AUGUST 2-4, 2019


Join us for a weekend of meditation and community with teachers Kimberly Brown and Mona Chopra, assisted by Manaslu Gurung. We’ll practice lovingkindness and mindfulness meditation, with time to swim, hike, and rest, in the pristine forest and beauty of Breakneck Pond, just an hour away from NYC. Space is limited to 13 participants. THIS PROGRAM IS FULL WITH A WAITLIST. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.


(Re)Connect to Your Body and Mind

This meditation retreat is an opportunity to learn and develop a steady and focused mind, unafraid to meet whatever is arising - joy, sadness, pain, ease - with kindness, openness, and clarity. We’ll practice sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, and there will be time for everyone to rest in the healing silence and peace of nature, without cellphone or computers.

Designed for all experience levels, Kim and Mona will discuss the role of self-compassion and body-centered mindfulness as tools to lead us to more authentic relationships with ourselves and others. The weekend will also include guided mindfulness and metta (lovingkindness) practice, and talks about the Buddhist path and its relevance to our modern lives.

Participants will be encouraged to care for themselves with wisdom and compassion and may choose to swim, kayak, hike, and/or nap during self-guided periods. Optional teacher meetings will be available as requested. 


We’ll be staying in a lovely four bedroom rustic lodge at Appalachian Mountain Center’s Harriman Outdoor Center in New York’s Harriman State Park.

Our beautifully renovated cabin has four bunks per room with a lovely common lounge area. There is a small refrigerator and plenty of electric outlets. Restrooms and showers are steps away in The Central Bathhouse, with separate facilities for men and women. Note all rooms are shared; there are no single rooms available for this retreat.

Based on participant request, we may be able to make one or two bedrooms gender specific, please indicate this on your registration. You must bring a sleeping bag or a set of sheets, a towel, and swimsuit if you plan to swim. Cabins have electric lighting, but bring a headlamp for reading and getting around camp at night. If you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs. Pillow, pillow case and blankets are provided.

Meals are included. Breakfast and dinner are served buffet-style, with freshly-prepared, locally-sourced ingredients, and served in the Dining Hall overlooking the pond. Lunch on Saturday is a trail lunch we will enjoy mindfully as a group. If you have food allergies or any other dietary restrictions, let us know on your registration form so we can accommodate your needs. 

We encourage everyone to turn off their cellphones for the duration of the retreat. Note that cellphone service is very poor on the lodge property and there is no Wi-Fi available. Make arrangements with your work and family in advance regarding plans and communications.

Breakneck Pond is steps away from our cabin, and retreatants may rest in the Adirondack chairs on the floating dock, go for a swim, or paddle around in the canoes and kayaks (free for guest use) during self-guided periods.  

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Registration and Fees

Registration includes accommodation, dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Arrival time is 3-5pm on Friday. Dinner is served at 6pm sharp; if you’re unable to arrive by dinner time on Friday, you must make your own dinner arrangements. The retreat ends at 11am on Sunday.

We are offering this program at a very low rate to accommodate as many people as possible. Please consider paying the Patron Level to help us continue offering this and other initiatives.

Patron Level: $300 Selecting the Patron rate helps us to honor as many requests for financial aid as possible.

Monthly Members: $250 Monthly Members qualify for discounts on this and other programs, and sustain our organization. Consider becoming a Member today at this link.  

Non-Members: $275

Registration Deadline is July 1.

Teacher Support

Mona, Kim, and Manaslu are freely offering their guidance for this retreat, in the Buddhist tradition of teaching on a dana basis – dana being the Pali word for generosity or giving freely. Your registration fee for this retreat is going solely toward the cost of accommodations, meals and other operational expenses.

There will be an opportunity to offer contributions to the teachers at the end of this retreat. We encourage you to use your wisdom to consider the value of the teachings and the teachers to your life, and express your appreciation by showing financial support.


Please email our Retreat Manager, Manaslu Gurung if you have questions.


Retreat Guidelines

Beginners are welcome, though we strongly suggest you have some experience with meditation practice.

This is a practice-based retreat, and we ask that you participate fully in all sessions as is possible for you.

No use of electronics/phones except in case of an emergency. In case of emergency, please notify our Retreat Manager, Manaslu Gurung.

No use of alcohol throughout the retreat.

Quiet hours from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.

Saturday is a day of silence beginning after breakfast and continuing through Sunday after breakfast. During this time, there will be no socializing or discussion with one another. We strongly suggest refraining from reading or journaling during this time too, to give yourself the opportunity to experience the positive effects of silence on your body and mind.

Getting There

The train is available via NJ Transit to Tuxedo Station. A shuttle to and from Harriman Outdoor Center/Tuxedo Station is available, though reservations are required. Please indicate on your registration form if you need to be picked up from the shuttle.

If you have a car and can drive, or if you need a ride, please indicate on your registration form. We will try to arrange car pools for those of us leaving from NYC.


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3-5pm                         Check-in
6pm                             Dinner
7:30-9:30pm               Retreat begins: Meditation and Dharma Talk

7-7:30am                    Meditation
7:30-8:30                   Breakfast
8:30-9am                    Talk and Instruction
9am-1pm                    Periods of guided walking, sitting, and mindful movement
1-1:30pm                    Mindful Lunch Together
1:30-4:30pm               Self-Guided Activities - Silent
4:30-6pm                    Walking and Sitting Meditation
6-7:30pm                    Dinner
7:30-9pm                    Dharma Talk and Meditation

7-7:30am                    Meditation
7:30-8:30                    Breakfast
8:30-10am                Practice and Final Talk
10am-11am                  Clean-up and departure

*Subject to change