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

February

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

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

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

Great Eastern Sun: Shambhala Sacred Path *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

February 28 - March 2

Windhorse: Shambhala Sacred Path *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

March 2 - 5

Drala: Shambhala Sacred Path *

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

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

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld
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.

March 1 - 3

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 3 - 5

Birth of a Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II *

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 5 - 8

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III *

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 Way of Shambhala Program

The Basic Goodness Series Retreat

with Shastri Benoît Côté
Offered nowhere else as a combined retreat, this program deeply explores the first principle of the Shambhala Principle: that at the very core of every person is the primordial nature of goodness.

March 10 - 17

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 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

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

with Henry Chapin
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 24 - 27

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV *

with Henry Chapin

March 27 - 30

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V *

with Henry Chapin

March 24 - 31

Mukpo Institute Program

The Four Dignities - The Shambhala Sacred Path *

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

Meek - The Shambhala Sacred Path *

with Cara Thornley

March 26 - 28

Perky - The Shambhala Sacred Path *

with Cara Thornley

March 31

Tuck School Mindfulness Meditation

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf
A special program for all Tuck students, partners, alumni, faculty and staff, intended for all levels of meditation experience.

April

April 4

Parinirvana Day

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

April 6 - 8

Way of Shambhala Program

Teen Level II: Birth of the Warrior - Shambhala Training *

with Shastri Nick Kranz
This program is open to teens only. Examine your fears and habitual patterns by training the mind to meet challenging moments with courage and confidence.

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 13 - 16

Kurukulla Intensive *

with Andrea Doukas
This retreat will include all aspects of the Kurukulla Sadhana including an extended feast practice dedicated to the development and prosperity of Karme Choling.

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
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. Meals and accommodations are included!

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 14 - 18

Shambhala International Program

Acharya Retreat *

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
By invitation only. The Acharyas of the lineage gather with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Karmê Chöling is closed to the public at this time.

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 and Acharya Christie Cashman
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 *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
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 Training *

with The Druk Sakyong Wangmo Lady Diana Mukpo
This program will explore Shambhala Household practice. The essence of which is having a deep appreciation for the intrinsic health and richness that exists within our own homes.

June 22 - 25

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Caroline DeMaio
Contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and personal endeavors of all kinds.

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

Learn the Art of 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.

July

July 6 - 8

Embodying Earth Energy

with Shastri Donna Williams
Tune into the natural environment and restore energetic balances with sensory practices, qigong, and mindfullness-awareness meditation. Reconnect with your body and drink in the restorative powers of trees, river, rocks, and forest of Karme Choling.

July 6 - 13

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.

July 6 - 8

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 8 - 10

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 10 - 13

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III *

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 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
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 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 4 - 7

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.

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 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
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

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.

March

March 4 - 7, 2019

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling will be closed to visitors during this time.