• 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

James Lawer

James Lawer has graduate degrees in theatre and divinity. He studied with and was initiated into tribal traditions in North, Central and South America as well as the indigenous (Druid) traditions of Great Britain. He was an ordained Christian minister serving congregations until he left to do hospice chaplaincy.

Currently he devotes himself to teaching participatory spiritualities rooted in place (earth centered spirituality), to helping people integrate along four realms of healing (self, community, nature,
ancestors), and to facilitating ecstatic states and alternate realities. James is a Certified Instructor with the Cuyamungue Institute, its New York City Representative and a former Board member. He is a guest lecturer at New York University, where he teaches and facilitates organic ecstatic trance states.  He hosts monthly Ecstatic Body Postures meetings for psychotherapists, now in their sixth year of continuous study.

Beginning in1990, he has developed and teaches an organizational development working process, based on aligning trance (ecstatic) states with intention setting within a consensus model. It is
this working model that will be taught and implemented during the retreat.

Events with James Lawer

Cultivating Joy: a Ketamine-assisted Therapy Retreat for Individuals
June 8 - 11, 2023

Welcome to Cultivate Joy ~ A Ketamine Assisted and 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~ 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 and  vitality, your spirit, your trust, your openness, above all, your presence~ this may be a weekend experience…


375 Pantherkill Road, P.O. Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464