The Empty Mind Yoga Retreat

  • Menla Retreat & Spa Menla Retreat & Spa
  • 375 Panterkill Road PO Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
  • Oct 2 - 4, 2020 (3 days)

About This Event

This silent retreat is your opportunity to dive deep inside of yourself and quiet the noise. When we reduce the constant fluctuations of our mind, we can hear a clear signal, under all of the chatter. This signal is the reflection of our true nature, and shows us how we relate to the entire universe. If you are interested in truth, a good place to look is deep within.

Allow the sounds, colors, and vibrations of nature to help you retrieve your inner truth. Create a life long memory for yourself, with this practice, on your personal journey.

On Friday October 2’nd we initiate this sacred weekend with a bonfire, meditation and sharing from 8pm -10pm. Silence will begin at 10pm, and be maintained until Sunday at 12:30pm. We will practice an hour of asana and an hour of meditation twice per day on Saturday and Sunday.

You will turn in your cell phone at 8pm on Friday night, prior to the start of our first bonfire, and it will be held in a safe, secure location. The phone will be returned to you on Sunday at 12:30pm during lunch. Please leave your laptop at home. Bring a journal and pen for writing exercises. You will have the option to be photographed by the talented professional, Greg McMahon, on grounds surrounded by nature.

Covid Guidelines:

This socially distant retreat is capped at 15 students, so that we can adhere to stringent guidelines, in maintaining safety.

Here is the link to Menla's COVID safety precautions: (contact info blocked)19-guidelines/

Some things to keep in mind:

- this is a rare and special opportunity to be able to gather as a group.

-you are encouraged to be extra mindful of your social interactions/distancing practices 2 weeks prior to the event. Eat healthy, exercise, meditate and take great care of your bodies.

-temperature is taken upon arrival for all guests

- masks must be worn inside any building (except your meeting space with 6ft socially distanced)

- rooms undergo deep cleaning and sanitization with a minimum 24 hour turnover in between guests (no more same day turnover)

- 24 hour turnover also goes for the props. Guests are encouraged to bring their own props. If they need props, props will be labeled for each guest and they will use the same props for the duration of their retreat


All Lunches and Dinner are included in your retreat fee.

Breakfast is available for purchase a la carte at the front desk.


Friday, October 2nd

3 - 5pm Arrival & Check-In

5pm Walk the Property

6:30 - 7:30pm Dinner

8pm Bonfire, Meditation, Intention Setting, Turn in Cell Phone

Silence begins at 10pm

Saturday,  October 3rd

7 - 9am Asana and Meditation

11am Naga River Meditation and Journaling Exercise #2: Listen to the river for 20 minutes and write your reflections afterwards.

12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch

4 - 6pm Asana and Meditation Practice

6 - 7pm- Dinner

8pm Bonfire Experience (turn in cell phones at 8pm. They will be returned at 12:30pm Sunday afternoon at lunch)

Before Bedtime: Journal Exercise # 3 : Listen to the sounds of nature, the song of insects and animals for 20 mins, then write what you reflected upon during these moments.

Sunday, October 4th

7 - 9am Asana and Meditation

7 - 11am Check-out of Rooms

11:15am Journal exercise #4: 30 minute walking meditation while observing the colors around You. Write upon your reflections.

12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch (Break Silence)

2:30pm- 4:30pm Gentle Yoga Asana, Meditation, and share circle.

This is an opportunity to take a deep dive into yourself.

* Do note that schedule is subject to change.

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