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June 21, 2022—June 26, 2022

In Person: Becoming Bodhisattvas: A Silent Meditation Retreat with Ethan Nichtern

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.

After two years of isolation and the pandemic, many of us are longing for an in-depth, in-person meditation retreat. This is a great opportunity to do so.

This retreat will focus on practices and teachings related to the path of the Bodhisattva, a body of teachings with complete relevance to how we prepare for and approach a compassionate and wise way of being in a complex and interdependent world.

The retreat will include three full days of silence practice so that we can go much deeper, both individually and collectively, with teachings and practices on the Bodhisattva Path throughout.

We will conclude with the opportunity to formally take the Bodhisattva Vow, or reaffirm your vows if you have already taken them, on Saturday afternoon.

As we will be approaching the vow from the structure of the Tantric Buddhist system, it is required that a student has already taken the Refuge vows if they want to formally enter the Bodhisattva Path. If you would like to formally take the Bodhisattva Vow for the first time, please email rene@ethannichtern.com with your intention and where and when you formally took Refuge. If you do not want to formally take the Bodhisattva Vow, you are still more than welcome to attend the ceremony and contemplate the intention and practice of making the commitment in your own way.

Suggested Readings prior the Retreat:
The Road Home by Ethan Nichtern (sections two and four especially)
Becoming Bodhisattvas by Pema Chodron


Ethan Nichtern is a Buddhist teacher , and is the author of the acclaimed book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (Farrar Straus and Giroux, North Point Press), which was selected as one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2015, and one of Tech Insider’s “9 Books That Define 2015.” His most recent book, The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships was released by FSG – North Point in 2017. His The Road Home podcast launched in 2018 available on iTunes and Stitcher. He is also the author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Pubs, 2007), and the Novella/poetry collection, Your Emoticons Won’t Save You (Nieto Books, 2012). He founded the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to secular Buddhist practice and transformational activism and arts, and served as executive Director from 2007-2011.

For the past 19 years, Ethan has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and workshops around New York City and North America and Europe, along with working with students privately. He has primarily studied in the Shambhala and other Tibetan traditions, but has also studied Theravadan and Soto Zen Buddhism. He is also an avid yoga practitioner. He served as Shastri, or Senior Teacher-In-Residence, for the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, from 2010-2018. He was formerly on the part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at New School University and has lectured at Brown, Wesleyan, Yale, NYU, FIT, Antioch and other universities, and as well at many other meditation/yoga centers and conferences around the country and world. Ethan has been featured on CNN, NPR, ABC/Yahoo News, The New York Times, Vogue.com, Business Insider, Nautilus, and Vice to discuss Buddhism and meditation in the 21st Century. His articles have been featured on The Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Shambhala Sun, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma Magazine, Reality Sandwich, as well as other online publications.

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.