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 you may be eligible for special financial support to attend our retreats.

March

March 26 - April 1

Making Your Way Back Home, Shambhala Training Levels IV - V *

with Henry Chapin
The last 2 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship, a seminal path of training rooted in the ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings of the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyday existence.

March 26 - 29

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Henry Chapin

March 29 - April 1

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Henry Chapin

April

April 5 - 7

Kado, The Way of Flowers

with Artist to the Kalapa Court Marcia Shibata
Discover and cultivate the source of creativity and learn how to express this in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space and perception. No prior knowledge nor training in flower arranging is needed.

April 7 - 9

Kado, The Way of Flowers - Extended Retreat *

with Artist to the Kalapa Court Marcia Shibata

April 12 - 16

Mudra Space Awareness

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
Unlock your inherent freedom and discover the unbound fearlessness that lies in all. Mudra Space Awareness is an energetic sequence of group exercises designed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

April 19 - May 4

Half Dathun: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Cara Thornley and Caroline DeMaio
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend the first week, or the full two weeks

April 19 - 27

Weekthun (Half-Dathun: Week 1)

with Cara Thornley and Caroline DeMaio

April 22 - 26

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 3

with 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 22 - 24

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 24 - 26

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 26 - 28

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4 *

with Sophie Leger
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 28 - 30

Qigong Level 5 *

with Dr. Eva Wong
Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems - The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.

June

June 21 - 23

Japanese Archery for Teens and Tweens

with Grace DiNapoli
Teens and tweens learn to build confidence and improve focus all while cultivating beginner?s heart. Combining physical and mental exercise, working with a bow and an arrow strengthens core muscles, hand-eye coordination, and is a lot of fun.

June 28 - July 13

Summer Arts Half-Dathun: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Lance Brunner
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.

June 28 - July 6

Summer Arts Dathun: Week 1

with Lance Brunner

July

July 12 - 19

Finding Bravery in Times of Confusion - Shambhala Training Levels I - III

with Shastri Bill Brauer
This is where the Shambhala path starts: the first 3 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship training - a seminal path of ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings rooted in the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyda

July 12 - 14

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 14 - 16

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 16 - 19

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

August

August 3 - 11

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 at Karmê Chöling.

September

September 7 - 14

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Calryn Aston
This is where the Shambhala path starts: the first 3 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship training - a seminal path of ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings rooted in the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyda

September 7 - 9

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Calryn Aston

September 9 - 11

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Calryn Aston

September 11 - 14

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Calryn Aston