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March 2019

Writer’s Circle March

March 27 @ 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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Bruce D. Schneider and Luke Iorio: Uncover: A Retreat for Creating the Life of Your Dreams

March 28 @ 3:00 pm - March 31 @ 2:00 pm

In this retreat, Bruce D. Schneider and Luke Iorio will guide you through the “Uncover” process, where you will learn through dialogue and experiential teaching how to remove the layers of all that you are not, to reveal the truth of who you are.

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The Sacred as Sanctuary: Place and Practice in Uncertain Times

March 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Cathedral invites you to a conversation with Scholar-in-Residence Elaine Pagels and physician and best-selling author Siddhartha Mukherjee on the intersections of spirituality, culture, and the human experience, with Garrison Institute co-founder Jonathan Rose, and The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel, Dean of the Cathedral.

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April 2019

Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda: The Science of Chakras

April 1 @ 12:00 am - April 4 @ 12:00 am

Get inspired in this three-day retreat; immerse yourself in meditation, asanas, pranayama, and talks covering different aspects of Chakras. This is a valuable and unique opportunity for practitioners of yoga and spiritual aspirants to learn from a renowned yoga master, author, and the founder of the Yoga in Daily Life system.

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Mary NurrieStearns: PESI: 5-Day Certificate Program: Yoga and Meditation Retreat

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - April 5 @ 2:00 pm

Working in the mental health industry? Rejuvenate yourself and your healing abilities with this incredible retreat. Experience the transformational practices of meditation, yoga, self-inquiry, present moment awareness, self-compassion, and noble silence, along with their clinical applications. This retreat is ideal for deepening your learning of both yoga and meditation! All levels are welcome. Earning 22 CE hours has never been more relaxing.

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Open Gate Sangha: Silent Retreat with Adyashanti

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

This seven-night silent retreat with Adyashanti includes talks, dialogue sessions, and several periods of meditation.

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Rabbi Yael Levy: A Way In: Preparing the Heart and Soul for Passover

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

During Passover, the Festival of Liberation, we are urged to feel as if we too are being brought into a wide expanse of freedom and possibility. On this pre-Pesach retreat, we will engage in practices to lift our spirits, soften our hearts, and expand our awareness so that courage, inspiration, and connection can rise and guide us forward. This retreat is open to people of all faiths, traditions, and practice. We hope you can join us.

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Ron Young: Healing Wisdom: The Medicine of Spirit International Training

April 12 @ 3:00 pm - April 18 @ 2:00 pm

The Spiritual Healer stands within Self-Knowing and knows who he is in Self, in relation to God, and in Spirit. In this knowing there is no distance between the Spiritual Healer, God, and Spirit; there is no mask to hide behind, no posture of superiority, and no acts of judgment. He is the bearer of a great treasure–The Medicine of Spirit.

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Mark Matousek and Maria Sirois: Writing For Resilience: The Life Saving Power of Changing Your Story

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

In this workshop for writers of all levels, we’ll explore the connection between resilience and storytelling, and how reframing personal narratives can free us from limiting beliefs and help us create a happier future.

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Toko Kyudojo: Just Your Practice: Annual Intensive with Don Symanski

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - April 21 @ 2:00 pm

In this program we will look closely at our personal kyudo practice. The challenges of engaging the kyudo form with deeper effort allows us to experience our practice in a more intimate way. These very challenges are the means by which our intentions and motivations to practice are exposed.

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Loch Kelly and Anna-Lisa Adelberg: Effortless Heart Mindfulness: Level Two Retreat

April 18 @ 3:00 pm - April 21 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat is designed to provide 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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John Tarrant: Into the Mystery: Cultivating Not Knowing and Creativity as Acts of Leadership

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - April 21 @ 2:00 pm

Zen teachers have thought a lot about the apparent impossibility of most problems and taught people to depend on uncertainty, and not-knowing. They taught us that we should enter an area of difficulty without having to know beforehand how it’s all going to work out. Their stories and meditations became the Zen koan path. You don’t need any experience in meditation to take this path.

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Writer’s Circle April

April 24 @ 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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Dr. Jan Willis: Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship Convocation 2019

April 25 @ 3:00 pm - April 28 @ 2:00 pm

“Making the Invisible, Visible: A Multimedia Exploration of Race and Racism in the U.S. through a Buddhist Lens" led by Dr. Jan Willis, Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Dr. Wills' doctoral work was in Indic and Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and has published books and numerous articles and essays on Buddhist meditation, women and Buddhism, and Buddhism and race.

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Dr. Jan Willis: Making the Invisible, Visible: Exploring Race and Racism through a Buddhist Lens.

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

We are pleased to invite you to join us for this special community event at the Garrison Institute, which will be led by Dr. Jan Willis during the opening night of the 2019 Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship Convocation. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

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Dr. Jan Willis: Making the Invisible, Visible: Exploring Race and Racism through a Buddhist Lens.

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

We are pleased to invite you to join us for this special community event at the Garrison Institute, which will be led by Dr. Jan Willis during the opening night of the 2019 Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship Convocation 2019.

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Timeless Wisdom, Timely Action: Lifespan Learning Institute’s Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - April 28 @ 4:00 pm

We can learn the tools to help us make a difference in how our inner awareness and changes in our relationship with the world around us can support the cultivation of well-being in our lives. This gathering of scientists, clinicians, contemplative practitioners, ecological activists and others engaging in direct conversations about how to harness the human capacity to alter cultural evolution for wise action has never been more timely than right now.

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Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join renowned spiritual teacher Rupert Spira as we explore the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great spiritual traditions, such as Advaita Vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism, Buddhism, mystical Christianity, Zen and Sufism, and which is also the ever-present reality of our own experience.

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Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality

April 28 @ 3:00 pm - May 5 @ 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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May 2019

Terry Fralich and PESI: 5-Day Certificate Program: Mindfulness & Meditation in Clinical Practice

May 13 @ 3:00 pm - May 17 @ 2:00 pm

Working in the mental health industry? Rejuvenate yourself and your healing abilities with an incredible retreat in the Garrison Institute, a former Capuchin monastery overlooking the beautiful Hudson River. Earning 22 CE hours has never been more relaxing.

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Self-Realization Fellowship Regional Weekend Retreat

May 17 @ 3:00 pm - May 19 @ 2:00 pm

The Self Realization Fellowship's Regional Weekend Retreat is a silent retreat conducted by its monastics and includes classes on Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings, group meditations, kirtan, and inspirational talks. Students are encouraged to use the ample free time for personal meditation, introspection, and deep reflection.

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Workplace Wellness Leadership Summit

May 21 @ 2:00 pm - May 23 @ 2:00 pm

The Workplace Wellness Leadership Summit brings together leaders across all sectors who are focused on the health and well-being of their company’s employees to connect and share best practices. Together, we’ll hone new strategies for improving employee engagement, build a community of like-minded peer leaders, and learn from other industry innovators who are developing new ways to help their organizations thrive.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CARE for Teachers: Thirteenth 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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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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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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