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A DHARMAKAYA CENTER FOR WELLBEING PROGRAM
Immerse yourself in the tranquil environment of our Center, as you leave the pressures of your normal life and take time to focus on yourself and your practice.
You can design your own personal retreat—whether a time of simple quiet contemplation, a few extra days at the beginning or end of a program, or intensive work on a specific practice. Meet with a resident lama to discuss your personal retreat goals and design your practice schedule. You’ll start each day with morning salutations and meditation, then let the days unfold, meditating in Milarepa Hall*, in the privacy of your room, or on a rock outside. Spending afternoons in the library. Hiking our 90-acre campus. Contemplating the stars while sitting by the fire pit. Restoring yourself.
You are encouraged to join our Tuesday and Sunday Meditation programs. However, you must purchase a ticket to attend any ticketed teachings, programs or other events.
PLEASE NOTE: Our Tuesday and Sunday Meditation programs are temporarily suspended due to COVID.
We offer a discount of 10% for week-long bookings; for bookings of two weeks or longer we offer a discount of 20%. Please write us at (contact info blocked) for the applicable discount code, which you will add during checkout.
We can usually accommodate Personal Retreats even while other programs are occurring; every bedroom is equipped for practice, with a zafu, zabaton and shrine table. However, programs generally use the Meditation Hall, making it less available for individual meditation. Please check our calendar for any potential conflicts.
If the dates you want don't appear to be available, please email us at (contact info blocked); sometimes a program has reserved rooms that will, in fact, not be in use.
*Use of Milarepa Hall may be limited if there is a concurrent program or retreat.
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.
- A/C in Rooms
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- House Keeping
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
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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Kelly Proctor October 07, 2020Relaxing getaway close to NYC
Had a lovely time at the center. It's near NYC and Sam's Point / Minnewaska. Everything was clean and I never felt worried about Covid.