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Calendar of Retreats and Gatherings

January, 2016

February, 2016

  • Still Mind Zendo Retreat
    Friday, February 5 – Sunday, February 7
    Open to the public
    This weekend of silent meditation with a warm and supportive community of Zen practitioners, and open to all, includes an Introduction to Zen component, an opportunity to meet privately with one of our teachers, dharma talks and time for reflection.
  • Three-Day Insight Meditation Retreat
    Friday, February 5 – Monday, February 8
    With prerequisites
    For Downtown Meditation Community members only. A three-day insight meditation retreat. The retreat is held in the traditional insight meditation form, with periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation and dharma talks.
  • Somatic Experiencing Advanced I Training
    Thursday, February 18 – Wednesday, February 24
    By invitation
    Learn about the relationship of trauma to various clinical syndromes, further integrate SE theory and practice into the specialty area of the therapist, SE bodywork in working with the different categories of trauma, application of research in the psychophysiology of trauma, the ‘art’ of therapy.
  • Tranquil Spirit
    Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28
    Open to the public
    For mothers grieving the loss of their children—any age—and seeking connection.

March, 2016

April, 2016

  • The Dragon's Way-Deep Dive Intensive With Master Nan Lu
    Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 3
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    Open to the public
    A focused Qigong weekend retreat - The Dragon’s Way Deep Dive program brings the body back to balance using the principles of traditional Chinese medicine.
  • The Wisdom of Aging with Grace: A Multifaith Exploration
    Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10
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    Open to the public
    Zen teacher Norman Fischer, Rabbi Rachel Cowan, and Father Tom Ryan offer wisdom and tools from each of their diverse spiritual traditions to help us understand ourselves more clearly and make choices that will promote wellbeing.
  • Living from Open-Hearted Awareness
    Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10
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    Open to the public
    This retreat, based on the practices from Loch Kelly’s book Shift Into Freedom, is designed to help you rest deeply as your true nature, which is wide awake. You will learn simple practices to take home and live from Open-Hearted Awareness.
  • Actualizing a Realizational Practice: Zen Meditation & Psychoanalysis
    Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10
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    Open to the public
    This practice-oriented retreat is specially tailored to psychoanalysts & psychotherapists in a format framed in the holding environment of a traditional Soto Zen retreat format. Participants will engage in intense meditation and discuss clinical implications through the lens of Zen and psychoanalysis with an emphasis on Eihei Dogen and Wilfred Bion.
  • Waking Up Free, Whole, and Fabulous: Healing Within and In the World (LGBTIQ Retreat)
    Thursday, April 14 – Sunday, April 17
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    Open to the public
    The Buddha’s teachings invite us to wake up to what is true within ourselves and the world. On this silent retreat, we cultivate mindfulness to see clearly what is unfolding in our bodies, hearts, and minds. We nurture compassion and equanimity to meet whatever is arising with caring and balance.
  • Healing Through The Body And Breath: A Yoga Therapy Perspective
    Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24
    Open to the public
    In this Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy retreat we will experience and look at the potency of working with the first two koshas, (layers of the self) — the physical body and the breath body in order to address imbalance and promote physical health and well-being.
  • Toko Kyudojo: Annual Spring Kyudo Retreat
    Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24
    With prerequisites
    Informal retreat with a focus on practice. Rotating instructors will offer corrections on the form. Talks will be short and optional.
  • Mindful Classroom: A Retreat for Educators
    Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1
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    Open to the public
    Rest and Renew: A weekend retreat for educators who are interested in deepening their own mindfulness practice. The weekend will also provide opportunity to share classroom stories and learn from other mindful educators.
  • Create Your Legacy – Unearth Your Luscious Legend
    Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1
    Open to the public
    Access your soul’s intuitive intelligence through nature’s wisdom and our unique mapping method in order to create motivation and courage for forward motion. Join us for a nourishing and fun weekend of exploration, discovery and connection. Activities include archery, art, meditation, singing bowls, nature walk and more.
  • Trauma: Embodiment, Synchrony and Finding Your Voice
    Friday, April 29 – Monday, May 2
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    Open to the public
    In this experiential and didactic workshop, Bessel van der Kolk, MD joins with singer-songwriters Mary Gauthier, Amy Speace, and Licia Sky, and Shakespearean actors Bill Watson, Nancy Smith-Watson, and Jim Tasse of Feast of Crispian, as they share their knowledge and experiences—to explore the powerful transformative effects of synchronized activity and embodied voice through music and theater.

May, 2016

  • Potential Project North America Trainer Training
    Monday, May 2 – Sunday, May 8
    By invitation
    Potential Project’s vision is to contribute to a more peaceful world by helping people and organizations develop their highest potential to be present, effective, kind, and wise. This trainer training invites qualified persons to become certified in Corporate Based Mindfulness Training (CBMT) and join our global team of trainers and consultants.
  • Mindful Lawyering: A Meditation Retreat for Law Students and Law Professionals
    Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8
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    Open to the public
    In this four-day, three-night retreat, we will engage in extended silent meditation practice, and explore through talks and facilitated discussions how mindfulness can enrich our lives and our work as lawyers, as well as support efforts to bring about a more humane and compassionate judicial system.
  • Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend
    Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8
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    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.
  • Barry Magid: Ordinary Mind Zendo Retreat
    Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8
    Open to the public
    This intensive Zen retreat will be led by Zen teacher Barry Magid and will offer the opportunity for personal interviews and instruction with the teacher. Prior Zen sitting experience is required.
  • Working Creatively with Conflict: Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training
    Wednesday, May 11 – Sunday, May 15
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    Open to the public
    Learn how to support parties working through conflict or engaging in other important conversations in a different way. Our Understanding-Based model focuses on guiding parties to make knowing and informed choices together in a respectful manner.
  • Dharmapunx | iBme: Really Getting to Know Yourself: Recognizing and Befriending the Many Parts of the Mind
    Thursday, May 12 – Sunday, May 15
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    Open to the public
    Early Buddhist philosophy and many modern psychological systems view the heart-mind as a complex system of multiple sub-personalities each with differing agendas. Some parts worry, others achieve, scold, seek pleasure, offer comfort or criticism. In this retreat we'll explore how to identify the various inner parts and how to integrate these impulses in practice and life.
  • Self-Realization Fellowship: Regional Weekend Retreat
    Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22
    With prerequisites
    A silent retreat that includes classes on Paramahansa Yogananda’s teaching, group meditations, kirtan, and inspirational talks. Students are encouraged to use the ample free time for personal meditation, introspection and deep reflection.
  • GreenFaith: Fellowship Spirit Retreat
    Monday, May 23 – Thursday, May 26
    By invitation
    Private Event/By Invitation Only
  • The Chemistry of Connection in our Individual, Collective, and Natural Worlds
    Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30
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    Open to the public
    This workshop integrates four perspectives on the chemistry of connection, with Daniel Goleman, Tara Goleman, Bob Sadowski and Aaron Wolf.
  • School for Awakening: Dancing on the Razor’s Edge
    Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30
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    Open to the public
    In this retreat you're invited to ground yourself in your natural state of inherent wakefulness and peace and then explore your razor's edge, the places where you get stuck or fixated as consciousness moves to express itself in form. Includes teachings, pointing-out instructions, guided meditations, dialogue, and self-inquiry.
  • IAM Heart: The Powers of Meditation
    Friday, May 27 – Wednesday, June 1
    Open to the public
    Expand consciousness through five stages with group support to touch the goal of Illumination. We use the method of Heart Rhythm Meditation in which consciousness rides on the energy of breath, modulated by mystical sound, to develop the extraordinary qualities of insight and power, from pure Light and Love.

June, 2016

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation: Opening the Heart with Master Nan Lu
    Thursday, June 2 – Sunday, June 5
    With prerequisites
    A unique “Qi Weekend” which brings together students who are studying Wu Ming Qigong, a system that descends directly from Lao Tzu and Chuan Tze, under the guidance of Nan Lu, OM
  • 2016 Mind and Life Summer Research Institute
    Saturday, June 11 – Friday, June 17
    With prerequisites
    The 2016 Mind and Life Summer Research Institute (MLSRI) will be devoted to the theme of People, Place, and Practice: Putting Contemplative Studies into Context, and its relevance for basic mental processes as well as effects of contemplative practices.
  • Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality
    Friday, June 17 – Friday, June 24
    Open to the public
    A profound exploration of the perennial, non-dual understanding in relation to our direct experience.
  • Writing a Song That Matters with Dar Williams
    Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1
    Open to the public
    This is for every level of songwriter, really for anyone who wants to write a song that matters to themselves, their loved ones (including pets!) and/or the world.

July, 2016

August, 2016

September, 2016

October, 2016

  • Meditation Retreat on Shamatha and Vipashyana in the Dzogchen Tradition
    Saturday, October 1 – Friday, October 7
    Open to the public
    Shamatha is a type of contemplative technology designed to cultivate our attention and introspective skills, and vipashyana is a contemplative science designed to provide insight into the nature of the mind and its role in nature. Drawing on the pith instructions of the Dzogchen master Dudjom Lingpa and Dudjom Rinpoche, Alan will offer guidance in these core meditative practices within the theoretical framework of the Great Perfection.
  • Real Love: Bringing the Path to Your Relationships
    Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30
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    Open to the public
    Join Sharon Salzberg and Ethan Nichtern for a weekend retreat exploring Love and Relationship. Learn how to navigate the complex relationships of family, friends, partnership and work with the tools of meditation. Sharon and Ethan offer practical wisdom from a lifetime of meditation experience to transform the way you love.
  • 4-Night Silent Retreat with Mukti
    Sunday, October 30 – Thursday, November 3
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    Open to the public
    Mukti offers silent retreats to nurture the emergence of spirit into consciousness. To support this intention, this retreat includes several periods of daily meditation as well as two talks by Mukti with opportunity for dialogue with her.

November, 2016

  • Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium
    Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6
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    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.
  • God is Love: A Journey into the Heart of Creation
    Friday, November 11 – Thursday, November 17
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    Open to the public
    A time apart to listen, to reflect, to be still and come to know deeply that everything in the universe – everything our senses observe and technology uncovers at the highest level of infinitude and the deepest levels of the infinitesimal – is prophetic witness of the Divine.

 

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