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3 Days Yin Yoga and Meditation in Upstate New York

  • Won Dharma Center, 361 State Route 23, Claverack, New York, USA

Overview

Yin Yoga Retreat New York

Katrin Elia Yoga invites you to enjoy a blissful retreat at the beautiful Buddhist Won Dharma Center in the Hudson Valley of New York. Come and experience Yin yoga group classes, a Marma therapy session, a workshop to deepen your Yin yoga knowledge, morning meditation sessions, yoga Nidra, and more! Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to relax and recharge!

Highlights

  • Daily Yin yoga classes
  • Morning meditation sessions
  • Yin yoga workshop and Marma therapy
  • "What is Ayurveda?" discussion
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Timeless Zen House and Placeless Zen House are two guest residences capable of accommodating 60 overnight guests in single, double, and dorm-style rooms featuring forest and mountain views. There are several single rooms, but most rooms are double rooms with twin beds and an ensuite sink. Each room shares a modern tiled bath with the adjacent room.

Accommodations are quiet, simple, convenient, and comfortable. Each house has a spacious lounge with a magnificent view of the Catskill Mountains. Conveniently located inside each house is a 300 square foot multi-purpose room, which can be used as a smaller meeting room, breakout space, or conference room. Timeless Zen House also has a 1000 square foot medium-sized hall on the first floor, which can be used for meditation and yoga practice or as a conference room. Both houses have inner courtyards which create a natural sense of quiet and contemplation.

Friday, October 28

  • 16:45 Meet and greet
  • 17:30 Dinner
  • 19:45 Yin yoga followed by yoga Nidra

Saturday, October 29

  • 06:45 Meditation
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 09:45 Workshop - "How Yin Yoga Works Internally" (Yin yoga practice included)
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Yin yoga and Marma Therapy
  • 17:30 Dinner
  • 19:45 Workshop - "What is Ayurveda - Learn about Your Constitution"

Sunday, October 30

  • 06:45 Meditation
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 09:45 Yin yoga and pranayama (breathing exercises)
  • 12:00 Lunch and departure
  • Katrin Elia

    Katrin’s classes are built on one movement flowing into another, with one breath connecting them together. She loves to integrate Yin (a passive approach to yoga) into her Vinyasa teachings. As Katrin teaches, both yoga styles are beneficial and balancing for the body and mind when practiced together.

Conveniently located in a rural setting near New York City and Boston, the Won Dharma Center is set on 426 acres in Claverack in upstate New York, overlooking the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains. Surrounded by wooded foothills with a nearby brook, the retreat center is a serene natural setting for contemplation and renewal.

A green community designed with sensitivity to nature and issues of sustainable design, the center consists of eco-friendly buildings designed to provide a tranquil and meditative atmosphere. The buildings of the center, which include permanent and guest residences, an administration building, and a large meditation hall, are modern, quiet, and convenient.

Nearby places

  • Albany International Airport (ALB) - 40 minutes
  • Boston, 152 miles - 2.5 hours
  • Hudson AMTRAK station - 15 minutes
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) - 2.5 hours
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA) - 2.4 hours
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) - 2.4 hours
Activities
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • River nearby
  • Studio
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Conference room

The price of this retreat includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners, all vegetarian.

There are many walking paths on the tranquil secluded property, and guests can take advantage of several magnificent state parks like Taconic State Park, Lake Taghkanic State Park, and others. Guests can also take advantage of ski resorts like Catamount, Jiminy Peak, and others in the area. There are also opportunities for canoeing and kayaking nearby.

Holistic massages are available upon request, for an extra cost.

  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • 2 vegetarian breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • A Marma therapy session
  • Daily Yin yoga classes
  • Morning meditation sessions
  • Workshops and yoga Nidra
  • Spa treatments

Driving directions from Manhattan

  • Take the FDR North and cross Williams bridge
  • Take I-87(NYS Thruway, Albany 87). After the toll booth continue on I-87
  • Take the Taconic State Parkway North and drive for about one and a half hours to exit Route 23 West (Claverack)
  • Take State Route 23 West towards Claverack for three and a half miles and make a right turn into the driveway of the Won Dharma Center

Driving directions from Queens and Long Island

  • Take the Hutchinson River Parkway North for eight miles and then continue to exit 13 (Sign: Saw Mill Parkway, Cross County Parkway)
  • Take the Cross County Parkway West for one and a half miles and then continue to exit six North, to the right (Sign: Bronx Parkway, Sprain Parkway)
  • Take the Sprain Parkway and Taconic State Parkway North for 98 miles and drive for about one and a half hours to exit Route 23 West (Claverack)
  • Take State Route 23 West towards Claverack for three and a half miles and make a right turn into the driveway of the Won Dharma Center

Driving directions from Boston

  • Take the Mass Turnpike West and then I-90 West.
  • Drive for about two hours to exit B2, to the right.
  • Take the Taconic State Parkway South for 16.6 miles and continue to exit Route 23 West (Claverack)
  • Take State Route 23 West towards Claverack for three and a half miles and make a right turn into the driveway of the Won Dharma Center

Driving directions from New Jersey and Philadelphia

  • Take the New Jersey Turnpike North
  • Take the Garden State Parkway North (exit 11)
  • Take I-87 North and continue to exit 21
  • Take exit 21 toward Route 23 and continue to Route 23B, on the left
  • Merge onto Route 23 East via the ramp on the left toward Hudson
  • Continue to State Route 23 East for eight and a half miles
  • Turn left onto Route 9H and drive for four miles
  • Turn right onto Route 23 and drive for two miles
  • Make a left into the driveway of the Won Dharma Center

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport to the Won Dharma Center is the Albany International Airport (ALB) in Albany. The other major airports are Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) but these are further away from the retreat center.

Arrival by bus

The Won Dharma Center is not easily accessible by bus. It is recommended that you take AMTRAK when you use public transportation. If you are coming from Boston, you can take Greyhound from Boston to Albany and then get a train to Hudson.

Buses leave Boston about six times a day on weekdays, from around 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., and about five times a day on weekends from around 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Fares range from 38 to 50 USD.

Arrival by train

Won Dharma Center is fifteen minutes away from the Hudson AMTRAK train station. There are direct links from New York that run many times a day.

If you are coming from Boston, you can take AMTRAK from Boston station to Albany-Rensselaer station, leaving once daily at 11:45 a.m. (five and a half hour journey) and then take another train to Hudson.

Arrival by taxi

Taxi service is generally available at the Hudson train station. It is recommended that you make a reservation for the taxi, especially in the evening.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Katrin Elia Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Jutta Seibert from Havertown, Pennsylvania
    10 out of 10

    "I have been a regular student in Katrin’s Yin yoga classes for the past couple of years and deeply appreciate her unique approach to this style of yoga. Her Yin yoga classes are beneficial and accessible to new yoga students as well as experienced yogis. She brings an irresistible playfulness and curiosity to the mat that help ease the occasional frustration and stress encountered during the mentally challenging Yin yoga practice. Katrin’s Yin yoga sequences often evolve in the form of a mandala that takes the student in a full circle through a carefully chosen sequence of Yin poses. I have also taken some of her Vinyasa classes and enjoyed all of them. Katrin approaches Vinyasa with the same playfulness. Her Vinyasa classes are light-hearted and joyful. She pays special emphasis to a safe practice and correct alignment. I highly recommend her classes."

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  • Review by Mindy Glassman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    10 out of 10

    "What I love about Katrin's yoga instruction is her passion for continued learning and sharing of new ideas and yoga experiences with each class. I am lucky to share the hour with such a dedicated and inspiring instructor. "

    Katrin Elia Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Amy from Rosemont, Pennsylvania
    10 out of 10

    "Katrin Elia is one of my favorite yoga teachers. Her classes are always thoughtful and based around a physical and spiritual theme and flow beautifully. Katrin beautifully incorporates the physical, spiritual, and musical aspects, drawing from a wide variety of yoga practices to make each class relaxing, enlightening, and energizing. I always leave feeling renewed and relaxed physically and mentally."

    Katrin Elia Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Michelle Hinshaw from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    10 out of 10

    "I've been taking Katrin's Monday night class for several years and my lower back pain is gone! Whenever a miss a week (which I try never to do) it comes back. I have been Advil free the whole time! She is patient and very forgiving and has great sense a humor that makes things really light hearted. My friend and I are total converts!"

    Katrin Elia Yoga website, edited