Self Care and Energy Repair

About This Event

A Weekend Retreat in Right Effort


Led by two dynamic teachers from New York Loves Yoga, each day of this restorative retreat offers a tool box of wellness offerings: uplifting vinyasa yoga, guided metta meditations, breath work, meridian energy work, sound baths, somatics and strength and mobility training—all to encourage balance and vitality. You will leave feeling clear, deeply relaxed, and rejuvenated.

This program is currently sold out. There is a waiting list, and also a second program the following weekend, October 30-November 1. Register here.


Each morning begins with breath meditations and classic vinyasa yoga, followed by a serene light-filled silent breakfast, you will feel the bounty of  strength and contentment.

A  group circle after our physical and silent mornings, brings us together balanced,  invigorating and calm. After time for private reflection, writing and contemplation, we meet to discuss right effort and how to retrain the mind to produce wholesome states of being, while redirecting unwholesome thoughts that may be limiting your ability  to experience joy and contentment.

In the evening, Atma Buti Tibetan sound bowls fill the meditation hall as your nights are cocooned by  the relaxation technique of yoga nidra.

Metta Meditation internalizes good wishes for yourself and others

Vinyasa Yoga repeats a series of poses to increase body heat and build strength

Somatics are a series of slow movements that emphasize internal physical perception and experience

Yoga Nidra is “dynamic sleep,” allowing the body to deeply relax while the  mind stays inwardly alert—the knife's edge where the body “sleeps” while  the mind is lucid.

Atma Buti Tibetan Sound Bowls—literally translated as soul herbal medicine—deliver the healing power of sound


Intimate setting with personal access to the teachers

Interactive sessions with question and answer periods

Vinyasa yoga, Somatic yoga and Yoga Nidra

Shamatha and guided meditations

Delicious all-vegetarian meals with locally sourced ingredients

Option to extend stay on Personal Retreat

Extensive library of dharma books

Expansive wooded grounds with beautiful flora and fauna


There are no prerequisites for this program; it is appropriate for all, although some yoga experience is helpful.


(subject to change)

Friday, October 23

3:00 PM

Check in begins

4:00 PM

Welcome Ceremony

5:30 PM

Yoga Practice

7:00 PM


9:00 PM

The Sound Experience

Yoga Nidra & Tibetan Sound Healing Ceremony

Saturday, October 24

7:30 AM

Guided Meditation & Yoga Class (silent)

9:00 AM

Breakfast (silent)

10:30 AM

Group Circle

11:00 AM

Nature Walk or Break

12:00 PM


3:00 PM

Somatics Workshop (release muscles and pain)

6::00 PM


8:30 PM

The Sound Experience

Yoga Nidra & Tibetan Sound Healing Ceremony

Sunday, October 25

7:30 AM

Guided Meditation & Yoga Class (silent)

9:00 AM

Breakfast (silent)

10:30 AM

Closing Circle

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Check out and departure


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.


  • A/C 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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Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Kelly Proctor   October 07, 2020

      Relaxing 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.

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