• Commuter – $320.00
  • Private Room: Single – $550.00
  • Private Room: Couple – $990.00
  • Junior Suite: Single – $700.00
  • Junior Suite: Couple – $1,195.00

Date & Time Details: Friday, March 31 (check in 3-6 PM; program starts 7 PM) until Sunday, April 2 1 PM

Location: Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing

Address: 191 Cragsmoor RoadCragsmoor, New York 12566


Check-in Time: 3 pm - 6 pm

Cancellation Policy: Refundable up to two weeks prior to the program (less a $50 processing fee). See our policy to learn more.

Per Person Price: Prices include 3 meals per day and use of all campus facilities.

    Early Bird Price: Book before February 1
  • Commuter: $270
  • Private Room (shared bath), single: $500
  • Private Room (shared bath), double: $470
  • Junior Suite (private bath), single: $650
  • Junior Suite (private bath), double: $547.50
  • Regular Price
  • Commuter – $320
  • Private Room (shared bath): Single – $550
  • Private Room (shared bath): Couple – $495
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Single – $700
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Couple – $597.50

Caring for Creation: Peace, Justice, and a Path to Planetary Care

With Rev Dr Leonisa Ardizzone

March 31 - April 2, 2023


Are you an educator, community organizer, or leader who feels that society is in desperate need of transformation? Spend a restorative weekend deepening your connection to creation, exploring ways to find personal peace, and developing the tools to sustain your work as a peace and justice builder. This program uses the three core values of Peace Education as a foundation—Global Citizenship, Planetary Stewardship, Humane Relationship—and will help you to embody them in your work.

Program leader Rev Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone is one of the very few people in the world with a doctorate in Peace Education.

“This program gave me a framework I could use in my personal and professional life, as well as a way to move forward on a global level.” ~ CC

“The kindness extended by all staff, peaceful surroundings and time to truly unplug have nourished my soul. Thank you.” ~ JG


STAY SAFE DURING COVID-19: In the interest of safety, enrollment will be limited; please read our COVID-19 Precautions & Preparations to understand our additional strategies.


Join Rev Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone for an immersive and dialogical weekend exploration into the values and practices of Peace Education.

Using multi-sensory play and nature explorations, we will dig into concepts of violence and peace, the core values of Peace Education, and ways we can explore these themes with our constituent populations. We will consider root causes: earth-centered, interfaith, intergenerational, and intersectional. Ultimately, we will examine how we can transform our current culture of violence—including injustice, unequal opportunity, racism, planetary exploitation, and poverty—into a culture of peace, a system that values justice, dignity and all life on Earth.



Friday kicks off with a relaxed evening program that allows us to get centered and share our expectations for the weekend. Overall, we will examine these questions: What is peace? What does peace look like to me? What issues do we need to address? How do we define violence and peace (and why)? As the weekend unfolds we will:

  • Explore how we help ourselves and others see the manifestations and  “roots” of violence
  • Examine the three core values of Peace Education—Global Citizenship, Planetary Stewardship, Humane Relationship—as well as other big ideas
  • Imagine another world through storytelling, music-making, and creating art
  • Discuss how to incorporate Peace Education into your setting

Leonisa was mentored by the founder of Peace Education, Dr. Betty Reardon. Through her work in K-12 schools, informal settings, undergraduate and graduate programs, and ministry, Leonisa has helped many people see the value in practices dedicated to peace.

The Dharmakaya Center campus at twilight


  • Intimate setting with personal access to the teacher
  • Interactive sessions with question and answer periods
  • Shamatha 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


There are no prerequisites for this program; it is appropriate for all. It may be particularly useful for educators, administrators, community organizers, religious educators, local leaders, and activists.


(subject to change)

Friday, March 31

3:00 PM Check in begins
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner (Dining Hall)
7:30-9:00 PM Welcome and Introduction (Milarepa Hall)
9:00-9:30 PM Guided Meditation (Milarepa Hall)

Saturday, April 1

7:00-8:00 AM Morning Salutations and Meditation, optional (Milarepa Hall)
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast (Dining Hall)
9:30 AM-12:00 PM Teaching: Root Causes (Milarepa Hall)
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch (Dining Hall)
1:30-3:30 PM Teaching: Three Core Values of Peace Education (Milarepa Hall)
3:30-4:15 PM Walking Meditation (Courtyard)
4:30-5:00 PM Free Time
5:00-6:00 PM Questions and Conversation, optional (Milarepa Hall)
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner (Dining Hall)
7:30-9:00 PM Evening Program: Playing Peace (Milarepa Hall)

Sunday, April 2

7:00-8:00 AM Morning Salutations and Meditation, optional (Milarepa Hall)
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast (Dining Hall)
10:00 AM-11:30 AM Teaching: Implementation and Ideas (Milarepa Hall)
11:30 AM-12:00 PM Final Sharings: Bringing This Home (Milarepa Hall)
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch (Dining Hall)
1:00 PM Checkout and Departure



Rev Dr Leonisa Ardizzone
Rev Dr Leonisa Ardizzone is a multi-disciplinary and integrative thinker, a Unitarian Universalist minister, Peace/Science/Environmental Educator, jazz musician and songwriter, activist, author, and parent. Leonisa holds an Ed.D. in International Educational Development with a concentration in Peace Education from Columbia University, an MDiv in Inter-religious engagement from Union Theological Seminary, an Ed.M. in Science Education, and a B.A. in Biology. She has taught for more than 25 years, from pre-school to graduate school, and has trained 100s of teachers through professional development. Currently, she teaches at Vassar College and is the affiliated minister at the 4th Universalist Society in New…
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Dharmakaya Center For Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road

Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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