• 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 Queen – $1,560.00
  • Deluxe Double (Shared Room) – $1,347.00
  • Standard Single - Shared Bath – $1,416.00
  • Standard Double Full - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $1,254.00
  • Standard Double Twin - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $1,191.00
  • Economy Queen – $1,209.00
  • Economy Single - Shared Bath – $1,152.00
  • Economy Double - Shared Bath (Shared Room) – $1,122.00
  • Economy Quad - Shared Bath (Shared Room) – $1,047.00
  • Camping – $771.00
  • Commuter – $732.00
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Treasure Teachings from the Naga Dragons: Mahayana Tantra and Kundalini Yoga

With Robert A.F. Thurman and Jai Dev Singh

July 6 - 9, 2023

Revitalize your life through immersing yourself in the rich wisdom, poetry and practices of the ancient yogis and sages. This is a weekend of renewing and reprioritizing your happiness, health, and sense of purpose. Using healing yoga practices, breathwork, and dharma teachings, we will tap our inner reservoir of life-force and re-emerge into our life with a newfound vitality.

Around 500 BCE Shakyamuni Buddha hid his Mahāyāna Sutra and Tantra teachings, entrusting them for safe keeping to the Nagas, divine lords of the watery underworld. Then, when Indian culture was ready to receive them, around 50 BCE the saintly Nāgārjuna revealed these treasure teachings as prophesied by the Buddha.

Reminiscent of Nagarjuna’s discovery, in the year 1499 CE the great north-Indian sage, Guru Nanak, disappeared into the Kali Bein River for three days before emerging with his most sacred poetic teaching, known as Japji Sahib.

Here, we find great vehicles that point the way to a genuine happiness, and visions of reality that work to carry us across the ocean of our ordinary life and into a blissful space of joy.

Join Bob and Jai Dev for an inspiring and fun-filled weekend on the majestic land of Menla. Wake up with enlivening yoga practice, hike the mountain trails, and enjoy one of the most magical spots in the Catskills. Enjoy world-class Ayurvedic and Tibetan spa treatments at the exquisite Dewa Spa. Every day, nourish your body and mind with fresh, organic and delicious vegetarian cuisine right from the garden.

Each day, cultivate the inspiration and intuition which you need for your life’s path ahead. Sit back, open your mind, and allow the dharma teaching to enliven your inspiration. This will be a weekend to remember, a new memory to cherish. Get ready for a beautiful time with old and new friends, nourishment, healing and fun!

A special naga puja (ritual) is being planned with our friend Phakyab Rinpoche for the naga day, July 7. This is a rare and powerful experience where we communicate directly with and make offerings to our resident naga, as originally directed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who recognized its presence at Menla when He visited in 2006.

This page is for registration for in-person attendance of this retreat at Menla. If you would prefer to attend virtually online instead, please use this link.


Thursday, July 6

  • 3 – 6 pm Arrival & Check-in
  • 6 – 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Welcome and Evening Teaching (Jai Dev & Bob)

Friday, July 7

  • 8 – 9 am Breakfast
  • 10 am – 12 pm Morning Practices (Jai Dev)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4 pm Free Time for Spa Appointments, Relaxation, or Self-Study
  • 4 – 6 pm Afternoon Teaching (Bob)
  • 6 – 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Evening Discussion (Jai Dev & Bob)

Saturday, July 8

  • 8 – 9 am Breakfast
  • 10 am – 12 pm Morning Practices (Jai Dev)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4 pm Free Time for Spa Appointments, Relaxation, or Self-Study
  • 4 – 6 pm Afternoon Teaching (Bob)
  • 6 – 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Evening Discussion (Jai Dev & Bob)

Sunday, July 9

  • 8 – 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 12:30 pm Closing Program (Jai Dev & Bob)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch & Departure

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


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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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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