MENLA PROPERTY HISTORY
Looking at a topographical map, Panther appears to be a nearly perfectly circular mountain, surrounded by two rivers. The crater is approximately 1.5 to 2 miles beneath the surface of the earth, and due to lack of solid bedrock, the gravitational field here is 0.2% less than the surrounding areas.
The local Native American peoples regarded this valley and region, with its enormous first-growth hemlock trees, as especially sacred, a place of the spirits. They never settled here and only used this valley for ceremonial purposes.
With the arrival of the Dutch and other European settlers, the land was purchased by Irish immigrants who set up a farm here about 160 years ago. The valley was used as farmland until the turn of the 20th century, when it became the site of the Woodland Valley School for Boys, where young boys would come to live, work the farm, and study in a private boarding environment. The only remaining building from that era is the barn and the Delos Inn dining area with its original fireplace.
In the late 1960s, the property was obtained by the channeler and psychic, Eva Pierrakos, who started the Center for the Living Force. After Eva’s marriage to John Pierrakos, the founder of Core Energetics, the center became the Pathwork Center, a non-sectarian spiritual community and retreat center that became widely known by thousands coming in search of deeper self-awareness. With her death in 1979, the Pathwork underwent a difficult retraction but continued to attract many people. By the end of the 1990s, the Pathwork Center, which had been developed into a stunning facility with many houses, lodging facilities, and a large new conference center, had to sell the property.
A non-profit called the Aesclepius Foundation purchased the land and started to renovate and upgrade the buildings with the intent of creating a healing center, modeled after an ancient Greek healing tradition. People with illnesses would travel to the Isle of Delos in the Mediterranean, hoping to have a dream of Aesclepius, the Greek god of Healing. In that dream, he would appear to them and reveal both the root causes of their illness and the cure. Phase One (of three) of the renovations was complete when the patrons of the Foundation very generously decided to donate the property to Tibet House, US with the understanding that it was still to become a healing center.
After receiving the property in 2001, Tibet House named it Menla and hosted its first retreat with Sharon Salzberg and Krishna Das. Menla has been rapidly expanding its programming ever since, and for the past ten years we have been doing extensive renovations, additions, and improvements. The latest effort is the Mahasukha Spa, a 5000 square foot two-story building.