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August 2020

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

August 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - August 30, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - September 20, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - September 20, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - September 30, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - September 27, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - October 2, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - October 11, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - October 11, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - October 24, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - November 1, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 2:45 pm - November 15, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - November 15, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - November 21, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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Virtual Workshop: Closing The Year, Opening Our Hearts with Sharon Salzberg and Krishna Das

December 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Join us for a dynamic afternoon of chanting, guided meditation, and deep discussion, led by lifelong friends and collaborators Sharon Salzberg and Krishna Das. Immerse yourself in the teachings of these two world-renowned leaders and help support the Garrison Institute’s work to build a more compassionate, resilient future. The complete program will feature: Opening Remarks from Garrison Institute CEO Jonathan…

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Poetry Timeout: Poems, Songs and Stories of Letting Go with Jennifer Bloom

December 13, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

One hour-long family friendly guided meditation and poetic journey with Jennifer Bloom.

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Garrison Institute Justice Forum: Caroline Voldstad Daniell in Conversation with Shailly Agnihotri

December 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Caroline Voldstad Daniell in Conversation with Shailly Agnihotri, Founder and Executive Director of The Restorative Center, a non-profit organization which advances and advocates for restorative justice to address the profound issues of social disconnect. Caroline Voldstad is a lawyer and yoga and meditation teacher. Caroline has led classes and workshops in mind-body practices for a variety of audiences at educational…

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Garrison Institute Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health With Jonathan F.P.Rose & John Fullerton

December 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

On Thursday, December 17th at 2:00pm ET, we continue the Garrison Institute Forum with a conversation between John Fullerton, an unconventional economist, impact investor, writer and Founder and President of the Capital Institute, a non-partisan think tank, 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…

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Virtual Workshop: An Evening with Love with Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

December 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

An Evening with Love Virtual Workshop with Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

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Virtual Retreat: Voice as Practice/Art as a Beacon in Dark Times with Meredith Monk and Ellen Fisher

December 18, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - December 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm EST

On Friday, December 18th to Sunday, December 20th, join Meredith Monk and Ellen Fisher for this special virtual workshop. Over the three days' sessions you will be immersed in an online environment where voice, movement and image intersect, creating an opportunity for us to discover our own personal richness.

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Workshop: Community Grounding Session: A Restorative Circle with Angel Acosta

December 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

With the multiple levels of crises unfolding before us, we need to continuously find spaces and communities that nurture and support us. The main goal of this session is to provide participants with a generative and restorative experience. This session will be facilitated as a restorative circle and will provide ample time to connect with community members from around the country and world.

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January 2021

Garrison Institute Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health With Jonathan F.P. Rose & Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

January 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

On Thursday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET, we continue the Garrison Institute Forum with a conversation between author Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, 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 regenerative, just and prosperous world.

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Garrison Institute Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health With Jonathan F.P. Rose & Joanna Macy

January 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

On Thursday, January 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET, we continue the Garrison Institute Forum with a conversation between environmental activist and author Joanna Macy, 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 regenerative, just and prosperous world.

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Poetry Timeout: Poetry, Songs and Stories of Radical Trust with Jennifer Bloom

January 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

One-hour long family-friendly guided meditations and poetic journey with Jennifer Bloom.

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Fellowship Forum: The Science of Social Justice with Dr. Sará King and Dr. Angel Acosta

January 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Discussion, interactive questions, and small group breakout sessions on the science of social justice led by Dr. Sará King and Dr. Angel Acosta.

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Healing Collective Trauma: Visible Effects, Hidden Roots & Integration in Community with Thomas Hübl

January 31 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Wounding and trauma are passed through communities and from generation to generation. And as Spiritual teacher Thomas Hübl says, “What our ancestors turned away from is our job.” The work of integration is a process of turning towards that which needs to be healed; of bringing it into the light of consciousness to be transformed. In this 90-minute workshop, Thomas Hübl, Dr. Angel Acosta, and Lina Pasquale will explore the insights and tools put forth in Thomas’ new book: Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds.

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February 2021

Virtual Retreat: Compassionate Selves for a Compassionate World with the Garrison Institute Fellows

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

On this half-day virtual, join the Garrison Institute fellows to co-create a sacred space that allows for the transformational possibility of self-compassion both in the present moment, and as an action we can embody and carry into the world.

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Virtual Retreat: The Science & Practice Of Mapping Emotions w/ Eve & Paul Ekman and Ryan Redman

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST

Virtual Retreat: The Science & Practice Of Mapping Emotions with Eve Ekman, Ryan Redman and Special Appearance by Paul Ekman Join CEB Instructors Eve Ekman, Ryan Redman, and a special appearance by founding teacher Paul Ekman for an opportunity to reflect on the emotions of an eventful past year in this half day training hosted by the Garrison Institute. The…

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The Reality of Intraconnection: Dispelling the Lethal Lie of the Separate Self with Dan Siegel M.D.

February 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Dr. Dan Siegel joins Dr. Angel Acosta for a discussion on his work in the field of interpersonal neurobiology.

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Virtual Retreat: The Key to Recovery and Buddhist Practice

February 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

A Virtual Retreat with Dr. Valerie Mason-John (Vimalasara) and Kevin Griffin. In this half-day retreat we will explore meditation practices and insights that help us to let go of our addictions and their underlying causes. There will be guidance in mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation as well as teachings on Right View, Right Intention and Right Effort, path factors central to letting go.

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Poetry Timeout: Poetry, Songs and Stories with Jennifer Bloom

February 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

One-hour long family-friendly guided meditations and poetic journey with Jennifer Bloom.

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Webinar: Finding Equanimity in Challenging Times With Sharon Salzberg

February 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

As we begin this new year amidst continuing difficulties, Sharon Salzberg will lead us in teaching and guided meditation to help us to cultivate equanimity.

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