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June 28, 2019—June 30, 2019

Sylvia Boorstein: Every Moment is a Moment of Practice

The question, “How can I integrate my spiritual practice into my daily life?” that people used to ask at the end of meditation retreats has evolved into, “How can the whole of my life be the venue for ending suffering and cultivating happiness for myself and others?” In the Eightfold Path of practice, The Buddha emphasized developing ethical qualities (best developed in community) as well as meditative practices (best developed in silence). The basic instruction for all venues, cloistered or worldly, could be, “Meet all arising experiences, outer and inner, with steady, incisive, and warm-hearted attention in order for your response to be both wise and kind.” Responding with tenderness to the suffering in one’s own mind as well as the suffering in the world becomes the ongoing refiner of the mind to benevolence. This was, in the time of the Buddha, presented as the path to happiness and it remains so even as we live in complex and confounding times. 

This retreat will emphasize the development of Mindfulness, especially with the cultivation of the Divine Abodes (Love, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity) as antidotes to the afflictive energies (fear, greed, anger, confusion) that cloud the mind and preclude the mind’s natural good will from manifesting. In all the sessions, there will be didactic instructions, periods of practice of meditation, and time for Q&A. The retreat will be held in silence, except for Q&A sessions, in order for people to enjoy the pleasure of resting their minds in non-demanding, private silence surrounded by a community of silent supporters.

Mindful Yoga Movement sessions will be offered each morning by Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmunds.

Please note that housing for this retreat is extremely limited. Please contact the Carling Devin, Registration Manager, at carling@garrisoninstitute.org regarding any remaining accommodations.


Sylvia Boorstein
a psychotherapist since 1967, has been a meditation teacher since 1985 and is a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. She is the author of many books, including It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to HappinessDon’t Just Do Something, Sit There, and That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist.

Jashoda Edmunds, E-RYT, has been a student of yoga and meditation since 1971 and began teaching in 1987. She is co-creator of Journey Into Yoga LLC, RYS, which offers teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats worldwide, integrating Buddhist and yogic philosophies. She has also co-created the CD Journey Into Yoga: Awakening the Spirit. Jashhoda is on the teaching faculty of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts. She has also been certified as a Phoenix Rising yoga therapist, shiatsu practitioner, and cranial sacral therapist. Influenced by her years of Buddhist and yoga studies, Jashoda encourages students to recognize that each moment of their lives is an opportunity for transformation.

Brahmani Liebman, MSEd, ERYT-500, loves to share the teachings and practices that have informed and transformed her own life. She brings over 40 years of exploration, studies, and experience in yoga, meditation, Buddhism, consciousness, and complementary healing modalities. Her teaching integrates the teachings and practices of Kripalu Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Buddhist studies. She is on faculty at the Kripalu School of Yoga & Ayurveda and co-creator of Journey into Yoga School of Yoga & Meditation. Believing in people’s ability to access their healing and inner knowing, she offers tangible and sustainable ways to live a spiritual life.

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Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room
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