Rocket, Dharma and Yin Yoga and Meditation Retreat in The Catskills, upstate NY Sep 2nd -7th 2016

Am thrilled to be returning to Menla Mountain Lodge located in the stunning Catskills Mountains in upstate NY to host another retreat.  This year I will be co-hosting the retreat with renowned London based Rocket and Yin  yoga teacher Marcus Lord Veda.

Don’t miss this chance to go deeper into your practice under the guidance of two experienced and dedicated teachers in a location renowned for its unspoiled beauty, variety of wildlife, abundance of streams and rivers and ancient forested mountains.

Combining the best of our knowledge and training we will be offering detailed asana clinics covering every aspect of the practice from inversions, backbends, hip openers, seated and standing poses as well as dynamic classes to put all of that detailed work into play and  Yin classes to ground and release, Pranayama and Meditation.

As well as their yoga training under the guidance of renowned teachers Sri Dharma Mittra, Larry Schultz, David Kyle and The Yoga people, Marcus also has a Black Belt in the ancient Japanese martial art of ninjutsu, which compliments his yoga practice, combining self-discipline with freedom of movement, and lightness with control and Nathalie has received extensive training in Contortion, Ballet and how to safely work to advance flexibility.

You can read more about Marcus here:

To request a booking form please contact Nathalie at or Marcus at


Menla is 1500 feet above sea level and set on a 325-acre private nature reserve. At 3720 feet above sea level, the peak of Panther Mountain is one of the tallest mountains in the Catskills. Menla is located in a region of the Catskills renowned for its unspoiled beauty, variety of wildlife, abundance of rushing streams and rivers, and ancient forested mountains. An easy drive from New York City, Menla is located in Phoenicia, NY – voted one of the “Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America” and just 20 minutes away is the most famous small town in America – Woodstock – known for its deep-rooted culture of music, art galleries, and great restaurants.

The yoga classes will be held in The Sanctuary; with its unique septagonal architecture and enormous bay windows facing the southern mountain ridge this beautiful space was designed for contemplation and simplicity. This retreat is designed to give you an opportunity to practice yoga in an environment immersed in nature. Each individual will have the opportunity to practice at his/hers own level, making the week suitable for students of different abilities and those who may have practiced other yoga disciplines. Please note: although all level of experience are welcome, this retreat is not for absolute beginners.


There will be a maximun of 20 people on the retreat giving you a boutique experience with the opportunity for personal attention to work on various aspects of the practice. Menla’s yoga studio is fully equipped with all mats and yoga props so you don’t need to bring anything with you unless of course you prefer to use your own mat.

Prices and Accommodation

Double, Triple and Single accommodation options are available with rooms allocated on a first come first served basis. A non refundable deposit of £200 for shared accommodation and £300 for single accommodation holds your place on the retreat with the balance payable 6 weeks before the start date.

Lodging. Single, double and triple accommodation all with shared bathrooms are available in either Snowlion, Dragon or Eva’s house. Please indicate your preference upon booking and we will do our best to accommodate you.


£750 / ¢1100 for shared double or triple accommodation with shared bathroom in either Snowlion, Dragon or Eva’s House

£875 / ¢1300  for single room with shared bathroom in either Snowlion, Dragon or Eva’s House

£975 / ¢1400 for shared double accommodation with private bathroom in Delos Inn

£1100 /¢1750 for single room with private bathroom in Delos Inn.

This cost covers 5 nights accommodations, all your yoga sessions and 3 vegetarian meals a day.

Check in time/arrival at the retreat is between 3-8pm on Friday 2nd September and check our time is between 12-2pm on Wednesday 7th September.

A full schedule will be provided for you upon booking.

NB; Not included are flights, transfers and any additional spa treatments you may choose to book. A full list of available treatments will be made available closer to the retreat.

Commuter Option

If you live locally and wish to attend the retreat without staying at Menla the costs are:

$750 including all meals with the group.

NB: There are only 2 single rooms available in Snowlion and 1 in Eva’s house..
There is also an option to book a single or double room in Delos Inn the main house with your own private bathroom.

Snowlion House


Snowlion is a beautiful two-story house with an elegant 360 square foot living and dining room with many large windows and a cathedral ceiling. Relax on the large upstairs sundeck and enjoy one of the best night sky views at Menla. Snowlion can sleep 10 people comfortably and was the Dalai Lama’s private house when he visited in 2006. Standard Single Rooms Twin bed Cotton linens and towels Two shared bathrooms (one with jet bathtub) Signature Menla hand and face soap Dresser Individually controlled thermostat Standard Double Rooms Two twin beds Cotton linens and towels Two shared bathrooms (one with jet bathtub) Signature Menla hand and face soap Closet and dresser

Eva’s House


Set next to the Conference Center below a grove of trees is historic Eva’s House is a charming one-story house which can sleep 6-7 people. Adjacent to the living room is a sleeping alcove with a pull-out couch and a curtain for privacy.


Deluxe Double and Single Rooms with private bathrooms  in Delos Inn (Main House)


Queen bed Organic linens and towels Down quilts Private bathroom with shower Signature Menla hand and face soap Desk Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and hard-wired ethernet jack Telephone with voicemail system Open-face closet and dresser Individually controlled thermostat Ceiling fan

Dining Options

Menla’s Head Chef specializes in a wide variety of wholesome, protein-balanced vegetarian and international cuisine served in two dining rooms and an outdoor veranda with views of the surrounding mountains. While the majority of the meals are vegetarian, fish or meat dishes may be added for an additional fee if you wish to take up this option.

If you have any special dietary restrictions (e.g. vegan) or food allergies (e.g. wheat/gluten intolerant) please notify us  at the time of your booking so we can make sure you are catered for.

Local Attraction and Wildlife

In addition to the twie daily yoga sessions you can choose to be as active or as relaxed as you like. The grounds of the Menla campus are stunning and provide ample opportunity to relax and take in the scenery If you wish to be more active there are many available hiking trails and the weather will still be warm enough should you wish to swim in one of the local creeks or the Menla pool.


There are also many beautiful hiking trails including the spectacular Giant’s Ledge.


Getting there/Getting around;


Menla is located at

375 Pantherkill Road Phoenicia, NY 12464

Two and a half hours north of New York City by car, three hours by bus

Three and a half hours from Boston by car One and a half hours from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y.

Two hours from Albany International Airport

Three hours by bus from New York City on Adirondack Trailways to Phoenicia, NY

By Car from New York City: Cross George Washington Bridge (upper level); take an immediate right onto the Palisades Parkway; continue to exit 9 West (NYS Thruway Albany 87). Drive for about 1 hour to exit 19 (Kingston exit); after toll booth stay to the right and take first right at traffic circle onto Route 28 West toward Pine Hill. Continue about 22 miles to Phoenicia. Continue approximately 1/2 mile beyond the Phoenicia sign on right and make first left onto Woodland Valley Road. After you cross a small bridge, you will come to a T. Make a right, continuing on Woodland Valley Road for about 1/2 mile. Immediately after the “Dangerous Intersection” sign on the right, turn right onto Pantherkill Road. Continue approximately 2 miles to the end of road where you will enter the gates of Menla Mountain. Through the gates, bear slight right uphill to the main parking area in front of a large three-story beige building with a blue roof, fire escape, and trim (Delos Inn). Park in the parking lot and enter Delos through the middle of three doors to find the Front Desk. By Car from NYS Thruway 1-87 South: Take exit 19 and follow directions above. By Air: The closest airports are Albany International Airport in Albany, NY and Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY. Via public transportation, you can connect to the Adirondack Trailways bus, which will bring you to nearby Phoenicia.

You may also fly into any of the major New York City airports and take the Adirondack Trailways bus bus from New York City, departing from Port Authority. All New York City airports connect to Port Authority Bus Terminal via public transportation. By Bus: Call Adirondack Trailways, 800-776-7548 or visit their Fee Chart, for information and departure times to and from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City to Phoenicia, NY. Reservations not required. The trip takes about 3 hours from NYC and 2 hours from Albany.

Shuttle from Phoenicia: With advanced notice, Menla provides a $5 shuttle to and from Phoenicia up until 8 p.m for people traveling by bus.

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