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August 3, 2022—August 10, 2022

In-Person: Heart Magic – Trusting the Power of Loving Awareness

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.

In the Buddhist wisdom tradition, it is taught that one can cultivate extraordinary power by focusing directly on the development of concentration. It is also taught that the four Buddhist forms of love, (aka the brahamaviharas) can be used to cultivate concentration power. On this silent meditation retreat we will be learning how to tap into, and trust the greatest power of all – that of an open heart.

*****This retreat meets the prerequisite requirement for Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification program via Sounds True.*****

There are three (3) distinct costs associated with this retreat.
1) Program Fee- In order to reserve your spot on this retreat, there is non-refundablup-front registration fee to Buddhist Geeks of $150.
Please register for the course HERE first. 
2) Register for Lodging & Food Costs with the Garrison Institute by clicking on the registration button below. Accommodation options are outlined as displayed. 
3) Transparent Generosity: at the end of the retreat you’ll be invited to optionally offer donations directly to the teachers. You’ll be provided with data on how people have supported in this manner (in the past), to inform your giving. The retreat teachers do not receive any compensation for this retreat, aside from what you choose to donate. 


Emily West Horn is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher via the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She is also authorized to teach meditation, dharma, and long retreats by Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and InsightLA. Emily has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired Magazine. Her work is featured in 10% Happier, Boston Children’s Hospital’s Comfort Ability Project, Buddhist Geeks, and apps such as Brightmind and Buddhify. She’s also been mentoring mindfulness teachers in a certification program led by Jack Kornfield, Ph.D and Tara Brach Ph.D for over 4 years. For her, a mindful life is simply learning to dance with all of this human experience: from transcendence to dirty dishes, evolutionary edges to ancient roots, solitary practice to deepening relationships. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her husband, Vincent, and son, Zander. 

Vince Fakhoury Horn is part of a new generation of teachers, facilitators, & translators bringing dharma to life. A computer engineering dropout turned full-time contemplative, Vince spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks podcast, while simultaneously doing a full year, in total, of silent retreat practice. Vincent began teaching in 2010 and has since been authorized in both the Pragmatic Dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk, and by Trudy Goodman, guiding teacher of InsightLA. Vince has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” He currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina with his partner Emily Horn and their son Zander.

Program and Program Fee
: team@buddhistgeeks.org
Meals & Lodging  from Garrison Institute: events@garrisoninstitute.org

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.

Register for Lodging & Food Costs ONLY below. To sign up for the Program Fee please click here. Registration MUST be done in two-parts in order to participate.

Registration Options

Commuter Rate (no Bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room
Single Room
These costs include room and board only. Please be in touch with the group regarding any additional program fees.
NOTE: Dorm rooms are for groups of 3 or 4. Roommate(s) may be specified when registering.