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Institut Shangpa Karma Ling - Chartreuse de Saint Hugon

Institut Shangpa Karma Ling - Chartreuse de St Hugon
de Langle Erwan
04 79 25 78 00
Domaine d'Avallon Hameau de Saint Hugon
73110 Arvillard

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Karma Ling est un institut bouddhiste établit dans les murs de l'ancienne Chartreuse de Saint-Hugon. Il accueille aujourd'hui un centre spirituel mais aussi de nombreuses activités culturelles. ( institut pleine présence, université du Darma, yoga...)


Karma Ling is a Buddhist centre established within the former Chartreuse de Saint-Hugon. Today, it serves as both a spiritual centre and cultural activity hub (Institut Pleine Présence, Université du Darma, yoga etc.)

In 1979, inspired by the prominent Tibetan master, Kyabjé Kalu Rinpoché, and Lama Denys Rinpoché, his oldest Western disciple, it found its spiritual vocation and took the name 'Karma Ling', the place of Buddhist practice and teachings.

In 2000, the whole site was named Domaine de l'Avalon. It was comprised of 55 hectares of forest used as an educational eco-site, managed by Pierre Rabhi, the famous agro-biologist and humanist.

The visit (lasting approx. 90 minutes) highlights the historical, cultural and spiritual importance of the site since the foundation of the Ordre des Chartreux in 1084 until the present day. The visit concludes with a friendly cup of tea.

Guided tour of the estate: over the course of a 90 minute walk, you will learn about the outstanding natural environment of Avallon, its culture and history, from the time of the Pères Charteux to the present day. You can also get an insight into some of our activities on offer.

Discovery weekend: over the course of a weekend, learn the basics of mindful meditation, discover a new way to live in the present moment, and learn more about how we function and how to fully experience our emotions. This weekends can also serve as a refresher for those who have already received meditation lessons or have already tried meditation.

Discovery day: take the time to try mindfulness, discover Avallon's eco-site, as well as its cultural and historic wealth and its activities. You will share lunch with us, of which the first 20 minutes will be in silence.

Continuous retreat:
This retreat will allow you to come and meditate any time throughout the year. 365 days a year, join the programme for 1 hour, one day, a week, or more. In order to fully experience the joy of mindfulness, it is advised to follow the Continuous Retreat for at least 1 week.

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Spoken Languages

  • English
  • French

Payment methods

  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

  • Convention
  • Family Reception/drinks reception
  • Seminar/meeting

  • Dining area

  • Accommodation on site

Opening Period

All year round, daily.


Group rate available for > 20 people.