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February 2017

Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - February 26 @ 2:00 pm

A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.

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March 2017

Healing Wisdom: Seeing Light

March 2 @ 12:00 am - March 6 @ 2:30 pm

Advanced Meditation and Spiritual Healing Training with Ron Young

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Sharon Salzberg and the Holistic Life Foundation at the NY Insight Meditation Center

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please note: This event is at the NY Insight Meditation Center in New York City. Renowned meditation teacher and best-selling author Sharon Salzberg will moderate the conversation between Ali and Atman Smith and Andy Gonzalez. They will share stories, insights, and wisdom pertinent to those who teach or care for young people living in challenging environments.

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Sharon Salzberg and the Holistic Life Foundation: People Who Care for People

March 10 @ 6:00 pm - March 12 @ 2:00 pm

People who care for people play a vital role in our communities, whether in intimate family circles, larger social networks, or the wide array of helping professions in healthcare, education, social justice and more. How do we balance the desire to help others with our own needs? How do we have compassion for ourselves as well as others?

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Masterful Living Retreat

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - March 19 @ 2:00 pm

A retreat for spiritual spring cleaning to clear the mental and emotional clutter for your freedom!

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Practice Mindfulness on the Spring Equinox : Learn How to Meditate

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

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

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Empty Bowl Zendo 2017 Spring Retreat

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

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

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Discovering Real Love: Sharon Salzberg and bell hooks in Conversation

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join us for a conversation between two extraordinary women. Respected feminist, poet, cultural critic and one of the leading progressive thinkers of our time, bell hooks, will join renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg to talk about the new book, Real Love, an exploration of the art of authentic connection.

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Morning Star Zendo Retreat: Beyond Mindfulness: A Weekend of Zen Practice with Roshi Kennedy, S.J.

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

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

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Cynthia Bourgeault: Centering Prayer and Nondual Awakening

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

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

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April 2017

Silent Retreat with Adyashanti

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

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

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Finding Focus and Clarity: Retreat on the Nature of Mind and the Path to Enlightenment

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - April 16 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for the third annual spring retreat with Ven. Amy Miller hosted by Shantideva Meditation Center. Open to the public, this weekend is a wonderful opportunity to reinvigorate one’s spiritual practice or cultivate a new meditation experience. Deepen your ability to not only understand the nature of the mind, but use it as a tool to awakening.

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Healing Through The Body And Breath: A Yoga Therapy Perspective

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - April 23 @ 12:00 am

In this Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy retreat we will experience and look at the potency of working with the first two koshas, (layers of the self) — the physical body and the breath body in order to address imbalance and promote physical health and well-being. Participants will learn to offer a Range of Motion Assessment, as well as how to teach supportive breath practices to clients and yoga students.

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Earth Day Unplugged: A Sound and Yoga Retreat

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - April 23 @ 2:00 pm

Join teachers and guides Amy Soucy, David Ellenbogen, and Shawna Emerick for a true digital detox over earth day weekend. Restore and renew with yoga, breath and meditation practices, aided by the deep power of sound meditations.

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5Rhythms Waves Teacher Training with Jonathan Horan

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

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

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5Rhythms Teachers Association Refresh

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - April 27 @ 2:00 pm

5Rhythms Teachers Association Refresh alongside 5Rhythms Waves Teacher Training Program Module 1

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Living Through Dying

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

Learn meditative and spiritual practices that empower you to understand and move through the many forms that death takes in life – the death of relationships, loved ones, hopes and dreams, and ultimately oneself. Death opens the way for new life and expanded consciousness when we are prepared to journey through it.

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May 2017

MIND: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please note: This event is in New York City. Join noted neuropsychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author for a lecture on his new book, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human. Neuroscience is the study of the brain, but what can it tell us about the mind?

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Loch Kelly: Living From Open Hearted Awareness: Level 2

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - May 7 @ 2:00 pm

Having experienced some of the initial benefits of meditation, it is now possible to discover awakening as the next stage of your human development. You will learn Loch’s contemporary versions of the ancient wisdom practices of effortless mindfulness and heart mindfulness through a series of awareness inquiries, glimpses, and nondual pointers so that you will learn to live from open-hearted awareness.

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Daniel Siegel: Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - May 7 @ 2:00 pm

In this workshop, we will explore the who, what, where, how, when and why of the mind—of the essence of our selves—by providing a working definition of the mind and how this relates to our embodied brain and our relationships with other people, and with the planet. Come join us in a journey into the nature of mind as we explore well-being, time, and the power of integration to create well-being in our lives.

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Self Realization Fellowship Regional Weekend Retreat

May 19 @ 6:30 pm - May 21 @ 2:00 pm

SRF’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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Waking Up Fabulous: Living our Intentions

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

With Madeline Klyne, La Sarmiento, Larry Yang, and Jacoby Ballard. A Retreat for the LGBTIQ Community. Open to all who identify as: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Queer

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June 2017

Embodying Presence in your Feldenkrais Practice

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

For Feldenkrais Practitioners and fourth year FPTP Students. In this advanced training, you will explore, discover and begin to refine how to enhance your practice as a Feldenkrais practitioner by learning to be more fully present in yourself and with your clients.

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Tao of Healing – Qi Weekend

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

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

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Mind & Life Summer Research Institute 2017

June 5 @ 6:00 pm - June 11 @ 2:00 pm

The Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (SRI), held annually at the Garrison Institute in New York, 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.

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Chemistry of Connection

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

With Tara Bennett-Goleman, Daniel Goleman, RJ Sadowski, and Aaron Wolf. In this workshop we will explore inner, interpersonal, community, inter-species, and environmental dimensions of connectedness. Now more than ever we need to work to resolve our differences by acknowledging a shared attunement that facilitates empathy while not insisting the other agree with us. We can turn toward compassion as our default mode.

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2017 International Focusing-Oriented Therapy Conference

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - June 25 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for the fourth gathering of the international community of Focusing-Oriented therapists. Open to Focusing-Oriented Therapist and related practitioners.

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Beyond Mindfulness: The Direct Approach to Spiritual Awakening

June 22 @ 6:00 pm - June 25 @ 2:00 pm

Whether or not you have practiced mindfulness, you can wake up directly to your timeless, limitless, inherently awake true nature, without the need for elaborate practices or rituals. In this retreat, you will receive profound teachings, direct pointers, guided meditations, and focused inquiry that invite you to wake up, not next year or in another lifetime, but right now.

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Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality

June 25 @ 6:00 pm - July 2 @ 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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July 2017

Josh Korda and Heather Sundberg: The Outer Reaches of Insight

July 11 @ 6:00 pm - July 16 @ 2:00 pm

Focused on some of the oldest and most esoteric Theravadan Buddhist practices that rewire the brain towards happiness and liberation, this retreat will present techniques that allow the neuroplastic brain to release itself from the limiting self-centered circuits, presenting participants with a tour of the mind’s boundless capabilities.

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Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend

July 14 @ 6:00 pm - July 16 @ 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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The Natural Great Awakening with Lama Surya Das

July 16 @ 6:00 pm - July 22 @ 2:00 pm

We invite you to join Dzogchen Lineage Holder Lama Surya Das for our annual Summer Dzogchen Meditation Retreat as we awaken to the joy of naturally-arising timeless awareness.

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Eve Ekman: Expedition with the Atlas of Emotions: Work with Stress and Burnout

July 21 @ 12:00 pm - July 23 @ 3:00 pm

This weekend retreat is built on the Cultivating Emotional Balance training to apply contemplative practices, attention training, and self-inquiry alongside in-depth examination of our emotional habits from trigger to embodied experience and then our responses and reactions. The course includes conceptual contemplative theory of balance, guided meditations, psychologically grounded education of emotion, and applied individual and group practices of mapping our emotions. There is a special focus on working with our over arousal of emotions, chronic stress, and burnout.

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MBSR Fundamentals

July 21 @ 6:00 pm - July 25 @ 2:00 pm

A residential intensive professional MBSR teacher training.

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CARE for Teachers: Eleventh Annual Retreat

July 31 @ 6:00 pm - August 4 @ 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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EMDR as a Transpersonal Therapy: A Cross Cultural Approach Where East Meets West

July 31 @ 6:00 pm - August 4 @ 2:00 pm

Open to all licensed mental health professionals. Approved for 30 EMDRIA credits and 30 CEs provided by Ce-classes.com. NYSED approved. The role of EMDR Therapy in awakening consciousness will be explored as we take the healing of trauma into the realms of a greater cosmic whole in the language of images, sensory experiences, and intuitive knowing. Skills can easily be applied to hypnotherapy, energy psychology, and somatic processing therapies as well as EMDR. Healing practices and philosophies of spiritual and wisdom traditions will be woven into the program along side of western psychology.

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September 2017

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

September 1 @ 6:00 pm - September 4 @ 2:00 pm

Taught by Jack Kornfield with DaRa Williams and Bart Van Melik. This retreat is an invitation for experienced and new practitioners to deepen in wisdom and compassion. Ancient traditions and modern neuroscience show we can train the heart and mind to create a balanced life and a wise society. 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, delicious silence, wisdom practices, and the psychology of the 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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Healing Through The Pranic Body and Conscious Mind: A Yoga Therapy Perspective

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - September 10 @ 12:00 am

In this Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy retreat, participants will examine the healing relationship that the pranamaya and manomaya koshas, or layers of the self, share, and better understand, through theory and practice, how working at this level can bring balance to the body and mind.

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Colin Beavan and Lama Willa Miller: Fierce Compassion: Where Activism Meets Spirituality

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - September 17 @ 2:00 pm

Join authors and Buddhist teachers Colin Beavan (AKA No Impact Man) and Lama Willa Miller of Natural Dharma Fellowship for a workshop on spiritual activism. Colin and Willa guide participants in developing spiritual tools for facing the problems in the world with strength, resilience and openness. Participants will learn to meet emotions squarely and while developing activist tools to help contribute to solutions.

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

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - September 24 @ 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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Cultivating Inner Stillness in a Chaotic World

September 29 @ 9:00 am - October 1 @ 1:00 pm

There is a beauty that begins to form when we live and work with more mindfulness and presence. This weekend immersion is offered for those who want to wake up from the hurricane of chaos, step more solidly into inner stillness and tune into a more heartful way of being in work and life.

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October 2017

Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend

October 6 @ 12:00 am - October 8 @ 12:00 am

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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Living a Meaningful Life

October 6 @ 6:00 pm - October 8 @ 2:00 pm

We seek meaning, purpose, and a sense of belonging as human beings. We often live in pursuit of this fulfillment in a way that is exhausting, and in a world that offers an infinite number of distractions. During this weekend meditation retreat, we will explore ways of practice that help support us in staying true to our hearts in turbulent times.

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The Power of Lucid Dreaming: An Introduction to Lucid Dreaming and the Nocturnal Meditations

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - October 22 @ 2:00 pm

Lucid dreaming and the nocturnal meditations offer an unparalleled opportunity for psychological and spiritual growth. Learn everything you need to know to have these remarkable dreams, and how to use lucid dreaming to invoke lucid living.

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Mindfulness Retreat for Parents, Teachers, and Youth-Serving Professionals

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - October 29 @ 1:00 pm

On this we will explore mindfulness through formal meditation periods and relational mindfulness activities. Each day will be primarily held in silence and will include sitting and walking meditation, small group activities, movement, and free time.

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Mindful Lawyering: A Meditation Retreat for Law Professionals and Students

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - October 29 @ 2:00 pm

A three-day retreat for law professionals and students to explore meditation and its connection to law through talks, small group discussions, and extensive periods of silent practice.

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November 2017

Tsoknyi Rinpoche: Dreamlike Enlightenment: Understanding Illusion from a Dzogchen Perspective

November 3 @ 1:00 pm - November 9 @ 2:00 pm

If even enlightenment is said to be dreamlike what is it to be fully awake, free from all illusion yet with a heart full of compassion? Rinpoche will teach on these profound themes in this retreat from a Dzogchen perspective.

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Bliss And Wisdom: Yoga Therapy For The Innermost Self

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - November 5 @ 1:45 pm

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

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God is Love: A Journey into the Heart of Creation

November 10 @ 5:00 pm - November 16 @ 1:00 pm

A time apart to listen, reflect, be still, and come to know deeply that everything in the universe is prophetic witness of the divine.

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Mark Matousek and Maria Sirois: Writing To Awaken

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - November 19 @ 2:00 pm

Every life is a mixture of shadow and light, loneliness and belonging, disconnection and communion with self and others. In this writing workshop we will explore what is gained, and potentially lost, in the ebb and flow of these experiences, and we’ll offer tools to help us flow between the states of loneliness and belonging with a bit more clarity, calm, curiosity, and humor.

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