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 Retreat

October 7 - 10, 2016
The Sacred Vessel is a retreat that encompasses yoga, meditation, sound, silence, and creativity medicine. Not only will there be physical practice, an opening to a deeper perception of your body in connection to nature will unfold. Daily yoga classes, meditations and experiential exercises, clinics to explore and review your body in the poses, sacred objects, and togetherness. Something sacred and nurturing for all aspects of the self. This retreat will be led and facilitated by Claudia Debs, a Brooklyn based teacher with 20 years teaching and practice experience in yoga, creative performance, energy exploration and transformation. — www.claudiadebs.com/the-sacred-vessel  

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…

Fall All-Level Yoga Retreat

October 14 - 16, 2016
Fall All-Levels Yoga Retreat Spend a weekend full of yoga and friendship at Menla Mountain Retreat Center.  Escape from the everyday stresses of life and transform your health and well-being for the upcoming year with daily meditation, all-levels Vinyasa flows, deeply restorative Yin yoga classes, and a moving Ritual Healing 2-hour workshop.   You can optionally enjoy ample time for relaxing outdoors near the lake, wandering the hiking trails or immerse yourself in the new Tibetan-inspired destination spa for healing treatments.   About Georgette Kaftan Georgette is a Registered Yoga Teacher certified in Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yin Yoga. Her teaching…

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…

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…

Liberation in the Bardo Between, According to Yuthok Yonten Gonpo

December 16 - 19, 2016
The famous Tibetan physician and NYingma adept, Yuthok Yonten Gonpo taught a special Bardo yoga within his widely used Yuthok Nyingtig teachings. “YUTHOK NYINGTHIG BARDO YOGA, The Self-Manifested Sambhogakaya of the Self-Arising Three Kayas of the Completion Stage” is the name of the short text translated by Dr. Nida andhis students, which we will use for the retreat, supplemented by texts from the Book of Natural Liberation by Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava. Dr. Nida will confer the blessing of the Yuthok Nyingthig Bardo Yoga, and will give instructions in the corresponding meditation practices.   Friday, December 16th 3 – 8pm Check-In…

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.  The warmth from the fireplace will keep things cozy: It will be a serene escape from all the holiday rush that you so desperately want to leave behind for a peaceful weekend like no other. Bring your family or just come yourself.  Either way, this will be a holiday you won’t forget. Package Includes: Deluxe private accommodations; a complementary massage, plus use of our steam rooms and saunas; daily morning yoga; guided meditation; a variety…

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

December 27, 2016 - January 1, 2017
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…