Spiritual Camping and Craft of Fire Workshop – August 4 –6, 2017

This is a special weekend organized twice a year (July and August).  It combines the relaxed and fun activities of camping (some prefer to stay indoors at our retreat center) and being in nature with spiritual experiences.  The weekend opens on Friday at 4pm for those who want to arrive early but people can arrive later.

This weekend will feature the Craft of Fire Workshop which is being given by Alejo Tosar who is visiting from Argentina and brings with him many years of experience and knowledge.  This is an amazing workshop which will carry us back to ancient times, before the human was able to create fire.

Craft of Fire Workshop – Connecting with our origins

Since the beginning of times, the evolution of the human being was guided by fire.  When the human being began to utilize fire, it produced a new historical moment marked by the great act of going against the instinct of preservation.

We’ll carry out the fire workshop trying to connect with this historic intention.  We will also look for 3 qualities: tone, care and permanence, which help generate the best conditions for internal and group work.

The workshop consists of three parts. First, the preservation of fire in clay vessels that we will make digging up the clay near the stream.  Later we will transfer the fire to “ovens” which we’ll also build.  Finally, we will work on producing fire, using stones and pyrite.


This will be our 3rd year and it’s always full of surprises and inspiring experiences.

If you are:

– interested in spiritual growth (as a beginner or deepening your process).

– love spending time in nature

– feel the importance of meditating and being connected to one’s deeper self

– like being in a friendly community with meaningful conversations

– enjoy healthy food, s’mores and more.

There will be plenty of time to enjoy nature. The Hudson Valley Park is a gorgeous 5-acre site with a retreat center, an open meadow, winding paths in the forest, stream and waterfall, a sacred fountain, workshop building and more.  www.hudsonvalleypark.org


Accommodations: The Hudson Valley Park has a retreat center with a main room, fully equipped kitchen, library, meditation room, 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is a large meadow for the camping.

Sleep under the stars or in the retreat center:

The retreat center:  For those who prefer to sleep under a roof, the center has accommodation for 10-12 people.

Tents: Bring your tent and gear and set up in the beautiful meadow at the Hudson Valley Park.  Showers and hot water are available in the house.


Food:  We love eating well and healthy.  Breakfast and lunch will be buffet style and dinner will be a shared common meal.  Be prepared to pitch in and help cook/serve/clean.




Cost: $80, includes 2 nights and meals (our cook is amazing).  An added $10 fee for materials for the  Craft of Fire Workshop.

RSVP is required with a $40 deposit (via paypal or check). A refund will be given if cancellation occurs by July 15. The remainder to be paid upon arrival.

After you RSVP, one of our organizers will get in touch with you to find out the time of your arrival, special needs, etc.

If you have any questions, please write to nicolemye@gmail.com or call 917-609-8029.  Also visit www.hudsonvalleypark.org



The Hudson Valley Park is 90 miles north of NYC.

– For carpooling: If you are looking to carpool, people are encouraged to organize among themselves via the comments on this meetup page. Or if you plan to drive, let people know from where and how many passengers.  Gas and tolls are shared (suggested $20 round trip to the driver).

– For driving directions: click here

Public Transportation: Adirondack Trailways has frequent buses going to Kingston from the Port Authority in Manhattan. For info click here. Arrangements can be made to pick you up at the Kingston Bus Station or you can take a taxi, It’s about 4 miles to the Hudson Valley Park.  Please get in contact with us.

Other important details

–Bring your own linen (twin-size sheets, pillowcase and towel).

–Hudson Valley Park is an alcohol- and drug-free environment


Summer Seasonal & 7th Anniversary

Join us for our Summer Seasonal and 7th Anniversary Celebration!

Saturday, June 24, 2017   •   2pm – 7pm

Hudson Valley Park of Study & Reflection

1170 Route 213, Kingston, NY



• Guided visits of the Park

• Past Year Review

• Experiences: The Service and Ceremony of Well-Being

• BBQ (will include vegetarian choices)

– Come with friends and family. Children are welcome!

Donation: $20 to cover the BBQ, snacks and park usage.  Children free.


Hudson Valley Park June Anniversary Event


The Hudson Valley Park’s Annual Event takes place every year on June 21 (or the closest weekend) in an expression of gratitude to the friends, volunteers and supporters of the Park.  This date coincides with the Summer Seasonal Celebration and commemorates the date when Hudson Valley Park was founded – June 21, 2010.

Seasonal Gatherings take place every solstice and equinox and are dedicated to celebrating the change of seasons. These events are social and spiritual with shared meals, ceremonies, hiking and discussions.  A perfect time to take a pause and enjoy the best of all worlds: nature, spirituality, meditation and meeting like-minded people.

May 6th Celebration & Reflection

Join us for a very special day to celebrate and reflect on the 48th Anniversary of Silo’s first public speech, “The Healing of Suffering.”*

Hudson Valley Park of Study & Reflection

May 6th, 2017   •   11:30 am – 6:30 pm  BBQ (at 5pm)

1170 Route 213, Kingston, NY



• presentation audio/video

• meditation-ceremonies-reflection

• group discussion

• BBQ (will include vegetarian choices) plus a light lunch with snacks and refreshments.

• walking-hiking in the woods of Hudson Valley Park (the summit, bridge, waterfall and fountain…).

• Activities will be outdoors and indoors at the retreat center

– Come with friends and family. Children are welcome!

*The Healing of Suffering was delivered in the heights of the Andean Mountains by Silo in Argentina on May 4, 1969 in spite of the dictatorship that tried to suppress it.  48 years later, it is even more relevant.  It is Silo’s first public expression of his ideas. In poetic language, he explains that the most important knowledge for living (“true wisdom”) is not the same as the knowledge found in books but is a question of inner experience. The most important knowledge for living is related to comprehending suffering and how to surpass it.  The talk went on to inspire millions of people over the years and launched a worldwide movement to Humanize the Earth and build communities of Silo’s Message.

Food: Snacks and refreshments will be served at noon and a vegetarian friendly BBQ will be held at the end of the day.

Donation: $25 to cover the food (light lunch, refreshments and BBQ) and park usage.


Celebrate Spring Seasonal — March 25th

THIS IS A NEW DATE DUE TO SNOWSTORM (originally March 18th)

Greetings to all,

I am happy to send this invite for our SPRING SEASONAL celebration at the Hudson Valley Park. It is a day to celebrate the change of Seasons, and to carry gratitude in our hearts.

DATE: Saturday, March 25th 2017
TIME:  11:00 am to 5:00 pm

This will be a day of personal reflection, interchange and walks in the Park. We will end the day with a ceremony of Well-being, from our heart, to ask for our family, friends and our world.

This will be a potluck. Please bring food for yourself with some extra to share.

Please forward this invitation to your friends.


2016 Holiday Auction, Bazaar & Reception

Get ready for our 7th Annual Auction, Bazaar & Reception on Tuesday December 13.  This year we have added on the “Bazaar” featuring handmade items, including Amanuel’s famous artisanal soap and Mike and Emiko’s candy creations.


Meet up with old friends, make new ones, enjoy the refreshments (homemade goodies) and find some unique and fantastic gift items and self-indulgences. Above all you will be supporting a great cause — the magnificent Hudson Valley Park where you get truly get away from it all and find peace, inspiration and spiritual renewal.

Buy your ticket online here.  ($20 in advance/$25 at the door). The ticket is dual purpose.  It’s your entrance and each ticket is entered into a raffle — this year’s prize is an iPad Air 2.  So whether or not you can attend, you can still show your support and have a chance to win an iPad Air 2.

Get more info here: http://www.newhumanist.us/auction/

photos from 2015 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1525253877491459&type=3


NEW:  photos from 2016 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1553069398043240&type=3

Spiritual Camping — July 28-31, 2016

Help us celebrate our 6th Anniversary!

You are invited to join us for an all day celebration.

Potluck / Music / Merriment

When:  Saturday, June 25th

Time:  Dinner & Program 4 – 7 pm


Retreat on Ceremonies and Experiences of Silo’s Message, June 17-19


This retreat is designed as a modular workshop (you can attend part or all of it) is open to everyone. It will focus on four of the basic ceremonies used as ways into the essential experiences: The Service, The Well Being, Laying on of Hands and The Recognition.

The retreat will begin on Friday the 17th of June and conclude on the afternoon of Sunday June 19th.

RSVP: please fill out the form under Reservations. https://www.hudsonvalleypark.org/park-request/


Friday June 17 –

Dinner will be served at 6:30 (optional).  The retreat will begin at 8pm.

Saturday June 18

All day beginning at 10am.

Sunday, June 19

Retreat ends at noon.  Followed by lunch.

Meals will be served for the 3 days.  $30.  For Saturday only $15.

Contribution for park usage and overnight, $10/day +$10/overnight.

For retreat info contact Danny Zuckerbrot: dzuck@rogers.com

For logistics contact Nicole: nicolemye@gmail.com


Silo, A Spiritual Path at Near Nazareth Film Festival

“Silo, A Spiritual Path” was just included in the Near Nazareth Festival which takes place May 17 to 31. The winners will be announced at the end of the festival. Also, it says that its part of the most popular movies on the Facebook page of the festival. http://nazarethfestival.wix.com/nnfestivalmay16#!about1/c1q5u



Day of Reflection & Celebration – May 7th