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

November

November 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020

Karmê Chöling Winter Session

Please contact us in advance if you wish to visit Karmê Chöling during our Winter Session, or come during the hours when the Front Desk is open.

January

January 14 - 28

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors during this time. Please visit at another time.

February

February 21 - 23

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 24

Shambhala Day

with Trinley Busby and Karme Choling Executive Director Betsy Railla
This year, Karmê Chöling will play host to the international Shambhala Day Broadcast. Join us and local sangha to celebrate.

April

April 3 - 5

Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Weekend

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
The Sadhana of Mahamudra, written by the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, brings together the devotion mahamudra of the Kagyu and the crazy wisdom ati of the Nyingma. As such, it provides a powerful touchstone for understanding our vajrayana heritage.

April 4

Parinirvana Day

Please join us for this annual all-day celebration of Parinirvana Day, the anniversary of the passing of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala.

April 28 - May 3

Lineage as the Heart of Ritual - Invoking Drala through Harmony in Voice & Movement *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette, Walker Blaine, Andrea Doukas and Timothy Quigley
A five-day retreat offering advanced training in lhasangs and feast practices for Shambhala Ritual Academy Werma Sadhana practitioners. We will practice, deepen, study shrine room iconography, and share the power of ritual in community.

May

May 1 - 10

9-Day Mahamudra Retreat *

with Acharya Richard John
Mahamudra, the "great seal," is among the most profound streams of teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism. It is extremely simple and direct, focused on recognizing and gaining confidence in the nature of mind through direct experience.

May 5 - 9

QiGong Levels 1-3

with Sophie Leger
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.

May 5 - 7

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2

with Sophie Leger

May 7 - 9

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3 *

with Sophie Leger

May 6 - 10

Tent Volunteer Weekend

A weekend of practice and service as we prepare for the summer season!

May 11 - 18

Mudra Space Awareness: The Full Scope

with Dr. Craig Warren Smith, Acharya Suzann Duquette and Greg Heffron
What might it look like -- to respond skillfully to chaos? What might it feel like -- to be utterly confident in total groundlessness? Discover Mudra, an intense practice for intense times.

May 12 - 19

Way of Shambhala Program

Finding Bravery in Times of Confusion

with Shastri Bill Brauer
The path of the peaceful warrior starts here: The first 3 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship - a complete cycle of ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings created for the challenges of our modern, everyday lives.

May 14 - 16

Birth of the Warrior: Heart of Warriorship, Level 2 *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

May 16 - 19

Warrior in the World: the Heart of Warriorship, Level 3 *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

May 15 - 17

Discovering Wisdom in the Midst of Chaos: An Introduction to Contemplative Psychology

with Melissa Moore and Shastri Myra Woodruff
Contemplative Psychology starts with the notion of intrinsic health: Within the confusion and chaos of daily life are all the answers, awareness and wisdom one needs. Methods for accessing this wisdom can be learned.

May 24 - June 4

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal Assembly Year 7 *

with Acharya Christie Cashman
Modeled after the traditional drupchen - great accumulation - this retreat will focus on intensive group practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices received.

May 24 - June 4

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal Assembly Year 6 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette
Modeled after the traditional drupchen - great accumulation - this retreat will focus on intensive group practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices received.

June

June 5 - 7

Way of Shambhala Program

Way of Shambhala: Rigden Weekend *

With the great problems now facing human society, it seems increasingly important to find simple ways to bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world. This program emphasizes genuine confidence and steadfastness in facing the worlds challenges.

June 8 - 19

Shambhala International Program

Enlightened Society Assembly *

The Enlightened Society Assembly is a Shambhala mahayana program that emphasizes the view of the intrinsic goodness of all beings, practices that rouse bodhichitta and confident activity that engages fully in the world.

June 11 - 14

Relax, Renew, and Awaken

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.

June 19 - 21

Kado

with Anjie Cho
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.

June 23 - 28

Coming Home: Karme Choling 50th Anniversary Week

Karme Choling at 50! Come home for a week of picnics, practice, walks and tours, demonstrations, videos, talks, music, dancing and more!

July

July 3 - 5

Learn the Art of Japanese Archery: Kyudo First Shot

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.

July 3 - 18

Half Dathun

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend one week or the full 2 week retreat.

July 3 - 11

Weekthun (Half-Dathun: Week 1)

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

July 9 - 12

Kyudo Annual Program *

with Jim Boorstein
Seiko's annual gathering of Kyudo practitioners for an extended period of practice in a retreat setting.

July 17 - 19

Free and Easy Wandering in the Spirit World

with Dr. Eva Wong
Join Eva Wong, practitioner of the mystical path of Shangqing Taoism, in wandering the realms of the spirit world. Walk the paths of the stars and mountains to probe the mysteries of the sky and earth.

July 19 - 24

Qigong Practice and Study Retreat - Immortal Lu Dongbin's Classic on Internal Alchemy *

with Dr. Eva Wong
Lu Dongbin's classic Treatise on Internal Alchemy is now translated for the first time and will be the principal text of this practice and study retreat.

July 23 - 26

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.

August

August 12 - 16

Traditional Chinese QiGong Levels 4-5 *

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.

August 12 - 14

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

August 14 - 16

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 5 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

August 15 - 23

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 25 - 27

Creating Strategies for your QiGong Practice *

with Dr. Eva Wong and Acharya Suzann Duquette
Now that you have learned many qigong forms, it is time to strategize your practice to give you an edge in improving, enhancing, and repairing your body, as well as expanding your consciousness.

September 27 - October 2

Stoking the Scholar & Warrior Fire *

with Dr. Eva Wong
For those who have completed Qigong Level 6, Parts 1 and/or Part 2

October

October 9 - 11

Lucid Dream Yoga: The Path of Awakening Through Sleep and Dream

with Andrew Holecek
Discover the remarkable world of nocturnal meditation, where a wealth of wisdom awaits you every night.

October 22 - November 2

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal: Year 9 *

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