Programs

* Indicates program with prerequisites

December

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 Caroline DeMaio
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 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 7 - 15, 2017

Dathün: Week 1

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 7 - 21, 2017

Dathün: Weeks 1-2

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 21 - February 4, 2017

Dathün: Weeks 3-4 *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

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 *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Acharya Samten Kobelt
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

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, 2017

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 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: A Week of Meditation

with 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, 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

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 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 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, 2017

Mukpo Institute Program

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 28 - May 2, 2017

Mukpo Institute Program

QiGong Levels 4-5 *

with Sophie Léger
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 - May 5, 2017

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, 2017

Shambhala Training: Meek *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 30 - May 2, 2017

Shambhala Training: Perky *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

May 2 - 5, 2017

Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

May

May 5 - 7, 2017

Spring Tent 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.

June

June 15 - 18, 2017

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 21 - 23, 2017

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.

June 23 - 29, 2017

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, 2017

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 25 - 27, 2017

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 27 - 29, 2017

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 23 - July 22, 2017

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 30 - July 2, 2017

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, 2017

Relax, Renew and Awaken

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

July

July 5 - 9, 2017

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, 2017

A Taoist Journey of Balance

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

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