The Garrison Institute is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit education institute working at the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the world. The Institute generates programs that explore how to connect “inner work” with “outer work” and to imagine new, generative possibilities for ourselves and the world around us.

In each case, we use our core skills – mapping, convening, network weaving, spiritual engagement, collaboration, and storytelling – to bring forth the guiding idea(s) for each new effort, to foster a body of common practice, to articulate a common language, and to shape a community of stakeholders with a sense of shared identity and purpose. Using these skills, over the years we have played a quiet but generative role in the formation of many successful programs, in domains ranging from social action and education to criminal justice and climate change.

All of our efforts are intended to encourage a shift in consciousness – the fertile soil from which new approaches to the world’s most difficult challenges, and indeed, the transformation of society itself, might emerge. We approach this larger task with great humility – we are still growing in our understanding both of what it means and how to achieve it.

Our current programs focus around the following domains: