GenX Dharma Teachers Gathering, 2021

Welcome GenX teachers,

The last two years have been challenging for many people, including dharma teachers. Fortunately, the next GenX Gathering is planned for July 2022 at the Won Dharma Center in New York.

We believe that this will be an excellent opportunity for us to contemplate and renew our minds while also deepening our bonds.

While there are still lingering uncertainties due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we’d like to put your mind at ease and provide some clarity about the in-person 2022 GenX Gathering at the Won Dharma Center.

♦ When: July 13(Wed) – July 17(Sun), 2022

♦ Where: The Won Dharma Center 

The Won Dharma Center is a meditation/retreat center in upstate NY, set on over 400 rural acres with over 7.5 miles of beautiful walking trails. Surrounded by wooded foothills overlooking the Hudson Valley, it offers panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains.

A green community and sustainably designed with sensitivity to nature, the center consists of eco-friendly buildings intended to provide a tranquil and meditative atmosphere. The Won Dharma Center won the 2010 Design Award from Faith & Form / IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art and Architecture.

♦ Safety Protocols

We have taken numerous precautions to help ensure the safety of our staff and guests. With everyone’s cooperation we can work to maintain a safe environment at the Won Dharma Center.

The following are Won Dharma Center’s required safety protocols for the Gen-X Gathering.

• Vaccination: All staff, teachers, and practitioners must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Per NU State law, we require everyone to show proof of full vaccination. 

• Masks: Strongly recommended inside all Won Dharma Center buildings.

• Ventilation: Weather permitting, we intend to open the doors and windows of Meditation Hall, Dining Hall, and other buildings for additional ventilation during the Gen-X Gathering.

The Gen-X Gathering will be limited to 50 participants to maintain minimum physical distancing of 6 feet while in the meditation hall and/or dining hall.

The Won Dharma Center will review and as necessary modify our safety guidelines as the Covid-19 situation evolves.

♦ Accommodations and Fee

The buildings of the Won Dharma Center include: Guest House I, Guest House II, Staff Residence, Meditation Hall, and the Administration Building/Dining Hall. 

Each Guest House has three single rooms, six double rooms, and one quad room. In addition, we have a dormitory space which accommodates more than eight people.  WDC can accommodate up to 46 guests. Won Buddhist ministers attending this conference will stay in the Staff Residence.

We understand that some guests may feel uncomfortable sharing a guest room due to concerns regarding Covid-19, therefore we will provide 15 single-occupancy tents on wooden platforms for those who choose to camp. Please note, only tents will be provided, guests must bring their own sleeping bags and mats if they choose to camp. We encourage those who feel comfortable sharing a room to choose this option as it will allow us to accommodate more people during the event. 

The fee for attending the Gen-X Gathering is $100. Specific room requests shall be made based on availability, order of registration, and medically necessary accommodations to the extent possible. Local hotel/Airbnb options are also available nearby. 

Please indicate your room preference on the application form when you register. Specify if you want a single room or tent, or whether you opt to share a guest room or dormitory space with others. This will greatly facilitate the process of assigning rooms/tents/dorm space.  Images of the room types can be found on the Won Dharma Center website under “Facility” at www.wondharmacenter.org

♦ Volunteering

Volunteers are an integral part of our retreat center. In order for this Gen-X Gathering to unfold smoothly, we will need your help in some areas. We would appreciate it if several participants could arrive one day prior the event. If you are able to do so, please let us know when you register.

Throughout the retreat, volunteers will be asked to assist with simple jobs, e.g. washing dishes, vacuuming or mopping the dining hall or meditation hall.

♦ Directions and Transportation

The Won Dharma Center is located in Claverack, New York on a beautiful 426-acre property and is conveniently located near both New York City and Boston:

  • 2.5 hour drive from Boston (152 miles)
  • 40 min drive from Albany International Airport in upstate NY
  • 15 min drive from Hudson AMTRAK Station

AMTRK trains run seven times a day, every hour, from Penn Station in New York City to Hudson, New York.  The average cost of a one-way ticket is $40.00.

The train ride is 2 hours and 15 minutes with only 5 stops. As you travel along the river, you will pass through the beautiful Hudson River communities of Rhinecliff, Poughkeepsie, Croton-Harmon, and Yonkers.

Taxis are generally available at the Hudson AMTRAK Station. However, it is always a good idea to plan ahead of time by calling one of the following companies: 

Hudson Region Transport LLC: 518-697-0056, Cubs Taxi: (518) 929-6005

H Transport: (518) 577-5388 Gathering Shuttle Van

On Wednesday, July 13th, a 15 or 20 passenger van will be available to transport participants from JFK Airport to the Won Dharma Center.

Details on the exact meeting spot and times will be announced at a later date. 

Registration will open in early 2022.