Now that summer is here, this would be an excellent time to plan to attend a meditation retreat. Here are some nearby retreat centers you might wish to consider:
Omega Institute is located just up the road from us in Rhinebeck, New York. Founded in 1977, the Institute was inspired by Eastern meditation teacher Pir Vilayat Inayat Khna.The name "Omega" came from the teachings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a renowned 20th-century philosopher, who used the term "Omega Point" to describe the peak of unity and integration toward which all life is evolving.
The Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York “applies the transformative power of contemplation to today's pressing social and environmental concerns, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future.” The Institute, founded in 2003, offers meditation retreats and gatherings around important issues of the day.
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is located in the nearby Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Kripalu offers a variety of experiential and educational workshops, tai chi, meditation, and of course yoga; “ a rich daily schedule that allows you to do just what you want, whether it’s soul-searching, celebrating, or simply remembering who you are when you’re not absorbed by the flurry of family, work, and life.”
Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality (ECCJS) at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT. The well-known Jewish Retreat Center Elat Chayyim merged with Isabella Freedman in the fall of 2006. “Elat Chayyim’s retreats welcome people from all backgrounds, including individuals with limited or no Jewish education, seekers who have walked other spiritual and religious paths and those who are traditionally observant.”
Holy Family Passionist Retreat and Conference Center is a spiritual center in the Passionist (Roman Catholic) tradition located in West Hartford, CT. “Since 1720, when St. Paul of the Cross founded the Passionist Order, Passionist priests, religious, and lay associates have offered retreats that allow people time to reflect on their lives and deepen their relationship with God.”
LatifaNoor Elizabeth Anderson conducts individual one day Sufi Muslim chanting and meditation retreats in Dobbs Ferry. She has no website, and so I can’t provide much more information than this. But you can e-mail her LatifaNoorAnderson@yahoo.com for more information.
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