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.

June

June 22 - 25

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Caroline DeMaio
Contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and personal endeavors of all kinds.

June 22 - July 21

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
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.

July 7 - 21

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

July

July 6 - 13

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

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

July 6 - 8

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 8 - 10

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 10 - 13

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 19 - 22

Women's Kyudo Retreat *

with Lucy Halverson
Touching on the grace, dignity and tranquility of kyudo, this retreat offers women the opportunity to practice together in the relaxed setting of a contemplative community.

July 20 - 22

The Spirit World as Teacher

with Dr. Eva Wong
The touch of father sun, the brush of the moon, the breath of the earth, the heartbeat of life, the cycle of the seasons, the song of the trees - the spirit world is all around us.

July 24 - 28

Teaching from the Heart

with Acharya Noel McLellan, Tony Cape, D'Arcy Colby and Alexander Devaron
A program for school teachers to discover how we are with our students is as important as what we teach. In this retreat we explore meditation, teachings, and contemplations that help us to connect to the richness in our lives.

August

August 4 - 12

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

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

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

September 7 - 9

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 9 - 11

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 11 - 14

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 16 - 22

Five Wisdom Energies: Feminine and Masculine Dynamics

with Irini Rockwell
Through experiential practices, we will unlock societal perceptions of the feminine and masculine principles toward discovering natural brilliance in the darkness of confusion.

September 21 - 23

Exploring the Energetic Terrain of the Body *

with Dr. Eva Wong and Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette
As it is externally, so it is internally. The physical terrain of the external world parallels the energetic terrain of the body.

September 26 - October 11

Half-Dathün: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Shastri Shelley Heinz and Shastri Gary Heinz
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attendance of both weeks is required.

October

October 4 - 7

Relax, Renew and Awaken

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 26 - November 1

The Mind of Communication: Discovering Peace in our Relationships

with Greg Heffron
Move beyond the fear that polarizes communication in relationships, the workplace and society. Train in mindful communication to heal divisions and highlight truth.

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 9 - 11

Emerging Leaders: A Social Meditation Retreat

with Shastri Nick Kranz
Join your peers in meditation, inspired sharing and wholehearted listening as we liberate the energy we invest in fear and empower each other in the creation of enlightened society.

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.

December

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Simplicity Winter Retreat

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.

March

March 15 - 23, 2019

Weekthün: A Week of Meditation

with Acharya Suzann Duquette and Shastri Ethan Nichtern
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.