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December 2016

Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein: Real Love

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - December 11 @ 2:00 pm

Suitable for both new and experienced meditators, this silent retreat consists of guided meditations, talks and time for questions and answers. When our minds are clear and focused our natural capacity to love spontaneously manifests.

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Contemplative-Based Resilience for People Who Care for People

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please note: This event is at JCC Manhattan in New York City. Join CBR Project co-founder Sharon Salzberg as she talks with Emmett Fitzgerald, CBR Project Director, and other seasoned relief workers, on how mindfulness and meditation is helping humanitarian aid organizations address the mental health crisis that is causing high staff turnover and burnout. Marcy Hersh and Jakob Silas Lund will also join the conversation.

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Meredith Monk: Voice as Practice: Instrument of the Heart

December 16 @ 6:00 pm - December 18 @ 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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Robert Polito and Gregory Pardlo: Imagining Your Voice on the Page

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

Join acclaimed poets Robert Polito and Gregory Pardlo for a transformative weekend of poetry and artistic exploration.

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An Intimate Encounter With Grief

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

The benefits of a bereavement group are the support and connection the group provides during the grieving process. This retreat will offer you an opportunity to tell your story to others who are grieving, identify and work on feelings - particularly the difficult ones of guilt, regret and anger - and honor the legacy of the person you have lost.

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Village Zendo Year-End Meditation Retreat with Roshi Enkyo O’Hara

December 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - January 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

The Village Zendo's year-end meditation 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 walk along the Hudson River.

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January 2017

Embodying Practice: A New Year’s Resolution Retreat

January 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - January 8, 2017 @ 4:00 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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Awakening Nature Sesshin: Teachings from the Platform Sutra

January 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - January 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care's Sesshin is an opportunity to touch your essential nature?and bring heart and mind together. It is the core of Zen practice. The Platform Sutra is the seminal text exploring Buddha Nature.

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Tao of Healing – Qi Weekend

January 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - January 22, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

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

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Tara Brach and Jonathan Foust: Mindfulness and Compassion Practices that Release the Trance of Fear

January 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - January 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

This weekend workshop explores mindfulness and compassion-based teachings and practices that can help you step out of the trance of fear and reconnect with your full aliveness, wisdom and capacity for love.

The program will include didactic presentations, guided meditations, interpersonal meditations, journaling and time for questions and sharing.

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February 2017

Krishna Das: Heart of Devotion Retreat

February 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - February 5, 2017 @ 4:00 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. The retreat program consist of two evening kirtans and two afternoon workshops led by Krishna Das; two morning yoga classes appropriate for all levels by Jill Ganassi; group chanting of Hanuman Chalisas with Nina Rao.

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Still Mind Zendo Retreat

February 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - February 12, 2017 @ 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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Are You Ready to Meet Your Mind? Exploration of the Mind through Meditation

February 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - February 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

The Westchester Buddhist Center 2017 Annual Retreat. This year’s retreat will focus on the dynamics of meditation practice – what it is, what are its main varieties, how each of them functions and how each can serve as a means for understanding and transforming our minds.

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The Love Lab: A Spiral Lab Yoga Retreat for Women

February 17, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - February 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

The Love Lab Yoga Retreat for women will immerse you in morning and evening hatha yoga and creative meditation workshops.  In these times of fear, xenophobia, racism and misogyny, we invite you to contemplate LOVE as a force to heal self and community.

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Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend

February 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - February 26, 2017 @ 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 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 7, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

Advanced Meditation and Spiritual Healing Training with Ron Young

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

March 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 12, 2017 @ 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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Practice Mindfulness on the Spring Equinox : A Special Retreat with Pema Chödrön’s How to Meditate

March 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 19, 2017 @ 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, all in noble silence and with the full use of the Garrison Institute facility. The program will use Pema Chödrön’s How to Meditate as a reference, and copies will be given to participants.

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Empty Bowl Zendo 2017 Spring Retreat

March 23, 2017 @ 12:00 am - March 26, 2017 @ 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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Cynthia Bourgeault: Centering Prayer and Nondual Awakening

March 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 29, 2017 @ 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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Beyond Mindfulness: A Weekend of Zen Practice

March 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 26, 2017 @ 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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April 2017

Silent Retreat with Adyashanti

April 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - April 14, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - April 16, 2017 @ 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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5Rhythms Waves Teacher Training with Jonathan Horan

April 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - April 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

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

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Living Through Dying

April 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - April 30, 2017 @ 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

Loch Kelly: Living From Open Hearted Awareness: Level 2

May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - May 7, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - May 7, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - May 21, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - May 29, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - June 4, 2017 @ 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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Beyond Mindfulness: The Direct Approach to Spiritual Awakening

June 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - June 25, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - July 2, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - July 16, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - July 16, 2017 @ 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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Care for Teachers: Eleventh Annual Retreat

July 31, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - August 4, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - August 4, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - September 4, 2020 @ 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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Colin Beavan and Lama Willa Miller: Fierce Compassion: Where Activism Meets Spirituality

September 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - September 17, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - September 24, 2017 @ 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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October 2017

Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend

October 6, 2017 @ 12:00 am - October 8, 2017 @ 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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November 2017

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

November 3, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - November 9, 2017 @ 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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Mark Matousek and Maria Sirois: Writing To Awaken

November 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - November 19, 2017 @ 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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Sharon Salzberg and George Mumford: Being Mindful: Enriching Your Everyday Life

November 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - November 19, 2017 @ 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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December 2017

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

December 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - December 3, 2017 @ 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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Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein: Integrity as the Path to Happiness

December 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - December 10, 2017 @ 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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