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July 2019

Lama Surya Das: The Natural Great Awakening: Dzogchen Center’s Summer Meditation Retreat

July 14 @ 3:00 pm - July 21 @ 2:00 pm

We invite you to join us for a glorious week of awakening to the joy of naturally-arising awareness and discovering the timeless and inspiring heart-essence instructions of Dzogchen; the View, Meditation and Action of the Great Perfection. Led by Dzogchen lineage holder Lama Surya Das, our annual Summer Dzogchen Meditation Retreat is open to all, regardless of your level of practice.

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Downtown Meditation: Three-Day Insight Meditation Retreat

July 19 @ 3:00 pm - July 22 @ 3:00 pm

This three-day silent retreat will be held in the traditional insight meditation style. The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation. Experience in insight meditation is required.

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July Personal Retreat Weekend

July 19 @ 3:00 pm - July 21 @ 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 @ 3:00 pm - July 27 @ 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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Mindful Schools Graduate Retreat

July 22 @ 3:00 pm - July 27 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for two beginning days in silent practice, then moving into community building and workshopping on creating a mindful school. Program open to Mindful Schools Certification graduates.

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CARE for Teachers: Twelfth Annual Retreat

July 29 @ 3:00 pm - August 2 @ 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 2019

Dar Williams: Writing a Song that Matters

August 5 @ 10:00 am - August 9 @ 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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Creating a Culture of Mindfulness at Work: Coaches, Consultants & Internal Champions

August 14 @ 3:00 pm - August 16 @ 2:00 pm

This unconference-style retreat is presented by Mindful Leader and the Garrison Institute. We will dive deep into the day-to-day realities of consulting and coaching for successful implementations of mindfulness-based programs. The format will be highly participatory and generative.

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Awake in Nature: End of Summer Retreat

August 16 @ 3:00 pm - August 18 @ 2:00 pm

Join yoga and meditation teacher Leslie Mott for a mindful weekend in the natural world. Opportunities for bird watching, hiking, star gazing, yoga and meditation will make this a weekend of mindfulness and renewal.

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Sharon Salzberg and Ethan Nichtern: Confidence and the 8 Vicissitudes

August 23 @ 3:00 pm - August 25 @ 2:00 pm

Join Sharon Salzberg and Ethan Nichtern this summer to explore the topics of confidence and the 8 vicissitudes. The 8 vicissitudes, also known as the 8 worldly dharmas or 8 worldly preoccupations, are four pairs of opposites: happiness and suffering; fame and insignificance; praise and blame; gain and loss.

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Jack Kornfield: Loving Awareness: Awakening the Wise Heart

August 30 @ 3:00 pm - September 2 @ 4:00 pm

This retreat is an invitation for experienced and new practitioners to deepen in wisdom and compassion. 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 2019

Grand Master Nan Lu: Tao of Healing – September Qi Weekend

September 6 @ 12:00 pm - September 8 @ 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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PESI: Nurses Retreat: Decrease Stress with Mindfulness & Meditation

September 8 @ 3:00 pm - September 12 @ 2:00 pm

While escaping to the majestic Hudson River Valley setting, you'll strengthen your own mindfulness and meditation practice, reduce your stress, and enhance how you experience everything in both your personal and nursing lives. Earning 24 CE hours has never been more relaxing.

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Azul Trilogy: Integrating Lower and Higher Self

September 12 @ 3:00 pm - September 17 @ 2:00 pm

Azul Trilogy: Integrating Lower and Higher Self is a conscious movement retreat that deals directly with the conditioned mind, unveiling the masks that were built to protect us, but inevitably have led to our suffering. Seeing with the eyes of honesty who we are and how we move lifts the veil, frees our higher self and allows us to live our fullest potential.

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Change is Possible! A Mindfulness-Based Coaching Retreat

September 13 @ 3:00 pm - September 15 @ 2:00 pm

Many of us desire positive change in our life, yet so few of us know how to create it. Join two uniquely qualified mindfulness teachers in this playful exploration of habits and how to transform them. This retreat will inspire you to let go of age-old habitual patterns of stress reactivity, creating space for new and joyful emotional and behavioral change.

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Wake Up to Who You Are Zen Retreat

September 13 @ 3:00 pm - September 15 @ 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 interviews with the teachers. This retreat will jointly lead by Roshi Kennedy, Sensei Ray Cietti, and Sensei Carl Bachmann.

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Women’s Leadership: From Insight to Resilience

September 20 @ 3:00 pm - September 23 @ 2:00 pm

This September, the Garrison Institute is pleased to offer a Women’s Leadership training designed for women in leadership positions within organizations providing social services to transform the lives of women and girls experiencing trauma.

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The Literary Society at Garrison Institute: A Weekend Retreat

September 20 @ 3:00 pm - September 22 @ 2:00 pm

A Literary Society retreat for members designed to discuss the 900-page biography of Alain Locke with time for quiet enjoyment and group activities.

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Josh Korda, DharmaPunx NYC, and Jessica Morey: The Science and Somatics of Self-Care

September 26 @ 3:00 pm - September 29 @ 2:00 pm

This 3-day retreat will include a variety of contemplative practices that support self-soothing, including guided somatic meditations, dharma talks, relational exercises, and movement techniques. There will be multiple opportunities to ask questions of teachers, as well as times set aside to explore the beautiful hiking trails surrounding the retreat center.

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Twining Vines Sangha Fall Sesshin

September 27 @ 9:00 am - September 29 @ 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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October 2019

Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for Humanitarian Aid Workers

October 2 @ 3:00 pm - October 6 @ 2:00 pm

Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) Training is an experiential skill-building program that will help you develop practices that enhance and sustain physiological and psychological resilience. Our innovative curriculum incorporates secular, non-religious meditation practices; education about the effects of acute and chronic stress on the body and mind; yoga-based and other movement practices; and facilitated discussions and exercises to help you understand your experiences and connect with peers. An outstanding faculty, including former and current humanitarian aid workers, will lead the workshop. The techniques covered are all grounded in cutting-edge research on human resilience For Humanitarian Aid Workers, Human Rights Workers, and Journalists in the field and at headquarters.

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Blue Throat Yoga: Neelakantha Meditation Immersion

October 3 @ 3:00 pm - October 6 @ 2:00 pm

Neelakantha Meditation is a contemporary meditation practice, based on ancient Svatantra teachings that is accessible to anyone and opens the deepest Self to access freedom, happiness, insight, creativity, and joy in daily life. It works to bring about transformation, healing, and benevolence in life. It is a daily meditation practice that is governed by the principle of effortlessness, which is easy to learn and practice.

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Venerable Amy Miller: The Path to Joy

October 4 @ 3:00 pm - October 6 @ 2:00 pm

A weekend retreat to expand our understanding of why we operate the way we do and how we can transform less than positive experiences into pathways to happiness and fulfillment.

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Lucenscia and Pause i/O: Power, Presence & Impact: A Mindful Path to Mastering Self & Leading Others

October 6 @ 3:00 pm - October 9 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a multi-day mindful leadership retreat to cultivate leadership power, presence and impact. We invite you to travel a master path to cultivate emotional intelligence and mindfulness as you lead yourself, others and your organizations.

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New York Meditation Center Retreat

October 10 @ 3:00 pm - October 13 @ 2:00 pm

Gain deep and powerful rest on this weekend meditation retreat. This is one of the best ways to fast-track your development — a four-day retreat can deliver the benefits of three to six months of regular meditation.

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Lawrence Edwards: Ecstatic Union: The Way Of Poet Saints & Mystics!

October 11 @ 3:00 pm - October 13 @ 2:00 pm

Boundless love, compassion, and joy fill the heart in the depths of meditation, flowing into everyday life. Through the inspired words of poet saints and mystics, along with various meditative practices, we will drench the mind and body in the state of union.

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Norman Fischer and Ruth Ozeki: The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path

October 11 @ 3:00 pm - October 13 @ 2:00 pm

Join poet Norman Fischer and novelist Ruth Ozeki for a unique writing retreat based in Zen meditation, deep wisdom, and the path toward the greater good. Both teachers are Zen priests, and the retreat itself will consist of workshops, feedback, and time apart for solitary reflection and work. All levels of meditators and writers are welcome.

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Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality

October 12 @ 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

October 13 @ 3:00 pm - October 20 @ 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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2019 Insight + Impact Benefit Dinner honoring Rhonda Magee and Philip Glass

October 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An evening of celebration, inspiration, and community. Please join us at Landmark on the Part in New York City, where the Garrison Institute and Special Guests will be honoring Rhonda Magee and Philip Glass for their extraordinary leadership as teachers and transformational change agents.

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PESI: Anxiety Treatment Certification Retreat: Yoga, Meditation and Whole-Client Approaches

October 20 @ 3:00 pm - October 24 @ 2:00 pm

It’s never been more relaxing to become a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional! In 5 days, you’ll discover how a whole-client approach, integrating contemplative practices, functional medicine tools, cognitive techniques and artistic expression can quiet the mind, cultivate well-being, and wire-in recovery from anxiety and co-morbid depression.

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Contemplative Care Retreat: Turning Poison into Medicine

October 24 @ 3:00 pm - October 27 @ 2:00 pm

The 11th annual Contemplative Care Retreat explores how we can wholeheartedly turn greed, resentment and delusion into generosity, compassion and wisdom in relationship. Through meditation, dharma talks, personal meetings with Teachers, and experiential learning exercises, we will consider ways of caring for each other while cultivating our unique expressions of compassion, courage, and joy. With NYZCCC teachers Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell and Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, their teacher, Sensei Dorothy Dai-En Friedman, and Guest Teacher Leslie Booker.

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Tsoknyi Rinpoche: Pundarika: When Confusion Dawns as Wisdom

October 31 @ 3:00 pm - November 6 @ 2:00 pm

What is it to be fully awake, free from illusion yet with a heart full of compassion? Rinpoche will share with us, from a Dzogchen perspective, how to cultivate and bring together a grounded body, an open and loving heart with a sharp, clear mind so that authentic transformation can happen.

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November 2019

Fr. Carl Arico, Mary Anne Best, and Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler: Centering Prayer and Heartfulness

November 6 @ 1:00 pm - November 10 @ 1:00 pm

A time apart to listen, to reflect, to be still, and come to know deeply that the Christian contemplative journey is about opening and consenting to the divine presence and action in a process of interior transformation. Centering Prayer is about transferring the will to the heart; it might be called the practice of “Heartfulness.”

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November Personal Retreat Weekend

November 8 @ 3:00 pm - November 10 @ 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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Still Mind Zendo Fall Retreat

November 8 @ 3:00 pm - November 10 @ 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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Frank Ostaseski and Roshi Joan Halifax: Radical Compassion, Courage, and Connection

November 15 @ 3:00 pm - November 17 @ 2:00 pm

During this weekend retreat, these two pioneers in contemplative end of life care will share the distilled, hard-won lessons synthesized from decades of being with dying. They will introduce the essential mental/heart qualities and practical skills that allow us to accompany others through the experience of catastrophic illness and the dying process.

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Opening the Heart, Befriending the Mind, Acting Wisely, A Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

November 17 @ 3:30 pm - November 21 @ 2:00 pm

Opening the Heart, Befriending the Mind, Acting Wisely, A Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

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Upper West Side Yoga: Yoga Retreat for Women: Calm in the Chaos 6.0

November 22 @ 3:00 pm - November 24 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for our sixth annual women's yoga retreat and be nourished by a warm and supportive circle of powerful women as we practice yoga, share our stories, enjoy wonderful meals, walk the labyrinth, explore Garrison Institute's natural beauty, 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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His Eminence Gyalwa Dokhampa: Retreat on Tara: The Wish-Fulfilling Buddha

November 27 @ 3:00 pm - December 1 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat will focus on meditation and the Practice of Tara in order to understand the interconnectedness of external difficulties of life as well as inner hopes and fears. The goal of this practice is to lead to the realization of the inner Tara which is beyond both hope and fear.

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December 2019

The Passing The Torch Legacy Forum

December 6 @ 3:00 pm - December 10 @ 2:00 pm

We are an independent group of Feldenkrais* educators and sponsored invitees committed to professional development.

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Meredith Monk: Voice as Practice

December 6 @ 3:00 pm - December 8 @ 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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Sharon Salzberg and the Holistic Life Foundation: People Who Care for People

December 13 @ 3:00 pm - December 15 @ 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. Often it is caregivers who support the front lines of our society: helping those who face challenges on a daily basis. However, this support can come at a high personal cost, leading to frustration, exhaustion, and a fast track to burnout. No prior meditation or yoga experience is necessary to attend.

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

December 20 @ 3:00 pm - December 22 @ 2:00 pm

This special retreat will focus on learning how to meditate, and include talks, sitting and walking meditation, yoga, guided meditation, group discussion, and optional one-on-one interviews with a meditation instructor. The classic meditation technique, mindfulness/awareness or cultivating inner stillness, will be the focus of the weekend. All levels of experience are welcome to attend.

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

December 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - January 1, 2020 @ 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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February 2020

Secular Dharma in Theory and Practice with Stephen Batchelor

February 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - February 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Secular Dharma is a radical project to rethink the Buddha’s dharma from the ground up in order to address the condition of modernity. This workshop will explore the foundational insights of secular dharma and consider how they contribute to our contemplative, ethical and social practice of human flourishing.

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March 2020

OneDanceTribe New York

March 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - March 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

OneDanceTribe is an international conscious dance 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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May 2020

Mindfulness for Social Justice

May 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - May 10, 2020 @ 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, discussions, and planning to support you in finding a deeper ground for peaceful collaboration with others.

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