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April 19, 2024—April 21, 2024

A Healing & Restoration Retreat

A Healing & Restoration Retreat


Hosted by Dr. Angel Acosta

In partnership with the Acosta Institute, we are honored to present the Healing & Restoration Retreat, a transformative three-day experience designed as a sanctuary for changemakers, leaders and educators experiencing burnout.

Set against the peaceful backdrop of the Garrison Institute, this retreat invites you to step away from the hustle of everyday life and join us for a serene and rejuvenating experience. Hosted by Dr. Angel Acosta, this experience offers a unique opportunity for educators and consultants in adjacent fields to unwind, connect, and find solace in the company of like-minded individuals.

What to Expect


●     Relax and Recharge: Engage in activities designed to foster rest, renewal, and healing

●     Connect with Peers: Share experiences and insights with fellow participants in a supportive and nurturing environment

●     Reflect and Grow: Participate in guided sessions that encourage personal reflection and contemplative practices

●     Who Should Attend: This retreat is tailored for educators, consultants, and leaders in the field of education who are looking for a peaceful escape to rejuvenate their spirits. Whether you seek personal reflection, healing-centered professional development, or simply a break from your routine, this retreat offers a perfect blend of relaxation and enrichment.

 Tentative Agenda

FRIDAY, April 19th
3:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. ETCheck-In & Arrival
6:00 p.m. ETDinner
7:45 p.m.– 9:30 p.m. ETOpening Session with Dr. Angel Acosta
SATURDAY, April 20th
8:00 a.m. ETBreakfast
9:15 a.m.– 12:15 p.m. ETMorning Session
12:30 p.m. ETLunch
1:30 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. ETExplore the Grounds, Rest, and Collaborate
6:30 p.m. ETDinner
7:45 p.m.– 9:30 p.m ETEvening Session
SUNDAY, April 21th
8:00 a.m. ETBreakfast
9:15 a.m.– 12:15 p.m. ETMorning Session with Dr. Angel Acosta
12:30 p.m. ETLunch
1:30 p.m. ETCheck-Out


Getting Here


The Garrison Institute is located directly off Route 9D in Garrison, New York, approximately 50 miles north of New York City. Major highways nearby include Interstate 84, Route 9, the Palisades Parkway and the Taconic State Parkway. We offer on-site parking for those who will arrive by car. We also provide a shuttle from the Garrison Metro North Station for those arriving by train within a wide, yet specified timeframe. To learn more about how to get to the Institute and how to prepare for your retreat, please visit this page.



Dr. Angel AcostaDr. Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness for over a decade. He holds a doctorate degree in curriculum and teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Acosta has supported more than educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explored healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development. After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, Acosta began consulting and developing learning experiences that weave leadership development with conversations about inequality and healing, to support educational leaders through contemplative and restorative practices. As a former trustee for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, he participated as a speaker and discussant at the Asia Pacific Forum on Holistic Education in Kyoto, Japan. He continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University and others. Over the last couple of years, he has designed the Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience–a contemplative journey to understand structural inequality. He’s a proud member of the 400 Years of Inequality Project, based at the New School. He is currently the Director of the Garrison Institute Fellowship Program and the Chief Curator at the Acosta Institute.


*The Acosta Institute is a learning and research hub fostering innovation at the intersection of healing-centered education, contemplative social science and slow work through the facilitation of online courses, lectures, trainings, workshops, and summits.


For questions, please contact us at: events@garrisoninstitute.org



The health and safety of our guests and staff is a top priority for the Garrison Institute. To attend a retreat or event all guests, teachers, and staff are required to self-test (at home antigen test is acceptable) within the 48-hour window prior to arriving for a retreat on site, and to bring a 2nd self-test kit when coming on site. We encourage everyone to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and other illnesses before your visit. If you experience symptoms or have a positive diagnosis, please notify us immediately at events@garrisoninstitute.org We will continue to follow any COVID-19 guidelines set forth by our local officials, New York State and the CDC. Please visit this page for more information about the safety protocols in place as well as answers to frequently asked questions.