Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend Friday, November 8 – Sunday, November 10 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.
Practicing Justice: Transformation for Social Change Thursday, November 21 – Sunday, November 24 By invitation A contemplative-based gathering of social justice activists exploring the present state of the field and serve as a gathering place for friends and allies to strengthen ties, tell their stories, explore commonalities, and examine differences.
Nathan Cummings Foundation: 2030 Faith in America Challenge Monday, October 7 – Thursday, October 10 With prerequisites A forum of young leaders gathered to explore strategies to create a U.S. society by the year 2030 where our religious diversity leads us to act collaboratively for a more just, fair and compassionate country.
Gelek Rimpoche: Jewel Heart Annual Fall Retreat Friday, October 11 – Monday, October 14 Open to the public Renowned Tibetan Buddhist master Gelek Rimpoche uniquely shares his deep understanding of the profound and vast tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
Creative Joy Retreat Thursday, October 24 – Monday, October 28 Open to the public Creative yoga, meditation, writing and photography workshops designed to help ground ourselves into the present moment and tap into the stream of joy that lives within us. A retreat for women led by Jennifer Louden, Marianne Elliott and Tracey Clark.
In the Spirit Benefit Concert, NYC Thursday, October 24 – Thursday, October 24 Open to the public Under the artistic direction of Philip Glass, In the Spirit celebrates great spiritual and cultural traditions stretching from Tibet and China to Africa, the Middle East, and the West. Featured are the NYC premiere of Glass’s Songs of Milarepa with Gregory Purnhagen and Nelson Padgett, and performances by Pomerium, Riyaaz Qawwali, Foday Musa Suso, Omar Faruk Tekbilek , Wu Man and the Scorchio Quartet. Also featuring a special performance by Philip Glass with Foday Musa Suso.
5Rhythms Teacher Training Sunday, September 1 – Monday, September 9 By invitation Seeking the answer within awakens the witness and learning to witness our own “melodrama” is our saving grace.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Eight Week Course with Dr. Sharn Rocco Wednesday, September 18 – Wednesday, November 6 Open to the public An 8-week stress reduction program designed to provide participants with the necessary skills and understanding needed to find relief in the midst of stress associated with the demands of work, illness, relationships, pain, trauma and loss.
Dar Williams: Writing a Song That Matters Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9 Open to the public A workshop with acclaimed local singer/songwriter Dar Williams focusing on writing songs that express what we really want to say.
Eighth Annual Focusing Institute Summer School Friday, August 16 – Thursday, August 22 Open to the public Focusing teaches you to dip into the implicit treasures of your body wisdom to develop an "emotional muscle" to deal with difficult situations that consist of fear, stress and frustration.
Barry Magid: Ordinary Mind Zendo Retreat Wednesday, July 10 – Sunday, July 14 With prerequisites An intensive Zen retreat with psychoanalyst and Zen teacher Barry Magid, illuminating the barriers to "just sitting."
Westchester Buddhist Center: Annual Silent Retreat Friday, July 12 – Friday, July 19 Open to the public A week-long silent meditation retreat consisting of sitting and walking meditation interspersed with dharma talks, readings and interviews with the teachers.
Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for Humanitarian Aid Workers Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21 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 Garrison Institute Transforming Trauma Initiative.
Mind & Life Summer Research Institute: Mapping the Mind Saturday, June 15 – Friday, June 21 By invitation An annual research initiative to advance collaborative research among scientists, contemplative scholars and contemplative practitioners, based on a process of inquiry and dialogue.
Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12 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 17 – Sunday, May 19 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 20 – Thursday, May 23 By invitation Focusing on sacred texts, religious teachings, liturgical resources, and spiritual practices related to the environment.
Rimay Monlam: Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Gathering Friday, May 31 – Monday, June 3 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.
An Urban Earth Day Meal Thursday, April 18 – Thursday, April 18 Open to the public Join us for a talk and a convivial dinner in the Garrison Institute dining room. Jonathan Rose will talk about green urbanism, a movement that is making for healthier cities. Our menu is filled with classic NYC dishes.
David Frenette: Centered Life, Mindful Life Friday, March 15 – Thursday, March 21 Open to the public A Special Weekend Retreat on Centering Prayer with the Sacred Breath or a 7-day retreat on Centering Prayer and Sacred Mindfulness
Krishna Das: Heart of Devotion Retreat Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 3 Open to the public Explorations of the spiritual path with stories from Krishna Das, kirtan (devotional chanting) and yoga asana practice.
Kirtan with Krishna Das Friday, February 1 – Friday, February 1 Open to the public Krishna Das masterfully layers traditional Hindu kirtan call-and-response chanting with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation.
Kirtan with Krishna Das Saturday, February 2 – Saturday, February 2 Open to the public Krishna Das masterfully layers traditional Hindu kirtan call-and-response chanting with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation.
Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend Friday, February 8 – Sunday, February 10 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.
Sensei Ray Ruzan Cicetti: Empty Bowl Zendo Retreat Friday, February 15 – Sunday, February 17 Open to the public Sesshin is an opportunity to deepen one's practice, through group activity, and an inspiring spiritual experience for everyone, irrespective of previous experience and religious affiliation.
CARE for Teachers: Facilitator Training Development Meeting Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24 By invitation A program of the Garrison Institute's Contemplative Teaching and Learning Initiative, the goal of this training is to meet the growing demand for certified CARE facilitators across the country.
Barry Magid: Ordinary Mind Zendo Retreat Wednesday, February 27 – Sunday, March 3 With prerequisites An intensive Zen retreat with psychoanalyst and Zen teacher Barry Magid, illuminating the barriers to "just sitting."
Lay Zen Teachers Association: Annual Meeting Friday, January 18 – Sunday, January 20 By invitation A meeting for those who have been formally entrusted to teach in their respective Zen lineages and who have chosen to teach not as priests but as lay people.
Princeton Religious Life Council Winter Retreat Saturday, January 26 – Thursday, 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.
Russell Delman: Embodied Life Winter Retreat Thursday, December 6 – Sunday, December 9 Open to the public Three days of meditation, movement, and somatic practices to help guide us back to our "Essential Self" - a quality of connectedness to life that is whole, complete and authentic.
Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium Thursday, November 8 – Sunday, November 11 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 Garrison Institute.