About This Event


Designed specifically to address the psychological damage wrought by months of pandemic-generated fear, anxiety, and stress, this program provides an array of tools—holistic practices that help build resilience, release tension, develop inner peace, and deepen connection. We offer it in gratitude to for those working to keep our community safe, healthy, and nourished.

Program limited to 12 participants.

STAY SAFE DURING COVID-19: We are committed to your health and safety; please read our COVID-19 Precautions & Preparations to understand our strategies. Class size will be limited—and much of the program will be held outdoors—to ensure ample social distancing.


This two-day program includes experiential learning, with small-group breakout sessions and large-group discussions. It specifically provides tools to help participants cope and thrive. Topics will include:


Understanding Trauma

Stress Reduction


How to Resource Oneself


Intimate setting with personal access to the teacher

Interactive sessions with question and answer periods

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


This program is designed for frontline and essential workers; it is also available to others for whom the crisis has caused undue stress and anxiety. Please apply here.


Wednesday, October 21

3:00-6:00 PM

Check in

6:00-7:00 PM


7:00-7:30 PM

Welcome and Orientation to Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing

7:30-9:30 PM

Session I: Practical Tools

Thursday, October 22

7:00-7:30 AM

Movement and Meditation

8:00-9:00 AM


9:00-10:15 AM

Session II: Creating Safety

10:15-10:30 AM


10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Session III: Understanding Trauma

12:00-1:00 PM


1:00-2:00 PM

Personal Time

2:00-4:00 PM

Session IV: Cultivating Resiliency

4:00-4:30 PM


4:30-6:00 PM

Session V: Creative Expression

6:00-7:00 PM


7:00-9:00 PM

Evening Activity: Sound as Self-Care

Friday, October 23

7:00-7:30 AM

Movement and Meditation

8:00-9:00 AM


9:00-11:30 AM

Session VI: Removing the Obstacles to Presence

11:30 AM-12:00 PM


12:00-1:00 PM


1:00 PM

Check out and depart



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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