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.

November

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
Karme Choling will be closed to the public during this time. This program is 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 connec

December

December 8 - 10

Dorje Kasung Program

Trident Assembly *

with Toby Sifton, Rupön and Bob Taylor, Rupön
This Assembly gives Dorje Kasung who are MPE Veterans, the opportunity to either begin or deepen their study of the Trident text.

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 - 4, 2018

First Shot - Beginners' Kyudo

with Grace DiNapoli and Tom Kyle
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.

February 4 - 7, 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 23 - 25, 2018

A Retreat on Shambhala Meditation

with Acharya Fleet Maull
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche originated this simple yet profound practice through which anyone can experience the vision of Shambhala: feeling worthy to be, and touching our humanity.

February 23 - May 7, 2018

Mukpo Institute Program

Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester

with Acharya Suzann Duquette and Shastri Bill Brauer
A semester of Buddhist study and practice under the direction of Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and senior teachers from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

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 1

Milarepa Day

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

March 1 - 8, 2018

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld
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 1 - 3, 2018

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 3 - 5, 2018

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 5 - 8, 2018

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 9 - 17, 2018

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

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 Benoît Côté
The first principle of Shambhala is that everyone has a primordial nature of goodness.

March 19 - 22, 2018

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors during this time.

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

March 24 - 31, 2018

Mukpo Institute Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities *

with Cara Thornley
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).

March 24 - 26, 2018

Shambhala Training: Meek *

with Cara Thornley

March 26 - 28, 2018

Shambhala Training: Perky *

with Cara Thornley

March 28 - 31, 2018

Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable *

with Cara Thornley

April

April 7 - May 7, 2018

Mukpo Institute Program

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston
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.

April 7 - 15, 2018

Dathün: Week 1

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

April 7 - 22, 2018

Half-Dathün: (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

April 22 - May 7, 2018

Dathün: Weeks 3 & 4 *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

April 14 - October 15, 2018

Garden Apprentice Program

with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven
A six-month residential program in which apprentices learn the basics of organic gardening while engaging in daily meditation practice and community life. No experience necessary.

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.

May 20 - 31, 2018

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal: Year 10 *

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
With Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Modeled after the traditional drupchen - great accumulation - this retreat will focus on intensive group practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices received. Karmê Chöling is closed to the public at this time.

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.

June 22 - 25, 2018

Relax, Renew and Awaken

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

June 27 - July 1, 2018

Kyudo: Japanese Archery Intensive *

with Don Symanski
For intermediate and advanced practitioners of the Heki-ryu Bishu Chikurin-ha school of kyudo. The aim is not the target, but synchronization of awareness and body in the present moment. It is meditation in action.

June 29 - July 1, 2018

First Shot: Kyudo for Beginners

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.

July

July 6 - 8, 2018

Contemplative Ecology: Renewing Our Earth Connection

with Shastri Donna Williams
Experience the healing power of being with nature. Reconnect using tools of mindfulness meditation, qigong, and sensory practices to restore balance.

July 6 - 13, 2018

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Bill Brauer
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.

July 6 - 8, 2018

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 8 - 10, 2018

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 10 - 13, 2018

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 13 - 17, 2018

QiGong Levels 4-5 *

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.

July 13 - 15, 2018

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4 *

with Sophie Leger

July 15 - 25, 2018

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 5 *

with Sophie Leger

September

September 7 - 14, 2018

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Bill Brauer
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.

September 7 - 9, 2018

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 9 - 11, 2018

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 11 - 14, 2018

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

November

November 2 - 8, 2018

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Shastri Bill Brauer
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 2 - 5, 2018

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

November 5 - 8, 2018

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

November 2 - 9, 2018

Mukpo Institute Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities *

with Shastri Donna Williams
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 2 - 4, 2018

Shambhala Training: Meek *

with Shastri Donna Williams

November 4 - 6, 2018

Shambhala Training: Perky *

with Shastri Donna Williams

November 6 - 9, 2018

Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable *

with Shastri Donna Williams

November 15 - 23, 2018

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

with Shastri Bill Brauer
Open to everyone - beginners to advanced practitioners! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this deep meditation retreat.

November 16 - 20, 2018

Mukpo Institute Program

Mudra Space Awareness

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
Unlock your inherent freedom and create a radical shift in your understanding of the mind/body relationship to space.