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Fall Family Weekend

Karmê Chöling Meditation Retreat Center

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM - Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Registration Information

Registration Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Price includes tuition and meals, but not accommodations.
26 Registrations Oct 8, 2017 $220.00 $0.00
Teen (14-18)   more info 13 Registrations Oct 8, 2017 $220.00 $0.00
Tween (10-13)   more info 9 Registrations Oct 8, 2017 $220.00 $0.00
Younger Child (3-9)   more info 15 Registrations Oct 8, 2017 $220.00 $0.00

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This Fall retreat invites families to come together in the spacious, natural environment of Karmê Chöling to explore meditation, community, and the Shambhala Principle in everyday life. This year, we're promoting this event as One Big Happy Family - where everyone will begin each day together then join their peers in break-out programs. The Family will continue to come together for meals and events to deepen their exploration in caring for each other along the lines of "it takes a village," Enlightened Society.

Families will be introduced to the rituals of the shrine room and other Shambhala traditions, and are encouraged to personalize these ideas and weave them into everyday family life. It’s an opportunity for participants to discover what works best for their families to instill spiritual warriorship at home and build enlightened society in their communities.

For Parents

Parents will engage in meditative practices over the course of the weekend, setting aspirations for bringing the principles of meditation into family life. In addition, the families will come together throughout each day to engage with their children in cooperative games, crafts and playtime. While there will be time for parents to focus on their personal practice, this retreat is designed to emphasize the family as a group. It should not be seen as a break from the day-to-day responsibilities of being a parent.

For Teens (14-18 years old)

In the spacious, natural environment of Karmê Chöling, each teen is asked to set an intention for their weekend, and will have room to explore solitude, group activities, and family time, as well as provide mentorship for tweens and younger children.

For Tweens (10-13 years old)

Tweens will experience the Shambhala community in age-appropriate ways through structured activities, free time, and body-based meditation, as well as practice and play with their families.

For Younger Children (3-9 years old)

Supported by a caring and nurturing staff who are grounded in their own meditation practice, children learn to expand their ability to be kind and compassionate to themselves and others. With both outdoor and indoor exploration, the children learn and grow through play, organized activities, arts, physical activity, and interacting with peers.


This program will feature special Family rates. You may visit the KCL website to view the different options:
$80 per night for regular room (max 2 adults & 2 children)
$130 per night for premium room (max 2 adults & 4 children)
$15 per night: Teens only - Shrine room floor


We have equalized the cost of this program across all age groups approximate the same amount as previous years for a family of four. Eventbrite charges us a credit card processing fee which we have passed on to you embedded in the program fee.

We are testing out Eventbrite for registration of this program in hopes it will become a suitable improvement (vs. our own registration system) for all of our Family programs. Your feedback of the process will be valuable as we move forward.

If available spots in any age group are not enough to accommodate your family, contact us immediately:


Contact our Director of Scholarships for further information:


The program registration price includes meals but not accommodations. You can find pricing for accommodations by clicking here.  


Please plan on arriving between 3:00pm and 6:00pm on October 6, 2017 to check-in and register. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins at 7:30pm. The program ends around 3pm on October 8, 2017.

Have questions about Fall Family Weekend? Contact Karmê Chöling Meditation Retreat Center

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When & Where

Karmê Chöling: Shambhala Meditation Center
369 Patneaude Lane
Barnet, VT 05821

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM - Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Karmê Chöling Meditation Retreat Center

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

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