Spirituality & Nature Meetup – Day trips out of NYChttp://www.meetup.com/Spirituality-Nature-Meetup-Day-trips-out-of-NYC/http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/a/f/4/8/global_408764872.jpeg20110522
Spiritual Inspiration at Hudson Valley Park of Study and Reflection with Silo's Message
“Here are joy, love of the body, of nature, of humanity, and of the spirit.” Silo
Enter the quiet of nature...... and take a break from the noise of the City. This meetup is for those of us living in the NY area who want to take day trips out of the City to relax, meditate, reflect, reconnect with ourselves, make friends and find spiritual inspiration in nature. All are welcome to join, including beginners.
There will be variety of events including seminars, workshops and retreats which are based on Silo's Message, which “tells of the inner revelation at which all arrive who carefully meditate in humble search.” Silo is a spiritual guide and prolific author read more...
We'll also be planning social gatherings, BBQs, etc. to relax and enjoy. These events will be held at the Hudson Valley Park of Study and Reflection, a non-profit retreat center and park –– a true haven from the grind of daily life. The Park is open year-round and located just south of Kingston, 90 miles from NYC, in the beautiful Hudson Valley.
About the Hudson Valley Park of Study and Reflection
The Parks of Study and Reflection are places where people can experience spiritual renewal and friendship. They embody an atmosphere that nourishes the spirit and softens tension, facilitating inspiration and inner peace. The Hudson Valley Park is one of more than twenty such parks located around the world and one of the newest. Silo departed in 2010 but his work continues and the Parks of Study and Reflection are testimony to what he was capable of inspiring with his teaching.
The Hudson Valley Park is a 5-acre property with a retreat center which overlooks a large meadow, with several meeting rooms and lodging for 12. The real beauty of the Park is a dense and hilly forest with winding paths, a wide stream fed by a small waterfall and a hill known as the Summit, that is both a lookout and a natural meditation “hall”.
Interspersed with walks in the forest, we practice a guided meditation that helps us gain energy and attentiveness. We also learn about practical yet profound tools to help overcome the difficulties and contradictions we face in everyday life. Group discussions and sharing are also an important part of our activities.
Some of the fundamental themes that we are concerned with are: meaning in life, growing happiness, discovering one’s Purpose, unity, surpassing suffering, transcendence and immortality.
The seminars and retreats are based on Silo’s Message which is divided into three sections, The Book, The Experience and The Path and the Manual for Messengers (both are available at amazon.com or can be downloaded for free at silo.net).
The Message is not a course or a religion or a self-help group. It is a spirituality that goes to the essential in order to help us have profound experiences which are capable of transforming our lives, not just temporarily but fundamentally.
What about costs andtransportation?
"Open houses", social gatherings and celebrations are free with a suggested donation to cover the cost of food. There are low fees for seminars and workshops with refreshments included (coffee, tea, mineral water, cookies, etc.) We are able to maintain these low costs because the Park is non-profit run by volunteers.
We carpool whenever possible and share the cost of gas and tolls. Also Public transportation is available with buses running hourly from Port Authority to Kingston (about 4 miles from the Park in taxi).
You might want to know…..
Most of our events are limited to small groups so that everyone can interact easily and comfortably.
No commitment or experience is required. Complete beginners are welcome.
We welcome and respect people of all backgrounds and beliefs.
For information about Silo and his teachings visit www.silo.net, the website dedicated to providing accurate versions of the texts of Silo’s writings and audio visual materials.
We are a core group of 5 people of different ages, nationalities and levels of experience and share the common interest of wanting to explore the spiritual dimension of Silo’s teachings. Additionally, we get together at a weekly meeting on Thursday nights in NYC near Union Square and you are most welcome to join us http://www.meetup.com/New-York-Meditation-g....