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August 2017

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Dzogchen Retreat

August 25 @ 6:00 pm - August 30 @ 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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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 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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Robert Polito and Tina Chang: No Walls Here: Writing and Art along the Edges, Borders, and Margins

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - September 10 @ 2:00 pm

Join acclaimed poets and teachers Robert Polito and Brooklyn poet laureate Tina Chang for a transformative weekend exploring new hybrid forms in poetry, literature, and the visual arts—curated by Rozanne Gold

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Lion’s Roar Annual Retreat: Boundless Love: How to Generate Compassion for Yourself and Others

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - September 10 @ 2:00 pm

We all want more love in our lives. We want to love, be loved, and love ourselves. It is our deepest longing. In this experiential program with renowned teachers, we will learn Buddhist meditations to open our hearts and experience the love and compassion that has no limits.

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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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What Really Matters in a Spiritual Practice? A Conversation with Sylvia Boorstein and David Ingber

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

A spiritual practice teaches us that what really matters is healing our hearts, healing our relationships, and healing our planet. But how do we cultivate and live with open hearts in these difficult times?

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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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Sensory Awareness Foundation: Live Wide Open

September 15 @ 6:00 pm - September 17 @ 2:00 pm

Why settle for a life half lived? In this Sensory Awareness retreat, we explore ordinary activities in stillness and in motion and learn to awaken the sensitivity that is our birthright. Engaged wholeheartedly in everyday situations, we naturally bring fresh life and a deep knowing to our living world and the people in it.

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(Mis)information Overload: Living in Truth in the Post-Truth Age

September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

On September 19th, at Judson Memorial Church, the Garrison Institute will convene an intimate group of leading voices in technology, journalism, psychology, and the contemplative traditions for a wide-ranging and participatory dialogue to explore actionable strategies for holding on to and living in truth in a post-truth age.

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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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David Rome and Hope Martin: Embodied Listening: Uncovering Our Bodies’ Natural Wisdom

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - September 24 @ 2:00 pm

David Rome and Hope Martin teach Embodied Listening, an intensive but gentle body, mind, and heart training for releasing habitual patterns that constrict our living and relationships. The process of inner listening softens us toward ourselves, helping us become more open and sensitive to the deeper feelings and needs of our ourselves and others.

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Meditation and Yoga Weekend Retreat with Peter Doobinin and Carla Stangenberg

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - September 24 @ 2:00 pm

This two-day retreat will offer students an opportunity to develop stillness and insight, and deepen in mindfulness of the body. The retreat will include periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and yoga.

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PESI: Yoga and Meditation Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

September 28 @ 12:00 am - October 1 @ 12:00 am

Experience the transformational practices of meditation, yoga, self-inquiry, present moment awareness, self-compassion and noble silence, along with their clinical applications, in an ideal setting - the magnificent Hudson Valley. This perfect location is ideal for deepening your learning of both yoga and meditation! All levels are welcome.

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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

The Untold Story of America’s Mindfulness Movement: Then, Now, and the Future

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

Join Daniel Goleman, Richard Davidson, and Jon Kabat-Zinn for a one-time only sharing of their interwoven contributions to the spread of mindfulness in the West. Moderated by David Gelles.

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Barry Magid: Ordinary Mind Zendo Retreat

October 5 @ 12:00 am - October 8 @ 12:00 am

This intensive Zen retreat will be led by Zen teacher Barry Magid and will offer the opportunity for personal interviews and instruction with the teacher.

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Practical Ethics, Profound Emptiness with Ven. Thubten Chodron

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

What makes someone a good leader, and how can we embody those qualities in our own spheres of influence? Join Venerable Thubten Chodron for a weekend of timeless teachings from second century Indian sage Nagarjuna on how to live in line with our values, and by doing so benefit ourselves and all sentient beings. She will teach from her latest…

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Tergar International: 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 Essence of Nonduality: Rupert Spira

October 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 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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The Essence of Nonduality: Rupert Spira

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - October 15 @ 2:00 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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Wisdom Quest for Leaders: A Retreat to Connect, Regenerate and Create Impact

October 16 @ 4:00 pm - October 18 @ 4:00 pm

Being an organizational leader in times of dramatic change is difficult. Wisdom Quest for Leaders is about developing a way of being, so you are able to make decisions with clarity and confidence, and find the best path forward regardless of the obstacles.

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Contemplative Care Retreat 2017: Courage and Joy in Caregiving

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

This annual retreat is for anyone who cares for others, be it in the hospital, hospice, heart, or home. The focus of the retreat is to explore how Buddhist teachings and contemplative practice can be integrated into caregiving for the self and others.

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iBme: 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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Practicing Balance: A Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

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

This primarily silent, Jewish mindfulness meditation retreat will explore the ways in which our practice can support our capacity for finding healthy equilibrium in an off-kilter world. Led by Rabbis Jordan Bendat-Appell, Rachel Cowan, Nancy Flam and Sheila Peltz Weinberg.

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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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Still Mind Zendo Retreat

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - November 12 @ 1:00 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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Twining Vines Sangha Retreat

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - November 12 @ 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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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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A Yoga Retreat for Women: Calm in the Whirlwind

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

Join Ingrid A. Marcroft, Co-Founder of the NYC yoga studio Upper West Side Yoga and Wellness, for our fourth annual women's retreat and be nourished by a warm and supportive circle of powerful women as we practice yoga, share, and restore together.

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Sharon Salzberg and George Mumford: Being Mindful: Enriching Your Everyday Life

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

Join Sharon Salzberg and George Mumford for a weekend retreat exploring the vast potential of life through the cultivation of mindfulness and compassion. Together, Sharon and George offer a complimentary mix of mindfulness and compassion practices for daily life that have helped many in work, relationships, play and everyday happiness.

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Everyday Love: A Conversation on Relationships with Sharon Salzberg and Ethan Nichtern

November 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Is it possible to live an awakened life even in our everyday relationships? Is there such a thing as true love? What does meditation teach us about living with true connection?

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December 2017

Feldenkrais Educational Foundation: Passing The Torch Legacy Forum

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - December 5 @ 1:00 pm

We are gathering to continue the conversation among current training staff and highly experienced members about the future of the educational process for our profession.

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Mark Nepo: The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - December 3 @ 2:00 pm

Mark Nepo will lead an evening reading and conversation exploring The Way Under the Way on Friday, followed by a weekend workshop to explore The One Life We''re Given.

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Performance Wellness: Using Music and Sound as Your Path to Healing, Creativity and Wholeness

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - December 3 @ 2:00 pm

We all in our lifetimes go through an abundance of “performances.” Whether you are a performing artist, a salesman, a quarterback, a corporate CEO, a teacher, a judge, a news anchor, a preacher, or a best man holding a speech for the “dearly beloved," when we take the stage, the “wellness” of our mind, body, and heart is often taken for granted. Performance Wellness does not take the “wellness” of your being for granted as you go through a “performance.” Performance Wellness is a unique practice that uses specifically designed modules as tools for healing those inner voices that control our life’s performances, whether they are personal or professional.

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The Way Under the Way: The Place of True Meeting

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This reading and conversation will center on our connection to the depth of life, that place of true meeting that is always near, where we chance to discover our shared humanity, and common thread of spirit. Through poetry, story, journaling, and dialogue, Mark will guide participants into conversation with their own journey.

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Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein: Integrity as the Path to Happiness

December 7 @ 6:00 pm - December 10 @ 2:00 pm

In this retreat we will explore the path to an enlightened heart and mind through the lens of integrity. The Buddha is said to have focused on developing the qualities of virtue—Generosity, Morality, Renunciation, Wisdom, Energy, Patience, Truthfulness, Determination, Lovingkindness and Equinimity—as the basis for his liberation through keen and loving attention. We will explore how these virtues are manifestations of wisdom as well as supports for it.

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Experimenting with Voice along the Borders of Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction

December 15 @ 6:00 pm - December 17 @ 2:00 pm

A Twenty-First Century Writing Workshop. Join renowned poets Robert Polito and Gregory Pardlo for a transformative weekend of literary and artistic exploration—curated by Rozanne Gold

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

December 15 @ 6:00 pm - December 17 @ 2:00 pm

This special retreat will focus on learning how to meditate, and include talks, sitting and walking meditation, yoga in place, guided meditation, group discussion, and optional one-on-one interviews with a meditation instructor.

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Meredith Monk: Voice as Practice

December 15 @ 6:00 pm - December 17 @ 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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Village Zendo Year-End Meditation Retreat with Roshi Enkyo O’Hara

December 26, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - January 1, 2018 @ 11:00 am

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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March 2018

Morning Star Zendo Retreat: Beyond Mindfulness

March 1, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - March 4, 2018 @ 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 interview with the teachers. This retreat will jointly lead by Roshi Kennedy, Sensei Ray Ciette, Sensei Carl Bachmann.

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