Yoga, Meditation, Wellness

Retreat Center

Our Retreat Center has been a gathering place for people seeking inspiration and aspiring to restore inner balance for more than fifty years.

About Our Center:

Welcome

Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center

For more than fifty years, the Himalayan Institute’s Retreat Center has been a gathering place for people seeking inspiration and aspiring to restore inner balance. As an Event Host and home to a vibrant community of yogis, it’s a place for seekers wishing to study the ancient tradition of yoga and to deepen the connection between themselves and the world around them. Here, you can enjoy our peaceful campus, taking time out from habitual distractions and the bustle of everyday life.

Comfort & Convenience

The Retreat Center provides convenient guest amenities to make your stay even more comfortable and enjoyable. Treat yourself to a massage, meditate in our peaceful meditation shrine, or relax in one of the many attractive community spaces available on campus.

  • Sound of Music Hill
  • Moka Origins Cafe
  • Sri Vidya Shrine
  • PureRejuv Wellness Center
  • Marketplace
  • Bonfire on the Sound of Music Hill
  • Business Lounge
  • Solarium
  • Trail leading to the Sunset Pond
  • Sunset Pond
  • Foliage in the Fall
  • Front exterior of the Main Building
  • Guided Hike on Campus
  • Seminar Room in use
  • Sunrise Room in use

Whether it’s shopping for a book, hiking on our trails, or grabbing a healthy snack between lectures, you will find everything you need on-site, including high-speed campus-wide Wi-Fi. Also, our fully equipped classrooms are available for personal practice when classes are not in session.

Amenities at a Glance:

  • Daily morning or evening yoga classes Friday–Sunday
    • Inquire about the weekday schedule with our reception team
    • Masks are required all all group practices
  • High-speed WiFi Internet access
  • Sri Vidya Shrine (Meditation Room)
  • Tea lounge with unlimited hot tea beverages
  • PureRejuv Wellness Center
  • MOKA Café
  • Sacred Grove Boutique & Bookstore
  • 24/7 Business Lounge
  • 400-acre wooded campus with five main hiking trails

Accommodations

Accommodations include your room, delicious nourishing meals, and full access to our stunning grounds and retreat center amenities.

Clean & Simple Rooms

To support your retreat experience, we offer clean and simple rooms with a minimal, peaceful design. Here, your mind can be free from distractions as you enjoy the beautiful and peaceful surroundings that the Retreat Center has to offer.

  • Shared Standard Room with Twin Beds
  • Private Standard Room with Queen Bed
  • Deluxe Room with Queen Bed
  • Guest House Living Area

Room Details & Pricing

Registration & Arrival

Weekend seminars generally begin on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. and conclude Sunday at lunch, unless otherwise noted in the seminar description.

Check-in:

Due to our limited staff, we have limited hours for check-in. Our staff is available to welcome you from 2 pm to 6 pm, so please plan to arrive between these hours. If your plans may require an earlier or later arrival, please contact Guest Services to make arrangements. However, regretfully, we are unable to accommodate arrivals after 10 pm. If you are not able to arrive before 10 pm, you may need to make alternative lodging arrangements for the night. Then you can check in the next morning.

Check-out:

Check-out time is 12:30 pm on the day of departure. We can extend your check-out time to accommodate your scheduling needs (pending availability) for a courtesy charge.

What to Bring:

The Institute provides bed linens and towels. Please bring your toiletries, including soap, toothpaste, bathrobe, slippers, shower shoes, hairdryer, etc. We also recommend bringing a flashlight, yoga mat, and umbrella.

Dress:

Modest, casual, and comfortable clothing is recommended.

Payment

The prices shown include the cost of accommodations, weekend yoga classes*, meals, use of the tea lounge, cafe, wifi, trails, public spaces, and all the amenities that the retreat center offers. Full payment is required at registration and can be made with VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

Cancellations/Refunds:

We offer a full refund to guests who cancel their reservation before 7 days prior to arrival. A processing fee of 50% from the accommodations total will be refunded if a reservation is cancelled between 7 days and 48hr to check-in. We are unable to offer a refund if a guest is a no show or cancels within 48 hours of their check in time.

Off-Campus Fee

All guests staying off-campus pay an amenities fee of $40 per day to cover the cost that we incur to accommodate your meals and, if applicable, your participation in the seminar. The amenities fee includes meals, weekend yoga classes*, and full use of public guest facilities.

Financial Assistance:

The Himalayan Institute endeavors to make spiritual and educational programs available to everyone. We offer some financial assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to attend a program. Scholarships are by application only; deadlines apply. Call (800) 822-4547 to request an application or visit this page to apply.

Covid-19 Protocols

The Himalayan Institute holds the wellbeing and safety of our guests, staff and community as our top most priority. Learn about our COVID-19 Safety Protocols

*Weekend yoga class schedule is subject to change. Please check your program schedule for details.

Getting Here

For detailed information on driving times and directions, airports, taxis from Honesdale to the Institute, and driving service from the Wilkes Barre/Scranton airport, please view our Getting Here page.

Campus & Grounds

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Poconos, the Himalayan Institute’s picturesque 400-acre campus offers breathtaking views, scenic trails, and peaceful spaces for reflection and contemplation. We invite you to come enjoy the natural beauty here on campus.

At a Glance:

  • 400-acre Campus
  • Stunning landscape and wildlife
  • Groomed Hiking Trails
  • Sunset Pond
  • Sound of Music Hill
  • Moka Origins Factory
  • Sri Vidya Shrine

Explore Campus & Grounds

Food & Dining

Our nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals are consciously prepared with the intention to nourish body, mind, and spirit. We invite you to come enjoy our delicious food.

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Breakfast

Breakfast generally consists of hot cereals (cooked grains), dairy and non-dairy options, homemade yogurt, and fresh fruit.

Lunch

Lunch, the main meal of the day, typically includes white and brown rice, delicious legumes (dahl), vegetables (subzi), homemade yogurt, and a fresh salad bar.

Dinner

Dinner is the lightest meal of the day and generally consists of soup, fresh salad, a delicious side dish, and fresh fruit.

*Non-dairy, gluten-free, and vegan options are available at most meals.

Food & Dining Details

Event Hosting

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Over the last 50 years, we’ve become experts in hosting yoga, meditation, and wellness retreats. The HI Retreat Center has supported hundreds of clients in hosting private retreats, creating memorable experiences for all involved.

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FAQ

Accommodations include your room, delicious, nourishing meals, and full access to our stunning grounds and retreat center amenities.

Explore our Retreat Center for more information.

We are located in a serene wooded setting on a 400-acre campus near Honesdale in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Google Maps Directions

See Driving Directions for more information.

*Hatha yoga classes are postponed due to Covid-19.

(Actual times and schedules may vary)

Friday – Arrival Day

  • 4:45 pm Hatha yoga class*
  • 6:00 pm Group meditation and prayers
  • 6:00–7:00 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Practicum/Lecture
  • 10:00 pm Silence observed until 8:00 a.m.

Saturday

  • 7:00–8:00 am Hatha yoga class*
  • 7:30–8:30 am Breakfast
  • 10:00 am Lecture
  • 12:30 pm Group prayers in the Shrine
  • 12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
  • 3:30 pm Practicum/Lecture
  • 6:00 pm Group meditation and prayers
  • 6:00–7:00 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Practicum/Lecture
  • 10:00 pm Silence observed until 8:00 a.m.

Sunday A.M.

  • 7:00–8:00 am Hatha yoga class*
  • 7:30–8:30 am Breakfast
  • 10:00 am Lecture
  • 12:30 pm Group prayers in the Shrine
  • 12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
  • Departure

Our Standard Rooms offer clean and simple furnishings with two twin beds, sink, desk, closet, and medicine cabinet. Toilets and showers are down the hall. Our Deluxe and other premium rooms may include a single queen bed, private bath, sitting room, etc. Please see the detailed room descriptions earlier on this page.

What is the shared bathroom like?

There are several different configurations for shared bathrooms:

  1. A cluster of two to three single-occupant bathrooms, each with a toilet, shower, and sink.
  2. A shared sink leading to two or three single-occupant rooms, each with a toilet and shower.
  3. Standard single-occupant bathrooms with sink and toilet.
  4. Standard public restrooms with 2–12 separate toilets stalls and one or more sinks.
  5. Shower-only rooms with 6–12 separate shower stalls. Each shower stall has a small changing area with a bench and wooden door (reaches ~1ft off the ground). Inside is an opaque white curtain covering a private shower stall.

Our maximum capacity is around 120 guests, depending on how rooms are shared, and we have 20–30 showers and toilets. Typically, there are more than enough bathrooms available even with a full house.

No, due to the temperate climate of the Pocono Mountains, we have found that A/C is not needed. We maintain a schedule of opening and closing windows throughout the day to generate airflow, which acts as a passive cooling system. Note: Select premium accommodations may have A/C.

Yes, you may extend your stay outside of the structured retreat schedule. The cost would be that of accommodations, three daily vegetarian meals, and full access to our campus and guest amenities.

We love children, but at this time the Himalayan Institute is primarily an adult oriented education facility. Programs are open to adults 18 years and older, unless otherwise stated. Children are welcome on campus with their parents, and must be supervised at all times by parents or designated adults accompanying the family. Children’s accommodations rates are the same as adult rates. The Himalayan Institute does not provide childcare.

No, the Institute does not have the facilities to care for your pet, but you may click here for a list of nearby kennels.

Yes, the Himalayan Institute is committed to making the transformative teachings of yoga, meditation, and holistic health accessible to all. Scholarships help us to serve and share the Institute’s mission to “inspire, educate, and empower all who seek to experience their full potential”. As funding allows, scholarships are awarded to individuals based on financial need and other hardship considerations.

Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of the Himalayan Institute’s patrons and donors.

The Himalayan Institute tradition is rooted in raja yoga. Raja yoga (often called ashtanga or the royal path) incorporates eight separate steps into its practice. The first two steps are the yamas and niyamas (moral restraints and constructive observances). Asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) are the third and fourth rungs on the ladder of raja yoga. Pratyahara (sense withdrawal) and dharana (concentration) are the fifth and sixth steps in this path. The final two steps are dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (higher consciousness.) Raja yoga is the understanding, control, and mastery of your mind. It is a science and a way of life, as opposed to a religion.

Guests are more than welcome to visit campus during the holidays! Special meals will be served and open to the public. Please know that amenities will be limited on July 4th, Thanksgiving & Black Friday, as well as Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Accommodations will need to be reserved before these dates as the reception desk will be closed for the holidays.

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