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June 2018

Garrison Institute Writer’s Circle June

June 27 @ 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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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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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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Garrison Institute Writer’s Circle August

August 8 @ 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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Kristin Neff and Michelle Becker: Mindful Self-Compassion 5-Day Intensive

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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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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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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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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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: 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: Why Mindfulness for Social Justice?

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

In a world of increasing distress and seeming disruption, what is the use of mindfulness? How can it help us see reality more clearly when our actions are motivated by a desire for justice?

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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