I am a spiritual seeker and an avid reader of Mythology - so if one asked if they could place me in “a divine garden by a river to guard the tree of life” I wouldn’t miss a beat to state “Sign me up - I’ll bring the party.”
Akin to those wonderfully epic mythological stories I’ve been lucky – damn lucky - to find myself in some of the most divine situations. Some by conscious, and others, by unconscious effort, but all to better myself.
Being a ‘Location Scout’ and sowing the seeds of a retreat is the best part of this job. The child-like wonder of a new experience and new relationships - the whole process makes me smile and gives me goose bumps. It is these seeds: the moments when I meet new people, or walk into a beautiful space, or eat a delicious meal, or get lost driving around the Catskills only to pull over and take a moment to pinch myself. These moments fuel me to create unique experiences for you all – right here in my own backyard.
Here are a few glimpses of some of the places we’ve seen while scouting the Hudson Valley for awesomesss . You may see some of them on the schedule in the near future!
Sky Lake | Rosendale, NY
How I love this rustic Gem.
Sky Lake is a Shambhala contemplative center for meditation, arts and community located in the beautiful surroundings of the Hudson Valley. It is part of an international community of meditation centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Nestled in a forest of tall cedars and white pines on the northern crest of the Shawangunk Mountains.
I LOVE their tag line: "Feel how you Feel."
Unison Arts Center | New Paltz
Unison is dedicated to enriching cultural life and community in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley by making high quality arts, performances and educational experiences accessible to all.
Seriously folks - What’s not to like about New Paltz?
The Saugerties Lighthouse is an 1869 landmark beacon on the Hudson River that stands proudly as a Living Museum and a renowned Bed & Breakfast. Step back in time over a hundred years to experience the charm and rustic simplicity of life in the middle of the river.
The Garrison Institute | Garrison, New York
This one is near and dear to my heart. For many years my grandfather, Francis Nuccio, would go on retreat to Catholic Monasteries on the Hudson River much like this Gem. Formerly an active Capuchin Franciscan Monastery, the Garrison Institute is now a Meditation retreat center I get to call home two days a week. I work here as their designer, marketer and yoga instructor. We are a family of beautiful souls who run a blessed, meditative, smooth sailing ship.
Fun Fact: My Grandfather was a Franciscan named Francis! #superencounterer
And a few private residences right on the river… Shhh!
So secret I can’t tell you yet!