About Us

Set amid a forest of tall cedars and white pines on the northern crest of the Shawangunk Mountains, Sky Lake is a Shambhala contemplative center for meditation, arts, and community. It is part of an international community of meditation centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Two hours north of Manhattan in the mid-Hudson valley, the lodge, with its peaceful ambience, is a haven from urban life. You can walk in our woods, enjoy extraordinary hiking trails at nearby Mohonk Preserve, scale the Gunks, or stroll around our spring-fed pond.

We are close to the charming  villages of Rosendale and High Falls, with their restaurants and interesting shops. The natural beauty of the area draws rock climbers, nature lovers, artists, farmers, and weekenders. Sky Lake offers an intimate container that supports weekend and weeklong programming, including the core Shambhala curriculum, contemplative arts, family programs, visits from senior teachers of several Buddhist lineages, and vajrayana programs, as well as qigong and other teachings by Eva Wong.

With approximately 75 members, the Sky Lake community includes new and senior practitioners, and local as well as distant members.  Monthly, during normal circumstances, we offer an open house, dinners, and conversations; as well as observances of the Sadhana of Mahamudra, the Shambhala Sadhana, circle practice, and feast practice, along with weekly public meditation sessions including teachings and group discussion on Sundays.  Seasonal Shambhala celebrations are enjoyed by the larger community as well.

The building is an uplifted and welcoming mountain lodge with two shrine rooms and a large, bright sitting/dining room where retreatants and community members can gather to enjoy a cup of tea and read dharma from our library. There is an office, a commercial kitchen, an apartment, a teacher’s room, and 8 guest rooms, each with a bathroom.

Sky Lake hosts rentals for like-minded organizations.