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 initiative program events accessible to more people.  Supporting scholarships is a great, cost-effective way to build a more inclusive community and keep pushing the boundaries of contemplative-based social change. Whether you are interested in supporting our scholarship programs or applying for aid, this page is the place to start.

Garrison Retreat Scholarships

Since our 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. The Institute is committed to making its retreat programs available to anyone who could benefit. Contributions provide support for underserved populations and those with financial need to participate in a variety of retreat programs annually.

To apply for a Retreat scholarship, click here.  

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 Education scholarships, click here. (Please note: There is a link to the Hemera Education scholarship application at the bottom of this page.) 

Hemera Healthcare Fellowship Scholarship

Please note: Hemera Healthcare scholarships are no longer available for 2016 retreats. Please check back in December for 2017 retreats. 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. You can read more about Hemera at

To learn more about Hemera Healthcare scholarships, click here. (Please note: There is a link to the Hemera Healthcare scholarship application at the bottom of this page.) 

Tending Space Fellowships 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.

To learn more about Tending Space Fellowships for Artists, click here. (Please note: There is a link to the Tending Space Fellowships for Artists scholarship application at the bottom of this page.)

CARE for Teachers Scholarships

Your support can help a teacher attend the annual CARE for Teachers Retreat, August 1-5, 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.

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.