RIGHT EFFORT: Retraining the Mind

With Teachers: Dennis Teston, MJ Watkins & Lucas Hall

June 19-21, 2020 in Cragsmoor, NY

What to Expect

Join us for a weekend of exploration, inquiry, and transformation through daily practices of yoga, meditation and writing.


Surround yourself with pristine nature and experience a quiet like you've only ever dreamed about! Only 1.5 hours from NYC, Dharamkaya Center For Wellness is perched in amongst the Catskill mountains on the outskirts of a gorgeous little town called Cragsmoor. The perfect setting to come together to move, breathe and BE.

The theme of this weekend is RIGHT EFFORT; A practice to retrain the mind to produce good, kind and wholesome states of being, while redirecting unwholesome states of mind that may be limiting your ability to experience joy and contentment. Let's move towards what we want, not what we don't want.

The facilities at Dharamkaya are immaculate; the meditation hall is grand and awe inspiring, all rooms are private (some with ensuite's and kitchenettes), the library (with wifi) is quiet and is filled with a lifetimes worth of profound knowledge, and the dinning hall is spacious and filled with light. All food is vegetarian and is prepared with love by our very own chef - Fresh and scrumptious!

One thing is for sure, you'll walk away feeling clear, deeply relaxed and rejuvenated. 


Traveling to Retreat

Check in: 3pm​

Getting There Friday

Info to come

Coming Back Sunday

Info to come​


Price includes, two nights accommodation, all yoga and meditation classes, activities and food. Does not include travel. 

Private Room (Shared Bathroom)

These airy rooms each have a double bed, desk with lamp, zafu and zabuton and plenty of space for meditation. Private baths are shared among 2-3 rooms.

​Early Bird: $500 before 5/19, $600 after

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Private Suite (Private Bathroom)

In addition to the amenities of a private room, these large rooms have en suite baths, terraces or balconies, and refrigerators.

​Early Bird: $700 before 5/19, $800 after

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Cancellation Policy

 If you cancel before May 19th 50% refund. After, no refund granted unless we can fill the spot?

Sample Itinerary

(subject to change)


4PM - Welcome Ceremony & Sankalpha Writing Workshop Yoga Practice


7PM - Dinner


9PM - The Sound Experience (Yoga Nidra & Tibetan Sound Healing Ceremony) 


7:30AM - Guided Meditation & Yoga Class (silent time)

9AM - Breakfast (silent time)

10:30AM - Group circle and "writing jam"


11AM - Nature Walk/Hike or Chill Time

1PM - Lunch

3PM - Somatics Workshop (Release Muscles & Pain)

6PM - Dinner 


8:30PM - The Sound Experience (Yoga Nidra & Tibetan Sound Healing Ceremony) 


7:30 - Guided Meditation & Yoga Class (silent time)

9AM - Breakfast (silent time)


10:30AM - Closing Circle 

About us

Dennis Teston

Teaching Style:  Challenging, hands-on, integrative, reverential

Class Type: Vinyasa

Training: RYT200 Vinyasa (Sankalpah College of Yoga); Yoga for At-Risk Populations (The Lineage Project); Power Yoga Weekend Intensive (w/Rudy Mettia at Kripalu); Power Yoga Weekend Immersion (w/Bryan Kest at Kripalu)

About: Dennis guides a challenging and fun class incorporating intelligent sequencing, hands-on adjustments, and posture modifications to ensure everyone leaves feeling successful.  He credits his own practice with the many shifts - professionally and personally - he has made in his life.  Dennis encourages students to integrate the gentle shifts that occur on their mats with the outside world. Dennis also teaches yoga through The Lineage Project, bringing awareness practices to at-risk teens and young adults.

Likes: Wine, hot and steamy New York City Summers, Trader Joe's Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds, NCIS marathons

MJ Watkins


Teaching Style: Thoughtful, Engaged


Class Type: Pure Hatha, Tibetan Healing Bowls, Somatics, Restorative, Yoga Nidra


Training: E-RYT 300 Academy of Yoga & Meditation, India; E-RYT 200 Zuna Yoga, Indonesia, Atma Buti Certified Sound Healing, NYC; Reiki Level 2, Restorative Yoga, ISHTA, Yoga Nidra, ISHTA, NYC; Radiant Child Yoga; Level 3


About: As a partner of NY Loves Yoga, MJ listens to students speak about why they come to yoga - stress relief, relaxation, finding peace internally and health/wellness.


MJ's passion is breathe play - integrating music, patterned breathing, visualization and yoga poses. Throughout class, the respiratory system, endocrine system and muscles get juiced up from the inside out, promoting detoxing, organ massage and mental relaxation.

Lucas Hall


Teaching Style: Uplifting, Strong, Empowering, Centering


Class Type: Hatha/Vinyasa, Tibetan Healing Bowls, Small Group Fitness Training, Yoga Nidra


Training: E-RYT 200 Zuna Yoga; Yoga Nidra, ISHTA, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Atma Buti Certified Sound Healing, Reiki Level 2


About: With a lifelong passion for self-development, and the desire to help others become their best selves, Lucas took the leap and travelled to Bali, Indonesia to study the teachings of Tantra & Hatha yoga with renowned teachers Everett Newell & Katherine Girling 


Already a teacher of voice here in NYC and with a background in dance, Lucas’s skill set of body/mind conditioning and how to motivate and empower his students is one of his most enticing qualities as a yoga teacher. Lucas also volunteers at The Fountain House in Hells Kitchen, bringing yoga and meditation to mentally ill adults.


Lucas’s classes are accessible, effective and well rounded. Each class includes strong asana poses, focused breathing and guided meditation.


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