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Garrison – CAREGIVERS RETREAT – with Holistic Life Foundation

People who care for people play a vital role in our communities, whether in intimate family circles, larger social networks, or the wide array of helping professions in healthcare, education, social justice and more. Often it is caregivers who support the front lines of our society: helping those who face challenges on a daily basis. However, this support can come at a high personal cost, leading to frustration, exhaustion, and a fast track to burnout.



How do we balance the desire to help others with our own needs? How do we have compassion for ourselves as well as others? How do we infuse our actions with the wisdom that we must do our best and we’re not in control of the unfolding of events, of the choices of others, of the rhythm of healing or the pace of change? Sharon Salzberg and The Holistic Life Foundation offer a restorative weekend retreat exploring the immense resilience of the human spirit, and how to find greater balance when serving others. Recharge physically, mentally and emotionally in a community of caretakers from all walks of life with meditation, yoga and contemplative practices.

hlf-and-sharon-retreat-2016Sharon Salzberg has been teaching meditation since the 1970s and delights in bringing lovingkindness and mindfulness techniques specifically to caregivers, change-makers and social justice workers. The Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) has been serving Baltimore’s underserved communities since 2001 with high quality programming focusing on yoga, holistic health, environmental advocacy, sustainability and interconnectedness.

Now for their third year together, Sharon and the HLF join the Garrison Institute to offer a refuge for those who try to be of help in the world by caring for others. Join them for a restorative weekend retreat to develop the skills needed to move towards deeper care, both for ourselves and for others. No prior meditation or yoga experience is necessary to attend, retreat is open to anyone who cares for others. A variety of scholarships are now available for this retreat: Hemera Education Fellowship Scholarships Available, and Hemera Healthcare Fellowship Scholarships Available.

New York Insight – People Who Care for People – Talk with Holistic Life Foundation

New York Insight welcomes Sharon Salzberg and brothers Ali and Atman Smith and their friend and colleague, Andres Gonzalez, of the Holistic Life Foundation. They know what it takes not only to survive, but also to thrive under difficult and challenging circumstances.


By teaching yoga and meditation to inner-city youth in Baltimore and other troubled communities around the country and the world, they’re helping a new generation cope with the stress and suffering they face on a daily basis. Renowned meditation teacher and best-selling author Sharon Salzberg will moderate the conversation with Ali, Atman, and Andy, sharing stories, insights, and wisdom pertinent to those who teach or care for young people living in challenging environments. They will also talk about the recent unrest in Baltimore and the ways in which this work can impact whole communities.

This event is co-sponsored by Garrison Institute who will be hosting the People Who Care for People Retreat from Friday, March 10- Sunday, March 12. Click here for more information or to register for the retreat.

See here for more info on the Holistic Life Foundation.

*Registration Fee includes Teacher Support. Sliding Scale pricing is offered to allow participants at all income levels. The mid and sustaining rates allows us to offer scholarships to those in financial need.

Schwartz Center Compassion in Action Webinar


“Cultivating Compassion and Avoiding Burnout”

2016 Compassion in Action Webinar Series

Compassionate, Collaborative Care – working together to bring compassion into daily practice

Amidst the rapid changes in health care, how can healthcare professionals and staff sustain and deepen the caring and compassion that draws them to this profession? How can caregivers most effectively engage patients and each other to improve the quality of care and achieve better outcomes?

This week’s presenter is Sharon Salzberg, meditation teacher and New York Times best-selling author. In this webinar we will focus on Cultivating Compassion and Avoiding Burnout. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to describe:

– Ways to train one’s attention as the first step in experiencing compassion
– The difference between empathy and compassion
– The importance of compassion for oneself

Together we will learn how to sustain compassion and collaboration in health care while sustaining our well-being.

May all beings be happy ♡