What to Bring:
Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat, socks or soft-soled shoes. White garments for whirling are recommended but not required.
Our days are a balance between movement, whirling, ritual, chanting Sufi zikr and the Tibetan mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, teachings in Sufism, Buddhism and quantum physics, walking the labyrinth, exploring the gorgeous sacred land where Menla is located and nurturing our bodies with delicious organic meals and healing body work.
Daily meals at Menla are served with sustainable, locally-sourced healing foods, including bounty from Menla’s organic garden and pure drinking water throughout the property directly from the mountain springs. Menla’s incredible unspoiled natural surroundings nurture inner growth and provide an ideal environment for healing, rejuvenation, and personal transformation—a spacious yet intimate place to be physically nourished and spiritually inspired, where meaningful connections are forged.
This workshop is on the beautiful sacred grounds of Menla Mountain Retreat with full accommodation. You can choose to sleep at the Center or commute.
Around 400 million years ago, a half-mile-wide meteor crashed in the area, creating the oldest known meteor impact crater on Earth. The crash was the equivalent of several hundred million tons of TNT and literally pulverized the bedrock, leaving a 6-mile-wide crater. Over millions of years, different layers of sediment were deposited on top of one another, and with erosion caused by rainfall and the Ice Age, Panther Mountain as we now see it was gradually formed. On a topographical map, Panther appears to be a nearly perfectly circular mountain, surrounded by two rivers, one flowing north and the other south. The crater is approximately 1.5 to 2 miles beneath the surface of the earth, and due to lack of solid bedrock, the gravitational field here is 0.2% less than in the surrounding areas which makes this area one of the most perfect places for whirling – you literally begin to levitate!
The local Native American peoples, including the Esopus and Mahicans, regarded the valley and region where Menla is located, with its enormous first-growth hemlock trees, as especially sacred, a place of the spirits. They never settled here and only used the valley for ceremonial purposes. Read more about the history and mission of Menla https://menla.us/mission/
Like the ground turning green in a spring wind,Rumi
Like birdsong beginning inside the egg,
Like the universe coming into existence,
The lover wakes and whirls
In a dancing joy that kneels down in praise.