Relax and Rejuvenate
Memorial Weekend special:
Book your R & R: experience a Wellness Retreat Sampler Qigong, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra
with Lesli Lang and Ken Nelson, PhD
2.5 hrs, Saturday or Sunday morning 9.30am - 12noon @ $30/pp each morning - see below.
Lodging guests please click below for R and R room and board
Book all inclusive with meals here, enjoy the memorial weekend, Wednesday to Sunday/Monday retreat and experience Thurday morning Qigong, Friday Yoga, Saturday Yoga, Saturday Jazz evening, Sunday Yoga, opt in for Kayaking or cooking classes, relax in the salt water hot tub in the cool crisp Berkshire evening air and enjoy the moon or panoramic mountain views, all on our 600 acre sanctuary, yet only 5 minutes away to the center of Lenox or Stockbridge.
Get Away From It All and Find It All
From the peace and solitude of a private 600-acre estate to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and James Taylor… from hiking trails and mountain streams to the world-renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival… from daily yoga and meditation classes to world-class theater and film festivals...from beginning your day by luxuriating in Eastover’s indoor swimming pool to ending it by relaxing in the sauna or hot tub. There is something for everybody year round.
You can begin and end your day – or spend the entire day – on Eastover’s spacious grounds, spending quiet moments in the Japanese and English gardens, enjoying delicious natural cuisine and socializing in our Café/Bistro. Choose from a variety of daily movement classes and weekly workshops, ink brush calligraphy practice, outdoor activities, spa services, or make use of our amenities: indoor pool, sauna and hot tub… all against the backdrop of Mt. Greylock, October Mountain and the Appalachian Trail. Your time can be as structured or as unstructured as you desire.
Eastover Estate & Retreat offers a unique and affordable getaway requiring a minimum two-night’s stay. Eastover is located in the cultural center of the Berkshire Mountains – and only minutes away from Tanglewood Music Center, Shakespeare & Company, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, the Norman Rockwell Museum and many other popular venues.
Full Day Meal Pass
A la Carte price
You can spend a weekend, a week, or a month with us and create some space in your life. Here are some highlights of what we have currently, both complimentary and at additional cost:
- Daily Self Guided Meditation
- Saturday/Sunday Morning Yoga Practice with Alka Arora
- Weekly Thursday morning Qigong with Greg DiLisio or Ken Nelson, PhD, 9 - 10:30am. starting May 21
- Monthly Qigong and Qigong medical healing with Thomas Garbarino, starting June 20th.
- Mindfulness Meditation with Dr Andrew Vidich (2nd and 4th Saturday each month 7:30 - 9:30pm)
- Iyengar Yoga with TAMIR - Saturdays 4 - 5.30pm
- *Memorial weekend Saturday and/or Sunday 9:30 - 12noon ($30/pp) with Lesli Lang and Ken Nelson, PhD, (see below)
- * Life Re-imagined with Chef Helmut Eckart (min 4 people)
- * Guided Kayaking with Hilary Bashara on the Housatonic River along Eastover's 600 acre forest ($50pp)
- * Foraging with Jeremiah Pollard Sunday mornings for 2 - 3 hrs ($30pp)
- * Healing Arts Treatments
- Saturday Jazz Trio with world renowned musicians lead by Peter Primamore
- complimentary classes for Eastover Guests
- * additional costs apply - please call 8662645139 to make a booking
"It is essential sometimes to go into retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your experiences completely and look at them anew, not keep on repeating them like machines. You would then let fresh air into your mind. Wouldn’t you? This place must be of great beauty with trees, birds, and quietness, for beauty is truth and truth is goodness and love."
---- J. Krishnamurti
Here is what a 2-night stay with us could possibly look like:
Day 1 / Check-in:
7:00 - 8:00am: Yoga Practice
7.30 - 9:00am: Breakfast (Silent)
9:00am - Noon Choice of: Healing Arts: Hiking, Kayaking or Sample a Workshop
12:00 - 1:30pm: Lunch
3:00 - 5:30pm: Choice of Healing Arts: Hiking, Kayaking, or Tour of Eastover
4.00 - 5:30pm: Iyengar Yoga (on Saturdays only)
5:30 - 7:00pm: Dinner
7:00 - 8:00am: Yoga Practice
7:30 - 9:00am: Breakfast
9:00am - noon: Choice of Healing Arts, Kayaking, Yoga, Hiking, Juicing and Health, brush ink grinding as Meditation, Intro on Learning Chinese for Alzheimer’s Prevention.
1:00pm: Check Out
12:00 - 1.30pm: Lunch
Departure - or - Stay another day and deepen your relaxation, broaden your knowledge.
Lesli Lang and Ken Nelson, PhD
Your health is your wealth! Enjoy beginner-friendly qigong to enhance balance, strength and agility in the great outdoors and natural beauty of the Berkshire Hills*. Learn to move with ease, grace and freedom. Discover how Yin Yoga relieves chronic tension in the spine, hips and lower back, improving flexibility by rehabilitating fascia and lubricating joints. Awaken insight and stimulate life-giving forces for healing and wholeness with Yoga Nidra, a lying-down meditation of bliss and complete relaxation to end each morning of practice. (*Weather permitting. Rain will move this practice indoors)
Ken Nelson teaches qigong, meditation, yoga, shiatsu and Thai bodywork. Senior director at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Ken has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong for 25 years and has led workshops worldwide. since 1975. His CD, Yin Yoga, and DVD Qigong and Taiji for Healing and Vitality embody the spirit of the wisdom traditions.
Lesli Lang draws on a lifetime of yoga, self-inquiry, and meditation to support people in their quest for authenticity, freedom, and full expression. Lesli and Ken lead workshops and retreats worldwide. Ken and Lesli’s book about tools that link the heart and mind, creating the conditions for group wisdom, will be released in 2015. See their websites: www.sacredhealingarts.net
Alka Arora: Alka started Yoga Practice and studies in 1978 and since then has studied with some of the best teachers all over the world including BKS Iyengar(Pune) and at The Yoga Institute(Mumbai). She cofounded a Yoga School in Thailand in the 80’s. The thrill and energy that comes from alignment, balance, strength and opening of the body, bursts thro when one is in tune with a yoga pose. It’s what brings her back to the practice mat as also the experience of vibrancy, health and well-being. Her goal is to transmit this through practicing together.
Andrew Vidich: Dr. Vidich is a consultant, international speaker and author of more than five books. His forthcoming book entitled, "Let there be Light; Experiencing Inner Light Across the World's Sacred Traditions will be released in March 2015. Dr. Vidich has been an adjunct assistant professor of religion at Manhattan College and Iona College in New York. He was an Instructional Coach and award winning teacher in the NYC Department of Education for over 18 years.
He is a founding member of "The Interfaith Council of New York" as well as a Trustee of "The Temple of Understanding", an international interfaith organization. Dr. Vidich is a member of the Board of Directors and Public Relations coordinator for the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center in Amityville, New York. He has been studying meditation for 43 years under the guidance of renowned Meditation Masters.
Chef Eckart: Chef Helmut Eckart is a native of Mulheim an der Ruhr, Germany, where he grew up in a family of restaurateurs. It was in Muenster, Westphalia, where Executive Chef Eckart served his traditional three year chefs apprenticeship. On his first job he was cooking and traveling on the Mediterranean aboard the five-star luxury liner MS Europa. Expanding his culinary horizons in the Italian Alps of Switzerland, he then worked at Bluebeard's Castle in St. Thomas U.S.V.I. As Chef Saucier he cooked at the Ritz Carlton in Boston, (the original Ritz in America).
Chef Eckart has an excellent reputation and solid experience of all aspects of food production and service in the international resort and private club industry. His great passion for quality cuisine - innovation, preparation and presentation, manifests itself in the teaching, training and supervision of the next generation of food service professionals. His business orientation and experience are the result of tenures at New England’s and Maryland's most exclusive private clubs; luxury Hawaiian and Caribbean resorts. In Jamaica at Half Moon Resort and Club, Chef Eckart prepared state dinners for the Prime Minister of Jamaica and President Fidel Castro. He has won several awards in Newport for his Clam Chowder. While in Newport he catered to HRH Prince Andrew and Count Cinzano. He had his own live radio Talk Show "What's Cooking" on WADK.
Greg DiLisio and Ken Nelson, PhD: Nourish your vital energy with Qigong. Enhance your immune system, awaken insight, and stimulate life-giving forces for health, healing and wholeness. Learn to to stay rooted and centered while you move and breathe with ease, grace and freedom. Improve posture, balance, and strength. Enjoy harmony with nature in Eastover’s awe-inspiring 600 acres overlooking brilliant October Mountain State Forest. Experience the bliss of guided relaxation at the end of each class.
Ken Nelson, PhD, teaches qigong, meditation, yoga, shiatsu and Thai bodywork. Senior director at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Ken has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong for 25 years and has led workshops worldwide since 1975. His CD, Yin Yoga, and DVD Qigong and Taiji for Healing and Vitality embody the spirit of the wisdom traditions.
Greg DiLisio, M.Ac, is an experienced acupuncturist, holds high-level qigong, tai chi, and yoga teacher certifications, and is passionate about moving energy through outdoor sports in all seasons. Greg is featured in the DVD Qigong and Tai Chi, Following Movement in Nature. www.mycenteredheart.com
Hilary Bashara: RN, BSN, Owner and operator of Berkshire Canoe and Kayak Tours.
Berkshire Canoe Tours is a family owned and operated business that takes you, your family and your friends for a relaxing, fun filled guided canoe trip on the Housatonic River. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the meandering river and the nature that surrounds it. The abundant wildlife and spectacular plant life awaits you and your camera. The ever-changing flora and fauna may include red-tail hawks, owls or Canadian Geese; tall cottonwoods, sycamore, cinnamon ferns and spicebushes. Beavers, muskrats, Great Blue Heron, Kingfishers and the plentiful painted turtles are spotted regularly on tours. Each trip runs approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours.
Jeremia Pollard: Jeremia is a keen practitioner of woodland craft, including gathering, with a heritage of working with the earth and has extensive knowledge and deeply steeped understanding of plants and their growing habits. Locate wild and edible plants in the Berkshires by going on a exploratory walk on Sundays and expand your knowledge and sense of wonder.
TAMIR: TAMIR is a Junior Intermediate level Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. She has taught Yoga for twenty years at Columbia University, at the 92nd St Y, Parsons School of Design, Marymount Manhattan College, the Roosevelt Hospital, The Integral Yoga Institute in New York, and Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale as well as private coaching. She combines basic breathing techniques with Classical Yoga postures.
TAMIR is also a gifted actress with a background in Classical Theatre, a poet and writer and performer of three one-woman shows, among other accomplishments.
R & R Reservations Payment/Cancellation Policy:
- A deposit of $100 is required at the time of booking
- Should you need to cancel, all monies will be refunded in full (less a $50 processing fee) if you cancel 14 or more days prior to your arrival date. If you cancel with less than 14 days prior to your arrival date you will forfeit your deposit.
Eastover reserves the right to cancel a program at any time.