Soulful Touch

  • Easton Mountain Easton Mountain
  • 391 Herrington Hill Road Greenwich, NY 12834
  • Oct 24 - 27, 2019 (4 days)
  • Semi-Private - $695.00 Quad - $595.00 Garden Cabin - $495.00 Commuter - $395.00 Newbie - $395.00

About This Event

Come just us together in community with men who love men, to explore a variety of expressions of touch! We will explore:

the art of giving and receiving massage and other touch modalities.

asking for and receiving touch in a more conscious way.

the sensuality, relaxation, and connection that conscious touch offers.

the inter-connection of breath, touch, and embodiment.

communal touch and group touch

playing with dance and movement

In this workshop, we will become more conscious about how touch affects us, nurtures us, and how we can let go of barriers to receiving touch and allow ourselves to have a deeper experience.  We will support each other in community to enrich our experience.  We will let go of stress and tension, be nurtured, and open up to greater ease and freedom of being in our bodies. We will create a safe, respectful container to help ourselves awaken our bodies, heal, play, and have fun, using carefully selected music playlists and videos to enhance our inspiration, playfulness, and creativity. Arnie will be assisted by Ron McClelland, an experienced teacher of dance, movement, and embodiment who has taken several of Arnie’s workshops in the past (see below for our bios).

Here are some comments participants had to offer about Arnie’s work:

“I left the workshop feeling restored, replenished, loved, cared for, supported, connected, content and contained.”

“Arnie creates a safe space for his participants to explore. He offers masterful support and is carefully creative.”

“I felt supported, safe, held, seen.”

“You created a level of comfort for everyone to connect.”

“You are an excellent facilitator, Arnie. Welcoming, open, accepting. You made it very easy to break through personal barriers.”

VIDEO WITH MORE TESTIMONIALS

It was so wonderful to be in such a beautiful mountain setting with the community. The opportunity to have intellectually stimulating conversations with a variety of men of all shapes, colors, and ages in a beautiful rustic face-to-face setting was spiritually enlightening and a welcomed change ... The majestic 170 acre setting was bursting with wildlife and it is actually on the top of a beautiful mountain with two ponds (one has a water-fountain), a big new swimming pool, and one really large wood-fired sauna along with a huge hot-tub (contact info blocked) I hated to leave and I can’t wait to get back!

Venue Highlights

Easton Mountain is a retreat center located near Albany, New York. It is a place for learning, healing, and growth, in a setting that also provides opportunities for recreation and appreciation of nature. We are located on 175 beautiful wooded acres and have multiple options for meeting spaces suitable for small to large groups. For overnight, weekend or longer events, we have a variety of accommodations, including private rooms, semi-private rooms, rooms for four, and dormitory-style rooms. In the warmer months, guests are also welcome to bring their own tent and camp in a number of wonderful sites.

Accommodations

We provide several options for housing:
The Guest House - Offering two room options, our two-story Guest House includes in-suite bathrooms with shower, and WiFi access. Room options include two beds or two bunk beds.
The Garden Cabin - A dormitory-style accommodation with five bunk beds, our Garden Cabin offers WiFi access and shared toilet facilities. Shower facilities are located on the ground level of the Lodge, approximately 500 feet away
Camping - Guests are also welcome to bring their own tent and camp in a variety of beautiful locations on the land. From a platform right on the duck pond to our hillside next to the Guest House, this option allows you to enjoy the beautiful land while still offering you the comforts of facilities available at the Lodge.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Meals are provided three times daily: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is usually served continental style, with assorted breads, bagels, and cold cereals available, along with a hot cereal, yogurt, a hot breakfast entree, and fresh fruit. For some retreats, the last day will feature light snacks in the early morning and a late morning brunch. Lunch and dinner are usually hot meals with fresh bread and salad available. We serve meat, usually in the form of beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and fish. A vegetarian option is also available at each meal; we ask that this be reserved for those who request vegetarian meals, as there is not enough of the vegetarian option prepared for everyone to eat.

Snacks such as cold cereals, fruits and nuts, along with coffee, assorted hot teas, chilled water, and iced tea, are available 24 hours a day in the dining room. Please note that we can not always accommodate special dietary requests for food allergies. If you have specific food allergies, we suggest you contact us ahead of time and bring some special food for yourself to supplement any food that we serve which you can eat. Refrigerator space can be provided for you if needed to store your food.

Directions

Easton Mountain is located in the Hudson Valley approximately 30 miles North of Albany, New York and conveniently located within a three-hour drive of Boston, New York City, and Montreal. Please see our website for turn by turn directions. To set up your GPS, use the following address: 391 Herrington Hill Road, Greenwich, NY 12834.

You can fly into the Albany airport, take the Megabus or AMTRAK to Albany (Rensselaer Station), or take the Greyhound/Trailways to Albany. We can usually arrange for a volunteer to pick you up. Please refer to our website for details

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

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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