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December 2018

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 @ 2:30 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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Peter Doobinin and Carla Stangenberg: Downtown Meditation and Jaya Yoga Center Retreat

January 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - January 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

This three-day meditation and yoga retreat will offer an opportunity to deepen in stillness, insight, and mindfulness of the body. The retreat will be held in silence and will include periods of sitting meditation and yoga.

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New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care: Winter Sesshin

January 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - January 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Sesshin is an opportunity to touch your essential nature and bring heart and mind together. It is the core of Zen practice. We will be exploring the Zen teaching of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi’s “Open the Hand of Thought."

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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. Optional yoga led by an experienced yoga therapist.

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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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Writer’s Circle January

January 30, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 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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February 2019

Krishna Das: The Path of Devotion: Trust in the Heart

February 7, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - February 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Join Krishna Das for a weekend retreat of yoga, chanting and devotional heart-opening practices. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with a group of dedicated seekers and immerse yourself in practices, teachings, and discussions.

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Bucks County Aikido: Winter Aikido and Zen Retreat

February 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - February 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

A Four-Day intensive training and study of Aikido and Zen meditation with the intension to deepen students understanding of the art

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The Restorative Center: Grassroots Restorative Justice Training

February 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - February 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

The Restorative Center facilitates training in our grassroots model of restorative justice for volunteers, teens, and educators. This training will be experiencial and practical, with deep work involved in getting to the wisdom of the community.

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Still Mind Zendo: Winter Sesshin

February 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - February 17, 2019 @ 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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The Westchester Buddhist Center’s Seventh Annual Retreat: The Wisdom of Emotions

February 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - February 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Join the Westchester Buddhist Center for their annual week-long retreat. This will be an intensive exploration of emotions and meditation, and will be led by experienced dharma teachers, authorized by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the Kagyu-Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Writer’s Circle February

February 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 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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March 2019

Michelle Maldonado and Simon Moyes: 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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Lawrence Edwards: Awakening To The Infinite: The Heart of Non-Dual Awareness

March 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - March 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Awaken to your infinite, divine nature by diving into the non-dual teachings and practices of Kashmir Shaivism and Kundalini Shakti, the root power of all yogas and meditation. Through teachings, empowered mantras, chanting, meditations, and contemplations you can unlock the door to the mystic's vision of unity in diversity, seeing the One in the many.

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Omid Safi: Rumi and the Path of Radical Love

March 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - March 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Rumi is well-known as the best-selling poet in the English language, but far less known are the luminous mystics whose path of radical love paved the way for him. Led by author and On Being columnist Omid Safi this retreat offers participants to go deep into Rumi's teachings of love as a redemptive and transformative divine force, as well as the teachings of the Path of Radical Love that paved the way for him.

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Writer’s Circle March

March 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 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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Sensei Ray Cicetti: Empty Bowl Zendo Spring Retreat

March 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - March 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

A retreat which includes a lot of meditation, both sitting and walking. There will be dharma talks and private interviews with the teacher. Some retreat experience is all that's needed to enjoy and benefit from this Zen Retreat.

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Practice Mindfulness on the Spring Equinox: A Special Retreat on How to Meditate

March 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - March 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat will focus on the practice of meditation, appealing to new meditators, those with a developed practice, and those simply seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.

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Marc Lesser: Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen

March 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - March 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Cultivate your capacity for leadership presence, to thrive in the midst of challenges and change, and to communicate effectively.
This interactive workshop is structured around seven core practices, with an emphasis on embodiment.

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Bruce D. Schneider and Luke Iorio: Uncover: A Retreat for Creating the Life of Your Dreams

March 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - March 31, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

In this retreat, Bruce D. Schneider and Luke Iorio will guide you through the “Uncover” process, where you will learn through dialogue and experiential teaching how to remove the layers of all that you are not, to reveal the truth of who you are.

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April 2019

Mary NurrieStearns: PESI: 5-Day Certificate Program: Yoga and Meditation Retreat

April 1, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - April 5, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Working in the mental health industry?Rejuvenate yourself and your healing abilities with this incredible retreat. Experience the transformational practices of meditation, yoga, self-inquiry, present moment awareness, self-compassion, and noble silence, along with their clinical applications. This retreat is ideal for deepening your learning of both yoga and meditation! All levels are welcome. Earning 22 CE hours has never been more relaxing.

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Open Gate Sangha: Silent Retreat with Adyashanti

April 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - April 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

This seven-night silent retreat with Adyashanti includes talks, dialogue sessions, and several periods of meditation.

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Rabbi Yael Levy: A Way In: Preparing the Heart and Soul for Passover

April 12, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - April 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

During Passover, the Festival of Liberation, we are urged to feel as if we too are being brought into a wide expanse of freedom and possibility. On this pre-Pesach retreat, we will engage in practices to lift our spirits, soften our hearts, and expand our awareness so that courage, inspiration, and connection can rise and guide us forward. This retreat is open to people of all faiths, traditions, and practice. We hope you can join us.

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Mark Matousek and Maria Sirois: Writing For Resilience: The Life Saving Power of Changing Your Story

April 12, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - April 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

In this workshop for writers of all levels, we’ll explore the connection between resilience and storytelling, and how reframing personal narratives can free us from limiting beliefs and help us create a happier future.

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Ron Young: Healing Wisdom: The Medicine of Spirit International Training

April 12, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - April 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

The Spiritual Healer stands within Self-Knowing and knows who he is in Self, in relation to God, and in Spirit. In this knowing there is no distance between the Spiritual Healer, God, and Spirit; there is no mask to hide behind, no posture of superiority, and no acts of judgment. He is the bearer of a great treasure–The Medicine of Spirit.

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Toko Kyudojo: Just Your Practice: Annual Intensive with Don Symanski

April 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - April 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

In this program we will look closely at our personal kyudo practice. The challenges of engaging the kyudo form with deeper effort allows us to experience our practice in a more intimate way. These very challenges are the means by which our intentions and motivations to practice are exposed.

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Loch Kelly and Anna-Lisa Adelberg: Effortless Heart Mindfulness: Level Two Retreat

April 18, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - April 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat is designed to provide support for living an awakened life. You will be introduced to ways to shift from head to heart-mind and learn to walk, talk, create, and relate from this new, loving operating system.

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John Tarrant: Into the Mystery: Cultivating Not Knowing and Creativity as Acts of Leadership

April 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - April 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Zen teachers have thought a lot about the apparent impossibility of most problems and taught people to depend on uncertainty, and not-knowing. They taught us that we should enter an area of difficulty without having to know beforehand how it’s all going to work out. Their stories and meditations became the Zen koan path. You don’t need any experience in meditation to take this path.

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Writer’s Circle April

April 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 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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Dr. Jan Willis: Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship Convocation 2019

April 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - April 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

“Making the Invisible, Visible: A Multimedia Exploration of Race and Racism in the U.S. through a Buddhist Lens" led by Dr. Jan Willis, Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Dr. Wills' doctoral work was in Indic and Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and has published books and numerous articles and essays on Buddhist meditation, women and Buddhism, and Buddhism and race.

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Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality

April 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join renowned spiritual teacher Rupert Spira as we explore 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

April 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - May 5, 2019 @ 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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May 2019

Workplace Wellness Leadership Summit

May 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - May 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

The Workplace Wellness Leadership Summit brings together leaders across all sectors who are focused on the health and well-being of their company’s employees to connect and share best practices. Together, we’ll hone new strategies for improving employee engagement, build a community of like-minded peer leaders, and learn from other industry innovators who are developing new ways to help their organizations thrive.

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LGBTIQ Retreat: Waking Up Fabulous: Taking Refuge & Care in Ourselves, The Practice, and Each Other

May 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - May 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat is an opportunity for us to come together as an LGBTIQ community and care for ourselves: to remember who we really are and to recollect our true inner goodness. We will explore ways of sustaining a kind heart, a clear open mind, and a strong body. We will engage with the ancient teachings and practices offered by the Buddha that cultivate compassion, wisdom, and skillful actions.

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Garrison Institute Writer’s Circle May

May 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 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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Grand Master Nan Lu: Tao of Healing – May Qi Weekend

May 31, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - June 2, 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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June 2019

Mind & Life Summer Research Institute

June 8, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - June 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

The Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (SRI), now in its sixteenth year, is a week-long immersive, residential program designed to foster collaborative research across the sciences and humanities, based on a process of inquiry and dialogue with contemplative practitioners and professionals engaged in applied work. The program incorporates academic presentations, informal breakout groups, poster presentations, and regular contemplative sessions, including daily yoga and a full-day silent retreat.

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Sharon Blackie: The Mythic Imagination: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday

June 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - June 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

During this workshop, award-winning writer, psychologist, and mythologist Dr. Sharon Blackie will guide participants through an exploration of the many ways in which myth and fairy tales can inform our journeys through life. We’ll delve deeply into beautiful old stories, come to understand the mythic patterns which underpin our lives, and learn how to work with the archetypal characters, places, and situations which influence the choices we make. (For women only.)

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

June 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - June 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

For many women of color, the practice of self-care is perceived as a luxury. Our lives are full and our stressors are innumerable. Taking time to replenish body, mind, and spirit is a radical form of activism that is directly related to how well we can take care of yourself, your family, and your community. This yoga and mindfulness retreat is designed by and for women of color.

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Actualizing a Realizational Practice: Buddhist Meditation and Psychoanaltytics

June 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - June 23, 2019 @ 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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Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche: Pristine Mind Meditation: Awakening the Enlightenment Within You

June 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - June 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

In this in-depth retreat based on his book, "Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness,"renowned meditation master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche will provide precise, experiential instructions and guided meditations drawn from the Dzogchen mind-class teachings in order to make the life-transforming realization of the pristine nature of mind attainable for all. These teachings are deeply relevant whether we are just seeking a happier life or are pursuing the spiritual journey all the way to enlightenment.

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Dar Williams: Writing A Song That Matters

June 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - June 28, 2019 @ 2:00 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 June

June 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 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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Sylvia Boorstein: Every Moment is a Moment of Practice

June 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - June 30, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat will emphasize the development of Mindfulness, especially with the cultivation of the Divine Abodes (Love, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity) as antidotes to the afflictive energies (fear, greed, anger, confusion) that cloud the mind and preclude the mind’s natural good will from manifesting. In all the sessions, there will be didactic instructions, periods of practice of meditation, and time for Q&A. The retreat will be held in silence, except for Q&A sessions, in order for people to enjoy the pleasure of resting their minds in non-demanding, private silence surrounded by a community of silent supporters.

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July 2019

Mary Anne Best and Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler: Centering Prayer: A Summer Intensive

July 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - July 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

A time apart to listen, to reflect, to be still, and refresh the soul. Within a container of deep silence we will come to know deeply how contemplative prayer unfolds into a way of life.

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July Personal Retreat Weekend

July 19, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - July 21, 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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Mindful Schools Mindful Teacher Certification Program 2019 Closing Retreat

July 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - July 27, 2019 @ 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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