June 8-10th, 2018

A Weekend Retreat in Mindfulness Meditation

Location: Wading River, NY (Long Island)

Venue: Camp DeWolfe Retreat Center

Teacher: Cory Muscara, MAPP

Dates: June 8-10th, 2018

Times: Starts @ 7:30PM on Friday - Ends @ 4:30PM Sunday

Cost: Starting at $395 (*all-inclusive*)

"Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."


Do you feel like you are moving through your life on automatic pilot? Has stress and overwhelm become your default way of living? Are you ready to take a proactive role in your health and wellbeing by cultivating the inner resources that lead to greater psychological strength, resilience, and compassion?

Learning the tools and practice of mindfulness meditation is a short-term investment that will help you live with greater peace, clarity, joy and vitality.

This 3-day retreat is a rare opportunity to have an immersive experience in the practice and theory of mindfulness meditation on Long Island. Drawing from core components of the evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program and research in the science of Positive Psychology, we will take a deep dive exploration into what well-being is and how to cultivate greater flourishing in your life.

Open to practitioners of all meditation experience (including none at all), the program is highly participatory, supportive, and structured. You will learn and practice through:

  • guided instruction in a variety of mindfulness meditation practices
  • gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • activities and exercises to elicit the qualities and understanding of mindfulness
  • individually tailored instruction

Topics that will be reviewed and what you may experience include:

  • how to integrate a mindfulness meditation practice into your life
  • the root cause of stress and how to manage it through mindfulness
  • developing greater self-respect, confidence, energy, and enthusiasm for life
  • increased clarity, focus, and concentration
  • how to make the shift from living a life on "automatic pilot" to living a life of presence and wakefulness
  • the science behind mindfulness meditation and how the brain changes in response to a meditation practice
  • how to wire one's brain to experience greater peace and positive emotion, and not be enslaved to the causes of stress, anxiety and depression

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom." -Viktor Frankl

Retreat Schedule

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be served at 8:00AM, 12:00PM, and 5:00PM, respectively. These periods will also include free time for relaxing, napping, walking on the beach, or socializing with others. Each workshop period will include new topics, different mindfulness and meditation practices, discussion, question and answer, and more.

Meeting Hall for Workshops and Meditation
(chairs, mats, and cushions will be provided)

About Camp DeWolfe

We are very excited to host this retreat at one of Long Island's most scenic and historical retreat centers, Camp DeWolfe.

Overlooking the Long Island Sound, Camp DeWolfe’s 26-acre beachfront property offers year-round facilities for retreats, conferences and meetings in Wading River, New York.

Camp DeWolfe is a place where, for generations, thousands have come seeking to enjoy the beauty of the Long Island Sound, and experience greater wellbeing through the power of reflection, seclusion, and nature.

You will receive directions to Camp DeWolfe as part of your registration materials.

Camp DeWolfe
408 North Side Rd.
Wading River, NY 11792f


The Dr. Oz Show

"Cory Muscara is one of the nation's leading ​ experts in mindfulness meditation." -Dr. Oz, The Dr. Oz Show

Cory Muscara is the founder of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness, where he utilizes his extensive professional training in Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Integrative Health Coaching to facilitate a client's creation of, and movement toward, their optimal vision of health and wellbeing.

Cory has undergone professional training to integrate mindfulness within healthcare, schools, and businesses, through teacher training programs in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UMass Medical School with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindful Schools, Search Inside Yourself, and Breathworks Chronic Pain. He has completed his Integrative Health Coach training at Duke Integrative Medicine, his 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification, and holds a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania, where he now serves as an Assistant Instructor.

In 2012, Cory spent six months in silence practicing mindfulness meditation 14+ hours a day as a Buddhist Monk in Southeast Asia. The experience taught him how powerful mindfulness can be as a transformative practice for cultivating greater peace, clarity, wisdom, and wellbeing in one's life, and became the inspiring force behind his mission to share this work with others.

He currently serves as faculty at Columbia Teachers College, offering self-awareness training for over 150 Principals at the Summer Principals Academy masters program. He has been featured on News 12 Long Island discussing mindfulness and regularly appears on the Dr. Oz show as a guest expert in the topic of mindfulness meditation. Cory has lectured and taught mindfulness for NYU's "Science of Happiness" course, MBA students at the Wharton Business School of University of Pennsylvania, Stony Brook University Hospital, and more.

Pictures and Praise

I found this retreat to be one of the most worthwhile events in my life. This was a comfortable place to meet people, learn, expand upon my meditation practice, and most importantly, to simply grow.
​-Laurie K.

Attending this retreat is giving yourself a long overdue gift. A few days away to learn more about mindfulness and meditation in a beautiful and supportive setting is well worth the investment of your time and money. The opportunity to spend a few days being taught by Cory is priceless.

In coming on this retreat, I was initially apprehensive, delaying packing leaving and considering backing out. I have never been more grateful that I followed through with an intention. I came in as a chronic pain sufferer seeking a technique that would be beneficial to my health. I got that and so much more. I was carrying grief and tragedy with me in a way I was unaware of (Dad with Alzheimers, death of beloved niece, family filled with illness). The experience was cathartic and impactful in ways that are difficult to put into words. If you are considering attending this retreat, all I can say is trust your instincts--the benefits are far reaching and valuable, facilitating growth in all aspects of your life and overall wellness.
-Brenda F.

Pricing, Housing, and Registration

*If you are traveling with friends, family, or a large group and would like to request housing together, you will have the opportunity to do so in the retreat questionnaire on the registration page.


Although we do offer a commuter fee option, it is highly recommended that guests choose residential housing to get the most out of their retreat experience. One of the main values of a retreat is distancing oneself from their typical setting and contexts, so as to be fully present and engaged throughout the experience. Keep in mind we will begin most mornings before at or before 8:00AM.

*All prices are per person and include three meals each day of the retreat.


Each cabin is single-sex, accommodates 12 guests, and includes bathroom facilities with two separate shower buildings nearby. Participants must bring their own sheets and towels.

*All prices are per person and include three meals each day and housing for each night of the retreat.

Retreat Lodge

The Retreat Lodge has four rooms, with 2 full bathrooms, a full kitchen and living room. Living arrangements are bunk beds with 2-6 people per room.  Participants must bring their own sheets and towels.

*All prices per person and include three meals each day and housing for each night of the retreat.

Deluxe-Benson House

Benson House is an historic, three-story house, overlooking the Long Island Sound with spectacular views of the water and sunset. All rooms in Benson are doubles. Sheets, towels, and bedding is included.

*All prices are per person and include three meals each day and housing for each night of the retreat.


There are a limited number of partial scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form below.

Questions About The Retreat?

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