Creation to Completion

August 28 - 29, 2016
Menla Mountain Retreat
A Healing Retreat in honor of Grandmother Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance Upon completing a full cycle that began at Menla twelve-years ago with the creation of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, the Grandmothers Council will come together, for one last time, to complete their circle of prayer around the planet. From August 25th -28th, 2016 the Grandmothers, their families, friends and supporters will join together for a three-day healing retreat of prayer and gratitude at Menla, in Phoenicia, New York. In honor of the late Grandmother Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance’s vision for healing and forgiveness, and in her…

Rocket, Dharma and Yin Yoga and Meditation Retreat

September 2 - 7, 2016
Don’t miss this chance to go deeper into your practice under the guidance of two experienced and dedicated teachers in a location renowned for its unspoiled beauty, variety of wildlife, abundance of streams and rivers and ancient forested mountains. Combining the best of our knowledge and training we will be offering detailed asana clinics covering every aspect of the practice from inversions, backbends, hip openers, seated and standing poses as well as dynamic classes to put all of that detailed work into play and  Yin classes to ground and release, Pranayama and Meditation. For more information about this retreat, please click…

R&R Getaway

September 2 - 5, 2016
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. Package Includes: Deluxe private accommodations; a complementary massage, plus use of our steam rooms and saunas; daily morning yoga; guided meditation; a variety of beautiful hikes; use of our other amenities–swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness room, lounge, libraries and more! Introducing KuNye, ancient Tibetan therapeutic massage KuNye is the core massage practice of the Tibetan Medical tradition.  Originating from the ancient sages of Tibet, this healing practice has developed through generations of…

The Three Masteries with the Four Winds

September 5 - 18, 2016
THE THREE MASTERIES: WALKING WITH PROTECTION, READING THE SIGNS OF DESTINY, WORKING WITH THE SACRED A deep immersion into the mythic realms of shamanic teaching. Open to students completing their training in the old format.   For more information, click here

Endless Summer Catskills Retreat: Meditation & Yoga

September 9 - 11, 2016
Celebrate the final days of summer in the Catskills at the Menla Mountain Retreat Center, 2 1/2 hours north of NYC. Set on a 325-acre private nature reserve, Menla is 1500 feet above sea level with views of the ancient forested mountains nestled between rushing streams and rivers. Read this for a sweet review of Menla (spoiler – the Dalai Lama sleeps well here).

The 2016 Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Seminar

September 9 - 15, 2016
We are pleased to announce that the 2016 annual training with Yahagi sensei will take place from September 9th – 12th. Please read the following sign-up information, including fees and deadlines. The 2016 program is set up differently from the previous years, based on extensive consultations with Yahagi sensei. It constitutes of a weekend seminar in Upstate New York, which all Ryushin members in the Tri-State area are expected to attend. At the weekend seminar, Yahagi sensei will go over the curriculum comprehensively, while private/small-group sessions are designed to deepen the understanding of the curriculum for each student, based on…

NY Budokai Retreat

September 9 - 12, 2016
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Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Sciences

September 15 - 18, 2016
The Nalanda Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy The Nalanda Certificate Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy is a historic program offering unprecedented cross-training in four discrete meditation techniques, direct access to world pioneers in the field, and an ongoing process of mentoring and community, that will immerse you in the inspiring new field of contemplative neuropsychology. The full two-year Program offers an intensive, step-by-step learning experience integrating mindfulness and four progressive systems of Buddhist psychology and meditation, with the most promising breakthroughs in contemporary neuroscience, health psychology, and psychotherapy. For more information, Click Here

Yoga Medicine Catskills Retreat

September 18 - 25, 2016
Our Chinese Medicine and Myofascial Release module will be taking place this year at Menla Mountain Retreat in the picturesque and tranquil Catskills of upstate New York. Our weeklong teacher training modules include room and board and are a nice way to get away from your daily distractions and immerse yourself in learning & deepening your teaching.   For more information, Click Here

R&R Healing Getaway

September 22 - 25, 2016
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. Centuries ago, before Buddhism entered Tibet; Tibetans like all ancient people had a significant degree of healing traditions. This knowledge was significantly expanded by centuries of study of Chinese, Indian, Persian, and Greek healing…

Catskill Forest Retreat: Yoga, Wellness & Bhagavad Gita

September 29 - October 2, 2016
Join Andrea, Colleen, Rob & Mike in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains as we relax and renew with other like-minded yogis on our weekend escape to Menla Mountain Retreat Center. PRACTICE asana twice daily – a vigorous morning routine and a slow, deep restorative session in the afternoon. There will be time to workshop poses so you leave with a better understanding of the how and the why. EAT nutritious, tasty vegetarian meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The way we eat has a profound affect on our mood, performance, and sleep pattern. Learn practical tools to enhance your daily consumption…

The Sacred Vessel

October 7 - 10, 2016
The Scared Vessel Retreat with Claudia Debs   for more information click here

Yogadventure Yoga Retreat

October 7 - 10, 2016
with Angela Strynkowski E-RYT 500 & Jessica Saraswati RYT 200 Energize – Cleanse – Reconnect with nature and yourself… Isn’t it time you took some time for YOU? Come spend one of the most amazing weekends of your life in the serene sanctuary of Menla Mountain Retreat Center, nestled in a 320-acre valley in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Imagine yourself on a mountain retreat, starting your day being led through flowing Yoga practice and meditation with Angela and Jessica. Menla Mountain Retreat offers wondeful yoga studios, a meditative sanctuary, a vintage barn, a rejuvenating spa, extensive hiking trails, tennis courts and a…

A Jewel in the Lotus

October 7 - 10, 2016
Come spend one of the most amazing weekends of your life in the serene sanctuary of Menla Mountain Retreat Center, nestled in a 320-acre valley in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Imagine yourself on a mountain retreat, starting your day being led through flowing Yoga practice and meditation with Angela and Jessica. Menla Mountain Retreat offers wondeful yoga studios, a meditative sanctuary, a vintage barn, a rejuvenating spa, extensive hiking trails, tennis courts and a swimming pool, all of which you will explore and enjoy throughout our stay. Reconnect to your truest self, and embrace the ultimate in a spiritual experience. Angela Strynkowski…

R&R Hiking Getaway

October 7 - 10, 2016
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. Package Includes: Deluxe private accommodations; cleanse juices; a complementary massage, plus use of our steam rooms and saunas; morning yoga; daily meditation; a variety of beautiful hikes; use of our other amenities–swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness room, lounge, libraries and more! During this getaway, we are offering two levels of hikes, one shorter yet challenging on-site hike for beginners and a longer intermediate/advanced hike to Panther Mountains Giant Ledges viewed by many…

Shamans & Siddhas Meeting at the Crossroads of Shamanism & Tantrism

October 7 - 10, 2016
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…

R&R Hiking Getaway

October 13 - 16, 2016
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. Package Includes: Deluxe private accommodations; cleanse juices; a complementary massage, plus use of our steam rooms and saunas; morning yoga; daily meditation; a variety of beautiful hikes; use of our other amenities–swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness room, lounge, libraries and more! During this getaway, we are offering two levels of hikes, one shorter yet challenging on-site hike for beginners and a longer intermediate/advanced hike to Panther Mountains Giant Ledges viewed by many…

Compassion: Creating Mindful Relationships With Ourselves and Others

October 20 - 23, 2016
Menla Mountain Retreat
This seminar combines the wisdom of 2500 year old Eastern teachings with techniques from the most current health psychologies Participants will be shown how to practice and acquire skills to calm the mind, regulate affect states, and learn to manage fluctuations in mood and anxiety states. Compassion has emerged as a major factor in the therapeutic benefit of mindfulness-based techniques, which have been integrated into mainstream healthcare. Combining compassion practices with mindfulness-based meditation and biofeedback skill training can maximize beneficial psychological and physical health. This workshop will provide a framework for adding these tools to your self-care regimen. We will…

R&R Healing Getaway

October 21 - 25, 2016
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. Centuries ago, before Buddhism entered Tibet; Tibetans like all ancient people had a significant degree of healing traditions. This knowledge was significantly expanded by centuries of study of Chinese, Indian, Persian, and Greek healing…

Tibetan Rejuvenation Immersion

October 25 - 30, 2016
Menla Mountain Retreat
In this experience-based retreat, which will be led by Eric Rosenbush and entertaining some guest teachings from Robert Thurman, participants will be immersed in a customized program designed to heal our bodies, minds and hearts. Menla’s Tibetan Rejuvenation Immersions directly aid the purification and rejuvenation of the body, releasing stress and toxicity, by featuring detoxifying and rejuvenating herbs and foods, as well as meditation practices and therapies based on your individual needs and bodily constitution. The daily schedule includes introductory teachings and practical instructions on the Tibetan Science of Healing, rejuvenation, breathing and yogic practices.  A special diet includes light meals, juices, and possibly…

Yuthok Retreat

October 30 - November 6, 2016
Menla Mountain Retreat
Yuthok Nyingthig is the spiritual practice of Tibetan medicine. It is the practice of Yuthok, a highly realized master and principal founder of the Tibetan medical tradition who lived eight hundred years ago.  A complete system of spiritual practices, including meditations, yogas and rituals, the Yuthok Nyingthig has been practiced by doctors and yogis as a method to develop healing abilities as well as cultivate health and wisdom.  For most of its history, the Yuthok Nyingthig has been kept secret, and only recently has it been taught openly, thanks to the kindness of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and his teachers. The Yuthok Nyingthig practices comprise a…

The Wisdom of Devotion and Love

November 10 - 13, 2016
Menla Mountain Retreat
We will explore the relationship between devotion and wisdom, and how the different practices and performances work within these constructs, especially how they overflow from the performers to embrace all beings. The emanations of the exalted Buddha through the forms of loving male and female bodhisattvas and the transformations of the awesomely male Vedic deities like Vishnu and Rudra into the loving Krishna / Radha and yogic Shiva / Uma couples changed classical India into a glorious land of wisdom, love and ecstatic art. We will sing and teach and learn more about it all together, the best way to…

R&R Winter Holiday Getaway

December 23 - 25, 2016
Menla Mountain Retreat
Now you can spend the winter holidays at Menla for a weekend in the tranquility of our breathtaking 320-acre Catskills forest preserve and luxuriate at our state-of-the-art Mahasukha Spa. Package Includes: Deluxe private accommodations; a complementary massage, plus use of our steam rooms and saunas; daily morning yoga; guided meditation; a variety of beautiful hikes; use of our other amenities–, fitness room, lounge, libraries and more! Introducing KuNye, ancient Tibetan therapeutic massage KuNye is the core massage practice of the Tibetan Medical tradition.  Originating from the ancient sages of Tibet, this healing practice has developed through generations of practitioners, restoring the…