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A 3-Day Retreat – Cultivating Inner Stillness in a Chaotic World: Garrison, NY

CE Hours:   16 + open to the public
When:   Sep 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - Oct 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Sep 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - Oct 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

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The Garrison Institute overlooks the Hudson River in a beautifully renovated former Capuchin monastery, an hour north of New York City.  The Institute is a supportive and nourishing place for those who are exploring the wisdom, insight and peace gained through meditation practice.

There is a beauty that begins to form when we live and work with more mindfulness and presence. We offer this weekend immersion to those who want to wake up from the hurricane of chaos, step more solidly into inner stillness and tune into a more heartful way of being in work and life.

In this Cultivating Inner Stillness in a Chaotic World retreat we will share simple tools designed to help you reconnect to a happier and more resilient way of being. We will explore practices such as meditation and mindfulness, breath awareness, movement and sound healing.  All will benefit from the practices, whether you are an experienced meditator or a beginner.  To read more about the meditation training and retreat, click here. Beginners and seasoned practitioners welcome.

  • Increase your capacity to meet difficulties, stress, chronic pain, grief and anxiety with attention, compassion and authenticity
  • Learn specific mindfulness-based practices that you can incorporate into your daily life and professional practice
  • Become more present and in-tune with your clients, co-workers, employers, friends and family
  • Learn about the most current research that supports mindfulness
  • Incorporate effective communication strategies using mindfulness-based communication approaches
  • Be a part of a community of like-minded professionals and feel supported in this nourishing learning environment

Program fee:  $300
Massage Therapists receive 16 NCBTMB CE’s for this retreat/training.  Open to the public.


Do I need to have a regular meditation practice to attend this retreat?garrison_aerial2-1112x440-small

This retreat is appropriate for all, including those with no prior experience. During the retreat you will receive instruction on a variety of meditation practices including breath awareness, movement meditation, mandalas, sound healing and deep listening practices. You will receive support and guidance throughout the weekend. If you already have an established meditation practice, this retreat can provide you with the opportunity to deepen your practice as you sit in community with others.

What is the cost of the retreat and accommodations/meals?


The program fee is $300 and includes CE’s for massage therapists. The cost of accommodations and meals is separate and is dependent on your accommodation preference and number of nights (minimum 2 nights).

Accommodations are single or double occupancy rooms as well as a limited number of dorm rooms (triples and quads). All rooms have windows and many face out towards the Hudson River. There are two spacious, communal unisex bathrooms on each residential floor. Pricing for accommodations and meals (per person, per night) is listed below.

  • Dorm accommodations (3-4 twin beds) and meals, per person:  $140/night
  • Double occupancy (2 twin beds) and meals, per person:  $155/night
  • Single occupancy:  $175/night

Can I room with someone I know?

Yes.  When you register please let us know us you are attending with someone and that you would like to share a room with them.  If you are traveling alone and would like double accommodations, we will pair you with a same-gender roommate.

What will the meals be like?  Can I make a request for my personal dietary needs?

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The Garrison Institute serves delicious food that is nourishing, usually vegetarian and mostly with ingredients coming from farms in the local Hudson Valley. Meat is available for an extra charge. The Garrison Institute has very limited capacity for people with special dietary needs; those that they cannot specifically accommodate can serve themselves from what is offered or, in some cases, can bring their own food. They offer non-gluten options at every meal and ingredients are listed on the serving tables. Please note that there is a toaster, microwave, refrigerator and limited food storage space. If you have any specific dietary needs, please let us know when you register. Tea and coffee service is available 24 hours per day.

saunaWill there be time in the schedule for rest or hiking?

Yes, we have deliberately created the retreat schedule so that it allows personal time. There are beautiful gardens and a labyrinth on the property as well as a meadow with benches and a gazebo overlooking the Hudson River. There are trails through the woods that adjoin the property, and a short hike connects up to the Appalachian Trail.  There is also an on-site sauna.

When does the retreat start and end?

The retreat begins on Friday morning at 10am, with a suggested arrival time between 8:30am and 9am. We will end on Sunday at lunch.

I’m a massage therapist – can I receive continuing education hours for this retreat?

approved-providerYes.  Cultivating Inner Stillness in a Chaotic World is NCBMTB & NY Approved for 16 CE hours. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the retreat to submit to your state licensing board or for recertification with the NCBTMB. This retreat and training is Part I of the Mindfulness Professional Training which you can read more about here.

How do I get to The Garrison Institute?

garrison-institute-mapThe retreat center is located 50 miles north of New York City.  When using your car’s GPS, please use the address of the neighboring Highland Country Club at 955 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524 to guide you to the Garrison Institute’s entrance on 9D.  For information on travel by bus, train, taxi and air, you can read more here. For further information and directions, click here to access The Garrison Institute’s website.



Sep 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am
Oct 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Event Category:
16 + open to the public