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June 19, 2021

Virtual Retreat: Emancipating Ourselves from Mental Enslavement: A BIPOC Day of Mindfulness

On Saturday June 19, 2021 join us for this virtual retreat for our Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) community. Facilitators, Dr. Marisela Gomez and Kaira Jewel Lingo, teachers of the weekly Thursday noon BIPOC Garrison Institute Sangha, will lead us through this journey of mindfulness. 

These times are challenging for all, especially for our BIPOC community. This daylong gathering will help us to pause and take time to remember that our minds and bodies hold these challenges and that they can be released. We can emancipate ourselves.

We come together in tenderness, community, and cultivating peace to look deeply into the ways we can free ourselves of painful and habitual patterns of reacting that limit our freedom.

The day will consist of meditation, honoring our ancestors, instruction, times for deep and healing rest, creative mindful movement, sharing in small groups and building community.

The retreat will be conducted on Zoom from 10:00 a.m. EDT to 3:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday June 19, 2021. The zoom link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. For questions, please e-mail events@garrisoninstitute.org.

Through the Garrison Institute’s Many Voices Fund, we are able to provide full scholarships for this program to those with financial need. To apply online, please refer here. For more information on the Many Voices Fund and ways to support scholarships for Black, Indigenous, and people of color at the Garrison Institute, please refer here.


Kaira Jewel Lingo is a Dharma teacher and lived as an ordained nun for 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, and is now based in New York. She provides individual spiritual mentoring and leads retreats internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators, parents and youth in schools, in addition to activists, people of color, artists and families. She mentors with the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, was lead teacher for Mindful Schools’ year long training for educators, teaches teens and adults with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, and is a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and embodied mindfulness practice and is an InterPlay leader. Read her recent article, In Times of Crisis Call Upon the Strength of Peace, published in Lion’s Roar magazine. To order a copy of Kaira Jewel Lingo’s forthcoming book, We Were Made for These Times: Ten Lessons on Moving Through Change, Loss, And Disruption, click here.

Dr. Marisela Gomez is a mindfulness practitioner in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, public health scholar activist, preventive/alternative medicine physician. Of Afro-Latina ancestry, she lives in Baltimore involved in social justice activism and community building/research and co-facilitates mindfulness gatherings with Baltimore and Beyond Mindfulness Community for BIPOC and Social Activists. She is the author of Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore, and numerous book chapters in popular and scholarly publications. She has blogged at Huff Post and mariselgomez.com on the intersection of wisdom justice and mindfulness. 

Registration Options

1 - Standard Registration
2 - Subsidized Registration (Student, Retired or Unemployed)