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

January

January 6 - February 5

Dathun: 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 21 - February 5

Half-Dathun (Dathun: Weeks 3-4) *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 25 - February 3

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 1 - 3

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 5

Shambhala Day

Join the Karmê Chöling and St. Johnsbury Community in celebrating Shambhala Day.

February 9 - 17

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

Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Acharya Michael Greenleaf 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 18

Milarepa Day

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

February 22 - March 1

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

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

with Benoît Côté
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 - 24

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Benoît Côté

February 24 - 26

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II *

with Benoît Côté

February 26 - March 1

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III *

with Benoît Côté

February 22 - March 1

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 26 - March 1

Shambhala Training: Drala *

March

March 4 - 7

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors during this time.

March 9 - 16

IUP Alternative Spring Break Retreat

This alternative Spring break retreat introduces Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) students to the Karmê Chöling community, the Shambhala culture and to a flexible, simple way of enjoying the benefits of sitting meditation.

March 15 - 23

Weekthun: 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

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Making Your Way Back Home, Shambhala Training Levels IV - V *

with Henry Chapin
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 26 - April 2

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).

April

April 4

Parinirvana Day

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

April 5 - 7

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 7 - 9

Kado, The Way of Flowers - Extended Retreat *

with Artist to the Kalapa Court Marcia Shibata

April 11 - 14

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Tune Faulkner
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in the rolling green mountains of Northern Vermont and learn contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life.

April 12 - 16

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 13 - November 7

Garden Apprentice Program

with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven
Entering its seventh year, the Garden Apprenticeship Program at Karmê Chöling is a unique six-month residential program of contemplative gardening through close mentorship with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven.

April 19 - May 4

Mukpo Institute Program

Half Dathun: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Cara Thornley and Caroline DeMaio
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend the first week, or the full two weeks

April 19 - 27

Weekthun (Half-Dathun: Week 1)

with Cara Thornley and Caroline DeMaio

April 22 - 26

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 3

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 22 - 24

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 24 - 26

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 26 - 28

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4 *

with Sophie Leger
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 28 - 30

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

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

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!

May 18 - 21

Shambhala International Program

Regional Acharya Retreat *

This is a gathering of senior teachers of the lineage from Northeastern North America. All Shambhala international acharyas are invited to attend this gathering.

May 22 - June 2

Shambhala International Program

Tip of the Arrow: Scorpion Seal 10 Practice Retreat (Repeat Participants) *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
Further manifest the fruition of the Werma Sadhana. This retreat is for those who have already received the Scorpion Seal 10 practices

June

June 5 - 12

Celebrating the Vajrayana *

with Acharya Christie Cashman
Throughout this week-long retreat, we will explore how wrathful, peaceful, and effortless vajrayana methods "touch the fruition," and thus remind us of our inherent wisdom.

June 15 - July 14

Summer Volunteer Program - Session 1

Summer volunteering is available to anyone interested in learning to meditate, establishing a regular meditation practice, and wishing to experience a taste of Shambhala Buddhist residential life.

June 28 - 30

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.

June 28 - July 28

Summer Arts Dathun: 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 28 - July 6

Summer Arts Dathun: Week 1

with Lance Brunner

June 28 - July 13

Summer Arts Half-Dathun (Dathun: Weeks 1-2)

with Lance Brunner

July 13 - 28

Summer Arts Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

with Lance Brunner

July

July 3 - 7

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.

July 12 - 19

Way of Shambhala Program

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

with Shastri Bill Brauer
This is where the Shambhala path 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, everyda

July 12 - 14

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 14 - 16

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 16 - 19

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 25 - 28

Women's Kyudo Retreat *

with Lucy Halverson
Touching on the grace, dignity and tranquility of kyudo, this retreat offers women the opportunity to practice together in the relaxed setting of a contemplative community.

July 27 - August 25

Summer Volunteer Program - Session 2

Summer volunteering is available to anyone interested in learning to meditate, establishing a regular meditation practice, and wishing to experience a taste of Shambhala Buddhist residential life.

September

September 7 - October 5

Summer Volunteer Program - Session 3

Summer volunteering is available to anyone interested in learning to meditate, establishing a regular meditation practice, and wishing to experience a taste of Shambhala Buddhist residential life.

September 22 - 27

Qigong and Meditation Retreat *

with Dr. Eva Wong
This program will feature using Sunzi's Art of War in strategizing meditation practice. It integrates the practices of qigong and sitting meditation with an emphasis on how these two practices support each other in nourishing a healthy body and cultivatin

September 27 - October 2

Stroking the Clouds at Karmê Chöling: an Evoking Worlds Program *

with Dr. Eva Wong
An Evoking Worlds Program. Join Eva Wong in this unique program that unifies Taoist awareness practice and spirit travel.

October

October 8 - 19

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal: Year 8 *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
This retreat will focus on intensive practice of the Werma Sadhana, with the introduction of practices specific to Scorpion Seal year 8.