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"Power of the Loving Heart" Retreat with Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg, Lily Cushman & Friends


  • Menla Mountain Retreat 375 Pantherkill Rd Phoenicia, NY, 12464 United States (map)

Cultivate the "Power of the Loving Heart" with Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg, Lily Cushman, Nina Rao and friends at our annual retreat at Menla Mountain in Phoenicia, NY. Combining the complementary practices of devotional chanting, Lovingkindness meditation, and Classical Yoga, we come together to discover and celebrate the power of the heart. Through teachings, stories, chants, guided meditations, and question-and-answer sessions, we are led within to find our own inner knowledge and to open to deeper levels of courage and wisdom.

WHAT: This one-of-a-kind weekend retreat allows participants to delve deeper into the practices of kirtan, meditation and yoga. Each morning begins with yoga classes led by BYS co-founder Lily Cushman, followed by group chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa led by Nina Rao and friends. Following this is a early afternoon Meditation session with Sharon Salzberg with time for practice as well as teaching. The afternoons feature the workshop segment of the program with both KD and Sharon, in which they share their own experiences about the spiritual path and open things up question and answers. Each evening includes a full Kirtan with Krishna Das with call-and-response chanting. No prior experience is required for any of the programs. See full details, schedule and staff for the retreat → HERE.

WHEN: November 19 - 22, 2015. This year we are expanding the duration of the retreat to include an additional day! Attendees are welcome to come for either three or four days.

COST: Tuition ranges from $345 - $540 plus the cost of your housing. Pricing varies depending on the length of your stay and the housing option you choose. See complete pricing → HERE.

WHERE: The retreat is being held at the Menla Mountain Retreat in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Menla is located in Phoenicia, NY and is accessible by car or public transportation! This treasure of a retreat center is only a few hours from NYC! See how to get to the retreat and precise directions → HERE.

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Check out some photos from the 2013 retreat → HERE.