4 - 7, 2017

Shambhala Training: Golden Key *

with Shastri Donna Williams
Drawing wisdom from the Shambhala root text The Letter of the Golden Key, learn the practice of enriching presence.

February 11 - 22, 2017

Shambhala International Program

Warrior Assembly *

Warrior Assembly is the culmination of the Shambhala Training Sacred Path program.

February 23 - May 7, 2017

Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester

A semester of Buddhist study and practice under the direction of Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and senior teachers from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

February 24 - 26, 2017

Dorje Kasung Program

Dön Season Retreat *

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, 2017

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 27

Shambhala Day

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

March

March 3 - 10, 2017

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, 2017

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf

March 5 - 7, 2017

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf

March 7 - 10, 2017

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf

March 3 - 11, 2017

Weekthün

with Acharya Suzann Duquette and Shastri Ethan Nichtern
Open to everyone! Explore bravery and authenticity in this in-depth meditation retreat. This program fulfills one week of the practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

March 11

Milarepa Day

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

March 16 - 19, 2017

Kurukulla Intensive *

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

March 17 - 19, 2017

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, 2017

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karme Choling will be closed to visitors during this time.

March 25 - 31, 2017

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Shastri Carolyn Krusinski
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, 2017

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Shastri Carolyn Krusinski

March 28 - 31, 2017

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Shastri Carolyn Krusinski

March 25 - April 1, 2017

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, 2017

Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

March 27 - 29, 2017

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

March 29 - April 1, 2017

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, 2017

Two-Week Meditation Retreat

with Shastri Shelley Heinz
Open to everyone! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive retreat. This program fulfills half of the the Dathün practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path, and either week can be attended separately.

April 7 - 16, 2017

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, 2017

Basic Goodness 1 *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 9 - 12, 2017

Basic Goodness 2 *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 12 - 16, 2017

Basic Goodness 3 *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 20 - 23, 2017

Shambhala Guide Training *

with Shastri Henry Chapin
This training is for students who have a strong personal practice and feel ready to help others on their meditative journeys.

September

September 8 - 10, 2017

The Natural World as Teacher

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

September 10 - 15, 2017

Qigong Level 6 *

with Dr. Eva Wong