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May 27, 2022—May 30, 2022

In-Person: LGBTIQ Retreat – Waking Up Fabulous: Taking Refuge & Care

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.

Caring for myself is not self–indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde

Open to all who identify as: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Queer. Co-sponsored by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.

This retreat is an opportunity for us to come together as an LGBTIQ community and care for ourselves: to remember who we really are and to recollect our true inner goodness. We will explore ways of sustaining a kind heart, a clear open mind, and a strong body. We will engage with the ancient teachings and practices offered by the Buddha that cultivate compassion, wisdom, and skillful actions.

As LGBTIQ people, in these challenging and difficult times, we recollect the power of community to know that we are not alone, and that together we can begin the healing of centuries of oppression and trauma within a deep knowing of our interconnectedness and interdependence. We learn to trust the unfolding of our lives and to act for the benefit of all beings.

This retreat will be held in Noble Silence. In silence, we are illuminating the heart and mind. It is a real-time practice of stillness and clarity. Participants are asked and expected to refrain from using any electronic devices. This allows for a rare opportunity to unplug and get to know our own reality show with compassion and wisdom. Within this commitment, we are the guardians to each other’s solitude while in this precious community. The more we know and understand our inner landscape, the more we are able to engage with others and the world with both skill and grace.

Guided meditation instructions, Q&A, heart practices, gentle yoga, group meetings with a teacher, and dharma talks will be offered on this retreat. On this rare LGBTIQ retreat, we come together to practice turning towards and caring for ourselves, each other, and all that truly matters in our lives, for the highest good of all. Hope you can join us!


Madeline Klyne has been practicing insight meditation for over 30 years. Madeline is a co-founder and teacher at South Shore Insight in Hanover, MA, a teacher at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and an assistant teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA. Part of Madeline’s spiritual path was to come out at the age of five. To learn more about Madeline’s work please visit: https://www.dharma.org/teacher/madeline-klyne/

La Sarmiento (they/them) is a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, and Cloud Sangha and contributor to the Ten Percent Happier app. They are the Guiding Teacher for the IMCW BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Sanghas and a 2012 graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Training Program. La lives with their life partner Wendy and rescue pups Annabel and Bader and loves the mindfulness practice of building Lego. To learn more about La’s work please visit: https://events.imcw.org/teacher/?speakerId=38

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.

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Registration Options

Single Room 510.00 Total Fees by Room Choice.