To protect the health and well-being of our community, the Garrison Institute is taking a number of precautions against the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are monitoring information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and we have been supporting one another in adhering to strict guidelines of frequent hand washing, practicing respiratory etiquette, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and encouraging both guests and staff to stay home and rest if they are not feeling well.

We have been very careful to ensure the safety of our guests and staff, and thankfully have not yet identified the virus within our community or at our facility. But in light of the unpredictable nature of this time and the travel restrictions that have recently been put in place, we have decided to make a number of changes to our calendar over the next six weeks.

As of Thursday, March 12th the following retreats have been rescheduled or postponed:

  • March 13-15 : Search Inside Yourself – Postponed to July 10-12
  • March 18–22 : Altar of Creation – next retreats are July 8-12; November 3-8
  • March 20–22 : Mindfulness on the Spring Equinox – Rescheduled as “End of Summer / Learn to Meditate” Aug 21–23
  • March 20 – 22 : Living Meditation with Lawrence Edwards – Cancelled, next is Oct 30 – Nov 1
  • March 27 – 29 : Dragon’s Way Qi Gong – Cancelled, next retreats are June 5 – 7; September 11 – 13; November 6-8
  • March 29 – April 5 : Aware Presence with Rupert Spira – Cancelled, next retreat is Oct 11 – 18
  • April 5 – 7 : The New School (Private) – Postponed to October 18 – 20
  • April 9 – 12: Ordinary Mind Zendo – Postponed to July 9-12
  • April 10 – 12: Personal Retreat – Postponed to July 24 – 26
  • April 16 – 19: Loch Kelly: The Way of Effortless Mindfulness – Cancelled
  • April 26 – May 1: International Focusing Institute – Rescheduled to Aug 16 – 21
  • April 30 – May 3: Toko Kyudojo: Annual Kyudo Intensive w/Don Symanski – Cancelled
  • July 3 – 5: Transform Your Mind, Transform Your Life by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo – Cancelled

During this time of social distancing, we encourage you to take part in our online Community Programs:

  • In the spirit of holding space for community and connection, the Garrison Institute is offering a weekday noontime meditation, reading and discussion group on Zoom. These virtual gatherings will be led by Jane Kolleeny, Garrison Institute Director of Retreats, as well as guest teachers.
  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved our weekly Wednesday morning meditation online. This group will be led by our Retreats and Events Manager, Amy Ma.
  • Teresa Peppard’s Tai Chi classes are cancelled until further notice.

Our main offices are closed during this time and our staff is working remotely. We will be happy to provide additional information and to assist you in rescheduling or registering for a retreat later this year.

Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the opportunity to provide meaningful and accessible programming during this time of physical distancing. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution toward our efforts.

We will continue to share pertinent information with our community as it becomes available. In the meantime, please visit our blog for perspectives from our teachers on health and resilience in challenging times. We also invite you to subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for updates and to learn more about upcoming retreats.

May everyone in our community remain safe and healthy. We look forward to welcoming you to the Garrison Institute soon.

Jonathan Wiesner

Chief Executive Officer, Garrison Institute