The CARE Retreat

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but it can also be one of the most stressful. CARE for Teachers is a unique program designed to help teachers reduce stress and enliven their teaching by promoting awareness, presence, compassion, reflection, and inspiration – the inner resources they need to help students flourish, socially, emotionally, and academically.

The Garrison Institute’s Contemplative Teaching and Learning (CTL) Initiative offers this innovative training for teachers introducing an evidence-based set of practical skills. These skills will help you reduce stress, improve your mental concentration and emotional awareness and facilitate responsiveness. You will be able to apply these in the classroom so you can consistently be the caring, compassionate teacher you are. These skills include relaxation, movement, deep listening, emotion-awareness training, and much more.



CARE for Teachers was been developed by a team of researchers, educators, psychologists and experts in contemplative practice. The senior faculty are: Patricia Jennings, M.Ed., Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia; Richard Brown, founder and chair of Naropa University’s Contemplative Education Department; and Christa Turksma, clinical child psychologist.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for an additional cost.

Registration for the 2016 summer retreat is now available on the Garrison Institute website. The retreat offers 37 hours of training over five days. Prices listed on the “Register Now” page include all training sessions, on site housing, meals and the program fee. Partial registration is not available.