Karma and the Nature of the Mind:
A Meditation Retreat in Upstate New York
with Venerable Amy Miller

Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29
at Garrison Institute

Registration will be available soon.

Quotes from students of previous years:

Totally life inspiring!

The best thing I chose to do this year.

This is now an annual gathering: our next spring retreat at Garrison Institute with Venerable Amy Miller will be held on April 27-29, 2018. We already rejoice for this wonderful opportunity to learn and practice with Venerable Amy, friends from past retreats, and new friends we’re eager to welcome. Please join us!

The topic of the retreat will be “Karma and the Nature of Mind.” Sometimes we think, speak, and act in less-than-beneficial ways. These patterns can trigger guilt, shame, depression, anxiety, and other negative states of mind. By understanding karma and the mind’s nature through a variety of meditations and exercises, we can explore a gentle and realistic approach to creating a more balanced mind and leading a healthier lifestyle.

Join us for this insightful and practical retreat that will also include a variety of guided meditations, such as shiné (calm abiding), karma (the law of cause and effect), the nature of mind, death and dying, developing the good heart, emptiness, and other topics on the path to awakening. There will also time for discussions and Q&A. During the breaks we will practice silence, making each moment of the retreat an opportunity for transformation and strengthening our practice.

This retreat is open to all, from relatively new Buddhists to more experienced practitioners. Kickstart your practice or invigorate an already existing one!

Dates and Times:

Friday, April 27
Registration is from 3 to 6pm, followed by dinner and an evening session. Silence will start after dinner.

Saturday, April 28
There will be sessions of concentration and analytical meditations with short discussions, an option to take the Eight Mahayana Precepts (if you are not familiar with this practice, you can find information from our sister center in North Carolina here), and opportunities to do purification practices.

Sunday, April 29
There will be sessions of concentration and analytical meditations with short discussions. The retreat will conclude after lunch. Silence will break before lunch.

To receive a detailed schedule, please click here.

Location and Directions:

Garrison Institute: 14 Mary’s Way, Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524

Garrison Institute, although located in a very tranquil environment, is also relatively close to New York City.

By train: Garrison, New York is just over an hour from Grand Central Station. Take the Metro North Railroad to the Garrison Train Station via the Hudson Line. Train times vary but generally arrive and depart approximately every hour. A no-cost, no reservation required shuttle service is available from the Garrison Train Depot to the Garrison Institute during registration hours (approx. 3-6pm) and immediately after lunch on Sunday. There is also a one-mile-long walking path through the woods from the Garrison Train Depot to the Institute, lovely during good weather.

By car: If you would like to come by car, here are some maps.

More information about transportation (including how to walk from the station and the different options to come by car) is available here.


All-inclusive: retreat expenses, the center’s teacher offering, accommodations, three vegetarian meals per day, tea/coffee, apples, shuttle from the local train station, and use of facilities.

Single Room : $370 (or $340 with house job) all-inclusive
Double Room: $350 (or $330 with house job) all-inclusive
Triple or Quad Room: $320 (or $300 with house job) all-inclusive
Commuter: $240 all-inclusive

Registration via Garrison Institute will be available soon.


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Cancellation Policy:

Per Garrison Institute, for individuals cancelling up to one week in advance of a retreat, there is a $50 processing fee.

For cancellations within a week of the retreat, in addition to the $50 processing fee, there will be a fee of $40 per day for the length of the retreat to cover direct costs for food. If you cancel after 4pm the night before a retreat starts (April 26), there will be no refund. It is in your best interest to be certain of your intention before registering for this program.


If you are inspired to sponsor teacher offerings, the teacher’s lunch, flower offerings, guest refreshments, or the teaching space, please click here. You may indicate in your donation whether you would like the funds to be used for a specific purpose.

About the Teacher:

Ven. Amy Miller at Tibet House on October 2, 2016 in New York City.

Amy J. Miller (Ven. Lobsang Chodren) first encountered Tibetan Buddhism in 1987 at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Since then, she has spent a great deal of time engaged in meditation retreats, study, teaching, and Buddhist center management throughout the world. Prior to encountering Buddhism, Amy was a political fundraiser in Washington, DC and also worked for Mother Jones Magazine in San Francisco, California. Amy also trained as an emotional support hospice counselor during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco and offers courses and retreats on death and dying and end-of-life care.

A past director of Vajrapani Institute in California and Milarepa Center in Vermont, Amy was ordained as a Buddhist nun in June 2000. She has been teaching extensively since 1992 and is happy to help people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort to gain a refreshing perspective on stressful living.

Amy also leads pilgrimages around the world and will be leading a trek to a holy cave and retreat center in the Mt. Everest region of Nepal in October 2018. She is the co-author of Buddhism in a Nutshell and a contributor to Living in the Path, a series of online courses produced by FPMT.

Based in the United States, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Amy teaches and leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world. Her teaching schedule and other information can be found at www.AmyMiller.com.