Archive of Retreats and Gatherings

A listing of events that have taken place at the Garrison Institute in recent months.

June, 2015

  • 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.
  • Garrison Talks at the JCC: An Evening with Sharon Salzberg and Special Guest George Mumford
    Wednesday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 3
    An Evening with Sharon Salzberg and Special Guest George Mumford, author of The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation: Opening the Heart with Master Nan Lu
    Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7
    With prerequisites
    A unique “Qi Weekend” which brings together students who are studying Wu Ming Qigong, a system that descends directly from Lao Tzu and Chuan Tze, under the guidance of Nan Lu, OM
  • Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy Training
    Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7
    Open to the public
    Breathing deeply trains Yoga teachers to work as yoga therapists. Fusion online/retreat format.
  • Mukti: Open Gate Sangha Silent Retreat
    Sunday, June 7 – Friday, June 12
    With prerequisites
    A silent retreat to nurture the emergence of spirit into consciousness.
  • Leading Differently Retreat: The Power of a Purposeful Pause
    Wednesday, June 10 – Friday, June 12
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    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.
  • Film Screening: The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton
    Sunday, June 21
    Open to the public
    Film Screening and Q&A with Merton scholars, Roger Lipsey and Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND. June 21st 7:00pm | Free and Open to the Public
  • 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.
  • Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification Program: Closing Retreat
    Monday, June 29 – Sunday, July 5
    By invitation
    This is a private retreat for those participants completing the Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification Program.

May, 2015

  • 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.
  • Mindful Lawyering: A Meditation Retreat for Law Professionals and Students
    Thursday, May 7 – Sunday, May 10
    With prerequisites
    A retreat for practicing lawyers, judges, law teachers and law students to learn how to incorporate mindfulness into their life and law work.
  • Empty Bowl Zendo: Living an Awakened Life - Working with the Bodhisattva Vows
    Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10
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    Open to the public
    Weekend Sesshin with Sensei Ray Ruzan Cicetti of Empty Bowl Zendo
  • Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training
    Monday, May 11 – Sunday, May 17
    With prerequisites
    A training program for the next generation of mindfulness teachers in the Jewish community.
  • 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.
  • DharmaPunx: A New Generation Finds Meaning in Timeless Practices
    Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17
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    Open to the public
    Designed for all ages, this retreat focuses on meditation and mindfulness practices that foster concentration, connection, awareness, and compassion.
  • Heal Thyself: Fostering Resilience Among Health Care Practitioners with Dr. Mark Bertin
    Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17
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    Open to the public
    Appropriate for psychologists, physicians, nurses, social workers and other health care providers, this weekend program will allow you to recharge while emphasizing accessible techniques to take home for yourself and your clinical practice.
  • GreenFaith: Fellowship Spirit Retreat
    Monday, May 18 – Thursday, May 21
    By invitation
    Private Event/By Invitation Only
  • Breathworks: "You Are Not Your Pain" - Applying Mindfulness to Pain and Illness
    Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25
    With prerequisites
    Three day intensive course led by Vidyamala Burch provides MBSR/MBCT teachers with the framework for helping people with chronic pain and illness.
  • Stephan Bodian: Dancing on the Razor’s Edge
    Thursday, May 28 – Sunday, May 31
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    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
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    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.

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March, 2014

  • 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, with Sharon Salzberg and Janice Marturano
    Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9
    Open to the public
    Improve your work life through training in the skills of concentration, mindfulness and compassion, and learn how to be more creative, organized, and accomplished.
  • 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."
  • David Frenette: Heartful Life, Centered Life - An Exploration of Heartfulness Practice and Centering Prayer
    Friday, March 14 – Sunday, March 16
    Open to the public
    A silent, practice-oriented retreat on Heartfulness, an embodied meditative approach of sacred attention that complements and enriches the practice of Centering Prayer.
  • 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.
  • A Religion of One's Own: A public talk by Thomas Moore
    Monday, March 31 – Monday, March 31
    Open to the public
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. A public talk by Thomas Moore (based on his upcoming book). Books will be on sale that evening and will include a book signing

February, 2014

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation: Dancing with Nature with Master Nan Lu
    Friday, February 7 – Sunday, February 9
    With prerequisites
    This special weekend retreat is open to all Tao of Healing Students who wish to come together and bring their practice to a higher level.
  • 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.
  • Sensei Janet Jiryu Abels and Sensei Gregory Hosho Abels: Still Mind Zendo Retreat
    Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 16
    Open to the public
    A weekend of silent meditation with a warm and supportive community of Zen practitioners includes an Introduction to Zen component, an opportunity to meet privately with one of our teachers, dharma talks and time for reflection.
  • 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.

January, 2014