Garrison Institute News

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For

“As long as a society meets in harmony and treats its members with respect will it prosper and not decline. As long as a society follows the wisdom of its elders, protects its vulnerable members such as women and children, as long as a society cares for the environment, will it prosper and not decline.” —Buddha We have just passed…

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The Path to a Regenerative Universe

The Garrison Institute brings together an unusual mix of constituents: contemplative and spiritual teachers, highly-credentialed academic scientists, and those working on new forms of social and environmental engagement. Together, we seek to better understand the mind and the many systems it inhabits, and to develop new pathways, rooted in a mix of both spiritual and secular understanding, that lead to…

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What is Contemplative Care?

This November 8th-11th, 2018, the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, in partnership with The Garrison Institute, will host the fourth biennial Contemplative Care Symposium. Since 2012, this Symposium has brought together leading voices in contemplative, end-of-life, and palliative care for four days of experiential learning and collaboration around a partnership model of care. Contemplative Care is a multi-faith,…

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Farming with Intent

Jocelyn Apicello is a local farmer who is trying to redefine who farmers are. She’s well-educated, with a Bachelor’s from Brown and a Doctorate from Columbia University, and she spends half her year farming her micro-farm in Phillipstown, New York. Longhaul Farm is the result of a conscious effort by Jocelyn and her partner, Jason Angell, to find a new…

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Contemplative Archery: First Shot Kyudo

As spring arrived in the Hudson Valley, the Garrison Institute staff was lucky enough to participate in a First Shot lesson with Toko Kyudojo to deepen our understanding of kyudo as a contemplative practice. We were taught by Don Symanski and instructors from Toko Kyudojo before they hosted their own private daylong kyudo retreat. Kyudo is an ancient Japanese archery technique…

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Living Without Division

When experience is shaped by thought, one’s predominant perspective is that of a self and world divided into shoulds and shouldn’ts, rights and wrongs, desires and aversions. Questioning this paradigm of living through the lens of divided thought can give way to our natural state, the ever-present mystery of being — free of judgment, lack, fear, and separation. You are…

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Garrison Institute Named Nonprofit of the Year

The Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce honored local businesses and organizations at its annual dinner on Wednesday, April 25, at Dutchess Manor on Route 9D. The Garrison Institute was named Nonprofit of the Year. Katie Liberman, Managing Director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, serves as the Chamber of Commerce president, and she presented the award for Nonprofit of the…

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Pathways to Planetary Health Symposium

On April 17-19, 2018, as part of our focus on Transformational and Contemplative Ecology, the Institute hosted a special symposium to explore the intersection between, and interdependency of, various systems perspectives that are working to restore our planet’s health and frame them within a framework of ethical equality.

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