12,000 sq ft green building on 95 acres of woodland overlooking the Catskill Mountains available for rental by groups doing contemplative and progressive work. 1800 sq ft meeting room with panoramic view of mountains. Sleeps up to 36. Food provided by a local caterer or your group. Easy access to public transportation from New York City, 85 miles.
Lifebridge Sanctuary is a project of Lifebridge Foundation, dedicated to promoting the concept of the interconnectedness of all life and one humanity. Nestled on the Northern crest of the famous Shawangunk Ridge, the Sanctuary provides complete privacy, spectacular beauty and immersion in nature.
The main meeting room of 1800 sq ft offers a panoramic view of the Catskill Mountains and can hold up to 75 people, while also being suitable for smaller residential groups of up to 36. There are various other meeting spaces and a fully stocked kitchen for group or caterer’s use. The groups who use the facility are mostly not-for-profit groups who come primarily to deepen their own mission through contemplative and working retreats. Largely service oriented, the missions of the groups using the Sanctuary are aligned with our own, and so our service to the wider community continually broadens and deepens.
Guests often comment that there is a special energy here that enhances their work and enables them to achieve their goals with ease and grace. We observe that it is the inner life that matters most to the groups we serve and the inner life that Lifebridge Sanctuary itself serves. The environment helps groups to reconnect with the sense of the sacred in all aspects of life.
When people are here, we ask them to hold an awareness of the natural world and to care for this little corner of the earth with respect and attention. Groups are their own staff. We ask them to conserve energy, to use less and to recycle materials. We ask that each individual be a caretaker and steward of the environment, holding a sense of reverence for the land and environment as a whole. The Sanctuary invites people to be gardeners of the inner self, and to share this garden with their world. We feel this is a 21st Century model and Lifebridge Sanctuary one of many places in this country and around the world that is teaching us how to do it.