Just Be: A Year-End Personal Retreat

About This Event


Ring in the New Year from a calm, centered place, by leaving the pressures of your normal life and immersing yourself in the tranquil environment of our Center. This is a time to focus on yourself and your practice.

Meditate in Milarepa Hall, in the privacy of your room, or on a rock outside. Spend afternoons in the library, perusing our extensive collection of dharma and other books. Hike Bear Mountain or Sam's Point. Contemplate the stars.

If you want, our Lama in Residence—Trinle Dordje—can help you design a course of practice for your stay, guide your practice and answer your questions.

Make us part of your holiday tradition. Just be.


Intimate setting with personal access to Lama Trinle Dordje

Daily program of salutations and meditation with Center community

Special teaching and/or Buddhist study group

Delicious all-vegetarian meals with organic, local ingredients

Extensive library of dharma and wellbeing books

Expansive wooded grounds with beautiful flora and fauna


There are no prerequisites for this program; it is appropriate for all.



Daily, Monday-Saturday

7:00-8:00 Morning Salutations and Meditation (Optional)

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:30-12:00 Personal Practice

12:00-1:00 Lunch

2:00-5:00 Personal Practice

5:00-6:00 Evening Salutations and Meditation (Optional)

6:00-7:00 Dinner



7:00-8:00 Morning Salutations and Meditation (Optional)

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:00 Personal Practice

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

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

12:00-1:00 Lunch

2:00-5:00 Personal Practice

5:00-6:00 Evening Salutations and Meditation (Optional)

6:00-7:00 Dinner

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.


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.


  • 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


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.


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?

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I am an oncology nurse and a few long time patients have died recently. I need to rejuvenate and return to my breath! Elizabeth

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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