Awaken and center yourself via a yoga retreat, pursuit of learning paths or trekking a mountain trail in New York. 
Across the state, centers for yoga and relaxation are designed to tone, calm, and renew your spirit. Body Mind Spirit 640x185_1At the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, healthy dining and classes in yoga, tai chi, dance and meditation allow you to reconnect on a beautiful 200-acre campus in the heart of the Hudson Valley.

A stay at the New Age Health Spa Yoga & Meditation Center in the Catskills includes a variety of activities like yoga, chi kung, nature walks and water Pilates.
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The Adirondack woods can do wonders for the soul! In summer, ride the scenic Cloudsplitter Gondola to the summit of Little Whiteface for a one hour yoga session with renowned local instructor Mim Frantz. A fee of $25 includes the ride and refreshing DASANI water for your practice. Yoga mats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Alternatively, hike to a high peak on the Nature Trek and meditate on the exhilarating view.lotus

Follow a guide along the banks of the Ausable River to a rushing waterfall or trickling stream—a calm, soothing experience to restore your spirit. Or join a local meditation group like the Celestial Drum Tendai Buddhist Sangha in 

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Unwind on an eco-retreat at the Pompanuck Farm Institute in Cambridge. Amid 78 acres of tranquil forests and streams, sustainable accommodations range from a straw bale guesthouse to a canvas-covered yurt to the rustically elegant Roundhouse. Take a walk in the woods, take yoga, natural healing or circus arts classes. During “Music & Meal Nights,” well-known and upcoming musicians accompany the chef’s inventive organic cuisine.

mohonkIf you prefer luxury while finding inner peace, try a meditation class or laughter yoga at the spa at Mohonk Mountain House—named the #1 Resort Spa in the US by Condé Nast Traveler in 2013. This 259-room Victorian castle on Lake Mohonk has posh amenities and thousands of acres of pristine forest and hiking trails, 90 miles north of New York City. Practice your mantra in the heated outdoor mineral meditation_retreat_1pool.

Kadampa Meditation Retreats also offers life-changing retreats on 82 acres of woodland with a magnificent temple, lodging from dorms to guest rooms and camping . Three Living Meditation programs here are designed to increase one’s experience of inner peace and joy:  for relaxation, a clear mind and a kind heart.  

Tibetan prayer flags will lead you up the mountain to yoga retreats at the KTD Monastery (Karma Triyana Dharmachakra) in Woodstock, where courses include Tibetan culture and Kharma Yoga.

The Zen Mountain Monastery hosts weekend meditation programs and retreats with Zen training and classes on practices from calligraphy to Qi Gong.

Visitors can hike as well as reflect on life at Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison. The Appalachian Trail runs through the property.

The Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, part of a community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers, is located in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. The center offers daily public meditation, Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, and Childrentraining in advanced contemplative practices.

The Rosa Mystica House in Edmeston hosts spiritual retreats and renowned speakers in a reflective setting with majestic views. Overnight accommodations include cabins and a retreat house at Rosa Mystica Village on Angel Hill Road.

 

Hundreds of meditation and spiritual centers criss-cross New York state, offering free or low cost classes. They welcome you for an hour, a day, or a lifetime experience. Drumming, chanting, walking, stretching, posing, dancing, and laughing classes can help you along your journey to self-enlightenment.

 

6_adirondack_trail• Adirondack High Peaks
 
• Buffalo Mindness Community

• Celestial Drum Tendai Buddhist Sangha

• Center of Renewal Retreat

• Cloudsplitter Gondola

• Graymoor Spiritual Life Center

• KTD Monastery

• Kadampa Meditation Center NY

• Mohonk Mountain House

• New Age Health Spa

• NYC Meditation Classes

• Omega Institute

• Our Lady of Fatima Shrine

• Pompanuck Farm Institute

• Rosa Mystica House

• School of Vedic Meditation

• Shambhala Meditation Center

• Whiteface Mountain Nature Treks

• Zen Mountain Monastery

 

Photo credit for this last photo goes to visitadirondacks.com.