3 Days Silent Meditation and Yoga Retreat New York, USA

Softening the Heart Yoga Retreat USA

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in the USA.

Do you feel overwhelmed and depleted by trying to keep up with the demands of modern life? Do you feel disconnected and forget to attend to yourself and those around you with genuine interest and concern? Do you need to boost your immunity and overall health? Do you need a break from social media or simply want to spend a quiet weekend in nature? Join this silent weekend retreat to reestablish a connection with your authentic self, to deeply rest, and to recharge your body and soul. As a path of growth and genuine happiness, you will awaken to a heartfelt concern for yourself and others.

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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Exploration of movement and stillness
  • Breathing practices and conscious communication
  • Full use of the accommodation facilities
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 30
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During this retreat, you will stay at Won Dharma Center. It is 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 Won Dharma Center won the 2010 Design Award from Faith & Form / IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art and Architecture.


During this retreat, Marije Paternotte will offer:

  • An exploration of movement (Yang) and stillness (Yin), as well as breathing practices to elicit a wholesome expression of Chi in the body, fostering vitality, and overall well-being
  • Exercises to develop self-observation without judgment and foster compassion through writing, conscious communication, and mindfulness meditation

Program schedule

Friday, April 12

  • 15:00 Check-in onwards
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Welcome session, Yin yoga, and meditation
  • 21:00 End - silence begins

Saturday, April 13

  • 07:30 Meditation
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Program session
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:00 Program session
  • 17:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 Meditation
  • 19:30 End

Sunday, April 14

  • 07:30 Meditation
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Closing session - silence ends
  • 12:30 Check-out and lunch


Marije Paternotte
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Marije E. Paternotte was born and raised in Amsterdam, where she studied law and worked as a corporate lawyer. After joining a yoga retreat in Bali, life led her to the United States, where she took her first yoga teacher training. She currently lives in New Jersey, teaches yoga locally, as well as workshops and retreats around the world. She encourages her students to find their own yoga and to practice mindfulness in everything they do, thus cultivating nonjudgmental self-observation that leads to inner peace, genuine happiness, and the discovery of who they truly are.

Retreat location

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, USA, 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.

The Won Dharma Center can be easily reached from the Albany International Airport (ALB), as well as from Bradley International Airport (BDL) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Unique features


  • Environmentally friendly


  • Free parking


During this retreat, you will enjoy dinner on Friday night, three meals on Saturday, and breakfast as well as lunch on Sunday. All meals are vegetarian and served buffet style. Most dietary restrictions can be catered to with advice notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The invitation during this retreat is to rest, recharge and renew. You are welcome to enjoy the walking trails in the beautiful nature that surrounds the Won Dharma Center.

What's included

  • Daily Yin yoga and meditations sessions
  • Exploration of movement and stillness
  • Breathing practices and conscious communication
  • Full use of the accommodation facilities
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Travel to the retreat location
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by train

  • From Penn Station, Manhattan to Hudson, New York City, you may take a train from the Empire Service Trains. Trains pass from 11 to 12 times per day and the ride may take two hours approximately.
  • From Albany-Rensselaer Station, New York to Hudson, New York, you may take a train from the Empire Service Trains. Trains pass from 11 to 12 times per day and the ride may take 30 minutes.
  • From the South Station in Boston, Massachusetts to Hudson, New York, you can take AMTRAK from Boston Station, Massachusetts to Albany-Rensselaer Station, New York. The ride leaves once daily at 11:45 a.m. and it takes approximately a 5.5-hour ride. Then, you just have to take a train to Hudson, New York.

Arrival by taxi

Taxi service is generally available at the Hudson station. Marije Paternotte recommends that you make a reservation for the taxi, especially in the evening. It is about a 15-minute drive from the Hudson AMTRAK Station to the Won Dharma Center.

Arrival by bus

The Won Dharma Center is not easily accessible by bus. Marije Paternotte recommends 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, New York.

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 USD to 50 USD.

By Plane

The closest airport to the Won Dharma Center is the Albany International Airport (ALB). The Won Dharma Center is a forty-minute drive from Albany International Airport (ALB).

The other major airports are Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). If you are using these airports, you can rent a car at the airport and drive to the Won Dharma Center. Travel times to / from these airports vary due to traffic and weather-related conditions but are generally two hours and 40 minutes from LaGuardia Airport (LGA), two hours 50 minutes from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and two hours 40 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

If you use public transportation from these airports to get to the Won Dharma Center, you can take a cab, the subway, or a train to Penn Station in Manhattan, and then take AMTRAK to Hudson, New York.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 42 days before the arrival date.

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Arrival: Friday April 12, 2019
Departure: Sunday April 14, 2019

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