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.

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

with Katie Frank
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

with Ann Taylor
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

with Pablo Coddou and Anne-Marie Keppel
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 31

New Year's Eve Celebration

with Shastri Donna Williams and Shastri Benoît Côté
Please join us for our annual New Year's Eve celebration!

January

January 6 - February 5, 2019

Dathun: 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

Weekthun (Dathun: Week 1)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 6 - 21, 2019

Half-Dathun (Dathun: Weeks 1-2)

with Acharya William McKeever and Shastri Calryn Aston

January 21 - February 5, 2019

Half-Dathun (Dathun: 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

Weekthun: 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

Making Your Way Back Home, Shambhala Training 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 *

April

April 5 - 7, 2019

Kado, The Way of Flowers

with Artist to the Kalapa Court Marcia Shibata
Discover and cultivate the source of creativity and learn how to express this in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space and perception. No prior knowledge nor training in flower arranging is needed to ta

April 7 - 9, 2019

Kado, The Way of Flowers - Extended Retreat *

with Artist to the Kalapa Court Marcia Shibata

April 11 - 14, 2019

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.

April 12 - 19, 2019

Mudra Space Awareness

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Dr. Craig Smith
Unlock your inherent freedom and discover the unbound fearlessness that lies in all. Mudra Space Awareness is an energetic sequence of group exercises designed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

April 19 - May 4, 2019

Half Dathun: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Cara Thornley and Caroline DeMaio
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend the first week, or the full two weeks

April 19 - 27, 2019

Weekthun (Half-Dathun: Week 1)

with Cara Thornley and Caroline DeMaio

April 22 - 24, 2019

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2

Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems - The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.

April 24 - 28, 2019

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 3 & 4 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette
Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems - The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.

April 24 - 26, 2019

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 26 - 28, 2019

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 4 *

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

April 28 - 30, 2019

Qigong Level 5 *

with Dr. Eva Wong
Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems - The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School.

June

June 28 - July 28, 2019

Summer Arts Dathun: A Month of Meditation

with Lance Brunner
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 28 - July 6, 2019

Summer Arts Dathun: Week 1

with Lance Brunner

June 28 - July 13, 2019

Summer Arts Half-Dathun (Dathun: Weeks 1-2)

with Lance Brunner

July

July 12 - 19, 2019

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

with Shastri Bill Brauer
This is where the Shambhala path 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, everyda

July 12 - 14, 2019

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 14 - 16, 2019

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 16 - 19, 2019

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III *

with Shastri Bill Brauer