Memorial Weekend 3-Day Course
May 25th - May 28th, 2018
The New York Vipassana Association (NYVA) is pleased to organize 3-day courses in Fishkill NY. The site is located only an hour and a half by car or train from NYC.
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.
Set against a quiet lake, the camp is surrounded by forest. It also features a large dining hall with a commercial kitchen, a meditation hall, and 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.
Students will be sleeping in wooden cabins that have electricity and lights but are uninsulated and unheated. Cabins are shared between four to eight students and have beds with mattresses and mosquito nets. 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. These rooms are unheated but the showers have hot water.
The camp is large and students must be able to walk over uneven terrain as they move from one facility to another.
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.
DIRECTIONS & TRANSPORTATION
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.
If you have questions regarding the course and/or course site, please do not call the Sharpe Reservation directly. Please use the contact information provided below.
With kind regards,