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6 Days Essentials of Meditation and Yoga Retreat New York, USA

Sivananda Yoga Ranch, 500 Budd Road, Woodbourne, Fallsburg, Sullivan County, New York, USA

Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat USA

The stresses of modern society are intense—affecting both our mental and physical health. Meditation is now accepted, even in the mainstream, as a powerful tool to counteract this negativity. Come and join us for a five-day meditation immersion program. The course will cover all aspects of the theory and practice of meditation including daily meditation practices, group chanting, concentration exercises and workshops. Students will be encouraged to maintain a quiet existence while at the Ashram following its daily schedule and maintaining a spiritual diary.


  • 2 daily Satsang sessions
  • 1 daily workshop on meditation
  • 2 daily hatha-style yoga classes
  • Various afternoon programs
  • 2 organic vegetarian meals
  • 5 nights lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner


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  • Sauna
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

The Sivananda Yoga Ranch was founded in 1974 by Swami Vishnudevananda to provide a peaceful retreat structured around a full immersion into yogic living and nurtured with the natural beauty of the lush mountains.


This course is designed for beginners but is also suitable for anyone looking to revisit the fundamental building blocks of Hatha Yoga. During the immersion week, we will introduce the 12 basic Sivananda asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation techniques. This course will instill the discipline to create a home practice, improve flexibility and foster a greater ability to cope with stress and find inner happiness.


  • What is yoga?
  • Yoga philosophy - what is yoga beyond just the physical practice?
  • How to meditate
  • Setting up a home practice

Satsang and yoga classes

Satsang consists of a 30-minute silent meditation followed by 30 minutes of spiritual chanting (kirtan) and finishes with 30 minutes of spiritual lecture. Hatha class includes pranayama (breathing exercises), warm-ups including Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar), 12 basic asanas (postures) and deep relaxation. The focus is on mastering the basic asanas from which variations are then added to further deepen the practice. Daily attendance at both Satsangs and Hatha yoga classes are encouraged for your health and well-being and to maintain the proper rhythm and atmosphere of the ashram community.

Daily schedule

  • 05:30 Wake up
  • 06:00 Satsang or silent walk
  • 08:00 Hatha yoga class
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Karma yoga
  • 12:00 Afternoon program and free time
  • 16:00 Hatha yoga class
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Satsang
  • 22:30 Lights out


This retreat will take place in Woodbourne located in New York, USA.



  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Swimming


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio


Organic vegetarian brunches and dinners are included during this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Detox and rejuvenation program
  • Hot stone therapy
  • Thai yoga therapy
  • Therapeutic bodywork
  • Therapeutic conditioning

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes (Hatha and Karma)
  • 2 daily Satsang sessions (meditation, chanting, and spiritual lecture)
  • Organic vegetarian brunches and dinners
  • Afternoon programs
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Access to ashram facilities

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Although there are several airports in the greater New York City area and they all have shuttle / transit service to New York’s Port Authority, the one Sivananda Yoga Ranch recommend is LaGuardia Airport (LGA) for it is being the easiest in getting to the Port Authority and then taking the bus to the Sivananda Yoga Ranch.

Arrival by bus

Traveling to the Sivananda Yoga Ranch by the short line bus takes roughly two-half hours. The trip requires two bus tickets which are one ticket from New York City to Monticello and another ticket from Monticello onto Woodbourne. The cost is roughly 34 USD in total for the two tickets (68 USD for round-trip).

For the guests’ convenience, Sivananda Yoga Ranch happily offers both pick-up and drop-off shuttle service from the Citgo bus stop in Woodbourne.

Your initial bus trip purchase from New York City onto Woodbourne can be made at the Port Authority in New York City. Your return bus trip can be purchased there as well, or here which will be at a 10% discount to what it costs in the New York City.

If you are already made it to the Port Authority, please let the bus services ticket agent (stationed on the 2nd floor) know you’d like to purchase a bus trip through Monticello onto Woodbourne (two tickets which are 34 USD each).

Once you complete the first leg of the trip and arrive in Monticello, please give us a call to let Sivananda Yoga Ranch knows. The next bus ride from Monticello to Woodbourne is a local route, making stops at places like Walmart, the gas station, and the grocery store. Please let the bus driver know that you want to get dropped off at the Citgo gas station in Woodburne, and welcome to the life in a small town.

Sivananda Yoga Ranch will be waiting for you at the bus stop. If for any reason you arrive and the shuttle service isn’t there waiting to greet you, please give Sivananda Yoga Ranch a quick call and Sivananda Yoga Ranch will be right there to pick you up.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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