• Heal Your Mind & Body at Dewa Spa

  • Study with World-Class Teachers

  • Practice in One of Our Unique Venues

  • Expand Your Awareness with Meditation

  • Go Hiking in the Catskill Mountains

  • Enjoy Delicious Nourishing Farm-to-Table Cuisine

  • Menla is a Project of Tibet House US,

    the Dalai Lama’s Cultural Center in NYC


Menla Create-Your-Own Getaway

Flexible Dates
Build a custom escape vacation by choosing activities à la carte. Only two hours from New York City, Menla lies in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. De-stress on more than 300 acres of private wilderness. Unspoiled natural beauty adjoins state land, creating endless opportunities for wildlife spotting and discovering secret hideaways. Let fresh air, light, water, movement, and sound envelop your senses in the mystical act of forest bathing. Serenity A unique experience awaits with the ability to distance yourself from others while finding zen. Use the essence of nature to restore your mind and spirit in a peaceful refuge,…

Volunteer Trailwork Weekend

With Michael G. Burbank

May 24 - 27, 2024
Long before Tibet House was gifted the 330-acre Menla property, an extensive web of hiking trails allowed guests to experience the magic, serenity, and natural splendor of our enchanted forest. With the help of intrepid volunteers over the years, we have restored several of the old trails on our property completely, and each year we tend those trails in the spring, clearing away leaves and storm debris and grooming them for guests to use the rest of the year. Any extra time we have after the annual maintenance is finished is used to remove invasive plants, build bridges, further restore…

Devoted to Wisdom: Celebrating Buddhism & Bhakti Yoga

With Krishna Das, Robert A.F. Thurman and Nina Rao

May 30 - June 2, 2024
Join internationally-acclaimed presenters, Krishna Das and Tenzin Bob Thurman, for a celebratory spring Catskills retreat at Menla, exploring the interplay of evolutionary action, wisdom, and loving devotion on the spiritual path. Drawing from their personal experiences with their gurus, their travels in India, and their wise devotion to ancient Indo-Tibetan spiritual teachings and practices, Krishna Das will offer fun workshops with Q&A and two evening kirtans, and Thurman will offer riveting Dharma talks interconnecting Mahayana and Krishnayana, guided meditation, and Q&A sessions. Nina will share traditional chanting of Hindu and Buddhist mantras in the morning program. Close friends and colleagues…

GROW A NEW BODY: One week of healing, renewal and wisdom

With Alberto Villoldo Ph.D

June 3 - 9, 2024
Lay the foundation for a healthy body that ages slowly and joyfully by combining shamanic energy medicine with cutting-edge neuroscience and biology, detox strategies and power-plant foods you can use to switch on your cells' innate ability to regenerate and repair. Detoxifying your body and upgrading your brain The human body has become a toxic wasteland as environmental poisons continue to find their way onto our dinner plates, our skin, and into our drinking water. We help you remove toxins from every cell in your body, including your brain. Eating daily nutritious smoothies, fresh veggies with low protein meals, no…

Garden Volunteer Retreat

With Aaron 'Water' Piepszny

June 6 - 9, 2024
The garden, forest, and landscaping at Menla supports the enjoyment and nourishment of many beautiful, rare, and important pollinators, birds, and humans. Come exponentiate our stewardship of the glorious space that is the Menla ecosystem. We will create forest garden beds to increase water retention, build soil, and sequester carbon, weed the garden beds to focus the energy of these areas to our perennial nectary and food plants, rake leaves to turn into fertility-building mulch, and remove invasive species that crowd out our valuable native species. We need help from people like you! The work is quite rewarding, knowing that a…

Friends of Fungi: a Hiking, Foraging, & Mushroom Cultivation Retreat

With John Michelotti, Erwin Karl, Gabriela D’Elia and Aubrey Carter

June 7 - 9, 2024
From the largest living organism in the world to the creation of soil, fungi play an essential role for life on earth. They have been recycling and helping to heal the planet for centuries. Now we can partner with fungi to improve our lives through appreciating the food and medicines this extraordinary kingdom has to offer. Join John Michelotti this June for an all-levels mushroom cultivation and foraging weekend workshop at Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa in Phoenicia, New York. Participants will create/inoculate and take home: - Indoor Oyster mushroom grow kit - Outdoor Winecap Mushroom Starter - Chaga tincture…

Finding Safety In Yourself & Others

With Luis Mojica

June 12 - 16, 2024
Safety comes from inside of our bodies. Think of all the times your environment was peaceful or you were around loving people, yet your body was still bracing or experiencing anxiety. There’s a good reason for this. When we have trauma and chronic stress, our bodies live in a state of bracing from remembered and expected threat. Our nervous systems focus on what could go wrong instead of what is going right -- not because we’re negative or broken, but because the body is so focused on surviving that it doesn’t feel the reality of its survival. A body that…

Refuge in the Nature of the Heart Retreat with Yoga, Mantra, and Music

With Nina Rao, Shamina Rao and Keli Lalita Reddy

June 13 - 16, 2024
Nina is so happy to be joined by her sister and yogini, Shamina and friend in practice and life, Keli Lalita --their wish is for this retreat to be restful and rejuvenating for all. Nina will share her long-standing kirtan (call-and-response chanting in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions) practice during the nightly kirtans. During the day, she will share other modes of mantra practice including longer-form prayers such as the Hanuman Chalisa and also Prayers to Goddess. Tracing the roots of mantra practice, Nina will also teach and share some fundamental Veda chants including the Gayatri mantra and Shanti mantra that we can incorporate into daily individual practice as well.…

Sparks of Divinity: A Summer Solstice Iyengar Yoga Retreat

With Susan-Elena Esquivel

June 20 - 23, 2024
"It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity." — B.K.S. Iyengar. Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. What better time to get together to celebrate the source of all life—the life force energy within us—and to give thanks for the blessings that we are always receiving. The Earth constantly provides for all of us with her incredible bounty, and the Sun’s warmth provides the light necessary for all living beings to thrive and prosper. Summer is also a good time to connect with nature and move more deeply into our yoga…

Cultivating Joy: A Ketamine-assisted Mindfulness Retreat for Professionals

With Jayne Gumpel, LCSW, Seema Desai, MD, Rohini Kanniganti MD, MSPH, HMDC, Lisa Wang MD, Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC and David Gumpel M.A

June 20 - 23, 2024
Application Fee: $2850 plus housing and medical intake Join us at beautiful Menla in the Catskills! Welcome to Cultivating Joy ~ A Ketamine Assisted Mindfulness Retreat for professionals looking to cultivate and deepen their practice with groups through experiential education. This is a safe, structured retreat led by a staff of licensed and highly experienced therapists and physicians in the beautiful Catskill Mountains at MENLA Retreat and Spa. ~Meet at the intersection of science and spirituality~ Participation in this retreat begins with an  application to attend This four-day retreat is designed for licensed professionals. The program design focuses on supporting…

Show Up with Love: Nidra and Restorative Yoga

With Libby Nicholaou

June 21 - 23, 2024
Immerse yourself in a supportive environment held by nature and community, as you experience the benefits of restorative yoga and Nidra on this weekend retreat following the Summer Solstice. Restorative yoga is a practice of compassion. The nature of the practice – gentle, soft, supportive – reminds us how to gently care for ourselves. It offers the chance to turn inward and listen deeply to our true radiant being. Yoga Nidra is a practice of remembrance. It offers the opportunity to let go of what we see on the outside and open up to our wisdom within. It guides us…

Foundations of Yoga Nidra: Five Day Immersion

With Tracee Stanley and Chanti Tacoronte-Perez

June 23 - 27, 2024
Experiential Practice and Retreat This immersion is an experiential deep dive into the foundations of Yoga Nidra as a technique. Supported by the wisdom of the subtle body, nature, and yogic philosophy, we will explore cosmic sleep as a path toward deep rest, spiritual awakening, and collective care. This course is available for CEU credits for Yoga Alliance and is a prerequisite for the Empowered Wisdom Yoga Nidra Training.. Your guides, Tracee Stanley (author of Radiant Rest) and Chanti Tacoronte-Perez (author of Yantra Wisdom), share a collective 40 years of Yoga Nidra practice, study, and devotion. The topics covered will…

13th Annual Sage Academy Summer SoundHealing Intensive

With Silvia Nakkach, M.A., MMT, Lea Garnier, Angell Deer, Katya Valomova and Scott Williams

June 28 - 30, 2024
In 2011 Sage Academy of Sound, located in Woodstock NY, created the 1st annual SoundHealing retreat intensive at Menla. After directly experiencing the healing benefits of sound, and dedicated to sharing this with others, the founders created a platform that would give sound pioneers a beautiful environment to share their knowledge, rest and explore. Thirteen years later, this program, led by Sage Academy director & founder, Lea Garnier, continues to inspire many on the healing path of vibrational medicine. The world’s foremost experts in the art and science of SoundHealing will come together to immerse retreat participants in the sacred…

Ascending the Mystical Mountain: Sonic Tibetan Healing Journey

With Lama Lhanang Rinpoche, LARAAJI and Arji OceAnanda

July 3 - 7, 2024
This one-of-a-kind retreat weaves together ancient Tibetan teachings, practices and ceremonies with cutting-edge celestial trance music, therapeutic laughter, sound bath and “playshop” experiences, among other inspiring offerings. Master of the Tibetan Nyingma Longchen Nying-Thig lineage, Lama Lhanang Rinpoche teams up with pioneering ambient musicians and sound healers, Swami Laraaji NadaBrahmananda and Arji OceAnanda Cakouros for an immersive healing retreat experience unlike any other. Through the skillful use of chant voice, gong tone performance, celestial zither, intuitive voice, gentle percussive sound textures, and nature sounds, a richly supportive atmosphere will be created as an outer setting for deep inner connection and…

Garden Volunteer Retreat

With Aaron 'Water' Piepszny

July 11 - 14, 2024
The garden, forest, and landscaping at Menla supports the enjoyment and nourishment of many beautiful, rare, and important pollinators, birds, and humans. Come exponentiate our stewardship of the glorious space that is the Menla ecosystem. We will create forest garden beds to increase water retention, build soil, and sequester carbon, weed the garden beds to focus the energy of these areas to our perennial nectary and food plants, rake leaves to turn into fertility-building mulch, and remove invasive species that crowd out our valuable native species. We need help from people like you! The work is quite rewarding, knowing that a…

Rejuvenate & Rediscover: Women’s Yoga & Workshop Retreat

With Samantha Demick, PMP, ICP, Kara Morelli CYT, 200 and Brittany Peo, MA, LMT

July 12 - 14, 2024
Immerse yourself in the healing power of nature at our exclusive women's wellness retreat nestled in the majestic Catskill Mountains. Let the whispers of the trees and the songs of the birds guide you on a journey of self-discovery and renewal. Our accommodations include the historic cabin that once housed the Dalai Lama, creating a sacred space for you to connect with the energy of this tranquil setting. Engage in tailored workshops and yoga classes that will help you tap into your divine feminine energy and awaken your authentic self. Experience the transformative power of sound baths, self-massage, and aromatherapy…

The Real Deal Summer Reset: A 3-day Wellness Retreat

With Lisa Bondy ERYT 5000, INHC

July 14 - 17, 2024
A rejuvenating exploratory immersed in nature to energize, restore, clarify + calm through the healing practices of yoga, meditation + so much more. Join Lisa for an inspired deep dive into health and healing. Expect to embrace and adopt trusted yoga and meditation practices, all-powerful catalysts to enable the emergence of your most vital, vibrant, and robust self. Together, we will welcome our whole selves. Join us as we move from exhaustion to energy; from grief to gratitude; from despair to delight; from confusion to clarity; from rift to repair, and from wounded to wonder. Menla is an elevated experience…

Interfaith Wellness Retreat

With Dr. Alyssa M. Cady and Dr. James Bae DACM, E-RYT, C-IAYT

July 15 - 18, 2024
Join us for a restorative week of conversation and spiritual renewal, sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Dialogue at Temple Emanu-El, Manhattan. We seek to foster an inclusive, welcoming getaway in which members of all faith traditions may engage in meaningful dialogue while enjoying the therapeutic setting of the Menla Resort and Spa. Led by experts in the field, our morning seminars will explore such topics as Tibetan Buddhism, common themes in global religions, and spiritual practice in the modern era. A wide array of optional yoga, meditation, and Qi gong classes will be offered daily for those wishing to…

Eros, Alchemy, and the Shadow: Tantra Intensive

With Laura Carrotti

July 17 - 21, 2024
This intensive offers different ways of liberating blocked or repressed life force. When sexual energy flows, life flows, affecting not only our sexuality but our overall health and happiness. We will explore our relationship with our bodies, our sexuality, with our inner masculine and feminine aspects, as well as the repercussions that those relationships bring about in the relationships we have in the outer world. It will function like a diagnostic. It’s a chance to really look deeply and get an honest assessment of where you are. We use the energy of the group, dynamic meditations, yoga, and movement to…

GOOD MOVE SUMMER RETREAT: Joy, creativity, and connection through movement!

With JULES BAKSHI

July 18 - 21, 2024
Each GOOD MOVE retreat is a one-of-a-kind experience designed to bring you joy, healing, and mind-body rejuvenation through movement.  This summer join Jules Bakshi, founder of GOOD MOVE, and senior GOOD MOVE instructor, Shoshi Moyer, for four incredible days at Menla.  Tend to your body, mind, and spirit and let yourself be enveloped by nature's embrace as you reconnect with your sense of play and with your body’s infinite wisdom. Through layers of movement exploration, creative play, meditation, and intentional time in nature, we’ll build confidence, self-trust, physical strength, emotional resilience, and most of all, we’ll have so much fun!…

The Feminine Flow: Past Life Regression, Sound Healing, Yoga, Meditation & Spiritual Painting

With Alica Fuks and Lisa Annese

July 19 - 21, 2024
Join Lisa Annese and Alica Fuks who will support and guide you to connect with and embrace your divine feminine energy this summer. Learn how to flow with your spiritual soul and inner essence through love, grace, creation, gratitude, humility and trusting your intuition in a safe space, surrounded by the elements of nature, during your retreat stay at the beautiful Menla Resort & Spa. We look forward to sharing this special time of learning and remembering who you are as we work together to embody and honor the beauty of your authenticity and womanhood as it relates to your…

Somatic Ecology: Embodying Sustainability

With Iquwah Bezuyen and Aaron 'Water' Piepszny

July 19 - 21, 2024
Your whole being is invited to open and hear the Earth speak. Utilizing the principles of sustainability as a guide, this weekend immersion will explore how our physical and energetic bodies can interface with the Earth, Self, and Other in a balanced, connected, and regenerative way. Forest bathing, mindfulness practices, and nature walks will accompany learning basic and intermediate gardening/permaculture skills, including starting plants from seed, transplanting, propagating perennials, and identifying wild plants/foraging for food and medicine to align our beings with the cycles of Earth’s abundance. We will practice Qi Gong to attune our whole beings in receptivity to…

Introduction to Vajrayoga: Summer Immersion

With Robert A.F. Thurman and Michele Loew

July 26 - 29, 2024
Join us for a weekend of yoga and inspiring meditations and dharma talks with Bob and Michele as we dive into the practices of Vajrayoga. Vajrayoga is Tibet House US’s school of yoga and Indian inner science, teaching the physical and meditative practices common to both Hatha and Buddhist traditions and designed to open your body to ultimate health, vitality, and inner freedom. Vajrayoga sets yogic practices within the context of deep spirituality, the principles of enlightenment, and it deepens an understanding of the scientific basis of being ethical, to be evolutionary skillful, compassionate, wise, and joyous. In this retreat Michele…

Sacred Metals: Standing Gongs/Himalayan Singing Bowls, Bells & Shruti Songs

With Lea Garnier

July 26 - 28, 2024
TRAINING CERTIFICATION: Module 2 of 3 This certification program teaches how to utilize a variety of Sound Healing techniques for your own practice as a Sound Healer. With a certificate from The Sage Academy of Sound, students should be better equipped to serve as practitioners, specialists, volunteers, interns, or even as members of a multidisciplinary treatment team within a health center or a community agency, as well as in a private healing or counseling practice. We believe that the only way to truly absorb the teachings is by total immersion and abundant practice time. The retreat style setting limits outside…
Igniting Your Inner Fire: Tummo Meditation Retreat with Robert A.F. Thurman, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and James Bae June 11th - June 14th, 2020 Presented by Pure Land Farms and Tibet House US | Menla Online!

Restoring the Soul of Vitality: Rejuvenation, Tibetan Yoga and Yuthok Healing Meditations

With Dr. James Bae DACM, E-RYT, C-IAYT

August 1 - 4, 2024
In this special Rejuvenation and Healing Yoga retreat, James Bae will continue to guide Sowa Rigpa Rejuvenation practices along with an introduction to healing meditations from the Yuthok medical tradition and other essential self-healing practices. In times of stress, emotional upheaval, loss and trauma, our vital energy (loong), essence (dang) and 'soul' energy (bla) get weakened. We will explore the main self-healing methods in the Buddhist and Tibetan medical tradition to increase the life energy in order to create positive circumstances for our health to flourish. These traditional practices will be made accessible and simplified for home practice. In addition…

The Deep Space Experience – Cosmic Forest: A sound, yoga and breathwork retreat

With John Minks, Billy Pinkerton and Anne Marie Miller

August 2 - 4, 2024
“A person does not hear sound only through the ears; he hears sound through every pore of the body. It permeates the entire being, and according to its particular influence, either slows or quickens the rhythm of the blood circulation; it either awakens or soothes the nervous system” ― Hazrat Inayat Khan Are you ready to go Deep again? We invite you to the 5th Deep Space Retreat, an immersive exploration of sound, yoga, and breathwork set in the magic of 330 acres of pristine mountain forests. Join us for three days of rejuvenation, expansion, and bliss, including breathwork meditations,…

HOLOTROPIC BREATHWORK® WORKSHOP: EXPLORING INTEGRATION OF EXPANDED STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS

With Dr. Laurane McGlynn, Jeffrey Warren and Yulia Meshoyrer

August 4 - 7, 2024
Supporting the synthesis of mind and body after experiencing an expanded state of consciousness. Opening the heart, strengthening the body, calming the mind and lifting the spirit.   Holotropic Breathwork™ is a powerful experiential breathing process that allows for self-exploration and healing. With the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath and the music in the room to enter an expanded state of consciousness. This state activates the natural inner healing potential of the breather, or "inner healer", which guides the experience. We create a safe and supportive setting, with highly trained and experienced Holotropic Breathwork and Grof…

Cultivating the Joy of Sexuality & Intimacy: A Ketamine-assisted Retreat for Couples

With Jayne Gumpel, LCSW, David Gumpel M.A, Irina Linetskaya, MD, Donna Sorgen, LMHC,LPC and Daniel Zimmerman, M.D.

August 8 - 11, 2024
This is a safe, structured retreat led by a staff of licensed and highly experienced therapists and physicians in the beautiful Catskill Mountains at MENLA Retreat and Spa. ~Meet at the intersection of science and spirituality~ This retreat offers a safe, structured environment where couples can deeply explore the nuances of their relationship, including aspects of sexuality and intimacy. Participants will learn to understand each other’s needs and navigate challenges collaboratively. The retreat emphasizes cultivating an intimate bond through what we refer to as noble communication—clear and compassionate exchanges that lay the foundation for healthy relationships. By developing these communication…

Somatic Buddhism: Embodying Ease

With Aaron 'Water' Piepszny and Michael G. Burbank

August 9 - 11, 2024
Immediate, actionable stress relief and emotional regulation are the major themes of this immersion. Rather than marathon meditation sessions, we will favor short bursts of depth explorations of breathing, relaxation, and awareness. We’ll then shorten this deep diving to access in-body ease with no preparation or planning, just choice, at any moment.  We’ll explore the Buddha’s teachings around somatic presence/ Vipassana (Insight) with wide open curiosity from the original source text, the Satipatthana Sutta (‘Discourse on Establishing Mindfulness’). We will find connection, ease, and robust somatic-based self-care strategies within the supportive natural environment of Menla. Expressing our own unique pathways…

Garden Volunteer Retreat

With Aaron 'Water' Piepszny

August 15 - 18, 2024
The garden, forest, and landscaping at Menla supports the enjoyment and nourishment of many beautiful, rare, and important pollinators, birds, and humans. Come exponentiate our stewardship of the glorious space that is the Menla ecosystem. We will create forest garden beds to increase water retention, build soil, and sequester carbon, weed the garden beds to focus the energy of these areas to our perennial nectary and food plants, rake leaves to turn into fertility-building mulch, and remove invasive species that crowd out our valuable native species. We need help from people like you! The work is quite rewarding, knowing that a…

Know Your Own Mind: The Best of Buddhism and Psychotherapy

With Mark Epstein, M.D. and Robert A.F. Thurman

August 16 - 18, 2024
The interplay of Buddhism and Western psychology goes back at least a hundred years. The most spiritual of the world’s psychologies and the most psychological of the world’s religions, Buddhism teaches that the cultivation of self-awareness dispels ignorance about the nature of the self. By Freud’s time, much of the intelligentsia was at least marginally familiar with the outlines of Buddhist thought. A religion without a God, where Mind was considered the beginning, middle and end, was naturally of interest to those also drawn to psychoanalysis. In recent times, with mindfulness entering the therapeutic domain, the interplay between the two…

Crystal Core Awareness with Crystal Bowls, Pyramids & Singing Crystal Consciousness

With Lea Garnier

August 23 - 25, 2024
TRAINING CERTIFICATION: Module 3 of 3 This certification program teaches how to utilize a variety of Sound Healing techniques for your own practice as a Sound Healer. With a certificate from The Sage Academy of Sound, students should be better equipped to serve as practitioners, specialists, volunteers, interns, or even as members of a multidisciplinary treatment team within a health center or a community agency, as well as in a private healing or counseling practice. We believe that the only way to truly absorb the teachings is by total immersion and abundant practice time. The retreat style setting limits outside…

The Life-Force Academy Immersion

With Jai Dev Singh

August 28 - September 1, 2024
Life-Force Academy at Menla This is an in-person, multi-day immersive yoga retreat that will give you the energy, inspiration and momentum to live the life of creativity and purpose that you were designed for. Join Jai Dev Singh and the Life-Force Academy this fall at the majestic Menla Mountain Retreat in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Over this five-day journey, you and inspired community members from around the world will be guided through: - Transporting practices that will infuse your mind and body with energy and vitality - Blissful meditations to connect to the energy of your heart…

200 Hour Vajra Yoga School

With Michele Loew and Robert A.F. Thurman

September 9 - 15, 2024
This is a unique Yoga Alliance Certification program sponsored by Menla and Tibet House US that incorporates the classical yogic inner sciences from India and Tibet to give people the tools to have a better life and share them with others. Our program is designed to support self-discovery and growth, lasting joy and physical health and happiness. We focus on alignment-based Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Tibetan Healing Yoga, breathing practices, meditation and philosophy from the Buddha and the Yogis. Whether your goal is to teach yoga or deepen your practice, you will find the tools that light your path. All…

Spirit Sisters Yoga & Healing Retreat

With Tina Conroy and Dawn Peer

September 12 - 15, 2024
Welcome to our Sisterhood! Join us for a transformative weekend of self discovery and renewal. Below is our itinerary of our days together. Enjoy our offerings of: meditation, yoga, sound healing, workshops, reiki healing and nature hikes. All meals included. Please note that if you would like a spa appointment, it is suggested you schedule your appointment at least a month in advance to ensure availability (not included in pricing). Do as little or as much as serves you. We cannot wait to share this journey with you. Schedule Thursday, September 12 3 - 6 pm Arrival & Check-in: Pick…

Garden Volunteer Retreat

With Aaron 'Water' Piepszny

September 12 - 15, 2024
The garden, forest, and landscaping at Menla supports the enjoyment and nourishment of many beautiful, rare, and important pollinators, birds, and humans. Come exponentiate our stewardship of the glorious space that is the Menla ecosystem. We will create forest garden beds to increase water retention, build soil, and sequester carbon, weed the garden beds to focus the energy of these areas to our perennial nectary and food plants, rake leaves to turn into fertility-building mulch, and remove invasive species that crowd out our valuable native species. We need help from people like you! The work is quite rewarding, knowing that a…

YOGA FOR LIFE: KNOW YOU ARE ENOUGH

With Colleen Saidman Yee

September 13 - 15, 2024
This retreat is led by Colleen Saidman Yee, a renowned yoga teacher, studio owner and author who has been practicing yoga for over three decades. Are you ready to take your yoga practice to the next level while falling in love with what life is offering right now? Re-connect with yourself no matter what stage of life you are at. It is wonderful to practice with women from all different generations, backgrounds, and levels. There is nothing like the support of women. Our goal is to create a safe environment where self discovery is possible on every level - physically,…

Dark Retreat, Psychedelics, and Virtual Reality: Peril or Promise?

With Andrew Holecek, Robert A.F. Thurman and Anthony Bossis, Ph.D.

September 16 - 22, 2024
Dark retreat is one of the most transformative meditations ever devised. This ancient practice is making a comeback as celebrities proclaim its benefits. Darkness can unleash the power of the luminous mind, bring light to the world, and ironically provide an antidote to this Dark Age. Psychedelics are taking the globe by storm. Entheogens can remove your fear of death, jumpstart your meditation, and change the course of your life. Virtual reality offers a revolution in pedagogy. VR can spark psycho-spiritual evolution and modernize meditations like dream yoga, deity yoga, and bardo yoga. What do these three tools have in…

Refuge and Renewal in the Sublime Mother Gaia: Finding Support on the Path of Sacred Activism

With Cynthia Jurs

September 27 - 29, 2024
In these times when the Earth is speaking to us so loudly, we are all being asked to respond to her call. The practice of the Sublime Mother Gaia offers us a source of refuge as we open to the wisdom of the Earth. Coming together in retreat and taking time out from our busy lives, we will experience ourselves as inseparable from Gaia and come home to our true selves. Inspired by a Vajrayana-style deity practice, the meditation on the Sublime Mother Gaia emerged over 30 years as Lama Cynthia carried Earth Treasure Vases around the planet, planting them…

Balance Creation: A guided journey connecting mind, body, and spirit

With Sarah Ireland and Sille Ostergaard

September 27 - 29, 2024
Looking for a purposeful getaway stimulating your sense of balance and connection with yourself? Join us in the beautiful Catskills for a 3-day retreat led by yoga teacher and breathwork instructor Sarah Ireland and balance coach Sille Ostergaard. Together we specialize in turning imbalance into clarity and flow, guided by a holistic approach to mind, body and spirit. Based on a blended mix of yoga, meditation, and self-reflection we invite you to explore! Schedule Friday, September 27 12:30 - 1:30 pm Arrival, Check-in & Lunch 2 - 6 pm  Welcome: Purpose, Program, and Process of the Weekend Inspiration: Balance and Clarity built…

Reclamation: A Writing, Intuition, and Mindfulness Retreat

With Michelle Cassandra Johnson

September 29 - October 2, 2024
Reclamation is a body of work focused on how intuition can guide one in trusting their voice and story and a framework to support them in bringing their writing project to fruition. This retreat is an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in nature, move through mindfulness and contemplative practices to support you in deepening your connection with your intuition and remove blocks that may have been in the way of your sharing and trusting your story in the past, and developing a devotional relationship with writing. During this retreat, you will have time to contemplate what writing project you…

Autumn Iyengar Yoga Retreat

With Eve Holbrook

October 3 - 6, 2024
Yoga ultimately teaches us to find a sense of retreat within ourselves where we can re-align and re-energize physically, mentally and emotionally regardless of our external circumstances. For many of us, this experience becomes more accessible and profound when we withdraw for an extended period of time from our usual routine and environment to a place that supports mindfulness and slowing down. Without the distractions, responsibilities and stresses of our daily life, we have an opportunity to touch the depth of our practice, gain insight and perspective, re-assess our circumstances, and weave that understanding into the way we live our…

Deepening Our Relationship to Practice: An exploration of Ashtanga, Yin & Chanting

With Bibi Lorenzetti and Alex Tse

October 4 - 7, 2024
Join Bibi Lorenzetti and Alex Tse for a 4-day practice retreat, pulling from the lineages of Ashtanga and Yin Yoga, along with Vedic and devotional chanting, in the magical land of Menla. We will spend our days immersed in the study and practice of yoga, rest, reflection and chanting. This retreat will focus the attention towards a deeper understanding of practice and our relationship with personal practices and care. We’ll explore topics that are not regularly discussed in a daily context of group class, sharing theory, techniques and practical application for spiritual growth and longevity. Topics to be included: Yin…

13th Annual Sage Academy Autumn SoundHealing Intensive

With Joseph Schmidlin, Lea Garnier, Peter Blum, Jessica Caplan and Scott Williams

October 4 - 6, 2024
In 2011 Sage Academy of Sound, located in Woodstock NY, created the 1st annual SoundHealing retreat intensive at Menla. After directly experiencing the healing benefits of sound, and dedicated to sharing this with others, the founders created a platform that would give sound pioneers a beautiful environment to share their knowledge, rest and explore. Thirteen years later, this program, led by Sage Academy director & founder, Lea Garnier, continues to inspire many on the healing path of vibrational medicine. The world’s foremost experts in the art and science of SoundHealing will come together to immerse retreat participants in the sacred…

Return to Radiance: Annual Women’s Retreat

With Connie Viglietti

October 10 - 13, 2024
Join Connie Vigleitti this fall to unleash your radiance and embody your essence. The fall season on the gorgeous grounds at Menla offers the perfect opportunity to slow down, tune in and let go. Nature cushions our release as the sisterhood holds our rising spirits and celebrates the return of our radiance. We reclaim our divine feminine nature and remember who we are, step into who we are becoming with courage, and shine. Return to Radiance is a women’s weekend retreat where we’ll participate in creative play, ceremony, and ritual to reignite our bond of sisterhood and reclaim our individual…

OM TARA YOGA RETREAT

With Jacqueline Deflorio-Reid

October 13 - 15, 2024
Jacqui is honored and excited to lead Om Tara Yoga Studio’s 5th retreat at Menla. To retreat means to withdraw. Jacqui invites you to withdraw from your routine and possibly stressful lives, immerse yourself in nature while practicing yoga, pranayama and meditation. Embrace the deeper study of yoga through philosophy discussions and take home with you a greater understanding of how to support yourself physically and emotionally through the science of Ayurveda. Round out your weekend with hikes, spa treatments, reading and naps. Enjoy fresh, healthy vegetarian meals in a serene setting. Experience a bonfire under the stars where you…

Being Love: Yoga & Meditation Retreat

With Gemma Farrell

October 18 - 21, 2024
Settle into the stillness of autumn with a weekend devoted to yoga, meditation, deep relaxation, and spiritual reflection. Our retreat invites us to open our hearts to the abundant love already present within us and to release the many ways in which we resist the inner calling to live from that place of pure presence. Our daily retreat schedule includes guided mindfulness and meditation, vinyasa and deep stretching classes, loving kindness practices, free time to read, rest, or walk in the woods, wonderful plant-based meals, and plenty of warm friendship. You may stay for either two or three nights. We…

Simplicity Yoga: A Yoga, Hiking & Sound Healing retreat

With Rosanne Ferraiuolo

October 24 - 27, 2024
Our goal on this retreat is to stimulate our senses to purge negative energies from our bodies and refill ourselves with the energy of natural healing, peace, and purpose.  This retreat will incorporate yoga, meditation, reiki, and sound healing, with hiking in the mountains that pervade and surround Menla. During this retreat, you can expect twice daily yoga and/or meditation classes, reiki utilizing crystals for enhanced healing, as well as sound healing workshops. With a combination of group and individual activities, there are so many opportunities for personal growth, reflection, and renewal. Schedule Thursday, October 24 3 - 8 pm…

Cultivating Joy: A Ketamine-assisted Mindfulness Retreat

With Jayne Gumpel, LCSW and David Gumpel M.A

October 24 - 27, 2024
Welcome to Cultivating Joy: a Ketamine-Assisted Mindfulness Retreat for inspired individuals looking to cultivate joy in everyday life. This is a safe, structured retreat led by a staff of licensed and highly-experienced therapists and physicians in the beautiful Catskill Mountains at Menla Retreat and Spa. ~Meet at the intersection of science and spirituality~ Participation in this retreat begins with an application to attend This retreat is for individuals. If you are committed to the practice of sharing the fullness of your being, locating your best self, your enthusiasm & vitality, your spirit, your trust, your openness, above all, your presence,…

Soul Stories: A Holotropic Breathwork® & Past Life Regression Workshop

With Dr. Laurane McGlynn, Jeffrey Warren and John Stockberger

October 27 - 30, 2024
Take a journey into expanded states of consciousness. We invite you to join Dr. Laurane McGlynn, Jeffrey Warren and John Stockberger to experience the remarkable healing potential and therapeutic benefits of Holotropic Breathwork®, a powerful experiential breathing process that allows for self-exploration and healing. With the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath and the music in the room to enter an expanded state of consciousness. This state activates the natural inner healing potential of the breather, or "inner healer", which guides the experience. In this double breathwork workshop, each person will experience four…

Building Posture From Awareness: Iyengar Yoga and Meditation

With Lucienne Vidah and Mitchell Owen

November 1 - 3, 2024
Lucienne Vidah and Mitchell Owen will lead seven sessions of asana and meditation respectively. Through asana the body becomes a firm, stable and intelligent structure, the breath moves freely and the brain can relax. When a posture is aligned, the mind naturally settles. The grounds are fertile to enter a meditative state. The meditative state becomes a deeper process of undoing. Come and (re)inspire your practice on the beautiful grounds of Menla and enjoy wholesome delicious foods. Requirements: 6 months of continuous yoga practice and ability to deal with your injuries. The Ahimsa Studio is outfitted with all props and…

Autumn Iyengar Yoga Retreat

With Rebecca Hooper

November 6 - 10, 2024
The Refuge of Practice: Take refuge in your practice, in the halcyon grounds and environs of Menla, a nature preserve in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. While soaking in the practices of asana and pranayama, and exploring the inherent bandhas, mudras, kriyas and dharanas, we will delve into the heart of the practice of yoga. Yoga is the cessation of movements in consciousness. Practice is the steadfast effort to still these fluctuations. An immersive 5 days of inspiration and restoration to revitalize and clarify the way of our lives. Schedule Wednesday, November 6 3 pm Arrival and Check-in 3:30…

Tibetan Yoga for Health and Wellbeing

With Alejandro Chaoul, PhD

November 14 - 17, 2024
The distinctive Tibetan practice of yoga known as Tsalung Trulkhor combines breathwork, meditation, and physical movements. In this four day retreat, we will focus on the Tsalung movements from the Bön Magyu (Mother Tantra) and the Trulkhor movements from the Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyu (Oral Transmission of Zhang Zhung), as were used in clinical research studies at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston. This retreat is open to everyone, including those touched by cancer or other illnesses. As Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, who was also an advisor to the studies, mentions, these are “a wonderful support for all spiritual practitioners,…

YOGIC LIFESTYLE RETREAT: Weekend Immersion into Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda & Nature

With Sue Bonanno

November 15 - 17, 2024
How do we create the conditions for optimal health and wellbeing in our intense modern-day lives?  The ancient traditions of meditation, yoga and the sister science of Ayurveda offer practices that balance, heal and transform mind and body to up-level your health, reduce stress, strengthen your immune system and soothe your spirit. The best way to integrate these practices into your life is to learn by doing. Join Sue Bonanno, 25+ year yoga practitioner and teacher, founder of Soulspace Meditation & Wellbeing and Chopra Certified Ayurveda Instructor, on this weekend immersion into living a yogic lifestyle. Give your life some…

Cultivating Joy | An AEDP and IHRP Informed Ketamine-assisted Retreat for Professionals

With Jayne Gumpel, LCSW, David Gumpel M.A, Seema Desai, MD, Irina Linetskaya, MD, Andrew Tatarsky PhD and Mark Green, MD

December 5 - 8, 2024
A retreat for professionals looking to explore healing the heart of addictions using Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP). This is a safe, structured retreat led by a staff of licensed and highly experienced therapists and physicians in the beautiful Catskill Mountains at MENLA Retreat and Spa. ~Meet at the intersection of science and spirituality~ Participation in this retreat begins with an  application to attend Fee: $2850 + medical intake $400 & housing with meals [range from $250/$400 per night] This four-day retreat is designed for licensed professionals. The program design focuses on supporting the personal challenges of…

Igniting the Light Within: A Dharana & Dhyana Retreat

With Kacy Harnedy

December 5 - 8, 2024
Kacy created this retreat for the person looking to deepen their yogic practice, to unveil the aspects of this beautiful lifestyle, and to implement them into daily life. The practices you will learn are sure to help you deepen self connection, find stillness and learn to trust your inner guidance system Sample Schedule Thursday, December 5 3 - 6 pm Arrival and Check-in 6 - 7 pm Dinner 7:30 - 9 pm Welcome Program Friday, December 6 7 - 8 Early Morning Program 8 - 9 am Breakfast 9:30 am - 12 pm Morning Program 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch…

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