Each year the Garrison Institute welcomes over 6,000 individuals through our doors. We provide a place of retreat, community, and connection, offering transformative programming in order to support healing and systems change. Since March 2020, we have continued this commitment through our virtual programs, reaching thousands of people worldwide.
The Many Voices Fund will provide scholarships for our in-person and virtual retreats to individuals from underserved communities, with the majority of available funds designated for Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
One of the most powerful truths about contemplation is that you can practice anywhere: at home or on the subway, by yourself or in community. And yet, there is something undeniably special about going on retreat. We have heard over and over from our retreatants that participating in a retreat at the Garrison Institute is a unique and transformative experience.
Research shows that contemplative practices promote well-being and support positive social transformation for both individuals and communities. We want to make sure that this experience is accessible for all, regardless of financial need. We are also committed to supporting the next generation of contemplative practitioners and leaders, and we recognize that for many emerging voices, retreats are cost-prohibitive.
We hope that you will join us in this commitment to provide scholarship assistance for underserved and marginalized communities, so we can continue to provide a place of retreat and reflection for all.
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