Program Details

Family Camp

August 2 / 12:00 AM - August 10 / 12:00 AM

Registered Families

For those who have previously registered, please note that your registration is not complete and your space is not reserved until you have completed both online registration and the registration survey.  Please email Elizabeth Dealing (edealing@karmecholing) if you have any questions about your registration. Thank you!

Family Camp Registration is Closed

We regret that the program has reached capacity, and we are unable to accept any more registrations. If you would like to have your family added to the waiting list, please email
Elizabeth Dealing (edealing@karmecholing). We wish that we had more space, and we very much hope that you will join us next summer! 


Family Camp is a magical week for parents and children to spend together with friends old and new at Karmê Chöling, in the beautiful, rolling green hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

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Family Camp is a program that combines meditation practice, community and family, outdoor time, and a wide range of activities. For parents, the morning is a time for meditation practice. Meditation instruction is given on our first morning together. There are morning talks, with discussion, given 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 am-12:15 pm, 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 include meditation, time outdoors, craft projects, hikes in the woods, group games, and music. The Rites of Passage program, the heart of Family Camp, will be offered again this year for children ages 8 to 10 as well. This week-long program includes bow and arrow making and practice, calligraphy, poetry writing, and exploration of the land. It culminates in a ceremony marking the passage from early childhood into the greater independence of late childhood. All morning programs are taught by our dedicated adult staff and teen counselors.

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. Songs and stories by the campfire are part of the tradition. You'll find days are both spacious and quite full.

Rates are as follows:

Adult: $460 per adult. Children: $230 per child for the first two children of the family and $115 for each additional child (beyond the first two). No other discounts apply to children in this discounted category. Otherwise, income discounts apply and additional scholarships are available for those in need. For more information, click here.

There is an $85 fee for children participating in the Rights of Passage Program.

All meals and one family-sized tent on a platform are included in the cost of the program. You may put in a request for a second tent using the registration form. Karmê Chöling can offer second tents, if available, at a cost of $20 per night. You may also choose to bring your own tent for a $50 discount. A limited number of private rooms are available at an additional cost. Please contact us if you're interested in a private room. Advance reservations required.

Family Camp Counselor Applicaiton:

To download a 2014 Family Camp Counselor Application, please click here.

For information on Rites of Passage, please download the Family Camp Rites of Passage Letter.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Dealing, Family Camp Coordinator, and Karmê Chöling Youth and Family Programs Coordinator, at or 802-633-2384 x109.

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