False Alarms: How to Build Core Calm

About This Event

They arise dozens of times a day: The flash of anger. The righteous indignation. The searing sense of inadequacy. The jealousy so strong that it colors everything. The stark, cold, fear.

These emotions almost always lead us to behave in ways we regret, causing problems, even when they seem entirely justified (and we know, your anger particularly is almost always justified). Yet, negative emotions can be also very good teachers—opportunities to notice what upsets you, to uproot it and to grow.
In three workshop sessions, we will explore the whys and hows of these emotions:    

Learn the evolutionary basis and neurological effects of negative emotions

Explore ways to delve into the heart of your negative emotions

Understand how to use negative emotions to your benefit

Discover how to harness meditation and mindfulness to better manage these emotions

The weekend includes teachings, discussion and simple guided meditations, in addition to the regularly scheduled Center activities. 

When not in class, relax in the Center’s beautiful and tranquil environment. Enjoy the view from the patio or a nearby hike, curl up with a book in the library or contemplate the stars while sitting by the fire pit. You are always welcome to join the regularly scheduled Center activities, including the Center’s Sunday study program.

OPEN TO ALL

There are no prerequisites for this program; it is appropriate for meditators at all levels and those simply interested in exploring the teachings.

"If we take care of our eyes, we take care of our vision of the world. If we take care of our minds we take care of our experience of the world." -Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche

Event Highlights

  • Intimate setting with personal access to the teacher
  • Interactive sessions with question and answer periods
  • Shamatha and guided meditations
  • Delicious all-vegetarian meals with organic, local ingredients
  • Option to extend stay on Personal Retreat
  • Daily morning and evening yoga salutations in the Meditation Hall
  • Extensive library of dharma books
  • Expansive wooded grounds with beautiful flora and fauna

Schedule

Friday

3:00 Arrival

6:00-7:00 Dinner

7:30-8:30 Introduction and Meditation



Saturday

7:00-8:00 Morning Salutations and Meditation

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:30-12:00 Program

12:00-1:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Program

3:30-4:00 Tea

5:00-6:00 Evening Salutations and Meditation

6:00-7:00 Dinner


Sunday

7:00-8:00 Morning Salutations and Meditation

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

10:00-11:00 Sunday Meditation Service: The Center’s Group Study Program

11:00-12:00 Sunday Meditation Service: Prayer, chanting and meditation

12:00-1:00 Lunch

Venue Highlights

Perched atop a wooded hillside in the hamlet of Cragsmoor, the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing is surrounded by nearly 100 acres of forest.

With only 24 bedrooms, we offer an intimate retreat experience. We support that experience by offering three delicious vegetarian buffets per day, walking paths and outdoor meditation spaces, a library with a fireplace, a fire pit, and of course our lovely, comfortable accommodations.

Group organizers appreciate our breathtaking location, elegant new facility and the administrative support and years of experience to ensure a smooth week.

Accommodations

Our two dormitories offer a simple, peaceful environment that supports your retreat experience, with rooms for those on both personal and solitary retreats. Each room has a meditation cushion and zabuton. Rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner with the resident community, as well as towels and housekeeping. All guests are welcome, but not required, to join the daily meditation and other activities (although separate tickets are required for all ticketed events).

• Our junior suites have a double bed, private bath, private terrace, a refrigerator and ample room for practice.
• Our private rooms have a double bed and room for private meditation, with a shared bath.

Rooms may be shared by those in a committed relationship.

Menu/Cuisine

Ancient wisdom describes food as a source of prana, or life force. The Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing was founded on the premise that nourishing food is integral to wellbeing. Our chefs are passionate about creating meals that are both flavorful and healthy. We use the freshest, most nutritious, least processed foods available; when possible our ingredients are organic and locally sourced.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your accommodation fee. To promote good health, we serve delicious, varied, nutritious vegetarian food, with options at every meal. All our meals are served on a buffet, with ingredients listed next to each dish, enabling guests to avoid dairy, as well as glutens, nuts and other allergens.

Directions

CAR. You will find a link for driving directions on our website. The parking lot is immediately to your left when you enter the Center grounds. You may drive up and drop your luggage at the Welcome Center, but may not leave your car unattended there; someone will be happy to shuttle you back down to the parking lot.

TRAIN. From Newark, La Guardia and Penn Station, you can take the Metro North train into Middletown, New York, approximately a 30-minute drive from the Center. For teachings, retreats and other special events, we will provide van service at set times. Otherwise, please take a taxi from the train station to the Center.

BUS. From New York City, you can take the Shortline Bus into Ellenville, New York, approximately a 15-minute drive from the Center. For teachings, retreats and other special events, we will provide van service at set times. Otherwise, please take a taxi from the train station to the Center.

PLANE. Newark, La Guardia and Stewart Airports all offer convenient services. From Newark or LaGuardia you can complete your trip by train; from Stewart you may rent a car or take a taxi service.

Tags: anxiety buddhism calm meditation mindfulness personal growth stress tibetan buddhism

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This sounds like a dream! I am an education student and I have spent way too much time working all summer to pay for school. My boyfriend of 5 years is a government firefighter and has been away working most of the summer. His 30th Birthday and our 6th anniversary is coming up this winter, we would love to celebrate with a yoga retreat! We both love yoga but have barley had time to practice in the past few months. Keeping our fingers crossed! Jaimee and Dan
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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