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August 2018

Phebe Khalil: Yoga Dosha: Reset and Revive Yoga and Meditation Retreat

August 23 @ 3:00 pm - August 26 @ 2:00 pm

We will utilize this time of transition between Summer and Fall to ground and re-connect. Using yoga and meditation as a tool to create simple habits designed to help you bring a sense of zen into your daily routine.

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Summer’s End Personal Retreat

August 24 @ 3:00 pm - August 26 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a special personal retreat to mark the summer’s end and set your intention for the fall. You can spend time in your personal spiritual practice, but also take advantage of optional yoga and meditation instruction as well.

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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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Annie Finch: The Healing Spiral of Words: Transformation Through the Rhythms of Language

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

Healing Spiral of Words is a deeply transformational path to discovering and integrating the wisdom of mind, body, heart, will, and spirit. This workshop will bring participants on a creative journey of self-exploration and self-expression as we tap into patterned language’s power. No previous writing experience is necessary.

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Charles Eisenstein: Flipping the Script on Climate Change

September 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join renowned author and philosopher, Charles Eisenstein, as he discusses his new book, "Climate: A New Story," in which he advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions to see the broader picture beyond our short-sighted and incomplete approach to climate change.

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Garrison Institute Writer’s Circle September

September 26 @ 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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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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Sensei Bonnie Myotai Treace: Meditation Retreat and Jukai

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

Silent meditation retreat with emphasis on the radical and simple Buddhist precepts - the practice of a Bodhisattva. The retreat will include talks, private meetings with Sensei, and a vows ceremony on Sunday.

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

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 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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Generative Social Fields Gathering

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - October 3 @ 4:00 pm

In many ways, the whole quest to better understand generative social fields reflects a system’s view of life, focusing us on the interconnectedness of our shared mental experiences that may often be overlooked in a non-systems perspective on reality.

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October 2018

Dr. Dan Siegel: The Wheel of Awareness: A Science-Based Meditation Practice

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Whether you have no experience with a reflective practice or are an experienced practitioner, Dan Siegel will guide us through his groundbreaking and powerful “Wheel of Awareness” meditation practice. Based on the power of the principle "where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows," Siegel will reveal how developing this practice can help us focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention - literally helping us grow a healthier brain and reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in our lives.

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Foundations of Focalizing: October Weekend Retreat

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

Join The Focalizing Institute for an experiential weekend retreat to learn Focalizing as a method of healing, building resilience, growing and profoundly affecting the quality of the lives of both you and those you support. This powerful human technology was developed over the past 30 years and it offers anyone the ability to connect with the innate intelligence of their body to enable positive shifts in the quality of their lives.

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

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join three activists on the first evening of their weekend retreat on Mindfulness for Social Justice to discuss how mindfulness can help us see reality more clearly when our actions are motivated by a desire for justice.

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Jacqueline Carter and James Gimian in Coversation: The Mind of the Leader

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Jacqueline Carter of The Potential Project, a global leadership training, organizational development and research firm, discuss her new book, The Mind of the Leader, with James Gimian, the Executive Director for the Foundation for a Mindful Society, at Delos Living in NYC. There will be a reception and book sales and signing after the event.

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Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Renowned spiritual teacher Rupert Spira will explore with us 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

October 12 @ 3:00 pm - October 19 @ 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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Paul Hawken’s Drawdown: The Movement to Reverse Global Warming Accelerates

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

During this illuminating talk and slideshow, Paul Hawken circles back almost 18 months after the launch of climate change-based Project Drawdown. What has the response to his extensive research been from global activists, political leaders, and scientists around the world?

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Two Rivers Zen: Realizational Practices Study

October 19 @ 3:00 pm - October 21 @ 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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iBme: Mindfulness Retreat for Parents, Teachers, and Youth-Serving Professionals

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

This retreat explores mindfulness through formal meditation periods and relational mindfulness activities. Each day will be held primarily in silence and will include sitting and walking meditation, dynamic small group activities, movement, and free time.

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Facing Life’s Challenges: A Lion’s Roar Buddhist Retreat

October 19 @ 3:00 pm - October 21 @ 3:00 pm

Fear, anxiety, stress, despair—these are just some of the painful emotions we find ourselves struggling with every day. But while these emotions can seem overwhelming, they needn’t overtake us. Three outstanding Buddhist teachers show us how to be with our unquiet hearts and minds while acknowledging real threats in a world that feels increasingly unsettled or even unsafe. Together we’ll explore how to experience liberation from fear and other difficult emotions so that we can meet life’s challenges with wisdom and equanimity.

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Garrison Institute Writer’s Circle October

October 24 @ 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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NYZCCC Contemplative Care Retreat 2018: Compassion and Intimacy

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

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care's tenth annual Contemplative Care Retreat will explore teachings from Shantideva’s iconic text "The Way of the Bodhisattva," on the nature of existence and compassion. Through meditation, dharma talks, yoga, personal meetings with Guiding Teachers, and experiential learning we will investigate ways of caring for each other while cultivating our own courage and joy.

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Twining Vines Sangha Weekend Retreat

October 26 @ 9:00 am - October 28 @ 10:00 am

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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November 2018

Personal Retreat Weekend

November 2 @ 3:00 pm - November 4 @ 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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Tergar International: Cortland Dahl & Myoshin Kelley: Meditation & the Science of Human Flourishing

November 2 @ 3:00 pm - November 4 @ 2:00 pm

In this workshop, we will explore cultivating well-being in the same way we can train our bodies to be healthier and and more resilient. It will include teachings on simple meditation practices as well as discussions on the science of self-transformation and the cultivation of well-being.

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Upper West Side Yoga: Yoga Retreat for Women: Calm In The Chaos

November 2 @ 3:00 pm - November 4 @ 2:00 pm

Join Ingrid Marcroft and Upper West Side Yoga students and their friends for our fifth annual women's yoga retreat and be nourished by a warm and supportive circle of powerful women as we practice yoga, share, and restore together. The intensity of the yoga practice will range from gentle/restorative to strong -- practitioners of all levels are welcome, and we will modify as needed.

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Fourth Biennial Contemplative Care Symposium, Building a Community of Care

November 8 @ 3:00 pm - November 11 @ 12:00 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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Naropa in New York presents Reed Bye: Perception as Seed of Poetry

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Perception as Seed of Poetry" with Reed Bye will explore the intimate relation between perception and poetic expression. The view on perception will be grounded in Buddhist insights.

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Cynthia Bourgeault: From Narrative Self to Witnessing Self: Crossing the Threshold

November 14 @ 3:00 pm - November 18 @ 2:00 pm

This silent, meditation-based teaching retreat will offer both a theoretical and a practical exploration of the gradual transition from a more limited sense of selfhood anchored in personal story-telling and drama to a more spacious and less cognitively constructed selfhood, widely known as “Witnessing Presence.” While the retreat is open to experienced meditators on all paths, it will hold particular interest for advanced practitioners of Centering Prayer, where it will unpack some of the key ideas in Cynthia’s highly acclaimed book—particularly the whole notion of “nondual personhood.”

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Still Mind Zendo Retreat

November 16 @ 3:00 pm - November 18 @ 2:00 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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Garrison Institute Writer’s Circle November

November 28 @ 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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Meredith Monk: Voice as Practice

November 30 @ 3:00 pm - December 2 @ 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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Robert Polito and Adam Fitzgerald: Reinventing Voice

November 30 @ 3:00 pm - December 2 @ 2:00 pm

Join renowned writers Robert Polito and Adam Fitzgerald for a transformative weekend of literary and artistic exploration, curated by Rozanne Gold.

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December 2018

Mark Nepo: More Together Than Alone: The Power of Spirit and Community

December 7 @ 3:00 pm - December 9 @ 2:00 pm

This weekend retreat is based on the publication of Mark's new book, "More Together Than Alone." After twelve years of research, Mark has gathered stories and lessons of community from across cultures and history, with the aim of affirming that, despite the hardships always present, we are more together than alone.

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Ethan Nichtern and Sharon Salzberg: Real Change

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

Many of us find our conditioning (personal, familial and societal) urges us to be, as Ethan Nichtern wrote some years ago, "separate, selfish, and scared." In this retreat, through dialogue, meditation practice and reflection, we will explore the movement from there to a life based on being connected, compassionate, and courageous.

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

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

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

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Garrison Institute Writer’s Circle December

December 19 @ 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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Village Zendo Year-End Retreat With Roshi Enkyo O’Hara

December 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

The Village Zendo's year-end 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 enjoy the beauty of the Hudson River Valley.

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January 2019

Embodying Practice: A New Year’s Resolution Retreat

January 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - January 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

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

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January Personal Retreat

January 18, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - January 20, 2019 @ 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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Grand Master Nan Lu: Tao of Healing – January Qi Weekend

January 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - January 27, 2019 @ 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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March 2019

Rich Fernandez and Michelle Maldonado: Search Inside Yourself

March 1, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - March 3, 2019 @ 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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OneDanceTribe New York International Conscious Movement Gathering

March 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - March 12, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

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

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