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

April

April 15 - October 15

Garden Apprenticeship Program

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.

May

May 16 - 24

Shambhala International Program

Acharya Retreat with Kalapa Garchen

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
With Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche by invitation only. Karmê Chöling is closed to the public at this time.

May 18 - 24

Shambhala International Program

Kalapa Garchen

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
With Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche by invitation only. Karmê Chöling is closed to the public at this time.

May 27 - June 7

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal: Year 9

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 9 - 13

Staff Days Off

Time for a break! Karme Choling will be closed to visitors during this time.

June 23 - 30

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

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 25 - 27

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 27 - 30

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 23 - July 22

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 23 - 30

Summer Arts Dathün: Week 1

with Lance Brunner

June 23 - July 7

Summer Arts Dathün: Weeks 1-2

with Lance Brunner

July 7 - 22

Summer Arts Dathün: Weeks 3-4 *

with Lance Brunner

June 30 - July 2

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

Relax, Renew and Awaken

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

July

July 5 - 9

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

A Taoist Journey of Balance

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

July 21 - 23

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.

July 29 - August 6

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

August 9 - 11

Way of Shambhala Program

Rigden Natural Confidence *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette
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, even in small ways.

August 12 - 21

Shambhala International Program

Enlightened Society Assembly *

with Acharya Martin Janowitz and Acharya Susan Chapman
The Enlightened Society Assembly (Sutrayana 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.

August 23 - 29

Staff Days Off

Time for a break! Karme Choling will be closed to visitors during this time.

September

September 1 - 3

Chöd Retreat *

with Arthur Jennings
For Vajrayana practitioners. Chöd practice represents the Mahayana view by helping us offer what is most precious to us: our body. It is an ancient practice for overcoming clinging and fixation.

September 1 - 4

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.

September 1 - 4

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Caroline DeMaio
Delight in the magic of fall and rediscover yourself during the height of peak foliage season.

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 8 - 10

The Natural World as Teacher

with Dr. Eva Wong and Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
The natural world is the gateway to the Tao.

September 8 - 10

Fall Tent Volunteer Weekend

Join the staff for a weekend of work and meditation as we take down our seasonal campground.

September 10 - 15

Qigong Retreat - Stoking the Scholar and Warrior Fire *

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

September 16 - 23

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.

September 16 - 23

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

with Acharya Jeremy Hayward
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.

September 16 - 18

Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun *

with Acharya Jeremy Hayward

September 18 - 20

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

with Acharya Jeremy Hayward

September 20 - 23

Shambhala Training: Drala *

with Acharya Jeremy Hayward

September 23

Harvest of Peace

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, we invite all members to our community celebration of Harvest of Peace. We will mark this important community day with food, conversation, group meditation, and chanting. There will also be an address from the lineage hold

September 29 - October 1

Youth Leadership Intensive

with Shastri Nick Kranz
The foundation of enlightened society is being unashamed of who you are. This weekend will be an exploration in creating enlightened culture through the practice of social meditation a way to experience meditation as a form of cultural integration.

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.

September 29 - October 7

Dathün: Week 1

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

October 6 - 14

Dathün: Week 2

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

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 *

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 - 5

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Shastri Nick Kranz

November 6 - 9

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Shastri Nick Kranz

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 16 - 18

Brave Leadership: The Art of Hosting

with Marguerite Drescher and Gabrielle Donnelly
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 Assembly participants or experienced practitioners of the sadhana may attend the whole program or just a day or two.

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Simplicity: Meditation for Real Life

with Shastri Nick 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.

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 Intensive *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
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.

January 21 - 29, 2018

Ngöndro Retreat *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
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.

March

March 2 - 9, 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.

March 2 - 4, 2018

Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

March 4 - 6, 2018

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

March 6 - 9, 2018

Shambhala Training: Drala *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

March 2 - 10, 2018

Weekthün

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