• Deluxe Queen – $860.00
  • Private Queen – $780.00
  • Private Queen Shared Bath – $760.00
  • Deluxe Double (Shared Room) – $680.00
  • Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $660.00
  • Quad (Shared Room) – $530.00
  • Tent Cabin Single – $520.00
  • Tent Cabin Camping Double – $490.00
  • Camping – $460.00
  • Commuter – $440.00

Pricing includes Accommodations, Meals and Tuition

Location: Menla

Address: 375 Pantherkill Rd, Phoenicia NY 12464

[email protected]
(845) 688-6897 ext 7507

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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

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 critical inquiry (vipassana). This critical distance, when learned, can be a powerful complement to other forms of therapy and can sometimes be a treatment in its own right.

Throughout the weekend we will teach, discuss, question and practice elements of the Buddhist approach.

Comparisons will be proposed to contemporary trends in Western psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Meditation instruction and time for silent reflection will be offered and relevant teachings from Buddhist philosophy will be described.

12-Step Meetings at Menla

Menla will be sponsoring two open 12-step meetings for anyone actively recovering from, or interested in recovering from, alcohol, drugs, and other addictions. A topic or short reading will be chosen to start the meeting, followed by round-robin sharing. Prior attendance of 12-step meetings not required—open to all with an open mind!  

We will also offer a one hour discussion-based introduction to 12-step recovery, with Q&A, for those not aware of what 12-step programs are and how they work.  (All meetings will be held in the Tara Sanctuary)


Friday, August 18th

3 – 8 pm | Check in
6 – 7 pm | 
7:30 pm | 
Welcome Program (Nalanda Conference Center) 


Saturday, August 19th

7 – 8 am | Open 12-Step Meeting (Tara Sanctuary)
7 – 8 am | Tibetan Nejang Longevity Yoga (Nalanda Conference Center)
8 – 9 am | 
9:30 – 12 pm | 
Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
12 – 1 pm | 
1– 2pm | Spirituality and Addiction: Intro to 12-Step Recovery (Tara Sanctuary)
2 – 4 pm | Free time for Spa Treatments, Hiking
4 – 6 pm | 
Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
6 – 7 pm | 
7:30 pm | 
Program (Nalanda Conference Center) 


Sunday, August 20th

7 – 8 am | Open 12-Step Meeting (Tara Sanctuary)
7 – 8 am | Tibetan Nejang Longevity Yoga (Nalanda Conference Center)
8 – 9 am | Breakfast
9:30 – 12 pm | Closing Program (Nalanda Conference Center)
12 – 1 pm | 
Lunch and Departure 

*Please note schedule is subject to change.


SCRC is an approved 
CE provider for 3 accreditation agencies: 
  • American Psychological Association: Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for its programs and their content.
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association. LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
  • Please check with your state licensing organization as to the acceptance of the above credits.

***Please check with your state licensing organization as to the acceptance of the above credits. If 14 CE’s are desired, additional cost is $35 by check payable to “SCRC” at the event. Participants must attend all sessions, starting at 7:30 pm Aug 18 2017, to receive 14 hours of credit. No partial credit will be given. Partial credit is not available for those who miss any of the registered times***


Mark Epstein, M.D.
Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism & psychotherapy, including Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being, Open to Desire, Psychotherapy without the Self & The Trauma of Everyday Life. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and is currently Clinical Assistant Professor in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University. For more information about Mark Epstein, M.D. please visit
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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 U.S. and its Menla retreat and spa in service of H. H. the Dalai Lama and 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, a passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, a skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is the newly published 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life…
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