What to Bring

The Catskills region is beautiful in mid-June! Average daily temperatures are in the mid to high 70s, with nighttime temperatures averaging in the mid-50s. Generally, you will find it helpful to bring layers including some warm clothes and a rain jacket. Because KMC NY is a rustic environment, it is important to bring flashlights for nighttime walking. If you are in an indoor dorm, you will need to bring a sleeping bag and towel. Campers: please ensure that you check your camping equipment beforehand and make sure that you have all poles and pegs, and that your tent is waterproof. You will also need an insulated sleeping mat. Due to the large numbers attending the Festival, we are unable to provide extra blankets or sleeping bags.

Arrival & Registration

When you arrive to register, you will be asked for your confirmation letter. If you do not have it with you, you will be asked to show some other form of photo identification, such as your passport or driver’s license.

When you register on arrival, please be prepared to pay the full balance of your bill either in cash, check or credit/debit card. You can also pay in full through your online booking cart before you arrive. 

Campers are requested to register before erecting your tent and only camp in designated areas.

Please note: To comply with fire safety regulations, no naked flames of any kind (e.g. candles, gas cookers or gas lighting) will be permitted anywhere on the campsite. 

General Guidelines

During your visit at KMC New York, you are requested to please refrain from smoking (including electronic cigarettes), taking intoxicants and drinking alcohol in the buildings and on the grounds.

For fire safety, please also refrain from lighting incense or candles either indoors or in the campsite.

Playing Music

The Festivals are a time of peace, quiet and reflection. For this reason, we ask you not to bring musical instruments of any kind to the Festival and to use headphones if listening to music.

Parking

If you booked a car parking voucher, you will receive it with your confirmation letter. Please have it available to show to the parking lot attendant on your arrival. Parking permits must be displayed in your car throughout your stay.

Pets

Please note that it is not possible to bring pets to the Festival. Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the camping areas, and it is not allowed to leave them in cars in the parking lot. 

Security

All participants will be required to wear a Festival Pass at all times. Please cooperate fully with this requirement for the sake of the safety and smooth running of the Festival. Please note that the Festival Management cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to personal items or cars parked on or off the property. Please bring essential items only and carry valuables with you.

Volunteering

The entire Festival is organized and run by volunteers. There are many opportunities and ways in which you can help, such as preparing food, serving, clearing dishes, dishwashing, cleaning, setting up, cafes, etc. It is a wonderful way to meet with other Kadampas from around the United States – your contribution of time and energy is an important part of making the whole thing happen. To find out how you can get involved, please see the volunteering page.

Photography

Flash photography, video or audio recording are not permitted in the Temple.