Like many of our allies in the American contemplative community, Garrison Institute has a longstanding commitment to the role of contemplative practice in communities of color and to the deepest involvement of people of color in our contemplative endeavors. We held two major retreats for people of color in our first two years, 2003 and 2004. Key parts of the work of our initiatives, particularly in the Wellness Project and in our programs for educators like CARE for Teachers, have emphasized service with, in and for communities of color. And we intend to deepen this commitment in the years ahead, so it gives us great pleasure to be offering “Living in the Light of Divine Sanity: A Retreat for People of Color” with Gina Sharpe, August 31 to September 2, 2012. Gina Sharpe, who is a Garrison Institute board member, described how she became convinced of the need for retreats for people of color in a 2004 interview in Tricycle magazine, “Does Race Matter in the Meditation Hall?” – still well worth reading.