Individual and Group In-House Retreats

Experienced meditators are welcome year-round to deepen their personal practice and study at Karmê Chöling, supported by our resident community. 

Because of COVID-19 requirements, the minimum stay for an in-house retreat is one week.

In-house retreats are terrific for individuals or small practice groups who want to temporarily immerse themselves in a Shambhala land center and its rhythm and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Karmê Chöling’s woods, fields and river in a self-guided retreat.  

Schedule, Practice Environment and Amenities

The daily schedule of an in-house retreat must contain a component of sitting meditation and study. You may include hiking, physical exercises, writing and other contemplative art forms in your retreat. The meditation rooms of the Karmê Chöling residents are open to retreatants, who are also welcome to participate in daily practice hours, occasional classes and special events. Meals are shared in the dining room. Retreatants are asked to join once a day in washing dishes, cleaning, or other simple chores.

 If your desire is for strict solitary practice in a cabin in the woods, then please read about our Solitary Cabin Retreats.

Prerequisites for doing any independent in-house retreat are:

  • You must be a member or friend of Shambhala;
  • Completion of at least one week of silent, group sitting meditation retreat
  • Established daily meditation practice of at least one year;
  • The ability and discipline to do a self-directed meditation retreat; and 
  • A written recommendation from a meditation instructor or senior teacher.

We offer:

  • 1. Study & Practice Support

    • Daily group meditation in an environment crafted to support practice, including 4 shrine rooms. 
    • Personalized meditation instruction. 
    • Access to our rich Buddhist library and KCL archive
    • Profound Dharma programs led by experienced teachers. Karmê Chöling programs are FREE for those staying 1 month or more as Short Term Residents. 
    • Opportunities to join Kyudo (Japanese Archery) practice for those with previous training. (Introductory Kyudo First Shot program is tentatively planned for early August) 

    2. Community & Quality of Life

    • Three delicious meals a day. 
    • P5 hiking trails on over 750 acres of beautiful New England forest.
    • Regular community events and Shambhala Buddhist celebrations.
    • Opportunities to volunteer in our organic garden

Pricing and Reservations

To schedule your individual or group in-house retreat, please email the Residency Manager or call (802)633-2384 ext. 3112

The price includes an in-house retreat fee, which covers all meals and amenities, plus a fee for housing of your choice.

In-house Retreat Fee: $30 per night

Housing Fees Individual Nightly Price Shared Nightly Price
Premiere Room with Bathroom 115 75
Premium Room 95 65
Standard Room 65 45
Dorm 33  
Campground Cabin 50 35
KCL Tent 40 30
Own Tent on KCL Platform 22 15
Own Tent without Platform 15 10

Groups of 5 individuals and more: 20% off all above rates

COVID Policy*

Vaccinated incoming Guests:

  1. When possible get tested before arrival at KCL
  2. Provide proof of vaccination
  3. Do not arrive at the house if you are feeling sick
  4. If you develop COVID like symptoms, isolate and test
  5. Get tested after 3 full days – Rapid Tests are available and results can be received the same day if desired.
  6. From arrival until getting a negative test result:
    1. Wear a mask in the house and socially distance
    2. Eat outside or alone in your personal space

Unvaccinated incoming guests:

Each instance will be handled on a case by case basis. For more information, the potential guests should contact Elisa – personnel@karmecholing.org

*All guests will sign a KCL-Covid-19-Waiver (1). Regulations may relax as the COVID situation continues to diminish.