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Going on Spiritual Summer Retreats

mainhouse2.jpgThis weekend I hopped on a train and visited Ananda Ashram, a yoga retreat center in the Catskills. I’d heard about it for years but never gone, and am now wondering why my friends didn’t just drag me up there sooner. It was lovely–leafy, peaceful, with swans and geese and clean food and yoga and meditation and friendly, non-holier-than-thou people. Mostly New Yorkers looking for a soul dip. And I remembered how important it is for my spirit to come out and play, to be with like-minded folks who are looking to grow, to connect with something larger, to be more at peace.


The lovely Amy Cunningham did a feature for us years ago on spiritual summer retreats for grownups. (We also have something on spiritual summer camps for kids of all faiths.) She names places like Omega Institute in New York, Esalen in California and a few others. There’s also Kripalu Center in Western Mass., and more faith-speciifc retreats throughout the country–Pendle Hill, a Quaker center in Pennsylvania, Menla Mountain Retreat, a Buddhist spot near Woodstock, N.Y., to name a couple.

Do you do anything like this in the summer? Find a way to refresh your mind, body, and spirit? Do share any favorite spots or activities. 


  • Darlene Siddons

    sounds like a marvelous retreat… make the essence of the retreat last forever…. take the photos you took on the retreat and turn them into a video.. vision map videos and then you can share the video in anyway you choose… great ideas come from all sorts of emails…. have fun!!!

  • Donna Davidge

    and for those who would like a very small personalized experience that does not feel like an extension of NYC, we are a little further ( great airfares to Bangor from NYC this season!). Our guests and we feel it is worth it! I have heard great things about Ananda and the others but we are very comfortable for those who do not want large classes, to be around alot of people and truly get away! In our 13th year of operation we bring our combined talents and healing spiritual life experiences to our guests as well as offering beautiful nature and fabulous food, yoga, massage and sauna, nearby pristine lakes, hikes and great for biking too! Sewall House Yoga Retreat Island Falls, Maine 888-235-2395

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