Pathways to Planetary Health Forum: Paul Hawken & Jonathan F.P. Rose

By Elisabeth Preisinger

We continued the Garrison Institute Forum Series on Pathways to Planetary Health with a conversation between Paul Hawken, leading environmentalist, entrepreneur, author, and activist, and Garrison Institute Co-founder Jonathan F. P. Rose. These interactive Forum sessions aim to expand our understanding around how each of us can play a role in supporting a regenerative, just, and prosperous world, nurturing the health and…

Webinar: Being with Change with Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara

By Garrison Institute

In this webinar, Zen priest and teacher Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara offered a meditation and reflection on how we can understand and respond to the changes of the world today. We began with a meditation practice, after which Enkyo O’Hara shared some words of wisdom on meditation—how it can help us reconnect with our true selves, be less hindered by our egos and fears,…

Webinar: “Steps to Real Peace” with Dawa Tarchin Phillips

By Garrison Institute

In this webinar, mindfulness and meditation expert Dawa Tarchin Phillips shared five steps to cultivate peace, heal the mind, and transform the heart. These steps can help us nurture and sustain ourselves during these difficult times, equipping us to be a source of love and support for others. He began by acknowledging the challenges of this moment, ranging from COVID-19…

Webinar: “Tending to the Emotional Body” with Leslie Booker

By Garrison Institute

Whatever name we attach to our emotions, whether anger, fear, grief, or sadness, we need to move this energy through our bodies so that it doesn’t set up residence and start colonizing our hearts and minds. It’s imperative for us to scream, shout, cry, create art, lift our voices, and most importantly, to rest, so that we can feel our…

Webinar: “Dharma and Racial Injustice” with Atman Smith, Andres Gonzalez, and Ali Smith

By Garrison Institute

Co-Founders of the Holistic Life Foundation Ali Smith, Atman Smith, and Andres Gonzales engaged in a conversation about racial injustice in our society. They discussed the racism that is capturing the attention of the world and how contemplative practices can inform our response to it. The session began with a “stress breath” practice, designed to help one hit the reset button,…

“An Hour of Contemplation for our Time” with Mary Anne Best

By Garrison Institute

Mary Anne Best, a practitioner of Centering Prayer, facilitated an hour of contemplation to help bind the wounds and anxieties being experienced right now. She opened with a quote from Fr. Thomas Keating: “By opening yourself in contemplation, you are praying for everyone past, present, and future. You are embracing the whole of creation. You are accepting everyone, everything, all…

Webinar: Ethan Nichtern in Conversation with Jane Kolleeny

By Garrison Institute

Celebrated Buddhist teacher and author Ethan Nichtern joined Garrison Institute Retreats Director Jane Kolleeny for a conversation about some of the profound, often painful, and life-changing lessons being learned from the global pandemic and its effects on our psychological state of mind. They began by exploring the Buddhist teaching of groundlessness and its connection to this moment, as Nichtern said:…

Webinar: “The Unshakable Core: Growing Calm Strength for Turbulent Times” with Rick Hanson

By Garrison Institute

The deepest roots of the highest happiness are in the living body. At the intersection of modern science, ancient wisdom, and practice—which could be called “neurodharma”—we can find very effective tools for resilient well-being. In this live webinar, psychologist and best-selling author Rick Hanson explained the foundations of neurodharma and the transformative potential it has to protect, nurture, and free…