Meaningful Life Retreat – East

George Haas, Christopher Crotty and Sayadaw U Indaka

Friday May 27 to Saturday Jun 4, 2016
(eight nights)

The Watershed Center, Millerton, NY

$975 – $1,375 (sliding scale). The cost of the retreat is $975 which includes room and board. Anything you pay above this on the sliding scale will support the scholarship program and is tax-deductible. All rooms are shared.

CAMPING: There are a very limited number of camping spots available for $735 – $1,135.

The minimum amount you will pay for a scholarship is $500.

Our scholarship funds are limited and may not be able to support all who need one to attend. Please consider making payment arrangements if you need support to attend the retreat. If you are interested, please contact us. Download the forms to apply for a scholarship.

If you would like to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund, please CLICK HERE and indicate it is for the Meaningful Life Retreat. You can also indicate if the donation is for a specific person or sangha.

The teachers and retreat manager are offering their services on a dana basis and you have the opportunity to offer dana for them at the end of the retreat. Please feel free to write if you have any additional questions about this.

This retreat is eligible for the Hemera Foundation Contemplative Fellowships for Educators.  These are available to people who currently work full-time in pre-K or K-12 education, or are enrolled in a Master’s degree program in education. More info.

It is also eligible for the Hemera Foundation Comtempletive Fellowships for Healthcare Professionals. More info.


In this insight meditation retreat George and Chris will guide you through the four foundations of mindfulness, emphasizing radical self-acceptance, calm and clarity.  With a stable mind and open heart as a foundation, we will then explore aspects of relational mindfulness: how you connect to others, how you can be completely yourself in relationship and work; in other words, how to achieve a meaningful life.  Each morning will include Dharma teachings with meditation instructions. The afternoon will offer an opportunity for longer, uninterrupted practice, and evening sessions will focus on loving-kindness meditation. This retreat is open to beginners and ongoing practitioners, and is encouraged for anyone seeking to deepen their meditation practice and bring greater insight into their daily life.

Teacher Bios
George Haas began his path with a period of light-weight spiritual seeking (and heavy-duty drug and alcohol use). In 1978, he began a serious exploration of the 11th step of the 12-Step tradition, working primarily with concentration to reduce the anxiety of living sober. In an effort to make sense out of, and live with, the mounting AIDS deaths of the 1980s, Mr. Haas began walking the Red Road (traditional Native American spiritual practices) and reading Buddhist texts. Moving to Los Angeles from Manhattan in 1992 to work in the film and photography trades, George began sitting Vipassana at Ordinary Dharma in Venice, and reading extensively. In 1998, he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, and Vipassana Support International, where he is now a senior facilitator. George teaches regularly at ATS. He offers a guided-meditation via conference call Monday through Saturday mornings, 7:30-7:55am, and teaches privately via Skype, phone, email, text & IM, which Los Angeles Magazine included on its Best of LA 2011 list as “Best Online Buddhist Meditation.” For more information check out his website:

Chris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher, adjunct professor in alternative medicine, and Hatha yoga instructor. He offers classes, workshops and retreats, and counseling and mentoring to individuals motivated to understand how contemplative practice can foster an awareness that serves both the reduction of suffering and the maturation of an authentic life. He is the guiding teacher at Against the Stream in Boston and recently completed teacher training with Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro.

Sayadaw U Indaka was born on October 5 in 1952 in Upper Burma. As a young man he came to the local monastery to become a novice. Later he went to the famous Mahagandhayon monastery in Amarapura where his older brother was. In 1972 he was ordained by Mahagandhayon Sayadaw.
He studied the Buddhist scriptures and finally took and passed the Dhammacariya-Exam. After that he taught the Buddhist scriptures for ten years.
In 1976 he practiced Vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Meditation Centre in Mandalay where he was taught by Chanmyay Sayadaw. Some years later he went to the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centre in Yangon, where he was commissioned to teach meditation.
In 1996 Chanmyay Sayadaw sent him as a teacher and abbot to the new Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation centre in Hmawbi.
Since 2004 he lives in his meditation centre in the suburbs of Yangon and teaches people from Burma and from abroad alike.He is author of several books. His book on the practice of Metta Meditation has been translated to German and English (the German translation can be purchased at Zeh Verlag). His book about the Factors of Enlightenment is being translated to English and German at the moment.