Click here for a list of upcoming retreats. Many retreats are held at Blue Cliff Monastery, the directions to get there are below.
Blue Cliff Monastery
Web site: http://bluecliffmonastery.org/
Email: office at bluecliffmonastery dot org
3 Hotel Road (now known as 3 Mindfulness Rd)
Pine Bush, New York 12566
Tel: (845) 733-5653/49
You need to register with them to let them know you are coming. Just send an email or call them.
How to get there from Toronto:
+ $23.50 for train (roundtrip off-peak ticket)
+ [$30-$40 for taxi (one way)] OR [$15 (one way) the monastics can pick you up before 6pm]
Total roundtrip cost (Approximate, with monastic pickup):
$236.50 USD (Click here to convert to CAD)
Total roundtrip cost (Approximate, with taxi):
There is a new Neon bus that goes from Toronto to New York Penn Station, it is much nicer than a regular bus and has very few stops. Once you get to New York, take the tew Jersey transit train (http://www.njtransit.com/) to Middletown, New York (not to be confused with Middletown, New Jersey!). Alternatively you can take the Short Line bus. If you are arriving on a Friday before 6pm, the monastics can pick you up if you email them at "office at bluecliffmonastery dot org" and ask. Otherwise, call Pine Bush taxi at 845-647-6868 the day before to arrange pickup.
Cost: $233 CAD + $23.50 for train + $30-$40 for taxi. You can get a ticket from ViaRail from Toronto to New York City. From the NYC Train Station, just hop on a transfer to Middletown, NEW YORK (make sure it's NY). If you arrive on the arrival day, the monastics can pick you up from the Middletown Train Station, granted it's before 6:00 p.m. Otherwise you can call a taxi which will cost somewhere around $50 USD.
Roundtrip cost: highly dependent on time of year. High mark: $750 + $23.50 for train + $30-$40 for taxi
Here is a map to help with driving/taxi:
And a closer view: