10-Day Courses in Fishkill, NY

COVID-19 Related Cancellations & Updates

September 16th – 27th, 2020 – CANCELED


Since 2017, the New York Vipassana Association (NYVA) has offered residential 10-day courses at Sharpe Reservation, in Fishkill, New York, about 70 miles north of New York City, and only 8 miles from the Beacon, New York station on the Metro-North Hudson rail line. We currently offer two 10-Day Courses per year: one in May/June and one in August/September.

Sharpe Reservation encompasses 2,000 acres of beautiful, gently rolling wooded terrain, punctuated by lakes, ponds, and streams. Owned and operated by the Fresh Air Fund, the Reservation directly borders the 14,337-acre Clarence Fahnestock State Park and consists of five different camps.

The camp where our courses are offered accommodates about 100 students and consists of a large dining room, with adjoining meditation hall, a commercial kitchen, and rustic cabins for sleeping and bathroom facilities.

Note: The camp covers a large area, and students must be able to walk 5 – 10 minutes over uneven terrain, as they move from one part of the camp to another.

Accommodations

Student accommodations are in wooden cabins outfitted with electricity, but no insulation or climate control. In other words, there is no heating or air conditioning. It can get cold at night and hot during the day. Average nightly temperatures are around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and can sometimes drop into the 40’s. Cabins have beds with mattresses and mosquito nets. Students must bring their own bedding: sheets, pillows, pillow cases, and warm blankets and/or a sleeping bag. 

Toilets and showers are located in cabins between 20 to 100 feet away from each cabin cluster. The bathhouses are not heated, but have showers with warm water. If you are worried that these accommodations may present difficulties, we encourage you to sign up for a course at one of the more established centers nearby, either Dhamma Dharā or Dhamma Pubbananda.

Transportation & Directions

Sharpe Reservation is located about 70 miles north of Manhattan, so is convenient to the following area airports: Stewart Airport in Newburgh, New York (20 miles), Westchester Airport (41 miles), LaGuardia airport (65 miles), John F. Kennedy airport (72 miles), Newark Airport (72 miles), Bradley Fields airport (84 miles), and Albany Airport (96 miles). 

The address for Sharpe Reservation is 436 Van Wyck Lake Road in Fishkill, New York. You can arrive by train or by car. In addition, rideshare information will be available closer to the course; you can use the rideshare board to search for and to offer rides to Sharpe Reservation.

Driving from New York City

  • 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 Road, before turning left onto East Hook Cross Road, and then right onto East Hook Road.
  • Take a left onto West 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 need to give your name to the camp security guard, and let them know you are here for the meditation course.
  • Once you have been admitted into Sharpe Reservation, follow signs to Camp Hayden Marks.

Driving from the west

  • Take I-84 eastbound to exit 46 for U.S. 9 toward Poughkeepsie/Peekskill.
  • At the traffic light, drive straight across U.S. 9 onto Snook Road.
  • Continue about 2 miles to 436 Van Wyck Lake Road to the Sharpe Reservation.
  • Upon arrival, you will need to give your name to the camp security guard, and let them know you are here for the meditation course.
  • Once you have been admitted into Sharpe Reservation, follow signs to Camp Hayden Marks.

By Train:

  • Take the Metro-North Hudson line train from the Grand Central station to the Beacon station. The train ride is approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes.
  • There will be NYVA shuttle service from the Beacon station to Sharpe Reservation. More information will be provided by email to registered students as the course nears. The drive from the Beacon station to Sharpe Reservation is approximately 20 minutes. 

Questions 

If you have questions regarding any aspect of the course, please do not call Sharpe Reservation. Instead, email NYVA’s Course Committee Registration Team at registration@ny.us.dhamma.org or call +1 (212) 575-2400, Ext. 2.