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November 2019

IJS: Opening the Heart, Befriending the Mind, Acting Wisely, A Jewish Mindfulness Retreat

November 17 @ 3:30 pm - November 21 @ 2:00 pm

Mindfulness practice helps us welcome each moment of our experience with kindness, balance, and discernment. In this way, we learn to make friends with our own minds, open our hearts to the fullness of life, and show up more lovingly and wisely in relationships. On retreat, these new ways of being with our experience are facilitated by periods of silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating, and soulful communal prayer.

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Upper West Side Yoga: Yoga Retreat for Women: Calm in the Chaos 6.0

November 22 @ 3:00 pm - November 24 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for our sixth annual women's yoga retreat and be nourished by a warm and supportive circle of powerful women as we practice yoga, share our stories, enjoy wonderful meals, walk the labyrinth, explore Garrison Institute's natural beauty, and restore together. The intensity of the yoga practice will range from gentle/restorative to strong -- practitioners of all levels are welcome, and we will modify as needed.

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His Eminence Gyalwa Dokhampa: Retreat on Tara: The Wish-Fulfilling Buddha

November 27 @ 3:00 pm - December 1 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat will focus on meditation and the Practice of Tara in order to understand the interconnectedness of external difficulties of life as well as inner hopes and fears. The goal of this practice is to lead to the realization of the inner Tara which is beyond both hope and fear.

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December 2019

The Feldenkrais Method: Passing The Torch Legacy Forum

December 6 @ 3:00 pm - December 10 @ 2:00 pm

We are an independent group of Feldenkrais* educators and sponsored invitees committed to professional development.

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Brooklyn Poets: Poetry & the Contemplative Mind

December 6 @ 3:00 pm - December 8 @ 4:00 pm

Join us for the inaugural Brooklyn Poets Hudson Valley Retreat the weekend of December 6–8, 2019, for poetry classes, workshops, readings, guided meditation and yoga. During this retreat we'll draw upon contemplative practices and the art of poetry to seek deeper engagement with ourselves, each other, the world around us, and our own work.

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Meredith Monk: Voice as Practice

December 6 @ 3:00 pm - December 8 @ 2:00 pm

The voice, the original human instrument, is an eloquent language of the heart that delineates energy for which we don’t have words. This workshop offers a place where voice, movement and image intersect to create a unique opportunity for participants to discover their own personal richness.

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Sharon Salzberg and the Holistic Life Foundation: People Who Care for People

December 13 @ 3:00 pm - December 15 @ 2:00 pm

People who care for people play a vital role in our communities, whether in intimate family circles, larger social networks, or the wide array of helping professions in healthcare, education, social justice, and more. Often it is caregivers who support the front lines of our society: helping those who face challenges on a daily basis. However, this support can come at a high personal cost, leading to frustration, exhaustion, and a fast track to burnout. No prior meditation or yoga experience is necessary to attend.

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Winter Solstice Retreat: Women, Poetry & Spirituality with Annie Finch and Marianela Medrano

December 20 @ 3:00 pm - December 22 @ 2:00 pm

This Winter Solstice weekend retreat offers you the opportunity for rebirth through deep reading of poems by women—including ourselves. Interweaving the poems with exercises in writing and self-discovery and with ceremony honoring the Divine Feminine, we will nourish the five core aspects of women’s lives: vision/manifestation, physical/abundance, social/emotion, passion/creativity, and intuition/spirituality.

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Cultivating Inner Stillness for the Winter Solstice: A Special Retreat on How to Meditate

December 20 @ 3:00 pm - December 22 @ 2:00 pm

This special retreat will focus on learning how to meditate, and include talks, sitting and walking meditation, yoga, guided meditation, group discussion, and optional one-on-one interviews with a meditation instructor. The classic meditation technique, mindfulness/awareness or cultivating inner stillness, will be the focus of the weekend. All levels of experience are welcome to attend.

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Village Zendo Year-End Meditation Retreat with Roshi Enkyo O’Hara

December 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - January 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

The Village Zendo's year-end meditation retreat is the perfect place for meditation, reflection and deep silence. There are daily dharma talks and opportunities to meet with Village Zendo teachers, as well as time to rest and walk along the Hudson River.

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January 2020

Embodying Practice: A New Year’s Resolution Retreat

January 3, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - January 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Begin the New Year with a resolution and intention to become more aware of the body and trust in its innate wisdom.

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January Personal Retreat Weekend

January 17, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - January 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.

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Ron Young: Three Empowerments for the Spiritual Healer

January 31, 2020 @ 12:00 am - February 6, 2020 @ 12:00 am

This will be a yogic meditation-based training open to the serious student. We will work directly with Spiritual Healing in different forms, stabilizing within a deep meditative base.

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Journey to Stillness: A Women’s Healing Weekend

January 31, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - February 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

During the Celtic Holiday of Imbolc (Jan 31st - Feb 2nd), we journey into the heart of the Goddess through tea meditation, dance, and bespoke healing Ceremonies. Within this intimate circle of like-minded women, you’ll emerge from this gathering revived and inspired for the year to come.

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February 2020

Profound Treasury Winter Meditation Retreat

February 7, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - February 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

During this 7-night immersive retreat, participants will focus on the practice of mindfulness and awareness meditation. Meditation practice provides us with the tools needed to reflect deeply and directly on our own experience and connect to our hearts, body, and sense perceptions as the ways through which we connect to our world. In particular, we will explore the way meditation was taught by the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and how it is presented in the The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma.

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Still Mind Zendo Winter Retreat

February 7, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - February 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This weekend of silent meditation, which includes an Introduction to Zen component, consists of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and an opportunity to meet privately with one of our teachers. There is also time for rest, exercise and outdoor walks. All of this is held together by a warm and supportive community of dedicated practitioners.

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Courage of Care: Reclaiming the Joy in Service: Maintaining Love & Hope in Dark Times

February 7, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - February 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

It takes courage and care to stay open, connected and hopeful in dark times. Join us for a weekend of practice to replenish, resource and reconnect to the purpose and joy of service and social action.

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The Path of Devotion: Immerse in Bhakti Practices with Krishna Das and Friends

February 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - February 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Join Krishna Das for a weekend retreat of yoga, chanting and devotional heart-opening practices. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with a group of dedicated seekers and immerse yourself in practices, teachings and discussions.

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Secular Dharma in Theory and Practice with Stephen Batchelor

February 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - February 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Secular Dharma is a radical project to rethink the Buddha’s dharma from the ground up in order to address the condition of modernity. This workshop will explore the foundational insights of secular dharma and consider how they contribute to our contemplative, ethical and social practice of human flourishing.

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March 2020

Pathways to Planetary Health Symposium: Ethics in the Age of the Anthropocene

March 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - March 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This March, the Garrison Institute is pleased to hold the second convening of the Pathways to Planetary Health Symposium. Building on discussions from the 2018 Symposium, we will explore necessary steps in creating a foundational shift toward an altruistic society.

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OneDanceTribe New York

March 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - March 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

OneDanceTribe is an international conscious dance gathering where teachers and dancers of different modalities and walks of life come together to celebrate the power of Moving as One.

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Search Inside Yourself with Rich Fernandez and Heather Jelks

March 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - March 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Originally developed at Google by leading experts in neuroscience, business, and psychology, Search Inside Yourself teaches practical mindful leadership and emotional intelligence tools to help you bring out your best self at work and in life. The program has been proven to reduce stress, improve focus, raise peak performance, and improve interpersonal relationships.

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Living Meditation: Deepening & Integrating Practices

March 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - March 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Living Meditation will take you into the rich meditative practices and teachings found at the most profound levels of the great spiritual traditions, where the ultimate state of non-dual awareness is all that exists. In this retreat you will learn to deepen and integrate meditation into everyday life, opening the mind and heart to non-dual awareness.

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Practice Mindfulness on the Spring Equinox: A Special Retreat on How to Meditate

March 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - March 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat will focus on the practice of meditation, appealing to new meditators, those with a developed practice, and those simply seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.

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April 2020

April Personal Retreat Weekend

April 10, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - April 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.

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The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: Level Two Residential Retreat with Loch Kelly

April 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - April 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat is designed to teach effortless mindfulness as the support for living an awakened life. You will be introduced to ways to shift from head to heart-mind and learn to walk, talk, create, and relate from this new, loving operating system.

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NY Meditation Center – Vedic Meditation Rounding Retreat

April 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - May 3, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

An incredible weekend lead by internationally renowned Vedic Meditation teacher Michael Miller, founder of New York Meditation Center and London Meditation Centre. Michael will dive deeply into Vedic knowledge, and instruct you in a powerful technique called Rounding that will enable you to release deep rooted stresses, gain profound rest, and experience the benefits of the equivalent of 3-6 months of regular meditation.

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May 2020

Say What You Mean: A Mindful approach to Nonviolent Communication with Oren Jay Sofer

May 1, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - May 3, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This weekend retreat offers an innovative approach to communication and relationship, drawing on the tools of contemplative practice and Nonviolent Communication. Learn to speak your truth in a kind and caring way, build healthier relationships and have more meaningful conversations.

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Open Gate Sangha: 5-Night Silent Retreat with Mukti

May 3, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - May 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat is an opportunity to share a common intention to discover the truth of what is. To support this intention, this retreat is held in full silence, and includes several periods of meditation each day, some guided, talks by Mukti with opportunities to ask questions, and periods of Qi Gong movement.

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John Tarrant: The Journey To Awakening: Meditating with Zen Stories and Myths

May 8, 2020 @ 12:00 am - May 10, 2020 @ 12:00 am

The spiritual path is full of stories of the journey to awakening, of dark nights and great discoveries. The Zen idea was that even hearing the stories of the journey can change your life.

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Rhonda Magee and Rose Pavlov: Mindfulness for Social Justice

May 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - May 10, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

How can our mindfulness practice support us in working together for a better world? Join us for a weekend of mindfulness practices, discussions, and planning to support you in finding a deeper ground for peaceful collaboration with others.

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Unplugged: A Sound & Yoga Retreat with David Ellenbogen, Shawna Emerick and Amy Soucy

May 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - May 10, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

In today's world of endless noise and distraction, we invite you to slow down and bask in silence, healing sound, and nourishing, transformational practices. Join your guides Amy Soucy, David Ellenbogen, and Shawna Emerick for a true digital detox. Restore and renew with yoga, breath work and meditation practice aided by the deep power of sound meditation.

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Rhonda Magee and Rose Pavlov: Mindfulness for Social Justice

May 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - May 10, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

How can our mindfulness practice support us in working together for a better world? Join us for a weekend of mindfulness practices, discussions and planning to support you in finding a deeper ground for peaceful collaboration with others.

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Waking Up Fabulous: Taking Refuge in Every Moment, Every Day, for the Benefit of All

May 22, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - May 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

In challenging times, taking Refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha can help us meet the hardships of life. Never has this felt more important for LGBTIQ folks and our world! During this silent retreat, we will explore and practice the blessing of each of these Refuges.

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June 2020

The Gift of Life and The Christian Contemplative Journey

June 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - June 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

A time apart to listen, to reflect, to be still and come to know deeply that the Christian contemplative journey is about opening and consenting to the divine presence and action in all stages and dimensions of life, a process of interior transformation. One’s way of seeing reality changes in this process and a restructuring of consciousness takes place which empowers one to perceive, relate and respond to everyday life with acts of love and increasing sensitivity to the divine presence in, through and beyond everything that happens.

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July 2020

Transform Your Mind, Transform Your Life by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

July 3, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - July 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Join this retreat to receive heartfelt teachings based on the Advice to Tashi Lhawang by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, a revered Tibetan Buddhist master. This short text offers profound instruction on spiritual practice and how to transform how we relate to ourselves and others in our daily lives.

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Mindful Teacher Certification Program, Closing Retreat with Mindful Schools

July 12, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - July 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This immersive and transformative professional development program is designed for educators and school leaders who are passionate about deepening their personal mindfulness practice and gaining experiential training and skills to effectively share mindfulness practices in their school communities. This is the closing retreat for an immersive year-long training program. The retreat includes multiple days in silence and then transitions into collaborative workshopping and skill-building sessions.

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July Personal Retreat Weekend

July 24, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - July 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.

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Mindful Teacher Certification Program, Opening Retreat with Mindful Schools

July 26, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - July 31, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Join this immersive and transformative professional development program – designed for educators and school leaders who are passionate about deepening their personal mindfulness practice and gaining experiential training and skills to effectively share mindfulness practices in their school communities. This uniquely powerful retreat experience includes multiple days in silence and then transitions into collaborative workshopping and skill-building sessions. Transform your school community and skillfully grow the impact of mindfulness in education.

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August 2020

CARE for Teachers

August 3, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - August 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Professional development training for teachers, promoting mindfulness through contemplative practices, helping teachers better manage students' and their own emotions.

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Foundations In Restorative Justice

August 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - August 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

The Restorative Center's foundational training provides an experience-based understanding of TRC’s community based model of Restorative Justice. Our trainings are engaging, lively and ever-evolving. We utilize theory based lectures, the interactive circle experience, skill development, mock circles, as well as small and large group discussions. TRC's Newburgh Model Workbook will be distributed to participants. This course is open to newcomers to TRC, as well as to trained Circle Keepers who would like to deepen their foundations in the work.

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Advanced Topics in Restorative Justice Workshop

August 21, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - August 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

The Advanced Topics in Restorative Justice Workshop is open to participants who have already taken TRC’s Foundations training (or are continuing from the the foundations training). This is a dynamic training in Circle implementation and skills development. We will workshop the implementation of Circles in communities and schools, learn how to conduct highly-charged circles for conflict scenarios, as well as other lessons from the field.

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September 2020

Sharon Salzberg & Joseph Goldstein: Experiencing Insight & Love

September 17, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - September 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

In times of uncertainty and change, we can draw on Buddhist teachings to help us move beyond constricting habitual patterns such as fear, denial, and despair. Awakening our inner capacities for compassion, wisdom, and joy, we learn to transform our worldview from one of isolation and confusion to one of connection and clarity. We can open to a power of faith and courage based on seeing things just as they are. By engaging in traditional practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness, we develop insight through greater awareness of the full range of our experiences, and deepen compassion for ourselves and others.

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October 2020

Neurodharma: A 10-day Experiential Exploration of the Deepest Roots of the Highest Happiness

October 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - October 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

The combination of modern brain science and ancient Buddhist wisdom is illuminating the embodied basis of deep experiences of present moment awareness, contentment and love, and the sense of being one with everything.

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Centering Prayer: A Fall Intensive

October 30, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - November 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

A time apart to listen, to reflect, to be still and refresh the soul. Within a container of deep silence we will come to know deeply how contemplative prayer unfolds into a way of life.

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November 2020

Still Mind Zendo Fall 2020 Retreat

November 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - November 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This weekend of silent meditation, which includes an Introduction to Zen component, consists of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and an opportunity to meet privately with one of our teachers. There is also time for rest, exercise and outdoor walks. All of this is held together by a warm and supportive community of dedicated practitioners.

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December 2020

December Personal Retreat Weekend

December 11, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - December 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.

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