Advanced Programs

Indicates Program with Prerequisites


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.


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

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

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 4 - 15

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

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 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.


August 15 - 26

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 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.


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 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 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.