Garrison Institute News

In Memory of Rachel Cowan

In the summer of 2001, I received a call from Rabbi Zalman Schachter. The JCC of the Upper West Side, being built in Manhattan, was planning on creating a meditation room. Would I join a group of Jewish meditators for a design session, to envision what a Jewish meditation room would look like?  Rabbi Rachel Cowan was one of the…

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A Fond Farewell

When the Garrison Institute staff gathered at Dolly’s Restaurant on a warm Thursday afternoon, the feeling in the air was a mix of celebration and sadness. After fifteen years of dedication, Linda Downey, our events manager, was retiring. We came together to honor her work ethic, her commitment, and most of all, her faithful, generous, and beautiful presence in our…

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Experts Unite to Discuss Mindfulness and Healthy Workplace Culture

The Garrison Institute and IWBI (International WELL Building Institute) have a shared goal of fostering healthy, mindful, and resilient individuals, organizations, and communities. Earlier this summer, the Garrison Institute and IWBI brought together a group of experts for a special type of dinner party–a Jeffersonian dinner centered around the WELL Mind concept (Mind), one of the ten concepts of the WELL Building…

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Meet Our New Development Director

Amanda comes to us most recently as the principal/founder of Avant Grand Consulting where she enjoyed several years working with various non-profit organizations and start-up businesses helping them with fundraising and grant writing, organizational development, strategic planning, educational/best practice workshops, and public relations.  She has also served as the Chief Development Officer for the FoolProof Foundation and the Walter Cronkite…

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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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