Hosting A Retreat
What to Know
There are many good reasons to consider holding your next workshop, class or retreat at Karmê Chöling’s Vermont meditation retreat center:
- We are located in a beautiful New England setting in rural Vermont
- We can offer technical equipment and support for your event
- Our community is steeped in meditation and can give guided instructions if needed
- We have group facilities & amenities available
This page contains information to help you plan out your stay here.
What's Included In Retreats
Meditation Support, Accommodations, Meals, & Amenities
Workshop Retreat Spaces
Receive meditation instruction from one of Karmê Chöling’s qualified meditation instructors (MI)
We have six meditation/shrine rooms available for use; the Main Shrine Room, Community Room, Teacher’s Room, Shambhala Shrineroom and Sadhana Shrineroom in the Main House and the meditation hall in the Pavilion. These are available according to your practice, size of group and the time of your retreat.
Dharma Teachings Archive
Karmê Chöling has video and audio archive material going back 50 years. This includes the original talks given at Karmê Chöling by Chögyam Trungpa and others, that were later transcribed into books.
We have a collection of materials that extend from contemplative disciplines of general interest to transcripts of specific practices. Our library acts as one of our community rooms that is available most times to retreatants.
Our Retreats Coordinator will go over your retreat plan with you before your arrive. This might include what practices you are engaged in, which spaces you need for your practice, and arranging for a meditation instructor if you don’t have one.
We are a community of meditation practitioners. When you are at Karmê Chöling you are living in a household that organizes itself around meditation and its principles.
Karmê Chöling’s program participants and in-house retreatants have a variety of accommodation options. We offer private single rooms, shared rooms, and dormitory housing.
During the warmer months, our campground is open. We offer wooden ‘tent’ cabins, canvas tents, or you may use one of our tent platforms and bring your own tent.
Retreat cabins are strictly for use through the Retreat Cabins Dept
Luxury room with private bathroom
These rooms offer a full-size bed, desk, closet, and a private bathroom. There are only two of these — one in the main house and one at Ashoka Bhavan.
Premium room with shared bathroom
These rooms offer a full or queen sized bed, plus either a second bed in a loft or a desk.
Standard room with shared bathroom
Individual rooms vary in size and layout, but are on average 10′ x 10′. Single rooms include either a twin or full-size bed. Desks are not available in Standard Rooms.
Shared Dormitory Housing
Two same-gender dormitories with twin beds are located in the main house with access to shared same-gender bathrooms. Bedding and towel included.
Personal items can be left in large cubbies in the bathroom area. Small lockers are available at no additional cost.
(May through September)
Karmê Chöling has three beautiful Wooden "Tent" Cabins made by our local builder friends. Each structure has windows, a door, tin roof, and two cots. Bedding and towels are not provided.
Karmê Chöling Tents
KCL Tents are on thick wooden platforms and located throughout the forest behind the main house of Karmê Chöling. Each tent has up to two cots and optional three-inch-thick foam mattresses. Bedding and towels are not provided.
Those staying in tents may store their belongings in the dormitory cubbies located at the main house. Small lockers are available for use at no additional cost. Candles, fire, food, and toiletries of any kind are strictly forbidden in tents and Cabin tents.
There is an outhouse in the woods, however guests may also walk down to the main house to use dorm bathrooms and showers.
MEALS & DIETS
We eat fresh and healthy at Karmê Chöling! Organic produce from our garden is incorporated into most of our meals . We use local Vermont sources as much as possible in our cooking.
- 8-9 Breakfast
- 12:30-1pm Lunch
- 3-3:30 Tea
- 6:30-7 Dinner
Diets Accommodated through our kitchen
- Gluten free
Ask Questions About:
The Main House has a symmetrical fiber optic connection with 50 mbps up and 50 mbps down. This is available wirelessly via a business grade system of wireless access points placed throughout the building with about 95 percent coverage. This network is constantly monitored for performance, reliability and fair usage.
Our zoom studio is available to retreatants by appointment and offers a private space to make phone calls, video calls, and hold zoom classes and meetings.
Hikes & Walks
Our 750 acres of Vermont woodland is located in the scenic Green Mountains with beautiful walks and hikes that visitors and residents can take on the land.
All retreatants have access to our coin-operated laundry room which includes washers and dryers, an iron & ironing board, and drying racks.
Keep in shape with our exercise room. We have weights, a tread mill and other equipment to help keep you in shape even during a Vermont winter.
There are a number of spaces where people can gather to talk, or go for a quiet place to read or to meditate. These include the dining room, lower living room, Community Room, the library, the Main Meditation Hall, and the Shambhala Meditation room.
This is a smaller, shared kitchen for retreatants and staff to prepare their own personal items. This is perfect for those treats you are craving, or a specific dietary need you might have.
We have plenty of outdoor vehicle parking which is readily available and included in all costs. Retreatants may bring a bicycle, however bicycles are not allowed indoors and there are no designated outdoor racks. We are unable to accommodate large recreational vehicles. We do have a recharging station for electric cars.
While at Karmê Chöling
Karmê Chöling is set up for telecommuting
Although the ideal may be to get away and 'unplug', we realize an electronic free lifestyle is not an option for some people.
Karmê Chöling is fully set up for telecommuting with:
- Fiber optic wifi
(included in fee)
- Office spaces for rent
(at additional cost)
- A private zoom studio available
(free and available by appointment)
- Equipment for zoom conferences and meetings
(free and available by request)
We do maintain electronic free zones in some of the common areas of the house. This allows for times when you do want to 'unplug' and get away from all devices and electronics.
See our Electronics Policy
Costs & Fees
For the Residency Program at Karmê Chöling
Custom retreat fee
$10/day per person plus cost of Accommodations
Our accommodations prices include meals.
Priced per day for one adult.
All housing options come with shared baths, unless otherwise noted.
Priced per week
|INDOOR HOUSING||COST / NIGHT|
|Dorm Room Bed||$80/night|
|Standard Room - shared||$90/person/night|
|Standard Room - single||$120/night|
|Premium Room - shared||$115/person/night|
|Premium Room - single||$160/night|
|Luxury Room: private bath - shared||$130/person/night|
|Luxury Room: private bath - single||$185/night|
|OUTDOOR HOUSING||COST PER NIGHT|
|Wooden "Tent" Cabin - shared||$75/person/night|
|Wooden "Tent" Cabin - single||$100/night|
|Karmê Chöling Tent - shared||$70/person/night|
|Karmê Chöling Tent - single||$90/night|
|Your Tent on KCL's wooden platform||$70/night|
|Your Tent without a platform||$60/night|
|OFFICE SPACES||COST PER WEEK|
|Standard Private Office||$75/week|
|Shared Office Space||$25/week|
|Retreat Fee ($30/day)||$70/week|
|Dorm Room Bed ($80/night)||$560/week|
|Shared Office Space||$25/week|
|Luxury Room - single ($185/night)||$1295/week|
|Private Office Space||$75/week|
|Total Weekly Cost||$1400/week|
Living at Karmê Chöling
Ethics, ROTA, & Daily Schedule
Diversity & Inclusion
We are dedicated to providing an environment that is welcoming, safe, and caring for all! We recognize that all of us come to Karmê Chöling with a variety of backgrounds and identities. This profoundly impacts how we experience being in the world and being around others. Given this wide variety of experience, we work to create relationships that are based on trust, and that are fair and kind. This means being respectful of each other, working in cooperation, being open to each other’s differences and maintaining good communication.
Read our Code of Conduct
Because Karme Choling is a residential retreat center, everyone in the household, from its newest members to its most senior, are asked to help in its upkeep.
For Workshop Retreatants this generally means jumping in when you are able and helping with the dishes. It also involves keeping the meeting and meditation rooms you are using tidy and clean.
Meditation Through work. Work Through meditation:
ROTA is an opportunity to incorporate insights gleaned from your sitting meditation and study into your real world activity. ROTA allows you to examine your ideas and beliefs around work and to relate to the “kitchen-sink” aspects of your life with a more mindful attitude.
- 8-9 Breakfast
- 9-10:15 Community meditation practice
- 12:30-1pm Lunch
- 3-3:30 Tea
- 5:30-6:30 Community meditation practice
- 6:30-7 Dinner
About Retreat Rentals
We can accommodate up to 15 people for a Workshop Retreat.
No, not at all, you're not required to be a Buddhist or affiliated with Shambhala. You will however, need to be comfortable being around a Shambhala Buddhist community.
Karmê Chöling requires that all retreats held on the land include an element of mindfulness practice, contemplation or meditation. We are more than happy to provide sitting meditation instruction, if needed, for your retreat. Arrangements can be made to have one of our meditation instructors give a class on meditation, included in your work retreat package.
Your group is also invited to join us in our household practice sessions, held twice a day in the morning and evening.
Yes, we have seven indoor meditation rooms, plus rooms that can be used for meetings and conferences.
Your retreat can be as short or as long as you need. Details will need to be worked out with Guest Services in advance. At Karme Choling we have been known to hold everything from weekend retreats to a 10 day meditation retreat to a 3 month buddhist retreat!
There is a $35 cancellation fee.
Deposits and payments are refundable up to two weeks prior to the start date minus the $35 cancellation fee.
If you cancel within two weeks of the start date, Karmê Chöling will deduct the cancellation fee and retain the balance of your deposit as transferable credit towards another program here. Transferable credit will expire after two years. Any payments exceeding the deposit will be refunded to you (not including financial aid or scholarships).
We have private and shared office space available, with wifi throughout the Main House and our peripheral buildings.
We have just a few private bathrooms. Please ask about availability.
We actively work to create a safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, culture, religion, physical mobility or mental abilities! Please read our Code of Conduct.
We recommend that you begin this process at least six weeks before you are planning to arrive at KCL, although we do our best to accommodate your requests.
The process begins with filling out this form that lets us get to know you, the type of retreat you're interested in, and what your timeline is. After we review your enquiry, we’ll be in touch promptly to set up a time to talk.
During our conversation we’ll discuss the needs for your retreat, what kind of logistics are required and answer any of your questions.
When it is time to book your retreat, you will work with Guest Services to arrange for rooms and any office space you might want to use.
Initial fees need to be received at least three weeks before your arrival date.
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