Relax and Rejuvenate
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 heated 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:
- Meditation with Alka Arora
- Yoga Practice with Alka Arora
- Mindfulness Meditation with Dr Andrew Vidich
- Iyengar Yoga with TAMIR
- Saturday Jazz Trio with world knowned musicians lead by Peter Primamore *Life Re-imagined with Chef Helmut Eckart (min 4 people)
- --- complimentary classes
*Exploring your Creativity through Super Foods with Chef Torrey Oats (min 4 people)
*Guided kayaking with Hilary Bashara on the Housatonic River along Eastover's 600 acre forest ($50 each)
*Healing Art Treatments
* --- $$ additional cost applies
"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:
5.00pm Tour of Eastover
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 (Silent)
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.
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.
Chef Torrey Oats: Torrey studied fine art at Mass College of Art and had continuing education in Paris, France where she attended Le Cordon Bleu for the culinary arts. She has been a private chef for celebrities and has worked on commercial food styling shoots for a number of years as a food stylist to top chefs and magazines as well as sustainable food documentaries.
Her love for raw and vegan is derived from the challenging techniques and methods used in raw and vegan cuisine - it’s also about preparing food which is living, nutrient dense and making her clients feel their best. "I want my clients to feel more alive, more aware, clear in thought, be more productive, and light in their bodies".
- all ingredients are bio-dynamic and organic, seasonal and local
- ancient grains and gluten free
- creative, nutrient dense and delicious
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.
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 $300 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.