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.


May 31 - June 30

Online Practice Events at Karme Choling

Join the Karme Choling staff for practice sessions online.


June 13 - July 18

5-Week Online Shambhala Ritual Academy Series: Lineage as the Heart of Ritual *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette, Walker Blaine, Timothy Quigley and Andrea Doukas
This 5-week series is available for all those who attend the online Shambhala Ritual Academy presentation, Empowering Lineage and Ritual in Our Household, May 23.

June 13

Online Embodiment *

with Timothy Quigley

June 27

Ritual Academy: Practice Session *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

July 11

Integrating Ritual into our Everyday Lives *

with Timothy Quigley

July 18

Inviting Drala Into Our Homes *

with Andrea Doukas

June 27 - 28

ONLINE: The Art of Being Human: Level 1 of the Heart of Warriorship

with Shastri Bill Brauer
This livestreamed mindfulness meditation retreat presents the view that human beings at their core, including ourselves, are fundamentally awake and good. It is open to all.


July 10 - 17

ONLINE: Weekthun

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
This online one-week meditation intensive, is an in-depth introduction to mindfulness-awareness meditation technique. Special Group rates are available to local Shambhala Centers that would like to host this retreat at their home center.

July 25 - 26

ONLINE: Birth of the Warrior: Level 2 of the Heart of Warriorship, *

with Shastri Bill Brauer
LIVESTREAM: Examine your fears and habitual patterns by training the mind to meet challenging moments with courage and confidence. This is the 2nd Level of the Heart of Warriorship series.


August 1 - 9

PENDING: Family Camp

PENDING: By July 1, we will announce whether this program will go forward as planned. 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

August 21 - 23

ONLINE: Zhuge Liang: How to Lead Strategically

with Jane Arthur and Suzann Duquette
ONLINE LIVE STREAM: Developed in collaboration with Dr. Eva Wong, this program is deeply relevant for anyone wanting to lead an organization in a more thoughtful and helpful way during these times.

August 28 - 30

PENDING: Presencing

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi
PENDING: By July 1, we will announce whether this program will go forward as planned. Social Presencing Theater (SPT) is a series of practices developed under the leadership of Arawana Hayashi for the Presencing Institute. SPT is inspired and informed by

August 29 - 30

ONLINE: Warrior in the World: Level 3 of the Heart of Warriorship *

Livestream: Having discovered our own goodness and having begun to relax with the nature of fear, we can afford to be more daring, open, and genuine. This is the third level of the Heart of Warriorship Series.


September 2 - 4

White Tara *

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
White Tara practices have long been popular in Kagyu and Nyingma communities; this short practice is intended to soothe illness, disharmony, and suffering in the Shambhala community. Open to all who have taken refuge vows.

September 4 - 7

Dakini Wisdom: Revealing the Feminine in Tibetan Buddhism

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Through an exploration of the feminine principle - the dakini - we may access our own vast wisdom beyond gender, and yet discover new meaning in our embodied, passionate lives as women and men.

September 25 - 27

Creating Strategies for your QiGong Practice *

with Dr. Eva Wong and Acharya Suzann Duquette
Now that you have learned many qigong forms, it is time to strategize your practice to give you an edge in improving, enhancing, and repairing your body, as well as expanding your consciousness.


October 16 - 18

Teachings on the Heart Sutra

with Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche
Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche will be teaching and giving commentary on the Heart Sutra. It is the most distilled essence of a group of Mahayana sutras concerned with Prajnaparamita; wisdom (prajna) that "reaches the other shore"(paramita).