PLAN YOUR VISIT

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Check-in begins at 3:00 pm.
Your meals begin with dinner on the day of your arrival, served from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. If you arrive after 8:00 pm, please make other arrangements for dinner, as the kitchen is generally closed by then.
We are sorry, we cannot accommodate arrivals after 10:00 pm.
Lunch is included in the last day of your stay, and room check out is at 1:00 pm.

TRANSPORTATION

There are many ways to travel to the Dharmakaya Center: by car, train, bus and plane . Please see our TRANSPORTATION page for details, links and schedules.


WHAT TO BRING

• Comfortable clothing for meditation and movement
• Slip-on, soft-soled shoes for indoors; most of our buildings have a no-shoe policy
• Bathrobe or sweat suits for movement between bedroom and bathroom
• Walking/hiking shoes for outdoors and hiking trails
• Unscented shampoo and toiletries
• Water bottle, sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen
• Warm clothing; weather on the hillside is seasonal and can be extremely variable
• Umbrellas and/or rain clothes; you will need to move between buildings in all weather
• Any special items for your practice (each room has a meditation cushion)
• Notebook and pen
• Reading material or other personal entertainment

TELEPHONE

Cell phone service can be spotty on the mountain. Still, we prefer that you make any phone calls in your room, and that you keep any calls brief; please be aware of the volume of your voice, so as not to disturb guests in neighboring rooms. The center phone may be used for emergencies only; emergency calls are expected to be extremely brief.

INTERNET

Free internet service is available in the library.

LAUNDRY

Washers and dryers are located in both Birch House and Oak House, and detergent is in the cabinet above the machines. Retreatants may do their own laundry for $2.00 per half hour. Please contact a Center staff member to pay and get a key.

BEDDING

We provide bedding and towels for each room. While we cannot offer daily service, if your retreat lasts longer than a week, you will get a fresh set of sheets and towels.

PERSONAL GUESTS

If you expect personal visitors during your stay, please let staff know in advance. All visitors are expected to pay meal fees, to follow all Center rules and to sign a waiver. Overnight guests will be charged accommodation fees.

CHILDREN

Children are welcome at the Center except during some special programs, and those under 14 may attend programs free, space permitting. Children must, however, be supervised at all times by a parent or designated guardian. Before bringing your child, please consider whether they will disturb those on retreat.

MEDICAL ISSUES

In the event of illness or injury, the nearest emergency medical facilities are 20 minutes away. We do not have our own medical facilities or personnel. Sometimes other visitors with medical or alternative healthcare training may offer help or advice. Please understand that the visitor is acting entirely on their own initiative, and not on behalf of or under the direction of the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing.

CONDUCT AND ETIQUETTE

To maintain a respectful environment appropriate to practice, we ask that all guests abide by the following guidelines:
• Please dress modestly and remove your shoes as you enter Milarepa Hall, Birch House and Oak House.
• Please keep your things neat and tidy.
• Please remember that your fellow guests may be on deep retreat and modulate your voice accordingly.
• For a distraction-free stay, please consider refraining from all social media use, including news channels, while you are on retreat; you are learning to disconnect.
• Laptops may only be used in your room or the library.
• Alcohol, non-prescription drugs, cigarettes, meat and fish are not permitted.
• We unfortunately cannot accommodate pets; this includes emotional support animals.
• Please do not use any perfume or cologne. Use only unscented, fragrance-free personal hygiene products.
• We show our respect for the teachers by standing when the Rinpoches arrive and sitting only after they have been seated. We stand again as they prepare to leave.
Dharmakaya Center For Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road

Cragsmoor, New York 12566
845.640.4593

© 2019 Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing. All rights reserved

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Dharmakaya Center For Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road Cragsmoor, New York 12566
845.640.4593

Privacy Policy

© 2019 Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing. All rights reserved