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.

February

February 24 - 26

Shambhala Training Level I for Teens: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Nick Kranz
This introductory level of the Path of Warriorship is open to teens only: beginners or those new to meditation! Discovering basic goodness in the world and ourselves is the seed of developing confidence and gentleness.

March

March 3 - 10

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf
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.

March 3 - 5

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf

March 5 - 7

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf

March 7 - 10

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf

March 3 - 11

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

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 17 - 19

Mudra Space Awareness

with Acharya Suzann Duquette
Unlock your inherent freedom and create a radical shift in your understanding of the mind/body relationship to space.

March 25 - 31

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Frank Ryan and Susan Ryan
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.

March 25 - 27

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Frank Ryan and Susan Ryan

March 28 - 31

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Frank Ryan and Susan Ryan

April

April 6 - 21

Half-Dathün: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Shastri Shelley Heinz
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend just the first week or both weeks.

April 7 - 16

The Basic Goodness Retreat

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

April 7 - 9

Basic Goodness 1 *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 9 - 12

Basic Goodness 2 *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 12 - 16

Basic Goodness 3 *

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 24 - 28

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.

June

June 23 - 29

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Andrea Darby
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.

June 23 - 25

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 25 - 27

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 27 - 29

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 23 - July 22

Summer Arts Dathün: A Month 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 23 - 30

Summer Arts Dathün: Week 1

with Lance Brunner

June 23 - July 7

Summer Arts Dathün: Weeks 1-2

with Lance Brunner

July 7 - 22

Summer Arts Dathün:: Weeks 3-4 *

with Lance Brunner

June 30 - July 3

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Tune Faulkner
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in the rolling green mountains of Northern Vermont.

July

July 17 - 21

A Taoist Journey of Balance

with Dr. Eva Wong and Carolyn Krusinski
Embark on a journey in seeking, discovering, exploring, and adventuring toward cultivating health, longevity, and inner peace through their journey of balance.

July 29 - August 6

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.

August

August 9 - 11

Rigden Natural Confidence *

with 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.

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.

November

November 3 - 5

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Shastri Nick Kranz
When we enter the world in an open and vulnerable way, we let the world touch our heart, and our heart wakes up to the touch.

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 6 - 9

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Shastri Nick Kranz
With our body resting on the earth, no different from the earth, and our mind resting in the sky, no different from the sky, we encounter the vastness of heaven joined with the primordial depth of earth in our own being.