A project of Tibet House US, spearheaded by Robert and Nena Thurman, Menla is a 501 c3 non-profit retreat center and health spa located 2 hours north of NYC by car in the middle of the Catskill Forest Preserve. Menla is committed to bringing authentic Tibetan mind-body healing arts and sciences to the West. Our vision is to draw from Tibetan wisdom sciences to reinforce the new wave of holistic integrative medicine now emerging in Western societies.
The Dalai Lama has expressed his enthusiasm for Menla, as he believes Tibetan medicine is one of the greatest contributions of Tibetan Buddhist culture to the world. In 2006 the Dalai Lama visited Menla for a Health & Longevity Conference and to bless the land. He believes that Menla, which was given to him and the Tibetan people as a gift, will continue to become a thriving resource for health, healing, and spiritual evolution for many years to come.
Toward this end, Menla offers numerous individual and group retreats, featuring a variety of classes, yoga, meditation, wellness and fitness programs, nature experiences, as well as Buddhist teachings on a wide range of subjects. Our Dewa Spa specializes in rare Tibetan therapies, as well as offering a full menu of western as well as eastern massages and services, including Ayurvedic treatments, herbal baths, and saunas and steam rooms. Our eco-friendly guest rooms are decorated with Tibetan accents and provide a restful atmosphere for your stay during residential programs.