New Guided Practice Sessions:

Noontime Meditation Group (Online, Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 12:00-1:00pm ET): In the spirit of holding space for community and connection, the Garrison Institute is offering a noontime meditation, reading and discussion. Plan to join 10 minutes early (11:50 am ET) if you would like a quick technical orientation. Meditators of all levels are welcome. Please click here to register for the noontime meditation group. 

We have a core group of teachers who are adept in unique ways to lead these meditations. We meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with the teachers listed below:

  • Monday – Leslie Mott
  • Wednesday – Ron Hershey
  • Friday – Rick Steinberg

Please note that you will be able to use the same link to join each session. If you have any questions, please email

Recent readings & reflections:


Leslie Mott: With a regular practice of meditation, focusing, and yoga, Leslie considers herself a student first and a teacher second, joining with others to discern and live out lives of contemplation, mindfulness and action.

As a meditation and mindfulness teacher, Leslie is experienced in the Ignatian (imaginative) tradition, Yoga Nidra, full body relaxation, as well as a variety of guided meditation modalities.  She has worked with non-profit boards, educators, and community leaders, and was an instructor with the Veteran’s Administration at Castle Point, NY, teaching yoga and practicing guided meditation for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

As a Spiritual Director and a Certified Focusing Professional, she sees clientele privately and also works with groups, providing retreats and leadership seminars.  She received her Spiritual Direction certification through the Linwood Spiritual Center in Rhinecliff, NY, her Focusing training through the International Focusing Institute and is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the International Focusing Institute.

Ron Hershey: Ron Hershey is nationally board certified in acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and has been  in practice at East Mountain Acupuncture in Croton-on-Hudson and Beacon, NY since 1997.  He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (New York) from which he received his M.S. in Traditional Oriental Medicine.   Certified to teach Breath-Body-Mind by Dr. Richard Brown, who pioneered the practice, he has also studied Qi Gong with Robert Peng and Roger Jahnke.  Prior to his career in Chinese Medicine, he worked in documentary film post-production.

Currently, Ron is offering virtual herbal medicine consults, specializing in acute conditions, including COVID-19.  For further information and scheduling, he can be reached at

Rick Steinberg: Rick is a retired physician both from Emergency Medicine and Holistic Medicine, with experience in palliative care, hospice and chaplaincy. He has greater than 35 year meditation practice, 20 years in the Buddhist tradition, that includes many silent meditation retreats. Rick spent many years studying Buddhism mostly from the Theravadan tradition but also exploring Mahayana and Vajrayana. He currently teaches meditation in Cold Spring, New York.