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Hudson Valley Retreat: Nurturing Through Self-Compassion

Join Megan Mook and Jackie Stewart for a nourishing retreat set against the stunning autumn backdrop of the Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley Retreat: Nurturing Through Self-Compassion
Hudson Valley Retreat: Nurturing Through Self-Compassion

When & Where

Oct 20, 2023, 4:00 PM EDT – Oct 22, 2023, 2:00 PM EDT

WON Dharma Center, 361 NY-23, Claverack, NY 12513, USA

What to Expect

Crisp Mountain Air.  Sunsets over the Catskills. Golden Leaves. Meandering Hikes. Thoughtful Yoga. Sound Meditation. Unique Dharma Talks. Heart-Opening Meditation. Garden Fresh Food. And (very) Nice People.

Friday Afternoon / Evening

  • Arrive, Explore, and Settle In
  • Brief Orientation and Welcome Hike – let the earth absorb the stress of daily life as we ground ourselves on one of Won’s most scenic trails.
  • Dinner
  • Sunset Meditation Over the Catskills
  • Opening Ceremony / Retreat Overview. Gentle Sound Meditation.


  • Morning Meditation: Loving-Kindness
  • Breakfast
  • All-levels Yoga and Meditation
  • Lunch
  • Free time — Hike. Lay A Blanket in the Grass. Connect with Friends. Read. Journal. Nap.
  • Afternoon Meditation and Dharma Talk
  • Dinner
  • Sunset Meditation Over Looking the Catskills, followed by Sound Meditation, Gentle Stretching, or Dharma Talk - or maybe all three!


  • Morning Meditation: Loving-Kindness 
  • Breakfast
  • All-levels Yoga and Closing Meditation
  • Lunch
  • Departure

Accommodations and Rates

  • Camping — Lovely wooden platforms located under the trees and close to the facilities.  $450
  • Quad — A fan favorite. Spacious rooms with four beds. Gender Separate. $600
  • Double — Two twin beds. Perfect for friends and couples. We can also pair you with a roommate, which is another popular option. $800
  • Single — These spacious rooms are what I imagine a monk’s room would be like (in a really modern, award-winning designed monastery). $1,200

If you haven’t been to Won, the architecture is one of the best parts. The dorms are modern, airy, and spacious with expansive wrap-around decks (perfect for star gazing). Each dorm has an interior court yard, a common area, and multiple modern bathrooms.

There are over 400 acres of hiking trails meandering through forests and meadows, complete with scenic overlooks and a hidden river. The nights are quiet and star filled. The food is fresh from the garden and lovingly prepared by the resident Buddhist ministers. Expect a Korean flare and delicious kimchi.

Payments and Scholarships 

Deposit: $350 to hold your room. We highly recommend that you reserve your spot early. This retreat tends to fill quickly, and there are a limited amount of available Quads and Singles. 

Final Payment Due: September 30

We have a small amout of partial, need-based scholarships. Priority is given to LGBTQ, BIPOC, and current students. Please reach out to apply for a scholarship. (

Getting There

  •  WON Dharma Center is located 15 minutes outside of Hudson, New York.
  • By Amtrak: 2 hours from NYC, Hudson stop. If you’ve never taken this train ride, it’s stunning. Tickets get more expensive closer to the date, and can sell out on weekends.
  • By Car: 2.5 hours from NYC or Boston
  • 40 minutes from Albany Airport

Helpful Notes

  • We’ll connect you with other participants to share a cab from the train station.
  • We recommend arriving at the center between 1:00 - 3:00 PM as the orientation and group hike is at 4:00 PM. Taking the time to settle in and hike before dinner / evening practice makes a world of difference.
  • If you’re driving from NYC, remember to tack on extra time for Friday afternoon traffic, depending on what time you leave. 
  • Hudson is super chic and fun to explore.  The center of downtown is a 10 minute walk from the train station.  And there’s a cute restuarant/cafe just across the street from the station. If you’re driving, you’ll need quarters for street parking.

Retreat Deposit

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