• Deluxe Queen – $1,736.00
  • Private Queen – $1,611.00
  • Private Queen Shared Bath – $1,573.00
  • Deluxe Double (Shared Room) – $1,356.00
  • Deluxe Quad (Shared Room) – $1,189.00
  • MENLA Standard Single – $1,242.00
  • MENLA Standard Double (Shared Room) – $1,128.00
  • MENLA Standard Triple (Shared Room) – $1,052.00
  • MENLA Standard Quad (Shared Room) – $1,014.00
  • Shared Dorm Housing – $923.00
  • Camping – $885.00
  • Commuter – $826.00

Pricing includes Accommodations, Meals and Tuition

Location: Menla Mountain Retreat

Address: 375 Pantherkill Rd, Phoenicia NY 12464

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(845) 688-6897 ext 7507

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Tibetan Secrets of Longevity: Ancient Practices for Increased Health & Long Life

With Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and Robert AF Thurman

June 14 - 18, 2017

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 techniques to heighten the intuition and healing capacities of the doctor.

In this very special retreat Dr Nida will confer the empowerment for the Long Life practices from the Yuthok Nyingthig. These practices eliminate and prevent illness, lengthen the life span of the practitioner and bring all levels of spiritual accomplishment. As the great master, Guru Rinpoche said, ‘of all activities, the first should be long life practice. If life is long, it can be virtuous, and the purpose of this life and the next can be achieved.”

Included within the long life empowerment is a very special ‘La (Tib: བླ) Hooking’ ritual. La is our subtle life force, the pure energy of the five elements that circulates within the body according to the lunar cycle. The la protects and nourishes both the physical body and the mind. La energy can be compromised due to chronic illness, stress, physical or emotional trauma, or aggressive medical treatments. Traditionally it is said that our la energy could also be ‘stolen’ by negative influences. Signs of loss of la energy include lack of strength and stability in the physical body, chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression, and a mind that is full of confusion and doubts. In this very special ritual from the Yuthok Nyingthig root text, Dr Nida will ‘hook’ back the lost la from the ten directions and bring it back into one’s own body in order to restore physical health and vitality, happiness and clarity. Instruction will be given on how to perform this practice for both self and others.

According to Tibetan Medicine, ultimate health can only be achieved when approached from the perspective of body, energy, and mind together. In this retreat Dr Nida will explain the principles of Tibetan Medicine, teach Tibetan healing yoga and breathwork, as well as give dietary and herbal advice, so that participants receive a complete understanding of how to attain physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.



Wednesday June 14th

3-8pm Arrival & Check-in
6-7pm  Dinner by the Lhasa Inn
7:30pm  Welcome & Introductory Program (Ahimsa Yoga Studio)

Thursday, June 15th – Saturday, June 17th

7-8am  Morning Nejang Yoga & Breathing Practices (Ahimsa Yoga Studio)
8-9am  Breakfast
9:30-11:45am  Practices & Teachings (Ahimsa Yoga Studio)
12-1pm  Lunch
1-4pm Free Time & Mahasukha Spa Therapies
4-6 pm  Practices & Teachings (Ahimsa Yoga Studio)
6-7pm  Dinner
7:30pm  Evening Program

Sunday, June 18th

7-8am Morning Nejang Yoga & Breathing Practices (Ahimsa Yoga Studio)
8-9am Breakfast
9:30-11:45am Practices & Teachings (Ahimsa Yoga Studio)
12-1pm  Lunch & Check-out

Note: Schedule is subject to change at anytime



To compliment the rejuvenation process, the Mahasukha spa will be open daily during the session breaks to receive Tibetan medical therapies. Dr Nida and other practitioners will be available for individual consultations, guidance, and treatments. Participants can also use dry and steam saunas at the Mahasukha spa to enhance their experience.


Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
Dr. Nida Chenagtsang was born in Amdo, in Eastern Tibet. Interested in the traditional healing science of his people, he began his early medical studies at the local Tibetan Medicine hospital. Later he gained scholarship entry to Lhasa Tibetan Medical University, where he completed his medical education in 1996. Dr. Nida completed his practical training at the Tibetan Medicine hospitals in Lhasa and Lhoka. Dr. Nida has published many articles and books on Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine). He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan healing methods, and has gained high acclaim in the East and West for his revival of traditional…
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Robert AF Thurman
Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it’s Menla Retreat & Spa in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is the 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of…
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