Introduction to Meditation

Karmê Chöling offers a wealth of meditation retreats introducing the practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation. Simplicity retreats are scheduled regularly throughout the year in either a weekend or week-long format.

The first week of dathün, called a weekthün, is also an excellent opportunity to both learn and practice meditation in a retreat environment.

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.

September

September 1 - 4

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Caroline Demaio
Delight in the magic of fall and rediscover yourself during the height of peak foliage season.

September 8 - 10

The Natural World as Teacher

with Dr. Eva Wong and Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
The natural world is the gateway to the Tao.

September 16 - 23

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld
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 29 - October 1

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.

September 29 - October 29

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.

September 29 - October 7

Dathün: Week 1

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

October 6 - 14

Dathün: Week 2

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

October 14 - 29

Dathün: Weeks 3-4 *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

October

October 6 - 8

Fall Family Retreat

with Charlie Byron
This Fall weekend retreat invites families to come together in the spacious, natural environment of Karme Choling to explore meditation, community and the Shambhala Principle in everyday life.

November

November 3 - 9

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Shastri Nick Kranz
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 10 - 12

Heart and Mind Conflict Transformation

with Basia Solarz and Ella Reznikova
Learn to respond thoughtfully to conflicts - rather than react - during this weekend program which will explore the forces that derail mindful engagement when it matters most.

November 16 - 24

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

with Shastri Bill Brauer
Open to everyone! Learn to understand your mind and emotions with this in-depth introduction to mindfulness-awareness meditation and Shambhala Meditation.

December

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Simplicity: Meditation for Real Life

with Shastri Nick Kranz
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.

January

January 6 - February 5, 2018

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya Richard John
Open to beginners! Deepen your meditation practice in this intensive month-long retreat. This dathün fulfills the group practice requirements for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

January 6 - 14, 2018

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

with Acharya Richard John

January 6 - 21, 2018

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya Richard John

January 21 - February 5, 2018

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4)

with Acharya Richard John

March

March 9 - 17, 2018

Weekthün

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, 2018

The Basic Goodness Retreat

with Shastri Benoit Cote
The first principle of Shambhala is that everyone has a primordial nature of goodness.

April

April 27 - May 1, 2018

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 27 - 29, 2018

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 29 - May 1, 2018

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette