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April 16, 2021—April 17, 2021

Love is the Most Powerful Force in the Universe- Sharon Salzberg, Ali & Atman Smith, Andres Gonzales

People spend their entire lives searching for love from others and themselves. The understanding of the power of love and where to find it eludes many of us. Many confuse attachment, infatuation and love. People also struggle with how to love in a way that uplifts others and themselves, without losing who they are. In relationships of all kinds, the way we love and the expectations we have around receiving love from others may leave us feeling let down, frustrated, unwanted, angry, and confused.

How do we find balance in love amidst all of our relationships? How do we love in a way where we feel that we are not being taken advantage of? How do we know when to be compassionate and when tough love is needed?  How do we love from our higher selves? How do we unconditionally love ourselves?

Sharon Salzberg, Atman Smith, Ali Smith, and Andres Gonzalez offer a program exploring the depths, capacity, and meaning of love. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Love is cohesive and attracting, and is not bound by space or time.  Learn to get in touch with and share the infinite love inside of you with meditation, yoga, and additional contemplative practices. 

We will explore a myriad of practical tools to promote greater love in your inner and outer life:
Connect with the reservoir of love within you
Learn greater self-love and self-acceptance 
Meditation techniques to better understand the love we share in relationships
Learning to love with boundaries 
Cultivating greater love through loving kindness practice 
Yoga and breathwork to ground ourselves and reduce stress, to better receive love from others

 Join us for a virtual retreat to develop the skills needed to cultivate love within ourselves, to better love ourselves, the people in our lives, and the world. No prior meditation or yoga experience is necessary to attend. 

This virtual retreat will be conducted through Zoom on Friday April 16, from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST and Saturday, April 17, from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM EST. The virtual retreat link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration closes at 6:00 PM EST on Friday April 16, 2021. Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of eleven books including New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her most recent book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World.

Andres Gonzalez is one of the Co-Founders of the Holistic Life Foundation.  For eighteen years, Andres has taught yoga to diverse populations throughout the world, including Baltimore City Public School students, drug treatment centers, mental crisis facilities, homeless shelters, wellness centers, colleges, private schools and other various venues throughout the nation and throughout the world. He has partnered with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and the Penn State’s Prevention Research Center on a Stress and Relaxation Study and is a published author in the Journal of Children’s Services. His work with the Holistic Life Foundation has been featured on Making a Difference on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, and CBS, as well as O the Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Upworthy, Mindful Magazine, Yoga Journal, Shambala Sun, and many other publications.  He is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, maintains a B.S. in Marketing from University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College.

Ali Smith was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a graduate of the Friends School of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park. Ali started his journey with contemplative practices as a small child, learning meditation from his father and attending the Divine Life Church of Absolute Oneness, run by Swami Shankarananda. He deepened his practice and learned the art of teaching as a young adult, studying many forms of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and breathwork from his teacher and godfather Will Joyner. Ali has almost 20 years’ experience teaching these practices to a broad demographic spectrum, internationally. He is a published author, and is a pioneer in the fields of yoga and mindfulness in education, as well as trauma informed yoga and mindfulness, developing best practices that are used around the world. He co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation in 2001 and The Involution Group in 2019. Ali is also a co-host of the Look Again Podcast which you can find at www.theinvolutiongroup.com

Atman Smith is a Co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation, where he served as Director of Youth Programming for ten years Director of Fundraising for five years and currently serves as the Director of Development. Since 2001, he has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to a diverse population including underserved and high-risk youth in Baltimore City Public Schools, drug treatment centers, wellness centers, and colleges. A native of Baltimore, Atman attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he was a letter award winner for the University’s men’s basketball team. He graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His work with the Holistic Life Foundation has been featured on Making a Difference on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, and CBS, as well as O the Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Upworthy, Mindful Magazine, Yoga Journal, Shambala Sun, and many other publications.


Registration Options

1 - Supporting
2 - Standard
3 - Subsidized (unemployed, retired, students)