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A Cuisine for the Age of Us – the Anthropocene, by Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times, July 2, 2014. "I sought a reaction from Shelley Boris, a friend and neighbor who is the enterprising and Earth-centered chef for the Garrison Institute and author of "Fresh Cooking: A Year of Recipes from the Garrison Institute Kitchen." "Cooking is one long creative and scientific experiment. And cooks have always been on the lookout for new tastes and technologies: fire, fermenting, salting, thermometers, pressure cookers, microwaves, freeze drying, dehydrating, sous vide. The same is true in agriculture and food processing, packaging and transportation. Some of our experiments are successes and some are failures, but there will always be curiosity to explore..."

How mindfulness can help your children, by Barbara McMahon, The Times of London, January 11 2014. "Mindfulness, which first emerged in schools about ten years ago, is spreading steadily worldwide. The non-profit Garrison Institute in New York is one of many organisations in the US that has helped train thousands of students and teachers in mindfulness and contemplative learning. “There’s been an explosion of interest around this kind of work,” says Adi Flesher, a director at the institute. He says mindfulness reduces stress and helps children to feel more in charge of their lives…"

Women building resilience in our own community – the community of expat aid workers, by Amanda Scothern, womeninaid.com, April 30th, 2014. Amanda Scothern works in organizational and community development and teachers yoga to aid workers and others.  She consults for The Garrison Institute’s Contemplative-Based Resilience Training program, offering resilience training for aid workers in May in West Cork, Ireland.

Philip Glass 'In the Spirit': (audio) WNYC Leonard Lopate Show, October 23, 2013. 'Composer Philip Glass discusses 'In the Spirit,' a benefit concert for the Garrison Institute, at Town Hall. The concert features the New York premiere of 'Songs of Milarepa,' by Glass, as well as sacred music from the Renaissance; Mandingo kora music from Gambia, West Africa; Sufi music of the Middle East, and Wu Man performing Chinese traditional music and original music by Glass.' 

Daniel Goleman, Janice Marturano, and Sharon Salzberg at the Rubin Museum of Art, By Rose Caiola, Rewire Me, March 25, 2014. “It had been a while since I’d visited the Rubin Museum of Art and I’d forgotten how beautiful it was. From the moment I walked in after a hectic day, I felt myself relax, almost back to where I’d been after my morning meditation. I’d come for an event on Mindfulness at Work, hosted by the Garrison Institute. The speakers included psychologist Daniel Goleman, Ph.D, Insight Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, and workplace mindfulness expert Janice Marturano…”

Should Teachers Be More Mindful? by Hana Maruyama, Education Week, October 29, 2013 ''A report published this fall in School Psychology Quarterly found that teachers who participated in a mindfulness program were better able to manage their classes and build relationships with students. The study was conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University and funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Educational Sciences. Using a sample of 50 teachers, it compared a control group of teachers with a group that went through the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education program, which aims to reduce stress by equipping teachers with mindfulness and emotional-competency skills...''

Thomas Moore: Accounting for the Mysterious, by Susan Piperato, Chronogram, March 1, 2014. Many people have been brought up in a particular religious background—a traditional religion that was just part of the family life. And people have gotten a lot of good things from that experience. But two things happen… they get tired of it or angry at it… and they just sort of grow out of it…. I want to write to people who are looking for alternatives… you know the way you’ve understood religion in the past, where you’ve signed up, you believe what you’re told, and you do what you’re told? Well, those days are over. Nobody wants to live that way anymore. And so I recommend that people take responsibility for their own spiritual life whether they’re in a formal religion or not. I call that having your own religion…'

Improving Classroom Learning Environments by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE): Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial, by Jennings, Patricia A.; Frank, Jennifer L.; Snowberg, Karin E.; Coccia, Michael A.; Greenberg, Mark T., School Psychology Quarterly, September 9, 2013. ''Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE for Teachers) is a mindfulness-based professional development program designed to reduce stress and improve teachers’ performance and classroom learning environments. A randomized controlled trial examined program efficacy and acceptability among a sample of 50 teachers…. Participation in the CARE program resulted in significant improvements in teacher well-being, efficacy, burnout/time-related stress, and mindfulness compared with controls…. Results suggest that the CARE program has promise to support teachers working in challenging settings and consequently improve classroom environments…''

Are aid workers more ‘maladjusted’ than others? by Amanda Scothern, WhyDev, March 14, 2014. “The constant change and adaptation aid work demands are known to be stressful… but they also attract people to it.  [R]esearch indicates a strong sense of empathy often motivates people to get involved in helping or caregiving work, even while potentially making them more vulnerable to empathic distress. So it does seem fair to suggest that rather than being less well-adjusted than the general population, we aid workers are equally maladjusted, but have chosen a line of work that makes it harder to mask or ignore our weaknesses and vulnerabilities…”

Could Climate Campaigners’ Focus on Current Events be Counterproductive?, by Andrew Revkin, The New York Times, Dot Earth Blog, August 20, 2013. “The message these days has become all about extreme events, from the Frankenstorm to intense droughts… The merits and drawbacks of real-time and long-term arguments for addressing climate change were discussed at this year’s Climate, Mind and Behavior symposium at the Garrison Institute. Daniel Schrag, a prominent climate scientist at Harvard and member of President Obama’s committee of science and technology advisers, gave a talk making the case for climate action based on the extraordinarily clear and sobering body of science pointing to a profoundly transformed planet in coming centuries. Please watch his talk here…” 

Letter: Aid workers need to blow off steam, by Carla Uriarte (Letter to the Editor), The Guardian, March 12, 2014. “In the last 15 years aid agencies have recognised their staffs' need for psychosocial support, but not many are meeting it, because few have the capacity. Even those that do can often only offer short training modules…. In the field, faced with the compelling and urgent needs of others, aid workers have less capacity to tune into their own needs. There are very good mindfulness-based stress management courses than could help…. The idea is to go slowly enough to be able to actually realise what you are learning and build it into your daily life. But the daily life of aid workers is often not very stable, and always very time constrained…”

So the Darkness Shall Be the Light: Contemplative Care Comes of Age at a Symposium in Garrison, New York, by Joe Loizzo, Tricycle, Spring 2013. "Once the gong of the opening meditation had sounded in the stained glass-illuminated hall, the day unfolded like a cross between a spiritual retreat and an information-packed clinical conference. Most of the participants were professionals-doctors, nurses, social workers, and chaplains-working in the emerging fields of palliative care and hospice care. Their faces seemed to drink in the air of mindfulness and compassion. The questions they asked after the meditations, presentations, and panels helped explain why."

Meditation Experts Discuss The Real Secrets To Mindfulness At Work, The Huffington Post, March 12, 2014. “Once a niche activity for the spiritual set, meditation and mindfulness have made their way into the corporate world.... So what do the leaders of the mindfulness movement have to say about these shifts occurring in the workplace? During a panel discussion at the Rubin Museum on Monday co-hosted by the Garrison Institute, meditation expert Sharon Salzberg, Focus author Daniel Goleman and Janice Marturano, founder of the Mindful Leadership Institute, discussed the mindfulness at work phenomenon with host David Gelles, New York Times journalist and author of the upcoming book Mindful Work.

Climate Resilience – Deconstructing the new buzz word, by Cara Pike, Climate Access, May 10, 2013. “'Climate resiliency' is a new buzzword in environmental communications…Back in March, I had the pleasure of co-facilitating the Climate, Cities and Behavior Symposium at the Garrison Institute, a gathering of municipal and community leaders involved in climate and sustainability planning. The focus was on understanding the intersections between resiliency, sustainability and climate issues. It quickly became clear that while use of the term resiliency is rising, there are still a lot of issues to consider about what resiliency actually means and the pros and cons of using it to advance public understanding and engagement…"

“She Builds Resilient Communities,” by Teresa (Teri) Sivilli, Devex.com “She Builds” series, March 7, 2014. “Aid and development workers routinely get vaccinated for infectious diseases. But what can they do to inoculate themselves against some of the biggest occupational hazards offield deployments: stress and burnout? ….. Along with [a] growing awareness of the problem has come an emerging focus on building resilience as a solution…. The ability to bounce back derives from specific physiological traits and psychological habits and perspectives…. Those things can be identified, understood, and taught – and potentially learned – by anybody…”

Former Capuchin friary in Garrison transforms into meditative retreat, by Barbara Livingston Nackman, The Journal News, May 3, 2013. "It’s been 10 years since the Garrison Institute transformed a former Capuchin friary along the Hudson River into a spiritual center visited by those looking for a place to reflect and meditate. 'We wondered what can an old monastery give back to society in the 21st century and what would that look like,' says co-founder Diana Calthorpe Rose. 'And sitting here today I can say this is it.' .... 'The Roses cast a spell when they renovated this old friary. It had been somewhat run-down — on the market for a while, and had a third floor that was never used. It is labor of love that they put into it to make it what it is today — physically and program-wise,' says Open Space’s Chief Executive Officer Kim Elliman…"

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