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Solitary Cabin Retreats | Karmê Chöling

Solitary Cabin Retreats

For 50 years, practitioners of the Shambhala and Buddhist traditions as taught by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche have come to Karmê Chöling’s beautiful retreat environment to deepen their understanding of mind through solitary retreat. The land and retreat cabins have been blessed by many great teachers — among them, the 16th Karmapa, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and Namkha Drimed Rinpoche — and have been ripened by the practice of generations of retreatants.

Our retreat cabins are primarily available to Shambhala Buddhist practitioners to pursue intensive meditation practice. Students of other Buddhist lineages, or advanced Shambhala practitioners who wish to bring dharmic arts or extensive body disciplines into their solitary practice, are invited to speak with the Retreat Master. All cabin retreatants must complete the prerequisites listed below.

Prerequisites for doing a solitary cabin retreat at Karmê Chöling are:

  • Completion of at least half a dathün (a month-long, silent, group meditation retreat) in the Shambhala tradition or two weeks (continuously or separately) of silent, group shamatha-vipashyana meditation.
  • Established daily meditation practice of at least one year.
  • Letter of recommendation from your meditation instructor.
  • Advance meeting with your meditation instructor to discuss retreat plans: view, intention, practice, daily schedule, and study materials.

Cabin Amenities

We offer seven secluded cabins for retreats year-round. Each cabin is outfitted with a single bed with bedding, a compact kitchen with dishes and cookware, a shrine, meditation cushions and a puja table. There is no electricity or indoor plumbing, but each cabin has a cooler for food storage, propane cook stove and lights, and a wood-burning stove for heat. Wood is provided. Your retreat helper supplies water and ice pack deliveries as needed. Retreatants provide and prepare their own food.

We do not support wireless communication devices, laptops, or cell phones in solitary retreat, unless they are used strictly for dharma study or medical reasons.

Pricing and Reservations

Prices depend on the length of your stay.

We strongly suggest a minimum retreat length of seven nights, although shorter retreat periods are possible.

Per night prices for the seven cabins below are:

5-6 nights — $50
7-10 nights — $40
11-28 nights — $35
29-56 nights — $30
57-84 nights — $25
For retreats lasting several months, contact the Retreat Master.

The per night price for the Scorpion Seal cabin is:
7-14 nights — $50

If you would like to schedule a retreat, please email the Retreats office or call (802) 633-2384 ext 3122.

Our Cabins

Please click through the images below to see individual cabins.


Dhritarashtra Cabin

Great Eastern Sun

Great Eastern Sun Cabin


Nagarjuna Cabin


Nirmanakaya Cabin


Vaishravana Cabin


Yeshe Cabin

Scorpion Seal Cabin

Scorpion Seal Cabin