Welcome to Karmê Chöling Residential Community

Nestled in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Karmê Chöling offers contemplative retreats and extended residencies to inspire wisdom and compassion in our daily lives. As part of the global community of Shambhala, we are dedicated to awakening our human hearts with kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue.

Living in a Shambhala community offers the camaraderie and support needed to deepen as meditators and progress on our path as good human beings. If you have questions about living at Karmê Chöling, please email Nathan Railla.

 

About Shambhala

Shambhala is a global community with over 200 meditation and retreat centers around the world. As one of it’s four largest rural retreat centers, Karmê Chöling brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life who are interested in exploring our minds, transforming our experience, and awakening our potential for enlightened society.

We offer a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented towards modern life. Our communities around the world cultivate kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue. Our vision is to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.

We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others to work on ourselves.

~ Pema Chödrön

Dathüns and Weekthuns

Dathüns and weekthüns are in-depth retreats and a powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation. They are offered multiple times throughout the year as one-week, two-week or month-long group retreats.

During these programs, the practice of mindfulness goes beyond sitting on a meditation cushion; every aspect of daily life becomes part of the mindful discipline of rediscovering the present moment and our own hearts and minds.

 
 

Care and Conduct Policies

Karmê Chöling maintains and updates a comprehensive set of Care and Conduct policies that apply to all retreat participants, teachers, staff, volunteers and visitors.
 

Featured Programs

July 17 - 19

Free and Easy Wandering in the Spirit World

with Dr. Eva Wong

Join Eva Wong, practitioner of the mystical path of Shangqing Taoism, in wandering the realms of the spirit world. Walk the paths of the stars and mountains to probe the mysteries of the sky and earth.

July 19 - 24

Qigong Practice and Study Retreat - Immortal Lu Dongbin's Classic on Internal Alchemy *

with Dr. Eva Wong

Lu Dongbin's classic Treatise on Internal Alchemy is now translated for the first time and will be the principal text of this practice and study retreat.

July 23 - 26

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.

August 1 - 9

Family Camp

Family Camp is a magical week for parents and children to spend together with old friends and new in the beautiful rolling green hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom at Karmê Chöling.

August 1 - 9

Earth Warriors

A program for young adults held within the rich and lively container of Family Camp!! Young adults, ages 18-23, are invited to come together to engage in lively discussions, meditation, and exploration of Earths wisdom lineages.