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May 2019

LGBTIQ Retreat: Waking Up Fabulous: Taking Refuge & Care in Ourselves, The Practice, and Each Other

May 24 @ 3:00 pm - May 27 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat is an opportunity for us to come together as an LGBTIQ community and care for ourselves: to remember who we really are and to recollect our true inner goodness. We will explore ways of sustaining a kind heart, a clear open mind, and a strong body. We will engage with the ancient teachings and practices offered by the Buddha that cultivate compassion, wisdom, and skillful actions.

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Garrison Institute Writer’s Circle May

May 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Garrison Institute Writer’s Circle seeks to hold space in our busy lives for creative practice. We meet monthly for a collaborative writing workshop that includes time for meditation, reflection, writing, and sharing. All writers are welcome to attend this free, ongoing program.

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Grand Master Nan Lu: Tao of Healing – May Qi Weekend

May 31 @ 12:00 pm - June 2 @ 2:00 pm

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

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June 2019

Integrating the Double Bottom Line: How Social Impact Drives Financial Return

June 5 @ 3:00 pm - June 7 @ 2:00 pm

New Summit’s investors, partners and guests will explore the retreat's theme, "Integrating the Double Bottom Line: How Social Impact Drives Financial Return." Leaving ample time for individual reflection and enjoying the Garrison Institute's natural beauty, the retreat will foster conversation and connection among thought leaders, practitioners, and participants in the fast-growing field of impact investing.

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Mind & Life Summer Research Institute

June 8 @ 3:00 pm - June 14 @ 12:00 pm

The Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (SRI), now in its sixteenth year, is a week-long immersive, residential program designed to foster collaborative research across the sciences and humanities, based on a process of inquiry and dialogue with contemplative practitioners and professionals engaged in applied work. The program incorporates academic presentations, informal breakout groups, poster presentations, and regular contemplative sessions, including daily yoga and a full-day silent retreat.

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Sharon Blackie: The Mythic Imagination: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday

June 14 @ 3:00 pm - June 16 @ 2:00 pm

During this workshop, award-winning writer, psychologist, and mythologist Dr. Sharon Blackie will guide participants through an exploration of the many ways in which myth and fairy tales can inform our journeys through life. We’ll delve deeply into beautiful old stories, come to understand the mythic patterns which underpin our lives, and learn how to work with the archetypal characters, places, and situations which influence the choices we make. (For women only.)

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Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche Annual Retreat

June 16 @ 3:00 pm - June 21 @ 2:00 pm

The purpose of the retreat, which is designed for both beginning and advanced practitioners, is to introduce the participants to the true nature of our mind through the practice of Dzogchen meditation. The Buddha teaches that we each possess, as our ultimate nature, a pure all-encompassing wisdom, filled with compassion, rather than attachment.

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Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche: Pristine Mind Meditation: Awakening the Enlightenment Within You

June 21 @ 3:00 pm - June 23 @ 2:00 pm

In this in-depth retreat based on his book, "Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness,"renowned meditation master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche will provide precise, experiential instructions and guided meditations drawn from the Dzogchen mind-class teachings in order to make the life-transforming realization of the pristine nature of mind attainable for all. These teachings are deeply relevant whether we are just seeking a happier life or are pursuing the spiritual journey all the way to enlightenment.

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Actualizing a Realizational Practice: Buddhist Meditation and Psychoanalysis

June 21 @ 3:00 pm - June 23 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat, specially tailored for psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, and mental health practitioners, integrates Buddhist principles, psychoanalytic concepts, social dreaming, extensive meditation practices, and discussions on the interrelation between Buddhism and psychoanalysis within the structure of a traditional Zen Buddhist retreat format.

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Marla Teyolia and Crystal McCreary: Pause + Press Play: A Rejuvenation Retreat for Women of Color

June 21 @ 3:00 pm - June 23 @ 2:00 pm

For many women of color, the practice of self-care is perceived as a luxury. Our lives are full and our stressors are innumerable. Taking time to replenish body, mind, and spirit is a radical form of activism that is directly related to how well we can take care of yourself, your family, and your community. This yoga and mindfulness retreat is designed by and for women of color.

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Dar Williams: Writing A Song That Matters

June 24 @ 10:00 am - June 28 @ 2:00 pm

This workshop is for anyone that wants to write a song that counts: for ourselves, for the people (or pets) we love and for the world. Our songs can be funny, heavy, catchy or sappy. We’ll just be looking for ways to say what we really want to say.

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Garrison Institute Writer’s Circle June

June 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Garrison Institute Writer’s Circle seeks to hold space in our busy lives for creative practice. We meet monthly for a collaborative writing workshop that includes time for meditation, reflection, writing, and sharing. All writers are welcome to attend this free, ongoing program.

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Irene R. Siegel: Center Point Counseling: The Path of the Shaman

June 28 @ 3:00 pm - June 30 @ 2:00 pm

This will be a weekend retreat of spiritual initiation, based in the tradition of Incan Shamanism. Learn to dream your world into being, to journey into the non-ordinary realms, and to work with the forces of nature, and inner guides to transform your reality as planetary consciousness awakens.

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Sylvia Boorstein: Every Moment is a Moment of Practice

June 28 @ 3:00 pm - June 30 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat will emphasize the development of Mindfulness, especially with the cultivation of the Divine Abodes (Love, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity) as antidotes to the afflictive energies (fear, greed, anger, confusion) that cloud the mind and preclude the mind’s natural good will from manifesting. In all the sessions, there will be didactic instructions, periods of practice of meditation, and time for Q&A. The retreat will be held in silence, except for Q&A sessions, in order for people to enjoy the pleasure of resting their minds in non-demanding, private silence surrounded by a community of silent supporters. Mindful Yoga Movement sessions will be offered each morning by Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmunds.

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Sylvia Boorstein: Timeless Wisdom, Timely Action

June 28 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm

Sylvia Boorstein opens up a community talk on the path to happiness during our contemporary world, and in the context of "Timeless Wisdom, Timely Action." A free community talk, open to the public but with limited space and registration required.

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Mindful Schools Mindful Teacher Certification Program 2020

June 30 @ 3:00 pm - July 5 @ 2:00 pm

The Mindful Schools' Mindful Teacher Certification Program is designed for educators who are passionate about deepening their personal mindfulness practice and gaining the skills and experience necessary to effectively share their mindfulness practice with students and peers.

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July 2019

Mary Anne Best and Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler: Centering Prayer: A Summer Intensive

July 5 @ 1:00 pm - July 7 @ 2:00 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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New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care: Summer Sesshin

July 5 @ 3:00 pm - July 12 @ 2:00 pm

Sesshin means “touching the heart-mind.” It is a cornerstone of Zen practice. Sesshin is an intensive practice period offering an opportunity to experience your essential nature. At our annual summer silent retreat, we will practice zazen together under the guidance of NYZCCC teachers Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell and Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, their teacher, Sensei Dorothy Dai-En Friedman, and Guest Teacher Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma.

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Zen Garland: Entry Into the Interactional Co-creative Multiverse

July 12 @ 3:00 pm - July 14 @ 2:00 pm

3-day silent sesshin.

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Lama Surya Das: The Natural Great Awakening: Dzogchen Center’s Summer Meditation Retreat

July 14 @ 3:00 pm - July 21 @ 2:00 pm

We invite you to join us for a glorious week of awakening to the joy of naturally-arising awareness and discovering the timeless and inspiring heart-essence instructions of Dzogchen; the View, Meditation and Action of the Great Perfection. Led by Dzogchen lineage holder Lama Surya Das, our annual Summer Dzogchen Meditation Retreat is open to all, regardless of your level of practice.

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Downtown Meditation: Three-Day Insight Meditation Retreat

July 19 @ 3:00 pm - July 22 @ 3:00 pm

This three-day silent retreat will be held in the traditional insight meditation style. The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation. Experience in insight meditation is required.

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July Personal Retreat Weekend

July 19 @ 3:00 pm - July 21 @ 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 Schools Mindful Teacher Certification Program 2019 Closing Retreat

July 22 @ 3:00 pm - July 27 @ 2:00 pm

The Mindful Schools' Mindful Teacher Certification Program is designed for educators who are passionate about deepening their personal mindfulness practice and gaining the skills and experience necessary to effectively share their mindfulness practice with students and peers.

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Mindful Schools Graduate Retreat

July 22 @ 3:00 pm - July 27 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for two beginning days in silent practice, then moving into community building and workshopping on creating a mindful school. Program open to Mindful Schools Certification graduates.

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CARE for Teachers: Twelfth Annual Retreat

July 29 @ 3:00 pm - August 2 @ 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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August 2019

Dar Williams: Writing a Song that Matters

August 5 @ 10:00 am - August 9 @ 2:00 pm

This workshop is for anyone that wants to write a song that counts: for ourselves, for the people (or pets) we love and for the world. Our songs can be funny, heavy, catchy or sappy. We’ll just be looking for ways to say what we really want to say.

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Creating a Culture of Mindfulness at Work: Consultants and Coaches Retreat

August 14 @ 3:00 pm - August 16 @ 2:00 pm

This unconference-style retreat is presented by Mindful Leader and the Garrison Institute. We will dive deep into the day-to-day realities of consulting and coaching for successful implementations of mindfulness-based programs. The format will be highly participatory and generative.

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Creating a Culture of Mindfulness at Work: Champions Retreat

August 16 @ 3:00 pm - August 18 @ 2:00 pm

This unconference-style retreat is presented by Mindful Leader and the Garrison Institute. We will dive deep into the day-to-day realities of consulting and coaching for successful implementations of mindfulness-based programs. The format will be highly participatory and generative

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Awake in Nature: End of Summer Retreat

August 16 @ 3:00 pm - August 18 @ 2:00 pm

Join yoga and meditation teacher Leslie Mott for a mindful weekend in the natural world. Opportunities for bird watching, hiking, star gazing, yoga and meditation will make this a weekend of mindfulness and renewal.

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Sharon Salzberg and Ethan Nichtern: Confidence and the 8 Vicissitudes

August 23 @ 3:00 pm - August 25 @ 2:00 pm

Join Sharon Salzberg and Ethan Nichtern this summer to explore the topics of confidence and the 8 vicissitudes. The 8 vicissitudes, also known as the 8 worldly dharmas or 8 worldly preoccupations, are four pairs of opposites: happiness and suffering; fame and insignificance; praise and blame; gain and loss.

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Jack Kornfield: Loving Awareness: Awakening the Wise Heart

August 30 @ 3:00 pm - September 2 @ 4:00 pm

This retreat is an invitation for experienced and new practitioners to deepen in wisdom and compassion. Join us in practice—in the midst of success and difficulty, collective and personal—to quiet the mind, open the heart, and awaken to courage, joy, and steady compassion together. Through heartfelt teachings, dialogue and questions, wisdom practices, delicious silence, and the psychology of the awakened heart, we will learn how to live with inner freedom and love and to bring these blessings to the world.

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September 2019

Grand Master Nan Lu: Tao of Healing – September Qi Weekend

September 6 @ 12:00 pm - September 8 @ 2:00 pm

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

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PESI: Nurses Retreat: Decrease Stress with Mindfulness & Meditation

September 8 @ 3:00 pm - September 12 @ 2:00 pm

While escaping to the majestic Hudson River Valley setting, you'll strengthen your own mindfulness and meditation practice, reduce your stress, and enhance how you experience everything in both your personal and nursing lives. Earning 24 CE hours has never been more relaxing.

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Azul Trilogy: Integrating Lower and Higher Self

September 12 @ 3:00 pm - September 17 @ 2:00 pm

Azul Trilogy: Integrating Lower and Higher Self is a conscious movement retreat that deals directly with the conditioned mind, unveiling the masks that were built to protect us, but inevitably have led to our suffering. Seeing with the eyes of honesty who we are and how we move lifts the veil, frees our higher self and allows us to live our fullest potential.

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Wake Up to Who You Are Zen Retreat

September 13 @ 3:00 pm - September 15 @ 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 interviews with the teachers. This retreat will jointly lead by Roshi Kennedy, Sensei Ray Cietti, and Sensei Carl Bachmann.

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Change is Possible! A Mindfulness-Based Coaching Retreat

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

Many of us desire positive change in our life, yet so few of us know how to create it. Join two uniquely qualified mindfulness teachers in this playful exploration of habits and how to transform them. This retreat will inspire you to let go of age-old habitual patterns of stress reactivity, creating space for new and joyful emotional and behavioral change.

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Women’s Leadership: From Insight to Resilience

September 20 @ 3:00 pm - September 23 @ 2:00 pm

This September, the Garrison Institute is pleased to offer a Women’s Leadership training designed for women in leadership positions within organizations providing social services to transform the lives of women and girls experiencing trauma.

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The Literary Society at Garrison Institute: A Weekend Retreat

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

A Literary Society retreat for members designed to discuss the 900-page biography of Alain Locke with time for quiet enjoyment and group activities.

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Josh Korda, DharmaPunx NYC, and Jessica Morey: The Science and Somatics of Self-Care

September 26 @ 3:00 pm - September 29 @ 2:00 pm

This 3-day retreat will include a variety of contemplative practices that support self-soothing, including guided somatic meditations, dharma talks, relational exercises, and movement techniques. There will be multiple opportunities to ask questions of teachers, as well as times set aside to explore the beautiful hiking trails surrounding the retreat center.

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Twining Vines Sangha Fall Sesshin

September 27 @ 9:00 am - September 29 @ 2:00 pm

Twining Vines Annual weekend retreat. This is an opportunity for us to spend a few days in silence together, with traditional daily Zen practice of seated and walking meditation, working together, Dharma talks, and chanting service.

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October 2019

Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for Humanitarian Aid Workers

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

Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) Training is an experiential skill-building program that will help you develop practices that enhance and sustain physiological and psychological resilience. Our innovative curriculum incorporates secular, non-religious meditation practices; education about the effects of acute and chronic stress on the body and mind; yoga-based and other movement practices; and facilitated discussions and exercises to help you understand your experiences and connect with peers. An outstanding faculty, including former and current humanitarian aid workers, will lead the workshop. The techniques covered are all grounded in cutting-edge research on human resilience For Humanitarian Aid Workers, Human Rights Workers, and Journalists in the field and at headquarters.

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Blue Throat Yoga: Neelakantha Meditation Immersion

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

Neelakantha Meditation is a contemporary meditation practice, based on ancient Svatantra teachings that is accessible to anyone and opens the deepest Self to access freedom, happiness, insight, creativity, and joy in daily life. It works to bring about transformation, healing, and benevolence in life. It is a daily meditation practice that is governed by the principle of effortlessness, which is easy to learn and practice.

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Venerable Amy Miller: The Path to Joy

October 4 @ 3:00 pm - October 6 @ 2:00 pm

A weekend retreat to expand our understanding of why we operate the way we do and how we can transform less than positive experiences into pathways to happiness and fulfillment.

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Lucenscia and Pause i/O: Power, Presence & Impact: A Mindful Path to Mastering Self & Leading Others

October 6 @ 3:00 pm - October 9 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a multi-day mindful leadership retreat to cultivate leadership power, presence and impact. We invite you to travel a master path to cultivate emotional intelligence and mindfulness as you lead yourself, others and your organizations.

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New York Meditation Center Retreat

October 10 @ 3:00 pm - October 13 @ 2:00 pm

Gain deep and powerful rest on this weekend meditation retreat. This is one of the best ways to fast-track your development — a four-day retreat can deliver the benefits of three to six months of regular meditation.

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Lawrence Edwards: Ecstatic Union: The Way Of Poet Saints & Mystics!

October 11 @ 3:00 pm - October 13 @ 2:00 pm

Boundless love, compassion, and joy fill the heart in the depths of meditation, flowing into everyday life. Through the inspired words of poet saints and mystics, along with various meditative practices, we will drench the mind and body in the state of union.

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Norman Fischer and Ruth Ozeki: The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path

October 11 @ 3:00 pm - October 13 @ 2:00 pm

Join poet Norman Fischer and novelist Ruth Ozeki for a unique writing retreat based in Zen meditation, deep wisdom, and the path toward the greater good. Both teachers are Zen priests, and the retreat itself will consist of workshops, feedback, and time apart for solitary reflection and work. All levels of meditators and writers are welcome.

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Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality

October 13 @ 3:00 pm - October 20 @ 2:00 pm

In his meetings, Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions, such as Advaita Vedanta, Kashmir Shivaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mystical Christianity, Sufism, Zen, and so on, and which is also the direct, ever-present reality of our own experience.

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PESI: Anxiety Treatment Certification Retreat: Yoga, Meditation and Whole-Client Approaches

October 20 @ 3:00 pm - October 24 @ 2:00 pm

It’s never been more relaxing to become a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional! In 5 days, you’ll discover how a whole-client approach, integrating contemplative practices, functional medicine tools, cognitive techniques and artistic expression can quiet the mind, cultivate well-being, and wire-in recovery from anxiety and co-morbid depression.

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Contemplative Care Retreat: Turning Poison into Medicine

October 24 @ 3:00 pm - October 27 @ 2:00 pm

The 11th annual Contemplative Care Retreat explores how we can wholeheartedly turn greed, resentment and delusion into generosity, compassion and wisdom in relationship. Through meditation, dharma talks, personal meetings with Teachers, and experiential learning exercises, we will consider ways of caring for each other while cultivating our unique expressions of compassion, courage, and joy. With NYZCCC teachers Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell and Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, their teacher, Sensei Dorothy Dai-En Friedman, and Guest Teacher Leslie Booker.

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