• Bear Downstairs Volunteer Bed – $520.00
  • Getaway Deluxe Queen – $799.00
  • Getaway Private Queen – $771.00
  • Getaway Deluxe Double – $957.00
  • Getaway Deluxe Double (Shared Bath) – $698.00
  • Getaway Deluxe Quad – $679.00
  • Deluxe Queen – $520.00
  • Private Queen – $757.00
  • Private Queen Shared Bath – $520.00
  • Deluxe Double (Shared Room) – $520.00
  • Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $520.00
  • Deluxe Quad (Shared Room) – $520.00
  • Standard Shared Housing – $655.00
  • MENLA Deluxe Queen – $757.00
  • MENLA Private Queen – $733.00
  • MENLA Private Queen Shared Bath – $726.00
  • MENLA Deluxe Double (Shared Room) – $685.00
  • MENLA Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $670.00
  • MENLA Deluxe Quad (Shared Room) – $654.00
  • MENLA Standard Single – $520.00
  • MENLA Standard Double (Shared Room) – $520.00
  • MENLA Standard Triple (Shared Room) – $520.00
  • MENLA Standard Quad (Shared Room) – $520.00
  • Shared Dorm Housing – $520.00
  • Camping – $520.00
  • MENLA Commuter – $605.00
  • Commuter (NO MEALS) – $610.00
  • Commuter (no meals) – $550.00
  • Commuter Half Day – $565.00

Location: Menla Mountain Retreat

Address: 375 Pantherkill Rd, Phoenicia NY 12464

Nate Hughes
8456886897 ext 7507

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Creation to Completion

August 28 - 29, 2016

Creation_logo_april28A 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 own words, “us, Grandmothers, should reunite again and pray for each other, make prayers like when we started… and have gratitude for all who have helped us and followed us.”

To date the following Grandmothers have confirmed their presence for this retreat:
Aama Bombo (Tamang)
Agnes Pilgrim (Takelma/Siletz)
Bernadette Rebienot (Omyene)
Clara Shinobu Iura (Japanese/Brazilian)
Julieta Casimiro (Mazatec)
Maria Alice Campos Freire (Brazilian)
Mona Polacca (Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa)
Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance (Oglala Lakota)
Rita Pitka Blumenstein (Yup’ik)
Tsering Dolma Gyaltong (Tibetan)

After thirteen Grandmothers Council gatherings, which were held in the homelands of each grandmother since their first meeting at Menla in 2004, we invite you to join us for a unique opportunity to bring the Grandmothers prayer to completion.

If you would like a private room or housing, we will help locate that for you since Menla is sold out of their single and double rooms. 
Alternatively, here is list of places that still might have availability. 
Also, a shuttle will be making local stops to pick people up daily who are staying within a 5-7 mile radius of Menla. 
Please reserve housing as soon as possible as space is limited.
Thank you!

For local hotel rooms and lodging please click here.

Note: Reservations should be made as soon as possible as this event takes place during the busiest part of the season.

Still available at Menla: Camping.


Day 1, Thursday, August 25th

3:30 pm Registration
5:00 pm – 6:45 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Opening Fire Ceremony (Field)
8:00 Prayer Ceremony in honor of the late Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance with Grandmother Beatrice’s family (Field)

Day 2, Friday, August 26th

6:00 am Sweatlodge
7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am Grandmother Tsering Dolma Prayer Homage Ceremony with Tenzin Robert Thurman (Main Hall)
11:00 am Grandmother Aama Prayer Ceremony (Field)
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Grandmother Mona Prayer Ceremony (Field)
4:30 pm Grandmother Rita Blumenstein Prayer Ceremony (Field)
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Grandmother’s Storytelling – Creation (Main Hall)
10:00 pm Labyrinth of Light (Pond)

Day 3, Saturday, August 27th

6:00 am – Sweatlodge
7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am Grandmother Maria Alice Prayer Ceremony (Pond)
11:30 am Grandmother Clara Prayer Ceremony (Yoga Studio)
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Grandmothers Healing Circle (Main Hall)
4:30 pm Grandmother Julieta Prayer Ceremony (Field)
5:30  pm – 7:30 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Grandmother Bernadette Prayer Ceremony (Field)

Day 4, Sunday, August 28th

6:00 am – Sweatlodge
7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am Grandmother Rita Long Visitor Prayer Ceremony (Field)
11:30 am Grandmother Agnes Prayer Ceremony (Main Hall)
12:30 pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:30 pm Gratitude & Gifting Ceremony (Field)
4:30 pm Closing Ceremony (Field)
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Gratitude Feast (Field)
6:00 pm Sweatlodge

Day 5, August 29th (Extra night)

6:00 am – Sweatlodge

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Check-out

To extend your stay until the morning of August 29th, please contract


Please note that this program is subject to change