Dawn Holtz (Shiwa Chotso), originally from Michigan,
has a background in Renewable Energies and Sustainable Business Management. Dawn served as the Land and Facilities Manager at Milarepa Center from 2012 – 2014 and has now returned as the new center director. Dawn has worked in both the corporate and non-profit sectors in a variety of positions as well as consulting for private businesses. Dawn has completed internships with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Forestry Division and has most recently worked for the State of Vermont as a park ranger before returning to Milarepa Center.

Dawn began her studies in Tibetan Buddhism in 2008 with the online program “Foundation of Buddhist Thought” offered by Geshe Tashi Tsering of Jamyang Buddhist Centre. She has completed several meditation retreats in both the Gelug and Kagyu traditions as well as having the great fortune to have received direct teachings from the late Gelek Rinpoche of Jewel Heart International.

Dawn enjoys spending her free time outdoors hiking, growing food, and biking and is greatly looking forward to the opportunity to share her knowledge and skills for the benefit of all those who may live, work, and visit Milarepa Center.


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