Menla Personal Wellness Getaways

Flexible Dates
Are you looking for a completely unique custom Menla experience? We have just the retreat for you! Menla Personal Getaways offer delicious locally sourced meals, a daily meditation class, traditional or Far Infrared sauna & steam room access and deluxe accommodations with the option for you to be creative with your schedule. Guests can choose to simply enjoy our exquisite valley with no interruptions or are welcome to book our fantastic Nature Experiences, guided hikes or intuitive readings. If a few days of blissful relaxation in our Mahasukha Spa are looking like the best option for you please view our spa menu.…

Buddha & the Yogis: the Divine Feminine

With Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor and Robert AF Thurman

July 16 - 23, 2017
The Buddha and the Yogi/nis retreat series brings together three contemporary Buddhist and yogic masters to serve as guides for participants to actively explore, intellectually and experientially, some of the profound texts and practices from the yogic technologies associated with Tantric Mahayana Buddhism and Vedantic Hinduism, in the pristine hidden mountain valley of Menla, land of the Medicine Buddha. This year’s retreat explores the interface of Buddhism and yoga with the unique perspective we glean by looking through the eyes of the divine feminine. In both Buddhism and Vedantic yoga traditions, the feminine voice—expressed through numerous goddesses—has a strong presence…

Buddha & the Yogis: the Divine Feminine (Weekend)

With Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor and Robert AF Thurman

July 21 - 23, 2017
Menla Mountain Retreat
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…

Kālachakra Study & Practice Intensive

With Robert AF Thurman, Kim Desrosiers, Michael G. Burbank and Michele Loew

July 23 - 26, 2017
For the first time ever, Robert Thurman is offering a special Kālachakra Tantra study and practice intensive this July, for all those who have participated in a Kālachakra Initiation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, taking the requisite lay, bodhisattva, and tantric vows, and who are interested in deepening their understanding and practice of the Kālachakra Tantra. Thurman has attended over a dozen Kālachakra initiations and has led small groups through the complex initiation process conferred by the Dalai Lama, shedding light on its underlying philosophy and its complex symbolism. Having been preserved for centuries in the fabled kingdom of…

Mahasukha Cleanse Getaway

July 24 - 30, 2017
Menla Mountain Retreat
  This special spring Getaway features Menla's signature detox cleanse, designed by Jill Pettijohn to clear your body of toxic residues, rest your digestive tract, and boost your immune system -- all in a way that is easy to learn and integrate into your life after you return home. Our unique recipes have been developed to preserve the naturally occurring concentrated energy of fresh fruits and vegetables: added enzymes, minerals, vitamins, phyto-nutrients, antioxidants, and essential trace elements. Enjoy deluxe private accommodations, fresh, locally sourced, plant-based cuisine, and a variety of healthy activities in a truly magical environment. Whether you want…

Summer Lovin’ Weekend Getaway to the Catskills

With Charlene Lite

July 28 - 30, 2017
Are you dreaming of a summer escape just outside of the city? One where you can travel by public transportation, practice yoga daily (two classes on Saturday), eat delicious healthy food, meet like-minded individuals, make s'mores over a bonfire, swim in a pool, hike local trails...all surrounding the gorgeous catskill mountains? Well, I got you covered! Join me for a special three days/two nights weekend getaway to the beautiful Menla Retreat & Spa. Join NYC-based yoga instructor, Charlene Lite for a summer lovin’ weekend escape of yoga, delicious vegetarian meals, beautiful accommodations, unlimited hiking trails, bonfire gatherings, s’more-making, pool-dipping and…

(Re)Vision: Explore Your Stories, Shape Your Future: A Practice of Being Seen for Therapist-Healers

With Rebecca Wong, LCSW-R and Marisa Goudy, MA

August 13 - 16, 2017
How do you span the divide between hoping and doing, between dream and reality, between wounded and healed? You pause. You root into nature, into Spirit, into your body, into your history, and into what you know about the people you are here to help. When you see yourself clearly, you’re able to bring your vision into focus and you’re able to manifest the next big project or next big growth phase for your practice. (Re)Vision: Explore Your Stories, Create Your Future: A Practice of Being Seen Retreat for Therapists invites you to look within - to really look within.…

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
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 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
Please note at this time our rooms are booking up quickly. We only have a few spaces left. If you are unable to register for a room with us, we encourage guests to book our commuter and camping options. We have both camping spaces as well as our Deluxe Tent cabins available. Commuters please see local accommodations listed below: The Graham & Co. The Phoenicia Belle Bed and Breakfast Ray's Simpler Times The Emerson Resort and Spa We hope you can join us!   Schedule   Friday September 1st 3pm - 8pm Check-in 6:30pm - 7:30pm Dinner 8pm - Introducing Sri…

Real Love: Buddhist & Bhakti Practices of the Heart

With Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg, Robert AF Thurman and Lily Cushman

September 21 - 24, 2017
Join Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg and guest teacher Robert Thurman for a weekend immersion exploring a world of great possibility in Real Love: The Power of the Loving Heart. These two friends and colleague bring a lifetime of experience nurturing a greater capacity for love rooted in both the Buddhist and Bhakti traditions. In this weekend retreat, they offer practical tools and techniques to learn to distinguish between the skillful habits that lead to awareness and deeper connection, and the unskillful habits that reinforce our sense of separation. Whether consciously or unconsciously, we all live our lives searching for a…

Krishna Das Kirtan 2017

September 22 - 23, 2017
Friday September 22nd and Saturday September 23rd Tickets also available at the door   Schedule 7pm Will Call for Public Kirtan Ticket Holders 7:30pm Doors Open for Kirtan 8-10:30pm Kirtan with Krishna Das (open to public)

Shamans & Siddhas: Meeting at the Crossroads of Shamanism & Tantra

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…

Retreat Into Gratitude

With Stacia Nero and Daphne Lyon

October 6 - 8, 2017
Book now and get $50.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until Aug 2, 2017.
“GRATITUDE BESTOWS REVERENCE, ALLOWING US TO CREATE EVERYDAY EPIPHANIES; THOSE TRANSLUCENT MOMENTS OF AWE THAT CHANGE FOREVER HOW WE EXPERIENCE LIFE AND THE WORLD” ~ John Milton It is the time of year where Mother Nature calls us to come together, yet turn within to: reflect, connect, and give thanks. Fall is the perfect time to show appreciation for and return to kindness within ourselves, our communities, and the world around us! May we meditate on all of the abundance and gifts we have harvested in 2017. May we begin to sow the seeds for a more fulfilled life in…

Four Winds Advanced Divination MENLA ACCOMMODATIONS

October 15 - 20, 2017
In Advanced Divination, you will deepen your shamanic skills and align yourself even further with the signs presented by nature, randomness and chance events. You will learn how to master the shaman’s art of tracking and seeing, and how to create maps on the level of the soul for individuals and for the entire world. You will learn the art of the medical intuitive – how to read inside a person’s body to examine organs, systems, tissues, and to diagnose spiritual disease. Experience the power that your language has on healing, working from a place of pure stillness and deepest…

Four Winds The Great Gathering of Shamans MENLA ACCOMMODATIONS

October 20 - 22, 2017
Dr. Alberto Villoldo and The Four Winds Society invite you to join fellow students and graduates of the Light Body School for a weekend of celebration and ceremony. We will meet to renew our collective power and vision at the 2017 Great Gathering of Shamans. Requirements: Students and graduates (and family) Please note that you must register with The Four Winds prior to booking a room with us at Menla.   Sample schedule 4pm First day program starts 8 - 9am Breakfast 9am Morning Program 12:30 - 1:30am Lunch 1:30pm Afternoon Program 6 - 7am Dinner 8pm Evening ceremonies 12pm Last day program ends The…

Four Winds Mastery of Time MENLA ACCOMMODATIONS

October 22 - 27, 2017
In Mastery of Time you will dance at the razor’s edge where there is no clock time — at the place of infinity. In this powerful experiential class you will learn skills to master dream—time, sacred time, and linear time — and learn how the future can reach back to the present like a giant hand to guide us, and our clients, to a desired destiny. You will work with your personal timeline to source your life from your Destiny. You will also work globally, at the level of the collective, using tools such as sacred drama and an archetypal…

Sattva Rejuvenation Retreat: Regenerative Practices for Vinyasa Flow Teachers

With Dani McGuire(Vani)

October 30 - November 2, 2017
This year’s Sattva Rejuvenation retreat will be centered around Vani's upcoming book and the central practices of Sattva Vinyasa in Living a balanced life and harmonious relationships as expressed through her methods of a mondern day kriya yoga. We will have daily discussions around self care and self study themes in Vani's book as well as exploring the sattva vinyasa flow practice, chanting, updated sequences, and movement applications for a sustainable vinyasa flow practice and renewed teaching and embodiement. Each day will include free time for spa treatments, meditation, and movement exploration as a renewal for the sattva vinyasa teachers,…

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…


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,…

Real Love: Annual New Year’s Dharma & Yoga Retreat

With Sharon Salzberg, Robert AF Thurman, Carolyn Christie and Brooke Myers

December 27, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Mind, said Buddha, is the key to both happiness and unhappiness.   The untrained mind, only partially conscious, is often a victim of itself. During much of our waking life, we are not actually aware of what our minds are doing. All kinds of negative inclinations are continually being reinforced and we act because of thoughts of which we are only marginally aware. The Buddha taught mindfulness to counter this tendency, to wake us up from mindlessness, and to help us move forward to live with the enormous capacity we have as human beings for wisdom and compassion. The most important…