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…

Menla Cleanse Getaway

May 17 - 21, 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 to…

Menla Volunteer Trail Restoration Retreat

May 18 - 21, 2017
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…

Sage Sound Healing

May 19 - 21, 2017
2017  Sound Healing Certification With Sage Academy Of Sound Energy May 19 – 21, 2017 The Sage Academy Of Sound Energy offers a Certificate Program in SoundHealing — the study of the therapeutic effect of sound on human beings physiologically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.     The Certificate program is a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide students with a broad perspective on this expanding industry, enabling them to focus on their areas of interest.      The Certification program gets you to the point where you can utilize a variety of SoundHealing techniques for your own practice as a Sound Healer.  With…

Gratitude Yoga Spring Retreat

With Gemma Farrell

May 21 - 24, 2017
Take the time to step away from your daily routine and invite silence and stillness  to awaken you to the fullness of the present moment and the beauty of your essential nature. Our three-night retreat will include yoga, walks in the woods, meditation, mindfulness, spiritual practices, reading and journaling assignments, group discussions, and exercise to deepen understanding, develop discernment, and foster compassion. Discover open awareness and touch the peace of the present moment. Schedule: Sunday, May 21st 3 – 8.00pm Check-In 5 – 6.00pm Gathering/Meditation 6– 7.00pm Dinner 7.30 – 9.00pm Light Stretching Monday, May 22 – Tuesday, May 23…

Menla Volunteer Trail Restoration Retreat Part 2

June 1 - 4, 2017
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, loppers,…

The Calm, Quiet Center: A Yoga Retreat

With Kate Hagerman

June 2 - 4, 2017
How can we sustainably live our lives in these tumultuous times? Turn the attention inward, quiet the mind, calm the heart and sense your pure awareness. In this healing retreat, we will cultivate effortlessness and strength through yoga postures, breathing exercises and meditation. You will enjoy yoga in the tranquility of the Catskill Mountains as well as the delicious food, outdoor pool and spa at the Menla Center for Health and Happiness with Certified Embodied Anatomy and Yoga Teacher Kate Hagerman. Schedule: Friday, June 2th: 3-6pm | Arrival and Check-in 3-6pm | Hiking or Spa Treatments (must be booked in…

Ku Nye Massage: Therapies from the Tibetan Science of Healing

With Eric Rosenbush

June 9 - 14, 2017
The Healing Science of Tibet includes a vast ocean of therapeutic techniques, capable of restoring health, treating disease and rejuvenating the body. As the bodywork system of Tibetan Medicine, the art of Ku Nye Massage is based on the philosophy and yogic science of Tantric Buddhism. This lineage has been passed down through millennia within the lineages of Tibetan doctors, and is now available worldwide thanks to the kindness of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang. རྟག་ཏུ་བསྐུ་བྱུག་སྤྱོད་བྱེད་རྒས་ངལ་རླུང༌། ། “Practice Ku Nye regularly to overcome aging, fatigue, and loong (stress and disturbances of the vital energy).” – Four Tantras of Tibetan Medicine The practice…

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…

ENLIGHTENED ACTION: Stability, Coherence and Awareness in Challenging Times

With Aaron Dias and Annie Piper

June 15 - 18, 2017
When the world around you feels the most imbalanced, your inner world requires the greatest attention. That’s why Annie and Aaron are inviting you to a 3-night experience in cultivating stability, coherence and awareness. Together we will access tools for bringing the energy body back into alignment, removing blockages, building fresh life force where it has been depleted, and channeling empowered energy toward our most passionate causes. In addition to vigorous vinyasa, yin, meditation, breath work, community work and ceremony, we will have plenty of quiet time to peacefully soak in the greatest healer of all–Mother Nature.    Annie and Aaron are…

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.

Re-Nature Feng Shui: Luminosity of the Five Elements

With Maureen Calamia

June 25 - 27, 2017
Join us in this experiential workshop that builds on the Re-Nature Feng Shui philosophy: the human-nature connection, earth energies, psychology and transcendental practice. We will dive into the Five Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water) of Feng Shui and Eastern philosophy. The Five Elements are within us and everything in the natural world. How we relate to each Element and its presence in our lives shapes our stories. We will work on a deep level with each Element in nature and within us. At this workshop you will learn: How to Identify with your Element What you need for…

Buddha & the Yogi/Nis: 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…

Kālachakra Study & Practice Intensive

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

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…

Summer Lovin’ Weekend Getaway to the Catskills

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.

(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
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
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! Friday 9/1/2017: 3pm – 8pm- Check-in 6:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner 8pm – Introducing Sri M to the…

Real Love: Buddhist & Bhakti Practices of the Heart

With Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg and Robert AF Thurman

September 21 - 24, 2017
Join Sharon Salzberg and Krishna Das 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 sense of belonging, yet…

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)

Menla Cleanse Getaway

October 2 - 8, 2017
Menla Mountain Retreat
This special fall 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 to…

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 First day program starts – 4:00 pm Breakfast – 8:00 – 9:00 am Morning Program – 9:00 am Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 am Afternoon Program – 1:30 pm…

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…

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,…