Programs

Special Funding Available

If you identify as a person of color you may be eligible for special financial support to attend our retreats.

* Indicates program with prerequisites

April

April 13 - November 7

Garden Apprentice Program

with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven
Entering its seventh year, the Garden Apprenticeship Program at Karmê Chöling is a unique six-month residential program of contemplative gardening through close mentorship with Master Gardener Jan Enthoven.

May

May 22 - June 2

Shambhala International Program

Tip of the Arrow: Scorpion Seal 10 Practice Retreat (Repeat Participants) *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
Further manifest the fruition of the Werma Sadhana. This retreat is for those who have already received the Scorpion Seal 10 practices

June

June 5 - 12

Celebrating the Vajrayana *

with Acharya Christie Cashman
Throughout this week-long retreat, we will explore how wrathful, peaceful, and effortless vajrayana methods "touch the fruition," and thus remind us of our inherent wisdom.

June 13 - 16

Relax, Renew and Awaken

with Madge Rossinoff
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in the rolling green mountains of Northern Vermont and learn contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life.

June 14 - 16

Embodying Community Accountability: Principles of Harm Reduction *

with Trinley Busby
During this retreat we will endeavor to maintain the supreme spacious view of Basic Goodness, but our focus will rest on the practical and relative truth of conduct (action).

June 15 - July 14

Summer Volunteer Program - Session 1

Summer volunteering is available to anyone interested in learning to meditate, establishing a regular meditation practice, and wishing to experience a taste of Shambhala Buddhist residential life.

June 21 - 23

Japanese Archery for Teens and Tweens

with Grace DiNapoli
Teens and tweens learn to build confidence and improve focus all while cultivating beginner's heart. Combining physical and mental exercise, working with a bow and an arrow strengthens core muscles, hand-eye coordination, and is a lot of fun.

June 21 - 23

Embodied Listening ®

with Hope Martin
Embodied Listening offers a way to move through blockages, challenges and uncertainty by tuning into your most reliable source for guidance - the wisdom of your body.

June 21 - 23

Being Tara: Transcending Fear through Song & Dance

with Kristine McCutcheon
The practice of Tara is for all of us, whatever stage of life. We will explore various ways of meditating with Tara, including song and dance, in order to go beyond the many faces of fear that confront us in daily life.

June 28 - 30

Learn the Art of Japanese Archery: Kyudo First Shot

with Lucy Halverson
Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, is one of the oldest arts of the Japanese tradition of contemplative warriorship. The practice of kyudo begins with first shot and the cultivation of beginner's heart.

June 28 - July 13

Summer Arts Half-Dathun: Two Weeks of Meditation

with Lance Brunner
Open to everyone! Expand your understanding of your mind, emotions, and heart in this in-depth meditation retreat. Attend just the first week or the full two week retreat.

June 28 - July 6

Summer Arts Dathun: Week 1

with Lance Brunner

July

July 3 - 7

Kyudo Assembly *

with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XXI
Kyudo practitioners are warmly invited to Seiko Kyudojo's third Kyudo Assembly with Kanjuro Shibata XXI. Here is a special opportunity to meet with Sensei and join together in a retreat setting for an extended period of group practice and fellowship.

July 12 - 19

Way of Shambhala Program

Finding Bravery in Times of Confusion - Shambhala Training Levels I - III

with Shastri Bill Brauer
The Shambhala path starts here: the first 3 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship training - a seminal path of ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings rooted in the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyday lives.

July 12 - 14

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 14 - 16

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 16 - 19

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III *

with Shastri Bill Brauer

July 19 - 27

Hearing, Contemplating, Meditating: A Practice & Study Retreat *

with Benoit Cote
This Shambhala Vipashyana retreat will bring together mindfulness/awareness practices with contemplation and analytical meditation. A Manjushri practice as well as a light form of debate practice will be introduced.

July 25 - 28

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.

July 27 - August 25

Summer Volunteer Program - Session 2

Summer volunteering is available to anyone interested in learning to meditate, establishing a regular meditation practice, and wishing to experience a taste of Shambhala Buddhist residential life.

August

August 3 - 11

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 17 - 25

Heart of Recovery Retreat

with Scott Perkins
A exploration of how meditation and mindfulness intersect with recovery from addiction and other harmful habitual patterns. This is a week- long journey of warriorship, gentleness and bravery.

September

September 7 - 14

Mukpo Institute Program Way of Shambhala Program

Finding Bravery in Times of Confusion - Shambhala Training Levels I - III

with Shastri Calryn Aston
The Shambhala path starts here: the first 3 of 5 levels of the Heart of Warriorship training - a seminal path of ancient meditation practices & wisdom teachings rooted in the Shambhala tradition & created for the challenges of our modern, everyday lives.

September 7 - 9

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Calryn Aston

September 9 - 11

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior *

with Shastri Calryn Aston

September 11 - 14

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World *

with Shastri Calryn Aston

September 7 - October 5

Summer Volunteer Program - Session 3

Summer volunteering is available to anyone interested in learning to meditate, establishing a regular meditation practice, and wishing to experience a taste of Shambhala Buddhist residential life.

September 22 - 27

Qigong and Meditation Retreat *

with Dr. Eva Wong
This program will feature using Sunzi's Art of War in strategizing meditation practice. It integrates the practices of qigong and sitting meditation with an emphasis on how these two practices support each other.

September 27 - October 2

Stroking the Clouds at Karmé Chöling: an Evoking Worlds Program *

with Dr. Eva Wong
An Evoking Worlds Program. Join Eva Wong in this unique program that unifies Taoist awareness practice and spirit travel.

October

October 8 - 19

Shambhala International Program

Scorpion Seal: Year 8 *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
This retreat will focus on intensive practice of the Werma Sadhana, with the introduction of practices specific to Scorpion Seal year 8.