Date & Time Details: Friday, July 21 (check in 3-6 PM; program starts 7 PM) until Sunday, July 23 2:30 PM

Location: Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing

Address: 191 Cragsmoor Road Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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Check-in Time: 3 pm - 6 pm

Open by Application: The program is free of charge. To receive an application, please email Therese Bimka . Those who are accepted will receive a registration code.

Soul Spa Wellness Weekend for BIPOC Leaders

With Rev. Dr. Salome Raheim, Rev. Dr. Sushmita Mukherjee, Rev. Therese Bimka, Program Initiator and Weaver and Ben Brown

July 21 - 23, 2023

Re-Membering Our Wholeness



Let’s face it: Implicit and explicit racism is draining. Soul depleting. And in some cases, life threatening.

Today, the trauma of racism is being discussed and witnessed across diverse segments of the population and associated institutions. The time for change is ripe. We need to find creative and meaningful ways to support the leaders who bring this critical work forward.

Our response: The Soul Spa Weekend, led by two fabulous BIPOC presenters.

Join us as we sponsor 12 BIPOC Leaders who must not only navigate their own racialized trauma, but who also hold, support and offer inspiration to the communities they serve. We want to support you in strengthening your resiliency so you can stay the course and show up for the bold and compassionate work ahead. The program focuses on:

  • Identifying stress factors that impact healing, activism and service work using the lens of systemic constellations, ancestral healing work and nature-based expressive arts rituals
  • Cultivating mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing
  • Developing sustainable self-care strategies

The program is free of charge, but requires an application. To apply:

  1. Download and complete this form
  2. Email the form to Therese Bimka
  3. If accepted you will receive a registration code

“Brilliant, moving, creative, and healing. The best workshop I have experienced in my life—and I am almost 70!”

“Absolutely incredible!…Amazing and eye opening…Deep Blessing…Can this go on forever? Breathtaking experience…It’s rare that I feel so welcomed in retreat spaces… radical permission to return home…. “

STAY SAFE DURING COVID-19: In the interest of safety, we are strictly limiting enrollment to 12 people; please read our COVID-19 Precautions & Preparations to understand our additional strategies.

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Soul Spa Weekend 2021


The weekend offers a diverse range of opportunities. Main program sessions will be punctuated by contemplation, healing arts, time in nature, and holistic treatments.

Restoring Lineage Wholeness with Family Constellations, led by Rev. Salome Raheim

Unhealed traumas of our lives and past generations affect our wellbeing. They manifest in our relationships and bodies—literally in our DNA—and can hinder our abilities to skillfully respond to current issues, obstacles, and challenges.

Family and Systemic Constellations is an experiential and participatory approach that enables individuals to overcome lineage patterns, disconnections, wounds, and fears that block us. In the sacred container that is created during the constellations process, profound insights and shifts of consciousness are able to manifest and activate healing and transformation.

Salome is an experienced constellations practitioner.  At the 2017 North American Systemic Constellations Conference, Salome co-led a powerful constellation process to promote trans-generational healing from the trauma of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Here she will lead participants in exploring systemic constellations as a healing modality and facilitate processes designed to heal intergenerational trauma; it is a stunning process of discovery, bearing witness, and generating authentic integration and healing.

Wholeness Continued: Story Time, led by Rev. Sushmita Mukherjee

As we prepare to immerse ourselves in a soul-regenerating, body-nourishing Sound Bath, we will take a few minutes to enter a more expansive psychological space. Using an Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime story, we will enter an imaginal world—one where we are freed from our daily sense of time and where we are kin to All Beings who make up this beautiful and fragile planet of ours.

Sound Bath, given by Ben Brown

The experience of sound encourages more space, rest, and resilience in the body and nervous system. Sound also provides an opportunity to experience ourselves more deeply, to connect to our higher consciousness, to create a sanctuary within ourselves, and to provide a path to the present moment. Sound practitioner Ben Brown will facilitate this experience through singing bowls and various other sound instruments.





Returning to Embodied Wholeness: Chakra Dance, led by Rev. Sushmita Mukherjee

Chakradance is a deep but gentle practice, inviting us to become ever more alive in our bodies.

Our body is our most devoted companion, never leaving our side, from the moment of our conception to our very last breath. Chakradance honors and celebrates this relationship with our bodies within a sacred container of guided meditation, spontaneous movement, chakra-resonant music and the creation of a mandala artwork to integrate the experience.

Chakradance practice takes place in a darkened, candle-lit room, with participants’ eyes closed or downcast. This facilitates an inward journey akin to prayer or meditation and minimizes any temptation of performance or comparison of self with others. Participants are free to move as much, or as little, as they wish and are able. The facilitator ensures the safety of the dancers during the experience.

Chakradance practice is deeply informed by Jungian psychology and the Eastern spiritual system of chakras (energy centers located in specific points in our bodies). During the practice, the energy and symbolism of the various chakras are invoked, embodied and honored, as aspects of our whole, integrated selves.


Integrating Wholeness: An Earth-Based Mandala Ritual, led by Rev. Sushmita Mukherjee and Rev. Salome Raheim

As a group, we will co-create an earth based altar, a collective visual meditation connecting us more deeply with the medicine of the land and nature as healer and with each other.  Through the ritual of the mandala building process we will weave and witness our history and ancestry, our dreams and aspirations, our celebrations and frustrations, and finally we will part as a circle of friends, gifting the earth herself a stunning expression of our beauty, power, and radiance as individuals and as a community.





This program is free of charge, but requires an application, downloadable here. Please email your completed application to program organizer and weaver Therese Bimka. Those who are accepted will receive a registration code.




(subject to change)

Friday, July 21

3:00 PM Check in begins
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:15-7:30 PM Welcome and Introduction
7:30-9:45 PM Re-membering Our Wholeness
     Casting Sacred Space: Pouring of Libations
     Setting Sacred Intentions
     Close with Song
9:45 PM Gather around the fire for informal connection

Saturday, July 22

7:00-8:00 AM Morning Salutations and Meditation, optional
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast
9:15 AM-1:00 PM Restoring Lineage Wholeness with Family Constellations, led by Rev. Salome Raheim
1:00-2:00 PM Lunch
1:30-3:00 PM
Grab a brown-bag lunch and gather for a stunning local hike and meditation on the mountain
Participate in free holistic health sessions sponsored by The Holistic Health Community of The Hudson Valley (live and virtual)
1:00-5:45 PM
Unstructured time for Relaxing
5:45-6:45 PM Dinner
7:00-8:00 PM Wholeness Continued: Story time, led by Rev. Sushmita Mukherjee
8:15-9:45 PM Sound Bath, given by Ben Brown
9:45 PM Gather around the fire for informal connection

Sunday, July 23

7:00-8:00 AM Morning Salutations and Meditation, optional
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM-12:00 PM Returning to Embodied Wholeness: Chakra Dance, led by Rev. Sushmita Mukherjee
12:00 PM-1:00 PM Integrating Wholeness: An Earth Based Mandala Ritual, led by Rev. Sushmita Mukherjee and Rev. Salome Raheim
1:00 PM-2:00 PM Lunch, Evaluations
2:00 PM Checkout and Departure



Rev. Dr. Salome Raheim
Salome Raheim, Ph.D., ACSW is a social worker, social work educator, diversity and equity consultant/ trainer, and leadership coach who is passionate about actualizing the depths of human potential for caring, compassion, connection, healing, and justice. She has more than 40 years of experience in social work and higher education, is Dean Emeritus at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, and Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany—SUNY School of Social Welfare. Her areas of expertise include promoting equity in organizations and addressing implicit bias, as well as mindfulness and other integrative body-mind-spirit practices. During her career, she…
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Rev. Dr. Sushmita Mukherjee
Rev. Dr. Sushmita Mukherjee’s life and career straddle cutting-edge biomedical research technology and a spirituality that is easily categorized. In both scientific and spiritual realms, her work lives at the interface of image, imagination and creativity. As a scientist, Sushmita works as an Associate Professor of Research, and a Co-Director of the Microscopy and Image Analysis Core Facility, at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Her spiritual home is at the One Spirit Learning Alliance, where she is an Academic Dean of the Interfaith/Interspiritual Seminary Program. Sushmita is an ordained interspiritual minister and a trained spiritual companion/counselor. Sushmita’s…
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Rev. Therese Bimka, Program Initiator and Weaver
Therese is a spiritual director and a psychotherapist in private practice in The Hudson Valley and former Director of The Interspiritual Counseling Program at One Spirit Interfaith Alliance (2011-2021).  A seasoned leader of retreats, international pilgrimages and workshops on a wide range of psycho-spiritual and creative themes, she has advanced training in various trauma- based teachings, guided visualizations for health, mindfulness meditation, Buddhism and psychology, expressive arts, Jungian Sandplay Therapy, soulcollage, and restorative justice, among others. In December 2022, Therese will return to the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing to teach Crossing the Threshold 2022-2023, a New Year’s Eve Retreat.
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Ben Brown
As a sound practitioner, visual artist, and bodyworker. Ben Brown seeks the intersection of mediums that provide a haven from social-emotional isolation, and support our adaptive capabilities to self-soothe and heal. Much of his work comes from the impulse to create more space in the nervous system and body through vibrational frequencies that connect us to our ancestral wisdom and being. Ben facilitates live and virtual sound experiences. He is the co-creator of HOME and E L I X I R, two monthly sound practices; LUSH, a hands-on bodywork and sound experience; and Beauty Medicine, an interdisciplinary sound art project…
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Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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