Programs

Contemplative Scholarships Available for Educators

If you are a Pre-K educator, K-12 educator or M.Ed. student you may qualify for a retreat scholarship through Hemera Foundation’s Contemplative Fellowships for Educators. Scholarships are limited and are awarded on a first come, first served basis. For more information on how scholarships are awarded click here.

Please choose the retreat that you wish to take before applying.

* Indicates Program with Prerequisites

February

February 11 - 22

Shambhala International Program

Warrior Assembly *

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi and Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
Warrior Assembly is the culmination of the Shambhala Training Sacred Path program.

February 21

Milarepa Day

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

February 26 - March 5

Werma/Ngöndro Retreat *

with Shastri Benoît Côté
This Werma and ngöndro practice and study retreat is open to all authorized practitioners within Shambhala. There will be two group practice sessions daily, as well as an early morning session of formless meditation.

March

March 3 - 11

Meditation Retreat for Everyday Life (Weekthün)

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Shastri Ethan Nichtern
This one-week group retreat will explore our internal wisdom through mindfulness-awareness meditation, which increases our ability to stay present for our life, and Shambhala Meditation, which supports us being who we are from the very nature of our being

March 5 - 12

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Mary Campbell
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 5 - 12

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Alternative Spring Break Week

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

March 17 - 20

Art of Hosting: Social Practices for Enlightened Society

with Marguerite Drescher and Gabrielle Donnelly
The Art of Hosting is a global learning community drawing on a range of leading-edge facilitation, community engagement and change practices.

March 18 - 20

Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training *

with Shastri Henry Chapin
For those ready to embark on the path of teaching by learning to be a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor

March 21 - 24

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

The Karmê Chöling staff will be in their spring retreat...KCL is closed to guests and visitors.

March 26 - April 1

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Susan Ryan
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 26 - April 2

Way of Shambhala Program

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

with Shastri Bill Brauer
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.

March 30 - April 2

Shambhala Training: Drala *

April

April 2

Parinirvana Day

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

April 4 - 12

Monarch Retreat

The purpose of the retreat is to provide a concentrated period of time in which senior leaders, through individual and collective practice, can connect with the mind of the "Sacred Governance" lineage of Shambhala.

April 15 - 17

The Power of Kindness

with Christine Heming
Join us for an exploration of the power of kindness and how we can cultivate a culture of kindness. We will practice deep listening, tell our stories, and have time for reflection, dialogue, and sitting meditation.

April 15 - October 29

Garden Apprenticeship

with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven
Entering its fourth year, the Garden Apprenticeship is a unique 6-month residential program in which participants gain both theoretical and practical hands-on training in organic gardening while participating in mindfulness-awareness based meditation.

April 21 - 24

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 21 - May 4

Natural Confidence: A Two-Week Meditation Retreat

with Cara Thornley
Open to everyone! Explore bravery and authenticity in this in-depth meditation retreat. This program fulfills half of the the dathün practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path. Participants may attend the first week or the full retreat.

April 21 - 29

Natural Confidence: Week One

with Cara Thornley

April 29 - May 5

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 3 - 5 *

with Dr. Eva Wong and 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 29 - May 1

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

May

May 1 - 3

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4 *

with Dr. Eva Wong

May 3 - 5

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 5 *

with Dr. Eva Wong

May 24 - June 4

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal: Year 8 *

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and 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

June

June 9 - 20

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year One

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
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 9 - 20

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year Two *

with Acharya Susan Chapman
This retreat will focus on intensive group practice of the Werma Sadhana and the other practices received at Scorpion Seal Assembly Year 1. Reading transmissions essential to the Scorpion Seal path will also be given.

June 25 - July 2

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Nick Kranz
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.

June 25 - 27

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Nick Kranz

June 27 - 29

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Nick Kranz

June 29 - July 2

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Nick Kranz

June 25 - July 24

Natural Confidence: A Month-Long Meditation Retreat

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
Open to everyone! Explore bravery and authenticity in this in-depth meditation retreat. This program fulfills the dathün practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path. Attend the first week, the first or last two weeks or the full retreat.

June 25 - July 3

Natural Confidence: Week One

July

July 8 - 10

Entering the Practical World of Taoism

with Dr. Eva Wong and Shastri Carolyn Krusinski
Enter the practical world of Taoism and learn how to transform body and mind through lifestyle.

July 10 - 15

Five Animal Long Forms Intensive *

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 21 - 24

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Tune Faulkner
Our Relax, Renew and Awaken program offers 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.

August

August 9 - 11

Way of Shambhala Program

Way of Shambhala: Rigden Weekend *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
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, even in small ways.

August 12 - 21

Shambhala International Program

Enlightened Society Assembly *

with Acharya Eve Rosenthal and Acharya Noel McLellan
The Enlightened Society Assembly (Sutrayana 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.

September

September 9 - 11

Confidence and Compassion: An LGBTQ Weekend

with Acharya Eve Rosenthal and Acharya Eric Spiegel
In this retreat we will come together both as LGBTQ individuals and as a larger community. Through meditation, tai chi and yoga, discussion and celebration, we will reveal and explore our basic qualities, connecting to naturally wakeful minds and hearts.

September 16 - 23

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 16 - 18

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 18 - 20

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 20 - 23

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 16 - 23

Way of Shambhala 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.

September 16 - 18

Shambhala Training: Great Eastern Sun *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

September 18 - 20

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

September 20 - 23

Shambhala Training: Drala *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

September 23 - 28

Qigong Practice and Study Retreat - The Internal Alchemy of the Triplex Unity

with Dr. Eva Wong and Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
In this program, we will study selected sections of texts on cultivating mind, cultivating body, and the processes of alchemical transformation.

September 29 - October 29

Natural Confidence: A Month-Long Meditation Retreat

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Shelley Heinz
Open to everyone! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat. This dathün fulfills the group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

September 29 - October 7

Natural Confidence: Week One

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Shelley Heinz

September 29 - October 14

Natural Confidence: Weeks One and Two

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Shelley Heinz

October

October 14 - 29

Natural Confidence: Weeks Three and Four *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Shelley Heinz

October 14 - 16

Youth Leadership Intensive

with Shastri Nick Kranz
The foundation of enlightened society is being unashamed of who you are. This weekend will be an exploration in creating enlightened culture through the practice of social meditation a way to experience meditation as a form of cultural integration.

October 20 - 31

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year Three *

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf
The Sakyong has encouraged participants who have completed the Scorpion Seal Assemblies Year 1 and 2 to gather at practice centers for Scorpion Seal Assembly Year 3.

November

November 4 - 10

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Carol Hyman
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 4 - 6

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Carol Hyman

November 7 - 10

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Carol Hyman

November 4 - 11

Way of Shambhala Program

Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
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 4 - 6

Shambhala Training: Meek *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

November 6 - 8

Shambhala Training: Perky *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

November 8 - 11

Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

December

December 2 - 10

Monarch Retreat

with Shastri Myra Woodruff
The purpose of the retreat is to provide a concentrated period of time in which senior leaders, through individual and collective practice, can connect with the mind of the "Sacred Governance" lineage of Shambhala.

December 12 - 16

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karmê Chöling staff are on retreat at this time. Karmê Chöling will be closed to guests and visitors. We encourage you to visit another time. Please see our website for upcoming program information.