Seven Day Retreat at Garrison Institute – 8th to 15th 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.  Please do not contact the retreat center directly, contact Francesca with any retreat questions you may have at:

COVID-19 safety protocols as of SEPTEMBER 26, 2022:  To attend a retreat or event all guests, teachers, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19* including at least one booster (additional boosters are optional). We will continue to follow any COVID-19 guidelines set forth by our local officials, NYS and the CDC.  Garrison Institute also highly recommends that all guests self-test (at home antigen test is acceptable) within the 48 hour window prior to arriving for a retreat on site, and to bring a 2nd self-test kit when coming on site.

Proof of being fully vaccinated 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, you will be able to 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 

All County Car Service - 914.631.2277

Izabela Taxi - 914.830.6977

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
8th Arrive 3:00pm onwards
  Dinner 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  Meeting 7:30pm - 9:00pm

9th to 14th 

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
15th  Breakfast 8:00am - 9:30am
  Meeting 10:00am - 12:00pm
  Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  Depart 1:00pm

Additionally, there will be two, hour long, Q&A sessions for the Live stream attendees on 10th and 12th October from 2pm local time.

Discussion Board

The discussion board is disabled for this event. Please contact the organiser directly with any queries.


To register a $220* non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required to reserve a space at the retreat. 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 to attend in person at Garrison Institute: 

Single – $2515

Twin – $2270

Shared – $2200

Commuter – $1955 (3 meals included)

Livestream tickets are from $120. Please see more information about attending online in the section below. 

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.

In-person scholarships 

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to attend the retreat in-person. Please complete the scholarship form here to apply for a place.


Livestream participants will have streaming access to all meetings during the retreat and will be able to view recordings from previous sessions from the livestream page; these will be streamable and viewable for seven days from session date. This way, you can easily catch up on any missed sessions or listen again to take the understanding a little deeper. There will be a special discussion board for the livestream attendees where the streaming link will be posted ahead of the first session and will provide a place for everyone to communicate and share in the teaching.

Zoom, for livestream attendees during the retreat which provide the opportunity to ask Rupert any questions that may arise over the course of the week.

Tickets are available based on the sliding scale below, with the intention of making the teaching available to more people. If you wish to purchase a ticket for a friend, you may simply add a second ticket to your account and let Francesca know who you would like to assign it to. Please note that tickets can only be assigned to people who have a log in for Rupert's website.

Please select from the options in the tickets section below, add to basket and checkout as normal.

Costs per person: 

$120 - Supported: for those who would like to attend but are unable to do so for financial reasons*

$225 - Standard: for those with sufficient financial resources to attend at a fair price

$450 - Sponsor: for those with adequate financial resources and a desire to support attendance for others

Booking will close at noon local time on the first day of the retreat, so please be sure to register online if you wish to attend. You will receive an order confirmation email and you will be emailed the streaming link before the start of the retreat.

For a list of FAQs please see Livestream FAQs

(please use to find the times for sessions in your own timezone)


Livestream – Supported tickets

If you wish to attend the livestream of the retreat with a *Supported ticket, please email Niya, Please note that the cut-off date for applications is 6th October, 12pm EST

Important ticket information

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

The final balance will be due on Thursday 24 August 2023

The final balance will be due on 24th August 2023
75% of balance refundable if cancelled before 31st August 2023
50% of balance refundable if cancelled before 7th September 2023
No refund if cancelled after the 7th September 2023

If you experience any problems with checkout please use the Payment FAQ page.