Karl Dechen Thurman has practiced Jivamukti Yoga and Ohashiatsu since 1992, when he received samples of these modalities at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He attended 2005 Jivamukti Teacher Training.
Graduated Ohashi Institute 2001 and assisted Wataru Ohashi at Omega Institute and Integral Yoga Institute. He has taught at Yoga Journal Conference, Kripalu, Menla Mountain Retreat, Wanderlust and Loyola Marymount University. At Jivamukti Yoga School NYC, he taught a daily morning class for 13 years and completed 20apprenticeships. Co-Leader of 20+ retreats in Asia and Europe with Geographic Expeditions and Jivamukti Berlin. Served meals and provided cleaning service to refugee families and monks for the American Institute of Buddhist Studies 1978-1989.
“Deep in the Catskill Mountains exists a very special place—the Dewa Spa at Menla. On a snowy, late winter afternoon there is nothing better than a long deep soak in one of their tubs infused with the 5 Nectars bath blend. The tranquil sounds of this hidden valley can be heard through a cracked window—the Pantherkill Stream and the sweet symphony of our bird friends chattering about the upcoming spring. This is the perfect place to leave the world behind for as long as possible!”
“I honestly can’t say enough good things about this space, the land, the facilities, the staff, the stewards, their events. I will never forget this place and hope to come back. Forever grateful for such beautiful blessings!”
“The food was divine! I’m not a vegetarian and will say the meat was not missed while here. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay…. The staff was warm and courteous. Space very conducive for retreat. Great common spaces for community and plenty of space for solitude. Will return again.”