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.

September

September 26 - October 11

Half-Dathün: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Cara Thornley
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat.

October

October 19 - 22

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Madge Rossinoff
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in the rolling green mountains of Northern Vermont and learn contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life.

November

November 2 - 8

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

with Shastri Bill Brauer
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.

November 2 - 5

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

November 5 - 8

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

November 15 - 23

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

with Shastri Bill Brauer
Open to everyone - beginners to advanced practitioners! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this deep meditation retreat.

November 16 - 20

Mudra Space Awareness

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

November 24 - 29

Joining & Embodying the Circle: Mindfulness-Based Training in the Way of Council

with Acharya Fleet Maull
This retreat and training is ideal for community leaders interested in leading from a place of awareness and resilience and facilitating resilience, healing, peacemaking and social cohesion in their organizations and communities.

November 30 - December 2

Transformative Dialogue: Supporting Communities to Connect Across Differences

with Professor Erik Cleven and Judith Saul
Transformative Dialogue supports changes in the quality of conflict interaction, allowing people to deal with their differences in constructive and nonviolent ways. Sponsored by the Shambhala Trust.

December

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Simplicity Winter Retreat

with Shastri Donna Williams
Open to all and ideal for beginners on the path of meditation, Simplicity retreats are created to give everyone a flexible, simple way to enjoy the benefits of sitting meditation.

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Aloka Children's Winter Retreat

Bring your child to Karmê Chöling while you participate in one of our winter holiday programs. Children learn and grow through play, organized activities, arts, physical activity and interacting with peers. Open to ages 3-9.

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Tween Winter Retreat

Our Annual winter retreat invites families to come together in the spacious, natural environment of Karme Choling to explore meditation and community. Bring your tween to Karmê Chöling while you participate in one of our winter holiday programs. Age 10-13

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Teen Winter Retreat

Bring your teen to Karmê Chöling while you participate in one of our winter holiday programs. The teachings on awareness and warriorship offer teens an opportunity to slow down, learn about oneself, and open one's heart to others. For youth ages 14-18.

January

January 6 - February 5, 2019

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.

January 6 - 14, 2019

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 6 - 21, 2019

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 21 - February 5, 2019

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

February

February 22 - March 1, 2019

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

This is where it all 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, everyday existence.

March

March 15 - 23, 2019

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

with Acharya Suzann Duquette and Ethan Nichtern
with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and 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 26 - April 1, 2019

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

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 29 - April 1, 2019

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *