Relax and Rejuvenate
Get Away From It All and Find It All
At Eastover, there is something for everybody year round.
Begin your weekend with outdoor activities led by our team- kayaking, hiking, foraging and more- all against the backdrop of Mt. Greylock, October Mountain and the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy the Japanese and herb gardens. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast in our nostagic turn-of-the-century mansion (additional meals a la carte, reserve 24 hours ahead).
End your day relaxing in the hot tub in the cool crisp Berkshire evening air and enjoy the panoramic mountain views, all on our 600 acre sanctuary, yet only a few minutes away from Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Taylor, world-renowned Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Shakespeare & Company and world-renowned film festivals. Your time can be as structured or as unstructured as you desire.
We make efforts to provide a unique and affordable getaway requiring a minimum two-night’s stay.
Before you book any retreat (R&R or Workshops), please check out this page first:
Many activities are based upon availability of teachers in the area, if you are interested in one specific activity, please call to make sure its available on the weekend you choose to join us. Also some teachers who live in the area will only come to offer the program if there is enough participants. So please sign up ahead of your arrival.
Here is one incredible class that can greatly improve your health, beauty, and vitality:
minimum attendance 10 students, sign up now. Every Saturdy 3:00pm
Taught by Vera Guan Childers
For Good Health, Prevention of Alzheimer's & Glaucoma and Promoting Longevity
Jiang's grandma, at 92, is still very self sufficient, she contributes her great health to daily self massage
Checkin Time: 4:00pm
Checkout Time: 1:00pm
No-meal option: accommodation only; a la carte available upon request
Highlights of Weekly Activities
- Daily Self Guided Meditation
- Mindfulness Meditation with Dr Andrew Vidich (on select Saturdays, 7:30 - 9:30pm) starting September 6th, 2015
Yoga or Qigong
- Saturday/Sunday Morning Qigong Practice 9:00-10.30am with Dr. Ken Nelson @ $15 per session (24 hour sign up ahead is required)
- Once a month on a Saturday, Thomas Gabarino teaches Qigong
- Iyengar Yoga with TAMIR - Saturdays 4 - 5.30pm
- Vera's Jiang Family Meridian Self Message - 10 minimum - beauty, health, prevention of Alzheimer's, Glaucoma
- Weekly Saturday morning Qigong with Greg DiLisio or Ken Nelson, PhD. 9-10:30am, starting June 25 (more info & sign-up here)
- Monthly weekend Qigong and healing with Thomas Garbarino, starting June 20th (more info & sign-up here)
- 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)
Additional costs may apply - please click here to reserve activities
or call 866.264.5139
"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 weekend stay with us could look like:
6:30-7:00am Self-Guided Meditation
1:30-3:00pm Guided Hike
4:30-5:30pm Yoga, Qigong&calligraphy, or Qigong
5:30-7:00pm Dinner (a la carte, need 24 hours notice)
6:30-7:00am Self-Guided Meditation
7:30-9:00am Complimentary Breakfast
9:00 am - Qigong (once a monthly dates, pls check dates)
9:00 am - Weekly Qigong with Dr. Ken Nelson, Greg DeLicio, or Grand Master Jianye Jiang
9:30am-Noon Choice of Healing Arts, Kayaking, Yoga, Hiking, brush ink grinding as Meditation, Intro on Learning Chinese for Alzheimer’s Prevention
12:00-1:30pm Lunch (a la carte, need 24 hours notice)
3:00-4:00pm Intro to Qigong and Caligraphy with Master Jianye Jiang, minimum 6 people sign up, otherwise canceled.
4.00-5:30pm *Iyengar Yoga (with TAMIR, Saturday only)
5:30-7:30pm Dinner (a la carte, need 24 hours notice)
6:30-7:00am Self-Guided Medtation
7:30-9:00am Complimentary Breakfast
9:30-noon Choice of Healing Arts, Kayaking, Yoga, Hiking, brush ink grinding as Meditation, Intro on Learning Chinese for Alzheimer’s Prevention
12:00-1.30pm Lunch (a la carte, need 24 hours notice)
Departure - or - Stay another day and deepen your relaxation, broaden your knowledge
6:30-7:00am Self-Guided Medtation
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 $50 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.