• Private Room: Single – $1,020.00
  • Private Room: Couple – $1,710.00
  • Junior Suite: Single – $1,440.00
  • Junior Suite: Couple – $2,280.00

Date & Time Details: Monday, December 11 (check in 3-6 PM; program starts 7 PM) until Sunday, December 17 (checkout 1 PM)

Location: Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing

Address: 191 Cragsmoor Road; Cragsmoor, New York 12566

Contact: [email protected]

Check-in Time : 3 PM – 6 PM

Cancellation Policy : Refundable up to two weeks prior to the program (less a $50 processing fee). See our policy to learn more.

Teacher Support: Support for the teachers, Upayadhi and Jon, is based on a sliding scale ($445-$600) and is not included in your Accommodation fees.

Per Person Accommodation Fees: Prices include 3 meals per day and use of all campus facilities.

  • Private Room (shared bath): Single – $1020
  • Private Room (shared bath): Couple – $855
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Single – $1440
  • Junior Suite (private bath): Couple – $1140

The Heart of Mindfulness: A Silent Meditation Retreat

With Jon Aaron and Upayadhi

December 11 - 17, 2023


As the year and all its intensity come to a close, we invite you to join us for a contemplative and spacious meditation retreat on this beautiful campus. Creating a nourishing pause before the demands of the holiday season and the start of a new year, we will rest and restore our nervous systems, enliven and deepen our meditation practice, and give ourselves the gift of a winter solstice reset. 

OPTION FOR 4-DAY RETREAT: If you would like to join this retreat but can only stay for 4 days (December 11-15), you may register here.

STAY SAFE DURING COVID-19: We are committed to your health and safety. As a Space2Meditate community, we request that all attendees be fully vaccinated, in order to minimize risks. Masks indoors will be optional, but encouraged, and we will ask retreatants to take a rapid home test prior to arriving at the retreat center. Please read Dharmakaya’s COVID-19 Precautions & Preparations to understand our additional strategies.




The Heart of Mindfulness is a 7-day silent meditation retreat that emphasizes an embodied and integrated understanding of mindfulness. We share the practices on the premise that anyone in a human form can access them, with simultaneous deep respect and acknowledgment of the Buddhist roots and Asian lineages that have stewarded this wisdom for countless generations.

The daily schedule will integrate sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement and periods of informal practice, all held within the container of noble silence. The retreat leaders will offer meditation instruction and talks aimed at illuminating the foundational principles of mindfulness, drawing significantly from Buddhism’s early canon, such as the Ānāpānasati Sutta and Satipaṭṭhāna Suttas. Participants will have an opportunity to meet with the retreat leaders in a small group setting to discuss their experience and ask questions. 



A willingness to explore the practice of collective silence is expected, as the retreat will be held in noble silence. This includes the temporary renunciation of electronic devices – some call this “detox”!  We will have wake up bells for morning meditation. Such silence and the lessening of input allow for our meditation to deepen, and our nervous systems to unwind in ways that are typically impossible in our busy lives. Silence is a rare and nourishing gift we can offer each other. Teachers will be offering instruction and talks, and there will be opportunities for Q&A as well as meditation interviews. 



  • A spacious schedule, including unstructured time for rest, walks in nature and just being
  • A range of meditation practices rooted in the Buddhist tradition and designed to train the mind and cultivate the heart
  • Dharma talks exploring the themes of the retreat
  • Interactive sessions with question and answer periods
  • Small group meditation interviews with the teachers
  • Silent and guided meditations
  • Mindful movement sessions
  • Opportunities for Buddhist chanting and ritual
  • A closing listening circle
  • Delicious all-vegetarian meals with locally sourced ingredients
  • Non-silent meals at the start and end of the retreat, to ease in and out of silence.
  • Expansive wooded grounds with beautiful paths, flora and fauna
  • Option to extend your stay for Personal Retreat



The retreat is open to meditators who yearn for the nourishment of deep silence. It assumes prior meditation experience and some degree of regular practice. It can be suitable as a first silent meditation retreat who are ready for an immersive experience, as well as for those with extensive “time on the cushion” and knowledge of the teachings. Furthermore, we will explore the themes in ways that are meaningful for all, whether anchored in the Buddhist tradition, in other traditions, or no tradition at all. 

This retreat can be a qualifying retreat for participants planning to pursue MBSR teacher training and most other teacher training pathways.




(subject to change)

Monday, December 11

3:00 PM Check in begins
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:00-9:00 PM Welcome and Introduction
9:00 PM Noble Silence Begins

Tuesday, December 12 -Saturday, December 16

6:30-7:00 AM Movement (optional) Small Meditation Room
6:30-7:00 AM First Morning Meditation (optional) Main Meditation Hall
7:10-7:50 AM Morning Meditation
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM-12:00 PM Morning Teaching & Practice Session
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-2:00 PM Small Group Check-in (check separate schedule)
4:00-6:00PM Afternoon Practice Session
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner
7:00-9:00 PM Evening Practice Session

Sunday, December 17

6:30-7:00 AM Movement (optional) Small Meditation Room
6:30-7:00 AM First Morning Meditation (optional) Main Meditation Hall
7:10-7:50 AM Morning Meditation
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM-12:00 PM Closing Circle and Retreat Dedication
12:00 PM Silence Ends
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Checkout and Departure



Jon Aaron
Jon Aaron’s Dharma home is New York Insight Meditation Center, where he teaches Buddhism and MBSR. He is also the co-guiding teacher of the Makom Havurah at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. Jon’s training has been mainly grounded in the Theravāda tradition, in addition to non-dual and Mahayana approaches. His teacher of many years has been Matthew Flickstein. More recently he has been training with Kittisaro and Thanissara, former monastics from the Ajahn Chah lineage, having been invited to join the first iteration of their Dharmapala (Guardians of the Dharma) program. Jon also studied contemplative care at the Zen…
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Upayadhi began her journey in the Buddhadharma in 2004 at the London Buddhist Center in Bethnal Green. Over the years she has trained in a range of Buddhist contexts and traditions, but remains firmly rooted in the Triratna Buddhist Order, to which she was ordained in 2018. Professionally, her background is in leadership development, executive education and coaching. Following the wake-up call of the 2016 elections, Upayadhi entered Union Theological Seminary in New York, where, as a seminarian, she studied Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement. Now a doctoral student in Religious Studies at the University of Chicago, her scholarship has focused…
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191 Cragsmoor Road

Cragsmoor, New York 12566

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