Fall in the Berkshires

Let nature be your mirror and Galiana be your guide as you discover Upstate New York and the Berkshires. Galiana is surrounded by nature and yet is located very close to the best fruits of civilization. There are restaurants that can easily compete with the best places in Manhattan, art shows and exhibitions, theaters, spiritual retreats and happenings, music festivals and more.

Every season has something special to offer: skiing in winter, first farm fresh produce in spring, Tanglewood performances in summer and Octoberfest in the fall. Needless to say that the fall foliage with its deep reds and rich yellows in this area is probably the most beautiful in the whole world.

Here are some wonderful places to visit as you stay at Galiana:


Abode of the Message is the primary residential community of the Sufi Order International. Located in New Lebanon, in historic Shaker buildings on over 400 acres of natural beauty, the Abode is a Residential Spiritual Community, conference and retreat center, as well as a school of esoteric study. They offer a wide variety of workshops, programs, personal and group retreats, weekly classes, worship services, daily prayers and evenings of music, poetry and dance, providing vast opportunities for the spiritual seeker to explore, deepen and unfold on the spiritual path.


Earthlands is an Institute for Environmental Awareness, located in beautiful rural Petersham, Massachusetts. Earthlands hosts a variety of programming that promote living and learning in harmony with the earth and all life while living lightly, creatively and lovingly as global ecological citizens.

Earthdance is a workshop, residency, and retreat center providing a dynamic mix of dance, somatic, and interdisciplinary arts training, with a focus on sustainable living, social justice, and community.

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Kripalu Center offers the whole range of yoga classes, healing, rejuvenation, music and dance workshops, as well as variety of bodywork, including massages and Reiki.

Omega Wellness Institute, located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Omega has been a pioneer in exploring, teaching, and embracing new ideas, focusing on health and wellness, personal spiritual growth, and self-awareness. The main campus in Rhinebeck, New York is designed to be a healing center, a peaceful oasis in a hurried world. You can relax, rejuvenate, and feel at home in the midst of nature’s bounty and a community of warm, caring people.


The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, CoSM, is a center of events, created by Alex Grey. CoSM is a sanctuary for seeing ourselves, the world, and our cosmos as reflections of the Divine. CoSM’s mission is to build a temple to preserve and share a collection of visionary art beloved by a global community. Forty acres of beautiful woods and newly renovated buildings invite the contemplation of art and nature, and provide a center for events encouraging the creative spirit. CoSM honors the mystic core of love uniting all wisdom traditions and the transformative power of art to awaken human potential.


Waterfalls House Treats

New York Waterfall House & Retreat Center, a magical place, surrounded by waterfalls and christal clear waters. The main house of the Center overlooks the Western Castills’ beautiful Schoharie Valley, reputedly the most fertile valley east of the Mississippi. Featuring a Dance Hall, a Great Hall, five guest bedrooms, owner’s quarters, wrap around porches, and a vintage German-style bar with an adjoining gaming room; the 7000 square foot Inn is filled with period antiques and mementos that will carry you back to a more gracious era.

E-Vam Buddhist Retreat Center is a newly established Buddhist retreat center in the Hudson Valley region of Upstate New York under the direction of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche. The Institute offers a beautiful and tranquil setting for study and practises.


Shivananda Ashram

Sivananda Ashram and Yoga Ranch is a beautiful yoga center located in Woodbourne, Catskill Mountains, New York, offering yoga workshops according to Swami Vishnu-devananda’s Five Points of Yoga (which is proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet and positive thinking and meditation).

Sage Center for Healing Arts offers Cranio Sacral Therapy and Sound Healing, as well as Sage Center for the Healing Arts is the host of a variety of powerful healing opportunities representing by the most innovative practitioners, and presenters.

Asian Arts Group, located in Albany, providing quality Tai Chi and Qi Gong instruction including, classes, individual Instruction, seminars and workshops by recognized Masters.

High Fall Gardens, Medicinal Plant Medicine growers and educators, is a new, independent nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to carry on the mission of education, research and conservation of medicinal plants.

Bodhi – Holistic Spa Salon and Boutique in Hudson offers a variety of treatments including Therapeutic Massage, traditional Thai Massage, Acupuncture, Natropathica Holistic Facials, Ear Candling, Reiki, Natropathic Medicine, Colon Hydrotherapy, Chiropractic, Ayurvedic Nutritional Counseling, Cranio Sacral Therapy, E.F.T, and an array of holistic body scrubs, aromatherapy treatments and an infrared sauna. In the boutique they carry a full line of natural skin and body products they also have a full line of organic cotton and bamboo yoga clothing, robes, p.j’s, yoga mats, nutritional cleanses & essential oils. Bodhi’s highly trained and experienced staff is dedicated to enhancing your well being and making your time at Bodhi a divine healing experience.



Center for Nia and Yoga, a center in Albany, offering daily yoga and Nia classes and trainings.

Gelncadia Dog Camp – when you go on a vocation, so can your dog! Set on 15 acres, a half mile back from a country road, on a farm with a big barn in Columbia County, NY, Glencadia Dog Camp is a place to send your dog when you go away. Not a kennel, your dog can play and enjoy nature.


Blue Plate Just a 20 min drive away from Galiana in the nearby town Chatham you’ll find a nice and cozy restaurant, offering on their menu a variety of meat, fish, and vegetarian foods.

Lippera’s Fine Dining – Tavern – Promenade shops, also in Chatham. There’s a spacious dining room on one side of this pretty Columbia County Continental set in a refurbished 1859 inn and a relaxed, cozy tavern with quicker service on the other; both dispense impressive portions, enjoyable soups, juicy burgers and hot homemade potato chips’ hit it, especially when noshed by the fire.

Marisa’s Bagel Café For a morning coffee or afternoon snack, this is the best place to go. Individual maintenance, smiley and friendly staff and lovely welcoming atmosphere will make your experience of a cup of coffee the best ever.


Seafood Coconut Soup at Siam Square Thai Cuisine

Siam Square Thai Cuisine in Great Barrington is dedicated to serving delicious food and providing excellent service in their simple and elegant location. All food prepared for the best satisfaction for all aged and all kinds of customers.

Local Farm Fresh Food and Dining Guide will give you more information about local farmers, farmer markets and restaurants that support local farmers. There are a lot of farmers growing local organic, pesticide free food around Galiana. When you buy local products, you and you family benefit from healthy, fresh ingredients while helping to preserve the environment. Buying directly from family farmers helps to create and maintain a strong, sustainable local economy.

Metro Land On-Line Dining Guide will give you a far more wide range of restaurants, taverns and coffee shops in the area.


Olana Castle

Olana Castle At the epicenter of The Hudson River School of Painting is the Olana House and surrounding landscape. Visitors touring beautiful Olana will see the paintings, sculpture and furnishings Frederic and Isabel Church acquired over the course of their lives, which surrounded them and their children, servants and guests in their daily life at Olana.
Today’s visitor experience is remarkably unchanged, with the public encountering interiors that look as they did in the 1890s– the virtually intact home of one of America’s most important painters. The sheer richness and depth of the collections speak to Church’s life-long interest in acquiring intriguing objects from around the world. The whole is an exemplary example of an early Aesthetic Movement interior.
Highlights of the collection include paintings by Frederic Church and fellow Hudson River School artists Martin Johnson Heade and Arthur Parton, and numerous works by his close friend sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer.

The Mount, Estate and Gardens, in Lenox, Massachusetts. The Mount is both a historic site and a center for culture inspired by the passions and achievements of Edith Wharton. The property includes three acres of formal gardens designed by Wharton, who was also an authority on European landscape design, surrounded by extensive woodlands. Programming at The Mount reflects Wharton’s core interests in the literary arts, interior design and decoration, garden and landscape design, and the art of living. Annual exhibits explore themes from Wharton’s life and work. In the summer of 2010, The Mount launched Berkshire WordFest, a vibrant gathering of writers and readers in one of the most beautiful settings in the Berkshires.


Theater Barn in New Lebanon, NY, in the summer season Thursdays to Sundays offers spectacular shows for almost every taste.

The Mac-Haydn theatre If you fancy an evening out, but don’t want to go too far, literally just around the corner from Galiana – in Chatham, there is the happiest place you can be amongst the all entertainment places in the area. We totally recommend you the Mac-Haydn Theatre – New Yorks Exciting professional Musical Theatre-in-the-Round.

Boston Symphony

Tanglewood Boston Symphony Orchestra. Tanglewood offers a kaleidoscopic array of many of the world’s great musicians performing an impressive range of music from classical to jazz, pop, and rock, with performances virtually each and every day of the summer, June 28-September 4, at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed summer home located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills, between Lenox and Stockbridge, MA.



Collections at the Clark




Clark The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is an art museum and a center for research and higher education, dedicated to advancing and extending the public understanding of art. No other institution of its scale and character has such a complex and exhilarating mission—complex because interrelating the differing purposes of an art museum and a center for research and higher education is so challenging, and exhilarating because the possibilities and implications of this combination are so dynamic.

Mass MoCa Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world’s premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging.


These are a few Galiana’s favourite. They are exquisite places to see, often not very known and popular by other tourists, which allows you to have a little bit of peace and quite. We at Galiana love these places. We hope you will love them too!

Bish Bash Fall

Taconic State Park – Copake Falls is located along 16 miles of the Taconic Mountain Range, sharing a border with Massachusetts and Connecticut. Two developed areas, Copake Falls and Rudd Pond, offer an extensive trail system with terrain that varies from easy to challenging, offering spectacular views.



Queechy Lake is a lake inCanaan, Columbia County, NY. The name of the lake comes from the Native American Mahican name Quis-sich-kook, of unknown meaning. Queechy Lake is a natural body of water; however, sometime prior to 1910, the water levels were raised as a result of the construction of a dam along the Stony Kill, a tributary of Queechy Lake. The purpose of the dam was to store water that would supply mills located downstream. In the early 19th Century, a summer of dry weather contributed to decreased water levels, which exposed a muddy surface at the lower end of the lake.

Pittsfield State Park Streams, waterfalls and flowering shrubs abound in Pittsfield State Forest. 65 acres of wild azalea fields are a profusion of pink blossoms in June. The forest has two camping areas, two picnic areas and a swimming beach. Fishermen frequent scenic Berry Pond, one of the highest natural water bodies in the state at 2,150 feet in elevation. The vista from the top of Berry Mountain, accessible by auto road from April to December, is a striking panorama and a great place to watch the sun set.

30 miles of trails encourage visitors to escape into the quiet of the state forest which follows the crest of the Taconic Mountain Range separating Massachusetts and New York. Access is available at several locations to theTaconic Crest Trail, a 35 mile long hiking trail. The paved three-quarter mile Tranquility Trail is popular with wheelchair-users and other visitors who favor its smooth surface. A wheelchair-accessible picnic area and restroom are located nearby.


Hand Hollow The 384-acre Hand Hollow Conservation Area, located off Gale Hill Rd and County Rt 9 in New Lebanon, is characterized by woodlands, meadows, a lake, two ponds, streams, and wetlands.


Gone with the wind!

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the nearest Ski Resort to Galiana. The resorts longest run is 2 miles, elevation is 2380 feet, vertical rise 1150 feet, 170 acres, 45 trails and 9 lifts. And besides that Jiminy offers the Mountain Coaster, three Terrain Parks, with various hits and rails for skiers and snowboarders, 1 glade trail, 2 mogul runs.



To have a wider view of what is available around, we do recommend you to visit Guides for Nature Adventures and Tourism. And you can trust us – there is SO much to see! So take a deep breath, snuggle in your seat and enjoy:

Upstate New York Upstate – New York .com is the premier online guide to Upstate New York showcasing hundreds of exciting attractions throughout the Adirondacks, Capital/Saratoga region, Catskills, Central Leatherstocking region, Chautauqua/Allegheny, the Finger Lakes, Greater Niagara, Hudson Valley and the Thousand Island/Seaway Regions.


Columbia County Every traveler, in every season, delights in Columbia County’s outdoors.

Deep within our rolling hills and quiet landscapes, you’ll discover the time of your life. An invigorating hike in our forests. A round of golf in our lush countryside. A rainbow trout in our crystal streams. A ski trail just waiting to be conquered.

Nature lovers soak up the untamed beauty of Bash Bish Falls. Cyclists glide down quiet country lanes. Families swim in our state parks. Leaf peepers gasp at hillsides of stunning reds and golds. Skiers glide down fresh snow at Catamount. Race fans thrill to lightning-quick action at one of New York State’s best DIRT & NHRA tracks: Lebanon Valley Speedway & Dragway

Albany Visit Albany during each of Albany’s four seasons and tour four centuries of architecture, from the newly renovated Million Dollar Staircase in the New York State Capitol, to the awe inspiring “Egg” at the Empire State Plaza. Experience the region’s tradition of cultural festivals, concerts, and special events.


The Berkshires To see what the beauty of Berkshire Mountains has to offer, look at the Discover the Berkshires Guide.



SpiritFire Festival

SpiritFire Festival is a five-day retreat-style gathering celebrating life and spirit through the sacred medium of the fire circle. We welcome people of all paths and practices to find common ground and ecstatic experience through the pathways of Music, Movement, Voice, Seva, and the Mysteries.

During the day, attend workshops for all levels on various styles of drumming, dance, didgeridoo, vocal improvisation and more. Additionally, there are many planned or spontaneous affinity groups, intensives, rituals, and other events that happen, including Saturday community workshops where any participants are welcome to share their passion, experience, and expertise.

At night, you can attend all sorts of events, from the Soul Expression poetry jam to fantastic fire spinning to live drumming (you can drum too!), and then the community comes together the focus of our gathering: 11pm-to-dawn fire circle rituals where we can be inspired, empowered, entranced, and connected.

Firefly is a participatory arts and music gathering and a New England Regional Burn. Express your creativity and explore new possibilities through this experience of temporary community. Firefly operates on a strictly non-profit, participant-driven basis. Firefly is created entirely by YOU, the participant, with your creative talents and volunteered time.

Desiderata Festival is an outdoor art, music, film and yoga festival in upstate New York that includes five days and four nights of on-site camping.

Desiderata Festival is about celebrating life, about reconnecting with your fellow brothers and sisters through a rich cultural and social experience.

It’s not just about music, that is but one facet of the human experience. Interacting with your fellow human beings, reigniting that spark that winter has sought to extinguish, experiencing the pure joy of being alive and being part of a gathering of like-minded evolved humans, engaging in dialogue to better understand and connect with each other-that is what Desiderata is.

Expect new and diverse breeds of music. Meet members of the world community and participate in workshops, lectures, and political discussions. Expect the avant-garde and the abstract: indie film premieres, art installations and multimedia performances.



A shop for peacful inspirations

Peaceful Inspirations is the winner of Metroland’s “Best Holistic Wellness Store” 2006 – 2010. Peaceful Inspirations is a Delmar, NY shop that reduces stress with a calm, relaxing environment. This spiritual oasis helps one find inner peace and spark creativity with it’s vast array of gifts and self-care products, and workshops, tarot and psychic readings.

Biodynamic Farm and Store Nestled in the hills of the Taconic Range in Columbia County, New York, Hawthorne Valley Farm, along with its sister branch, the Visiting Students Program, is one of several enterprises under the umbrella organization of the Hawthorne Valley Association, a nonprofit operation dedicated to agriculture, education, and the arts. Hawthorne Valley Farm has been producing high-quality, nutritious food for more than 35 years. Farm’s biodynamic farming practices reflect their commitment to protecting the health of the earth and all who live on it. Their education and outreach programs strive to raise awareness of the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in our daily lives.



Chatham Lodging Association gives you the information of nice and cozy motels and lodging in the nearest Town to Galiana – Chatham.



Berkshire Medical Center INC in Pittsfield, MA, about 11 miles away from Galiana. Click here for directions.

North Adams Regional Hospital in North Adams, about 14 miles away from Galiana. Click here for directions.


Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson. Click here for directions.

There is always Sun at Galiana



You shoudn’t worry too much about the weather when coming to Galiana. Here there is always sun – even if sometimes it is behind the clouds.

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7 Reasons Why You Will Love Galiana

  • Galiana has a strong Motherly presence

  • The workshops are powerful and life-changing

  • Everything is beautiful, fragrant and delicious

  • Galiana land carries sacred healing energy

  • The heart of Galiana is its loving community

  • You will return to the radiance of your true self

  • Galiana will feel like HOME

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