Program Details

Summer Dathün

with Elaine Yuen
June 13 / 12:00 AM - July 12 / 12:00 AM

Dathün (Tibetan for "month session") is a one-month group meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators and is one of the most important training programs in the Shambhala tradition. The program is open to anyone and is a very powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation. The core daily practice of a dathün consists of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation with time for talks, study, and a short work period.

This program will also include individual meditation instruction, guided meditation to deepen our practice, and contemplative meditation to develop insight and open the heart of compassion.  Silence and functional speech are observed. Meals are served oryoki-style, from the Zen monastic tradition.

Participants may attend at minimum one week of the Dathün, called a weekthün. If you have not previously attended a Dathün or Weekthün, we reqeust that you attend the first week.  The first week of the dathun we will be offering our Aloka Children's Program- please see our website

This Dathün fulfills the practice requirement of weekthün and half Dathün for the Shambhala path.

To register for the Weekthun only:

To register for the 1st two weeks only:

Shrine room floor accommodations are included in the Dathün price.

Our Aloka Kids program will be offered the first week of dathun.  Check our website!

Extended Stay

Program participants may extend their stay before and after an intensive group retreat at Karme Choling.

This option provides retreatants with a gentle transition between retreat time and daily life, offers additional practice time in a supportive environment, and provides opportunities to explore Karme Choling outside the rigorous schedule of a program.

For more information contact


Go to Karme Choling's website