Milarepa Center is a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center dedicated to inspiring the highest potential in all beings through the cultivation of wisdom, compassion and the good heart.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the center is closed and all in-person programs are cancelled until further notice. We hope to re-open once it has been advised safe to do so. We will continue to keep you updated as we are able. Please enjoy the selection of previously recorded teachings available on the “recordings” tab!   

Private and Group Buddhist Retreats in Vermont


Milarepa Center is a rural Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center. Our center operates under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and our affiliate organization, The Foundation for The Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, also known as the FPMT. Milarepa Center follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Tibetan master Je Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa (1357-1419).

Following the advice of our spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Milarepa Center’s current primary focus is providing space and support for both short-term and long-term private retreat. We also offer public programs and teachings when we are able.


We welcome those who would like to join us for daily morning prayers and/or monthly practices, offer service to the center, or use our meditation space by contacting us to arrange this in advance. We kindly discourage drop-in visits so as not to disturb the private retreat environment.


“Retreat offers a situation where it is possible to fulfill our basic human potential and develop all the positive qualities within ourselves.” 


-Lama Zopa Rinpoche


Mark your calendars for these upcoming programs and stay tuned for more info!


Milarepa Center is dedicated to providing integrated education through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility and service. 

Milarepa Center is located in northeastern Vermont on the New Hampshire border, one hour north of White River Junction off of Interstate 91.


Situated on 276 acres of serene Vermont beauty, we offer private retreat space, teachings, and special events in a contemplative environment for practitioners of all levels.


We reached our Annual Appeal goal for 2019. 

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"I cannot say enough nice things about Milarepa Retreat Center, and the Director, Dawn Holtz.  I did a three-week Green Tara Retreat there and it was wonderful.  The cabin was great, the land was beautiful, and Dawn was incredibly thoughtful, kind, caring, and joyful.  There are lovely hiking trails and meadows to explore, a stupa to visit, and lots of wildlife to watch.  If you're looking for a peaceful place for a retreat, in a welcoming and supportive environment, try Milarepa!"

- M. Tornielli,  July 2020


We are affiliated with the FPMT – Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.

Milarepa Center strictly abides by the Ethical Policy laid out by the FPMT which is included in our affiliation agreement with FPMT. In addition, it is Milarepa Center’s policy that harassment and/or abuse in any form will not be tolerated. Further, any teacher(s) who has a form of legal/official abuse allegations made against them will not be invited to teach at Milarepa Center.

For information and procedures on problem solving and/or reporting abuse or filing a complaint within the FPMT, please click here.

Milarepa Center

1344 U.S. Route 5 South

Barnet, Vermont 05821

(802) 633-4136