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Still

Mental- & Emotional-Wellbeing Retreats

 

For us, it began with COVID-19. In the summer of 2020, we began thinking about the psychological damage wrought by months of fear, anxiety, and stress. In response, we launched a program for frontline and essential workers, provided as a free service in gratitude to those working to keep our communities safe, healthy, and nourished.

Yet there are many other populations wrestling with undue stress and anxiety. And so we have expanded our mission, creating programs specifically for BIPOC leaders and for those working on the frontlines of the opioid crisis. We are happy to bring this program to other groups, as desired.

 

ABOUT THE STILL PROGRAM

Beginning with an immersive retreat, the program provides an array of tools—holistic practices drawn from Buddhism that help build resilience, release tension, develop inner peace, and deepen connection.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Each program costs about $6,000 to mount. Your donations of any size will help us bring it to more people.

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REQUEST INFORMATION

We offer our campus as a place of healing for those who have suffered most. It is the most powerful way we can think of to support and help hold our community.

PARTICIPANTS

We create programs specifically for groups of people who are most in need.

  • Front-line workers: healthcare workers, crisis workers, police officers, fire fighters
  • Essential services providers: grocery and pharmacy workers, public transit workers, delivery personnel
  • Those suffering from the anxiety of unprecedented loss of income
  • Those for whom sheltering in place has caused trauma, particularly victims of domestic abuse
  • We've been understaffed since the pandemic started, and most shifts I work until midnight, sometimes overnight. I've put myself at risk of exposure everyday…[but] quitting was never an option.

  • We are doing our best, with much grace and support, but it has been difficult.

  • I see myself slowly disappearing into a place of emotional “numbness” as a coping mechanism.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

We create and host two-to-four-day programs designed to give people the space and tools to process what has happened in their lives, enabling them to collectively and individually move through their emotions so they can return to their communities with insight and a refreshed sense of self.

Participants stay on campus for the duration of the program, allowing them to step out of the pressures of their daily lives and immerse themselves in healing.

  • Created in partnership with area organizations, so that each program can be tailored to the needs of a specific group.
  • Led by local trauma and mindfulness experts
  • Limited to 12 guests per program, to ensure one-on-one support. Guests are housed in private rooms and served three meals a day of fresh, flavorful, farm-to-table, vegetarian food.

While our Meditation Hall is large and airy, we also hold sessions in our Outdoor Practice Pavilion, weather permitting. We feel being in open air—each person in their own space—is in itself healing.

  • The STILL retreat was such a gift for me at this challenging moment…I truly left feeling a greater connection to a sense of purpose in my professional journey, an open heart to connection and change, and stillness…This is life changing work.

  • The tools are ones I will carry and use for many years, I found the emptying meditation very deep, the untangling meditation very powerful, the poetry activity and the free singing very cathartic.

  • This retreat was a pearl in the pandemic.

CURRICULUM

The program will include experiential learning, with small-group breakout sessions and large-group discussions. Grounded in ancient Buddhist wisdom practices, it will provide tools to help participants cope and thrive. Topics will include:

  • Grounding
  • Understanding Trauma
  • Stress Reduction
  • Self-Care
  • How to Resource Oneself

We may also develop specialized segments, tailored to the needs of a specific population.

 

HELP SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS

While we would like to offer this program as widely as possible, there are costs involved. Please help us help those who have given so much during this time of global crisis. Every contribution is gratefully received.

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