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

January

January 6 - February 5

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya Richard John
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 - 21

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya Richard John

January 21 - February 5

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

with Acharya Richard John

January 21 - 29

Primordial Rigden Ngöndro Retreat *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
The Primordial Rigden ngöndro enters us into the magical heart of Shambhala. It is the gateway to this sacred world and leads us to receive the Rigden Abhisheka and enter the Scorpion Seal path.

February

February 1 - 4

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Tune Faulkner
Discover relaxation and how it can be a tool to help us cope with this chaotic modern life.

February 2 - 4

First Shot - Beginners' Kyudo

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.

February 4 - 7

Shambhala Training: Golden Key *

with Shastri Donna Williams
In this seminal program, one engages the sense perceptions to connect with the living world around us.

February 9 - 11

Dorje Kasung Program

Beyond the Gates of Hope and Fear: The Desk Shift and the Horizon *

with Ian McLaughlin, Rupön and Dapön Bonnie Taylor
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. It is a powerful time to look into the nature of the discipline and our commitm

February 16

Shambhala Day

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

February 23 - 25

A Retreat on Shambhala Meditation

with Acharya Fleet Maull
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche originated this simple yet profound practice through which anyone can experience the vision of Shambhala: feeling worthy to be, and touching our humanity.

February 23 - May 7

Mukpo Institute Program

Mukpo Institute: Spring Semester

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

February 26 - March 5

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.

February 26 - 28

Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

February 28 - March 2

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

March 2 - 5

Shambhala Training: Drala *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

March

March 1

Milarepa Day

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

March 1 - 8

Mukpo Institute Program 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.

March 1 - 3

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 3 - 5

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 5 - 8

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 9 - 17

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

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

Mukpo Institute Program

The Basic Goodness Retreat

with Shastri Benoît Côté
The first principle of Shambhala is that everyone has a primordial nature of goodness.

March 19 - 22

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors during this time.

March 24 - 30

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

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Shastri Henry Chapin

March 27 - 30

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Shastri Henry Chapin

March 24 - 31

Mukpo Institute Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities *

with Cara Thornley
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 24 - 26

Shambhala Training: Meek *

with Cara Thornley

March 26 - 28

Shambhala Training: Perky *

with Cara Thornley

March 28 - 31

Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable *

with Cara Thornley

April

April 4

Parinirvana Day

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

April 7 - May 7

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.

April 7 - 15

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

April 7 - 22

Half-Dathün: (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

April 22 - May 7

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3 & 4) *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

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.

April 18 - 23

Shambhala Guide Training *

with Shastri Bill Brauer
Application deadline is December 31, 2017. This training is for students who have a strong personal practice and feel ready to help others on their meditative journeys.

April 25 - 29

Mukpo Institute Program

Qigong Levels 1-3

with Acharya Suzann Duquette
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.

April 25 - 27

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 27 - 29

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

May

May 2 - 6

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.

May 4 - 6

Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy 2 *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette, Timothy Quigley and Andrea Doukas
This Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy 2 (RSRA 2) will build on the view of ritual presented in the first International Shambhala Ritual Academy and emphasize hands-on training for chöpöns and umdzes.

May 20 - 31

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal: Year 10 *

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 4 - 15

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year One *

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
This group retreat with the Sakyong is for vajrayana practitioners who are inspired to move toward the solitary Scorpion Seal retreat in the future.

June 4 - 15

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year Two *

The Sakyong has asked participants who have completed the first Scorpion Seal Assemblies to gather at practice centers for a second year program.

June 21 - 25

Shambhala Household Teacher's Training *

with Lady Diana Mukpo
This program is the inaugural formal training of Shambhala Household Hosts & Emissaries, those who wish to become Hosts & Emissaries, and anyone who would like to deepen their practice of the Shambhala Household practice.

June 22 - 25

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Caroline DeMaio
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in the rolling green mountains of Northern Vermont.

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

June 27 - July 1

Kyudo: Japanese Archery Intensive *

with Don Symanski
For intermediate and advanced practitioners of the Heki-ryu Bishu Chikurin-ha school of kyudo. The aim is not the target, but synchronization of awareness and body in the present moment. It is meditation in action.

June 29 - July 1

First Shot: Kyudo for Beginners

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.

July

July 6 - 8

Contemplative Ecology: Renewing Our Earth Connection

with Shastri Donna Williams
Experience the healing power of being with nature. Reconnect using tools of mindfulness meditation, qigong, and sensory practices to restore balance.

July 6 - 13

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Bill Brauer
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.

July 6 - 8

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 8 - 10

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 10 - 13

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 13 - 17

QiGong Levels 4-5 *

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

July 13 - 15

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4 *

with Sophie Leger

July 15 - 17

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 5 *

with Sophie Leger

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 24 - 28

Teaching from the Heart

with Acharya Noel McLellan
How we are with our students is as important as what we teach, and how we are depends on how we relate to own minds and hearts. In this retreat we explore meditation, teachings and contemplations that help us to connect to the richness in our lives and te

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 *

Warrior Assembly is the culmination of the Shambhala Training Sacred Path program.

September

September 7 - 14

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Bill Brauer
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 7 - 9

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 9 - 11

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 11 - 14

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 28 - October 28

Dathün: A Month 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. Attend one, two, or all four weeks.

September 28 - October 6

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

with Shastri Shelley Heinz and Shastri Gary Heinz

September 28 - October 13

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Shastri Shelley Heinz and Shastri Gary Heinz

October 13 - 28

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

with Shastri Shelley Heinz and Shastri Gary Heinz

November

November 2 - 8

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Shastri Bill Brauer
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 2 - 5

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

November 5 - 8

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

November 2 - 9

Mukpo Institute Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities *

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

Shambhala Training: Meek *

with Shastri Donna Williams

November 4 - 6

Shambhala Training: Perky *

with Shastri Donna Williams

November 6 - 9

Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable *

with Shastri Donna Williams

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 16 - 20

Mukpo Institute Program

Mudra Space Awareness

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
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.