• 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

  • Deluxe Double – $1,853.00
  • Deluxe Double Full - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $1,725.00
  • Standard Single – $1,585.00
  • Standard Double (Shared Room) – $1,547.00
  • Standard Triple (Shared Room) – $1,500.00
  • Standard Quad (Shared Room) – $1,445.00
  • Commuter – $1,044.00
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Dreaming 2023: Annual New Year’s Dharma, Yoga, Kirtan & Astrology Celebration

With Michele Loew, Krishna Das, Nina Rao, Alexander Mallon, Alberto Villoldo Ph.D, Marcela Lobos, Sharon Salzberg, Andrew Holecek, Jai Dev Singh and Robert A.F. Thurman

December 27, 2022 - January 1, 2023

Celebrate the New Year with friends of Tibet House US | Menla, a 15 year tradition! This New Year’s marks the first time since the pandemic began when our community will gather in person again to ring in the new year in the magic garden secret valley of the Medicine Buddha, Menla. Party, practice, and pray with us across five days of teachings, yoga, astrology, devotional chanting and more. Join us in letting go of constricting habit-patterns and setting meaningful and expansive intentions for the coming year, all while having much needed fun together!

Master astrologer and astronomer Alexander Mallon will kick off the retreat with his “astrological forecast” for 2023, shedding light on cosmic patterns we can expect in the near future as individuals, as a nation, and as a world. Alexander will also offer expert astrological consultations throughout the program and a group chart reading session that will amaze all but the most hardened skeptics.

Michele Loew will lead morning Vajrayoga practice sessions and an evening Yoga Nidra, and interesting and inspiring talks will be offered by our dear friends, Sharon Salzberg, Alberto Villoldo, Marcela Lobos, Andrew Holecek, Krishna Das, Jai Dev Singh, and Tibet House US President Bob Thurman. Nina Rao will join KD for a special kirtan on the evening of the 29th, and she will also be chanting prayers to the Goddess and Tara and Hanuman Chalisas. KD and Bob will team up for a very fun session on Hanuman and the Monkey Mind, regaling us with stories and insights, and New Year’s eve will feature a group sound bath before a late night meditation session led by Jai Dev.

Together we will revitalize ourselves to deal joyfully and successfully with the challenges of these pivotal times.

Open to all levels of experience. We encourage you to register early as space is limited.

To register to attend virtually via Teachable, please click here



Tuesday, December 27

  • 3 – 8 pm  Arrival & Check-in
  • 6 – 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:15 pm  Welcome with Michael Burbank & 2023 Astrology Forecast with Alexander Mallon

Wednesday, December 28

  • 7 – 8a m  Vajrayoga Asanas with Michele Loew
  • 8 – 9 am  Breakfast
  • 10:30 am – 12 pm  Brightening Mind & Body: a Kundalini Yoga Experience with Jai Dev Singh (virtual)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4 pm  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Astrology Consultations, Relaxation, etc
  • 2 – 3pm  Qi Gong with Paul Bloom (Yoga Studio)
  • 4 – 5:30 pm  Dharma Talk: Real Life with Bob Thurman & Sharon Salzberg (virtual)
  • 6 – 7pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm  Dreaming in the New Year with Bob & Andrew Holecek (virtual)

Thursday, December 29

  • 7 – 8 am  Vajrayoga Asanas with Michele 
  • 8 – 9 am  Breakfast
  • 10:30 am – 12 pm  Grow a New Body with Alberto Villoldo (virtual)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 – 3 pm  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Astrology Consultations, Relaxation, etc
  • 2 – 3pm  Qi Gong with Paul Bloom (Yoga Studio)
  • 3:15 – 4:15 pm  Prayers for the Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Tara with Nina Rao
  • 4:30 – 6 pm  Dharma Talk and Meditation with Bob 
  • 6 – 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 pm  Kirtan with Krishna Das & Friends 

Friday, December 30

  • 7 – 8 am  Vajrayoga Asanas with Michele 
  • 8 – 9 am  Breakfast
  • 10:30 am – 12 pm  Vajrayoga Dharma Talk with Michele and Bob
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 – 3 pm  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Astrology Consultations, Relaxation, etc
  • 2 – 3 pm  Hanuman Chalisas with Nina 
  • 3:30 – 5:30 pm  Hanuman and the Monkey Mind Discussion with Bob, KD and Nina followed by KD Chanting 
  • 6 – 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 pm  Yoga Nidra with Michele 

Saturday, December 31

  • 7 – 8 am  Vajrayoga Asanas with Michele 
  • 8 – 9 am  Breakfast
  • 10:30 am – 12 pm  Divining the Sacred Feminine with Marcela Lobos and Monika Nataraj (virtual)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4 pm  Free Time for Spa Treatments, Astrology Consultations, Relaxation, etc
  • 2 – 3:30 pm  “Magic Hat” Astrological Chart Readings with Alexander
  • 3:30 – 5 pm  Divining the Feminine for the New Year with Bob and Michele 
  • 5:15 – 6 pm  Fire Ceremony – Cho/Severance Prayers on the Lhasa Inn Deck
  • 6 – 7:30 pm  Special New Year’s Dinner
  • 8 – 9:30 pm  Group Sound Bath
  • 11:19 pm – 12 am  New Year’s Meditation with Jai Dev (virtual)

Sunday, January 1

  • 7 – 11 am Check-out of Rooms
  • 7 – 8 am  Vajrayoga Asanas with Michele
  • 8 – 9:30 am  Breakfast
  • 10 am – 9 pm  108 Hanuman Chalisas with Nina at Tibet House US (NYC Location)
  • 10am – 12 pm Peace & Nonviolence in the New Year with Bob 
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm  Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4:30 pm  Individual Astrology Consultations with Alexander by Appointment

Please note the schedule is subject to change at any time.


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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Krishna Das
Krishna Das is a Grammy-nominated chant artist and has sung with people all around the world for over 35 years. His music offers the practice of chanting mantras– mostly in the Indian tradition, with some Buddhist and Gospel infusions. By sharing his life experiences on the path in his book Chants of a Lifetime, and workshops with people around the world, participants have found a way to integrate spiritual practices in their lives in a better way with some peace of mind. In 2018, Krishna Das released his 16th album “Peace of my Heart.” Learn more at www.krishnadas.com Suggested Book & Recordings by Krishna…
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Nina Rao
Nina Rao learned traditional chants from her grandfather in a village in south India when she was nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. For many years Nina has been Krishna Das business manager and assistant, and accompanies him musically. In 2007, she recorded the track ‘Nina Chalisa’ on Krishna Das’ CD “Flow of Grace” and in January 2013, she released her debut double-CD album, “Antarayaami – Knower of All Hearts“. She released her second album “Anubhav” in 2018. You can find her interviews on a…
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Alexander Mallon
A celebrated astrologer and intuitive, Alexander Mallon has practiced for over 45 years, sharing his gifts with clientele spanning the globe, from NY to New Zealand. Alexander has been an avid telescope builder and amateur astronomer for nearly 50 years as well and incorporates his intimate knowledge of the sky and natural cycles into his professional consulting and coaching career. Discovering his calling very early in life, Alexander began his work professionally with private clients including corporate leaders, political figures, entrepreneurs, physicians, lawyers, artists and actors. Over the years he has been featured on numerous radio and television programs,  and for…
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Alberto Villoldo Ph.D
Alberto Villoldo is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the shamanic healing practices of the Amazon and Andes for over 30 years. At San Francisco State University, he directed the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease.  One day in his laboratory, Alberto realized that his research had to get bigger instead of smaller, that he was looking out of the wrong end of the microscope. He needed to find a system larger than the neural networks of the brain. Many others were already studying the hardware – Alberto wanted to learn…
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Marcela Lobos
Marcela Lobos has been initiated in the healing and spiritual traditions of the Amazon and Andes. She is the author of Awakening Your Inner Shaman: A Woman’s Journey of Self-Discovery through the Medicine Wheel and co-author of the Mystical Shaman Oracle deck. Born and raised in Chile, Marcela graduated from a prestigious journalism program. In her mid-twenties, she pursued studies in yoga and wellness and in 2005 she graduated from The Four Wind Society’s Light Body School. Soon she joined the teaching staff and in 2009 began directing the Spanish division which she still leads today. Marcela hosts retreats at…
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Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg is a pioneer in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. Sharon is the co-founder of the first western meditation center in the US: The Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, MA. She has authored ten books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her 2017 release, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. Acclaimed for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a…
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Andrew Holecek
Andrew Holecek is an author, speaker, and humanitarian who offers seminars internationally on meditation, lucid dreaming, and the art of dying. He is the author of many books, including The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy, and Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition. Dr. Holecek is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the coauthor of scientific papers on lucid dreaming. His work has appeared in Psychology Today, Parabola, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Utne Reader, Buddhadharma Magazine, Light of Consciousness, and many other periodicals. He also hosts the popular Edge of Mind podcast, conversations…
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Jai Dev Singh
Jai Dev Singh is a yogi and internationally renowned teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda. He is the founder and principal teacher of the Life-Force Academy—a global community for yogic teachings and practices with thousands of students in over 60 countries around the world, and the author of numerous courses on Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda. Jai Dev is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and served as the Clinical Director at the California College of Ayurveda, as well as the director of the college’s Pancha Karma Center and Ayurvedic Spa. Jai Dev is emerging as a preeminent voice in the yoga world.…
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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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