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July 2020

In-Person: Silent Personal Retreat

July 24 @ 3:00 pm - July 26 @ 2:00 pm EDT

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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Virtual Retreat: “Cultivating the Resilience to Pursue Our Goals” with Josh Korda and Jessica Morey

July 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

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 daylong retreat will include a variety of contemplative practices that support resiliency, including guided somatic meditations, dharma talks and times for questions.

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In-Person: Personal Retreat with Yoga

July 31 @ 3:00 pm - August 2 @ 2:00 pm EDT

A personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment. Our yoga teacher, Shelley Nicole, will provide yoga instruction throughout the weekend program.

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In-Person: Compassion Meditation for an Aching World – A Dharma Gates Retreat with Miles Bukiet

July 31 @ 5:00 pm - August 2 @ 2:00 pm EDT

Ancient practices of compassion cultivation have long sustained and strengthened those working to embody kindness and care, demonstrating that effective leadership is rooted in compassion. Join a cohort of emerging leaders (age 18-28) for a weekend of training contemplative skills and connecting with peers as we develop tools to act skillfully in the face of crises, from environmental collapse to racial injustice, from the pandemic to growing financial inequity.

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August 2020

Virtual Retreat: “Tending to the Emotional Body” with Leslie Booker

August 1 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Tending to the Emotional Body Virtual Retreat with Leslie Booker. In this daylong retreat, we’ll take time to get to the root of our emotional bodies through meditation and embodied wisdom practices; regulating our nervous systems and leading towards a more loving connection to ourselves.

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The Garrison Institute Forum: Thomas Hubl, Dr. Angel Acosta and Jonathan L. Wiesner

August 4 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

On Tuesday, Aug 4th at 1:30pm EDT, we continue The Garrison Institute Forum with a conversation around “Healing Collective Trauma in a Fractured World” with Thomas Hubl, Spiritual Teacher and Author, and Dr. Angel Acosta, Contemplative Scholar Practitioner, moderated by Jonathan L. Wiesner, CEO of the Garrison Institute. These interactive Forum sessions aim to hold space for generative conversations around how contemplative-based approaches can nurture and support the work of Social Justice.

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The Garrison Institute Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health – Dr. Sam Myers and Jonathan F.P. Rose

August 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

The Garrison Institute Forum on Pathways to Planetary Health continues with founding Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, Sam Myers, M.D. in conversation with Garrison Institute Co-founder, Jonathan F.P. Rose.

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Webinar: “Surrendering to Uncertainty: Embracing the Mud” with Kaira Jewel Lingo

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

On Tuesday August 11 at 10:00 AM EDT, Kaira Jewel Lingo offers a practice webinar. Participants will practice to strengthen and deepen mindfulness, so as to embrace “the mud” of difficulty in ourselves, in our relationships, workplaces, communities and in the world.

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December 2020

Alan Wallace: Lucid Dreaming and Dream Yoga

December 5 @ 4:29 am EST

During this week-long retreat, Alan Wallace will discuss the relation between lucid dreaming and dream yoga, including areas of complementarity and divergence. In addition, throughout the week, retreatants will be taught how to engage in the daytime and nighttime practices of dream yoga.

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August 2020

The Garrison Institute Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health – Paul Hawken and Jonathan F.P.Rose

August 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

On Thursday August 13, The Garrison Institute Forum on Pathways to Planetary Health continues with environmentalist, entrepreneur and author, Paul Hawken in conversation with Garrison Institute Co-founder, Jonathan F.P. Rose.

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Virtual Retreat: Sharon Salzberg & Ethan Nichtern: Finding True Refuge

August 14 @ 7:00 pm - August 15 @ 4:00 pm EDT

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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The Garrison Institute Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health – Sebene Selassie and Jonathan F.P. Rose

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

On Wednesday August 19, the Garrison Institute Forum on Pathways to Planetary Health continues with Teacher and Author, Sebene Selassie in conversation with Garrison Institute Co-Founder, Jonathan F.P.Rose.

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In-Person: Foundations In Restorative Justice

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

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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In-Person: Learn to Meditate – End of Summer Special Retreat

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

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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In-Person: Advanced Topics in Restorative Justice Workshop

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

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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The Garrison Institute Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health – Gideon Rose and Jonathan F.P.Rose

August 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

On August 27, The Garrison Institute Forum on Pathways to Planetary Health continues with Editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, Gideon Rose in conversation with Garrison Institute Co-founder, Jonathan F.P. Rose.

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In-Person: Dhyana : Meditation in Yoga-Vedanta

August 28 @ 3:00 pm - August 31 @ 2:00 pm EDT

The Retreat is themed around Meditation and its various practices. We will learn of the various meditation traditions - their philosophies and practices - in Yoga, Bhakti, Advaita and Kashmir Shaivism. There will be multiple practice sessions where we learn both basic and advanced techniques of meditation from these traditions.

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In-Person: Unplugged – A Sound and Yoga Retreat

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - August 30 @ 2:00 pm EDT

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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Virtual Retreat: “Say What You Mean” with Oren Jay Sofer

August 28 @ 7:00 pm - August 30 @ 12:00 pm EDT

Say What You Mean: A Mindful Communication Virtual Retreat with Oren Jay Sofer.  This weekend retreat offers an innovative approach to communication and relationship, drawing on the tools of contemplative practice and Nonviolent Communication.

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September 2020

Webinar: “Balancing Perseverance with Patience” – A Conversation with Allan Lokos and Pilar Jennings

September 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 4pm EDT on Tuesday, September 1st.  Pilar and Allan will explore this unique moment in time and the physical, mental, and emotional challenges with which we are living.

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Garrison Institute Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health – Victor Masayesva and Jonathan F.P. Rose

September 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

On Thursday September 10th , the Garrison Institute Forum on Pathways to Planetary Health will host Hopi Independent filmmaker, Victor Masayesva in conversation with Garrison Institute Co-Founder, Jonathan F.P.Rose.

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Webinar: “Permission to Feel” with Dr. Robin Stern & Dr. Marc Brackett

September 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Join us for a conversation with Drs. Marc Brackett and Robin Stern, leaders of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 3pm EDT on Tuesday, September 15th.

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Webinar: “The Healing Power of Connection: Mindfulness for Birth & Parenting” with MaryEsther Malloy

September 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

We parent in a society with a strong go-it-alone ethos. But our children are wired for closeness and connection. They need it like air. They need it like food. And so do we. Join birth and parenting expert Mary Esther Malloy to explore how mindfulness can nurture our capacity to stay in close with our babies and children, especially when the days (and nights!) are challenging.

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In-Person: Search Inside Yourself with Dan Vazquez and Kully Jaswal

September 18 @ 3:00 pm - September 20 @ 2:00 pm EDT

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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In Person: Silent Personal Retreat

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - September 20 @ 2:00 pm EDT

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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Virtual Retreat: “Experiencing Insight and Love” with Sharon Salzberg & Joseph Goldstein

September 20 @ 10:00 am - 8:30 pm EDT

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.

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Virtual Workshop: “Effortless Mindfulness” with Loch Kelly

September 23 @ 6:30 pm - September 30 @ 8:30 pm EDT

This 2-part Webinar Series will take place on Wednesday September 23 and Wednesday September 30 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT. Effortless mindfulness is an advanced yet simple form of nondual mindfulness that can liberate the deepest levels of suffering.  By making an initial effort of “unhooking” awareness from chattering thoughts, you can learn to drop from ego-centered view to your heart-mind. This leads to natural wisdom and compassion as our primary motivation for life.

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In-Person: “Coming Home to the Heart Space” a Recovery centered retreat with Stephen Earnhart

September 25 @ 3:00 pm - September 27 @ 2:00 pm EDT

This retreat offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with our recovery “tribe”, with our bodies, and our hearts in an authentic way.  During the retreat, we will be practicing Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Nidra, mindfulness meditation and sound healing. Come experience the joy and power of practicing yoga and mediation together as a community!

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Collective Trauma Summit 2020

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - October 2 @ 3:00 pm EDT

We are honored to be a sponsor of the upcoming Collective Trauma Summit 2020 featuring global community thought leaders, including many teachers from the Garrison Institute community including Dan Siegel, Sharon Salzberg, Dr. Angel Acosta, Krishna Das, Rhonda Magee, Rick Hanson and Leslie Booker. This Free Virtual Summit will include talks and live online events about diversity, the climate crisis, global health, intergenerational trauma, and so much more...addressing the most pressing issues of our time.

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Webinar: “Leading Awake” with Michelle Maldonado

September 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

On Tuesday September 29th at 3:00 PM, join us for an interactive discussion on cultivating mindful leadership with an equity lens.

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October 2020

In Person: Goddess Archetype Day Retreat: Embodying Your Divine Self Autumn Edition

October 3 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm EDT

Join Melia Marzollo and Masha Schmidt of the Ascend Center (Cold Spring) for a day of contemplative practices including yoga. We will explore Goddess archetypes, seasonal self care practices, and moon phase alignment to prepare ourselves for the colder months ahead. You will come away from this experience with practical suggestions on how the Goddess archetypes can support the important work of becoming your most vibrant self.

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DECORA: Distinction Album Listening Experience

October 4 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Be a part of Distinction, an interactive, immersive musical art piece by Decora in collaboration with Melissa McGill, set against the backdrop of the Garrison Institute grounds.

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Webinar: “Beyond Our Battles: Coping with Chronic Illness and Disability” with Martel Catalano

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

This webinar is for anyone managing any kind of illness, disease, or disability at any stage. We will discuss how we can move through the common emotions of having an illness/disability and how to meet them with greater curiosity and compassion.

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In-Person: Unplugged Retreat – Mindfulness & Sound Meditation

October 9 @ 3:00 pm - October 11 @ 2:00 pm EDT

In person Unplugged: Mindfulness and Sound Meditation retreat with Mari Tanaka and David Ellenbogen.

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Virtual Retreat: Neurodharma 2-Day Online Retreat with Dr. Rick Hanson

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - October 11 @ 4:00 pm EDT

Throughout history, people have sought the heights of human potential – to become as wise, strong, happy, and loving, as any person can ever be. And now, thanks to recent science, we’re finding how these remarkable ways of being are based on equally remarkable changes in our own nervous system. Join New York Times bestselling author Rick Hanson, PhD to…

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Virtual Retreat: Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality

October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Led by Dr. Angel Acosta, Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality: A Healing-Centered Communal Practice is a guided contemplative walk through a little over four centuries of U.S. History that creates an opportunity to reckon with our past for the purpose of our collective healing.

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In Person: The Secret Embrace Silent Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault

October 18 @ 3:00 pm - October 24 @ 2:00 pm EDT

This will be a silent Centering Prayer immersion retreat, most suitable to those with an established Centering Prayer practice and prior familiarity with Thomas Keating’s teachings on The Human Condition and The Divine Therapy. Experienced practitioners on other meditational paths are also warmly invited to join this deep dive into Thomas Keating’s final teachings on unity consciousness and nondual awakening.

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Virtual Retreat: Breath-Body-Mind with Dr. Patricia Gerbarg and Dr. Richard P. Brown

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Dr. Patricia Gerbarg and Richard P. Brown, M.D.  teach breathing patterns to quickly bring your psychophysiological state to a place of calm and compassion during troubling and stressful times in this interactive, practical virtual retreat.

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Synergos Global Gathering

October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

Contemplation and Courage: Navigational Skills For A Changing World

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Webinar: The Garrison Institute Series on Justice: Justice from the Inside Out

October 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

On Thursday, October 29 at 4:00pm EDT, we continue the Garrison Institute Series on Justice with a conversation between Caroline Margaret Voldstad and Lama Justin von Budjoss, the first dedicated Staff Chaplain for the NYC Department of Corrections.

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In-Person: Unplugged – A Sound and Yoga Fall Retreat

October 30 @ 3:00 pm - November 1 @ 2:00 pm EDT

In Person Unplugged Sound and Yoga Fall Retreat with Shawna Emerick, Amy Soucy, and David Ellenbogen

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November 2020

Webinar: Emotional Sobriety in Challenging Times with Gary Sanders & Dr. Valerie Mason-John

November 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

On Thursday, November 5 at 4:00pm ET, join Dr. Valerie Mason-John and Gary Sanders in this one-hour online gathering, amidst the American elections, to learn healthy coping strategies to deal with our addictive behaviors in times of stress and upheaval.

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Webinar: The Garrison Institute Series on Justice: Creating a More Just Future

November 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

On Tuesday, November 10 at 4:00pm ET, we continue the Garrison Institute Series on Justice with Caroline Voldstad Daniell and Columbia Law Professor Elizabeth Emens for a discussion about how mindfulness training can help develop awareness, compassion, and wise discernment in future generations.

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Webinar – Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health – Dekila Chungyalpa and Jonathan F.P. Rose

November 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

On Thursday, November 12th at 2:00pm ET, the Garrison Institute Forum Series on Pathways to Planetary Health will host a conversation between Dekila Chungyalpa, Founder and Director of the Loka Initiative, and Jonathan F.P. Rose, Co-Founder of the Garrison Institute. These interactive sessions aim to expand our understanding around how each of us can play a role in supporting a…

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In-Person: 2020 Yoga Retreat for Women: Calm in the Whirlwind 7.0 with Ingrid A. Marcroft

November 13 @ 2:45 pm - November 15 @ 2:00 pm EST

Please join us for our seventh annual, and much-needed, 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'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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In-Person: Personal Retreat

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

A personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.

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Garrison Institute Forum: The Peak of Resilience

November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

On Tuesday, November 17th at 3:00 PM ET, Mark Roberts, Buddhist in Residence at Maimonides Medical Center, along with team members Dr. Lawrence Wolf, MD, FACP and Chief Resident Shaurya Sharma, MD will join in conversation with The Garrison Institute’s Director of the Contemplative-Based Resilience Project, Lina Pasquale to explore the face of resilience among hospital staff throughout the ups and downs of the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of awareness, balance and connection.

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Virtual Workshop: People Who Care For People with Sharon Salzberg and the Holistic Life Foundation

November 20 @ 7:30 pm - November 21 @ 5:30 pm EST

Join Sharon Salzberg, Atman Smith, Ali Smith and Andres Gonzalez for this virtual workshop exploring the immense resilience of the human spirit, and how to find greater balance when serving others.

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December 2020

Webinar: Finding Your Inner Sanctuary: Supporting Frontline Workers During Covid-19

December 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

For more information and to register online, please click here. Finding your inner sanctuary: Supporting frontline workers during COVID-19 Join us for a conversation about the impacts of COVID-19 on essential workers and learn actionable strategies for finding your inner sanctuary during this challenging time. Around the world, millions of caregivers and frontline workers are risking their personal health to…

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Garrison Institute Fellow Offering: Healing Trauma in the Here and Now with Kasey Crown

December 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

Please Join us on Thursday, December 3rd at 7pm for this virtual workshop Healing Trauma in the Here and Now: Harnessing the power of our creativity for collective healing with integrative psychotherapist and wellness educator Kasey Crown for a virtual Garrison Institute workshop exploring the neuro-biological, social, ecological and spiritual impact of traumatic injury and adverse conditioning. Here, she will…

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