A listing of events that have taken place at the Garrison Institute in recent months.
Tara Brach and Jonathan Foust: Releasing the Barriers to Love: A Pathway of Conscious Relationships Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 6 » Register Now Open to the public During this weekend workshop we will explore the beliefs and feelings that separate us from each other and the meditative practices that enable us to cultivate genuine bonds of trust, understanding, intimacy and love. You are welcome to come on your own, or with a partner. Our time together will include short dharma talks, silent meditation, mindful movement, reflective inquiry and dyadic exercises.
Passing The Torch, An Educational Forum for the Feldenkrais Method® Sunday, December 13 – Thursday, December 17 By invitation We are taking the potency of this time in the Feldenkrais Method's development to gather and begin a conversation with current Trainers, Educational Directors, and Assistant Trainers, about how to develop future educational staff and possible training designs.
Rockwood Leadership Institute: The Art of Leadership Monday, November 2 – Friday, November 6 Open to the public The Art of Leadership is a five-day intensive residential retreat that teaches powerful visioning, listening, speaking, presentation, team-building and feedback skills to emerging and established social change leaders.
Deepening Your Yoga Practice: Autumn Retreat Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8 Open to the public In this contemplative Autumnal retreat you will have the opportunity to deeply connect with body, breath and spirt through yoga, meditation and deep relaxation. Ani and Rachel are seasoned workshop leaders who create a warm and supportive community and assist students at all levels of yoga and meditation experience to benefit from the retreat.
Awakening To The Infinite: The Path To Radical Freedom Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8 Open to the public Awaken to the Infinite and unfold your unique path to radical freedom! The power of pure Consciousness to transcend and transform mind/body, giving you direct knowledge of your own boundless Being, is called Kundalini. This meditation retreat includes Kundalini empowerment through classic forms of awakening, empowered mantra and other practices.
Focusing Institute: The Advanced and Certification Weeklong Friday, November 6 – Thursday, November 12 With prerequisites The Weeklong is an advanced training to honor and welcome newly certified Focusing professionals into the Focusing community while giving them an opportunity to gain advanced skills.
Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for Humanitarian Aid Workers Monday, November 9 – Friday, November 13 With prerequisites For humanitarian aid workers and human rights staffers in the field and at headquarters. You chose this all-important line of work for a reason, and you’ve grown accustomed to both the sacrifices and the rewards. But have you taken steps to ensure your mental and emotional well-being and insulate yourself from the stresses of your work?
Barry Magid: Ordinary Mind Zendo Retreat Thursday, November 12 – Sunday, November 15 Open to the public This intensive Zen retreat will be led by Zen teacher Barry Magid and will offer the opportunity for personal interviews and instruction with the teacher. Prior Zen sitting experience is required.
Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend Thursday, November 12 – Sunday, November 15 Open to the public A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.
Twining Vines: Sesshin Friday, November 13 – Sunday, November 15 With prerequisites Twining Vines sesshin, a weekend Zen meditation retreat.
Somatic Experiencing Advanced II Training Tuesday, November 17 – Monday, November 23 By invitation Learn about the relationship of trauma to various clinical syndromes, further integrate SE theory and practice into the specialty area of the therapist, SE bodywork in working with the different categories of trauma, application of research in the psychophysiology of trauma, the ‘art’ of therapy.
Cultivating Courage: A Pre-Chanukah Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Retreat Sunday, November 29 – Thursday, December 3 Open to the public This primarily silent, Jewish mindfulness meditation retreat will explore the ways in which Chanukah teachings shed light on the internal dynamics of cultivating courage in a world that can be quite dark. Led by Rabbis Rachel Cowan, Sheila Peltz Weinberg and Jordan Bendat-Appell.
Spontaneous Mindfulness: Sensory Awareness Foundation Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11 Open to the public To be present—fully present—is to meet the world with natural mindfulness, and with increased vitality and ease. The practice of Sensory Awareness allows us to find this presence through simple experiments in active awareness that can reach to the very core of our being—body, heart, and mind.
A Yoga Retreat for Women: Practical Gratitude Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11 Open to the public Ingrid A. Marcroft, Co-Owner of Upper West Side Yoga and Wellness, will lead and fully participate in this warm and supportive circle of powerful women as we practice, share and restore together. All levels of yoga practice are welcome.
Threshold Society: Cultivating Heartfulness Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11 Open to the public Exploring the Fundamental Principles by Which We Can Sustain Openness, Objectivity, Compassion, and Spiritual Perception
Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality Monday, October 12 – Monday, October 19 Open to the public A profound exploration of the perennial, non-dual understanding in relation to our direct experience.
Artist and Buddhist Contemplatives Project Monday, October 19 – Wednesday, October 21 With prerequisites The Artist and Buddhist Contemplatives Project brings artists with a Buddhist practice together in a fall gathering.
Tsoknyi Rinpoche: How To Be Happy and Free When the World is on Fire Wednesday, October 28 – Tuesday, November 3 Open to the public We all can be consumed by the difficult problems in our lives and their intersection with the larger world. In this retreat, Rinpoche will teach on how to find inner peace and open our minds and hearts through the Tibetan Buddhist teachings of Dzogchen.
Gelek Rimpoche: Five Steps Leading to Buddha's Wisdom Saturday, August 29 – Friday, September 4 » Register Now Open to the public Please join eminent Tibetan Buddhist master Gelek Rimpoche, along with guest speakers Robert Thurman, Philip Glass, Joseph Loizzo and Joshua Cutler, as they elucidate the five steps to gain wisdom that cuts through the root of suffering. The retreat will begin with an initiation focused on Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom, and conclude with a long life initiation, a powerful healing ceremony.
The Noble Heart: Tergar Summer Meditation Retreat Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5 » Register Now Open to the public When we are at home and at ease within ourselves we discover our noble heart—a heart that is both compassionate and wise. Explore how the stability of awareness helps to foster those qualities that transform the difficulties of our lives into inner strength and a compassionate relationship to ourselves, others and the world around us.
12th Annual New York Intensive in Nonviolent Communication Saturday, July 11 – Saturday, July 18 » Register Now Open to the public This is a week long immersion with an experienced team of trainers in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), based on the principles of nonviolence. People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding of themselves and others, and improved relationships.
Writing a Song That Matters with Dar Williams Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17 Open to the public We will court inspiration, seek our creative spaces, and share ideas that help us write the songs that are important to us, whether they be for a large audience, a congregation, a spouse, a sibling, or a cat. We seek to provide the safest, healthiest, most inclusive community to discover what we really want to say and how to say it.
Downtown Meditation Community: Nine-Day Retreat Friday, July 17 – Saturday, July 25 By invitation For Downtown Meditation Community members. Insight meditation allows participants to experience a deepening of inner silence in a supportive environment.
Shantideva Meditation Center: Lam Rim Retreat with Venerable Amy Miller Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26 Open to the public Venerable Amy Miller, an experienced meditator and FPMT teacher, will provide this rare opportunity to meditate a full weekend on the Lam Rim, a practical and logical step-by-step presentation of the Buddha's teachings by Lama Tsong Khapa. Ven. Amy has led meditations for the famous month-long course at Kopan Monastery and will also lead us in practices to accumulate merit and purify negative karma.
Writing a Song That Matters with Dar Williams Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31 Open to the public We will court inspiration, seek our creative spaces, and share ideas that help us write the songs that are important to us, whether they be for a large audience, a congregation, a spouse, a sibling, or a cat. We seek to provide the safest, healthiest, most inclusive community to discover what we really want to say and how to say it.
Rockwood Leadership Institute: The Art of Leadership Monday, June 1 – Friday, June 5 Open to the public The Art of Leadership is a five-day intensive residential retreat that teaches powerful visioning, listening, speaking, presentation, team-building and feedback skills to emerging and established social change leaders.
Leading Differently Retreat: The Power of a Purposeful Pause Wednesday, June 10 – Friday, June 12 » Register Now Open to the public Join the pioneer of Mindful Leadership, Janice Marturano, for an experiential exploration of leading and living with excellence. In this retreat, mindfulness meditation and practical applications of mindful leadership are experienced as we explore the ways in which our ability to create space in our day affects our ability to lead-our teams, our families and our own lives.
Mind & Life Summer Research Institute: Trust & Fear in Self & Society Saturday, June 13 – Friday, June 19 With prerequisites The Mind & Life Summer Research Institute is a week-long event to foster collaborative research in behavioral science, neuroscience, clinical science, and the humanities based on a process of inquiry, dialogue, and collaboration with contemplative practitioners and scholars. The long-term objective is to advance training of a new generation of interdisciplinary scholars interested in exploring the influence of contemplative practice in shaping and enriching human experience and consciousness.
Somatic Experiencing Advanced I Training Monday, June 22 – Sunday, June 28 By invitation Learn about the relationship of trauma to various clinical syndromes, further integrate SE theory and practice into the specialty area of the therapist, SE bodywork in working with the different categories of trauma, application of research in the psychophysiology of trauma, the ‘art’ of therapy.
International Jewish Artist Retreat Sunday, May 3 – Wednesday, May 6 By invitation Asylum Arts: International Jewish Artist Retreat includes professional development workshops, Jewish learning, and the opportunity to share and discuss the artists' work. The professional development workshops are both peer-led and led by art professionals, and there is unstructured time to explore new creative ideas, spend time in the outdoors, and engage with other artists.
Mindfulness and the Art of Aging Monday, May 11 – Monday, May 11 Open to the public Life is all about change, but this truth becomes clearer as we age. Can our practice help sustain us through this period, allowing for a sense of calm at the center and bringing clarity and grace to our older years? Norman Fischer and Rachel Cowan co-lead an evening of teaching at JCC Manhattan.
Transformative Leaders in Philanthropy: East Tuesday, May 12 – Friday, May 15 Open to the public The Transformative Leaders in Philanthropy Program (TLP) offers a unique training and network-building opportunity for philanthropic leaders committed to having a greater impact in the world. Participants will have the chance to grow, transform, and deepen their own leadership, while becoming part of an expanding community aligned with integrative approaches to social change.
Stephan Bodian: Dancing on the Razor’s Edge Thursday, May 28 – Sunday, May 31 » Register Now Open to the public In each moment, we are the mysterious interface or edge where emptiness constantly bursts into form. How do we let go and allow the dance to move through us, rather than holding on and trying to direct the flow? A silent retreat with several talks and guided meditations daily and ample time for exploring your own razor’s edge in dialogue and silent sitting.
Kindness & Compassion: Integration Made Visible Thursday, May 28 Open to the public New York Times best-selling author and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, Dr. Dan Siegel explores how kindness and compassion are a natural outcome of the process of integration. At the New York Society for Ethical Culture in New York City.
Dr. Dan Siegel: Soul and Synapse: The Integration of Science and Spirituality Friday, May 29 – Sunday, May 31 » Register Now Open to the public In this retreat, we will look at the integration of science and spirituality. We will explore the ways in which our inner subjective lives, our interpersonal relationships, and our objective empirical knowledge can be woven together to illuminate the importance of meaning, connection and equanimity in our lives.
Rockwood Leadership Institute: Art of Leadership Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17 With prerequisites A five-day intensive retreat that teaches leaders how to lead from their purpose, create a clear vision, build stronger partnerships, be resilient under stress, increase their impact, and maintain balance over a lifetime of activism.
Adyashanti: Open Gate Sangha Silent Retreat Friday, April 17 – Friday, April 24 With prerequisites This retreat offers time to step back from daily life and enter into an environment of silent contemplation, where participants give into a schedule of meditation and satsang.
Self-Realization Fellowship: Regional Weekend Retreat Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26 With prerequisites A silent retreat that includes classes on Paramahansa Yogananda’s teaching, group meditations, kirtan, and inspirational talks. Students are encouraged to use the ample free time for personal meditation, introspection and deep reflection.
Rupert Spira: The Essence of Non-Duality Thursday, March 5 – Thursday, March 12 Open to the public A profound exploration of the perennial, non-dual understanding in relation to our direct experience.
Krishna Das: Heart of Devotion Retreat Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15 » Register Now Open to the public A weekend retreat of yoga, chanting and devotional heart-opening practices. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with a group of dedicated seekers and immerse yourself in practices, teachings and discussions.
5Rhythms: Waves Teacher Training Tuesday, March 31 – Thursday, April 9 With prerequisites 5Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice—a practice of being in your body—that ignites creativity, connection, and community.
Downtown Meditation Community: Three-Day Retreat Friday, January 16 – Monday, January 19 With prerequisites For Downtown Meditation Community members. Insight meditation allowing participants to experience a deepening of inner silence in a supportive environment.
All Souls Spiritual Retreat: Creating Space for Connection & Growth in the New Year Friday, January 23 – Sunday, January 25 With prerequisites All Souls invites congregants and friends of the congregation to participate in a two-day spiritual retreat at the beautiful Garrison Institute. Organized by Rev. Lissa Gundlach and Student Minister Stephanie Gannon, the retreat will be on the theme of creating space for connection and growth in the new year and will include worship, fellowship, yoga and meditation, and ample free time for personal reflection.
Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium Thursday, November 6 – Sunday, November 9 » Register Now Open to the public Join leading experts in palliative, hospice and contemplative care to discover how contemplative care techniques can improve healing and reduce suffering. Presented by New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and the Garrison Institute.
Barry Magid: Ordinary Mind Zendo Retreat Wednesday, November 12 – Sunday, November 16 With prerequisites An intensive Zen retreat with psychoanalyst and Zen teacher Barry Magid, illuminating the barriers to "just sitting."
A Yoga Retreat for Women: Supporting Ourselves and Each Other Friday, October 10 – Sunday, October 12 Open to the public Led by Ingrid A. Marcroft, Co-Founder of Upper West Side Yoga and Wellness, come experience the refuge of a warm and supportive circle of powerful women as we practice, share and restore together.
Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend Friday, October 24 – Sunday, October 26 Open to the public A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.
Jane Genshin Shuman: Twining Vines Sangha Retreat Friday, October 31 – Sunday, November 2 With prerequisites A silent retreat emphasizing meditation, work practice, Dharma talks, chanting service, and the opportunity to meet privately with the teacher.
Creating a Compassionate World: The Power of One Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14 Open to the public Six leading contemplative activists lead participants in reflection, dialogue and group skill-building to cultivate an engaged spirituality and deepening practice. Saturday daylong option available.
The New Seminary: Fall Intensive Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14 By invitation The New Seminary's graduating/ordination participants take their final vows and prepare for ordination.
Mirabai Bush and Gopi Kallayil: Search Inside Yourself Friday, August 1 – Sunday, August 3 Open to the public Developed at Google and based on the latest in neuroscience research, this program offers attention and mindfulness training that build the core emotional intelligence skills and effective leadership.
Dar Williams: Writing a Song That Matters Friday, August 29 – Tuesday, September 2 With prerequisites A workshop with singer/songwriter Dar Williams focused on writing songs that express what we really want to say.
The New York Intensive in Nonviolent Communication Saturday, July 19 – Saturday, July 26 Open to the public An intensive program for Non Violent Communication (NVC) skills, designed to accommodate the needs of persons at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Mind and Life Summer Research Institute: Transforming Craving Sunday, June 15 – Saturday, June 21 By invitation The weeklong event includes academic presentations, informal breakout groups, and periods of meditation each day, as well as a one-day silent retreat. This summer we will examine the issue of craving and its possible transformation.
Dar Williams: Writing a Song That Matters Monday, June 23 – Friday, June 27 With prerequisites A workshop with singer/songwriter Dar Williams focused on writing songs that express what we really want to say.
Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29 Open to the public A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.
Self-Realization Fellowship: Regional Weekend Retreat Friday, May 16 – Sunday, May 18 With prerequisites A weekend of spiritual fellowship, dwelling on the Self-Realization teachings of meditation and concentration, and the art of living, as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda.
GreenFaith: Fellowship Spirit Retreat Monday, May 19 – Thursday, May 22 By invitation A retreat for members of Greenfaith's Fellowship Program focusing on the core values of Spirit, Justice and Stewardship.
Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for Humanitarian Aid Workers Wednesday, May 21 – Sunday, May 25 With prerequisites A skills-based, secular program held in West Cork, Ireland that empowers humanitarian aid workers to create healthy and vibrant workplaces, affirming their resilience and ability to thrive, even in the face of challenging or overwhelming experiences. A program of the Garrison Institute's Transforming Trauma Initiative.
Kresge Foundation and the Garrison Institute: Climate, Cities and Behavior Symposium Tuesday, May 27 – Thursday, May 29 By invitation The Garrison Institute Climate Mind and Behavior program, in partnership with the Kresge Foundation, will convene local government representatives and service providers from around the country to address how they can be most effective at helping municipalities take action on climate change.
Rimay Monlam: Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Gathering Friday, May 30 – Monday, June 2 Open to the public A special time for meditation, inspiration, celebration and consecration, centered around recitations from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition performed by the assembly of practitioners.
Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for Humanitarian Aid Workers Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 11 With prerequisites A skills-based, secular program that empowers humanitarian aid workers to create healthy and vibrant workplaces, affirming their resilience and ability to thrive, even in the face of challenging or overwhelming experiences. A program of the Garrison Institute's Transforming Trauma Initiative.
A Modern Earth Day Meal Thursday, April 24 Open to the public Join us for a convivial dinner with a menu prepared by Fresh Company and a talk by veteran environmental journalist Andy Revkin, "An Earth Day for the Age of Man: Embracing the Anthropocene."
Dan Siegel: Soul and Synapse - The Integration of Science and Spirituality Friday, April 25 – Sunday, April 27 Open to the public A workshop illuminating the importance of meaning, connection and equanimity in our lives. Participants will engage in scientifically inspired experiential exercises that reveal the deep nature of our subjective inner and interpersonal being.
Kirtan with Krishna Das Saturday, March 1 – Saturday, March 1 Open to the public Krishna Das masterfully layers traditional Hindu kirtan call-and-response chanting with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation.
Mindfulness at Work, A Panel Discussion Monday, March 10 – Monday, March 10 Open to the public March 10th 7:00 pm at the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York City, with Sharon Salzberg, Janice Marturano and Daniel Goleman, moderated by David Gelles
Barry Magid: Ordinary Mind Zendo Retreat Wednesday, March 12 – Sunday, March 16 With prerequisites An intensive Zen retreat with psychoanalyst and Zen teacher Barry Magid, illuminating the barriers to "just sitting."
Asylum Arts: International Jewish Artists Retreat Sunday, March 23 – Wednesday, March 26 By invitation Sixty five emerging Jewish artists from around the world come together to learn from industry professionals, working artists, and from each other.
Open Gate Sangha: Retreat with Mukti Thursday, March 27 – Sunday, March 30 Open to the public A silent three day retreat to nurture our most essential nature and will include meditation, talks and satsang (questions and answer) sessions with Mukti.
Garrison Institute Personal Retreat Weekend Friday, March 28 – Sunday, March 30 Open to the public A silent, unstructured personal retreat for meditators with a developed practice and those seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment.
The Orange Box: A Conversation with Thomas Moore Monday, March 31 – Wednesday, April 2 Open to the public A retreat led by author Thomas Moore, celebrating the soul's yearning for home. By becoming more in tune with your unique sense of place, you will leave refreshed and able to help others discern where they belong.
The Dynamic Neural Retraining System: A 5 day Rehabilitation Retreat Monday, March 31 – Friday, April 4 Open to the public DNRS is a neuroplasticity based intervention that combines cognitive, emotion and behavior-based methodologies to downgrade the brain’s maladapted chronic stress response through rewiring limbic system circuits in the brain.
Sensei Ray Ruzan Cicetti: Bare Bones Winter Sesshin Wednesday, February 12 – Sunday, February 16 With prerequisites Sesshin is an opportunity to deepen one's practice, strengthened by the presence of others doing the same. This sesshin includes sitting, walking meditation, and dharma talks.
The Potential Project: Training Certificate Program Saturday, February 22 – Friday, February 28 By invitation Corporate based mindfulness training providing individuals with the tools, resources and knowledge to be certified as a Potential Project trainer.
Krishna Das: Heart of Devotion Retreat Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 2 Open to the public Explore the spiritual path with call-and-response chanting, stories about Das' beloved guru, Sri Neem Karoli Baba, and discussions about life.
Kirtan with Krishna Das Friday, February 28 – Friday, February 28 Open to the public Krishna Das masterfully layers traditional Hindu kirtan call-and-response chanting with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation.
Princeton Religious Life Council Winter Retreat Sunday, January 26 – Friday, January 31 By invitation A private retreat of the The Religious Life Council, a fellowship of Princeton University students committed to fostering conversation between all religious faiths at Princeton as well as at the national and international levels.