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Our Unique Property

AKERA is situated on 123 acres of pristine Catskills nature, including serene forests, rolling meadows, babbling waters, horizon views with both sunrises and sunsets, and diverse wildlife. AKERA is a new kind of ever-evolving intergenerational retreat center, where you can experience the land that touches your heart, evokes aliveness, and awakens your soul with peace and connection.

Located in Woodbourne, New York, AKERA is only a 2-hour drive or less from the NYC metro area and Albany, making it an easy weekend destination and mid-week getaway.

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Dome (Coming Soon in Mid 2024) Heritage Barn with Vision Dome Inside Vision Dome Lodge Star Seed Interactive Sculpture (Coming Soon in Mid 2024) Grandfather Tree Cedar Soak Tub Panoramic Sauna Grand Chalet Firepit Lake Firepit Lake AKERA Tea House Mystical Cave Grand Chalet Le Petite Chalet Carriage House Sanctuary Arch Slack Line Nature Trail Hammock Haven Running Water Workshop Garage Farmhouse - AKERA Operational Headquarters Garden Entrance

Dome (Coming Soon in Mid 2024)

The Dome is a 60 foot diameter geodesic dome perched on the top of the property, for the best views, housing a cozy gathering space and 3 bathrooms. The dome is designed with sacred geometry to allow visitors to fully embrace their surroundings in a peaceful environment. Open dance and workshop space, flexible for any type of event. Designed for open dance parties, workshops, special events, and ceremonies, the dome is a versatile space for healing and various activities. Roll out the yoga mat, floor mattress, or meditation pillow and relax on the heated floor.

Heritage Barn with Vision Dome

AKERA is home to a 6 meter dome, which houses an immersive, multi-sensory psychoactive experience that weaves together breathwork, sound healing and sacred geometry to create a space of awakening, self-love, expanded consciousness and healing.

Inside Vision Dome

Lodge

This country dance studio is an open 20' by 35' space to gather, create and/or play till your heart's content, with a fully wood paneled interior, and smooth wood flooring, this space is perfect for events, workshops, and long nights on the dance floor.

Star Seed Interactive Sculpture (Coming Soon in Mid 2024)

AKERA is home to Star Seed (a Burning Man favorite), a select piece of interactive art, by artist Kate Raudenbush. Find pockets of serenity and/or solitude to connect with self, others and/or nature, as you climb on Star Seed for unforgettable mountain and forest views. At 42 feet in height, three sets of curvilinear roots arc their way down and offer a pathway of ascent up thorn-like stairs. Built-in hand holds, foot holds and railings assist the adventurer up 21 feet to a serene refuge in the sky. Built around the geometry of three interlocking circles (a symbol of creation and cell division), octahedrons (one of the Platonic Solids, the shapes of the simplest chemical building blocks of all matter in the universe), this aerial refuge is made of curvilinear organic plant shapes and elevates the visitor in one of three 6-foot wide cushioned lounge areas . Gathering around an illuminated central pyramid table, or resting on its leaf-like walls and gazing upwards, you see the geometry of the entire structure of leaves radiating out above you. At night: I imagine hours spent with friends, gathering in this astral bower, when the central pyramid glows like an amber yellow fire, inviting connection around a galactic seed pod in the sky.

This interactive sculpture expresses the story of the evolution of the human spirit from the roots of Burning Man culture. For many of us, it is this fertile soil of shared experience - where we are at once unplugged from the world and synchronistically tapped into each other - that we rediscover our creativity, our absurdity, our freedom, generosity, trust and our pure raw joy. We have created our own myths and our own rituals, and we live by ethics of our own making. We have built sacred spaces and created transformational art, and we have learned to let them go. We have surrendered to the rhythms of sunset and moonrise, and moon set and sunrise. We feel the vastness of possibility. We feel hope for humanity. We feel it, because we have created it. And because we created this seed from this divine common ground, we live it fearlessly. Star Seed occupies that space where our earth-bound bodies root in the dust, gather together, and rise to meet our higher selves.

Grandfather Tree

Connect with nature on a raised platform in the Grandfather tree.

Cedar Soak Tub

Discover restoration while you sit in stillness, basking in AKERA’s cedar soaking hot tub immersed in nature, as you overlook the pristine Catskill Mountains with horizon views of sunset and sunrise. This unique bathing experience with a one-of-a-kind cedar.

Panoramic Sauna

Connect to nature and relaxation in AKERA’s timeliness barrel shape cedar (8 person) sauna with wooden benches to enjoy the company of friends and/or loved ones taking in the aromatic scents of cedar and the panoramic views of the fields, distant mountains and forest.

Grand Chalet Firepit

There is something magical about gathering around a campfire in nature, observing all the night sky have to offer.

Lake Firepit

There is something magical about gathering around a campfire in nature, observing all the night sky have to offer.

Lake AKERA

Explore the natural beauty AKERA Lake and shore has to offer.

Tea House

Perched on the hill, this space provides the serene atmosphere to look out to the horizon, meditation, relax, be present and reconnect to oneself, others, and nature.

Mystical Cave

Natural rock formation to take shelter and relax, meditate, and/or explore what nature has to offer.

Grand Chalet

The Grand Chalet is a perfect getaway and gathering place for close friends and family. The Swiss-style chalet is nestled atop a hill on 123 acres of woodlands and wild forests, with epic natural views from every side and window. The chalet and its grounds provide a perfect place to immerse yourself in nature while having the comfort and privacy of a beautiful home.

Le Petite Chalet

Le Petite Chalet is a luxurious and rustic space to be enjoyed alone, with companions or as a family. The chalet's lower floor has its own private wooden deck facing a field bordered by the forest. The upper floor features large windows that will make you feel like you are immersed, yet comfortably sheltered in the forest.

Carriage House

The Carriage House is an elegant and rustic space to be enjoyed alone or with beloved companions. This cabin is cozy yet spacious and the perfect place to find privacy and solace in the forest. It's a great space to find peace and quiet while being comfortable and surrounded by nature. Tucked into the forest next to the Sanctuary, the Carriage House is a cozy home away from home.

Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is a gathering space for ceremony, workshops, intimate dinners, and group experiences. It has been artistically built and designed to evoke an experience where presence, connection, and transformation may occur.

Arch

Stone archway, creating an entry into the field, perfect location for ceremonies, photos, and/or just watching the sunrise.

Slack Line

Come test out your skills or have a team building exercise with the slack line at AKERA.

Nature Trail

Multiple trails to explore the 123 acres!

Hammock Haven

Location amongst the trees to relax and unwind, while connecting with nature.

Running Water

Running Water Below the Lake

Workshop

Garage

Farmhouse - AKERA Operational Headquarters

Garden

Entrance

A space for every moment – AKERA has something for everyone

AKERA has multiple spaces to suit a variety of needs. Let us guide you in designing your own bespoke AKERA experience.

AKERA brings nature closer through participatory art, tranquil forest bathing, and next level design including: enchanting sensory touches, playful amenities, sustainable - ecofriendly products, finishes, and furnishings.

Sanctuary Main Room & Stage

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The Sanctuary Main Room is an open 30' by 19' space to gather, create and/or play till your heart's content, with heated floors, cathedral stage area, and flexible seating (traditional or floor seating style). This space is perfect for intimate events, small workshops, small cocktail hours, meditation, breakout groups, small group meals, and so much more.

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Grand Chalet Gathering Spaces

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The Grand Chalet Great Room is an open 20' by 22' space to gather, create and/or play till your heart's content, with smooth wood flooring and windows filled with light and mountain views. This space is perfect for intimate events, small workshops, small cocktail hours, meditation, breakout groups, small group meals, and so much more.

The Grand Chalet Kitchen/Dining Room is a fairly open 20' by 32' space to gather, create and/or play till your heart's content, with tile floor, a counter with stools and large wood table that seats a group of 10-16. This space is perfect for intimate events, small workshops, small cocktail hours, meditation, breakout groups, small group meal, and so much more.

Grand Chalet Gathering Space

The Lodge

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This country dance studio is an open 20' by 35' space to gather, create and/or play till your heart's content, with a fully wood paneled interior, and smooth wood flooring, this space is perfect for events, workshops, and long nights on the dance floor.

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Heritage Barn with Vision Dome

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AKERA is home to a 6 meter dome, which houses an immersive, multi-sensory psychoactive experience that weaves together breathwork, sound healing and sacred geometry to create a space of awakening, self-love, expanded consciousness and healing. The Vision Dome is within one of the oldest buildings on the property, the Heritage Barn, and has been deeply connected to the roots of the land for over 200 years.

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Dome*

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The Dome is a 3K Sq Ft wooden geodesic dome perched on the top of the property, for the horizon mountain views, housing a cozy gathering space and 3 bathrooms.

Star Seed Interactive Sculpture*

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Star Seed is a 42 foot tall, Burning Man Sculpture with a group space 20 feet in the air.

* = to be completed soon

AKERA calls its guests to take temporary respite from the clamor and chaos of daily life, to heal the weary heart, comfort frazzled nerves, and stir the soul to reconnect your body, mind and spirit.

AKERA encourages you to nourish that childlike sense of joy, exploration, peace, rest, and simplicity — opening up to new enriching experiences, insight and even life altering opportunities, paring down to the essentials and letting go of too much stimulation, too much information, too much Internet, too much news from your normal routine.

Coming together in collaboration with the nature, oneself, and each other to create and be in experiences that opens portals to invite you to another world where you enter the deepest parts of your heart, the most inventive places in your mind, the tingling sensation of experiencing the magic and joy of feeling truly alive, as well as leaving with something lasting to share with others. Thus, we welcome you to come experience AKERA for yourself, explore boldly, play wildly, and be free.

Explore AKERA by Drone

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Here at AKERA, we are committed to constantly improve our practices and products to be better stewards of the environment. AKERA offers a remarkable experience to people who are seeking to be immersed in nature, where you can explore and play but still come home to comfortable elegance. One-of-a-kind vintage pieces, custom furniture and thoughtful touches let you know we care about your stay.

In considering sustainability and honoring the legacy of the building and property, much of the original stone, brick, clay tiles, and wood accents create a wonderful, natural foundation to elegantly tie in rustic old and refreshing new ambiance, which fosters the dream-like euphoria of being immersed in nature, both indoors and outdoors.

It’s been said that magic cannot be made, it can only be invited. AKERA is designed to create a space that invites magic and inspiration. AKERA awakens your senses, leading you to feel more alive and present in our individually designed rooms that, like you, are each unique and not like the masses.

So, if you too are hungry for something different, with a nod to elegance and quality which pushes boundaries and opens portals, you have come to the right place.

Interested in local experiences outside AKERA?

Learn more about what there is to do in the area and how to enjoy every season.

The rooms nestled at AKERA come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and configurations, with theme concepts mostly inspired by nature: vibrant change of seasons, mystic progression of light and time, warm ambient lighting, enchanting sensory amenities, captivating Moroccan elements, and a myriad of sophisticated touches. Behind every door and around every corner at AKERA are a host of playful, fun amenities inviting your enjoyment.

And no matter what room theme you choose, all rooms honor the AKERA experience, with next level design, top-shelf sustainable, eco-friendly products, finishes, and furnishings — never sacrificing functionality, cleanliness or comfort, right down to the fluffy towels and super soft sheets. AKERA provides an inclusive blank canvas for us all to co-exist, and we welcome everyone to come experience the power of nature and connect with our roots.

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