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

December

December 17 - 23

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors during this time.

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Werma Sadhana Winter Retreat *

with Shastri Benoît Côté
Relax into the vast space and profound teaching of the Werma Sadhana through this study and practice retreat. Scorpion Seal Assembly participants or practitioners of the sadhana may attend the whole program or just a day or two.

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Simplicity Winter Retreat

with Shastri Donna Williams
Open to all and ideal for beginners on the path of meditation, Simplicity retreats are created to give everyone a flexible, simple way to enjoy the benefits of sitting meditation.

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Aloka Children's Winter Retreat

with Katie Frank
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.

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Tween Winter Retreat

with Ann Taylor
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, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Teen Winter Retreat

with Pablo Coddou and Anne-Marie Keppel
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 31

New Year's Eve Celebration

with Shastri Donna Williams and Shastri Benoît Côté
Please join us for our annual New Year's Eve celebration!

January

January 6 - February 5, 2019

Dathun: 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.

January 6 - 14, 2019

Weekthun (Dathun: Week 1)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 6 - 21, 2019

Half-Dathun (Dathun: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 21 - February 5, 2019

Half-Dathun (Dathun: Weeks 3-4) *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 25 - February 3, 2019

Ashe Mahamudra Retreat *

with Acharya Richard John
This vajrayana retreat will be structured according to the Ashe Mahamudra, a profound practice liturgy by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

February

February 5

Shambhala Day

Join the Karmê Chöling and St. Johnsbury Community in celebrating Shambhala Day.

February 9 - 17, 2019

Vajrayana Retreat: HUM, ASHE, and All the Elements *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
In this weeklong vajrayana retreat, we will have a full mandala of practices from ngöndro to Scorpion Seal Assembly. There will be talks, discussion, silence, qigong, walking outside, and spontaneous arisings.

February 17 - May 11, 2019

Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester

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

February 22 - March 1, 2019

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Finding Bravery in Times of Confusion - Shambhala Training Levels I - III

This is where it all starts: 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 existence.

February 22 - March 1, 2019

Mukpo Institute Program

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

with Timothy Quigley
Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse, Drala mark the beginning of the Shambhala Sacred Path, introducing advanced warriorship practices that extend the meditation training of Levels I-V.

February 24 - 26, 2019

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

February 26 - March 1, 2019

Shambhala Training: Drala *

March

March 2

Milarepa Day

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

March 4 - 7, 2019

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors during this time.

March 9 - 16, 2019

IUP Alternative Spring Break Retreat

This alternative Spring break retreat introduces Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) students to the Karmê Chöling community, the Shambhala culture and to a flexible, simple way of enjoying the benefits of sitting meditation.

March 15 - 23, 2019

Weekthun: A Week of Meditation

with Acharya Suzann Duquette and Ethan Nichtern
with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and 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 26 - April 1, 2019

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Making Your Way Back Home, Shambhala Training Levels IV - V *

The last 2 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship, a seminal path of training rooted in the ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings of the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyday existence.

March 29 - April 1, 2019

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

March 26 - April 2, 2019

Mukpo Institute Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities *

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 26 - 28, 2019

Shambhala Training: Meek *

March 28 - 30, 2019

Shambhala Training: Perky *

April

April 4

Parinirvana Day

Come celebrate the life of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the anniversary of his death.

April 5 - 7, 2019

Kado, The Way of Flowers

with Artist to the Kalapa Court Marcia Shibata
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 to ta

April 7 - 9, 2019

Kado, The Way of Flowers - Extended Retreat *

with Artist to the Kalapa Court Marcia Shibata

April 11 - 14, 2019

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Tune Faulkner
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.

April 12 - 19, 2019

Mudra Space Awareness

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Dr. Craig Smith
Unlock your inherent freedom and discover the unbound fearlessness that lies in all. Mudra Space Awareness is an energetic sequence of group exercises designed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

April 19 - May 4, 2019

Mukpo Institute Program

Half Dathun: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Cara Thornley and Caroline DeMaio
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend the first week, or the full two weeks

April 19 - 27, 2019

Weekthun (Half-Dathun: Week 1)

with Cara Thornley and Caroline DeMaio

April 22 - 24, 2019

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2

Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems - The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.

April 24 - 28, 2019

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 3 & 4 *

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.

April 24 - 26, 2019

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 26 - 28, 2019

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 28 - 30, 2019

Qigong Level 5 *

with Dr. Eva Wong
Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems - The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.

April 30 - May 5, 2019

Embodying the Tao in your Qigong *

with Dr. Eva Wong
In this program, we will use the practices of qigong to embody and understand the energies of yin and yang, the five elements, and the bagua in our body.

May

May 1 - 5, 2019

Raising the Tents - Volunteer Weekend

Join the Karmê Chöling Staff for a weekend of raising tents and meditation as we set up our Summer campground. Meals and accommodations are included!

May 22 - June 2, 2019

Shambhala International Program

Tip of the Arrow: Scorpion Seal 10 Practice Retreat (Repeat Participants) *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
Further manifest the fruition of the Werma Sadhana. This retreat is for those who have already received the Scorpion Seal 10 practices

June

June 15 - July 14, 2019

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, 2019

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 28, 2019

Summer Arts Dathun: 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 28 - July 6, 2019

Summer Arts Dathun: Week 1

with Lance Brunner

June 28 - July 13, 2019

Summer Arts Half-Dathun (Dathun: Weeks 1-2)

with Lance Brunner

July

July 3 - 7, 2019

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, 2019

Way of Shambhala Program

Finding Bravery in Times of Confusion - Shambhala Training Levels I - III

with Shastri Bill Brauer
This is where the Shambhala path starts: 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, everyda

July 12 - 14, 2019

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 14 - 16, 2019

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 16 - 19, 2019

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 27 - August 25, 2019

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.

September

September 7 - October 5, 2019

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, 2019

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 in nourishing a healthy body and cultivatin

September 27 - October 2, 2019

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, 2019

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.