Meditation Getaways

Tricycle readers name their favorite U.S. retreat centers.Alexandra Kaloyanides

Readers’ Top 11 Picks (in alphabetical order)

Blue Cliff MonasteryBlue Cliff Monastery Pine Bush, NY
3 Mindfulness Road
Pine Bush, NY 12566
bluecliffmonastery.org
845-733-4959
office@bluecliffmonastery.org

Blue Cliff Monastery in New York’s Hudson Valley was established in May 2007. It is an extension of Plum Village meditation center in France, founded by the venerable Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.

Cloud Mountain Retreat CenterCloud Mountain Retreat Center Castle Rock, WA
373 Agren Road,
Castle Rock, WA 98611
cloudmountain.org
888-465-9118, 360-274-4859
info@cloudmountain.org

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, 60 miles north of Portland, Oregon, is a nonsectarian Buddhist center hosting residential retreats year-round that focus on cultivating ethical behavior, generosity, and wisdom.

Garrison InstituteGarrison Institute Garrison, NY
c/o Glenclyffe,
14 Mary’s Way, Route 9D,
Garrison, NY 10524
garrisoninstitute.org
845-424-4800
garrison@garrisoninstitute.org

Occupying a former Capuchin monastery on the Hudson River north of New York City, the Garrison Institute is a nonsectarian organization that explores the intersection of contemplation and engaged action. One Tricycle reader picks Garrison as his favorite center because it “is at a fantastic location and serves amazing food.”

IMS BarreInsight Meditation Society, the Forest Refuge, and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Barre, MA
Barre, MA 01005
dharma.org
978-355-4378
rc@dharma.org

The two meditation retreat centers—IMS and the Forest Refuge—and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies offer meditation retreats and courses rooted in the Theravada Buddhist teachings of ethics, concentration, and wisdom. One person who responded to the Tricycle survey wrote that “IMS provides a near-perfect atmosphere for retreat practice—simple, supportive, beautiful surroundings; good teachers; and a very kind and committed staff.”

KripaluKripalu Stockbridge, MA
57 Interlaken Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
kripalu.org
800-741-7353
registration@kripalu.org

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is dedicated to promoting the art and science of yoga. Located in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, it is the largest retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is dedicated to promoting the art and science of yoga. Located in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, it is the largest retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America.Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is dedicated to promoting the art and science of yoga. Located in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, it is the largest retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America.

Omega InstituteOmega Institute Rhinebeck, NY
150 Lake Drive
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
eomega.org
877-944-2002, 845-266-4444
registration@eomega.org
Founded in 1977, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies offers programs on its 195-acre campus in Rhinebeck, New York, and at other locations around the world. The focus is on health and wellness, spiritual growth, and self-awareness.

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hartnell114's picture

as a newcomer to the experiance,i feel that in some ways i have been following this my whole life, more recently even more so, yet i wish the brances oftricycle would someday extend towards the beaches of the UK, where i am sure many would gather and participate in great enthuiasm.

-rob