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Amy Reyer, who leads meditation classes at the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison, is pictured at the top of the “Holy Mountain” on the property April 25, 2017.(Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)You might be slamming a tennis ball with all your might at a former adult summer camp or inhaling to a count of three and exhaling to a count of three from a mountaintop as your gaze drifts over the Hudson River Valley.
It’s a self care kind of vacation, but it involves internal work with long lasting payback suited for spiritually minded people as well as secular souls.
“You don’t have to have your eyes closed and sitting on a cushion to exercise these tools. That’s good, but what makes meditation practice great is what it does for us the rest of the time,” says Amy Reyer, mindfulness and meditation educator.
She’s the founder of the Art of Living Slowly and leads a compassion meditation class in Croton on Hudson. She also leads a meditation class at Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison using the Tergar philosophy, which translates the ancient practice of meditation for a modern world for people of all backgrounds.
But you don’t have to be a teacher or go out of state to take a breather in Buddhist monk fashion. You can reap the benefits of meditation anywhere in everyday life. He leads weekend retreats at the Shambhala Center of New York, where there’s no cloistering away from reality.
An urban retreat is a good middle ground between a 10 minute practice in the morning at home and a full on, deep retreat in which silence and no cellphones is enforced. “It’s not that people are trying to be yogis living in caves and all that. But we want to learn how to apply compassion and mindfulness in everyday life,” Nichtern says.
Anuruddha Thera is a cousin of the Buddha and one of the five head disciples of the Buddha. He ranked foremost among those who had obtained the divine eyes. Being an affectionate and loyal monk, he was foremost in consoling the monks with divine eyes. He was photographed at The Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, April 30, 2017. (Photo: Carrie Yale/The Journal News)
Joy Baum has been a contemplative educator for many years and continues to teach and practice in the Hudson Valley, throughout North America and abroad. She’s running a retreat at the Garrison Institute this summer, as part of Inhabit Retreats, which is “a fabulous opportunity to engage in the meditative and contemplative experiences of an immersion retreat,
” Baum says.
For an experience closer to monastic living for a few days, that is that’s available at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, the Shambhala Center at Sky Lake in Rosendale, and Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper. Those who are really serious can take a year long residency at Zen Mountain.
But if you’re just starting out, you may want to try an evening or a day at one of these retreats:
Steps leading up to The Sanctuary, a quiet space for contemplation and daily meditation classes at Omega.
Choose from dozens of meditation workshops at Omega from beginners courses, to advanced professional training.
Accommodations: A former summer camp, Omega’s 250 acre campus restored the dining hall, main halland guest lodging, adding a library, wellness centerand sanctuary; lodging ranges from cabins with private baths to camping sites with shared baths.
Chuang Yen MonasteryWhat’s there: Great Buddha Hall, Kuan Yin Hall, dining hall, gift shop, Thousand Lotus Terrace, Seven Jewel Lakes, Garden,
and Woo Ju Memorial Library.