Yuthok Retreat

With Eric Rosenbush

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…

Holy Grail Mary

November 4 - 6, 2016
Please note that pricing does not include meals.  Guests are more than welcome to join us for breakfast. You can purchase your meal for $15 a day. Please make sure you check the box when you check out. If you are interested in staying with us for Saturday night only please use this link to register.

Wisdom of Devotion and Love

With Krishna Das, Robert AF Thurman, Nina Rao and Keli Reddy

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…

Living Your Soul Fire

November 17 - 20, 2016
Living Your Soul Fire A Women’s Retreat November 17-20, 2016 Rest, restore and rejuvenate in nature, community and soul. Immerse yourself in space to expand, receive support and open to new ways of living. We will hold a gentle and easy schedule, with plenty of time for rejuvenation, and opportunities for connection, deep soul work and reflection.   Each day is structured to include council circles, ceremony and time on the land. Activities undertaken will be non-strenuous, with our main focus on connection and nourishing soul.  Participants will be asked to come with an understanding that their edges will be…


November 18 - 20, 2016
November 18 – 20, 2016 Awaken your path to success with Rebecca Gordon & Renee Rotkopf. This retreat is designed to deeply connect you with your higher purpose and to help you successfully manifest it here on earth. Whether you want to grow your own business, turn your passion project into a career or deeply transform your life, you will receive the tools and lifetime practices necessary to take your business and life to the next level of success and abundance. Through astrology, you’ll discover your career signature, life cycles, inner strengths, talents and personal strategies for success. And with Soul Brand, you will create a…

Embodied Anatomy and Yoga

With Kate Hagerman

December 2 - 4, 2016
  Sthira-Sukham Asanam Steadiness and Ease is the practice of yoga. -Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2.46 To be truly transformative, the yoga practice must be taken beyond a formulaic external approach and into the subtleties of the body systems, cells and awareness. Static poses become dynamic patterns of movement. In this healing retreat, we will deepen our sense of Sthira, (steadiness), and Sukha (ease) in the body-mind through an exploration of the transformative aspects of yoga asanas (postures). Surrounded by thousands of acres of forest preserve at the magical Menla Mountain Center for Health and Happiness we will withdraw from…

Liberation in the Bardo Between, According to Yuthok Yonten Gonpo

With Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and Robert AF Thurman

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…

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

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

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…