Darn it! I can't come this weekend, however the moonlodge, Talking with Plants and Trees of the 13 Moons are rocking classes, and if you can, its a great weekend.
I'm sure those from New York know already but for those out of towners...If you plan on backpacking into the woods, up MEad mountain, as you go up in elevation you are going to have a dramatic drop in temperature. Even at this time in August, if there is a dynamic storm system on the east coast, the mountain top can get up to 30 degrees colder at night so be prepared. I went up there during a hurricane and even though it was warm in Woodstock, at night the mixture of rain and wind made it like 30 degrees at night. I think I got hypothermia that night! Whenever you backpack in the Catskills (land of fog and storms) always double pack your clothing and bedding in plastic hefty bags in case of storms. This way you can have a warm place to curl up in even if the weather is bad. The Shaman's overlook has a very high potential (being carved out of glacial erratic nook of a mountain) for excessive storming. Sometimes the summer storms hang tight to the lower valley (I think it is like 1000 feet below) and it is cool to watch the lightning churn like a cloud vortex in the ringed valley. But sometimes, the mountain itself churns out the storm and this makes a violent night. The wind howls and it sounds like mourning voices, then you can wake up and the moon is strong and clear, the fog stretches like an endless sea directly from the "planK", the cliff overlook. It is really an amazing place and everyone and anyone always has amazing dreams. I guess, I just can't recommend it as a backpack location enough. Hope everyone has fun!