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

April

April 13 - November 7

Garden Apprentice Program

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

June

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 13

Summer Arts Half-Dathun: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Lance Brunner
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend just the first week or the full two week retreat.

June 28 - July 6

Summer Arts Dathun: Week 1

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
The Shambhala path starts here: 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 lives.

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 19 - 27

Hearing, Contemplating, Meditating: A Practice & Study Retreat *

with Benoît Cote
This Shambhala Vipashyana retreat will bring together mindfulness/awareness practices with contemplation and analytical meditation. A Manjushri practice as well as a light form of debate practice will be introduced.

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.

August

August 3 - 11

Family Camp

Family Camp is a magical week for parents and children to spend together with old friends and new in the beautiful rolling green hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom at Karmê Chöling.

August 3 - 11

Earth Warriors: Young Adult Retreat

with Leslie Gossett
New Program to be held within the rich and lively container of Family Camp!! Young adults, ages 18-23, are invited to come together to engage in lively discussions, meditation, and exploration of Earths wisdom lineages.

August 17 - 25

Heart of Recovery Retreat

with Scott Perkins
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.

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.

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.

October 22 - 29

Mudra Space Awareness

with Acharya Suzann Duquette, Greg Heffron and Dr. Craig Smith
Leading Mudra teachers, gathered for the first time, will present the scope of these intensive physical & sensory experiential teachings and convey their use for spiritual realization, lifestyle balance and professional development.

July

July 17 - 19, 2020

Free and Easy Wandering in the Spirit World

with Dr. Eva Wong