The Art of Living with Your Dog Seminar


The Monks' Philosophy on Living Intentionally with Your Dog

We thoroughly enjoyed the "Art of Living with Your Dog" conference.  Thank you for the depth of knowledge and understanding which you made so readily available to us.  Thank you for your gracious hospitality.  We felt entirely welcome and at ease.  Thank you for all the hard work and logistical considerations that resulted in a seamless, well-coordinated conference.  Thank you for the preparation that went into the excellent presentations.  And thank you for feeding us so well!

Your friends in Kentucky
Gwen & Richard


May 11 - 13, 2018

 Beautiful location - New Skete Monastery

Located on the gentle slope of Two-Top Mountain, you will find the churches of New Skete, Emmaus Guest House, the dog kennels, the Maurice Sendak Dog Training Center, hiking trails, and the monks' monastery.  

Peace and tranquility are part of the setting as well as part of life.


Topics Include

  • Puppy Socialization - The First Eight Weeks and Beyond
  • The New Skete Philosophy of Living with Dogs
  • How to Live Intentionally with Your Dog and to Have the Dog of Your Dreams
  • The Spiritual Dimension in the Human/Dog Relationship

    Also grooming demonstrations, tour of churches and kennels, pack walk, and round table discussions.


Things to Know

  •    New Skete is located on a mountain. Please wear comfortable shoes, as there is a good amount of walking during the weekend. If you are unable to walk, do not worry, you can pull your car up to the locations we are meeting in. All buildings are wheelchair accessible.

  •  The seminar is casual. Dress for comfort. May ‘s weather in upstate New York can be iffy. Plan on bringing a jacket. We have bug spray if you need it.

  •  Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. We do our best to make certain that there is something for everyone. (Oh, and plenty of it.)

  •  We welcome you to attend church services with us. Matins is at 7:15 am and on Saturday at 8 am, Vespers is at 5 pm each evening, and Divine Liturgy is at 10 am on Sunday. No need to dress up for services, but we do ask that you do not wear shorts or tank tops.

  • If there is anything; anything at all that you need during your visit, do not hesitate to let us know.  


Advance Registration Required

Price per person is $560.00

Price includes all seminar materials, light breakfast,  snacks, and lunches and one dinner with the monks.  Does not include accommodations.

A $150 non-refundable non-transferable deposit will hold your place for the 3-day seminar.   The balance of your seminar fee and any optional meal is due 60 days prior to the event. If the fee is not paid on time you may forfeit your enrollment, including your deposit.

All cancellations must be in writing. For cancellations no less than 45 days before the seminar - 50% of the refundable portion of the fee returned. No less than 21 days before the course - 25% of the refundable portion of fee returned.  Cancellations 20 days or less before the seminar - no refunds.  A written note back from New Skete will confirm your cancellation. Your cancellation is not valid without a confirmation of receipt.

This policy applies to participants who must withdraw for any reason, including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency and personal or work-related reasons. 

Please leave your dog(s) home.  The brothers' dogs are part of the program.  There is ample time to interact with the New Skete German Shepherds.

Register to Attend

Advance Registration Required

Please complete our registration form.  Let us know where you are coming from, how to contact you, and  if you have any dietary restrictions.

Once the form is submitted you will be re-directed to our secure online credit card processing site for your deposit.   

The PCI Security Standards for online credit card processing require that all the information that you submit during the payment process, EXACTLY matches what is on file with your banking institution.  This includes name, address, phone, and email address.  

This seminar is full.  Thank you for your interest.