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How mindfulness can help your children, by Barbara McMahon, The Times of London, January 11 2014. "Mindfulness, which first emerged in schools about ten years ago, is spreading steadily worldwide. The non-profit Garrison Institute in New York is one of many organisations in the US that has helped train thousands of students and teachers in mindfulness and contemplative learning. “There’s been an explosion of interest around this kind of work,” says Adi Flesher, a director at the institute. He says mindfulness reduces stress and helps children to feel more in charge of their lives…"
Earth Day Meal at Garrison Institute Raises Awareness of Urban Issues, by Kevin Foley, Philipstown.info/ The Paper, April 27, 2013. "[T]he Garrison Institute, together with its local food partner Fresh Company, hosted an evening of earth awareness combining fine, informal dining with a thought-provoking presentation…. Although speaking in an exurban redoubt, Rose’s principal concern was the integration of nature with growing urban populations (in this case New York City) amidst vast global shifts in both environmental and economic conditions. 'We need to figure out how do we build extraordinarily dense cities,' because he said over 70 percent of the world’s growing population will be in cities in the near future…"
Philip Glass 'In the Spirit': (audio) WNYC Leonard Lopate Show, October 23, 2013. 'Composer Philip Glass discusses 'In the Spirit,' a benefit concert for the Garrison Institute, at Town Hall. The concert features the New York premiere of 'Songs of Milarepa,' by Glass, as well as sacred music from the Renaissance; Mandingo kora music from Gambia, West Africa; Sufi music of the Middle East, and Wu Man performing Chinese traditional music and original music by Glass.'
Garrison’s ‘Monastery for the 21st Century’ Celebrates 10th Anniversary, by Pete Smith, Philipstown.info/The Paper, April 8, 2013. "During a recent weekday lunch hour at the Garrison Institute, retreat-goers milled quietly in the dining hall, gathering their plates and helping themselves to an elegantly arranged buffet of mozzarella panini, white bean and celery salad and other farm-fresh offerings… This was Day 5 of a silent retreat called Jesus — The Teachings of a Revolutionary Mystic… [G]atherings [like this] serve as examples of the diversity in contemplative-practice programming that the Garrison Institute has offered over the past decade…"
Should Teachers Be More Mindful? by Hana Maruyama, Education Week, October 29, 2013 ''A report published this fall in School Psychology Quarterly found that teachers who participated in a mindfulness program were better able to manage their classes and build relationships with students. The study was conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University and funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Educational Sciences. Using a sample of 50 teachers, it compared a control group of teachers with a group that went through the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education program, which aims to reduce stress by equipping teachers with mindfulness and emotional-competency skills...''
Being the Bridge, by Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell, Washington Post On Faith Blog, December 6, 2012. '''My tears are not because I am sad I am dying. I am just so disheartened that no one wants to talk to me about this… I wish someone would sit with me… and just be with me at this crucial time.' …. [There is a] growing interest in bringing contemplation into caregiving settings, and [in] a new field that applies contemplative approaches to end-of-life (EOL) and palliative care. 'Contemplative care' is what meditation practitioners bring to the bedside, integrating mindfulness practice, compassionate action, and moment-to-moment awareness into care, emphasizing well-being not only of patients but also of clinicians, family members and everyone involved in care."
Improving Classroom Learning Environments by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE): Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial, by Jennings, Patricia A.; Frank, Jennifer L.; Snowberg, Karin E.; Coccia, Michael A.; Greenberg, Mark T., School Psychology Quarterly, September 9, 2013. ''Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE for Teachers) is a mindfulness-based professional development program designed to reduce stress and improve teachers’ performance and classroom learning environments. A randomized controlled trial examined program efficacy and acceptability among a sample of 50 teachers…. Participation in the CARE program resulted in significant improvements in teacher well-being, efficacy, burnout/time-related stress, and mindfulness compared with controls…. Results suggest that the CARE program has promise to support teachers working in challenging settings and consequently improve classroom environments…''
Aiding the Doctor Who Feels Cancer’s Toll, by Jane E. Brody, The New York Times Personal Health Blog, November 26, 2012. "[The] question prompted Judy’s doctor to realize that what his patient needed most at the end of her life was not more chemotherapy, but for him to sit down with her, to promise to do his best to keep her comfortable and to be there for the rest of her days…. Dr. Diane E. Meier… keynote speaker this month at the Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium, organized by the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and the Garrison Institute… described contemplative care as 'the discipline of being present, of listening before acting."
Could Climate Campaigners’ Focus on Current Events be Counterproductive?, by Andrew Revkin, The New York Times, Dot Earth Blog, August 20, 2013. “The message these days has become all about extreme events, from the Frankenstorm to intense droughts… The merits and drawbacks of real-time and long-term arguments for addressing climate change were discussed at this year’s Climate, Mind and Behavior symposium at the Garrison Institute. Daniel Schrag, a prominent climate scientist at Harvard and member of President Obama’s committee of science and technology advisers, gave a talk making the case for climate action based on the extraordinarily clear and sobering body of science pointing to a profoundly transformed planet in coming centuries. Please watch his talk here…”
Interview with Philip Glass (audio), conducted by Sarah LaDuke, WAMC Public Radio, July 18, 2012. On the eve of his benefit concert at the Garrison Institute, the iconic contemporary composer discusses his 75th birthday year, his relationship with the Garrison Institute and his new opera, The Perfect American.
So the Darkness Shall Be the Light: Contemplative Care Comes of Age at a Symposium in Garrison, New York, by Joe Loizzo, Tricycle, Spring 2013. "Once the gong of the opening meditation had sounded in the stained glass-illuminated hall, the day unfolded like a cross between a spiritual retreat and an information-packed clinical conference. Most of the participants were professionals-doctors, nurses, social workers, and chaplains-working in the emerging fields of palliative care and hospice care. Their faces seemed to drink in the air of mindfulness and compassion. The questions they asked after the meditations, presentations, and panels helped explain why."
Living Proof, by Margot Sammurtok, Shambhala Sun, March 2012. "Does meditation work? The first place to look is our own lives. Margot Sammurtok talks to four people who say it’s made all the difference…. [Among them,] Isabel Adon, Social Worker, The Bronx: As she commutes to work in the Bronx, ninety minutes a day each way on public transit, Isabel Adon meditates and listens to mindfulness talks on her iPad…. Her first experience was a four-day silent retreat for people of color at the Garrison Institute, north of New York City. She was apprehensive but once there, Adon says, 'It just felt so right, like I always belonged, like there was something I always knew about but didn’t know how to access. We all have buddhanature, we just have to let it unfold.' …. Now a social worker in an inpatient children’s psychiatric hospital, Adon never knows when her world will be rocked…."
Climate Resilience – Deconstructing the new buzz word, by Cara Pike, Climate Access, May 10, 2013. “'Climate resiliency' is a new buzzword in environmental communications…Back in March, I had the pleasure of co-facilitating the Climate, Cities and Behavior Symposium at the Garrison Institute, a gathering of municipal and community leaders involved in climate and sustainability planning. The focus was on understanding the intersections between resiliency, sustainability and climate issues. It quickly became clear that while use of the term resiliency is rising, there are still a lot of issues to consider about what resiliency actually means and the pros and cons of using it to advance public understanding and engagement…"
Local Luminaries: Jonathan and Diana Rose, interview by Ann Hutton, Chronogram, April 27, 2012. Jonathan Rose on introducing contemplative practices to a forum of behavioral scientists, economists and environmentalists: "We have designed a series of reflective practices. Somebody speaks, and afterward instead of people running up, raising their hands, and getting into a debate, we’ll have five minutes of silence. We ask them to reflect on what they’ve heard and to write in their journals their ideas. When the discussion begins, it’s much more centered, grounded, and thoughtful….' Diana Rose on how to generate continued hope: 'At the heart of all contemplative practices is this deep connection to understanding that all life is interdependent. When you take the time—a moment of silence to be open and receptive to that—that’s really important. Whether it’s through prayer in church or in a meditation hall or sitting in your own living room chair—it’s the letting go of the constant grasping at 'me' to recognize we’re all interconnected. We cannot survive independently."
Former Capuchin friary in Garrison transforms into meditative retreat, by Barbara Livingston Nackman, The Journal News, May 3, 2013. "It’s been 10 years since the Garrison Institute transformed a former Capuchin friary along the Hudson River into a spiritual center visited by those looking for a place to reflect and meditate. 'We wondered what can an old monastery give back to society in the 21st century and what would that look like,' says co-founder Diana Calthorpe Rose. 'And sitting here today I can say this is it.' .... 'The Roses cast a spell when they renovated this old friary. It had been somewhat run-down — on the market for a while, and had a third floor that was never used. It is labor of love that they put into it to make it what it is today — physically and program-wise,' says Open Space’s Chief Executive Officer Kim Elliman…"
Work Less, Help Economy And Environment, by Lynne Peeples, Huffington Post, Feb. 24, 2012. "[In the US,] employers pay health care and other benefits per head rather than per hour, so they responded to competition and recession in the 1980s by pushing some people out of the labor market and working the remainder harder. The result: more people unemployed and larger incomes for the over-employed. If we reverse this trend, we might help tackle many of the problems facing society today, including climate change, Schor explained in her talk at the non-profit Garrison Institute's annual Climate, Mind and Behavior symposium in New York last week… [A] reduction of 10 percent in working hours could trim carbon footprints by 15 percent…"