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Family Camp | Karmê Chöling

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Family Camp

August 1 - 9






Family Camp is a week-long program that combines meditation practice, outdoor time, and the warmth of family and community. For parents, the morning is a time for meditation practice, with meditation instruction given on our first morning together. There are morning talks and discussions, led by our Family Camp Teacher-in-Residence, with a focus on mindful parenting. New practitioners have the opportunity to meet with a meditation instructor. There will also be spaces dedicated for practitioners to do their personal practice in a group setting during the morning session.

Children are in a morning program from 9:15-12:15, grouped by age: Tigers (3-5), Lions (6-7), Garudas (8-10), Dragons (11-12), and Explorers of the Phenomenal World (13-18). Activities are varied and often include meditation, craft projects, time outdoors, stories, songs, hikes in the woods, and group games. The Rites of Passage program, at the heart of Family Camp, will be offered again this year for children between the ages of 8 and 10. This week-long program includes bow and arrow making, bow and arrow practice, calligraphy, poetry writing, and connecting with the land. The program culminates in a beautiful ceremony, attended by the entire camp, marking the passage from early childhood into the greater independence of late childhood. All morning programs are taught by our dedicated adult staff and supported by our teen counselors, many of whom have themselves grown up within Family Camp.

Afternoons are dedicated to family time, with both structured and spontaneous activities at Karmê Chöling and in the surrounding area. There are many mountain lakes nearby to enjoy. Evenings include a relaxed dinner together, laughter and play on the front lawn, and supervised campfires with songs and stories. You'll find that days are both spacious and quite full.

Watch the YouTube video entitled 'Buddha Camp'. By: Katie Frank

Family Camp begins on Saturday, August 1st and ends on Sunday, August 9th at noon. Please plan to stay until Noon on the 9th. 


In an attempt to support a fair registration process, the Family Camp Council has created a lottery which is NOW OPEN. Counselors (15-18) and Earth Warriors (18-26) apply separately. (please see counselor and Earth Warrior links below.) The lottery will close at 5:30pm EST on Sunday, March 22nd.

Registration will be a three-step process:

1. You must first declare your desire to attend Family Camp by completing the lottery survey. The lottery survey link can be accessed here.. You will have through March 22nd, to complete the survey for your family.

2. If your family is selected through the lottery to attend, you will receive an email from the Family Camp Council by Tuesday, March 24th including a special registration link for registration. You must complete registration and place your deposit by April 4th 2020. Over-the-phone/email registration is not available for Family Camp. If you have questions about the registration process, please contact jtbuck@karmecholing.org

3. At the time of registering you must pay the full amount due for your family. If you intend to request a scholarship, you must make a $400 deposit at the time of registration (see Scholarships/Discounts below). Anything other than full payment or a deposit of $400 will be interpreted by the registration system as a mistake and your registration will be deleted.

Families requesting a payment plan should contact guestservices@karmecholing.org

If you are requesting a scholarship, both the scholarship must be in place and the balance must be paid (or payment plan in place) by May 1st 2020.

Earth Warrior registration (ages 18-26) is now open. Click here to register!

Family Camp Counselor applications:  Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 who have previously attended Family Camp are invited to apply to serve as a counselor in one of the classrooms. Please complete the application & references and return by June 1, 2020: Click Here to Apply.

Program Pricing:

All meals and a four-person tent are included in the KCL Base Camp Fee. This year we are inviting families to bring and use your own tent if you wish to receive a $50 discount on family tuition!

Each Family will make TWO separate payments:

KCL “Base Camp” Fee: This fee, paid when you register, covers Karme Chöling’s operational costs of facilities, tenting, food, supplies, KCL support staff, and direct program expenses (not including program staff honorariums or travel expenses). (Rooms in the house are extra cost).

$535 for each adult
$270 for each child (first two)
$135 for additional children

Tuition Fee: This fee covers the costs of developing and running the Family Camp program itself, including teaching and non-teaching staff honorariums, and a portion of their travel expenses. This is paid directly to Shambhala Families & Children (a 501c3 legal entity of Shambhala). Additional details are available in the lottery letter.


Scholarships are available for those in need. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must first register your family and make a $400 deposit online. Once you have done that, contact Ella Reznakova to request a scholarship: scholarships@karmecholing.org. Your scholarship and paid balance due must be in place by May 1st, 2020 to hold your family's spot in Family Camp. There are no payment plans available for Family Camp.

No discounts apply.


A one-family-sized Karmê Chöling tent is included in the cost of the program. If you prefer, you can bring your own tent for a $50 discount on family tuition! Our priority for assigning housing in the Karmê Chöling tents located nearest the main house is for families with young children and/or mobility challenges.

We have a limited number of rooms in the main house. Regular accommodations rates apply for housing in the main house and at our offsite location, Ashoka Bhavan. Our priority for assigning accommodations in the main house is for families with young children and/or mobility challenges.

Please note: accommodations are assigned in the order of when the program deposit is made.

Family Camp begins on Saturday, August 1st and ends on Sunday, August 9th at noon. Please plan to stay until Noon on the 9th. 

For additional information:

General questions about Family Camp schedule or curriculum, please email Tracy Suchocki, Family Camp Director: KCLFamilyCamp108@gmail.com

Information about Rite of Passage program CLICK HERE.

For children 15 years old or younger who will be attending Family Camp with a surrogate parent or guardian: the parents of those children must complete a release of liability form [This form is forthcoming]. The surrogate parent or guardian must submit this completed form at the time of check-in at Family Camp in order for the children to be allowed to stay. 


This program requires special link in order to register. This link will be sent to you after the lottery has closed, with your acceptance letter.







Online registration is not currently open.

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