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The Wisdom Seat Retreat

at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra
Woodstock, NY​


October 12 - 20, 2024

Program Description

We invite you to join us for this in-person Autumn retreat at the Karma Triyana
Dharmachakra monastery in the delightful upstate New York Catskill Mountains. This 8-day practice intensive is designed to help us deepen our mindfulness-awareness meditation and integrate it into our daily life. The retreat
will include:

  • 6 - 7 hours of daily shrine room meditation alternating sitting and walking during each session

  • Daily breath and body relaxation practices

  • Daily readings from Buddhist texts

  • Outdoor walking meditation

  • Individual meditation instruction upon request

  • Periodic group meditation instruction

  • 75 - 90 minutes of daily chores


Participants will be asked to observe “functional silence” throughout most of the retreat, limiting verbal communication to a minimum.

Since the retreat will be limited to 30 participants, those attending will be expected to participate in all 8 days of the retreat. Participants traveling from a distance may need to be given priority. 

Vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner will be offered daily, with access to cafeteria snacks, coffee, and tea throughout the retreat. 

The Wisdom Seat Retreat
The Wisdom Seat Retreat
Designed to deepen our experience of mindfulness-awareness meditation. Oct. 12 - 20, 2024 in Woodstock, NY

Accomodations

Four options for accommodations will be offered.
When you register, please select from one of these 4 options.

Single Room

$1,400

Room for one person, with a private bathroom.

Shared Private Room

$1,160

Room for two or three, with a private bathroom.

Dorm Room

$900

Dorms accommodate four to eight. Occupants share a bathroom.

No Overnight

$700

This is for local residents who are staying at their own offsite accommodations. 

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Karma Triyana Dharmachakra

335 Meads Mountain Road
Woodstock, NY 12498.

Karma Triyana Dharmachakra is the North American Seat of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

Schedule

Activity
Time
Breakfast
7:30am – 8:30am
Practice session #1
9:00am – 12:00pm
Lunch
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Work, break & study session.
1:00 – 2:30pm
Practice session #2. Includes breath and body relaxation practices
2:30 – 4:30pm
Tea break
4:30 – 5:00pm
Practice session #3
5:00 – 6:00pm
Dinner and break
6:00 – 7:00pm
Practice session #4
7:00 – 8:30pm
Lights out
9:30pm
  • What are the Covid-19 Guidelines?
    COVID-19 guidelines have been broadly relaxed in NY State for 2024 which is welcome news, and we're following suit with our guidelines. However, COVID infections continue and often increase in the autumn. The Wisdom Seat is committed to the health and well-being of all participants for our retreat, and we have adopted guidelines that have been designed and successfully implemented for other meditation retreats. We encourage each participant to make decisions that are best for their health and comfort. As of the writing of this policy, we will not be requiring masks during the retreat though we support those who wish to continue to mask and social distance. We are asking each participant to take a Covid test 48 hours before attending the October 12th orientation. We then ask each participant to confirm a negative test result with a picture of the results or your simple acknowledgement that you indeed did test negative by uploading a photo of your test result here: https://forms.wix.com/f/7163169805900448708. By complying with this policy, all retreatants can rest assured that 100% of those in attendance have tested negative for Covid, fostering a shared atmosphere of safety and mutual respect for each other’s well-being. We will remain flexible as the retreat approaches and will adjust our Covid guidelines if needed. 
  • What is ROTA?
    It is traditional in Buddhist retreat and monastic settings for practitioners to participate in the daily chores and during this retreat all participants will be expected to spend approximately 60 - 75 minutes per day completing assigned tasks. By tradition, such daily work is considered mindfulness in action: an extension of our meditative discipline where we express our natural wakefulness in caring for our world and our life altogether.
  • When is arrival and departure?
    Arrival and orientation: Saturday, October 12, 2024 12:00noon – 4:00pm. Departure: The retreat ends on 12:30pm on Sunday, October 20, 2024.
  • How do I travel to the retreat?
    Please visit the monastery's website here for information: https://kagyu.org/#visit
  • What is functional silence?
    Functional silence during a retreat is a traditional practice designed to promote a contemplative atmosphere for practice and study, by limiting your communication with fellow participants to only practical, required dialog.
  • What is the refund and cancellation policy?
    Cancellation and Refund Policy We understand that unforeseen circumstances can arise and you may need to cancel your reservation. We want to make the cancellation process as simple and clear as possible for you. If you need to cancel your reservation, please note the following policy: More than 60 days before the retreat (before August 13, 2024): Full refund of your payment will be issued, less any transaction fees. 60 days or less before the retreat (on or after August 13, 2024): We regret that we cannot offer refunds due to the commitments we’ve made to ensure the retreat runs smoothly. However, if we have a waitlist and another person can take your place, we may be able to offer a refund. Special Consideration for Illness (including COVID-19): If you are unable to attend the retreat due to illness and may be contagious at the start of the retreat, we ask that you prioritize the health and safety of all attendees and refrain from attending. In such cases, we will provide a full refund, provided we are notified by October 11, 2024. This policy is necessary to ensure that we can plan effectively and provide the best experience for all attendees. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
  • What is the cancellation and refund policy?
    Cancellation and Refund Policy We understand that unforeseen circumstances can arise and you may need to cancel your reservation. We want to make the cancellation process as simple and clear as possible for you. If you need to cancel your reservation, please note the following policy: More than 60 days before the retreat (before August 13, 2024): Full refund of your payment will be issued, less any transaction fees. 60 days or less before the retreat (on or after August 13, 2024): We regret that we cannot offer refunds due to the commitments we’ve made to ensure the retreat runs smoothly. However, if we have a waitlist and another person can take your place, we may be able to offer a refund. Special Consideration for Illness (including COVID-19): If you are unable to attend the retreat due to illness and may be contagious at the start of the retreat, we ask that you prioritize the health and safety of all attendees and refrain from attending. In such cases, we will provide a full refund, provided we are notified by October 11, 2024. This policy is necessary to ensure that we can plan effectively and provide the best experience for all attendees. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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