Programs

Special Funding Available

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

* Indicates program with prerequisites

September

September 5 - November 29

Mukpo Institute Program

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

Mukpo Institute Program

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.

October 14 - 29

Dathün: Weeks 3-4 *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

October

October 14 - 25

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal: Year 7 *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Acharya Susan Chapman and Acharya Eve Rosenthal
Modeled after the traditional drupchen - great accumulation - this retreat will focus on intensive group practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices received.

October 27 - 30

Awake Society, Now

with Acharya Adam Lobel
Gather with a community of spiritual warriors to unite Shambhala's spiritual teachings and its vision of enlightened society.

November

November 3 - 9

Mukpo Institute Program 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 - 10

Mukpo Institute Program

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 10 - 12

Heart and Mind Conflict Transformation

with Basia Solarz and Ella Reznikova
Learn to respond thoughtfully to conflicts - rather than react - during this weekend program which will explore the forces that derail mindful engagement when it matters most.

November 16 - 19

Brave Leadership: The Art of Hosting

with Marguerite Drescher, Gabrielle Donnelly and Aarti Tejuja
Brave Leadership is designed to enrich and support how we practice and create Enlightened Society and draws on the global Art of Hosting movement.

November 16 - 24

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

with Shastri Bill Brauer
Open to everyone! Learn to understand your mind and emotions with this in-depth introduction to mindfulness-awareness meditation and Shambhala Meditation.

November 30 - December 8

Government Pillar Retreat, by special direct invitation from Minister Arthur only *

with Jane Arthur
By special invitation only. 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

December 11 - 15

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors during this time.

December 17

Children's Day

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

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 and other experienced Werma practitioners may attend all or part of this retreat.

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Simplicity: Meditation for Real Life

with Shastri Nick Kranz and Jade Kranz
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, 2017 - January 1, 2018

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, 2017 - January 1, 2018

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.

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

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, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Aloka Winter Retreat

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.

January

January 6 - February 5, 2018

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya Richard John
Open to beginners! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat. This dathün fulfills the group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

January 6 - 14, 2018

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

with Acharya Richard John

January 6 - 21, 2018

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya Richard John

January 21 - February 5, 2018

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4)

with Acharya Richard John

January 13 - 19, 2018

Scorpion Seal 9 Practice Intensive *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
Practicing SSA-9 in a group retreat is a wonderful way to deepen these unique and penetrating transmissions.

January 21 - 29, 2018

Primordial Rigden Ngöndro Retreat *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
The Primordial Rigden ngöndro enters us into the magical heart of Shambhala. It is the gateway to this sacred world and leads us to receive the Rigden Abhisheka and enter the Scorpion Seal path.

February

February 1 - 4, 2018

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Tune Faulkner
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in the snow-covered mountains of Northern Vermont.

February 2 - 5, 2018

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 10 - 21, 2018

Shambhala International Program

Warrior Assembly *

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

February 26 - March 5, 2018

Mukpo Institute Program

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

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
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.

February 26 - 28, 2018

Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

February 28 - March 2, 2018

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

March 2 - 5, 2018

Shambhala Training: Drala *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

March

March 9 - 17, 2018

Weekthün: A Week of Mediation

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 9 - 18, 2018

Mukpo Institute Program

The Basic Goodness Retreat

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

March 24 - 30, 2018

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Shastri Henry Chapin
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 24 - 27, 2018

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Shastri Henry Chapin

March 27 - 30, 2018

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Shastri Henry Chapin

April

April 18 - 23, 2018

Shambhala Guide Training *

with Shastri Bill Brauer
Application deadline is December 15, 2017. This training is for students who have a strong personal practice and feel ready to help others on their meditative journeys.

April 25 - 29, 2018

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 25 - 27, 2018

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 27 - 29, 2018

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

May

May 4 - 6, 2018

Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy 2 *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette, Timothy Quigley and Andrea Doukas
This Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy 2 (RSRA 2) will build on the view of ritual presented in the first International Shambhala Ritual Academy and emphasize hands-on training for chöpöns and umdzes.

June

June 4 - 15, 2018

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year One *

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
This group retreat with the Sakyong is for vajrayana practitioners who are inspired to move toward the solitary Scorpion Seal retreat in the future.

June 4 - 15, 2018

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year Two *

This retreat, to be led by Shambhala Acharyas, will focus on intensive practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices that were received at Scorpion Seal Assembly 1, as well as the reading transmission of a significant volume of teachings.