• Private Queen Shared Bath – $842.00
  • Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $688.00
  • Deluxe Quad (Shared Room) – $640.00
  • MENLA Standard Single – $668.00
  • MENLA Standard Double (Shared Room) – $608.00
  • MENLA Standard Triple (Shared Room) – $568.00
  • MENLA Standard Quad (Shared Room) – $548.00
  • Shared Dorm Housing – $500.00
  • Camping – $480.00
  • Commuter – $440.00

Pricing includes Accommodations, Meals and Tuition

Location: Menla Mountain Retreat

Address: 375 Pantherkill Rd, Phoenicia NY 12464

Amber Hallinan
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Buddha & the Yogis: the Divine Feminine (Weekend)

With Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor and Robert AF Thurman

July 21 - 23, 2017

While enlightenment in Mahayana Buddhism and Vedantic Hinduism is described as indescribable, it is evoked as experiencing the infinite universe as your very own body (Dharmakaya), while still energetically maintaining your effortless continuity of wisdom and compassion to help other beings also discover their own liberating oneness. The doorway to such enlightenment is a critical concentrative meditational search for knowledge of the ultimate ground reality, which is described as vajra, or Brahma, meaning adamantine, unbreakable, supremely powerful, or divine, and is equated with bliss-freedom-indivisible being-awareness-bliss.

The yoga tradition evolves through Indian spiritual history as the practical way of full body-mind realization of such exalted insight, gradually, delicately, and inexorably liberating the ordinary body-mind complex from its ego-centrist ignorance and corresponding constrictedness. In this workshop we will explore, intellectually and experientially, some of the texts and practices from the yogic technologies associated with both major nondualist traditions, with the aim of better understanding the potential and actuality of the Vajra or Brahma Body. We will refer to texts from Buddhist and Hindu traditions during the retreat.

Richard and John will teach yoga daily and Robert will join them for all lectures and question and answer sessions (please refer to the schedule below). This year once again we are offering an extended six-day program, split up into two parts, the week-long Intensive and the weekend Retreat. You may attend either part or the entire event.  You need not have attended last years program to register for and appreciate this one.

Join us for this totally unique, absolutely transformative, and very inspiring event!
All levels welcome!


Friday  July 21st

3 – 8pm Check-In

6 – 7pm Dinner

7:30pm Program

Saturday July 22nd

5:00 – 7:00am Mysore-style Open Yoga Practice
6:30 – 7:15am Beginner Yoga (Taylor)
7:15 – 9:15am Internal Form Yoga (Freeman)
9:30 – 10:30am Breakfast
10:45am – 12:00pm Chanting, Pranayama, Meditation (Freeman)
12:00 – 4:00pm Free time (Spa, pool, hiking trails)
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
4:00 – 5:45pm Afternoon Class (Thurman)
6:00 – 7:15pm Dinner
7:30 – 9:00pm Evening Discussion (Freeman & Thurman)

Sunday July 23rd

8 – 9am Breakfast & Check-Out

9:30 – 11:30am Program

12 – 1pm Lunch & Departure




Richard Freeman
A student of yoga since 1968 and is one of America’s foremost teachers of yoga. He has studied various traditions in Asia which he incorporates into the Ashtanga yoga practice as taught by his principal teacher, K. Pattabhi Jois. Richard is an avid student of both Western and Eastern philosophy, as well as Sanskrit. Richard’s metaphorical, often humorous, teaching style appeals to students of many backgrounds and nationalities. He teaches workshops and trainings throughout the world, and remains an avid student fascinated by the linking points between different traditions and cultures. He is the co-founder, with Mary, of the Yoga…
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Mary Taylor
Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971 while earning a degree in psychology. In the early 80’s, she moved to Boulder, CO and started studying yoga intensively with Richard Freeman. Until then, yoga had provided a means of relieving stress and honing a sense of focus and wellbeing. Then in 1988, Mary traveled to India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and began to see the overlay of yoga with her interests in food, cooking, movement, anatomy and art. Mary has authored three cookbooks and co-authored a book which explores yoga, meditation and finding one’s personal dharma as a…
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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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