For Colleen Saidman Yee, the Menla Mountain Retreat Center is a taste of Tibet in the Catskill Mountains — and a place for women.
At the end of September, the Sag Harbor-based practitioner will host her 12thannual all-women’s retreat at the upstate New York oasis, spending the weekend unlocking potential and joy “by shedding layers of resistance through pranayama, yoga asana, meditation and aromatherapy.”
“In addition to the more structured sessions, we will honor and celebrate our femininity together through meaningful conversations in the dining room, laughter on the trails and dancing by the bonfire,” a press release said. “To enhance this already potent combination, there will be a sweat lodge, body workers, a gifted astrologer, incredible meals and more.”
Check-in begins Friday, September 27, at 3 p.m., followed by a welcome yoga class at 5:15 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and a bonfire and dancing at 8 p.m. The weekend schedule will include daily yoga classes, free time and all meals before checkout on Sunday, September 29.
“This is a rare and unique opportunity to transform your life by cleansing, communing and practicing together in a very intimate environment, nestled in a breathtaking landscape,” the release said. “Go home refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed, empowered by your fullest expression as a woman.”
This retreat is suitable for women of all levels of yoga practice, from beginner to advanced. Rates range from $750 to $1,100, depending on accommodation selection. For more information, visit yogashanti.com.