Meditation: From Basic to Advanced
- 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
7:00-8:00 Morning Salutations and Meditation
5:00-6:00 Evening Salutations and Meditation
7:00-8:00 Morning Salutations and Meditation
About This Event
Meditation calms the mind, bringing clarity. It is the most basic of practices-yet to be successful it requires advanced concentration skills which may take some time to develop. In this weekend retreat, the esteemed Jewon Jigme Rinpoche will offer teachings, practice and discussion on various types of meditation.
The starting point is Shamatha meditation, in which we focus on our breath or an external object, reducing extraneous thoughts and distracting influences. Our minds can rest—not sleep, but simply “be.”
With practice, we then slowly gain concentration, building the inner alertness and stamina that support insight meditation. Just as a magnifying glass can start a fire, a mind focused on one subject can develop wisdom and burn through ignorance.
Whether you are a new meditator, have a developed practice, or are simply seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment, this profound meditation retreat can help you uncover the innate clarity of your mind.
The present moment awaits. Meet it fully.
"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
Venue HighlightsPerched 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.
AccommodationsOur 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/CuisineAncient 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.
DirectionsCAR. 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.
100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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