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March 2020

Pathways to Planetary Health Symposium: Ethics in the Age of the Anthropocene

March 4 @ 12:00 pm - March 6 @ 2:00 pm

This March, the Garrison Institute is pleased to hold the second convening of the Pathways to Planetary Health Symposium. Building on discussions from the 2018 Symposium, we will explore necessary steps in creating a foundational shift toward an altruistic society.

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OneDanceTribe New York

March 6 @ 2:00 pm - March 11 @ 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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Search Inside Yourself with Rich Fernandez and Heather Jelks

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

Originally developed at Google by leading experts in neuroscience, business, and psychology, Search Inside Yourself teaches practical mindful leadership and emotional intelligence tools to help you bring out your best self at work and in life. The program has been proven to reduce stress, improve focus, raise peak performance, and improve interpersonal relationships.

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“Unraveling the Mysteries of Pain and Trauma” Class 4 of the 10 Class Training Program

March 18 @ 12:00 am - March 22 @ 12:00 am

Class 4 in the 10-class healers' training program, based upon a comprehensive approach to both physical as well as energetic/spiritual laws.

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Living Meditation: Deepening & Integrating Practices with Lawrence Edwards, PhD

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

Living Meditation will take you into the rich meditative practices and teachings found at the most profound levels of the great spiritual traditions, where the ultimate state of non-dual awareness is all that exists. In this retreat you will learn to deepen and integrate meditation into everyday life, opening the mind and heart to non-dual awareness.

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

March 20 @ 3:00 pm - March 22 @ 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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Dragon’s Way Qigong® – Deep Dive with Grand Master Nan Lu

March 27 @ 2:00 pm - March 29 @ 2:00 pm

This experiential weekend is based on our popular program, Dragon’s Way Qigong. It is intended to take current participants to a deeper level of practice while introducing newcomers to the healing benefits of the system. Under the guidance of Grand Master Nan Lu, you will practice specific Qigong movements that create an internal flow of vital energy, engage in group experiences, and mellow out with meditations.

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Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - April 5 @ 2:00 pm

This is a contemporary, experiential approach involving silent meditation, guided meditation, and conversation, and requires no affiliation to any particular religious or spiritual tradition. All that is required is an interest in the essential nature of experience, and in the longing for love, peace, and happiness around which most of our lives revolve.

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April 2020

April Personal Retreat Weekend

April 10 @ 3:00 pm - April 12 @ 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 Way of Effortless Mindfulness: Level Two Residential Retreat with Loch Kelly

April 16 @ 3:00 pm - April 19 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat is designed to teach effortless mindfulness as the 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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The International Focusing Institute: Advanced and Certification Weeklong – 50th Anniversary

April 26 @ 3:00 pm - May 1 @ 4:00 pm

This Weeklong retreat is open to all Focusers who are certified or soon-to-be-certified by the International Focusing Institute, and to advanced Focusers who have substantial experience.

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Toko Kyudojo: Annual Kyudo Intensive w/Don Symanski

April 30 @ 3:00 pm - May 3 @ 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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NY Meditation Center – Vedic Meditation Rounding Retreat

April 30 @ 3:00 pm - May 3 @ 2:00 pm

An incredible weekend lead by internationally renowned Vedic Meditation teacher Michael Miller, founder of New York Meditation Center and London Meditation Centre. Michael will dive deeply into Vedic knowledge, and instruct you in a powerful technique called Rounding that will enable you to release deep rooted stresses, gain profound rest, and experience the benefits of the equivalent of 3-6 months of regular meditation.

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May 2020

Say What You Mean: A Mindful approach to Nonviolent Communication with Oren Jay Sofer

May 1 @ 3:00 pm - May 3 @ 2:00 pm

This weekend retreat offers an innovative approach to communication and relationship, drawing on the tools of contemplative practice and Nonviolent Communication. Learn to speak your truth in a kind and caring way, build healthier relationships and have more meaningful conversations.

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Open Gate Sangha: 5-Night Silent Retreat with Mukti

May 3 @ 3:00 pm - May 8 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat is an opportunity to share a common intention to discover the truth of what is. To support this intention, this retreat is held in full silence, and includes several periods of meditation each day, some guided, talks by Mukti with opportunities to ask questions, and periods of Qi Gong movement.

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John Tarrant: The Journey To Awakening: Meditating with Zen Stories and Myths

May 8 @ 12:00 am - May 10 @ 12:00 am

The spiritual path is full of stories of the journey to awakening, of dark nights and great discoveries. The Zen idea was that even hearing the stories of the journey can change your life.

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Unplugged: A Sound & Yoga Retreat with David Ellenbogen, Shawna Emerick and Amy Soucy

May 8 @ 3:00 pm - May 10 @ 2:00 pm

In today's world of endless noise and distraction, we invite you to slow down and bask in silence, healing sound, and nourishing, transformational practices. Join your guides Amy Soucy, David Ellenbogen, and Shawna Emerick for a true digital detox. Restore and renew with yoga, breath work and meditation practice aided by the deep power of sound meditation.

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Rhonda Magee and Rose Pavlov: Mindfulness for Social Justice

May 8 @ 3:00 pm - May 10 @ 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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Self-Realization Fellowship: Silent Regional Retreat

May 15 @ 3:00 pm - May 17 @ 3:00 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: Madeline Klyne, La Sarmiento, Lama Rod Owens, Jacoby Ballard (LGBTIQ)

May 22 @ 3:00 pm - May 25 @ 2:00 pm

In challenging times, taking Refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha can help us meet the hardships of life. Never has this felt more important for LGBTIQ folks and our world! During this silent retreat, we will explore and practice the blessing of each of these Refuges.

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Cultivating Resilience with Josh Korda, Jessica Morey and Kathy Cherry (Dharma Punx NYC)

May 28 @ 3:00 pm - May 31 @ 2:00 pm

Resilience is the quality that allows us to experience interpersonal rejections, disappointments, losses, to be knocked down, yet respond with renewed resolve; a refusal to give up pursuing our goals in love, friendships, work and creative endeavors. This 3-day retreat will include a variety of contemplative practices that support resiliency, including guided somatic meditations, dharma talks, relational exercises, breathwork and movement techniques.

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June 2020

Grand Master Nan Lu: Tao of Healing – Qi Weekend

June 5 @ 2:00 pm - June 7 @ 2:00 pm

This unique Qi Weekend with Master Nan Lu brings together students who are studying Wu Ming Qigong, a system that descends directly from Lao Tzu and Chuan Tze, under the guidance of Nan Lu, OMD. Wu Ming points to the original natural source from which the energy and essence of all things flow.

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Mind & Life Summer Research Institute

June 8 @ 3:00 pm - June 14 @ 2:00 pm

The Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (SRI), now in its seventeenth 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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Centering Prayer: A Summer Intensive with Mary Anne Best and Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - June 21 @ 1:00 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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Wholehearted Sesshin: Summer Silent Retreat

June 19 @ 3:00 pm - June 26 @ 2:00 pm

Sesshin means “touching the heart-mind.” It is a cornerstone of Zen practice. Sesshin is an intensive practice period offering an opportunity to experience your essential nature. At our annual summer silent retreat, we will practice zazen together under the guidance of NYZCCC teachers Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell and Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, their teacher, Sensei Dorothy Dai-En Friedman, and Guest Teacher Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma.

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Sharon Salzberg & Ethan Nichtern: Finding a True Refuge in a Tumultuous World

June 26 @ 3:00 pm - June 28 @ 2:00 pm

This retreat will explore different dimensions of refuge: learning not to be swayed by the incomplete or false refuges of endless accumulation, or determined isolation, or relentless competitiveness we may have been conditioned to; finding a supportive and sustainable sense of true refuge within ourselves, with one another, and with a bigger picture of life. Suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators.

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Pause + Press Play: A Rejuvenation Retreat for Women of Color

June 26 @ 3:00 pm - June 28 @ 2:00 pm

We invite you to join us for a weekend getaway curated to rejuvenate body, mind, and heart. Together we will create sacred space to lean into the areas of your life that need the most attention and love through the art of yoga, mindfulness, creativity, play, and restoration.

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July 2020

Transform Your Mind, Transform Your Life by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

July 3 @ 3:00 pm - July 5 @ 2:00 pm

Join this retreat to receive heartfelt teachings based on the Advice to Tashi Lhawang by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, a revered Tibetan Buddhist master. This short text offers profound instruction on spiritual practice and how to transform how we relate to ourselves and others in our daily lives.

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Dar Williams: Writing a Song that Matters

July 6 @ 10:00 am - July 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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Mindful Teacher Certification Program, Closing Retreat with Mindful Schools

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

This immersive and transformative professional development program is designed for educators and school leaders who are passionate about deepening their personal mindfulness practice and gaining experiential training and skills to effectively share mindfulness practices in their school communities. This is the closing retreat for an immersive year-long training program. The retreat includes multiple days in silence and then transitions into collaborative workshopping and skill-building sessions.

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The Courageous Path of Collective Liberation: A Retreat for All Who Care About Our World

July 19 @ 3:00 pm - July 24 @ 2:00 pm

We have the capacity to wisely, fiercely and creatively respond to the enormous social, economic and environmental challenges before us from a radical stance of love and compassion that helps us work for and on behalf of all. This retreat is for all who long to unite and deepen their spiritual practice and social justice work in beloved community.

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Dharma Student Project: Three-Day Insight Meditation Retreat with Peter Doobinin

July 23 @ 3:00 pm - July 26 @ 2:00 pm

A silent retreat led by Peter Doobinin. This retreat is held in traditional insight meditation form, and includes sitting and walking meditation.

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July Personal Retreat Weekend

July 24 @ 3:00 pm - July 26 @ 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 Teacher Certification Program, Opening Retreat with Mindful Schools

July 26 @ 3:00 pm - July 31 @ 2:00 pm

Join this immersive and transformative professional development program – designed for educators and school leaders who are passionate about deepening their personal mindfulness practice and gaining experiential training and skills to effectively share mindfulness practices in their school communities. This uniquely powerful retreat experience includes multiple days in silence and then transitions into collaborative workshopping and skill-building sessions. Transform your school community and skillfully grow the impact of mindfulness in education.

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August 2020

CARE for Teachers

August 3 @ 3:00 pm - August 7 @ 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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Foundations In Restorative Justice

August 19 @ 3:00 pm - August 21 @ 2:00 pm

The Restorative Center's foundational training provides an experience-based understanding of TRC’s community based model of Restorative Justice. Our trainings are engaging, lively and ever-evolving. We utilize theory based lectures, the interactive circle experience, skill development, mock circles, as well as small and large group discussions. TRC's Newburgh Model Workbook will be distributed to participants. This course is open to newcomers to TRC, as well as to trained Circle Keepers who would like to deepen their foundations in the work.

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Advanced Topics in Restorative Justice Workshop

August 21 @ 3:00 pm - August 23 @ 2:00 pm

The Advanced Topics in Restorative Justice Workshop is open to participants who have already taken TRC’s Foundations training (or are continuing from the the foundations training). This is a dynamic training in Circle implementation and skills development. We will workshop the implementation of Circles in communities and schools, learn how to conduct highly-charged circles for conflict scenarios, as well as other lessons from the field.

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September 2020

Jack Kornfield: Loving Awareness: Awakening the Wise Heart

September 4 @ 3:00 pm - September 7 @ 2:00 pm

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

September 11 @ 2:00 pm - September 13 @ 2:00 pm

This unique “Qi Weekend” with Master Nan Lu brings together students who are studying Wu Ming Qigong, a system that descends directly from Lao Tzu and Chuan Tze, under the guidance of Nan Lu, OMD. Wu Ming points to the original natural source from which the energy and essence of all things flow.

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Sharon Salzberg & Joseph Goldstein: Experiencing Insight & Love

September 17 @ 3:00 pm - September 20 @ 2:00 pm

In times of uncertainty and change, we can draw on Buddhist teachings to help us move beyond constricting habitual patterns such as fear, denial, and despair. Awakening our inner capacities for compassion, wisdom, and joy, we learn to transform our worldview from one of isolation and confusion to one of connection and clarity. We can open to a power of faith and courage based on seeing things just as they are. 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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Santa Barbara Institute: The Inner Causes of Distress and Well Being with Alan Wallace

September 20 @ 3:00 pm - September 27 @ 2:00 pm

A major cause of the catastrophes humanity is inflicting upon itself in today’s world is ignorance and confusion about the true causes of suffering and happiness. In this retreat Alan Wallace will discuss the true causes of distress and genuine well-being in accordance with the psychological insights based on the Four Noble Truths.

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October 2020

Neurodharma: A 10-day Experiential Exploration of the Deepest Roots of the Highest Happiness

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

The combination of modern brain science and ancient Buddhist wisdom is illuminating the embodied basis of deep experiences of present moment awareness, contentment and love, and the sense of being one with everything.

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Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality

October 11 @ 3:00 pm - October 18 @ 2:00 pm

This is a contemporary, experiential approach involving silent meditation, guided meditation, and conversation, and requires no affiliation to any particular religious or spiritual tradition. All that is required is an interest in the essential nature of experience, and in the longing for love, peace, and happiness around which most of our lives revolve.

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The Christian Contemplative Journey w/Father Carl Arico, Mary Anne Best and Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - November 1 @ 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 all stages and dimensions of life, a process of interior transformation. One’s way of seeing reality changes in this process and a restructuring of consciousness takes place which empowers one to perceive, relate and respond to everyday life with acts of love and increasing sensitivity to the divine presence in, through and beyond everything that happens.

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Actualizing a Realizational Practice: Buddhist Meditation & Psychoanalysis

October 30 @ 3:00 pm - November 1 @ 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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November 2020

Still Mind Zendo 2020 Retreat

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

This weekend of silent meditation, which includes an Introduction to Zen component, consists of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and an opportunity to meet privately with one of our teachers. There is also time for rest, exercise and outdoor walks. All of this is held together by a warm and supportive community of dedicated practitioners.

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People who Care for People with Sharon Salzberg and The Holistic Life Foundation

November 20 @ 3:00 pm - November 22 @ 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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December 2020

Ground Luminosity Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault

December 10 @ 3:00 pm - December 15 @ 2:00 pm

This silent, Centering Prayer-based retreat will prepare practitioners enter more deeply into the Christian season of Advent, that mysterious liturgical “thin place” where light and darkness, birth and death, heaven and earth, apocalyptic rumblings and tender new birth all draw very close together. The mystically attuned heart can approach this cosmic wellspring—or wormhole— and begin to read here “the signs of the times,” drawing from it both the strength and lucidity to live courageously in a world apparently adrift.

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December Personal Retreat Weekend

December 11 @ 3:00 pm - December 13 @ 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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