Meditations on Love, Purpose, Fear and Death

About This Event

A DHARMAKAYA CENTER RETREAT

This program grew out of a genuine desire to offer a set of mindful tools which have served practitioners for thousands of years—tools that are crucial for 21st century students in pursuit of a life filled with more love, courage and purpose.

THREE PROGRAM PILLARS

The central pillar of this workshop is meditation with the goal of not merely achieving mental and physical wellbeing but also to forging an unbreakable connection with the Natural Universal Intelligence that pervades everything. Through that connection, participants discover new internal pathways which dramatically enhance their mental, emotional and spiritual capacity.

The second pillar is forming an intention; specifically, regarding love, purpose, fear and death which are central aspects to every human life. It’s important to understand that intention is not about how we want the world to be; rather intention is about how we want to be in the world. Through intention, Meditations strives to enable participants to love more profoundly, confront fear more courageously, share their unique talents more fully and embrace death more peacefully.

The third pillar is journaling which allows participants to concretize their thoughts and emotions without concern for personal judgement or the opinions of others. Journaling also connects us with our gratitude at the same time. In addition, journaling, when combined with meditation and Intention, enables participants to answer any critical questions they face.

 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Intimate setting with personal access to the teacher

Interactive sessions with question and answer periods

Guided meditations

Delicious all-vegetarian meals with organic, local ingredients

Option to extend stay on Personal Retreat

Extensive library of dharma books

Expansive wooded grounds with beautiful flora and fauna

 

OPEN TO ALL

This retreat is open to practitioners at all levels. It is designed for anyone interested in developing a stronger set of mental and emotional tools to better navigate virtually every aspect of life. It will be important for experienced meditators to use the meditation techniques offered during the workshop.

 

 

 

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.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

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.

Cancellation Policy

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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Why Retreat?

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

To feed my soul so that I may return to my students with more inspiration and love to share! Jennifer
 

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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