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April 14, 2024

The Transformative Power of Embodied Practice – a Daylong Retreat

Arawana Hayashi Nichol Chase


Join us for this Daylong gathering with teachers Arawana Hayashi and Nichol Chase.

This special retreat will appeal to those looking to align their bodies, hearts and minds in the serenity of a contemplative environment.

Come and spend a lovely Spring day with us, immersed in this beautiful offering.

We will offer an array of practices and tools, that can easily become the basis of your daily practice for the year.

This retreat includes instruction in different practices that foster a sense of connection with the wisdom of the body and, in the process, can help reduce stress: yoga, Social Presencing Theater, and mindfulness meditation.

***No prior experience with movement or mindfulness practices required.***

The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with breakfast, then lunch wrapping up around 5:30 p.m. ET.

Our caterer, Fresh Company, will carefully prepare healthy, delicious meals that are vegetarian, featuring locally grown and produced ingredients. Pricing includes two meals for the day.



There are a limited number of partial scholarships available for this retreat. Please visit us here for more information, and to apply. Please do not sign up for the retreat if you have submitted an application. Please wait to hear from us. For questions, please contact us at: scholarships@garrisoninstitute.org.





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Arawana Hayashi’s pioneering work as an innovator, performer, and educator is deeply sourced in both improvisation and traditional Japanese dance. She is currently on the core faculty of the Presencing Institute where she heads the creation of Social Presencing Theater. She brings her background in performance artmaking and meditation to the creation of an embodied presence practice that makes visible both current reality and emerging future possibilities within organizations, schools, and community contexts. Arawana teaches meditation and creative process in Shambhala, a community committed to the creation of enlightened society. She is the author of Social Presencing Theater: The Art of Making a True Move published by PI Press. Information about Arawana’s work may be found at https://arawanahayashi.com/.


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Nichol Chase is a teacher, musician, and yogi for whom singing and movement is integral to life. Nichol’s yoga practice is informed by a vast and eclectic set of influences that blend invigorating flow with precise and insightful instruction and extensive study with a variety of innovative teachers. She is a faculty member and teacher trainer for The Mazé Method, where she has worked for several years, and is currently on the faculty for a teacher training partnership between Yoga International and the Mazé Method. Nichol’s artistic experience includes more than a decade of Royal Academy ballet training and specialization as an operatic Coloratura Soprano, earning the Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Vocal Performance from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. Nichol’s study of yoga piqued an interest in Kirtan and Indian Classical music resulting in the addition of the harmonium to her repertoire for accompaniment. She continues to study Northern Indian Classical Music, Mantra, and Kirtan along with a vast array of Western musical styles. For more information on Nichol’s work, please visit https://www.nicholjoychase.com/. Nichol is also a Garrison Institute Fellow.


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The health and safety of our guests and staff is a top priority for the Garrison Institute. To attend a retreat or event all guests, teachers, and staff are required to self-test (at home antigen test is acceptable) within the 48-hour window prior to arriving for a retreat on site, and to bring a 2nd self-test kit when coming on site. We encourage everyone to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and other illnesses before your visit. If you experience symptoms or have a positive diagnosis, please notify us immediately at events@garrisoninstitute.org We will continue to follow any COVID-19 guidelines set forth by our local officials, New York State and the CDC. Please visit this page for more information about the safety protocols in place as well as answers to frequently asked questions.