Cloud-Bearing Mountain is a Christian spiritual retreat center.

We offer residential retreats and theological training structured around the practice of contemplative prayer. Silent directed retreats form the heart of our programming.

Our name takes its inspiration chiefly from Exodus 24:18, which describes Moses’s ascent up the Holy Mountain into the cloud of the Shekinah Glory, the presence of God. This theme is taken up in the New Testament in the passages dealing with the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor and the Ascension, for two examples.

These texts, and others like them, have consistently been read by the great spiritual wardens of the Church in terms of encounter with God, who is ultimately dark to the conceptual mind (the cloud) but luminous to love (the glory). Christian spiritual classics such as Dionysius the Areopagite’s “The Mystical Theology”, Gregory of Nyssa’s “The Life of Moses”, Maximus the Confessor’s “Difficulty 10″, and the 14th century anonymous English work “The Cloud of Unknowing” all follow in this tradition, as do numerous other writings through the age of the Church and up to the present day.

In contemplative prayer we calm the disorderly and aggressive blather of discursive thought, there to discover the tender, longing love that is buried within each of us. Moving beyond conceptual ideas about God and being, we begin to encounter the transfiguring reality of the divine life.

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Cloud-Bearing Mountain Christian Retreat & Training Center, Our Facility

Our Facility

Guests arrive at Cloud-Bearing Mountain Christian Retreat and Training Center after a sustained, winding drive through the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York State. Our twelve acres are situated towards the end of a dirt road that terminates at the entrance to over 2,000 contiguous acres of state forest and public land. Once a small part of a much larger family-owned mountain dairy farm, as so much of the land in Delaware County New York had once been, we are returning our modest holding into a productive, food-producing, life-sustaining farmstead. Guests stay in simple cabins while with us, and use the shared facilities in the main guesthouse. We meet many times daily in the upstairs chapel, reminiscent of the many upstairs rooms mentioned in scripture, where Jesus’ disciples were wont to gather for worship, prayer, and teaching (i.e.: Acts 1:13-14; 20:8).

No matter what program they attend, retreat guests and program participants at Cloud-Bearing Mountain Christian Retreat and Training Center spend time in formal silent prayer, chanting the liturgy of the hours, helping with the daily chores on the farmstead, and can avail themselves to individual spiritual direction.

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About Fr. James Krueger, Cloud-Bearing Mountain Christian Retreat & Training Center

Our Clergy

Fr. James Krueger, founder of Cloud-Bearing Mountain Christian Retreat and Training Center, holds a B.A. in the Humanities with a minor in Writing and Literature, an M.A. in Gerontology and Long-Term Care Management, an M.A. in Theological Studies with a focus in Ascetical Theology and Spiritual Direction, and a certificate in Eastern Orthodox Theology through the 3 year Saint Stephen’s Program of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese. Prior to ordination, Fr. Krueger served as Executive Director of a grassroots community center in the rural Catskill Mountains for nearly a decade, and dabbled in the music business as an award-winning songwriter and performer. Fr. Krueger has also served as Priest-in-Charge at a rural Anglo-Catholic parish in the Catskill Mountains. Now a priest under the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia’s (ROCOR) Western Orthodox Diocese, immediately under the pastoral guidance of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Krueger is priest of Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, which worships at Cloud-Bearing Mountain Christian Retreat in Bovina, NY in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.

Krueger’s inspiration for Cloud-Bearing Mountain Christian Retreat and Training Center grows out of his own sinuous faith journey, which has taken him from a respectable suburban Protestant upbringing to surprising places: a cave for fasting and prayer in the deserts of Utah; a Zen Buddhist monastery where he studied for over 7 years; overwintering in a tipi in the Catskill Mountains; seminary; a year living in an old hunting camp without heat or running water; a small Anglo-Catholic parish in rural upstate New York; and now to Holy Orthodoxy and the ministry of providing a place for Christian seekers to deepen the life of prayer.