Seven Day Retreat at Garrison Institute – 9th to 16th October


Retreats are a wonderful way to go more deeply into the non-dual understanding and deepen our connection to the community. Whether we are new to non-duality or have spent years exploring this understanding, our shared being shines when we come together.

On the first day, we begin with dinner followed by a welcome and guided meditation. On each full day, there are two meetings: a silent and guided meditation in the morning and a conversation with Rupert in the afternoon that focuses on attendees’ questions. On the final day, we finish with a morning meeting followed by lunch. 

There is ample free time between meetings and meals to explore Garrison Institute and the surrounding area and to enjoy the company of fellow attendees. While this is not a silent retreat, resting in quiet contemplation is always available for those who wish to. 

About Garrison Institute: The Garrison Institute, formerly a Capuchin monastery, is in Garrison, New York overlooking the Hudson River. It is situated on the beautiful ninety-five-acre Glenclyffe property. Its tranquil, park-like setting replete with gardens, a boxwood labyrinth, a gazebo on a Hudson River bluff, and many walking paths, offers a natural setting for contemplation. The Garrison Institute property is connected to the Hudson River trail system and the Appalachian Trail. Accommodations are simple, beautiful and quiet. Learn more about Garrison Institute here

COVID-19 safety protocols: All retreat leaders, attending guests and staff need to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 to attend this on-site retreat. Proof of vaccination, a completed health questionnaire, and a signed building waiver are required. These documents will be requested from you via a secure link and are due back to the Garrison Institute prior to arriving on site for the opening day of this retreat. Instructions on how to submit the documents will follow. Guests who do not have evidence of vaccination will not be allowed entry into the building.

Francesca will post lots of helpful retreat information to all attendees on the discussion board as we get closer to our start date.


There are Single, Double and Shared (3-4 people) rooms available. Please note, Garrison does not have a guest elevator and all rooms are accessible by stairs only. Shared (3-4 people) rooms are on the fourth floor We recommend signing up for a double room if the stairs to the fourth floor might be an issue for you. 

There are two communal bathrooms (usually one male, one female) on each residential floor as well as a comfortable lounge with sofas and easy chairs where tea and (instant) coffee are available 24 hours a day. The lounges also are equipped with a wireless, high speed internet connection for laptop computer users. 

If your accommodation of choice is sold out, please use the 'Add to Waitlist' button and you will be notified of any spaces that come available.

There are several local hotels within driving distance from Garrison for those who wish accommodations with a private bath. If you wish to stay off-site, please register as a commuter, which includes three meals per day.

List of Hotels:

The Hudson House Inn 
6 miles from Garrison, 12 minutes by car - 

Bear Mountain Inn 
5.5 miles from Garrison, 11 minutes by car - 

Overlook Lodge 
8 miles from Garrison, 16 minutes by car - 

Also please note that there are options available on


By train: The retreat center can easily be reached in 1 hour 20 minutes from New York's Grand Central Station on Metro North's Hudson line. From the north, take AMTRAK to Poughkeepsie then transfer to Metro North railroad. 

By car: The Garrison Institute is located directly off Route 9D in Garrison, New York, approximately 50 miles north of New York City. Major highways nearby include Interstate 84, Route 9, the Palisades Parkway and the Taconic State Parkway. There is on-site parking for those who will arrive by car.

By plane: The local airport near Garrison is Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY. Visit for more information. Garrison Institute is also accessible from LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark International Airports.

By taxi: For traveling to and from the Garrison Institute we can suggest the following transportation vendors:
Alley’s Way Car Service - 845.265.8294 
Bynum Taxi - 914.737.3753 
Delroy Taxi - 845.452.1222 
Visconti Ground Transport - 845.567.3560 (car service)

By bus: Shortline Bus service is available into the Poughkeepsie, NY station (approximately 30 minutes to Garrison). For local bus schedules and more information contact: Shortline Bus: 1.800.631.8405 or visit
From New England: Peter Pan Bus offers service into New York City where you can connect with a MetroNorth train to Garrison. For local bus schedules and more information contact: Peter Pan Bus Lines: 1.800.343.9999 or visit

Meals & Refreshments

Vegetarian meals are prepared three times daily and served in the main dining room.


Date Details Time
9th October Arrive 3:00pm onwards
  Dinner 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  Meeting 7:30pm - 9:00pm

10th to 15th October

Breakfast 8:00am - 9:30am
  Meeting 10:30am - 12:30pm
  Lunch 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  Meeting 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  Dinner 6:30pm - 8:00pm
16th October Breakfast 8:00am - 9:00am
  Meeting 10:00am - 12:00pm
  Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  Depart 1:00pm

Discussion Board

Everyone who books onto this event will get access to the discussion board, with the ability to:

  • Post comments
  • Contact other attendees to exchange information or for social purposes


To register a $220* non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required to reserve a space at the retreat. The final balance will be due on Thursday 1st September 2022. Please book using the "Add to Basket" buttons below. 

Shared rooms are allocated by gender; please choose the appropriate ticket when booking so that we can allocate your room properly. If you wish to share with a friend please book your tickets and email Francesca with your sharing preference. If you are booking a twin room as a couple you can book a 'couples' ticket which automatically adds two tickets to your account and ensures that you will be given a room together.

Costs per person: 

Single – $2450

Twin – $2225

Shared – $2135

Commuter – $1890 (3 meals included)

If your ticket preference is sold out please use the 'Add to Waitlist' button and you will be notified of any spaces that come available. Booking is strictly through the website, please contact Francesca with any questions. Please do not contact the venue to try to book into the retreat.

Registration closes 48 hours prior to our start date.

*Should the retreat be cancelled for any reason related to Covid-19, the deposit payments made will be automatically transferred to a replacement Retreat at Home.


A limited number of partial scholarships will be available for this retreat. Please complete the scholarship form here to apply for a place.

Important ticket information

A non-refundable deposit is payable immediately for each ticket.

The final balance will be due on Thursday 1 September 2022

75% of balance refundable if cancelled before 8th September 2022
50% of balance refundable if cancelled before 15th September 2022 
No refund if cancelled after the 15th September 2022