August 16 - 18, 2024
Menla Retreat
Phoenicia, New York

WE HAVE ENTERED A NEW PARADIGM CONSIDERED TO BE THE GREAT AWAKENING. This is a time of transformation and the evolution of higher consciousness. Amidst great planetary confusion and upheaval, we are on the cusp of profound change. Ancient wisdom traditions, mystics, and modern astrologers have long predicted this era of awakening.

Join us at the beautiful Menla Retreat (, where we will create a sacred space as a group. This immersive experience includes deep learning, meditation, and sacred fire ceremonies, guided by the knowledge of our ancestors and ancient traditions.

Are you ready to embrace change, awaken to divine presence, connect with nature, and access soul awareness? No matter where you are on your path of transformation, this program will guide you to the next step on your journey. Experience inner peace, joy, and stillness as we transition from 3rd dimensional reality to the wisdom of the 5th dimension. Release past wounds, open your heart, and give birth to a new paradigm of self and world perception.

Join us and be part of this transformative journey!

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to the Course

    • Understanding the New Paradigm of Consciousness

    • Program Schedule

    • About Menla Retreat Center

  • 2

    Connecting to the Archetypes of Nature, Inner Guides and Teachers

    • Exploring the Power of Archetypes

    • Meditation Practice

  • 3

    Opening Your Heart to the Divine

    • Cultivating Divine Love

    • Meditation Practice

  • 4

    Achieving Soul Awareness

    • Awakening Soul Awareness

    • Meditation for Awakening Consciousness

  • 5

    Embracing the Great Awakening

    • Navigating Chaos with Inner Peace

    • Creating Your Reality in the New Paradigm

  • 6

    Transformational Fire Ceremony

    • Fire Ceremony

You Will:

  • 1. Connect to archetypes of nature, inner guides, and teachers

  • 2. Open your spiritual heart to awaken your divine nature

  • 3. Perceive and create your reality through soul awareness

  • 4. Understand and embrace your role and your path during this cycle of Great Awakening as a new paradigm of consciousness evolves

  • Particpate in a sacred fire ceremony for transformation as weather permits


Friday, August 16
• 3 - 6 pm Check-in and Arrival
• 6 - 7 pm Dinner
• 7:30 – 9 pm Welcome and Meditation

Saturday, August 17
• 8 - 9 am Breakfast
• 9:30 am – 12:00 pm Ancient Teachings and Meditation
• 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
• 2 - 5 pm Preparation for Sacred Fire Ceremony with meditation and connection to forces of nature and the ancestors.
• 5 – 6 pm Free Time for Relaxation and Spa
• 6 - 7 pm Dinner
• 7:30 – 9:00 Sacred Fire Ceremony of Transformation

Sunday, August 18
• 7 - 11 am Check-out of Rooms
• 8 - 9 am Breakfast
• 9:30 - 12:30 pm Meditation, sharing, and closure.
• 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Departure


Menla Retreat - Phoenicia, New York

Menla ( is a hidden oasis set in a secluded valley beside an enchanting stream in the heart of the Catskill mountains. Featuring spiritual and wellness retreats as well as exclusive getaways, their world-class Dewa Spa offers one-of-a-kind experiences. A truly unique venue and a project of Tibet House US – the Dalai Lama’s cultural center in North America – Menla is a modern resort and destination spa surrounded by thousands of acres of unspoiled wilderness. Inspired by the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Tibet, Menla strives to keep alive knowledge handed down for centuries. Immerse yourself in the magic of Menla’s pristine mountain forests. Explore hiking trails, encounter wildlife, and discover a rich tapestry of wellness experiences and activities.

Room and board is reserved directly through Menla at our discounted retreat rate depending on the accommodations that you choose. Once you register for the retreat program, you will receive a Menla password and link to make your room and board reservations directly with the retreat center. Accommodations are limited so you must reserve your room immediately.

Our retreat includes three meals a day designed around fresh locally and seasonally sourced ingredients, including produce harvested from their on-site organic garden. Menla’s buffet-style dining features protein-balanced plant-based dishes comprised of vegan and gluten free choices.

For those who are flying into the area, the Albany Airport would be your best destination. See ( to plan your transportation and see driving directions.

Workshop Leader

Irene Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW

Irene Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW, has been a student of ancient healing traditions since the early 1980’s. She spent many years studying with Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. and his teachers of authentic Incan descent in Peru and Bolivia. She has also studied with other indigenous teachers in North America. She has been a teacher for the program Awakening Your Light Body as created by Duane Packer and Sanaya Roman through LuminEssence for over 30 years.

Dr. Siegel conducts her integrative psychotherapy practice and teaches meditation and healing at Center Point in Huntington, NY. As an EMDR therapy approved consultant and conference speaker, she teaches the integration of Western psychotherapy and science with ancient healing arts. She has led spiritual groups, retreats, and journeys throughout her career and continues to blaze a trail for expanding the context of traditional healing to true transformation. Dr. Siegel has been teaching the use of the Medicine Wheel for over 30 years both in small groups and virtually. She is the author of The Sacred Path of the Therapist: Modern Healing, Ancient Wisdom, and Client Transformation; and Eyes of the Jaguar.

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The cost of the program is $350.00. Once you register you will receive an email giving you a password and link to the Menla Retreat. Room and board is a separate registration and their discounted fee is based on the accommodations that you choice. Space is very limited so you must register with them ASAP to reserve your space.

**Program Cancellation Policy - Full refund for cancellations through June 15; 50% refund through June 30; no refunds as of July 1. Please note that all cancellations will be charged a $25 cancellation fee.

**Be aware that the cancellation policy for room and board at Menla is based on their own policies.