5/24/2019 3:00 PM -
Garrison Institute (14 Mary's Way, Route 9D, Garrison, NY, 10524) (
Taking Refuge & Care in Ourselves, The Practice, and Each Other
Friday, May 24-Monday, May 27
Caring for myself is not self–indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
~ Audre Lorde
Open to all who identify as: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Queer.
This retreat is an opportunity for us to come together as an LGBTIQ community and care for ourselves: to remember who we really are and to recollect our true inner goodness. We will explore ways of sustaining a kind heart, a clear open mind, and a strong body. We will engage with the ancient teachings and practices offered by the Buddha that cultivate compassion, wisdom, and skillful actions.
As LGBTIQ people, in these challenging and difficult times, we recollect the power of community to know that we are not alone, and that together we can begin the healing of centuries of oppression and trauma within a deep knowing of our interconnectedness and interdependence. We learn to trust the unfolding of our lives and to act for the benefit of all beings.
This retreat will be held in Noble Silence. In silence, we are illuminating the heart and mind. It is a real-time practice of stillness and clarity. Participants are asked and expected to refrain from using any electronic devices. This allows for a rare opportunity to unplug and get to know our own reality show with compassion and wisdom. Within this commitment, we are the guardians to each other’s solitude while in this precious community. The more we know and understand our inner landscape, the more we are able to engage with others and the world with both skill and grace.
Guided meditation instructions, Q&A, heart practices, gentle yoga, group meetings with a teacher, and dharma talks will be offered on this retreat.
On this rare LGBTIQ retreat, we come together to practice turning towards and caring for ourselves, each other, and all that truly matters in our lives, for the highest good of all. Hope you can join us!
Co-sponsored by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, South Shore Insight Meditation Center, and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.
The Garrison Institute is located in Garrison, New York in a former Capuchin monastery overlooking the Hudson River. It is situated on the beautiful 95-acre Glenclyffe property, formerly the estate of Hamilton Fish, Governor of New York and later Secretary of State under President Grant.
Facilities include a variety of spacious meeting and break-out rooms, an inspirational non-denominational meditation hall seating up to 300, a wood-paneled dining hall holding 175 at one seating, a library, a theater, high speed internet access, and state-of-the-art audio and visual resources. The Institute currently offers accommodations for 165 overnight guests, in single, double and dorm style rooms.
This venue is not accessible for those with mobility impairments. Please contact the retreat manager ("Contact Us" button, below) for more information.
Check-in begins @ 3 p.m. on Friday; retreat ends after lunch on Monday.
Please find more information about retreats in our Residential Retreat Information.