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Volunteer Hiking Trailwork Weekend

May 19 - May 22, 2022

Michael G. Burbank

Adam Foizen

Long before Tibet House was gifted the 325-acre Menla property, an extensive web of hiking trails allowed guests to experience the magic, serenity, and natural splendor of our enchanted forest. With the help of intrepid volunteers over the years, we have restored several of the old trails on our property completely, and each year we tend those trails in the spring, clearing away leaves and storm debris and grooming them for guests to use the rest of the year. Any extra time we have after the annual maintenance is finished is used to remove invasive plants, build bridges, further restore old trails, create new trails, or complete other special outdoor projects.We need help from people like you! The work is very rewarding, knowing that a wide range of people will benefit from safer, more inviting, and more enjoyable trails. This is a terrific opportunity to experience Menla in a way that few people get to experience it. Join Menla's Co-Director Michael Burbank, Events Coordinator Adam Foizen and some of the Menla staff April 14th - 17th for a weekend out in the woods, experiencing the healing dimensions of the land, while getting great exercise working and enjoying the company of others. With loppers, snips, rakes, and our hands, you'll be surprised how much we can accomplish in just one weekend!Volunteers for this retreat must be physically able to be out on the trails for much of the day. Work includes hiking several miles up hill as well as carrying needed equipment in and out from work sites. (apprx. 9am-4pm each full day, with breaks for yummy bagged lunches, and 9am-12pm on the final day, followed by lunch buffet).Three Day Weekend Rate:   $180  (per person); arrive Thurs, depart SundayTwo Day Weekend Rate:   $120 (per person); arrive Friday, depart Sunday or arrive Thursday, depart Saturday. To book this option, please contact Menla's Front Desk at [email protected] or 845-688-6897 ext 101. 

Schedule

Thursday, May 19th
  • 3 - 8 pm Check-In
  • 6 - 7 pm  Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Free Time for Relaxation
Friday, May 20th
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:15 am - 12 pm Trailwork
  • 12 pm Bagged lunch on the trails
  • 12:30 - 4 pm Trailwork
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Bonfire
Saturday, May 21st
  • 8 - 9am Breakfast
  • 9:15am - 12pm Trailwork
  • 12pm Bagged lunch on the trails
  • 12:30pm - 4 pm Trailwork
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
Sunday, May 22nd
  • 8 - 9am Breakfast & Check-Out
  • 9:15am - 12pm Trailwork & Clean-up
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Departure
* Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Michael G. Burbank

Michael G. Burbank has been a student of Robert Thurman and HH the XIV Dalai Lama for 20 years, since his undergraduate years at Columbia University. In February of 2002 he was invited to help the Thurmans and Tibet House start the newly acquired Menla retreat. Over the years, he...

Adam Foizen

If music be the food of love, than Adam is like a bread bowl. Supportive and a strong exterior but a chewy container for delicious liquids. He also is a man of many talents, like writing third person bios about himself. He believes that an education is priceless and plans to be a...

UPCOMING EVENTS

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