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July 10, 2021

Virtual Retreat: The Light of Love in the Shadow of Grief with Susan Bauer-Wu & Frank Ostaseski

Cumulative losses are shaping our lives: intense grief from the loss of loved ones and loss of health and vitality, and everyday grief from the loss of our old ways of living. Even the absence of hugs is a loss. In the shadow of grief, we can touch into the light of loving awareness to feel whole again. Through guided meditations and reflective sharing, this virtual mini-retreat — for anyone experiencing a heavy heart of grief, including health care professionals — will be a respite and time for healing and connection.

This virtual retreat will be conducted through Zoom on Saturday, July 10 from 1:00 p.m. EDT to 4:00 p.m. EDT. The virtual retreat link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.


Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a mindfulness teacher, researcher, clinician, and meditation practitioner, whose lifework integrates contemplative wisdom and practices to foster well-being. A former hospice, palliative care, and oncology nurse, and previously the Kluge Professor of Contemplative End-of-Life Care at the University of Virginia, Susan is currently the president of the Mind & Life Institute and author of the book, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion & Connectedness. For over two decades, she has led resiliency retreats and workshops, particularly for individuals and loved ones facing medical challenges and end of life, and for professionals working in health care.

Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, leading corporations like Google and Apple Inc., and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. He has accompanied over 1000 people through the dying process and trained thousands of healthcare clinicians and family caregivers around the world. His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the support to create a virtual sanctuary during this time. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible deduction towards our efforts. If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.

Registration Options

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