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October 2016

Meditation Retreat on Shamatha and Vipashyana in the Dzogchen Tradition

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - October 7 @ 2:00 pm

Shamatha is a type of contemplative technology designed to cultivate our attention and introspective skills, and vipashyana is a contemplative science designed to provide insight into the nature of the mind and its role in nature. Drawing on the pith instructions of the Dzogchen master Dudjom Lingpa and Dudjom Rinpoche, Alan will offer guidance in these core meditative practices within the theoretical framework of the Great Perfection.

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Sensory Awareness: Off the Cushion and Into Your Life!

October 7 @ 12:00 am - October 9 @ 12:00 am

A contemplative practice which involves no doctrine or belief, Sensory Awareness invites us to experience simple actions in great depth and clarity. It can enhance any meditative practice or stand as a contemplative practice on its own. Find new meaning in the common experiences of daily life.

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A Yoga Retreat for Women: Peace Within

October 7 @ 12:00 am - October 9 @ 12:00 am

Join Ingrid A. Marcroft, Co-Owner of Upper West Side Yoga and Wellness, in practicing, sharing, and restoring together in the warm and supportive circle of powerful women. All levels of yoga practice are welcome.

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Bringing Emotions To The Path of Awakening

October 7 @ 6:00 pm - October 9 @ 2:00 pm

While our emotions often delight and invigorate us, when examined we find them to be fleeting and unreliable. On a subtle level, the emotions often obscure the abiding peaceful awareness that lies at the very heart of each of us. During this weekend retreat with Tergar instructor Tim Olmsted, we’ll discover how to use the energy and richness of our emotional life as the foundation for the journey to awakening. We’ll learn to bring emotions to the entire arc of the path – as the basis for inner peace and equanimity, as a source of radiant compassion, and finally, as brilliant wisdom.

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Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - October 16 @ 2:00 pm

A profound exploration of the perennial, non-dual understanding in relation to our direct experience.

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The Well-Tempered City: Jonathan F. P. Rose in Conversation with Andrew Revkin

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

When individuals try to maximize their own benefits, systems collapse. When individuals are committed to optimizing their communities, they thrive. This requires a world view that understands that all of life is part of an interdependent system, and only when we infuse that system with compassion for all life will it progress through the current global trends. Join Garrison Institute cofounder Jonathan Rose as he talks with environmental journalist Andrew Revkin about how our neighborhoods, cities, regions and nations must all recognize that we are all in this together.

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Embodied Listening with Hope Martin

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A talk on Embodied Listening at NYC Shambhala Meditation Center. Embodied Listening is an intensive but gentle body, mind, and heart training for releasing habitual patterns that constrict our living and relationships. The process of inner listening softens us toward ourselves, helping us become more open and sensitive to the deeper feelings and needs of our ourselves and others.

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Empty Bowl Zendo

October 20 @ 12:00 am - October 23 @ 2:00 pm

The Empty Bowl Zendo Autumn retreat is a time for letting go of all we hold on to so we may recognize and reconnect with our True Self. It is a time to settle into the oncoming darkness and discover the inner light that has always been there. This intensive silent retreat includes zazen, sitting and walking, dharma talks and quiet time for reflection. Some experience with meditation or previous experience of Zen retreats is a prerequisite.

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Contemplative Care Retreat

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - October 23 @ 2:00 pm

NYZCCC’S Contemplative Care Retreat offers the unique opportunity to learn and practice new techniques and disciplines to deepen the way you offer care to others and yourself.

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Twining Vines Sangha Autumn 2016 Retreat

October 21 @ 12:00 am - October 23 @ 12:00 am

Twining Vines Sesshin: Three days of zazen (silent meditation,) Dharma talks,
chanting services, meetings with the teachers, and time to explore the peaceful
grounds of Garrison Institute. With guest teacher Valorie Beer from San Francisco
Zen Center.

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Awakening Kundalini: The Path To Radical Freedom

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - October 30 @ 2:00 pm

Awakening Kundalini opens your consciousness, unfolding your unique path to radical freedom. This meditation retreat includes Kundalini empowerment through classic forms of awakening, empowered mantra and explorations of the mysteries of the Divine.

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Real Love: Bringing the Path to Your Relationships

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - October 30 @ 2:00 pm

Join Sharon Salzberg and Ethan Nichtern for a weekend retreat exploring Love and Relationship. Learn how to navigate the complex relationships of family, friends, partnership and work with the tools of meditation. Sharon and Ethan offer practical wisdom from a lifetime of meditation experience to transform the way you love.

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Deepening Your Yoga Practice

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - October 30 @ 3:00 pm

In this contemplative Autumnal retreat you will have the opportunity to deeply connect with body, breath and spirt through yoga, meditation and deep relaxation. Ani and Rachel are seasoned workshop leaders who create a warm and supportive community and assist students at all levels of yoga and meditation experience to benefit from the retreat.

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4-Night Silent Retreat with Mukti

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - November 3 @ 2:00 pm

Mukti offers silent retreats to nurture the emergence of spirit into consciousness. To support this intention, this retreat includes several periods of daily meditation as well as two talks by Mukti with opportunity for dialogue with her.

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November 2016

Insight + Impact: A Benefit for the Garrison Institute

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

We value having you in the Garrison Institute community and hope you will consider joining a celebration of two luminaries whose work is at the heart of the Institute’s mission: Gelek Rimpoche and Dr. Dan Siegel. Host Richard Gere, performer Laurie Anderson, and presenter Philip Glass round out the singular evening.

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Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium

November 3 @ 3:00 pm - November 6 @ 3:00 pm

Join leading experts in palliative, hospice and contemplative care to discover how contemplative care techniques can improve healing and reduce suffering. Presented by New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and the Garrison Institute.

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Dan Siegel: MIND: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please note: This event is at the New York Society For Ethical Culture in New York City. Join noted neuropsychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author Daniel J. Siegel, MD for a lecture on his new book, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human.

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Extraordinary Measures by Eve Ensler with James Lecesne

November 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a production of Extraordinary Measures, a critically-acclaimed play written by Tony Award winner Eve Ensler. Performed by James Lecesne. Followed by "Talk Back" with Even Ensler.

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Contemplative Outreach: God is Love: A Journey into the Heart of Creation

November 11 @ 5:00 pm - November 17 @ 10:00 am

A time apart to listen, to reflect, to be still and come to know deeply that everything in the universe – everything our senses observe and technology uncovers at the highest level of infinitude and the deepest levels of the infinitesimal – is prophetic witness of the Divine.

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Jhana Meditation with Jay Michaelson

November 12 @ 12:00 am - November 17 @ 12:00 am

Learn how to cultivate, explore, and benefit from the jhanas, powerful states of concentration described in the Pali Canon, in the Theravadan tradition of Ven. Ayya Khema and Leigh Brasington. Retreat will include noble silence, regular interviews, and dharma talks. Some previous retreat experience required.

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Barry Magid: Ordinary Mind Zendo Retreat

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - November 20 @ 2:00 pm

This intensive Zen retreat will be led by Zen teacher Barry Magid and will offer the opportunity for personal interviews and instruction with the teacher.

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Bliss And Wisdom; Yoga Therapy For The Innermost Self

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - November 20 @ 4:00 pm

In this Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy retreat we will dive into the Wisdom (Vijnanamaya) and Bliss (Anandamaya) Bodies. Together these two Koshas or sheaths make up the innermost layers of the self. You’ll integrate all aspects of your practice into a unified system, finding the natural peace and bliss within.

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Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - November 20 @ 4:00 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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Still Mind Zendo Retreat

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - November 20 @ 1:00 pm

This weekend of silent meditation with a warm and supportive community of Zen practitioners, and open to all, includes an Introduction to Zen component, an opportunity to meet privately with one of our teachers, dharma talks and time for reflection.

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December 2016

5Rhythms: Medicine Dance with Jonathan Horan

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - December 4 @ 4:00 pm

This is a 5Rhythms® workshop for both advanced and beginning students. The 5Rhythms are a contemporary medicine wheel and Medicine Dance is a journey through the primary maps of the wheel -- Waves, Heartbeat and Cycles -- nourishing the warrior-healer that is alive in each of us.

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Embodied Listening: Uncovering Our Bodies’ Natural Wisdom

December 2 @ 6:00 pm - December 4 @ 2:00 pm

Embodied Listening is an intensive but gentle body, mind, and heart training for releasing habitual patterns that constrict our living and relationships. The process of inner listening softens us toward ourselves, helping us become more open and sensitive to the deeper feelings and needs of our ourselves and others.

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Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein: Real Love

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - December 11 @ 2:00 pm

Suitable for both new and experienced meditators, this silent retreat consists of guided meditations, talks and time for questions and answers. When our minds are clear and focused our natural capacity to love spontaneously manifests.

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Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for People Who Care for People

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please note: This event is at JCC Manhattan in New York City. Join CBR Project co-founder Sharon Salzberg as she talks with Emmett Fitzgerald, CBR Project Director, and other seasoned relief workers, on how mindfulness and meditation is helping humanitarian aid organizations address the mental health crisis that is causing high staff turnover and burnout.

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Imagining Your Voice on the Page: Back to the Beginnings

December 16 @ 6:00 pm - December 18 @ 2:00 pm

Join acclaimed poets Robert Polito and Gregory Pardlo for a transformative weekend of poetry and artistic exploration.

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Meredith Monk: Voice as Practice: Instrument of the Heart

December 16 @ 6:00 pm - December 18 @ 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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Village Zendo Year-End Meditation Retreat with Roshi Enkyo O’Hara

December 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - January 1, 2017 @ 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 2017

Embodying Practice: A New Year’s Resolution Retreat

January 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - January 8, 2017 @ 4:00 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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Awakening Nature Sesshin: Teachings from the Platform Sutra

January 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - January 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Sesshin is an opportunity to touch your essential nature?and bring heart and mind together. It is the core of Zen practice. The Platform Sutra is the seminal text exploring Buddha Nature.

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Tao of Healing – Qi Weekend

January 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - January 22, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

This unique “Qi Weekend” brings together students who are studying Wu Ming Qigong under the guidance of Nan Lu, OMD.

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Tara Brach and Jonathan Foust: Mindfulness and Compassion Practices that Release the Trance of Fear

January 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - January 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

This weekend workshop explores mindfulness and compassion-based teachings and practices that can help you step out of the trance of fear and reconnect with your full aliveness, wisdom and capacity for love.

The program will include didactic presentations, guided meditations, interpersonal meditations, journaling and time for questions and sharing.

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February 2017

Krishna Das: Heart of Devotion Retreat

February 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - February 5, 2017 @ 4:00 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. The retreat program consist of two evening kirtans and two afternoon workshops led by Krishna Das; two morning yoga classes appropriate for all levels by Jill Ganassi; group chanting of Hanuman Chalisas with Nina Rao.

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Still Mind Zendo Retreat

February 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - February 12, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

This weekend of silent meditation with a warm and supportive community of Zen practitioners, and open to all, includes an Introduction to Zen component, an opportunity to meet privately with one of our teachers, dharma talks and time for reflection.

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Are You Ready to Meet Your Mind? Exploration of the Mind through Meditation

February 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - February 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

The Westchester Buddhist Center 2017 Annual Retreat. This year’s retreat will focus on the dynamics of meditation practice – what it is, what are its main varieties, how each of them functions and how each can serve as a means for understanding and transforming our minds.

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Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend

February 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - February 26, 2017 @ 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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March 2017

Healing Wisdom: Seeing Light

March 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 7, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

Advanced Meditation and Spiritual Healing Training

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People Who Care for People

March 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 12, 2017 @ 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. How do we balance the desire to help others with our own needs? How do we have compassion for ourselves as well as others?

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

March 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat will focus on learning to meditate, and include talks, periods of both sitting and walking meditation, yoga in place, guided meditation by meditation instructors, a discussion group, and one-on-one interviews if desired to talk about practice. Ample periods for relaxation will allow time to walk the Garrison labyrinth and trails and unwind in our saunas, all in noble silence and with the full use of the Garrison Institute facility.

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Empty Bowl Zendo 2017 Spring Retreat

March 23, 2017 @ 12:00 am - March 26, 2017 @ 12:00 am

Our spring sesshin is an intensive time for meditation when silence is maintained and the focus is on zazen which is done together as a community. Sesshin is a foundational practice for practitioners wishing to look into the great matter of our life. All are welcome but prior experience doing meditation or participating in a Zen retreat is strongly suggested.

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Cynthia Bourgeault: Centering Prayer and Nondual Awakening

March 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

A silent, Centering Prayer immersion retreat featuring 3 daily group sittings, time for individual silence, reflection, and spiritual guidance, and teachings from Cynthia Bourgeault’s new book, The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice.

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Beyond Mindfulness: A Weekend of Zen Practice

March 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

This silent retreat explores Zen practice from an experiential and embodied perspective, and includes: seated and walking meditation, dharma talks, and private interview with the teacher.

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April 2017

Silent Retreat with Adyashanti

April 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - April 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat offers time to step back from daily life and enter into an environment of silent contemplation, supported and deepened by a daily schedule of meditation and talks.

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5Rhythms Waves Teacher Training

April 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - April 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

The 5Rhythms movement meditation practice foundational Waves Map training. By application only.

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May 2017

Waking Up Fabulous: Living our Intentions

May 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - May 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

A Retreat for the LGBTIQ Community. Open to all who identify as: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Queer

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July 2017

Care for Teachers: Eleventh Annual Retreat

July 31, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - August 4, 2017 @ 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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September 2017

Empty Bowl Zendo 2017 Spring Retreat

September 21, 2017 @ 12:00 am - September 24, 2017 @ 12:00 am

Our spring sesshin is an intensive time for meditation when silence is maintained and the focus is on zazen which is done together as a community. Sesshin is a foundational practice for practitioners wishing to look into the great matter of our life. All are welcome but prior experience doing meditation or participating in a Zen retreat is strongly suggested.

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