The Retreat

In this seven day mindfulness retreat we will dive deep into modalities directed at helping you move your practice from a conceptual top-down (disembodied) approach to a non-conceptual integration of body-mind awareness. Through the calm and clear presence we will cultivate in our embodied awareness practices we will develop the ground to allow deeper facets of the spiritual journey to unfold. Evening Dharma talks will support the theme of our daily meditations and provide guidance on how to better overcome mental and emotional habits that cause unnecessary suffering. Read More

The Details

Friday 8/2

3pm-5pm - Welcome and orientation (Our first practice session will begin after dinner)

Sample Daily Schedule 8/3-8/7

7:00am-8:30am - Meditation

8:30am-9:00am - Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm - Meditation (with breaks)

12:00pm-1:00pm - Lunch

3:00pm-6:00pm - Meditation (with breaks)

6:00pm-7:00pm - Dinner

7:00pm-8:00pm - Dharma Talk/Q&A

8:00pm-10:00pm - Meditation

Thursday 8/8

7am-1pm - The schedule remains the same as above with a closing talk before lunch. After lunch we will pack up and depart.

The Place


Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery ("Garden of the Buddha's Teaching") began as a simple one-story building on seven acres of land overlooking the Hudson River in Wappingers Falls, New York.  Since its founding, a major focus of Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery has been the three-year retreat program which trains serious students in the core teachings and practices of the Kagyu Lineage. Seven retreats have been completed to date, and the eighth retreat commenced in November 2011.

Over the years, Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery has developed into an active Dharma community and meditation center, providing opportunities for students at all levels.

Getting there from NYC: From Grand Central Station in NYC, take the Hudson line (Poughkeepsie train) to New Hamburg station. (Travel time: approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours.)   Please call and reserve a taxi in advance to ensure that a taxi will be at the station when your train arrives. (See Taxi Service Information above.)  We are located on Sheafe Road directly across from Delavergne Ave. The sign at our driveway reads: 245 Kagyu Thubten Chöling. Please contact Metro-North for train schedules, fares and information. (Phone: 800-METRO-INFO or 212-532-4900;


Tuition: $858

There is a $350 non-refundable deposit due upon registering (The remaining balance will be automatically debited on July 2nd)

Note: tuition fees are separate from accommodation costs. Please see the Lodging section for further details.


In addition to registering for the retreat through the link above, you will need to book your room with KTC

To book your room with KTC, please complete the following two-step process:

First, please register with KTC:

In the Additional Information section, please indicate in the Comments Box that you are attending the Calm Body, Clear Mind Retreat with Scott Tusa.

Note: you cannot submit a payment on this page. Please continue to step two.

Second, please visit

KTC is offering retreatants the following accommodation options:

  • a. Semi-Private Room, Guest House - $60/night ($360 total)

  • b. Semi-Private Room, Maitreya Center - $70/night ($420 total)

  • c. Private Room, Guest House - $65/night ($390)

  • d. Private Room, Maitreya Center - $75/night ($450 total)

At the bottom of the page, please see:

  • Make a donation or payment of $ USD towards:

  • In the first box, please fill-in the total amount for your room type

  • In the second box, please specify your room type

Retreat Insurance

Retreat insurance is available in case of last minute cancellations or emergencies. Travel Guard can provide a trip policy that covers your retreat fees in full. Policy prices vary by applicant, but are in the range of $75. To contact a Travel Guard agent, call:  800-826-1300


If you have any additional questions or concerns please email scott directly at