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.

April

April 3 - 5

LIVESTREAM: Sadhana of Mahamudra Community Weekend

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
UPDATE: This community practice weekend will be offered online as a live-streaming event. Details TBA - check back after March 25th, for more information.

April 4

LIVESTREAM: Parinirvana Day

UPDATE: The Parinirvana Feast will be offered online as a live-streaming event. Details TBA - check back after March 25th, for more information.

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 15 - 18

Mudra Space Awareness Weekend*

with Dr. Craig Warren Smith, Acharya Suzann Duquette and Greg Heffron

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
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.

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 10 - 12

Resilient Gardening: Skills for Growing & Healing in the Age of Climate Change

with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven
Skills for healing and regenerative growing in the age of climate change

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 1 - 9

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 1 - 9

Earth Warriors

A program for young adults 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 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.

August 27 - September 1

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.

August 29 - September 1

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level 5 *

August 28 - 30

Presencing

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi
Social Presencing Theater (SPT) is a series of practices developed under the leadership of Arawana Hayashi for the Presencing Institute. SPT is inspired and informed by the teachings of Shambhala Art and Mudra Theater.

September

September 2 - 4

White Tara *

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
White Tara practices have long been popular in Kagyu and Nyingma communities; this short practice is intended to soothe illness, disharmony, and suffering in the Shambhala community. Open to all who have taken refuge vows.

September 4 - 7

Dakini Wisdom: Revealing the Feminine in Tibetan Buddhism

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Through an exploration of the feminine principle - the dakini - we may access our own vast wisdom beyond gender, and yet discover new meaning in our embodied, passionate lives as women and men.

September 10 - 13

Lowering the Tents

Karme Choling invites everyone to join this fall weekend of exertion and meditation as we close down our seasonal campground. Come experience our community and the joy of serving others while working in wooded meadows, meditating, and making new friends.

September 17 - 20

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Jane Arthur
Discover relaxation and wakefulness while enjoying the beautiful fall foliage of Northern Vermont and learn contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life.

September 18 - 20

NEW DATES: Coming Home: Karme Choling 50th Anniversary Celebration

As the coronavirus situation unfolds across the globe, we at Karmê Chöling have decided to move this 50th Anniversary Celebration from June to September. Please join us to celebrate Karmê Chöling's 50 years this September 18th-20th.

September 18 - 20

Resilient Gardening: Autumn Workshop

with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven
Skills for healing and regenerative growing in the age of climate change

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 12 - 18

Teachings on the Heart Sutra

with Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche
Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will be teaching and giving commentary on the Heart Sutra. It is the most distilled essence of a group of Mahayana sutras concerned with Prajnaparamita; wisdom (prajna) that "reaches the other shore"(paramita).

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.