Afternoon Activities

The Zen Mountain MonasteryThe Zen Mountain Monastery

Each afternoon we will have the opportunity to visit nearby places of spiritual significance. Located on 230 acres of forest preserve, the Zen Mountain Monastery, the main house of the Mountains and Rivers Order, is one of the West's most respected Zen Buddhist monasteries and training centers. Since its inception in 1980, Zen Mountain Monastery has provided a place of serenity, beauty, and profound teachings.


The Karma Triyana Dharmachakra MonasteryThe Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery

Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery was built through the blessings and inspiration of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, in response to the supplication of students in the West who yearned for an authentic place for study and practice. Here, the teachings and practices of the "whispered lineage" are preserved in their purity and made available to Western students who wish to learn about and practice Tibetan Buddhism.


 Grandpa Woodstock, NYVisit to Woodstock

The town of Woodstock is famous for lending its name to the Woodstock Festival, actually held at Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York. The town itself remains one of the most engaging centers of alternative culture in America, filled with appealing cafes, bookstores, and art galleries, and an atmosphere of mellow, imaginative charm. Its many spiritually conscious inhabitants always make a visit to Woodstock a memorable and sweet experience.


Menla PoolAfternoons at Menla

The Menla Mountain Retreat Center is located in a beautiful, secluded, wooded valley permeated by tranquility. Each afternoon there will be time to relax and enjoy nature. There are also opportunities to experience bodywork, practice meditation, swim, hike, or deepen connections with Quest participants.

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