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Peace Village Experience the Tranquility –
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, Haines Falls, New York

Peace Village Learning & Retreat Center
54 O'Hara Road (at Route 23A)
P.O. Box 99
Haines Falls (Hunter), New York 12436

There are spaces that touch the heart and soul in ways that you will not find anywhere else. Peace Village is a learning and retreat center that offers weekend retreats on a variety of topics where you can learn to meditate and study spiritual knowledge.
The silence and tranquility of the Village provides the atmosphere for self-exploration and spiritual practice. Practicing yogis volunteer and teach at Peace Village. Their hospitality and joy while hosting you during your retreat will be one of the memorable aspects of your stay. We opened in 1999, and are a retreat center of the Brahma Kumaris .
Join us for weekend residential retreats, workshops, or weekly classes in spiritual awareness, meditation, and the practical application of spirituality.

What is a retreat?

Retreats at Peace Village have two key components. They are:
1. Examination of some of the deeper truths about human nature. We work with the understanding that there is an energy of goodness within us, and that this increases or decreases according to our habits of thought and feeling. Knowing more about our selves, and how we function, gives us the power to think and act more positively.
2. Periods of silence in which to reflect on our higher feelings, values, and purpose in life. Peace of mind, intrinsic to all of us but easily lost when we become trapped in mundane concerns, is restored. This experience helps connect us to an unchanging and infinite source of love and truth.
The aim is to enable participants to recharge their own sense of well-being, and learn how to maintain this strength in everyday life. Lectures, workshops, pure vegetarian food, the beautiful grounds, and a peaceful atmosphere all contribute to the process.

During your stay...

  • Study practical aspects of spirituality through classes and workshops.
  • Discover new methods to handle life’s challenges.
  • Enhance or begin a meditation practice.
  • Appreciate time spent in solitude and silence in beautiful surroundings.
  • Enjoy the rejuvenating effects of a pure, serene, and spiritual setting with vegetarian meals.
  • Meet like-minded people on a similar journey.
  • Relax in comfortable rooms with private bath. In most cases, double accommodation is provided.
The weekend will include sessions by experienced retreat facilitators on personal development, spiritual wisdom, and resolving problems through understanding spiritual knowledge. Topics are varied. Explore the beautiful grounds nestled high in the mountains of upstate New York. There are areas for solitude, personal study, and walks.
Peace Village also offers guests the opportunity to stay in a pure, serene, and spiritual environment where vegetarian diet and abstinence from alcohol and cigarettes are observed.
As well as meditation retreats, Peace Village also hosts retreats to serve a broad spectrum of society. Specific groups of professionals come to explore the meaning, relevance, and application of spirituality in their profession. They come from the fields of business, engineering, health, education, social services, science, psychology, and the media.

Additional Information

Arrivals and Departures

On the arrival date for your retreat, please arrive between 5:00pm and 8:30pm. Please call if an emergency requires your late arrival (after 8:30pm) or cancellation. On the final day of your retreat, departures are at 11:00am unless stated otherwise.

Registrations and Cancellations

Register on-line at peace-village.org and await confirmation. Cancellations are requested at least 48 hours before arrival date. Please allow another interested person to take your place by informing us if you cannot attend.

Getting to Peace Village

Additional Offerings

If you live in the vicinity of Peace Village, we offer meditation classes and related programs. See bkwsu.org for locations throughout the USA where meditation classes are offered.
For those who would like to spend additional time at Peace Village, we may offer a limited number of personal retreats based on staff availability. Please contact us for details.

Contributions at Peace Village

Since 1999, Peace Village has been serving thousands of people based on the principle of heartfelt volunteerism. In addition to the small full time staff of volunteers, a number of servers and facilitators travel here from far distances to support the weekend retreats by offering their time, energy, and skills.

During your stay, we provide you with meals: dinner Friday evening through Sunday breakfast. We make every effort to offer you a clean and comfortable room, to maintain our buildings and grounds, and to upgrade the facilities whenever possible.

Our founder, Brahma Baba, felt that there should not be a set cost for people to explore their spirituality. This principle adds to the positive energy and spiritual atmosphere that is found at Peace Village.

We do not charge a fee for our retreats, however, we welcome contributions. People have been deeply moved by the spiritual gifts and insights they have received here, and express what they have gained through their generous contributions.

These contributions are used to sustain the ongoing and expanding operations and services of Peace Village. Contributions to Peace Village may be made by cash, check, and /or credit card. Please ask our staff for additional information about our suggested contribution for individuals and families. Your contributions to Peace Village are tax deductible


After attending the retreat at Peace Village, I knew I had found exactly what I was seeking all these years.
Adam Bassi
Sales Manager
Syracuse, New York
What an oasis! This expansive, tranquil setting radiates and nurtures faith, hope, and love, and always contributes to my becoming a better version of myself.
Bea Mah Holland
Executive Coach and Consultant
Lexington, Massachusetts
I am so thankful I was able to attend retreats and each one was beautifully and thoughtfully presented. I am very appreciative of what I learned and what I was able to experience. The atmosphere alone brings Peace.
Barbara Abbate-Sturman
Retired Teacher
Windham, New York
Peace Village lives up to its name. I am overcome with feelings of peace, relaxation, and gratitude. The tools I leave with make me a stronger and more caring person. Thank you!
Karyn Burns
Event Planner
Hartford, Connecticut
Peace Village is a very real place of respite in a hurried, often chaotic and confusing world. Each time I go to Peace Village I come home feeling more centered, more peaceful, more thoughtful, and more in touch with the truly important aspects of being alive. I also always come home with a renewed sense of hope for our world.
Harvey Zarren, M.D., F.A.C.C.
President, The Integrative Medicine Alliance Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Tufts
University School of Medicine
The acceptance at Peace Village is so positive that I feel strongly welcomed and at home in this spiritual community. This atmosphere enhances the innate spiritual strengths of the participants so that we learned a great deal from each other as well as from our presenters.
Andrea Fooner, Special Education Teacher NYC Public Schools, New York, NY

About the Brahma Kumaris

The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization created Peace Village in 1999 to be a place where people of all backgrounds can come and explore their spirituality.
The Brahma Kumaris is committed to the practice of self-transformation through meditation and positive thinking. They began in 1936 and are now comprised of individuals of all ages and backgrounds who regularly attend classes at more than 8,500 meditation centers located in 110 countries.
To learn more, visit www.bkwsu.org
Kala Iyengar, MD, (left) is a board certified pediatrician, a spiritual teacher for 30 years, and the Director of Peace Village. Her focus is health of mind, spirit, and body.
Mohini Panjabi (center) is the founder of Peace Village and President of the Brahma Kumaris, USA. A spiritual educator for almost 60 years, she is the Brahma Kumaris representative at the United Nations and is an international lecturer and speaker.
Dorothy Steinfeld (right) is Program Director of Peace Village. From the field of education, Dorothy became a successful business entrepreneur.

Raja Yoga Meditation

Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga is at the core of what we teach. It is an ancient spiritual discipline that can be used for relaxing, refreshing, and clearing the mind and heart, leading to a deeper experience of peace and positivity. It provides us with the spiritual knowledge and practice needed to strengthen ourselves from the inside out. Meditation enables us to embark on an inward journey. This is a journey to the truth of who we really are, beyond our physical identities. We discover the place, just beyond everyday consciousness, where spiritual empowerment begins. Spiritual power makes it possible to choose creative thinking rather than automatic thinking; responding rather than reacting; peace, love, and harmony rather than stress, conflict, and chaos.
An individual’s spiritual journey consists of three simple steps of the mind:
  • the inward journey to reconnect with the spiritual self;
  • the upward journey to connect and reclaim our spiritual qualities and strength from God;
  • the forward journey to connect with our work and with people to make positive and practical changes.

Events Guide

For a listing of our residential retreats, please click on the retreats button above.
Peace Village offers classes, workshops, and programs for people living in Greene, Ulster, and Albany counties and beyond. These are day or evening events, and do not involve an overnight stay. 
Courses in several levels of Meditation are offered as well as workshops and programs such as Positive Thinking, Creating Happiness, Meditation for Self Mastery, and Stress Free Living. We also offer a variety of discussions on spiritual and relevant topics. Attending any of these sessions provides an opportunity for you to spend time in the tranquil environment of Peace Village and to enjoy hearing from experienced meditation teachers. 

through Raja Yoga Meditation

A Four Session Introduction to Raja Yoga Meditation
When the winds of change and uncertainty are blowing, the ability to access inner peace and personal power for the challenges of each day is essential. Our inherent and original qualities are peace, stability, and happiness, but where and how did we lose access to such vital inner resources? This Self Mastery course can help!

Raja Yoga Meditation, as taught by the Brahma Kumaris, re-defines the self as a soul and enables a direct connection and relationship with the Supreme Source of purest energy and highest consciousness.
In this course you will learn how to:

  • Meditate anytime, anywhere
  • Experience the beauty of the true self
  • Understand the nature of consciousness
  • Change negative patterns
Please join us as we sample the wisdom from Awakening with Brahma Kumaris, a very popular daily television show seen around the world. Each session reveals a logical yet comfortable way to adopt a spiritual perspective. We will enjoy a half hour program, and then have a lively discussion on how to make it practical in our lives. You may not be able to change reality, but you can learn to change your experience of reality.

The Third Sunday of Every Month from  6:30–7:30pm

Whether or not you know how to meditate, you are invited to join us at Peace Village on the third Sunday of each month for this special meditation event.
• Group Meditation • Music • Guided Meditation Commentaries

Since 1978, World Meditation has now spread to more than 125 countries with participants from all religious backgrounds coming together to radiate peace, love, and care to our world. Join us in the supportive atmosphere of Peace Village. Everyone is welcome!
We also invite you to stop by and visit! We are open daily from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
It is best that you call ahead at (518) 589-5000 so we can be available at the time you come, to properly welcome you, share information,and give you a tour.

Classes, Workshops, Programs

10 Jun

New Beginnings Meditation Course

06/10/2013 - 06/13/2013 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This course is taking place on 4 Monday evenings beginning June 10.  All sessions are from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Sometimes taking a meditation course can be experienced as a new beginning. We begin to feel fresh energy in our life,  are able to turn relationships around, and see the world with new eyes,  I realize that a new attitude increases my confidence, gives me motivation to take chances, and  makes the same world seem very  different. Learn to see and experience yourself filled with only positive energy like peace and love.  Bring happiness back in your life, no matter what is happening.  Establish and strengthen your relationship with The Source of all goodness.

(Attendance at all sessions is required because the sequence of knowledge builds with each class. If one of the dates is a conflict for you, an individually scheduled session may be possible.)

Meditation for the World

06/16/2013 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This unique meditation takes place on the third Sunday of every month! Join us at these powerful gatherings to fill the universe with the energy of lightness, radience and peace!  Together, we will radiate peace, love, and care to our world.  Whether or not you know how to meditate, you are invited to join us at Peace Village as we connect with an international network of individuals who give value to the importance of generating peaceful, loving thoughts and feelings. Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends and family.

Awakening the Dreamer Within

06/23/2013 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


  • Peace Village has limited space and often has waiting lists for popular retreats.
  • We request that participants attend all retreat sessions to take the most benefit from your time here.
  • Retreats are not suitable for children unless otherwise stated.


06-07-2013 - 06-09-2013

This self-esteem course combines the knowledge of spirituality and psychology to offer participants intriguing and useful information about developing real self-esteem.

During the weekend, positive methods will be explored to experience more spiritual energy as well as intrapersonal skills to deal with the negative emotions that cause leakage of spiritual energy and power, such as anger, hurt and fear. This is a practical course designed to help souls experience greater self-awareness and self-acceptance while moving along on the road of self- actualization.

The first session will begin at 4:00pm on Friday. Arrivals are welcome from 2:00pm on Friday; last session finishes at 9:30am on Sunday, departures at 11:00am.

PREREQUISITE:  Participants must have taken the first four lessons of the Raja Yoga Meditation Foundation Course with the Brahma Kumaris, that is, soul, Supreme Soul, karma and the powers of yoga.  Please do bring a notebook.


06-14-2013 - 06-16-2013

During gardening, walking the labyrinth in silence, or marking a trail in the mountain woods, we will deeply listen to Mother Nature. Experiencing her divine qualities, we invite her pure influence into our attitudes and perspective.
Facilitators: Erik Larson, Colette Higgs

Inner Peace – Inner Power

06-14-2013 - 06-16-2013

Inner Peace – Inner Power through Raja Yoga Meditation
The most important journey you can take is the journey within. This is a journey to the truth of who you really are.
Learn Raja Yoga, a practical and simple form of meditation and spiritual understanding that sets the foundation for ongoing spiritual development. It is about discovering, exploring and understanding one’s inner world of thoughts, feelings, attitudes, values, and intentions and developing the spiritual skills / inner strength to face the realities of the outer world. It is the art of bringing inner and outer realities into balance starting from the inside out. Becoming more aware of your internal environment enables you to check, choose and change. You will start to develop a sense of mastery as you recognize the inner resources that you have and your ability and responsibility to use them to create a better quality of life.
You will learn to see the self as a soul … a spiritual being and experience a direct connection and relationship with the Supreme Source of purest energy and highest consciousness. Every soul has a right to experience this ultimate relationship.
Facilitators: Sabita Geer, Susan Pollock, Madahvi Patale

Inner Peace - Inner Power, Part II

07-12-2013 - 07-14-2013

Inner Peace - Inner Power, Part II is a retreat for those who search for deeper spiritual meaning.
Meditation stills the mind and empowers the intellect to achieve insight and understanding of the spiritual laws and principles which sustain harmony and can bring natural renewal at all levels of life on earth.
  • Gain a broader understanding of what is happening in the world at this time and how it affects you as you begn to understand the depth of karma philosophy and journey through the cycle of time.
  • Develop a more expansive picture of the world religions and the feeling of brotherhood as you explore the human world tree.
  • Learn about the history of Raja Yoga Meditaiton.
  • Discover the benefits of leading a spiritual lifestyle.
PRE-REQUISITE: Inner Peace - Inner Power at Peace Village and/or completion of the Raja Yoga Foundation Course at a Brahma Kumaris Center.
(Must have completed the lessons on soul and Supreme Soul)

Please note your pre-requisite in the comments area upon registration
Facilitators: Sabita Geer, Madhavi Patale, Susan Pollock


07-19-2013 - 07-21-2013

Do I hold the capacity to love and forgive? How can I do this? Join us for an
experiential weekend as we explore and merge the concepts of love and
forgiveness, helping us to discover their true meaning and how one cannot
exist without the other. This retreat will help you understand the areas in your
life where love may be lacking or is being misused and how the powers of love
and forgiveness are extraordinary tools that can help you heal and transform
your life.

Facilitators: Marianne Weiss, Vijay Ramdhan


07-19-2013 - 07-21-2013

This retreat is for those who want to do a deep dive into the subject of karma and how it affects our spiritual efforts at this time. It will take up some big questions: Can we avoid the suffering for our past actions? Can we change our destiny through our present actions? Where does God fit into the picture? Without clarifying answers to questions like these, it is possible to lose hope in the fundamental goodness of human nature and the benevolence of God.
Our intention in this retreat is to tune into the signals from the current times and events in order to understand the subtleties of our individual karma and to change the pattern of our collective karma. ('Karma' in Hindi simply means action.) The retreat will aim to help in this process through an interesting blend of conversations, presentations, personal stories, meditation, and conscious activities
Facilitators: Kala Iyengar, MD, Paul Aherne, Judy Rodgers

Choose, Change and Become - for young adults 18-35

07-26-2013 - 07-28-2013

A retreat for young adults created by young adults. You are
invited to explore your inner world, using an inside out approach
and become totally comfortable with who you are.

This weekend is for those who want to see a profound change
in themselves and the world, it is built on empowering the
individual through a collective spiritual experience.

Kristina Hoefel, Aarti Pappu, Saurabh Gupta, Madhavi Patel, Tina Agarwal and Nalissha Mehta


07-26-2013 - 07-28-2013

It is often perceived as extremely challenging to integrate spirituality into everyday life, and even to truly recognize the value of doing so. By experiencing tangibly the effect a shift in awareness can have on a simple act of movement, it becomes easier to ‘see’ the impact a spiritual approach can have in all areas of one’s life. This unique retreat integrates the teachings of Raja Yoga with various movement disciplines to promote the ideal state for movement: one that is free of tension, open, aligned, and alive. The result?
True, sustainable well-being.  Join us as we explore, experience, and empower the innate capacities of body and soul.
Facilitators: Tanya Rich, Julien Gagnon, Judi Rich

The Healing Power of Meditation

08-02-2013 - 08-04-2013

The essence of meditation is a natural experience of healing … the call of
spirit to the peace within. We all have a need for such healing – if we are
honest and look at our own life, we would likely recognize pain, suffering
and darkness in certain areas of our day-to-day living. The deepest repair
to our being is where meditation gives us its greatest gift: the realization
of who we are. With this comes freedom. The ultimate destination of
meditation is the freedom to be the spirit that we truly are.

In this retreat, we will work with the energy of virtues combined with the
power of meditation in order to return to our natural state of total well-being.

Facilitators: Vijai Sadal, Sandra Budge

Creating a Life of Purpose

08-02-2013 - 08-04-2013

In facing the demands of a world marked by rapid change and upheaval, we can so easily lose our sense of ‘being’ in the survival strategies of ‘doing.’ In order to create inner stability, it is absolutely essential at this time to know the self and our intrinsic value. We are not glorified machines, but wondrous and unique beings capable of immense beauty and goodness.
Through the teachings of Raja Yoga, discover a way to honor yourself and others by staying real and royal while facing the challenges of day-to-day situations and interactions. Recommended for those who are interested in deepening their understanding of how they can truly fulfill their spiritual purpose. Join us and explore the spiritual art of applying peace and happiness to the canvas of your life.
Judi Rich, Tanya Rich

Contact Us

Peace Village Learning & Retreat Center
54 O'Hara Road (at Route 23A)
P.O. Box 99
Haines Falls (Hunter), New York 12436

Tel: (518) 589-5000
Fax: (518) 589-5005

E-mail: peace-village@bkwsu.org
Website: www.peace-village.org 

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