Garrison, NY | Level Two Residential Retreat

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Garrison, NY | Level Two Residential Retreat

April 16 - April 19





The Way of Effortless Mindfulness

Level Two Residential Retreat
with Loch Kelly

Garrison Institute
Thursday-Sunday April 16-19, 2020
14 St. Mary's Way, Route 9D at Glenclyffe, Garrison, NY 10524 United States

“In my many years of knowing and working with Loch Kelly I feel that he is one of the clearest expressions of authentic awakened freedom and love that I know.” – Adyashanti, author of True Meditation

Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, said: “There are two types of mindfulness: deliberate and effortless.” Deliberate mindfulness includes one-pointed focus and nonjudgmentally observing the changing contents of our mind and body. The second approach is called effortless mindfulness, not because no initial effort is made, but because of the discovery of an awareness that is already awake and able to focus effortlessly. Rather than concentrating to calm and focus your mind, we will learn to intentionally shift into awake awareness, which is already calm, intelligent, and able to effortlessly focus. This is an important method to learn for your journey of awakening.

In this weekend retreat, we will first learn how to unhook awareness from thinking and have it turn around to be aware from awake awareness. Then, we will begin to welcome and liberate our inner shadow parts from effortless heart mindfulness. Effortless mindfulness helps us shift from a self-centered identity to an empty, yet open-hearted, way of seeing and being. By practicing effortless mindfulness, you discover a deep sense of well-being, creativity, and unconditional love.

LEVEL TWO is for those who have taken an online course, attended a daylong workshop or will have read one of Loch’s books before the weekend. This is not to exclude anyone, but so we all have the initial practices and vocabulary to be able to dive deeply into the support of realization, abiding, expression and unfolding.

Loch Kelly’s new book The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide for Living an Awakened Life can be found HERE.

Please click here to complete your Program Registration with The Open-Hearted Awareness Institute before making your Housing Registration with Garrison (link below).

Program Fee: $275
(Payable to Open Heart Awareness Institute)

Housing Fee: $285-$510
(Payable to Garrison Institute)


CE credits are available for New York State LMSW, LCSW, LFMT, or LMHC and must be registered and paid for here before the retreat in order to receive them.


This program is eligible for 19 Continuing Education Credits for New York State LMSW, LCSW, LFMT, or LMHC through Family and Children’s Service of Ithaca, Inc., SW CPE #0293, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education. Contact Hours (CEU’s) for NYS Social Workers: 19. The cost for CEUs is $30

Please see OHAI refund policy, scholarship application, legal disclaimer and other policies here.


April 16
April 19


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