A close up picture of a stone Buddha in meditation posture
  • Commuter – $320.00
  • Private Room: Single – $560.00
  • Private Room: Couple – $1,010.00
  • Junior Suite: Single – $720.00
  • Junior Suite: Couple – $1,230.00

Date & Time Details: Friday, April 14 (check in 3-6 PM; program starts 7 PM) until Sunday, April 16 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.

  • Commuter – $320
  • Private Room (shared bath): Single – $560
  • Private Room (shared bath): Couple – $505
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Single – $720
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Couple – $615

To Begin, Begin: An Introduction to Traditional Buddhist Meditation

With Gary Wheaton

April 14 - 16, 2023


You have been hearing about meditation and are curious about starting a practice—or maybe you have been practicing but want to go deeper. Where to begin? This weekend program will ground you in the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, with clear instruction, interactive discussion, and practice in a range of techniques.

“Thank you for everything; I want to stay a week!”

STAY SAFE DURING COVID-19: We are committed to your health and safety. Please read our COVID-19 Precautions & Preparations to understand our strategies.

BRING A FRIEND DISCOUNT: Do you know someone who would like this program, but hasn’t been to the Center? Bring them, and you both get a 10% discount on your entire program package. For the discount to apply, there must be two reservations, at least one of whom has not taken a Dharmakaya Center class previously. At checkout, apply the Discount Code: BringAFriend.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Partial scholarships are available for this program. Please write retreats@dharmakayacenter.org for more information. 

a group of peopel sit in meditation in front of a large statue of Buddha


Meditation has been praised for its many benefits—a means of reducing stress, improving health, increasing focus. It can help you achieve all those things. Yet for Tibetan Buddhists, the meditator is above all an inner traveler. By quieting the mind, opening your heart, and listening deeply it is possible to reach a space of deep peace and inner spaciousness.

This weekend program will explore the value of meditation—calming the mind and releasing attachment and negativity. You will learn proper posture, how to bring your mind back to focus when it wanders, when movement is a valuable aid. You will discover numerous meditation styles and techniques, from simply following your breath, to walking meditation, to explorations of compassion and loving-kindness. Above all, you will gain the tools to build a sustainable daily practice.

You will leave with valuable skills that can change how you choose to relate to, react to, and view the world around you. That growing sense of awareness and understanding can ultimately transform your life.

People walk around a coutryard as the sunlight shines

(click image for video of walking meditation at the Center)


  • Intimate setting with personal access to the teacher
  • Interactive sessions with question and answer periods
  • Personal and guided meditation sessions
  • 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 meditators at all levels and those simply interested in learning more about themselves.


(subject to change)

Friday, April 14

3:00 PM Check in begins
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:15-8:30 PM Welcome
Introduction to Meditation

Saturday, April 15

7:00-8:00 AM Morning Salutations and Meditation, optional
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM-10:30 AM Instruction & Guided Meditation
11:30 AM-12:00 PM Practice
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:30-2:30 PM Walking Meditation
3:00-4:30 PM Instruction & Guided Meditation
5:30-6:00 PM Practice
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:15-7:45 PM Evening Meditation, optional

Sunday, April 16

7:00-8:00 AM Morning Salutations and Meditation, optional
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00-10:00 AM Instruction & Guided Meditation
10:30-11:00 AM Practice
11:00-11:30 AM Walking Meditation
11:30 AM-12:00 PM Question & Answer and Group Discussion
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Checkout and Departure



Gary Wheaton
Gary Wheaton has been a Buddhist practitioner and student of Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche since 2008. He has served as retreat cook, retreat organizer, retreat leader, and teacher’s assistant. Professionally he is a human resources director, with expertise in conflict resolution and coaching.
Learn more about Gary Wheaton
Dharmakaya Center For Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road

Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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191 Cragsmoor Road Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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© 2019 Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing. All rights reserved