Scholarship Funds

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 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.

Retreat Scholarships

Since our founding in 2003, the Garrison Institute has welcomed over 40,000 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 over 60 spiritual and professional training retreat programs annually.

To contribute to our Retreat scholarship fund, click here.

Contemplative-Based Resilience Training

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 contribute to our CBRT scholarship fund, click here.

Climate, Mind & Behavior Scholarships

The Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) program is developing research-based approaches for achieving large-scale, people-centered solutions to climate and energy problems. CMB scholarships provide support for individuals from non-profit, community development, and government organizations to participate in our symposia, which are focused on people-centered approaches to the mitigation of climate change.

To contribute to our CMB scholarship fund, click here.

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 contribute to our CARE for Teachers scholarship fund, 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 contribute to our Himalayan Heritage scholarship fund, click here.