10-Day Course in Fishkill, NY

September 13-24th, 2017

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The New York Vipassana Association (NYVA) is pleased to organize the first ever 10-day course at Sharpe Reservation’s Camp Hayden Marks, in Fishkill, NY as well as the first large 10-day course in the NY tri-metro state region. Only an hour and a half by car or train from NYC, Sharpe Reservation is a massive, 2000 acre property owned by the Fresh Air Fund, an organization that has been offering underprivileged children summer camp experiences free of charge since 1877. Outside of their peak summer season, Sharpe Reservation rents their facilities to outside groups like ours.

Since this the first time we’ve ever used this site, we have created this info page so that students can get a sense of the setting and the types of accommodations on offer. Please read on for more information regarding transportation as well.

Entrance to Sharpe Reservation

Camp Hayden Marks

Set against a quiet lake, Camp Hayden Marks is surrounded by forest with extensive walking paths. It also features a large dining hall with a commercial kitchen, separate meditation hall facilities, and both indoor heated accommodations as well as outdoor wooden cabins.

NOTE: The camp is large and integrated into its natural environment, so participants should be comfortable walking 5-10 minutes at a time over uneven terrain.

Large Dining Hall

View of the Lake


Students will be sleeping in one of two kinds of accommodations:

  1. Wooden cabins, which are uninsulated and unheated, will be shared between 1-8 other students and have electricity and lights. In the early mornings and nights, the temperatures can be cool, and possibly cold. Average night temperatures may be in the 50s. Students must bring warm bedding. Communal toilets/showers are located about 20-100 yards away from the cabins. Showers have hot-water in unheated rooms.
  2. Indoor, heated dormitories (shared between 5-20 people depending on the dorm) with attached toilets but no showers. Showers are available at communal bathhouses located outside the dorm buildings

We will follow a generic policy of placing older applicants indoors and younger applicants in the cabins. However, if you have a strong preference for one or the other, please contact us to let management know.

If you feel that the simple nature of this camp would be too difficult for you, we encourage you to sign up for a course at an established center.

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TRANSPORTATION: The center is located only 1.5 hours train or car ride away from NYC at the Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY. The address is 436 Van Wyck Lake Road, Fishkill, NY, 12524.


Coming from NYC:
Take the Taconic State Parkway North until the Miller Hill Rd Exit in East Fishkill. Take a left onto Miller Road and continue onto Shenandoah Rd, before turning left onto E Hook Cross Rd and then right onto E Hook Rd. Finally take a left onto W Hook Road before taking a right onto Van Wyck Lake Road. The entrance to Sharpe Reservation will be on your left. Upon arrival, you will have to provide your name to the camp security guard and that you are here for the meditation course, before being admitted onto the property. From there, you will need to follow signs to Camp Hayden Marks.

Driving directions from the West:
Take I-84 eastbound to exit 13. At the traffic light, drive straight across Route 9 onto Snook Rd. continue about 2 miles to 436 Van Wyck Lake Rd to the Sharpe Reservation.


There are regular trains (every hour) leaving from Grand Central on the Hudson Line. Please get off at the Beacon stop. If you need a ride from the Beacon train station, please let us know in advance and we will come pick you up at predetermined shuttle times.