–Joseph Jastrab, Hero's Journey Foundation
Lifebridge Sanctuary Meeting Spaces
The Sanctuary offers a rich variety of distinctive spaces for group gatherings, many with spectacular views. Our 1800 sq. ft. Upper Room offers panoramic mountain views, a large stone fireplace and versatile seating options that will accommodate large gatherings. We also have break-out areas including CedarHeart Lodge - a fantastic stone walled room with fireplace, and The Stone House Library with a piano and an extensive collection of books on spiritual and social transformation. Check out the Floor Plans.
The Upper Room is the main meeting room for most groups. Surrounded by large windows, guests are treated to panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. The hand crafted floor to ceiling stone fireplace supplies abundant radiant heat in the winter and is a visual treat in all seasons. Vertical support beams are hand picked hard wood trees from the land and the wide plank oak floor supplies a natural beauty and warmth. The open ceiling is graced with a hand made chandelier and a custom designed stain glass window skylight, both made by local craftspeople. Superb acoustics afford versatility for large or small groups making the Upper Room the perfect environment for group meditation, yoga and general meetings. Dimensions -60' x' 30' 1800 sq. ft. will accommodate up to 60 seats in the round, or 80 seats theatre or horseshoe configuration. See the photogallery for more images of the Upper Room.
The Stone House Library is the original 1772 Dutch stone house, fully restored and enhanced with 21st century green building features. Hand hewn reclaimed beams and stone pillars from a nearby ancient ruin invite guests to relax and enjoy the extensive donated library of books on spiritual and social transformation. Insulated with recycled newspaper, the thick stone walls keep the room cool in summer and warm in winter. Guests can gather for music around the grand piano or curl up and read in the roomy window seats. This cozy and intimate room adjoining the dining room accommodates up to 25 people.
CedarHeart Lodge is a special and multi purpose space featuring a rare and ancient old growth elm tree as a vertical support pillar. The custom fireplace is at the center of a hand built stone wall utilizing local quartz conglomerate and native bluestone. A hand built walnut "S" bar, reclaimed from a local hunting lodge, tempts guests to rest and relax while looking out to the Catskills and the private stone courtyard which connects to the kitchen. CedarHeart Lodge may be used as a dining hall or break out space and comfortably doubles as a communal sleeping quarters for up to 6 guests with a Â½ bath. Depending on the occasion, CedarHeart Lodge is perfect for 10 to 50 people. See more images of CedarHeart Lodge on the photogallery
Mountain View Deck
Our 800 sq. ft. deck overlooks the Catskill mountains and is the perfect location for early morning yoga, tai chi or exercise. In the late afternoon it makes the ideal setting for up to 25 people to meet. See image
The Pavilion is made entirely of our own cedar and pine wood with a million dollar view of the Catskill Mountains. It comfortably seats up to 25 people and is a short walk from the main Sanctuary building.
This unique area offers guests an opportunity to sit in simple beauty and take in the marvelous views during small informal meetings. The alcove accommodates up to 10 people. See image
Lifebridge Sanctuary is equipped with handicapped accessibility for every entrance. Within the building, access between each floor is by stairs - there are no elevators.