Check-in begins at 3:00 pm.
Your meals begin with dinner on the day of your arrival, served from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. If you arrive after 8:00 pm, please make other arrangements for dinner, as the kitchen is generally closed by then.
We are sorry, we cannot accommodate arrivals after 10:00 pm.
Lunch is included in the last day of your stay, and room check out is at 1:00 pm.


There are many ways to travel to the Dharmakaya Center: by car, train, bus and plane . Please see our TRANSPORTATION page for details, links and schedules.

If you want to charge your EV while at the Center, we ask for a $10 donation.


• Comfortable clothing for meditation and movement
• Slip-on shoes; our buildings have a no-shoe policy
• Soft-soled shoes or socks for indoors, if you want
• Bathrobe for movement between bedroom and bathroom
• Walking/hiking shoes for outdoors and hiking trails
• Unscented shampoo and toiletries
• Water bottle, sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen
• Warm clothing; weather on the hillside is seasonal and can be extremely variable
• Umbrella; you will need to move between buildings in all weather
• Any special items for your practice (each room has a meditation cushion)
• Notebook and pen
• Reading material or other personal entertainment


Cell phone service can be spotty on the mountain. Still, we prefer that you make any phone calls in your room, and that you keep any calls brief; please be aware of the volume of your voice, so as not to disturb guests in neighboring rooms. The center phone may be used for emergencies only; emergency calls are expected to be extremely brief.


Free internet service is available in the library.


Washers and dryers are located in both Birch House and Oak House, and detergent is in the cabinet above the machines. Retreatants may do their own laundry for $2.00 per half hour. Please contact a Center staff member to pay and get a key.


We provide bedding and towels for each room. While we cannot offer daily service, if your retreat lasts longer than a week, you will get a fresh set of sheets and towels.


We are happy to mail any items that you may have inadvertently left behind. We will send you the reciept, and charge the postage to your credit card on file.


If you expect personal visitors during your stay, please let staff know in advance. All visitors are expected to pay meal fees, to follow all Center rules and to sign a waiver. Overnight guests will be charged accommodation fees.


Children are welcome at the Center except during some special programs, and those under 14 may attend programs free, space permitting. However, children under the age of 12 may not stay as overnight guests, children 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and all children must be supervised at all times by a parent or designated guardian. Before bringing your child, please consider whether they will disturb those on retreat.


We are sorry that we cannot accommodate animals of any kind. This includes service animals and emotional support animals.


In the event of illness or injury, the nearest emergency medical facilities are 20 minutes away. We do not have our own medical facilities or personnel. Sometimes other visitors with medical or alternative healthcare training may offer help or advice. Please understand that the visitor is acting entirely on their own initiative, and not on behalf of or under the direction of the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing.


To maintain a respectful environment appropriate to practice, we ask that all guests abide by the following guidelines:
• Please dress modestly and remove your shoes as you enter Milarepa Hall, Birch House and Oak House.
• Please keep your things neat and tidy.
• Please remember that your fellow guests may be on deep retreat and modulate your voice accordingly.
• For a distraction-free stay, please consider refraining from all social media use, including news channels, while you are on retreat; you are learning to disconnect.
• Laptops may only be used in your room or the library.
• Alcohol, non-prescription drugs, cigarettes, meat and fish are not permitted.
• Please do not use any perfume or cologne. Use only unscented, fragrance-free personal hygiene products.
• We show our respect for the teachers by standing when the Rinpoches arrive and sitting only after they have been seated. We stand again as they prepare to leave.
Dharmakaya Center For Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road

Cragsmoor, New York 12566

© 2019 Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing. All rights reserved

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Dharmakaya Center For Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road Cragsmoor, New York 12566

Privacy Policy

© 2019 Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing. All rights reserved