Living at Karmê Chöling

Live at a Buddhist retreat center in Vermont
Meditate everyday in community
Keep your daytime job


Is Karmê Chöling Residency right for you?

Do you have a regular sitting meditation practice? 
Lineage of Sakyongs Do the principles of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and teachings resonate with you?
Are you able to be here minimally for 1 month, up to 3 months?

What Karmê Chöling Residency Offers:

Our community is based on respect and caring for one another, acknowledging that each person’s engagement with the path is beneficial to many beings.  As a part of our Residency program, you will have access to: 

1. Study & Practice Support

  • Daily group meditation in an environment crafted to support practice, including 4 shrine rooms. 
  • Personalized meditation instruction. 
  • Access to our rich Buddhist library and KCL archive
  • Profound Dharma programs led by experienced teachers.
    Karmê Chöling programs are FREE for Residents!* 
  • Access to solitary retreat cabins for qualified practitioners. (Additional costs apply)
  • Opportunities to join Kyudo (Japanese Archery) practice for those with previous training. 

(*Some exceptions apply.)

2. Community & Quality of Life

  • Three delicious meals a day. 
  • P5 hiking trails on over 750 acres of beautiful New England forest.
  • Regular community events and Shambhala Buddhist celebrations.
  • Opportunities to volunteer in our organic garden

3. For Telecommuters: 

  • Access to strong wifi, printer/copier and other amenities to fully support work-from-home needs 
  • Access to a Zoom/sound recording studio, by appointment
  • Optional private and shared office spaces (additional fees apply)

Life at Karmê Chöling

You will participate in morning and evening practice with the rest of the community, share meals with your housemates, and attend optional study groups and classes. Community life will let you experience the challenge and richness of sharing your life and space with others, sharing chores, meals, and communal spaces. 

1. Our Daily Schedule:
Breakfast: 8 a.m.
Morning Practice session: 9 – 10:15 a.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m.
Evening Practice session: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Possible Evening class or event: 7:30 p.m.

2. Accommodations:

Each resident has a private room with shared bathrooms. We also have enhanced accommodations with a private bathroom, larger rooms, or even a private three-bedroom home. 


Karmê Chöling has set up office space, both shared and private, for residents to further their projects, work remotely, and enjoy exertion.


3. Community Engagement 

Karme Choling kitchen

Karmê Chöling residents have a diverse range of perspectives. We are unified in the practice of sitting meditation and creating a kind and sane community. 

All residents are asked to participate in the following:

  • Meditation practice: Attend at least 4  sessions per week
  • Household/dish chores (ROTA): Engage in 5 sessions per week
  • Community Meetings: Participate in 1 biweekly meeting per month 
  • Culture of mutual respect and kindness: This makes Karmê Chöling an inclusive place for everyone who wishes to study the dharma and live in a community centered on mindfulness. 

4. The Land:


As a Karmê Chöling Resident, the land is a great resource for rejuvenation, adventure, and good health.  With so much space — more than  700 acres — you’ll have ample opportunity to explore the sacred forest and fields.  

Costs & Fees

Setup/Move-In Fee
$150* + $50/person for each additional person. This fee covers setup/organizing of the overall residency. (*This fee is contingent on a full quarantine not being required. If a full quarantine is required the fee will be higher.)

Meals (monthly)
$400/Month (Age 12 and over)
$360/Month (Age 11 and under)

Housing: priced per month for one adult.
$100/Month additional for a second adult.
Outdoor options 1-2 months 3+ months
Our tent $600/m $500/m
Tent site $450/m $400/m
Tent cabin $1,200/m $1,000/m
Indoor Options 1-2 months 3+ months
Dorm bed $650/m $600/m
Standard room  $1,100/m $1,000/m
Premium room $1,300/m $1,200/m
Premier room $1,500/m $1,400/m
Mobility Accessible room $900/m $900/m

EXAMPLE: Pricing Based on 1 Month, 2 Adults

June 1 – 30th   Cost
First adult: Setup fee $150
  Yogi Room $1,400
  Food $400
Second adult: Setup fee $50
  Housing, shared with first adult $100
  Food $400
Total:    $2,500


Additional housing spaces, temporary personal office space and other amenities are also available. Additional fees apply.

Please reach out to our Residency Manager, JT Buck at jtbuck@karmecholing.org, for more details. 

Application Process

The journey begins with a simple conversation. Reach out to our Residency Coordinator, JT Buck at jtbuck@karmecholing.org, to arrange a zoom or phone conversation.  

Please submit your Residency application minimally, at least four weeks before you expect to move in.

Policies and Information

COVID Requirements Frequently Asked Questions
Code of Conduct  Cost & Fees
ROTA Application Form
Policy on Alcohol, music & Pets Health & Emergency Questionnaire