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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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Taking Action Beyond the Climate March: Paul Hawken Launches Drawdown

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Book Launch for Paul Hawken’s Drawdown at ABC Home in New York City

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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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Dr. Dan 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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A Mindful Mother’s Day Weekend Retreat

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - May 14 @ 2:00 pm

All women are invited to join the mother-daughter team of mindfulness teacher Ann Herington and yoga teacher Hannah Baumgardner, who will lead and facilitate a special Mother's Day weekend. Program elements will include mindfulness practices, gentle yoga, exploring nature, and more. Every woman who registers for this retreat can invite her friend, sister, daughter, or mother to join her and get 50% off that person's registration.

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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

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: Intersubjectivity and Social Connectivity

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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Rise and Shine: Embracing Our Call to Greatness (A Retreat for Women)

June 16 @ 12:00 am - June 18 @ 12:00 am

Come together with women from around the world, as we hold circle and embrace the power of individual and collective transformation.

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The 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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Jonathan Rose: Building a More Just and Compassionate Society

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

If we are to create a society in which the landscape of opportunity is equal for all, in a way that harmonizes humans and nature, we must entwine our understandings of interdependence and compassion. Jonathan F.P. Rose, author of The Well Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life and cofounder of the Garrison Institute, will discuss practical ways to do so.

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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 Therapists and related practitioners.

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Beyond Mindfulness: The Direct Approach to Spiritual Awakening with Stephan Bodian

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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The Essence of Nonduality: Rupert Spira

June 24 @ 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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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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Heart-based Meditation Summer Retreat

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

This is a week-long intensive meditation retreat for Heart-based Meditation Practitioners. Attendees must have been practicing Heart-based Meditation daily for at least one month before attending and must first apply on the HeartBasedMeditation.com website and be accepted before booking lodging with the Garrison Institute.

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Eve Ekman: Expedition with the Atlas of Emotions: Working 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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Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Fundamentals

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

A residential intensive professional MBSR teacher training.

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Mindful Schools – Graduate Retreat

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - July 31 @ 2:00 pm

This is a private retreat for those graduates who have completed the Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification Program.

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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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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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August 2017

Truth and Beauty: A Poetry Workshop with Marie Howe and Ellen Bass

August 1 @ 6:00 pm - August 6 @ 2:00 pm

If you want to encounter more truth in your poems, to express it in the most beautiful way possible, to craft poems that reflect the inextricable marriage of truth and beauty, love and death, the luminous and the ordinary, please join us for this special workshop.

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Mindful Schools – Closing Retreat

August 7 @ 6:00 pm - August 13 @ 2:00 pm

This is a private retreat for those participants completing the Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification Program.

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Inhabit Retreats LLC: Summer Immersion Workshops

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - August 13 @ 2:00 pm

Join Inhabit Retreats LLC for their Summer Immersion Workshops: A contemplative experience through the arts, movement and nature.

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The 12th Annual Focusing Institute Summer School (FISS 2017)

August 14 @ 5:00 pm - August 19 @ 2:00 pm

The 12th Annual Focusing Institute Summer School is open to everyone! Beginners and advanced Focusers are welcome.

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Writing A Song That Matters With Dar Williams

August 21 @ 6:00 pm - August 25 @ 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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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 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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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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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.

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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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Embodied Listening: Uncovering Our Bodies’ Natural Wisdom

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

Embodied Listening is 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

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

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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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 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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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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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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