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.

December

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Simplicity: Meditation for Real Life

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

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Teen Winter Retreat

with Anne-Marie Keppel and Pablo Coddou
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.

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

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, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Aloka 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.

January

January 6 - February 5, 2018

Dathün: A Month of Meditation

with Acharya Richard John
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, 2018

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

with Acharya Richard John

January 6 - 21, 2018

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya Richard John

January 21 - February 5, 2018

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

with Acharya Richard John

February

February 1 - 4, 2018

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Tune Faulkner
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in the snow-covered mountains of Northern Vermont.

February 23 - 25, 2018

A Retreat on Shambhala Meditation

with Acharya Fleet Maull
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche originated this simple yet profound practice through which anyone can experience the vision of Shambhala: feeling worthy to be, and touching our humanity.

March

March 1 - 8, 2018

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.

March 1 - 3, 2018

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 3 - 5, 2018

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 5 - 8, 2018

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld

March 9 - 17, 2018

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 9 - 18, 2018

The Basic Goodness Retreat

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

April

April 7 - May 7, 2018

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.

April 7 - 15, 2018

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

April 7 - 22, 2018

Half-Dathün: (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

April 22 - May 7, 2018

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3 & 4) *

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

April 25 - 29, 2018

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.

April 25 - 27, 2018

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 27 - 29, 2018

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

June

June 22 - 25, 2018

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Caroline DeMaio
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in the rolling green mountains of Northern Vermont.

June 22 - July 21, 2018

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.

June 22 - 30, 2018

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

June 22 - July 7, 2018

Half Dathün (Dathün Weeks 1-2)

July 7 - 21, 2018

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

July

July 6 - 13, 2018

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Bill Brauer
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.

July 6 - 8, 2018

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 8 - 10, 2018

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 10 - 13, 2018

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 19 - 22, 2018

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 24 - 28, 2018

Teaching from the Heart

with Acharya Noel McLellan
How we are with our students is as important as what we teach, and how we are depends on how we relate to own minds and hearts. In this retreat we explore meditation, teachings and contemplations that help us to connect to the richness in our lives and te

September

September 7 - 14, 2018

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Bill Brauer
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 7 - 9, 2018

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 9 - 11, 2018

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 11 - 14, 2018

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

September 28 - October 28, 2018

Dathün: A Month 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. Attend one, two, or all four weeks.

September 28 - October 6, 2018

Weekthün (Dathün: Week 1)

with Shastri Shelley Heinz and Shastri Gary Heinz

September 28 - October 13, 2018

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 1-2)

with Shastri Shelley Heinz and Shastri Gary Heinz

October 13 - 28, 2018

Half-Dathün (Dathün: Weeks 3-4) *

with Shastri Shelley Heinz and Shastri Gary Heinz

November

November 2 - 8, 2018

Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels IV - V *

with Shastri Bill Brauer
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 2 - 5, 2018

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

November 5 - 8, 2018

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

November 15 - 23, 2018

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, 2018

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.