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September 1, 2022—September 5, 2022

In Person: A Meaningful Life: Discovering a Deeper Sense of Purpose Towards a Life Worth Living

To attend a retreat or event: all guests, teachers, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 including any eligible boosters. If this is not an option, a medical exemption with documentation from a doctor is required,  a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours AND a personal quarantine for 72 hours before arriving on site. 
We will continue to follow any COVID-19 guidelines set forth by our local officials, NYS and the CDC.

This is an in-person retreat appropriate for both new and experienced practitioners.

The Buddha taught that nothing is fixed or permanent and that change is always possible; that the primary purpose of life is to end unnecessary suffering. We suffer from striving for the temporary relief of addictive pleasures or achievements that provide only fleeting feelings of superiority, rather than pursuing a deeper sense of contentment through endeavors that are creative, beneficial and harmless to other beings.

In this retreat we will practice with an emphasis towards connecting with wholesome desires, what the Buddha called “chanda,” discerning between this life-affirming motivation and “tanha,” the unquenchable thirst for short term pleasures. We will connect with both internal sources of wisdom and external support to attain worthy goals. Our self-actualization in turn becomes a gift to ourselves and those around us. The retreat includes teachings on the dharma and contemporary psychological therapies, silent sittings, walking meditations in nature, interactions with teachers, experiential exercises, interpersonal dialogues.

Practices will include:
• Letting go of old internalized sources of shame and guilt
• Learning about wholesome desire and practices to orient towards it
• Connecting with internal sources of wisdom for guidance and self-care
• Training the mind toward wholesome states of being, particularly through lovingkindness, compassion, appreciation and equanimity practices
• Authentic, mindful dialogue with others to build support and self-awareness
• The power of setting intentions
• The joys of returning to simplicity.


Josh Korda has been the guiding teacher DharmaPunx NYC since 2005, and is a regular visiting teacher at Zen Care. He has a large Buddhist mentoring private practice and regularly authors pieces for Lion’s Roar, Tricycle and Buddhadharma. More information and links to his podcast at www.dharmapunxnyc.com

Jessica Morey is a meditation teacher and coach. She has been practicing meditation for almost 3 decades. She brings a sense of playfulness and care to her teaching and is focused on how we can bring our meditation practice off the cushion into our relationships and our work. She holds a vision of a world where the well-being of every human and non-human is considered in the decisions that we make individually and collectively. Jess studied engineering and worked in clean energy finance before founding Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, a nonprofit organization bringing in-depth mindfulness and compassion training to youth. https://jessicamorey.org/

Kathy Cherry
is a Brooklyn-based meditation instructor, coach and a founding member of DharmaPunx NYC with almost two decades of dedicated mindfulness practice in the Insight Meditation tradition. As a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner, she blends this modality with Mindfulness and Buddhist teachings, connecting the intellect, body and senses to facilitate psycho-spiritual growth and wellbeing. Her style emphasizes embodiment, compassion and practical wisdom both on and off the cushion. Kathy offers weekly classes through DharmaPunx NYC & The Williamsburg Therapy Group in addition to working individually with people who are looking for a holistic approach to life and healing. Learn more at http://www.kathycherry.com/.

The health and safety of our guests and staff is a top priority for the Garrison Institute. We continue to follow the health and safety guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 as set forth by our local officials, New York State and the Center for Disease Control. Please visit this page for more information about the new safety protocols in place as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

Registration Options

Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room
Single Room
Total Fees by Room Choice.
NOTE: Dorm rooms are for groups of 3 or 4. Roommate(s) may be specified when registering.