Centers & Bird Sanctuaries
spring-waters & Mossy-brook
Private but not secluded, these spaces are suitable for those who seek smaller personalized settings. Individual retreats or small groups up to 6 people per house.
“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
*These monasteries aspire to remain simple & modest in keeping with the sacred-earth endeavor.
A collective of many philosophies, including but not limited to Franciscan, Native American, Sufi, Kabbalistic, Freudian, Jungian, Rogerian, Women’s Developmental Theory and Taoism. Isha is Arabic for the last prayer of the day before you enter into sleep activating the wisdom of your dreams.
We encourage mindfulness development (self awareness - self actualization) through the process of going inward that dream work, contemplation, intentional speech, insightful eating, emotional healing and mending movement can foster.
Self actualization requires knowledge of your conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind. Negative experiences carry a strong neuro-chemical/physiological response, light & dark spots. When a person becomes symptomatic, physically/emotionally stuck, ill, bad habits, etc. we embed the pattern into ourselves and repeat. Isha Retreats offers an intensive break through of these patterns to gain self awareness. Ah-ha moments! The authentic effort you put in is directly correlated with your successful results.
A “earth-person - person-earth consciousness” will allow for personal psychological healing leading to global unity and peace. This place of centered appreciation and understanding will inspire our actions to respond from that sacred-self place. A “Christ”/"Buddha” consciousness is not void of emotions but working with all aspects of our humanity in a conscious way. Living consciously requires continual knowledge of your unconscious mind. As above so below principle and the butterfly effect (see “about us” page for more information).
As a seasoned doctor of philosophy in psychology, I am your personal guide with over 30 years of training and experience.
Email me for a free initial assessment to see if these Retreats are suitable for you. DrCMazzeo@aol.com.
Upon booking a retreat, I ask that you write a brief essay/about your hopes, intentions and goals for your retreat experience. We will have our first consultation following your booking and essay and I will write a specific schedule plan based upon your needs - some activities may vary depending on weather and seasonal changes.
Sliding scale for those who qualify
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
--- Harriet Tubman
The aim is to remain humble and modest in the hopes of co-existing with nature smoothly. I aspire to be as Green as possible and encourage others as well during their stay here (ie. composting, limiting waste, conserving energy, etc.). I have been participating in most of the physical work as a way to connect with the earth and in my own process to purify and cleanse the space. Seeing, understanding, listening to Earth Wisdom, is my quite practice, opening up Vortices or Portals of Sacred Earth. In living gracefully with nature, I will leave areas natural for wildile while taming other sections. It is my belief that if people see/feel our earth connection, we will be healed collectively.
Technology is very helpful when it does not use us, but when we consciously use it. During this inward process, it is strongly recommended to put away phones during your stay and limit the use of technology so you can take the necessary time to enter deeper into your personal spiritual journey and be more fully imbued with nature. If you must leave your phone on, please put on silent/vibration mode during your stay while being discreet and respecting others privacy.
"The human spirit needs places where Nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man" ---Author Unknown
The Land/Sacred Portals
Both are located in breathtaking Ulster county. “Spring Waters” sits on the East side of the mountain (Rosendale) and was built by renown artist Hans Van de Bovenkamp, formerly entitled “The Coop." This rustic bright European loft interior style building maintained the bird motif incorporating love of nature, simplicity and sanctuary. Located on a classic country road, you may catch a glimpse of a horse drawn carriage of my neighbors, the Bruderhof's. Direct neighbors are the "Bali house" (Air B&B ) and the Center for Symbolic Studies/Stone Mountain Farm. The mountain/Mohonk preserve, with 8000 beautiful hiking acres sit between the two. “Mossy Brook” (coming soon) is a shared 3 bedroom 2 bath house that is nestled on the West side of the mountain (High Falls). It is a bit more secluded, surrounded by beautiful mountain streams. It is a communal setting of house sharing.
"The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind." -Paracelsus
“Spring Waters” has a spring-fed pond, meditation walking paths, benches, wild berries (strawberries, thyme, mulberries, black caps, and grapes). Current projects: dock, meditation rock garden, a organic community vegetable garden, and solar. “Spring Waters” has three separate private rooms to choose from ~ King David ~ Buddha ~ The Ocean. Additionally, attached to the center are two apartments that share the property. The center allows for bright natural light with many sliding glass doors and skylights. All dwellings have yoga mats and and exercise balls for stretching, meditation and relaxing as well as a basic kitchen and simple cookware. All contain a steep staircase (similar to inside a brownstone), high ceilings, full baths. Essential oils/diffusers, tea, eye masks, ear plugs for napping, and basic emergency medical kits are supplied. We have well water with brita filters on tap, as the local regional water contains non harmful sulphur, similar to hot springs natural mineral baths I've enjoyed in Montana.
King David: 1-2 Adults, (queen bed 1.5 bath, kitchen). It is nestled in-between Buddha and The Ocean. . Expansion is the theme of this space. Vibrational sound therapy with the "King David" Woodstock chime off the bedroom balcony. *** [My office/library is located within this space off of the living room area, where consultations and groups will be held. Within my office I have a small library, you can check out books to read during your stay. The gallery is a common space where group yoga, chanting, and meditation will be held. ] ***
The Ocean: 1-2 Adults (queen bed, bath, kitchen). Located at one end of the building. It has a vibe of waves and wind to help guide you into the flow of movement with nature. A skylight over the queen bed upstairs, seating areas, basic kitchen and small full bathroom downstairs. Enjoy a bath while looking out at the birds in the mulberry tree.
Buddha: 1-2 Adults (full bed & full futon (sleeper) couch, bath, kitchen efficiency). Located in the center of this center, this room challenges the participant to be in two worlds. In silence and seclusion and in life. An interesting position that can challenge the going inward or coming out from depths of the psyche. Full bed and reading area upstairs, futon couch, small kitchen, full bathroom downstairs. Outdoor deck for relaxation, bird feeding, and stretching.
MossyBrook (coming soon)
People or groups may rent out either center for their own activities (insurance required).
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." --John Muir
Both properties sit just off the Eastern & Western sides of the end of the Shawangunk mountain range. Geologically, it is a mix of forest and wetlands; a bird haven.
Wild Birds are fed and can be very friendly if you are still enough for them to come close to you, one may land on you. Messengers of the sky, birds are very relaxing to watch and possibly connect with! Separate but interconnected groups, I have been observing their communication systems, solar referencing, interrelatedness to various weather conditions, etc. for the last 10 years. I have witnessed on multiple occasions, Crows chasing hawks and possibly leading them to food as well. Crows are fascinating and their intellect/social systems are not fully realized or appreciated. For those interested, there is a easy hike (15 minute drive) to "crow country" where the crows tend to live year round and if you are lucky, you can hear their vast array of intricate continuous orations. You may also observe how blue jays mimic hawks, sound alarms, ask for food and warmly greet each other (and possibly you too!). Yes, I believe it is a good sign for a bird to drop on you, representing acceptance and safety. The Tufted titmouse are very friendly house birds, showcasing their acrobatic feats and expressing curiosity about you. They tend to land on you, if you are still or napping. To catch a sighting of the Blue birds, Orioles, Rose breasted grosbeak, Mallards, Black crowned night heron and Blue heron, is always special. A Bald Eagle in the area as well. Some of the regulars are: Goldfinches, Red winged blackbirds, Blue jays, Cardinals, Mourning doves, Sparrows, Starlings, Chickadees, Nut thatchers, Cowbirds, Catbirds, Grackles and of course Hawks. Seasonally, flocks of birds have come to rest and eat grubs in the yard.
Birds can feed all day, but morning and dusk are the main times for feeding. Program schedules may be adjusted/modified due to season changes.