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AKERA offers a variety of event and residential spaces

  • 4 Residential Buildings, 9 Bedrooms
  • Individual Event Space Buildings
  • Dome Event Space
  • 3 Shared Sleeping Areas
  • 2 Bonus Rooms for sleeping
  • Multiple Kitchens
  • Cedar Hot Tub
  • Panoramic Sauna

We can sleep a group of 9 or so comfortably if everyone wants their own bedroom and bathroom. Or 25-30 comfortably if some are willing to share bedrooms and bathrooms. Or if it’s a close-knit group, more family style sleeping, where some might be sharing rooms and beds our maximum occupancy between the 4 buildings is around 50.

AKERA is an ever-evolving intergenerational retreat center. It’s not just a venue, it’s an experience where one can connect (from the interior to the exterior) to themselves, others, and nature, elevating awareness of the present, integrating every object, every human, and every action at AKERA into one large participator work of art and allowing for transformation through this experience. If an eco-friendly venue, with a community atmosphere, impeccable attention to detail, surrounded by unique nature, spectacular views and plenty of adventure or resting opportunities to choose from, sound like the ingredients of an enchanting experience, then AKERA is for you! We invite you to come see for yourself… experience the land that touches the aliveness in your heart and awakens your soul with peace and connection.

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AKERA currently offers 5 uniquely designed event spaces on the 123 acres, for a range of experiences from intimate gatherings to workshops or ceremonies.

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Disconnect from a world of distractions and nourish your mind, body and soul through the AKERA experience.

AKERA is a playground for the senses and invites everyone to be in the moment. AKERA has multiple spaces to suit a variety of needs. Let us guide you in designing your own bespoke AKERA experience.

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Travel Details

AKERA is located in Woodbourne NY, 100 miles from NYC.

Driving: Car parking is complimentary to all visitors. CARPOOLING IS SUGGESTED WHEN POSSIBLE!

From Albany and points North:

  • Take the New York State Thruway (1-87) South towards New York City
  • Take Exit 16, Harriman/US-6 (see below)

From New York City and Points South:

  • Take the New York State Thruway (1-87) North/West to Exit 16, Harriman/US-6. After toll, merge slightly right onto NY-17 West (towards US-6/Harriman) OR Take Palisades Parkway to Exit 18 (US-6) and merge onto NY-17 West
  • Travel approximately 30 miles on NY-17 West to Wurtsboro
  • Take the US-209 ramp to Wurtsboro/Ellenville
  • Turn right to continue onto US-209 North just over 13 miles to Canal St in Ellenville
  • Turn left onto Canal St. In a 0.4 mile turn right onto Cape rd.
  • Continue onto Cape Rd, which becomes Ulster Heights Rd. for just over 9 miles.
  • You will see a sign for AKERA on your left-hand side at 2299 Ulster Heights Rd
  • Proceed up the driveway to enter AKERA

Flying:

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): about 2 Hour from AKERA

3 Brewster Road
Newark, NJ 07114
(973) 961-6000

LaGuardia Airport (LGA): about 2 Hour from AKERA

Queens, NY 11371
(718) 533-3400

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): about 2 hours & 20 minutes from AKERA

Jamaica, NY 11430
(718) 244-4444

Albany International Airport (ALB): about 2 Hour from AKERA

737 Albany Shaker Rd
Albany, NY 12211
(518) 242-2222

Westchester County Airport (HPN): about 2 Hours from AKERA

240 Airport Rd
White Plains, NY 10604
(914) 995-4860

Stewart-Newburgh International Airport (SWF): about 1 Hour from AKERA

1180 1st Street
New Windsor, NY 12553
(845) 564-2100

BY TRAIN:

Otisville NJ Transit Station - approximately 45 minutes away from AKERA.

Mt Hope, NY 10963

Rhinecliff Amtrak Station (RHI) - approximately one hour away from AKERA.

Hutton St. and Charles St.,Rhinecliff, NY 12574
(800) 872-7245

Poughkeepsie Amtrak Station (POU) - approximately one hour away from AKERA.

41 Main St Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(800) 872-7245

Garrison Station Metro-North Railroad (Hudson Line) - about 1 hour & 25 minutes away from AKERA.

33 Lower Station Rd, Garrison, NY 10524 

BY BUS:

Monticello Shortline Bus Terminal - approximately 30 minutes away from AKERA.

30 Sturgis Rd, Monticello, NY 12701.

There are also several buses each day that connect to Woodridge bus stop, which is a 15-minute drive from AKERA.

Local Taxi/Cabs:

Once you arrive by train/bus, you can reach AKERA via Sureway Taxi (845) 794-5050 or Yellow Cab of Monticello  845-794-4040.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): about 2 Hour from AKERA

3 Brewster Road
Newark, NJ 07114
(973) 961-6000

LaGuardia Airport (LGA): about 2 Hour from AKERA

Queens, NY 11371
(718) 533-3400

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): about 2 hours & 20 minutes from AKERA

Jamaica, NY 11430
(718) 244-4444

Albany International Airport (ALB): about 2 Hour from AKERA

737 Albany Shaker Rd
Albany, NY 12211
(518) 242-2222

Westchester County Airport (HPN): about 2 Hours from AKERA

240 Airport Rd
White Plains, NY 10604
(914) 995-4860

Stewart-Newburgh International Airport (SWF): about 1 Hour from AKERA

1180 1st Street
New Windsor, NY 12553
(845) 564-2100

Our nearest taxi services are Sureway Taxi 845.794.5050 and Yellow Cab of Monticello 845.794.4040.

From family-friendly activities to epic adventures, there is more to do than can fit in a single itinerary. The Catskill Mountain region has so much to offer. The area is known for the Catskill Forest Preserve, with its rich wildlife and hiking trails, and ski resorts, largest indoor water park in NY. Here you can experience four seasons of fun and relaxation. Keep in mind that while AKERA does offer activities onsite, from indoor to outdoor, there are many local options that you may enjoy as well!

It is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts for its endless array of recreational opportunities for all seasons. This mountainous paradise offers you the perfect place to enjoy hiking, biking, camping, fishing, observing wildlife, picnicking, and so on.

On your visit, you can find a plethora of nearby attractions, where you can have a blast doing several other activities. For example, golfing, museums, water park, ziplining, white water rafting, and much more.

Legendary mountains and lush forests hold breathtaking views and boundless adventures.

Country roads lead to antique and art galleries in villages like Woodstock, an art colony since 1902 and still the world’s most famous small town.

To assist you in planning your stay, we have put together a map listing local options for you to explore all that the area has to offer.

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AKERA Retreats

"AKERA is a magical place to immerse yourself in nature and community. The various spaces, from the kitchen to the sanctuary, provide opportunities to gather in comfort and beauty. During my stay there, I never wanted for anything and was able to completely unplug and relax. I highly recommend this space for retreats or big family/friend gatherings. It won’t disappoint! The space was beautiful! I love how it created so many opportunities to be in community with others. The sanctuary is such a dreamy space."

Dimity

"Akera is a magical place deep in the woods and perfect for quiet contemplation or a party. Built with love to inspire awe."

Dr. Pippa Malmgren

Former US Presidential Advisor

"My mini getaway with my family was exactly what we needed — beautiful scenery, nature, tranquility, and peace. As a creative, it was just the perfect place where we can do both; relax and work. Our children enjoyed playing outdoors in nature and painting, while my husband and I enjoyed the Sauna, hot tub, yoga, meditation, and hiking around the area. We can't wait to come back!"

Mari

"Our room was spectacular (fig wallpaper, beautiful shower, spacious and lovely). The yoga space was delightful as well, and the kitchen was perfect for our group/large meals."

Sarah

"Truly a stunning location with luxurious accomodations and an at-home feel. The hiking is wonderful and you feel one with nature. An outstanding way to spend the weekend."

Mitesh

"AKERA really is a special place. My family and I loved all of the beauty and playfulness that this retreat had to offer. From the relaxing moments in the hot tub and communing in the family room by the fire, to play dates at the tree house and painting under the sun. A perfect place to relax and recharge."

Diandra

"The rooms are gorgeous. Lots of cozy nooks and spots to relax in. Shower was really nice."

Jennifer

"I instantly felt at ease walking into AKERA. It's a beautiful and thought out space."

Danielle

"AKERA is such a beautiful place and a wonderful place to host a retreat or have a family reunion. The staff were so kind, responsive and enthusiastic about us being there and I look forward to returning many times. A real treasure in upstate NY! Thank you, Akera!"

Elettra

"Have had some incredible times at AKERA, absolutely gorgeous and magical place. The raw nature is stunning and the spaces themselves are all beautifully designed."

Diego

"If you are looking for an extraordinary setting dedicated to spiritual transformation and personal growth, look no more. Safe, relaxing, and filled with peace, this sanctuary offers an authentic and meaningful place to experience and inspire. This is an experience for nature lovers that will have incredible appeal and be a memorable stop on your life’s journey, as it was for me."

Skeeter

"The folks at AKERA are in the process of building something special. I look forward to coming back to experience it again. It was wonderful practicing yoga with like-minded women in the beautiful yoga space at AKERA."

Jane

"AKERA is a haven. The perfect place for people to connect with nature and with each other. You'll never want to leave."

Hartje

"Akera was tucked away in the Catskill Mountains, and a lovely place to land for a weekend yoga retreat. The intention and beauty put into all the spaces was exceptional, and although I was with 30 women there was plenty of room for me to find comfortable solitude or a cozy couch to share with others. I loved how far away from everything it felt; I couldn't hear a single noise from cars or neighbors, and only the birds greeted us in the morning. I slept well, we all ate well and felt very taken care of. I would be delighted to return with a large or small group in the future!"

Sarah

"AKERA is an oasis. Warm, welcoming, relaxing, and beautiful."

Ivan

"So much beauty, love, care and vibe has been created for this property. What it offers to retreat leaders and experience designers like me is perfect for the caliber of events that we produce. They've thought of everything and more. I'm so happy to have found this venue and am excited to host many gatherings here in the years to come!"

Sierra

"AKERA is a unique and special place for healing. I loved sipping morning coffee overlooking the rolling hills and walking back and forth from movement amongst the wildflowers on the path. It provides a serene backdrop for inner work and a beautiful space for community."

Courtney

"AKERA was a much needed paradise-like getaway...It was the perfect place to relax and unwind: spacious, cozy, and peaceful. As much as I did not want the winter weekend to end, I cannot wait to come back and experience AKERA in the Spring!"

Lauren

"We visited Akera this spring, and were immediately charmed by the long drive through fields of wildflowers and its curved entryway bordered by Catskills woodland. It’s a safe and secluded retreat for the soul, and the children among us delighted in the sense of freedom they found at Akera."

Madeline

"I had such a great stay at AKERA. The property and the house were so relaxing and had so many beautiful details. I look forward to returning."

Sharon

"I was at AKERA for a retreat. Lodged at the Grand Chalet. Awesome experience of spirituality, nature and beauty."

Fredric

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