The Garrison Institute is a non-sectarian, non-profit, 501[c]3 organization whose work is made possible by people like you. In particular, donations fund scholarships that make our retreats and workshops accessible to more people. Please check our calendar for the longer description of the retreat or workshop you’d like to attend to see which scholarships are available. Please read the eligibility requirements of each scholarship closely. Each applicant may only apply for one scholarship listed.

Garrison Retreat Scholarships

Since its founding in 2003, the Garrison Institute has welcomed over 50,000 participants to hundreds of diverse retreats and professional development programs. The remarkable ability of contemplative practices and insights to create positive changes in states of mind and behavior is revealed by traditional wisdom and cutting-edge science alike. Thanks to generous contributions from individuals and foundations, the Institute is able to provide limited scholarship support to applicants with financial need.

Please note: Except for the Himalayan Heritage Scholarship, no other scholarships are available for retreats through June 2017, unless noted otherwise on the long description page of the retreat you’d like to attend. From July through December 2017, we have a limited number of CARE for Teachers Scholarships, Angell Foundation Scholarships for Healthcare Workers Scholarships, and Angell Foundation Scholarships for Educators available. Applicants may only apply for one scholarship for each retreat or workshop they want to attend. We hope to replenish our scholarship funding as soon as we are able.

We ask that you limit your request for scholarship funds to once a year, so we can offer scholarships to as many people as possible. Thank you.

General

Open to anyone seeking financial assistance for a Garrison Institute retreat or workshop, based on financial need. To apply, click here.

Artists

Tending Space Fellowship for Artists

The Tending Space Fellowship Program for Artists was developed by the Hemera Foundation with the view that art has the capacity to infuse the experience of everyday life with awareness. The aim of the program is to nurture the creative practice of seeing things as they are, to cultivate that awareness, and to live and create from this insight. To accomplish this, we provide financial support for artists to experience the immersive, contemplative environment of a meditation retreat. Qualified applicants will be full-time artists—visual, performing artists, writers, and multi-disciplinary artists—whose professions directly relate to their artmaking practice.

Tending Space Fellowships are available for full-time artists with a sincere desire for the experiences of extended meditation practice to inform and influence their creative expression in the world.

Fellows will be provided with financial support to attend one meditation retreat per year at the Garrison Institute. Artists who have never attended a residential meditation retreat longer than a weekend will be provided with 100% funding for the retreat of their choice. Artists who have attended at least one meditation retreat longer than a weekend will be offered 50% funding, with need-based support available beyond that. The program is open to domestic and international applicants, as well as groups of artists.

Please note: There are no more Tending Space Fellowships for Artists.

Educators

Hemera Education Fellowship Scholarship

Hemera’s Contemplative Fellowships for Educators support educators’ growth through contemplative practice in a retreat setting, allowing individuals the opportunity to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, personal well-being, and professional efficacy, and, in turn, embody and apply these qualities to promote positive school cultures. The list of eligible retreats is included in the online application.

To learn more about Hemera Healthcare scholarships, click here. To apply click here.

The Angell Foundation Scholarships for Teachers

The Angell Foundation builds upon the charitable promise of David and Lynn Angell by promoting and advancing high-impact programs that help people empower themselves.

Thanks to a generous grant from The Angell Foundation, teachers wanting to attend retreats not supported through Hemera Fellowships may apply for scholarship support from the Angell Foundation. There are a limited number of scholarships available. To apply, click here.

CARE for Teachers Scholarship

Limited scholarship support is available for teachers who wish to attend the annual CARE for Teachers Retreat, August 1-5, 2017, which promotes core social-emotional skills that teachers need to create and maintain positive learning environments while supporting their well-being.

To apply for a CARE for Teachers scholarship, click here.

Healthcare Workers

Hemera Healthcare Fellowship Scholarship

Hemera’s Contemplative Fellowships provide financial support for professionals to attend meditation retreats at Garrison Institute. Meditation retreats provide a supportive training environment in which individuals can cultivate mindfulness, compassion, and personal well-being, qualities which can extend into their professional lives and improve workplace culture. Hemera currently provides Contemplative Fellowships for health care professionals and Pre-K to 12 educators.

Please note: There are no more Hemera Healthcare scholarships.

The Angell Foundation Scholarships for Healthcare Workers

The Angell Foundation builds upon the charitable promise of David and Lynn Angell by promoting and advancing high-impact programs that help people empower themselves.

Thanks to a generous grant from The Angell Foundation, healthcare workers wanting to attend retreats not supported through Hemera Fellowships may apply for scholarship support from the Angell Foundation. There are a limited number of scholarships available. To apply, click here.

Himalayan Heritage

Himalayan Heritage Scholarships

The Garrison Institute is privileged to be a cultural center for teachers from the Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhist tradition. The Himalayan Heritage Scholarship program was launched in 2012 to provide Himalayan people in North America, who would not otherwise be able to attend these retreats, the opportunity to reconnect with their own rich heritage, the cultural and spiritual traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

To apply for a Himalayan Heritage scholarship, click here.

Humanitarian Aid Workers

Violent conflicts and natural disasters are disrupting the globe. After every emergency, humanitarian aid workers respond to care for those affected by tragedy. But how do these individuals learn to care for themselves, to maintain their well-being and effectiveness in the field? The Contemplative-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) program is a proactive, skills-based, secular program targeted to service providers who work with people and communities subject to traumatic disruptions. Funding provides scholarships for humanitarian aid workers serving around the world to participate in our trainings.

To apply for a CBRT scholarship, click here.