Yoga Nanda – The Path to Self-Realization

March 3 - 5, 2017
Menla Resort & Spa
Yoga Nanda is a community where students explore and practice the ancient tools of transformation grounded in the 8-limbed path of yoga. Joining body, mind and spirit, we unite with our larger collective in compassion and service. With a unique blend of diversified styles and seasoned instructors, Yoga Nanda offers both traditional teachings that are rooted in classical lineage as well as contemporary teachings that flow from personal experience. Yoga Nanda’s 200-Hr “Path to Self Realization” Teacher Training will be a journey of discovery in which students draw from their inner passion to cultivate a personal clarity that can transform…

Embracing the Sacred Feminine

With Isa Gucciardi and Robert AF Thurman

March 17 - 20, 2017
Menla
Embracing the Sacred Feminine with Isa Gucciardi & Robert Thurman Join Isa Gucciardi, author of Return to the Great Mother and Robert Thurman to explore the vast dimensions of the Sacred Feminine. In this experiential workshop, men and women will examine and connect with the transformative and healing power of the Sacred Feminine. We will explore the ways this power has been misunderstood and students will learn methods of holding this power in positive and life affirming ways. Students will have plenty of time to discover a more intimate relationship with the earth and the Sacred Feminine in the unique and nurturing physical…

Pause + Press Play A Rejuvenation Retreat for Women of Color

With Marla Teyolia and Crystal McCreary

March 31 - April 2, 2017
For many women of color, the practice of self-care is a perceived as a luxury. Our lives are full and our stressors are innumerable. Taking time to replenish body, mind, and spirit is a truly radical form of activism, and yet is also the key to sustaining a vital life and functional communities. We invite you to join us for a weekend getaway curated to rejuvenate body, mind, and heart. Together we will create sacred space for transformation by identifying areas in your life that need the most love and attention through the art of yoga, mindfulness, creativity, and play.…

Protege

April 21 - 23, 2017

Turn Inward to Open: an Iyengar Yoga Retreat

With Matt Dreyfus

April 21 - 23, 2017
As the seasons shift, take this time to go more deeply into exploring and understanding the practice of Yoga, and how it can enliven and sustain you. Study Asana and Pranayama with an experienced, perceptive and sensitive teacher, and find pathways to go further in your own practice. This retreat is appropriate for students with at least 6 months of consistent Iyengar Yoga practice. Friday April 21 3pm Arrival 4:30- 6:30pm Asana 6:45- 7:45 Dinner 8:00- 9:00 Yoga Discussion Saturday April 22 8-9am Breakfast 9:15- 11:45am Asana 12- 1pm Lunch 1- 4pm Free Time 4- 6pm Asana and Pranayama 6:15-…

Mother’s Day Family Getaway

May 12 - 14, 2017
Menla
Join us this spring for the celebration of mothers. Enjoy a relaxing family getaway in our hidden Catskill mountain valley. We are excited offer a weekend full of activities such as family yoga, guided woods walks and a scavenger hunt for guests of all ages.  Children under six join us for free and guests ages seven to fifteen for $85 a day. Hey moms our staff are very happy to give you some time off while your family enjoys what Menla has to offer. We encourage you to join us at the Mahasukha Spa for some pampering and relaxation.  If…

Friends of Fungi: A Hiking, Foraging + Mushroom Cultivation Retreat

With John Michelotti and Mark Jones

May 12 - 14, 2017
Friends of Fungi: Cultivating and Foraging for Medicinal and Edible Mushrooms Kingdom Fungi: mushrooms and fungal allies for life. Fungi are the grand molecular recyclers of life on our planet. In the dynamic continuum, fungi provide a way for carbon and nutrients from dead animals and plants to fulfill the cycle and re-enter the web of life. Come explore the interesting and ancient relationship fungi have with our world and our culture. Learn about Kingdom Fungi and mushrooms in history and as we currently know them. Discussions will include: biology and ecology of fungi, mushrooms as food and medicine, how…

Spring Cleansing Spa Getaway

May 17 - 21, 2017
Menla Mountain Retreat
Now you can escape the stresses of daily life for a weekend in the tranquility of our breathtaking 320-acre Catskills forest preserve and luxuriate at our state-of-the-art Mahasukha Spa. Immerse yourself in our new Tibetan-inspired destination spa and enjoy healing treatments, deluxe private accommodations, and gourmet vegetarian cuisine. Throughout the year, experience an unforgettable weekend getaway guaranteed to leave you feeling rested, reconnected, and thoroughly rejuvenated. Package Includes: Deluxe private accommodations; cleanse juices, salads, and light meals; a complementary massage, plus use of our steam rooms and saunas; morning yoga; daily meditation; a variety of beautiful hikes; use of our…

Forest Ecology Restoration Retreat

May 18 - 21, 2017
Menla Mountain Retreat Center
Menla Volunteer Forest Ecology and Trail Restoration Weekend with the Menla Staff   In the days when Menla’s pristine land was owned by the Pathwork Center, an extensive web of trails allowed guests to experience the serenity and natural splendor of hiking all around our magical forests. One of our long-term goals is to restore these trails for the benefit of future guests, but we need your help to do it! Last year, a handful of intrepid volunteers joined Menla’s staff in a fun-filled two day restoration of one of the primary trails across the Pantherkill Stream. With a chainsaw,…

“Heal Your Heart” Yoga Retreat

With Erica Stanzione

May 19 - 21, 2017
I’ve always been most passionate about teaching towards the emotional aspect of yoga so I’ve dedicated this retreat to all of the healing elements that yoga provides. My intention is less about getting you in a headstand and more about expanding your heart and providing the tools to heal from past wounds. My three day retreat will allow time to disconnect from the everyday noise of our lives and listen to what our heart and soul need. Through two daily yoga classes, meditation, journaling and chanting, we’ll reconnect with ourselves and find the clarity to shift what isn’t working so…

Tibetan Secrets of Longevity: Ancient Practices for Increased Health & Long Life

With Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and Robert AF Thurman

June 14 - 18, 2017
Menla Mountain Retreat
The Yuthok Nyingthig (Tib. གཡུ་ཐོག་སྙིང་ཐིག་), the ‘Heart Essence of Yuthok’, composed by Yuthok the Younger, the great 12th Century Tibetan yogi-physician is a complete cycle of Vajrayana Buddhist practice, beginning with the preliminary practices (Tib. སྔོན་འགྲོ་ “ngöndro”) and progressing through the development and completion stage practices to the highest practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. It is characterized by its concise and simple methods which bring about both worldly benefits, including improved health and longevity, as well as the ultimate benefit of complete spiritual liberation. The Yuthok Nyingthig is the main spiritual practice of Tibetan physicians, and it contains many unique…

Sage Sound Healing Retreat Intensive

June 22 - 25, 2017
Thursday June 22nd ~ Sunday 25th, 2017. The world’s foremost experts in the art and science of sound healing will come together to immerse retreat participants in the sacred power of sound. Under the guidance of these remarkable scholars, doctors, healers, and sound practitioners, students will explore the healing potential of Crystal Bowls, Tibetan bowls, Sacred Gongs and Bells, Voice, Shamanic instruments and various other sacred sound instruments.. Participants will learn the therapeutic application of these tools to create sacred space, shift and expand consciousness, address a range of physical conditions, restore balance, and promote positive change at the cellular level.

Buddha & the Yogis

With Robert AF Thurman and Richard Freeman

July 16 - 23, 2017
While enlightenment in Mahayana Buddhism and Vedantic Hinduism is described as indescribable, it is evoked as experiencing the infinite universe as your very own body (Dharmakaya), while still energetically maintaining your effortless continuity of wisdom and compassion to help other beings also discover their own liberating oneness. The doorway to such enlightenment is a critical concentrative meditational search for knowledge of the ultimate ground reality, which is described as vajra, or Brahma, meaning adamantine, unbreakable, supremely powerful, or divine, and is equated with bliss-freedom-indivisible being-awareness-bliss. The yoga tradition evolves through Indian spiritual history as the practical way of full body-mind realization of…

Anxiety, Depression & Addiction: Buddhist Psychological Insights for Mental & Spiritual Health for Modern World

With Mark Epstein, M.D. and Robert AF Thurman

August 18 - 20, 2017
Menla
In his earliest teachings, the Buddha put forth an Eight Fold Prescription for mental and spiritual health. The most spiritual of the world’s psychologies and the most psychological of the world’s religions, Buddhism can best be approached as a set of treatments for mental and emotional dis-ease. At the heart of the Buddha’s method lies a strategy of changing one’s relationship with one’s inner voice. In anxiety, depression and addiction, the inner voice is accustomed to being in charge. Buddhism seeks to undermine the control habit of the inner voice by creating critical distance from its dictates through mindfulness and…

Immortal Sisters Conference

August 25 - 30, 2017
Come to this first-of-its-kind, historic gathering of over 100 women practitioners of Taoist health and spiritual arts, The Immortal Sisters Conference – August 25-30, 2017 www.immortalsistersconference.com Join the rapidly expanding community of women practitioners of Qigong and Taoist spirituality who will gather together to inspire, learn from, and empower each other through sharing the ancient wisdom of “Returning to the Tao” Presenters include Livia Kohn, Daisy Lee, Max Dashu, Saida Desilets, Lindsey Wei, Letha Hadady, Renu Li, Saumya Comer, Marie Favorito, Sharon Smith, Jamee Culbertson, Deborah Davis, Wendy Lang, Robin Wang, Marilyn Cooper and special guests, Eve Ensler & Julia…

True Meaning of Meditation: the Inner and the Outer

With Sri M

September 1 - 3, 2017
Friday 9/1/2017: 3pm – 8pm- Check-in 6:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner 8pm – Introducing Sri M to the new attendees and hosts at Menla Orientation to the facilities and schedule for the following two days Saturday 9/2/2017: 7:00am-7:30am – Meditation 7:30am-8:30am –  Interaction with Sri M 8:30am-9:30am –  Breakfast 10:30am-1130am –  Satsang/lecture 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch 4:00pm – 5:00pm –  Satsang/class 5:30pm – 6:00pm –  Meditation 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Dinner Sunday 9/3/2017: 7:00am-7:30am – Meditation 7:30am-8:30am –  Interaction with Sri M 8:30am-9:30am –  Breakfast 10:30am-1130am –  Satsang/lecture 12:00pm – 2:00pm – Check-out and Lunch   Here are two links…

Shamans & Siddhas Meeting at the Crossroads of Shamanism & Tantrism

With Isa Gucciardi and Robert AF Thurman

October 5 - 8, 2017
Menla Mountain Retreat
This retreat focuses on the traditions of the “psychonauts,” explorers of the subtle realms of dream, death, and all “between” states. Such people are known as “shamans” in indigenous traditions and as “siddhas” or “adepts” in Buddhist and Hindu Tantric traditions. Isa Gucciardi joins Robert Thurman in exploring the deep and vast dimensions of these traditions, focusing on our planetary welcoming of various forms that consciousness takes in this time of global crisis, as she has done from time immemorial. Shamans and siddha adepts provide us with resources from long-developed, time-tested positive sciences and arts that help us celebrate the…

Sufi Dance of Oneness

With Banafsheh Sayyad

November 3 - 5, 2017
Menla Mountain Retreat
Listen! and allow this listening to lead you into movement and a dance that opens your heart and kindles your creative fire. Sama, the Sufi Dance of Oneness, is a central devotional practice of Sufism, the path of Love. If you long to meditate with movement and feel drawn to truly ground your spirituality in your body and gain very practical tools for living a more energized, peaceful and lucidly creative life, then this workshop is for you. Guided by the teachings of Rumi, delve into grounding and centering movements that awaken your body, re-connect you with the Earth and your…

THE 21 STAGES OF MEDITATION: A JOURNEY TO THE SELF

With Guru Dharam , Siri Sat, Mahan Rishi Singh, Nirbhe Kaur Khalsa and Gurunam Singh

November 3 - 9, 2017
Join us for a powerful Journey: 6 days of deep, transformational practice in the beautiful Menla Mountain Retreat. The 21 Stages of Meditation clarifies the process and outlines the steps of your progress in meditation, and your profound understanding of your Self. Each part of this meditative journey takes you into a deeper level of awakening and realization. In this course we engage in a 3-part meditative journey through The Crystallized Self, where we recognize and experience our true Self; The Expressive Self, in which we learn how to express our true Self in both action and stillness; and lastly,…