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April 2018

Loch Kelly: Effortless Mindfulness: Level 2 Retreat

April 27 @ 3:00 pm - April 29 @ 2:00 pm

In this weekend retreat, we will first learn how to unhook awareness from thinking and have it turn around to be aware from awake awareness. Then, we will begin to welcome and liberate our inner shadow parts from effortless heart mindfulness. Effortless mindfulness helps us shift from a self-centered identity to an empty, yet open-hearted, way of seeing and being.

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Personal Retreat Weekend

April 27 @ 3:00 pm - April 29 @ 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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Venerable Amy Miller: Karma and the Nature of Mind

April 27 @ 3:00 pm - April 29 @ 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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May 2018

Toko Kyudojo: 20th Anniversary Celebration with Don Symanski

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

This year our program will celebrate our teacher Don Symanski. We will review the past twenty years of annual programs and revisit old shooting forms.

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Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter: The Mind of the Leader

May 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Study after study shows that employees are more disengaged and uninspired than ever. The solution lies not in more management training or fun off-sites, but in looking within — into the mind of the leader. Based on their decades of research and practice, Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter have found that three qualities stand out as being foundational for leaders today: mindfulness, selflessness and compassion. Together, they are the authors of "The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results."

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

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

Taking time to replenish body, mind, and spirit is a radical form of activism. This weekend is curated to create sacred space to lean into the areas of your life that need the most attention and love through the art of yoga, mindfulness, creativity, and play.

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Meg Levie and Marc Lesser: Search Inside Yourself

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

Developed at Google and based on the latest in neuroscience research, the Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program teaches attention and mindfulness training that build the core emotional intelligence skills needed for effective leadership. The program kicks off with a powerful and interactive in-person experience and is followed by a 4-week online practice period to sustain and integrate learning and growth from the inside-out.

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River View Poetry Getaway

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

Write. Relax. Reconnect. Join us for a writing retreat to recharge your creative spirit, awaken your imagination and breathe new life into your poetry. Enjoy encouraging workshops, supportive feedback, healthy meals and a nurturing community.

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Mindfulness in the C-Suite: When Wellness and Well-Being Matter

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

Mindfulness is being embraced by an increasing number of C-suite leaders as a means to foster wellness in the workplace and gain more clarity, focus, and compassion. What are the challenges and effects of bringing mindfulness to the workplace? How does mindfulness advance wellness and well-being? How do you introduce these practices to your colleagues and staff?

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Naropa in New York Presents Poet Anne Waldman in Performance

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Anne Waldman in Performance: Poetry from her new book, "Extinction Aria": Exegesis, the Realms, How Ink is Blood.

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Grand Master Shi Guolin: Finding Your Yin, an Immersive Qi-Gong Retreat

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

This year's retreat focuses on the unification of the body, breath and mind. In the process of Qi-Gong you are developing and cultivating energy from within the body, while calming the mind and spirit.

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Self Realization Fellowship Regional Weekend Retreat

May 18 @ 3:00 pm - May 20 @ 2:00 pm

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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Garrison Institute Writer’s Circle

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 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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John Tarrant: Attention Is the Most Basic Form of Love: A Workshop on the Creative Stories of Zen

May 25 @ 3:00 pm - May 27 @ 2:00 pm

In this workshop, we will dive into the great questions of who we are and why we are here. You will learn meditations that will follow you around like a good dog or a friend. These meditations will always be there when you need them. There will be teaching sessions, sitting meditation, exercises in embodiment, walking meditation, poetry, conversation, and writing.

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

May 25 @ 3:00 pm - May 27 @ 2:00 pm

In today's world of endless noise and distraction, we invite you to take part in a weekend retreat that will allow you to slow down and bask in silence, healing sound, and nourishing yoga practices. Join teachers and guides Amy Soucy, David Ellenbogen, and Shawna Emerick for a true digital detox over Memorial Day weekend.

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June 2018

Mind and Life Summer Research Institute

June 2 @ 3:00 pm - June 8 @ 2:00 pm

The Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (SRI) is a week-long immersive experience designed to foster collaborative research in behavioral science, neuroscience, clinical science and the humanities, based on a process of inquiry, dialogue and collaboration with contemplative practitioners and scholars. The 2018 program will investigate cultural forces of difference through scientific, philosophical, sociological and first-person perspectives.

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Sharon Salzberg with Mark Bertin and Christopher Willard: Raising Resilient Children

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Sharon Salzberg in Conversation with Mark Bertin, MD and Christopher Willard, PsyD. Buzz words such as "thriving"; "resilience"; and "mindfulness"; may fill headlines and sell books, but what do they really mean, and how do we cultivate these traits in ourselves and our families?

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Grand Master Nan Lu: Tao of Healing – Qi Weekend

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - June 10 @ 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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Sharon Salzberg and Dan Siegel: The Science and Practice of Kindness, Connection, and Love

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join two of the world’s most notable meditation teachers as they come together for a special daylong program investigating the neural correlates of consciousness and love.

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Into Unity Consciousness: The Christian Contemplative Journey

June 13 @ 1:00 pm - June 17 @ 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 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 increasing sensitivity to the divine presence in, through and beyond everything that happens.

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The Christian Contemplative Journey: Movie Screening

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A free community event that will include a showing of a video of Fr. Thomas Keating, "Human Evolution." The presenters will add their own comments, and will then be responding to questions from the audience.

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New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care Summer Sesshin: Teachings on the Zen Precepts

June 15 @ 3:00 pm - June 22 @ 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, and their teacher, Sensei Dorothy Dai-En Friedman.

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Charles Eisenstein: The Space Between Stories

June 22 @ 3:00 pm - June 25 @ 2:00 pm

The purpose of this gathering is to generate a collective field of insight, clarity, and evolution in navigating “the space between stories,” that lies between an old and new story-of-self and story-of-the-world. This gathering is intended for people in that phase of the journey, or who can see it coming, or perhaps have recently gone through it into a new story that isn’t yet fully formed.

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Foundations of Focalizing: A Three Part Training on Somatic Healing for Individuals & Practitioners

June 29 @ 3:00 pm - July 1 @ 2:00 pm

The Focalizing Institute presents a three part training on how to use Focalizing, a somatic (body awareness) based approach, to help heal and transcend challenges of trauma, depression, anxiety, intimacy and more. This deeply experiential program is designed to support individuals seeking personal growth as well as professional clinicians to utilize Focalizing to profoundly transform the quality of their lives and the lives of the people they support. This is the first of a three-part program.

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July 2018

Mindful Schools Mindful Teacher Certification Program 2019 Opening Retreat

July 2 @ 3:00 pm - July 7 @ 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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Open Gate Sangha: 5-Night Silent Retreat with Mukti

July 8 @ 3:00 pm - July 13 @ 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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Wendy Palmer: Leadership Embodiment Retreat Intensive

July 12 @ 3:00 pm - July 15 @ 2:00 pm

The Leadership Embodiment (LE) model is used in this self-development course for coaches, OD professionals, leadership facilitators and educators to break down, study and attend to the critical 70% of communication that is non-verbal. Retreats are an opportunity to come together with the community for more intensive practice of the LE work.

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Lama Surya Das: The Natural Great Awakening: Dzogchen Center’s Summer 2018 Meditation Retreat

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

We invite you to join Dzogchen Lineage Holder Lama Surya Das for our annual Summer Dzogchen Meditation Retreat at the beautiful Garrison Institute as we awaken to the joy of naturally-arising timeless awareness and discover the View, Meditation and Action of the Great Perfection: timeless and inspiring heart-essence instructions passed down in this contemplative tradition for many centuries.

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Foundations of Focalizing: A Three-Part Training on Somatic Healing for Individuals & Practitioners

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

The Focalizing Institute presents a three-part training on how to use Focalizing, a somatic (body awareness) based approach, to help heal and transcend challenges of trauma, depression, anxiety, intimacy and more. This deeply experiential program is designed to support individuals seeking personal growth as well as professional clinicians to utilize Focalizing to profoundly transform the quality of their lives and the lives of the people they support. This is the second of a three-part program.

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Irene R. Siegel: Applications of Mindful Resonance to EMDR

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

This highly experiential workshop teaches an innovative approach of using double focus of attention from egoic to expanded awareness through intuitive mindful skills and resonance, enhancing the AIP model within which EMDR is based. The relationship to an accelerated process of higher brain integration and awareness will be linked to skills of silent intuitive processes within an interconnected field of energy and informational flow between therapist and client within each phase of EMDR. This is NOT an EMDR Basic Training, but is open to all EMDR trained and non-EMDR trained mental health professionals, and applicable to a variety of treatment modalities.

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Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification Program – Closing Retreat Class of 2018

July 23 @ 3:00 pm - July 29 @ 2:00 pm

This is a private retreat for those participants completing the Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification Program.

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CARE for Teachers: Twelfth Annual Retreat

July 30 @ 3:00 pm - August 3 @ 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 2018

Roshi Joan Halifax, Frank Ostaseski, and Sharon Salzberg: Standing at the Edge of Love and Death

August 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In Roshi Joan Halifax's new book, Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom where Fear and Courage Meet, she focuses on the ways in which contemplative practice can be a vehicle for personal and social transformation. Join us for this most extraordinary gathering of teachers – Roshi; Frank Ostaseski, and Sharon Salzberg – as they discuss the ways in which we can transform life’s greatest challenges into the most valuable source of our wisdom.

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Frank Ostaseski & Roshi Joan Halifax: Being with Dying: A Retreat on Compassionate Care of the Dying

August 3 @ 3:00 pm - August 5 @ 2:00 pm

In this intensive weekend, we will explore the cultivation of the essential mental/heart qualities and practical skills that allow us to accompany people who are dying and their families through the experience of a catastrophic illness and the dying process. This involves the development of a steady, compassionate, and present-centered awareness that supports us in being strong and stable advocates for those who are suffering and dying. It also affords us the means to be deeply enriched by our care of others.

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Frank Ostaseski and Roshi Joan Halifax: Compassionate Care of the Dying

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

Being with those who are dying can be an intense, intimate, and deeply alive experience. It often challenges old patterns, reveals our deepest clinging, and plunges us into uncertainty. At the same time, it is an opportunity for growth, a journey of continuous discovery, requiring courage and flexibility. Taken as a practice of awareness, we can cultivate a wise heart, compassion, and a capacity for skillful action.

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Dar Williams: Writing A Song That Matters

August 6 @ 10:00 am - August 10 @ 12:00 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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Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

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

The 5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive is a deep dive into the practice of self-compassion in a retreat setting, and designed to cultivate self-compassion skills for daily life.

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Creating a Culture of Mindfulness at Work

August 17 @ 1:00 pm - August 19 @ 1:00 pm

Join an intimate group of internal champions of mindfulness-based practices and compassion training in the corporate sector.

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Azul Trilogy: Three Portals of Healing

August 17 @ 3:00 pm - August 22 @ 2:00 pm

Azul Trilogy is 6 day conscious movement retreat through Three Portals of Healing: Mother, Father and God, which point us toward our childhood, and help us identify a core wound. Inside the portals reside all areas of human conflict and struggle, as well as our key to freedom.

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

August 27 @ 3:00 pm - August 31 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat will focus on the contemplation of Green Tara, the bodhisattva who is the embodiment of compassion, as a means to understand the interconnectedness of all life, to transcend external hardship and transform hope and fear. Transcending hardship and transforming hope and fear ultimately lead to the realization of “inner” Tara, which takes us beyond hope and fear.

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Jack Kornfield: Loving Awareness, Wisdom, and Compassion in Tough Times

August 31 @ 3:00 pm - September 3 @ 2:00 pm

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 2018

Grand Master Nan Lu: Tao of Healing – Qi Weekend

September 7 @ 12:00 pm - September 9 @ 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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Terry Fralich: PESI Certificate Program: Mindfulness & Meditation in Clinical Practice

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

Intensive multi-day mindfulness and meditation for clinical practice. A blend of lecture, experiential activities and restorative practices.

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Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg: Experiencing Insight and Love

September 13 @ 3:00 pm - September 16 @ 2:00 pm

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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Alan Wallace: Lucid Dreaming and Dream Yoga

September 18 @ 3:00 pm - September 25 @ 2:00 pm

During this week-long retreat, Alan Wallace will discuss the relation between lucid dreaming and dream yoga, including areas of complementarity and divergence. In addition, throughout the week, retreatants will be taught how to engage in the daytime and nighttime practices of dream yoga.

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Josh Korda and Jessica Morey: Self-Therapy: Befriending and Healing the Wounds of the Emotional Mind

September 27 @ 3:00 pm - September 30 @ 2:00 pm

Early Buddhist philosophy and many modern psychological systems view the heart-mind as a complex system of multiple sub-personalities each with differing agendas. Some parts worry, others achieve, scold, seek pleasure, offer comfort or criticism. In this retreat we'll explore how to connect with our diverse inner parts and integrate their wisdom into practice and life.

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Naropa in New York presents Judith Simmer-Brown: Feminine Wisdom in Leadership

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tibetan Buddhism offers a paradigm for leadership inspired by the sacred feminine that flourishes in the face of change and fosters community through dialogue. This presentation draws from the dakini tradition of Tibet as well as cutting-edge organizational development literature to suggest fresh approaches to leadership development.

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Sensei Ray Cicetti: Empty Bowl Zen Community

September 28 @ 3:00 pm - September 30 @ 12:00 pm

A retreat with includes a lot of meditation, both sitting and walking. In addition there will be dharma talks and private interviews with teacher.

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October 2018

George Mumford, Rose Pavlov, and Rhonda Magee: Mindfulness for Social Justice

October 5 @ 3:00 pm - October 7 @ 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 and discussions to support you in finding a deeper ground for peaceful collaboration with others.

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Foundations of Focalizing: A Three Part Training on Somatic Healing for Individuals & Practitioners

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

The Focalizing Institute presents a three part training on how to use Focalizing, a somatic (body awareness) based approach, to help heal and transcend challenges of trauma, depression, anxiety, intimacy and more. This deeply experiential program is designed to support individuals seeking personal growth as well as professional clinicians to utilize Focalizing to profoundly transform the quality of their lives and the lives of the people they support. This is the third of a three-part program.

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