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Calendar of Retreats and Gatherings

August, 2015

September, 2015

October, 2015

  • Spontaneous Mindfulness: Sensory Awareness Foundation
    Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11
    Open to the public
    To be present—fully present—is to meet the world with natural mindfulness, and with increased vitality and ease. The practice of Sensory Awareness allows us to find this presence through simple experiments in active awareness that can reach to the very core of our being—body, heart, and mind.
  • A Yoga Retreat for Women: Practical Gratitude
    Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11
    Open to the public
    Ingrid A. Marcroft, Co-Owner of Upper West Side Yoga and Wellness, will lead and fully participate in this warm and supportive circle of powerful women as we practice, share and restore together. All levels of yoga practice are welcome.
  • Threshold Society: Cultivating Heartfulness
    Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11
    Open to the public
    Exploring the Fundamental Principles by Which We Can Sustain Openness, Objectivity, Compassion, and Spiritual Perception
  • Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality
    Monday, October 12 – Monday, October 19
    Open to the public
    A profound exploration of the perennial, non-dual understanding in relation to our direct experience.
  • Institute for Mindful Leadership: Cultivating Leadership Presence through Mindfulness ©
    Wednesday, October 21 – Sunday, October 25
    Open to the public
    Cultivating Leadership Presence through Mindfulness © is a 4 day residential retreat that invites organizational leaders to explore mindfulness meditation training in the context of leadership excellence. The retreat invites leaders to "train the mind" just as an athlete leverages specialized training to "train the body."
  • New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care: Three Poisons and Three Medicines in Caregiving
    Thursday, October 22 – Sunday, October 25
    Open to the public
    A four-day training retreat for healthcare professionals and volunteers with Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell with Dorothy Dai En Friedman.
  • How To Be Happy and Free When the World is on Fire
    Wednesday, October 28 – Tuesday, November 3
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    Open to the public
    We all can be consumed by the difficult problems in our lives and their intersection with the larger world. In this retreat, Rinpoche will teach on how to find inner peace and open our minds and hearts through the Tibetan Buddhist teachings of Dzogchen.
  • The Path of the Initiator: Freedom in a Narrow Frame
    Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1
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    Open to the public
    A fall retreat for people who are turning a new leaf. Ready to make a dent in the universe?

November, 2015

  • Rockwood Leadership Institute: The Art of Leadership
    Monday, November 2 – Friday, November 6
    Open to the public
    The Art of Leadership is a five-day intensive residential retreat that teaches powerful visioning, listening, speaking, presentation, team-building and feedback skills to emerging and established social change leaders.
  • Deepening Your Yoga Practice: Autumn Retreat
    Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8
    Open to the public
    In this contemplative Autumnal retreat you will have the opportunity to deeply connect with body, breath and spirt through yoga, meditation and deep relaxation. Ani and Rachel are seasoned workshop leaders who create a warm and supportive community and assist students at all levels of yoga and meditation experience to benefit from the retreat.
  • Focusing Institute: The Advanced and Certification Weeklong
    Friday, November 6 – Thursday, November 12
    With prerequisites
    The Weeklong is an advanced training to honor and welcome newly certified Focusing professionals into the Focusing community while giving them an opportunity to gain advanced skills.
  • Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for Humanitarian Aid Workers
    Monday, November 9 – Friday, November 13
    With prerequisites
    For humanitarian aid workers and human rights staffers in the field and at headquarters. You chose this all-important line of work for a reason, and you’ve grown accustomed to both the sacrifices and the rewards. But have you taken steps to ensure your mental and emotional well-being and insulate yourself from the stresses of your work?
  • Barry Magid: Ordinary Mind Zendo Retreat
    Thursday, November 12 – Sunday, November 15
    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.
  • Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend
    Thursday, November 12 – Sunday, November 15
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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.
  • Twining Vines: Sesshin
    Friday, November 13 – Sunday, November 15
    With prerequisites
    Twining Vines sesshin, a weekend Zen meditation retreat.
  • Roshi Janet Jiryu Abels and Sensei Gregory Hosho Abels: Still Mind Zendo Retreat
    Friday, November 13 – Sunday, November 15
    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.
  • 2015 Benefit Dinner
    Friday, November 13 – Friday, November 13
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    Open to the public
    Please join the Garrison Institute and Special Guests in honoring Sharon Salzberg and Rachel Cowan for their extraordinary leadership as teachers and transformational change agents.
  • Somatic Experiencing Advanced II Training
    Tuesday, November 17 – Monday, November 23
    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.
  • Garrison Talks at the JCC: Mindfulness in the Workplace with David Gelles, Eileen Fisher and Janice Marturano
    Thursday, November 19 – Thursday, November 19
    Open to the public
    An evening with David Gelles, Eileen Fisher and Janice Marturano about Mindfulness in the Workplace
  • Cultivating Courage: A Pre-Chanukah Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
    Sunday, November 29 – Thursday, December 3
    Open to the public
    This primarily silent, Jewish mindfulness meditation retreat will explore the ways in which Chanukah teachings shed light on the internal dynamics of cultivating courage in a world that can be quite dark. Led by Rabbis Rachel Cowan, Sheila Peltz Weinberg and Jordan Bendat-Appell.

December, 2015

January, 2016

  • Dzogchen Winter Meditation Retreat with Lama Surya Das
    Saturday, January 2 – Saturday, January 9
    Open to the public
    We are all Buddhas by nature—we only have to awaken and recognize who we are and how we fit naturally in this world. Lama Surya Das teaches the View, Meditation and Compassionate Action of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen), inspiring heart-essence pithy instructions passed down in this contemplative tradition for many centuries.

 

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