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Catskills Ski & Spa Retreat With Robert Thurman

Event Details

Who
Robert Thurman & Friends 
What
President's Day Weekend Retreat 
Where
Menla Mountain Retreat--Phoenicia, NY (Catskills) 
When
Friday, February 15, 2013 At 05:00 PM  
How
Please follow the link below to register online. If you cannot attend the entire program or have an unusual registration request, please email kdryden@menla.org or call 845.688.6897 ext.7518 
Details
Tibet House members receive a 10% discount on tuition. 

About the Event

 


Annual Catskills Ski & Spa Retreat
Robert Thurman & Friends
February 15 - 18, 2013

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

Join us in the heart of the snowy Catskills for our second annual President’s Day weekend ski and spa retreat! In addition to two trips to nearby Belleayre and Hunter Mountains for skiing and snowboarding fun, we will also do yoga, meditate, take time for massages and other spa treatments in our new Mahasukha Spa, and benefit from enlightening Buddhist teachings by Robert Thurman on the Jewel Tree of Tibet.  Guests who want to join this retreat but who do not wish to participate in the ski/snowboarding trips will have alternative options (please see schedule below).

Tibetans call their cherished tradition of Buddhism a “wish-fulfilling jewel tree” for its power to generate bliss and enlightenment within all who absorb its teachings. This path to enlightenment, it is taught, requires more than a sitting meditation practice alone.

Happiness, in fact, is the true goal of Tibetan spirituality, and the wish-fulfilling jewel tree will put you on the road to that reachable goal. This beautiful jewel-tree imagery, which acts as a mandala or a yoga pose to focus your attention on truths larger than yourself, will help you break through worn-out ideas and habits, strengthen positive abilities, develop more energy and creativity, and change your life -- and future -- for the better. In this unique weekend getaway, Thurman brings these insights to you as they were meant to be transmitted, through the spoken word.

Recommended reading: The Jewel Tree of Tibet.

Open to all levels! Beginners can opt for ski or snowboard lessons with advanced request.

Please note: You may register for the entire event or for just Friday through Sunday. Tuition and accommodations rates do not include the cost of lift tickets and equipment rental. Spa treatments are also optional and are not included.


Information on Trips to the Mountains and Rental Costs

We will be offering a Saturday trip to Belleayre Mountain from 9:15am to 3:30pm (30 minutes each way travel time). Belleayre offers both skiing and snowboarding fun. Group rates (15 people or more) are $33 lift ticket + $25 equipment rental + $13 helmet. If we have enough people to qualify for the group rates, a free lesson is offered. If we don't get 15 people, rates are $57 lift ticket + $25 equipment rental + $13 helmet.

Reservations are due 24 hours in advance, so if you answer that you do not plan to go on this trip below and you change your mind later, you will need to let us know at least one day in advance. If possible, Menla will make a group reservation as soon as we reach 15 people (and we can add more up to the day before), otherwise everyone will need to make their own reservations (845-254-5600 ext 2474/2444/2428). Apparently they have a limited number of snowboards, so reserving snowboards as far in advance is recommended.

Belleayre Website

We will also be offering a Sunday trip to Windham Mountain from 9:15 - 3:30pm (45 minutes each way travel time). Windham offers skiing, snowboarding, AND tubing! Group rates (20 people or more) for night skiing/snowboarding are $30 lift ticket + $30 equipment rental (includes helmet). One free lift ticket is offered, which we would split evenly as a small discount across the boards. Non-group rates for night skiing/snowboarding are $37 lift ticket + $30 equipment rental (includes helmet). Windham's main office number is 518-734-4300, however online reservations save you $2. Reservations are due 48 hours in advance. Group rates for tubing are $17.80 per five people, otherwise it's $20 per person for 2 hours and $25 for 4 hours.

Windham Online Reservations (Individual)

Windham Website

Windham Tubing Webpage

You are encouraged to make individual reservations now, and should we reach group numbers, we will inform you immediately to cancel your individual reservations. Menla will then take care of group reservations.


Tuition


Three-Day Tuition (Fri-Mon) – $440 (per person);  $396 (for Tibet House members)   

Two-Day Tuition (Fri-Sun or Sat-Mon) – $300 (per person);  $270 (Tibet House members)


Three-Day Accommodations
Rates – Arrive Friday, depart Monday after lunch.
Accommodations fees include housing and gourmet vegetarian meals and are in addition to the program tuition.

Deluxe Private
Room with Queen Bed and Private Bath
- $675 (per person); $878 couple ($439 per person)

Deluxe
Room with 2 Twin Beds and Private Bath
$486 (per person)
Deluxe Room with 2 Twin Beds and Shared Bath $432 (per person)

Standard Accommodations
with Twin Beds or Twin Bunks and Shared Bath
- $405, 375, 355, or 330 (per person), depending on whether you book a single, double, triple, or quad, respectively. Please note that beds in shared rooms are on a first come first serve basis. We cannot assign specific beds on registration.

Cots - $285 (per person).  We have a large breakout room in the Conference Center with ten cots/single mattresses for those who want the camping rate but prefer to sleep indoors. Occasionally, cots can be added to shared rooms.

Commuters
- $255 (per person). Fee includes facility use and all meals.


Two-Day Accommodations Rates – Arrive Friday, depart Sunday after lunch or arrive Saturday, depart Monday after lunch. Fees include housing and gourmet vegetarian meals and are in addition to tuition.

Deluxe Private Room with Queen Bed and Private Bath - $495 (per person); $650 couple ($325 per person)

Deluxe
Room with 2 Twin Beds and Private Bath
$360 (per person)
Deluxe Room with 2 Twin Beds and Shared Bath$320 (per person)

Standard Accommodations with Twin Beds or Twin Bunks and Shared Bath
$295, 275, 260, or 240 (per person), depending on whether you book a single, double, triple, or quad, respectively. Please note that beds
in shared rooms are on a first come first serve basis. We cannot assign specific beds on registration.

Cots - $210 (per person).  We have a large breakout room in the Conference Center with ten cots/single mattresses for those who want the camping rate but prefer to sleep indoors. Occasionally, cots can be added to shared rooms.

Commuters
- $170 (per person). Fee i
ncludes facility use and all meals.

Note: We will assign you a roommate if you do not book a single and do not register with one.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel two weeks prior to the program, you will receive a 100% refund, minus a $35 processing fee.

If you cancel one full day to two weeks prior to the program, you will not receive a refund but instead receive full course credit, minus a $35 processing fee, which can be applied to any other Tibet House sponsored program at Menla. This credit is good for one year.

If you cancel the day of the program or do not show up for any reason, no refund or credit will be given. 

Tibet House US/Menla Mountain Retreat & Conference Center reserves the right to cancel any program at any time for low enrollment or circumstances beyond our control.  Should this take place, a full refund will be offered.


Friday, Feb 15

3 - 8  p.m.              Check-in

4 - 6 p.m.               Spa Treatments

6 - 7 p.m.               Dinner

7:30 p.m.               Welcome and Evening Movie

Saturday, Feb 16

7 - 8 a.m.               Early Morning Yoga

8 - 9 a.m.               Breakfast and pick up bag lunch for ski trip

9:15 - 3:30 p.m.     Skiing/Snowboarding at Belleayre or Hunter Mountain

9:15 a.m.               Healthy Cooking Class for Guests not Skiing

11 a.m.                  Pranayama for Guests not Skiing

12 - 1 p.m.             Lunch for Guests not Skiing

2 - 4 p.m.               Spa Treatments for Guests not Skiing

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.     Yoga for Guests not Skiing

4 - 7 p.m.               Spa Treatments for Skiers

6 - 7 p.m.               Dinner

7:30 p.m.               Evening Program with Robert Thurman

Sunday, Feb 17

7 a.m.                    Early Morning Yoga

8 - 9 a.m.               Breakfast and pick up bag lunch for ski trip

9:15 - 3:30 p.m.     Skiing/Snowboarding at Belleayre or Hunter Mountain

9:15 a.m.               Dharma Film for Guests not Skiing

11 a.m.                  Pranayama for Guests not Skiing

12 - 1 p.m.             Lunch and Check-Out for Guest not Staying Through Monday

 2 - 4 p.m.              Spa Treatments for Guests not Skiing

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.     Yoga for Guests not Skiing

4 - 6 p.m.               Spa Treatments for Skiers

6 - 7 p.m.               Dinner

7:30 p.m.               Evening Program with Robert Thurman

Monday, Feb 18

7 a.m.                    Early Morning Yoga

8 - 9 a.m.               Breakfast and Check-out

9:30 a.m.               Closing Program with Robert Thurman

12 - 1 p.m.             Lunch and Departure

12 - 2 p.m.             Free Time for Spa Treatments


** Schedule subject to change at any time



About the Presenter

Robert Thurman is professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House U.S., a popular lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, the translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras, and author of numerous books including the national bestseller, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness; Anger, the fifth book from a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, offered by The New York Public Library and Oxford University Press. His most recent book is titled Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World, published by Atria Books/Beyond Words.




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