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.


July 12 - 19

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

with Shastri Bill Brauer
The Shambhala path starts here: 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 lives.

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 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.

August 16 - 18

Kado: The Way of Flowers with Anji Cho

with Anjie Cho
Using classical Ikebana (flower arranging) forms, Kado teaches us to clearly see the wisdom in nature, in ourselves and in others.

August 17 - 25

Heart of Recovery Retreat

with Scott Perkins
A exploration of how meditation and mindfulness intersect with recovery from addiction and other harmful habitual patterns. This is a week- long journey of warriorship, gentleness and bravery.


September 3 - 8

Making Your Way Back Home: 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.


October 3 - 6

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Tune Faulkner
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.

October 22 - 29

Mudra Space Awareness

with Acharya Suzann Duquette, Greg Heffron and Dr. Craig Smith
Leading Mudra teachers, gathered for the first time, will present the scope of these intensive physical & sensory experiential teachings and convey their use for spiritual realization, lifestyle balance and professional development.