Picturesque Spiritual Retreats Near Albany

Spiritual Retreats Where You Can Reconnect

Making sure that you have the right space in which to create the experience you want, is key to ensuring that your guests leave any retreat knowing that they have had a meaningful and fulfilling experience. We have spent time here selecting 5 beautiful and unique retreat centers in and around the capital region that all have something special about them. Whether it is their scenic landscapes, their approach to the work they do, or simply because it is a blank canvas that you and your guests can make their own.

We think that you’ll find both ideas and inspiration from the locations we have shared below.


Camp Schodack / Berkshire Retreat Center

Camp Schodack is the perfect blank canvas for you to create meaningful spiritual connections for people of all faiths and none. With 100 acres of privately owned land you could not ask for a better place to switch off from the outside world and spend some time reflecting on what is important to you. We can help you create a timetable that works for you or simply let you design your own for you and your group. Whether you want to spend your time physically or mentally engaged we can make sure you are getting the most out of your time with us with our combination of activities and sports to energize and also to help you relax.

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Genesis Spiritual Life Center

Genesis was founded in 1976 and continues its mission today with an open atmosphere of hospitality and inclusiveness welcoming persons of all faiths, spiritual paths, and backgrounds. Founded by the Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, MA whose mission dates back over 140 years as a transforming and healing presence in the community, the center has always promoted a climate of wellness through its programs, workshops and retreats. Situated on the former Crane Estate in Westfield, the property once housed the Holy Child Guild administered by the Sisters of Providence from 1933 – 1975. Work began in 1975 to convert it to the spiritual life and conference center and one year later, it was formally opened. In 1990 the 7,000 foot carriage house underwent an extensive restoration and today includes meeting and conference facilities on the first floor and an art space, small ecology library and a mediation room on the second floor.

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Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center

Since 1937 Pumpkin Hollow has provided a peaceful and harmonious setting in which our essential spirituality can blossom and grow. We offer a rural sanctuary to promote the experience of the unity of all life and to evoke personal transformation. The Retreat Center is committed to programs and events which uniquely fulfill these ideals. Our goal is to foster fellowship, service and the study of natural laws that govern life; offering opportunities for self-discovery, meditation, healing and connecting with nature. Pumpkin Hollow's lifestyle is best described as 'organic in nature'; a richly physical, social and spiritual environment cultivated for over 80 years. It is an environment conducive to nurturing each indivudual's desire to discover and explore their inner path. Our waterfall, trails, labyrinth and other sacred spaces allow you to commune intimately with Nature and your Inner Self.

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Shambhala Center

Since 1981, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany has offered the community the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through meditation. One of our goals is to contribute to an awake and compassionate society through personal and collective spiritual transformation. In this spirit we offer public meditation classes, mindfulness training workshops, and a wide range of teachings from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. The Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany offers a secular, non-religious approach to spirituality with its roots in the meditative tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. We are dedicated to community, learning and spiritual discovery. All are welcome. We are committed to providing a safe  and supportive place for people of all backgrounds, genders, races, ages, faiths, sexual orientations, and abilities.

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Won Dharma Center

We invite groups and individuals to host your event/retreat at our facility and enjoy our 426 acres of rolling hills and fields offering panoramic view of the majestic Catskill mountains. We provide nutritious meals utilizing the freshest, natural and local ingredients - some from our own organic gardens. Our ministers and staff offer retreats, daily meditation services, movement classes and special workshops (ie: Kimchi cooking classes) for all, whether you are a serious practitioner or simply curious. Our volunteers are your neighbors and friends who cheerfully donate their time and energy to making your visit or stay a joyful and welcoming experience.

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