A listing of events that have taken place at the Garrison Institute in recent months.
Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality Thursday, March 5 – Thursday, March 12 Open to the public A profound exploration of the perennial, non-dual understanding in relation to our direct experience.
Krishna Das: Heart of Devotion Retreat Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15 » Register Now Open to the public A weekend retreat of yoga, chanting and devotional heart-opening practices. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with a group of dedicated seekers and immerse yourself in practices, teachings and discussions.
5Rhythms: Waves Teacher Training Tuesday, March 31 – Thursday, April 9 With prerequisites 5Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice—a practice of being in your body—that ignites creativity, connection, and community.
Downtown Meditation Community: Three-Day Retreat Friday, January 16 – Monday, January 19 With prerequisites For Downtown Meditation Community members. Insight meditation allowing participants to experience a deepening of inner silence in a supportive environment.
All Souls Spiritual Retreat: Creating Space for Connection & Growth in the New Year Friday, January 23 – Sunday, January 25 With prerequisites All Souls invites congregants and friends of the congregation to participate in a two-day spiritual retreat at the beautiful Garrison Institute. Organized by Rev. Lissa Gundlach and Student Minister Stephanie Gannon, the retreat will be on the theme of creating space for connection and growth in the new year and will include worship, fellowship, yoga and meditation, and ample free time for personal reflection.
Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium Thursday, November 6 – Sunday, November 9 » Register Now Open to the public Join leading experts in palliative, hospice and contemplative care to discover how contemplative care techniques can improve healing and reduce suffering. Presented by New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and the Garrison Institute.
Barry Magid: Ordinary Mind Zendo Retreat Wednesday, November 12 – Sunday, November 16 With prerequisites An intensive Zen retreat with psychoanalyst and Zen teacher Barry Magid, illuminating the barriers to "just sitting."
A Yoga Retreat for Women: Supporting Ourselves and Each Other Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12 Open to the public Led by Ingrid A. Marcroft, Co-Founder of Upper West Side Yoga and Wellness, come experience the refuge of a warm and supportive circle of powerful women as we practice, share and restore together.
Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend Friday, October 24 – Sunday, October 26 Open to the public A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.
Jane Genshin Shuman: Twining Vines Sangha Retreat Friday, October 31 – Sunday, November 2 With prerequisites A silent retreat emphasizing meditation, work practice, Dharma talks, chanting service, and the opportunity to meet privately with the teacher.
Creating a Compassionate World: The Power of One Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14 Open to the public Six leading contemplative activists lead participants in reflection, dialogue and group skill-building to cultivate an engaged spirituality and deepening practice. Saturday daylong option available.
The New Seminary: Fall Intensive Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14 By invitation The New Seminary's graduating/ordination participants take their final vows and prepare for ordination.
Mirabai Bush and Gopi Kallayil: Search Inside Yourself Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3 Open to the public Developed at Google and based on the latest in neuroscience research, this program offers attention and mindfulness training that build the core emotional intelligence skills and effective leadership.
Dar Williams: Writing a Song That Matters Friday, August 29 – Tuesday, September 2 With prerequisites A workshop with singer/songwriter Dar Williams focused on writing songs that express what we really want to say.
The New York Intensive in Nonviolent Communication Saturday, July 19 – Saturday, July 26 Open to the public An intensive program for Non Violent Communication (NVC) skills, designed to accommodate the needs of persons at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Mind and Life Summer Research Institute: Transforming Craving Sunday, June 15 – Saturday, June 21 By invitation The weeklong event includes academic presentations, informal breakout groups, and periods of meditation each day, as well as a one-day silent retreat. This summer we will examine the issue of craving and its possible transformation.
Dar Williams: Writing a Song That Matters Monday, June 23 – Friday, June 27 With prerequisites A workshop with singer/songwriter Dar Williams focused on writing songs that express what we really want to say.
Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29 Open to the public A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.
Self-Realization Fellowship: Regional Weekend Retreat Friday, May 16 – Sunday, May 18 With prerequisites A weekend of spiritual fellowship, dwelling on the Self-Realization teachings of meditation and concentration, and the art of living, as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda.
GreenFaith: Fellowship Spirit Retreat Monday, May 19 – Thursday, May 22 By invitation A retreat for members of Greenfaith's Fellowship Program focusing on the core values of Spirit, Justice and Stewardship.
Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for Humanitarian Aid Workers Wednesday, May 21 – Sunday, May 25 With prerequisites A skills-based, secular program held in West Cork, Ireland that empowers humanitarian aid workers to create healthy and vibrant workplaces, affirming their resilience and ability to thrive, even in the face of challenging or overwhelming experiences. A program of the Garrison Institute's Transforming Trauma Initiative.
Kresge Foundation and the Garrison Institute: Climate, Cities and Behavior Symposium Tuesday, May 27 – Thursday, May 29 By invitation The Garrison Institute Climate Mind and Behavior program, in partnership with the Kresge Foundation, will convene local government representatives and service providers from around the country to address how they can be most effective at helping municipalities take action on climate change.
Rimay Monlam: Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Gathering Friday, May 30 – Monday, June 2 Open to the public A special time for meditation, inspiration, celebration and consecration, centered around recitations from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition performed by the assembly of practitioners.
Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for Humanitarian Aid Workers Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 11 With prerequisites A skills-based, secular program that empowers humanitarian aid workers to create healthy and vibrant workplaces, affirming their resilience and ability to thrive, even in the face of challenging or overwhelming experiences. A program of the Garrison Institute's Transforming Trauma Initiative.
A Modern Earth Day Meal Thursday, April 24 Open to the public Join us for a convivial dinner with a menu prepared by Fresh Company and a talk by veteran environmental journalist Andy Revkin, "An Earth Day for the Age of Man: Embracing the Anthropocene."
Dan Siegel: Soul and Synapse - The Integration of Science and Spirituality Friday, April 25 – Sunday, April 27 Open to the public A workshop illuminating the importance of meaning, connection and equanimity in our lives. Participants will engage in scientifically inspired experiential exercises that reveal the deep nature of our subjective inner and interpersonal being.
Kirtan with Krishna Das Saturday, March 1 – Saturday, March 1 Open to the public Krishna Das masterfully layers traditional Hindu kirtan call-and-response chanting with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation.
Mindfulness at Work, A Panel Discussion Monday, March 10 – Monday, March 10 Open to the public March 10th 7:00 pm at the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York City, with Sharon Salzberg, Janice Marturano and Daniel Goleman, moderated by David Gelles
Barry Magid: Ordinary Mind Zendo Retreat Wednesday, March 12 – Sunday, March 16 With prerequisites An intensive Zen retreat with psychoanalyst and Zen teacher Barry Magid, illuminating the barriers to "just sitting."
Asylum Arts: International Jewish Artists Retreat Sunday, March 23 – Wednesday, March 26 By invitation Sixty five emerging Jewish artists from around the world come together to learn from industry professionals, working artists, and from each other.
Open Gate Sangha: Retreat with Mukti Thursday, March 27 – Sunday, March 30 Open to the public A silent three day retreat to nurture our most essential nature and will include meditation, talks and satsang (questions and answer) sessions with Mukti.
Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend Friday, March 28 – Sunday, March 30 Open to the public A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.
The Orange Box: A Conversation with Thomas Moore Monday, March 31 – Wednesday, April 2 Open to the public A retreat led by author Thomas Moore, celebrating the soul's yearning for home. By becoming more in tune with your unique sense of place, you will leave refreshed and able to help others discern where they belong.
The Dynamic Neural Retraining System: A 5 day Rehabilitation Retreat Monday, March 31 – Friday, April 4 Open to the public DNRS is a neuroplasticity based intervention that combines cognitive, emotion and behavior-based methodologies to downgrade the brain’s maladapted chronic stress response through rewiring limbic system circuits in the brain.
Sensei Ray Ruzan Cicetti: Bare Bones Winter Sesshin Wednesday, February 12 – Sunday, February 16 With prerequisites Sesshin is an opportunity to deepen one's practice, strengthened by the presence of others doing the same. This sesshin includes sitting, walking meditation, and dharma talks.
The Potential Project: Training Certificate Program Saturday, February 22 – Friday, February 28 By invitation Corporate based mindfulness training providing individuals with the tools, resources and knowledge to be certified as a Potential Project trainer.
Krishna Das: Heart of Devotion Retreat Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 2 Open to the public Explore the spiritual path with call-and-response chanting, stories about Das' beloved guru, Sri Neem Karoli Baba, and discussions about life.
Kirtan with Krishna Das Friday, February 28 – Friday, February 28 Open to the public Krishna Das masterfully layers traditional Hindu kirtan call-and-response chanting with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation.
Princeton Religious Life Council Winter Retreat Sunday, January 26 – Friday, January 31 By invitation A private retreat of the The Religious Life Council, a fellowship of Princeton University students committed to fostering conversation between all religious faiths at Princeton as well as at the national and international levels.