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October 9, 2020—October 11, 2020

In-Person: Unplugged Retreat – Mindfulness & Sound Meditation

Hosted by Mari Tanaka and David Ellenbogen, this digital detox introduces Traditional Japanese Healing practices for harmonizing energy flow and features sound meditation. 

Disconnect from your device and connect with nature, community and the present moment.  Garrison’s 95-acres of tranquil park, gardens, meditation labyrinth, forest and trails provide the ideal setting to relax and recharge.  

Through stretching, nature walks, sound meditation and learning techniques of Traditional Japanese energy work for self care, you’ll find yourself refreshed and recharged and reconnected to yourself.   

For a sample of the experience, watch this video

 *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.


Mari Tanaka Born in Kyushu, Japan, Mari was raised in Shinto and Japanese Zen philosophy.   After a near-death experience, Mari explored ancient techniques for her own self-healing and began studies of energy work in earnest. She is a practitioner of meditation, fascinated by the nexus of mind, body and spirit.

 Mari also explores the potential of sound – using the of the Indian classical drone instruments, the tanpura and shrutibox, to create sonic spaces for for meditation and journeying as well as wide range of music including, raga, jazz, ambient and orchestral projects. From Lincoln Center to Carnegie Hall, she has shared the stage with notable musicians like Reggie Workman, Amir El Saffar, Brandee Yonger, Andy Statman, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Adam Rudolph, Charles Burnham, Marc Cary, Eric Whitacre, Jay Gandhi, Steve Gorn, and Brooklyn Raga Massive.

David Ellenbogen‘s vision as guitarist and artistic director of Brooklyn Raga Massive has led to praise in the New York Times for “Preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit” and the Wall Street Journal for “Expanding the notion of what raga—the immersive, epic form of Indian music—can mean.”
He has studied and performed music in over a dozen countries including India, Mali, Cuba, Brazil and has expanded the audience for world music through his radio broadcasts on WKCR, his podcast NYC Radio Live, and ambitious live productions like the Ragas Live Festival, a 24 hour, 24 set experience.

His latest co-production, 2019’s Ragmala has been called “A milestone in the evolution of truly world music.” (London Jazz News)

David co-founded the Acoustic Mandala Project (Putamayo), which explores the potential of raga based ambient music for yoga and meditation.  Facilitating sound meditations with gongs, tibetan bowls and slide guitars and drones he has since led many Sound and Yoga retreats from upstate NY to Costa Rica. 


Registration Options

Commuter Rate (no Bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room SOLD OUT
Single Room
Total Fees by Room Choice.
NOTE: Dorm and Double Room options are only available to those within the same household or traveling personally together to the GI (Dorm rooms are for groups of 3 or 4). Roommate(s) must be specified when registering.