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Garrison Institute: 10 Years of Impact

by Lydia Anderson
December 13, 2013
Fri, 12/13/2013 - 13:30 -- landerson

In the spirit of Wisdom’s Winter Call for Submissions on “Retreat,” we’re thrilled to share this inspiring video from our friends at the Garrison Institute in New York. The video celebrates the Institute’s ten-year anniversary and beautifully conveys the inspiration behind their commitment to cultivating a contemplative practice that translates to change in the world.

The Institute’s cofounder, Jonathan Rose, sums up the role of the twenty-first-century monastery with inspired warmth:

“A place of retreat, a place to stand back and really, deeply reflect. The second thing then is to take the wisdom that comes from those reflections and use it to apply it individually and collectively to the issues of civil society and the environment.”

At Wisdom, we couldn’t be more excited to share in the worldwide mission of focused, engaged, and ecumenical spirituality.

In tune with our wish to hear our readers’ stories of spiritual retreat, Sharon Salzberg explains the Garrison’s approach to providing practitioners a place to practice, defining the Institute’s monastery as a place “to look within and to adopt the discipline and to work with everything that comes up is not that easy and you really want to be in a beautiful environment. You want to be in a place where you feel nurtured and helped and supported.”

We hope you are as inspired by the work of the institute as we are! Check out their page at and don’t forget to share your stories of retreat by following the guidelines here.

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