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Esoterica America Retreat & Tour 2023: Where Science & Spirituality Intersect

October 01 - October 04, 2023

Glenn Kreisberg

Evan Pritchard

David Johnson

Scott Wolter

Hayley Ramsey

Laird Scranton

Mark Carlotto

Linda Zimmerman

Rabbi Elchanan Weinbach

Stephanie Kreisberg

Explore and dissect some of the deepest esoteric mysteries of humanity with some of the leading thinkers on the subject. Participants will take part in discussions, lectures and presentations on diverse esoteric topics and practices including: Fertility and Goddess Culture, Knights Templars and Freemasonry, Ark of the Covenant, Bloodline of Christ, Archaeo-astronomy and Landscape Archaeology, Archaeo-acoustics, and Native American spiritual beliefs. Nothing is off the table for discussion, from Yuga Cycles to UAPs and everything in-between.In addition to lectures and discussions, a dowsing workshop will be offered and autumnal hikes to nearby cultural and ceremonial stone landscapes are scheduled. These sites include features known as manitou achsinal or spirit stones in Algonquin speaking cultures, such as megaliths, stone mounds, animal effigies and inscribed glyphs. We'll take in the autumn colors while exploring hidden landscapes, sacred sites and waterfalls, using nature as our classroom, led by expert interpretive guides. Transportation will be provided, and participants should come equipped with a hiking day pack, water bottle, and appropriate clothing and footwear for a fall hike in the woods. These hikes offer easy to mildly moderate experiences. In addition to free-time to schedule and make use of Menla's world-class spa services, additional time is built into the schedule for offered add-on activities to nearby attractions which include:*Note: Additional ticket fees required. All off-site experiences must be booked by the individual interested directly with the company offering. Unfortunately, Menla is unable to offer shuttle services to the off site locations or assistance with reservations.
ScheduleSunday, October 1
  • 3 - 6 pm Arrival and Check-in
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9:30 pm Welcome remarks, Glenn Kreisberg & Evan Pritchard
Monday, October 2
  • 7 - 8 am Early Morning Program: Meditation, Breathing and Movement - Optional Guided Menla Forest Walk
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 2 pm Excursion Group 1 departs on Devil’s Tombstone/Spruceton Valley Hike (Bag Lunch Included)
  • 9:30 am - 2 pm Add-On Activity (Bag Lunch Included)
  • 2 - 3:30 pm - Free time for Relaxation and Spa or Additional Activity Time
  • 3:30 - 5:30 pm Afternoon Dowsing Workshop: David Johnson
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9:30 pm Evening Program: Laird Scranton & Rabbi Jay Weinbach
    • Uproot and Replant - How the Rabbis Keep Changing Judaism
      The Rabbinic Revolution of the late second temple period radically changed Judaism. We will find numerous examples of these changes as they relate to Asherah, Bible codes, and early Christianity. We will also examine how Jewish intellectual history has swung back-and-forth between hyper-rational and deeply-mystical poles for the last 2000+ years, and how the rabbis in different generations have addressed this tension.
  • 9:30 pm Fire ring discussion (weather permitting)
Tuesday, October 3
  • 7 - 8 am Early Morning Program: Meditation, Breathing and Movement - Optional Guided Menla Forest Walk
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 2 pm Excursion Group 2 departs on Devil’s Tombstone/Spruceton Valley Hike (Bag Lunch Included)
  • 9:30 am - 2 pm Add-On Activity (Bag Lunch Included)
  • 2 - 3:30 pm - On your own free time
  • 3:30 - 5:30 Afternoon Program: Linda Zimmerman & Mark Carlotto
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9:30 pm Evening Program: Hayley Ramsey & Scott Wolter
  • 9:30 pm Fire ring discussion (weather permitting)
Wednesday, Oct 4
  • 7 - 11 am Check-out of Rooms - Guests have the option to check-out during breakfast or 9-9:30/10.
  • 7 - 8 am Early Morning Program: Meditation, Breathing and Movement - Optional Guided Menla Forest Walk
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm Program Debriefing, Discussion and Networking.
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Departure
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change at any time. All off-site experiences must be booked by the individual interested directly with the company offering. Unfortunately, due to Menla's very small staff we are unable to offer shuttle services to the off site locations or assistance with reservations. 

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Glenn Kreisberg

Glenn Kreisberg is an author, outdoor guide, and radio engineer, who researches archeoastronomy and landscape archaeology in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains of New York. His books include Spirits in Stone, Mysteries of the Ancient Past and Lost Knowledge of the Ancients....

Evan Pritchard

Evan Pritchard a descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) is the founder of Center for Algonquin Culture, and is a former Professor of Native American history and ethics at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, as well as has taught at Vassar College an...

David Johnson

David Johnson Throughout his professional career, Johnson has been an educator, author, international photographer and archaeologist. During the last fifty years, his international assignments have provided him the opportunity to experience a wide variety of cultures, religions a...

Scott Wolter

Scott Wolter is a forensic geologist, best known as the host of History channel’s hit show America Unearthed which follows him on his quest to uncover the truth behind controversial historic artifacts and sites found throughout North America and beyond. He also hosted other pro...

Hayley Ramsey

Hayley Ramsey is a tour guide and researcher who has always had a passion for history, esotericism, and travel. She currently leads tours around the world investigating the mysteries of the past. When she is not traveling, she splits her time between Texas and Scotland.  ...

Laird Scranton

Laird Scranton (Vassar College 1975) is the author of a series of books and other writings on ancient cosmology and language. These include articles published in the University of Chicago’s Anthropology News academic journal, Temple University’s Encyclopedia of African Religi...

Mark Carlotto

Mark Carlotto is an aerospace engineer, scientist, and author with almost forty years of experience in satellite imaging, remote sensing, image processing, and pattern recognition. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1981 and has writt...

Linda Zimmerman

Linda Zimmerman is a research scientist turned award-winning author of over 30 books on science, history, the paranormal, and fiction, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio. She has twice been named Best Author in the Hudson Valley, as well as Best Radio Perso...

Rabbi Elchanan Weinbach

Rabbi, Elchanan Weinbach has been exploring Judaism ever since his rediscovery of it in his early 20s. He has a particular interest in the evolution of the Bible, the roots of rabbinic Judaism, and how any person reconstructs their religious lives when they leave a more tradition...

Stephanie Kreisberg

Stephanie Kreisberg is a mom of two incredible souls. She is a Certified Life Coach, became a Reiki Master in 2008 under Dr. Usui lineage and has been certified in Yoga and Pilates. Stephanie holds a MBA in International Sustainability and Environmental Compliance from Southern N...

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