Cloud-Bearing Mountain is a Christian spiritual retreat center located in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. We are easily accessed from the New York City / New Jersey metropolitan area, as well as from Albany, Binghamton, northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. We offer small group and one-on-one training in the Christian spiritual life with a focus on contemplative prayer, Christian meditation, and silent directed retreats. Rooted in the fullness of the ancient orthodox catholic faith, our programs are open to all, regardless of ecclesial background.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
The Christian life is not about being successful or desirable according to worldly standards.
Rather, the Christian life is aimed at the vision and glory of God – a secret, spiritual communion with the source of all life. We approach this communion through a life of regular prayer, study, participation in the sacramental life of the Church, the fostering of Christian virtue, and face-to-face relationship with others who walk the way of sanctity.
Drawing on the support and guidance of others is necessary in order to deepen and test the spiritual life. The sign of Christian salvation is incorporation into the household of God, the Church. At the same time, the Christian life requires us to come apart from the routines of a confused world into a place of simplicity and clarity, a desert place. This combination of solitude and communion are what characterize a Christian spiritual retreat at Cloud-Bearing Mountain Christian Retreat and Training Center.
The silent prayer retreat comprises the heart of our programming, where participants are immersed in the practice of contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer, or hesychia (silence, stillness), is a disciplined way of working with the body, the will, the emotions, and the intellect. Hesychia brings peace, opens us to truth, and helps us to trustingly yield our lives to the transfiguring grace of God.
Situated on the banks of the babbling Mountain Brook on 12 bucolic acres in New York’s northwestern Catskill Mountains, our peaceful grounds provide the perfect setting for this most important work. Cloud-Bearing Mountain is both a private and group Christian spiritual retreat center.