Karmê Chöling’s visitors and program participants have many accommodation options. We offer private single and double rooms, shared dormitory housing, meditation hall accommodations, seasonal tents, and a guesthouse in nearby Barnet, Vermont.
Private rooms and dormitories include bedding, towels, and storage space for guest belongings. For meditation hall and tent accommodations, guests should bring their own bedding and towels, and may store their belongings in cubicles located in the lower dormitory, or in our outdoor changing tent in the summer. All visitors have access to shared bathrooms and the laundry room, which includes washers and dryers, an iron and ironing board, drying racks, and detergent.
Program fees cover tuition and meals, and do not include accommodations. There is a separate charge for accommodations, which varies with the accommodation option selected. Daily accommodation rates are quoted below. Rates are per person.
Karmê Chöling Housing Options
Rates Effective December 2016
Single: $108 / Shared: $65
In these simple yet elegant rooms, renewable bamboo flooring sets off locally made solid birch furniture and hand-tinted plaster walls created by Vermont artisans. Amenities include queen-sized bed, built-in closet, desk and reading chair. Shared rooms offer a second bed in the loft.
Single and 2-Person Shared Rooms
Single: $60 / Shared: $40
Our comfortable single and double rooms are located in the main building of Karmê Chöling. Private rooms vary in size and layout, but are an average of 10′ x 10′. Rooms include either a single or double bed. Shared rooms offer a second bed in the loft. Bedding and towels are included, as well as furniture to store personal belongings. Private rooms are also available at our guesthouse, Ashoka Bhavan, which is a three-minute drive into the town of Barnet.
Shared Dormitory Housing
Dorm Bed: $30
We offer dormitory beds both in the Karmê Chöling main building and at our guesthouse, Ashoka Bhavan. Dormitories consist of a spacious room with three to seven beds, bunks in the main building and stand-alone beds at Ashoka Bhavan. Dormitories are single gender only. Furniture in the rooms includes a desk, chairs, clothing racks or closets. Towels and bedding are included.
Shrine Room Accommodation
Shrine Room Floor: $15
Karmê Chöling offers an opportunity to experience a Tibetan monastic tradition. Many of our visitors choose to sleep in the meditation hall during their stay. Although guests will need to bring their own towels and bedding, we provide three-inch-thick foam mattresses. Those staying in the meditation hall have access to storage cubicles for their belongings.
Tents (May through September)
Single: $35 / Shared: $30
Our tents are situated on wood platforms and are located throughout the hills behind Karmê Chöling’s main building. Three-inch-thick foam mattresses and wooden bed frames are provided, but visitors will need to bring their own bedding and towels. Those staying in tents have access to storage space for their belongings.
Participants may bring their own tent and pay $15/day for the use of Karmê Chöling’s facilities. Platforms are available for $20/day.
Premium Single/Shared: $108/$65 / Single: $60 / Double: $40 / Dorm Bed: $30
Ashoka Bhavan is our guesthouse in the neighboring town of Barnet, which is a 30-minute walk or a 3-minute drive from Karmê Chöling. There is no reception desk at Ashoka Bhavan, so guests must pick up their room keys at the main Karmê Chöling building upon arrival before checking in to their rooms. Bedding and towels are provided. There are shared bathrooms and showers on each floor. A remodeled first-floor premium room with a private bath is now available for request at Ashoka Bhavan, thanks to a generous donation by a local community member. All meals are served at Karmê Chöling, but there is a kitchen on the first floor for guests who wish to store and prepare their own food. Ashoka Bhavan is equipped for wheelchair access.
There are also many local accommodations available in the area.