Weekend Getaway: Menla, a Catskills Spirituality and Health Resort @Menla

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 This past August we were invited to a Hiking R & R in the glorious Catskill Mountains, specifically to a mountain retreat known as Menla, A Retreat- Resort and a Spa. Only a 2 hour hour drive north of New York City, but a million miles away, when it comes to the peace and relaxation the retreat offers for mind and body.

Menla is owned and operated by Tibet House, located in New York City. The goal of both centers is to teach Tibetan culture, practices, and healing methods to the western world.

Nena Thurman is the director of the retreat and is also the Mahasukha Spa designer, where Tibetan treatments and massage are the focus and the staff is expertly trained in administering them. The Spiritual Leader of Menla is Robert Thurman, an acclaimed author, Columbia University Professor, proclaimed authority on Tibetan Buddism, being the first American ordained as a Tibetan monk in 1964. Nena and Robert also happen to be parents to actress Uma Thurman.

Throughout the year Menla offers several packages and getaways. The Hiking R & R and Yoga are quite popular,as are the retreats that include workshops with Robert Thurman and special guests. As a bonus, the weekend we were there, Mark Epstein M.D. and Robert Thurman held a retreat dealing with Anxiety, Depression and Addiction: Buddhist Psychological Insights for Mental and Spiritual Health in the modern world.

The weekend itinerary includes workshops with lectures by both Robert and Mark, along with meditation sessions, and Q & A’s drew an inspired group, many whom are loyal to both men’s work in their respective fields ,and some making the trek just to hear them speak. The Yoga (Art of Iyenger Asana) retreat was happening simultaneously headed by Carolyn Christie.

Set on 325 green lush acres surrounded by Mountains the retreat is a healing center, a spa, a resort and a meeting center for small like- minded groups and organizations. Menla also welcomes individuals and couples looking for a weekend getaway  (2 night minimum), and includes gourmet vegetarian cuisine throughout the stay with the option to book spa treatments, guided hikes, and a multitude of healing treatments without having to partake in group classes. High- Speed Free Wifi is included throughout the retreat as phone reception is limited. It is highly encouraged to disconnect for a few days to fully experience the healing benefits of Menla.

 Hiking R & R Retreat : Activities and Times Vary Based on type of retreat and time of year. This was for our 4 day/ 3 night Hiking Retreat.

Thursday:

3-8pm Check In

4-8 (Optional Spa Services/Relaxation Time

6-7 Dinner

7:30 Evening Program

Friday:

7-8am Morning Yoga

8-9am Breakfast

9-12pm Beginners Hike or

free time for Spa, Tennis, Swimming (Seasonal Outdoor Pool)

12-1pm Lunch

1-4pm Free Time for Spa Services, Sauna, Steam Room

4:30-5:30 Mindfulness Meditation

6-7pm Dinner

7:30 Evening Activities

Saturday:

7-8am Morning Yoga

8-9am Breakfast

9-12pm Intermediate Hike

12-1pm Lunch

1-4pm Free time Spa, Swimming (Seasonal Outdoor Pool), Sauna, Steam Room

4:30-5:30 Mindfulness Meditation

6-7pm Dinner

7:30 Evening Activities

Sunday:

7-8am Morning Yoga

8-9am Breakfast

9 to 12pm Free time Swimming( Seasonal Outdoor Pool), Hiking, Tennis

10-2pm Spa Services

12-1pm Lunch and Check Out

Menla:  375 Pantherkill Road Phoenicia, NY 12464 (845) 688-6897 http://www.menla.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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