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 14 - October 15

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.

June

June 22 - July 21

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
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.

July 7 - 21

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

July

July 19 - 22

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.

July 20 - 22

The Spirit World as Teacher

with Dr. Eva Wong
The touch of father sun, the brush of the moon, the breath of the earth, the heartbeat of life, the cycle of the seasons, the song of the trees - the spirit world is all around us.

July 22 - 27

Wudangshan Animal Long Forms *

with Dr. Eva Wong
The Wudangshan Five Animals Long Forms are designed to deepen tendon-changing and marrow-washing practices using advanced stances and internal martial arts-based postures.

July 24 - 28

Teaching from the Heart

with Acharya Noel McLellan, Tony Cape, D'Arcy Colby and Alexander Devaron
A program for school teachers to discover how we are with our students is as important as what we teach. In this retreat we explore meditation, teachings, and contemplations that help us to connect to the richness in our lives.

August

August 4 - 12

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 15 - 26

Shambhala International Program

Warrior Assembly *

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson and Shastri Trinley Busby
Warrior Assembly, the culmination of Shambhala Training, is a living teaching on creating enlightened society. In this program, participants receive the transmission of the advanced Shambhala practice of primordial confidence.

September

September 4 - November 26

Mukpo Institute Program

Mukpo Institute: Fall Semester

with Acharya Suzann Duquette 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.

September 7 - 14

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

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

with Shastri Bill Brauer
This is where it all starts: the first 3 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship - a seminal path of ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings rooted in the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyday existence.

September 7 - 9

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 9 - 11

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 11 - 14

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 7 - 14

Mukpo Institute Program

Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala - The Shambhala Sacred Path *

with Shastri Benoît Côté
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 7

Great Eastern Sun: Shambhala Sacred Path *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

September 9 - 11

Windhorse: Shambhala Sacred Path *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

September 11 - 14

Drala: Shambhala Sacred Path *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

September 16 - 22

Five Wisdom Energies: Feminine and Masculine Dynamics

with Irini Rockwell
Through experiential practices, we will unlock societal perceptions of the feminine and masculine principles toward discovering natural brilliance in the darkness of confusion.

September 18 - 22

Lowering the Tents - Volunteer Weekend

Join the Karmê Chöling Staff for a weekend of lowering the tents and meditation as we close down our Summer campground. Meals and accommodations are included!

September 21 - 23

Exploring the Energetic Terrain of the Body *

with Dr. Eva Wong and Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
As it is externally, so it is internally. The physical terrain of the external world parallels the energetic terrain of the body.

September 23

Harvest of Peace

You are invited to celebrate Harvest of Peace with us! We will mark this important community day with food, conversation, group meditation, and chanting. Free to everyone - please just register to let us know you're coming.

September 23 - 29

Qigong Level 6 *

with Dr. Eva Wong
In this program the student will begin a heightened training in circulating internal energy according to seasonal changes and through specific channels in the body.

September 26 - October 11

Mukpo Institute Program

Half-Dathün: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Shastri Shelley Heinz and Shastri Gary Heinz
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attendance of both weeks is required.

October

October 3 - 7

Qigong Levels 4-5 *

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

October 3 - 5

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4 *

with Acharya Samten Kobelt

October 5 - 7

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 5 *

with Acharya Samten Kobelt

October 19 - 22

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Madge Rossinoff
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.

October 26 - November 1

The Mind of Communication: Discovering Peace in our Relationships

with Greg Heffron
Move beyond the fear that polarizes communication in relationships, the workplace and society. Train in mindful communication to heal divisions and highlight truth.

November

November 2 - 8

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

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

with Shastri Bill Brauer
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.

November 2 - 5

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

November 5 - 8

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

November 2 - 9

Mukpo Institute Program

The Four Dignities - The Shambhala Sacred Path *

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

Meek - The Shambhala Sacred Path *

with Shastri Donna Williams

November 4 - 6

Perky - The Shambhala Sacred Path *

with Shastri Donna Williams

November 6 - 9

Outrageous and Inscrutable - The Shambhala Sacred Path *

with Shastri Donna Williams

November 9 - 11

Emerging Leaders: A Social Meditation Retreat

with Shastri Nick Kranz
Join your peers in meditation, inspired sharing and wholehearted listening as we liberate the energy we invest in fear and empower each other in the creation of enlightened society.

November 15 - 23

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 15 - December 15

Scorpion Seal 10: Month Retreat *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
This month long retreat will be lead by Ashe Acharya John Rockwell. This will be a rare opportunity for an extended group retreat of the Scorpion Seal 10 practice.

November 16 - 20

Mukpo Institute Program

Mudra Space Awareness

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

November 24 - 29

Ashe Mahamudra Vajrayana Retreat *

with Acharya Fleet Maull
Mahamudra, the "great seal," is among the most profound streams of teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism. Revered as a powerful support for all other tantric practices, it is also extremely simple and direct.

December

December 16

Children's Day and Winter Solstice

Come for this morning and afternoon of crafts, lunch, a procession of light, and a play starring the Karmê Chöling staff! All are welcome.

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

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

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

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

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.

January

January 6 - February 5, 2019

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

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

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

January 6 - 21, 2019

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

January 21 - February 5, 2019

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

January 11 - 20, 2019

Ngöndro Intensive *

with Henry Chapin
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.

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. The practice aligns the traditional investigation and pointing out instructions of mahamudra and trekcho with the wisdom of

February

February 22 - March 1, 2019

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 *

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 4 - 7, 2019

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors during this time.

March 15 - 23, 2019

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

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

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: 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 *