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Bounty of Autumn

Katonah Yoga Practices & Transformative Techniques for Mapping a Creative Life in Menopause

November 7-10, 2024
 

Fall RETREAT

Led by CARI FRIEDMAN AND HEATHER GREER

Upstate, N.Y

The archetypal season of menopause is Autumn -

full of reflection, transformation and courage.

This is an important and potent time that holds enormous potential. 

 

Join Cari and Heather at Groundworks retreat space nestled against the breathtaking backdrop of the Shawangunk Mountain ridge, just two hours outside of the city. In community with others, we will move through embodied Katonah Yoga practices and creative exercises to explore and tap into the true power of this time in our lives.

 

Together we will work with the intelligence of nature and its patterns to create maps and recipes of personal agency. These templates offer techniques and insights for the body, mind and spirit. 

 

The weekend will include lots of yoga, breath work, meditation, creative exercises, guided conversations and writing. In between, there will be lots of moments for reflection and connection with beautifully prepared meals by Groundworks owner Kristen, and the surrounding nature to nourish us.

 

The goal is for you to leave with an inspired vision, a joyful heart and the knowledge to harvest the true bounty of Autumn.

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Secure your spot with a $400 deposit. Book your spot by Tuesday, August 6th to receive $100 off full program cost. Discount applied to final invoice.

Credit card payment or by Zelle: 917-783-3782

About Groundworks: Lodging & Accommodations 

Groundworks offers a serene retreat nestled on 35 acres, boasting breathtaking views of the Shawangunk Ridge. This haven is designed for relaxation, focus, and creativity, providing a medley of activities to engage with the natural beauty of the surroundings. Guests can meander along walking trails, indulge in a peaceful meditation walk, unwind in gazebos, or luxuriate in hammocks with a book. The property features several spots to savor the sunset, including a deck, and multiple fire pits for nocturnal relaxation and stargazing.

 

The centerpiece is a renovated net-zero studio, formerly a garage, now a radiant 1200 sq. ft hall with a responsive sprung wood dance floor. It includes a fully equipped kitchen and one and a half bathrooms. The main residence, where hosts Kristen and Frank live, is a welcoming farmhouse with five bedrooms. It's a space shared with guests, offering home-cooked meals in a large kitchen, dining room, and a living room with a large fireplace. The comforts extend outdoors with a spacious deck, a fire pit, a hot tub and sauna!

 

An apartment perched above the stables provides stunning ridge views, accommodating 4-6 people with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a kitchenette. Dining at Groundworks is a culinary delight with health-conscious, vegetable-centric dishes prepared from the freshest local produce, including organic garden offerings and eggs from the property's free-range chickens.


Please note:

Room & board portions for the cost of this retreat will go towards Groundworks primary goal: to provide free-of-cost residencies supporting people such as artists and activists who are working on projects that they value. It is of great purpose to know that we can partner in providing this support for their mission.

What's included in your stay:

  • Accommodations

  • Two yoga classes daily (restorative and open practice)

  • Writing and creative workshops

  • Meditation/breathwork practices daily

  • Katonah Yoga Journals

  • Beautifully prepared organic farm to table meals and snacks

  • Hiking 

  • Jacuzzi

  • Home-built wood-fired sauna 

  • Walking meditation labyrinth

  • Hammocks 

  • Trampoline 

 

What's not included:

  • Bodywork (Masseuse on site)

  • Transportation to and from Groundworks

Pricing:

Space is limited. Secure your spot with a $400 deposit. Book your spot by Tuesday, August 6th to receive $100 off full program cost. Discount applied to final invoice. 

  • Rooms​, with shared accommodations

    • Queen bed (Private Room): $1425 (sold out)

    • Queen bed (Shared Room): $1200 (2 available)

      • Second person in shared queen bed $955

    • Twin beds (Shared Room): $1125 (2 available)

    • Twin beds (Shared Room with half bathroom): $1050 (2 available)

    • Air Mattress or Sleeping mat (in 3 sided windowed room): $975 (3 available)

  • A $400 deposit is required to hold your space.  

  • Payment due in full by October 3rd, 2024.

  • Book confidently, no refunds granted.

  • All payments can be made via Zelle or Credit Card (Credit Card payments will incur a 3% service fee applied to deposit and final invoice).

    • Pay by Zelle: (917) 783-3782 

    • Pay deposit by Credit Card

    • To pay in full by credit card, please email us here for link.

  • Let us know if you require another payment method, or would like to discuss flexible payment options before the retreat.

Arrival Thursday afternoon 4pm -- Depart Sunday after Brunch:

SCHEDULE

Thursday

  • Arrival Thursday afternoon 4pm onwards

  • Evening practice and introductions

  • Dinner

  • Guided meditation / open circle 

 

Friday

  • Morning practice & breathwork followed by optional walking or seated meditation

  • Free time (lunch, hike, etc)

  • Evening restorative  practice followed by optional meditation

  • Dinner

 

Saturday

  • Morning workshop/practice

  • Free time (lunch, rest, hike, reading etc.)

  • Evening practice followed by optional meditation

 

Sunday

  • Morning practice & breathwork followed by optional walking or seated meditation

  • Brunch

  • Departure

Travel to and from Groundworks (Gardiner, NY):

  • The Trailways bus goes from Port Authority to New Paltz. Approximate cost is $25.

  • Groundworks will offer one group transport for up to 4 people to bring arriving guests arriving from the local bus station on Thursday, and will drop off up to 4 departing guests at the station on Sunday. 

  • Taxis from New Paltz to Groundworks: $20-$25.

  • Carpooling options from NYC may also be available.

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