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Musician's Retreat

Uplifting the wellbeing
and musical excellence of all musicians.

Musician's Retreat
the Dharmakaya Center
for Wellbeing

Pine bush, NY

August 25-28th

Scholarships Available
through funding by our donors,
and our partners at the Jazz Foundation of America.

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Planning Update:
On our future campus, each musician will have their own space as their home base.
Imagine 21 of these single and multi-occupancy earthen homes...
open year-round to support their music, and transform their lives.


We Exist

Why We Exist
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Founder's Message


Nestled within the richness of arts and music in Rosendale NY,
Catalyst is a 501c3 Educational nonprofit inspired by my own healing path, created to:

Change the lives of dedicated musicians of all disciplines
by integrating a holistic wellness program
into project-focused retreats
for solo musicians and group ensembles
hosted in beautiful retreat locations.

Our retreats serve as the prototype for the co-creation of a
Residential Retreat and Performance Center in the Hudson Valley NY in 2023:

A music and wellness center creating dynamic transformation in each musician, and a profound international stronghold of everlasting cultural value.

I encourage you to take advantage of this potent time of potential to:

Attend a retreat
Support as a volunteer
Make a donation or
Consider becoming a funding partner

We're here for you.

In Rhythm,

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Brian Festa


The Need
Music Performer

The Need

To physically enjoy maintaining the highest levels of musical excellence is a gift many professional musicians begin to lose as they develop chronic pain cycles due to poor body mechanics, overuse, and lack of therapeutic treatment. 


While sports medicine has become a multi-billion dollar industry, many studies confirm that care and treatment for musicians remain largely unaddressed. 75% of professional musicians develop repetitive strain injuries, chronic pain, and mental health challenges because they don't have the knowledge, resources, or support system to get the help they deserve.

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The Solution

The Soluton

Catalyst Music and Healing Arts integrates holistic therapies into project focused retreats to empower musicians and establish a deeper connection between wellbeing and musicianship.


The Experience

See our our humble beginnings unfold here...

Then check out what to expect in 2022!

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