A New Offering: Tools For Resilience Video Series

Contemplative-Based Resilience Project

For years, the Garrison Institute has offered an experiential skill-building initiative that provides resilience trainings for direct service providers through the Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) Project. This evidence-based approach provides human service professionals the awareness and engagement tools to strengthen resilience and foster connection so they may “be well to serve well.”

Since its inception, CBR has provided training across four continents for diverse communities. CBR participants include health care providers, social workers, humanitarian aid workers, first responders and those working with special needs populations.

“Amazing retreat. I came thinking one way about taking care of myself and my team, and I left with a beautiful tool kit that is helping implement new ideas in my office and making sure I take care of myself and my team.”

– CBR Participant

The ABCs of Resilience

The Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) approach fosters skills to enhance and sustain physiological and psychological resilience among participants, by integrating the key components of resilience: Awareness, Balance, and Connection.

Awareness of the psychology of stress and its causes;

Balance through mind and body practices;

Connection with ourselves, with the people we work with and care for, and our communities

How Does CBR Work?

CBR integrates education about the effects of acute and chronic stress on the body and mind with secular meditation practices and healing movement practices, drawn from yoga, tai-chi, qi-gong and more.

CBR fosters resilience through the following:

  • Understand the psychology of stress and its impacts
  • Strengthen capacity for compassion and altruism
  • Increase awareness of interconnection
  • Enhance overall well-being and health through self-care and self-compassion
  • Identify effective ways to recharge and replenish, even during busy work days
  • Nurture connection with our personal values and community of support

CBR is highly portable; the tools reveal simple, accessible ways to increase awareness and create space for beneficial replenishment to individuals. When these tools are practiced on a daily basis over time, they become ‘hard-wired’ patterns of enhanced resilience.

The techniques covered are grounded in research on human resilience. For a more in-depth exploration of the research, review Teresa Sivilli and Thaddeus Pace’s paper “The Human Dimensions of Resilience.”

 “Before I attended four days of CBR Training, I did not believe in the meditation world and its result on people. But now meditation and mindful exercises are my daily habits to reduce the stress and tension.” – CBR Participant

Tools for Resilience: Video Series

The Garrison Institute has created a video series to empower caregivers with the essential practices of the CBR approach. These 8 short guided practices feature Sharon Salzberg leading meditation and Gayla Marie Stiles facilitating mindful movement.  The segments may be viewed consecutively as a series or referenced individually on demand. We invite you to watch and share these videos among your networks––whether it be with your colleagues, family or friends.

The resilience of one individual can positively impact the resilience of larger communities and environments.

“Continue to introduce this to more people. The world needs more mindful individuals” – CBR Participant

 The CBR Project Team

The CBR Project brings together faculty experts in the fields of psychology, meditation and mindful movement.

Garrison Institute CBR Staff:

Lina Pasquale

Director, Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR)

lina@garrisoninstitute.org | 845-444-5309

Elisabeth Preisinger

Coordinator, Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR)

elisabeth@garrisoninstitute.org | 845-424-4800 ext. 113

Raiesa Ali

Intern, Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR)


CBR Senior Advisors & Faculty:

Diana Rose

Sharon Salzberg

Gayla Marie Stiles

CBR Faculty:

Hugh Byrne

Chia-Ti Chiu

Lina Pasquale

Cathy Trentalancia

Contact Us

To learn more about the CBR Project or to inquire about programming, please contact us at CBRProject@garrisoninstitute.org.

To learn about Garrison Institute International and the CBR approach to humanitarian aid workers, please visit www.garrisoninstitute-int.org.