Programs

Special Funding Available

If you identify as a person of color or are an educator, M.Ed. student, or health care professional, you may be eligible for special financial support to attend our retreats.

* Indicates Program with Prerequisites

April

April 15 - October 15

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.

July

July 30 - August 7

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.

August

August 9 - 11

Way of Shambhala Program

Way of Shambhala: Rigden *

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.

August 23 - 28

Staff Days Off

Time for a break! Karme Choling will be closed to visitors during this time.

September

September 2 - 4

Tent Weekend

Please join the Facilities Team for a weekend of tent-pitching and outdoor work as we take down the Karmê Chöling campgrounds for the end of the camping season.

September 2 - 4

Chöd Retreat *

with Arthur Jennings
For Vajrayana practitioners. Chöd practice represents the Mahayana view by helping us offer what is most precious to us: our body. It is an ancient practice for overcoming clinging and fixation.

September 2 - 5

Dorje Kasung Program

Dorje Kasung Command Workshop with DKSM Anna Weinstein

with Sergeant-Major Anna Weinstein
This program is designed to develop and cultivate skillful compassionate leaders in our community. It's a valuable opportunity for anyone holding or considering holding a leadership position in Shambhala, including non-commissioned officers, rusung, offic

September 6 - November 28

Mukpo Institute: Fall Semester

A semester of Buddhist study and practice under the direction of Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and senior teachers from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

September 9 - 11

LGBTQ Retreat: Inherent Confidence

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, discussion, and celebration, we will reveal and explore our basic qualities, connecting to naturally wakeful minds and hearts.

September 9 - 11

Mukpo Institute Program

Embodied Listening: Uncovering Our Bodies' Natural Wisdom

with David Rome and Hope Martin
Access your "felt sense"-the intuitive wisdom of the body- and experience living more fully and comfortably in your body.

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 Acharya Jeremy Hayward
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 Acharya Jeremy Hayward

September 18 - 20

Shambhala Training: Windhorse *

with Acharya Jeremy Hayward

September 20 - 23

Shambhala Training: Drala *

with Acharya Jeremy Hayward

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 Donna Williams
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.

September 29 - October 7

Natural Confidence: Week One

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Donna Williams

September 29 - October 14

Natural Confidence: Weeks One and Two

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Donna Williams

October 14 - 29

Natural Confidence: Weeks Three and Four *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Donna Williams

September 30 - October 2

Stupa Volunteer Weekend: Making Tsa Tsas

with Venerable Dawa Chötso and Julia Persch
This Stupa will bring tremendous blessings to the environment and community of the Northeast Kingdom.

October

October 7 - 9

Meditation Retreat For Parents

with Shastri Iris Ramos
Join other parents and families for a supportive and inclusive weekend practice retreat.

October 7 - 9

Aloka Children's Program

With both outdoor and indoor exploration, the children learn and grow through play, organized activities, arts, physical activity and interacting with peers.

October 7 - 9

Teen Retreat: Listening Mind/Seeing Mind

with Pablo Coddou
This retreat for youth ages 13-17 is designed for young people with a genuine curiosity about life and the wish to explore the principles of awareness and warriorship in the company of their peers.

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 Shastri Kit St John
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 Shastri Kit St John

November 6 - 8

Shambhala Training: Perky *

with Shastri Kit St John

November 8 - 11

Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable *

with Shastri Kit St John

November 17 - 23

Mukpo Institute Program

Five Wisdom Energies: Discovering Natural Brilliance in the Darkness of Your Confusion

with Irini Rockwell
These teachings focus on how our constricting neurosis can be recognized and transformed into awakened insight. Working directly with the basic elements of every aspect of our lives, we will experientially bring about an embodied transformation.

November 17 - 25

Natural Confidence: A Week-Long Meditation Retreat

with Shastri Bill Brauer
Open to everyone! Explore bravery and authenticity in this in-depth meditation retreat. This program, also known as a weekthün, fulfills a portion of the practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

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 13 - 16

Karmê Chöling Staff and Resident Retreat

Karme Choling will be closed to visitors during this time.

December 18

Children's Day and Winter Solstice

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

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Werma Sadhana & Scorpion Seal Practice Intensive *

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 experienced practitioners of the sadhana may attend the whole program or just a day or two.

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Simplicity: Meditation for Real Life

Open to all and ideal for beginners on the path of meditation, Simplicity retreats were created to give everyone a flexible, simple way to enjoy the benefits of sitting meditation.

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Winter Teen 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 12-17.

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Aloka Children's Program

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 3-11.

December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Heart of Recovery Retreat

with Shastri Brett Ferrigan
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.

January

January 5 - 8, 2017

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Madge Rossinoff
Our Relax, Renew and Awaken program is an opportunity to settle in---to let your mind rest and recover from the demands of the holiday season, and the expectations we place on ourselves.

January 7 - February 4, 2017

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya William McKeever
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.

January 7 - 15, 2017

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

with Acharya William McKeever

January 7 - 21, 2017

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya William McKeever

January 21 - February 4, 2017

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

with Acharya William McKeever

January 20 - 28, 2017

Ngöndro Retreat *

with Shastri 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.