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  • Expand Your Awareness with Meditation

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  • Enjoy Delicious Nourishing Farm-to-Table Cuisine

  • Menla is a Project of Tibet House US,

    the Dalai Lama’s Cultural Center in NYC

  • Deluxe Queen – $2,280.00
  • Standard Single - Shared Bath – $1,992.00
  • Economy Queen – $1,578.00
  • Economy Single - Shared Bath – $1,464.00
  • Economy Triple - Shared Bath (Shared Room) – $1,338.00
  • Camping – $702.00
  • Commuter – $624.00

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Vajrayoga 300 Hour Spring Term: Closing Celebration Intensive

With Robert A.F. Thurman and Michele Loew

May 30 - June 5, 2023

Join us for the closing term of our Vajrayoga school. Spring term we will study Vajrayana Tantra and the Vajra body in depth and expand our study of comparative Hatha yoga and non-dual traditions. Kalachakra, Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja-Esoteric Community Tantra, Chakrasamvara, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead will be explored along with the Hatha yoga Pradipika & Yoga Taravali.

In-Person Retreat: May 30-June 5, 2023 at Menla

Online livestreams from April 14-May 27, 2023. Weekly live lectures with Robert Thurman Fridays 11-1pm EST & Yoga practices with Michele Loew Saturdays 11-1:30pm EST.

Curated pre-recorded materials on Buddhist Tantra, Vajrayoga, and comparative Indic philosophy and yoga practices.

What to expect at the in-person retreat:

May 30-June 5th Intensive Sessions will include:

  • Morning Meditation
  • Yoga Asana Practice
  • Tsa Lung Trulkhor
  • Buddhist sadhanas creation and perfection stage exploration and philosophy lectures with Tenzin Thurman
  • Study & practice of Tantrayana lineage methods
  • Teaching Methodology, practice, and practicum
  • Yoga Nidra and restorative and therapeutic yogas

Vajrayoga explores the philosophical and experiential interface between Hatha Yoga and Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayoga traditions. If you are looking for a Yoga Teacher Training course that brings in yoga and the meditative sciences from both traditions, this is the course. The journey is deeply educational and spiritually transformational while giving you the practical skills to support other students on their path.

Working with Vajrayana practices and Hatha yoga, we are supporting His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 4th aim in life: to bring back the Indian Inner Sciences, “Adhyatma Vidya” and the teachings of yoga and Buddhism back to India to support human beings’ inner awakening for happiness and freedom.

This course is a deeply contemplative and embodied investigation into the yogas of Vajrayana and Hatha Yoga practices with Professor Emeritus, Padma Shri Robert “Tenzin” Thurman and Michele Loew, along with guest teachers, including Richard Freeman, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, Mary Taylor.

To register for the in-person retreat, use this link!


Tuesday, May 30

  • 3 – 6 pm Arrival & Check-in
  • 6 – 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Welcome & teaching with Michele Loew & Guest Tenzin Bob Thurman.

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 4

  • 7 – 8 am Meditation & Nejang Practice
  • 8 – 9 am Breakfast
  • 10 am – 12:30 pm Asana Training
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 – 3pm- Free Time for Relaxation, Self- Study, or spa healing.
  • 3 – 6 pm Teaching of Asana Technique/ Teaching Methodology & Philosophy/ Chanting.
  • 6 – 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30-8:30pm Yoga Nidra/ Yin/ Restorative Yogas.

Monday, June 5

  • 7 – 11 am Check-out of Rooms
  • 9 – 10 am Breakfast
  • 10 am – 12:30 pm Closing Practice
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch & Departure

*Please note that the schedule is subject to change.


Robert A.F. 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. A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhist texts, and writer of popular Buddhist books. He recently has been awarded the Padma Shri Award, India’s fourth highest civilian honor for achievement in enriching Indian education and literature. His most recent book is the 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Suggested Books & Audio by…
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Michele Loew
Michele Loew is an international yoga teacher and the founder and director of The Yoga Space in Portland, Oregon.  She is known as a teacher’s teacher and is respected for her 200 Hr. & 500 Hr. Yoga Schools and her ability to combine Western knowledge of the body (anatomy & physiology and modern kinesiology techniques) with the Eastern tradition of yoga.   She has practiced and taught Hatha & Vinyasa yoga since 1998, having studied extensively in the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions as well as the Sri Vidya lineage & since 2014, the Kalachakra Yogas.  She is known for her keen…
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