Level One Training | New York

This program is full, and the waitlist is now closed. Please register for the Level One Training in Sedona Arizona February 7-14, 2015 or join us at the Baptiste Power Flow Immersion in Estes Park, Colorado September 14-17, 2014.
We are continuing to develop our full 2015 Program Calendar, so please check back for updates as we open more Level One Trainings. “

The promise of Level One | Journey Into Power training is that when you leave this training you will have opened up and empowered a new pathway for yourself and made a real difference in what matters most to you in your yoga practice and as an effective teacher of Baptiste Yoga.

Level One | Journey Into Power is an environment of extraordinary standards. It is a total immersion in which more is demanded of you than ever before. The combination of powerful asana practice, mediation and self-inquiry will build a foundation in the Baptiste Methodology and will leave you transformed with greater power, freedom and vitality. YOU will transform as a result of participating in this powerful program.

Participating in Level One | Journey Into Power does not require you to currently teach nor have the desire to teach. What this program does require is 100% commitment to your own growth and to fulfilling on what matters most to you.


August 2-9, 2014


Menla Mountain Retreat Center is a serene sanctuary located in a 320 acre valley in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Surrounded by a national forest preserve, Menla provides guests with a wondrous and tranquil experience. Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy the fresh mouton wire, abundant wildlife and natural beauty of the valley’s exquisite landscape. Designed to meet the highest standards of comfort and convenience, the modern eco-friendly facilities are an ideal setting for your Baptiste program.

You can view pictures and learn more at www.menlamountain.org.

Tuition | Housing

Please note that the only housing options still available for this program are Indoor and Outdoor Camping

Tuition includes your lodging and meals for the duration of the training. Please note that your $500 non-refundable deposit will be applied to your tuition.

Dormitory | $2,350.00
This option offers you an affordable option, sleeping indoors, at Menla.  The space is a large room with cots/air mattresses set up for your use, you will only be staying with others of your gender.  You will have access to restrooms and sinks, outdoor portable showers and towels are provided by the venue.  You will need to bring your own bedding and battery operated alarm clock (as plugs are limited).

Outdoor Camping | $2,200.00 - SOLD OUT
Menla is a great place to camp. Beauty all around you in the lush Catskill mountains, fall asleep to the sound of the river and the deep rich night air. Some of the camping sites have platforms and all have access to bathrooms with hot showers. Campers are responsible for bringing all of their own camping supplies including: tent, sleeping bag, head lamp, tarp and whatever else you might need.

Single Room | $3,300.00 - SOLD OUT
Menla offers a range of beautiful single rooms in very limited supply.  During this training which occurs in a group setting, single rooms offer the peace and privacy some of us may desire to process our daily learnings.

Single Room with Shared Bath | $3,200.00 - SOLD OUT
These cozy and private single rooms share a bathroom with one other person.

Double Room with Private Bath | $3,100.00 - SOLD OUT
Double rooms come with two twin beds and private bathroom. These deluxe rooms have forest and mountain views or set in a peaceful field.

Double Room with Shared Bath | $2,900.00 - SOLD OUT
The double rooms with a shared bath come complete with organic cotton linens, down comforters, and modern tiled bathrooms making your stay a relaxing one.  These rooms share a bathroom with up to 4 participants.

Quad Room with Private Bath | $2,800.00 - SOLD OUT
The quad rooms are spacious and comfortable, providing a great and economical way to attend this life changing program. 

Bunkhouse with Shared Bath | $2,700.00 - SOLD OUT
These housing units offer multiple bed types and shared bathrooms. The bunkhouse units are a wonderful opportunity to connect with your fellow participants. Baptiste programs are meant to be shared, used for creating connections and community. 

What to Bring | Required

  • Journal and pen
  • Yoga mat
  • Yoga block
  • Yoga strap
  • Refillable water bottle, gatorade or other electrolyte replenisher
  • Plenty of yoga clothes
  • Towels or yogi toes for sweaty asana practice

Arrival Information

We require all participants to arrive onsite by 3 PM on the start date of your program. Menla is located approximately 2 ½ hours from New York City and a little over an hour from the Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY and the Albany International Airport. 

In order to maintain the integrity of the program, and to uphold your commitment to show up 100%, we cannot allow any late arrivals.

The first meal provided on your program start date is dinner. This is followed by an orientation, and program starts at 7 PM. If you are arriving earlier in the day, we recommend eating before you arrive, bringing snacks or cash to purchase food at the onsite restaurant.

Departure Information

On the last day of your program, there is an optional yoga class in the morning, as well as breakfast. We recommend departing between 11 AM and 5 PM, although you are welcome to depart as early as 6 AM.

How to Get to Menla Mountain Retreat

Menla Mountain Retreat is conveniently located near various major northeastern metropolitan areas.


Menla Mountain Retreat
375 Pantherkill Road, Phoenicia, NY, 12464
Front Desk 1-845-688-6897
Emergency 1-845-688-9849 (if no one picks up at the front desk)
Fax 1-845-688-6895


The closest airports to Menla are the Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY and the Albany International Airport. Both are about 1 ¼ hours from Menla. There is no public transportation from Stewart or Albany airports to Menla. We recommend taking a taxi from the airport or carpooling with other participants. You can coordinate with other participants on the Facebook page for your program.

You can also fly into any of the major New York City airports (JFKLaGuardia or Newark). All are approximately 2 ½ hours from Menla. From New York City airports, you can easily take a Trailways Bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal to Phoenicia. The Port Authority is an approximate 25 minute taxi ride from LaGuardia, a 35 minute taxi ride from JFK and a 30 minute taxi ride from Newark (depending on traffic).


The Adirondack Trailways Bus comes directly to the town of Phoenicia from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City and is an approximately 3 hour ride. You can book your ticket in advance on their website or call at 1-800-776-7548. The bus is first come first serve even if you have purchased a ticket and we do recommend arriving to the bus station at least 90 minutes in advance. Menla offers a shuttle service from the bus stop in Phoenicia to the retreat for fee of $5.00/way. You must contact Menla at least 24 hours in advance at 1-845-688-6897 (ext. 0) or at frontdesk@menla.org to arrange shuttle pick-up.


The nearest Amtrak train goes to Rhinecliff, NY. This Amtrak Station is approximately 50 minutes from Menla. The train ride from New York City is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes and departs from Penn Station in New York City. (Pplease be aware that there are luggage restrictions for some trains departing from Penn Station going to Rhinecliff.) Menla does not provide shuttle service from the Amtrak Station, however there are generally taxis readily available at the station. You may also reserve a car service in advance.


Here are a few Google Maps to guide you the right direction. There is plenty of free onsite parking.

From New York City
From Albany
From Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak

Here are a few local taxis and car services.

Red Hook Rhinebeck – Rhinecliff Taxi | 1-845-758-1478 or 1-845-876-2010
Royal Chariot Car Service | 1-845-876-3000
Kingston Kabs | 1-845-331-8294

Please refer to the Menla website for complete and detailed information on how to arrive at the Retreat Center.

Travel Resources

For your convenience we partner with CB Travel to assist you in purchasing flights, arranging ground transportation to the venue and to assist you in arranging accommodations outside of program dates if needed. CB Travel offers their services for a fee of $29 (domestic) and $35 (international). This includes monitoring your flights, assisting you with any cancellations or changes while you are traveling and emergency after-hours assistance. CB Travel will also send your itinerary directly to the Baptiste Programs team.

Christopherson Business Travel
Baptiste dedicated phone line: 888-399-3429
Baptiste dedicated email: baptiste@cbtravel.com

**When calling to make your arrangements please be prepared to provide your official TSA information (name as it appears on your driver’s license or passport, your birth date and passport number if you are traveling internationally), frequent flyer number(s) and credit card number.

Travel Insurance

Travel Guard offers affordable trip protection plans that guard against an extensive list of reasons for cancellation. Specifically, we recommend The Gold plan from Travel Guard which offers you protection against trip cancellation, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses and other issues that could occur while you are away from home.

This offer is available to those who are US and Canadian residents only, however if you reside outside of those countries we do recommend that you make arrangements for travel protection elsewhere.

Visit Travel Guard online for your own personal travel quote.