Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for May 2012 – Westchester/Putnam NY Edition

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TrailWalker’s Club – 8-8:30am (Tuesdays in May). Trailwalkers aims to get adults of all ages outdoors for brief 20-30 minute morning walks in the woods (weather permitting). Greenburgh Nature Center/Manor House, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Free. 914.723.3470;

Prosperity In Everyday Life – 7-8:30pm (5/1-6/12). Learn to achieve prosperity in all its forms through the Kundalini style of pranayama, mantra, mudra, meditation, postures, affirmations and shabads. The Yoga Co-op, The Garrison, 2015 Rte 9, Garrison. $15/drop in. Info: 845.224.9909;

Intro to Intuitive Arts & Practices – 7-9:30pm (Also 5/8, 5/15) w/“The Charmed One” Theresa Fernandes. Explore the intuitive arts through meditation and hands-on work with tarot, psychometry and more. Opal Moon, Croton. $35/ea or $95/all. RSVP: 914.788.4955;

Dream Group – 7:30-9:30pm w/Warren Falcon. Share the gifts that the dream world provides; no prior experience is required. All welcome. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. $50. Info/register: 914.772.1257;


Weight Loss/Virtual Gastric Band – 7-8pm w/Sara Oppenheim-Somerville. Shrink the stomach, reduce cravings, and change one’s relationship with food through hypnosis. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. 4 weeks/ $299 (includes take home CD). RSVP: 914.788.4955;

Women’s Wisdom Group – 7:30-9:30pm (alternate Wednesdays at 10am-12noon).  This is a community of women who support, nurture and inspire each other; readings from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. $30. 914.772.1257;


Holistic Moms Network – 6:30-8:30pm. Knitting 101: Holistic Moms of Putnam County. Join a group of experienced knitters to learn the basics of knitting, and get questions answered. First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown, 10 Academy St, Cold Spring. Free. Info: 914.736.2975. 


Reiki I – 12noon (Also 5/11 & 5/25) w/Jackie Muller. Dynamic Intervention, 1281 Rte 311, Ste B104, Patterson. $175 (20% off with NAN membership card). 845.702.1042;

House/Studio/Landscape Tours – 11am Fri & 11am-1:30pm Sat & Sun. Tours run through October and include home, studio and Woodland Garden of modernist industrial designer Russel Wright. $15; $13/seniors; $5/children under 12. Reservations required:

Women’s Support Circle – 12:30-1:30pm w/Noreen Lempert, LCSW. Women sharing with other women in a circle of compassion, understanding and respect. The Lighthouse Retreat and Wellness Center, 2028 Albany Post Rd, Croton. Donation. 914.862.0968.

Spring Celebration & Open House – 4-6pm. Free mini sessions and snacks! The Ajna Wellness Center, 2127 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor.

Argentine Tango Milonga – 7-11pm. Free wine tasting and refreshments at Tasty Port Wine in lobby from 7-8 pm, beginner tango lesson at 8pm with dance practice until 11:30 pm. Singles or couples/no partner necessary. Josie’s Dance School. $20. 914.432.8502;  .


Attitude of Gratitude Community Sadhana – Time TBA. (5/5-6/13). Join Siri Chand Kaur of The Yoga Co-op for a 40 day Community Sadhana focusing on slowing down and opening to awareness of the blessings all around. Receive daily inspiration and encouragement. info: 845.224.9909;

Energy Healing Workshop – 10am-5:30pm. Learn scanning, radiant and distant healing with Penny Lavin from One Light Healing Touch, an International Energy Healing and Mystery School. 140 Meads Cross Rd, Stormville. $150. 845.878.5165;

Woman’s Inner & Outer Beauty – 12pm-3pm. Learn some of the most advanced women’s secrets to achieving radiant and glowing beauty for hair, skin and nails including anti-aging foods, supplements/herbs, topical treatments and Detox products. Manna Foods, 171 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains.

Summer Nature & Design Camp Open Day – 2-4pm. New and returning camp families are welcome to meet camp staff, experience the site and learn about the program. More info:


Women’s Web – Time TBA. Facilitated by Mikki Davis, this is a circle of inquiry for journaling and other explorations around the theme: Beauty. Class is first in a series of four. Sacred Center, 42 Smith Ave, Mt Kisco. $20. Register:

Finding Balance/Healing An Imperfect World – 10am-4pm w/Valerie Stiehl. Participate in shamanic inner journeying to clear old wounds and open the heart and emotions to positive energy. Wainwright House, Rye. $70. 914.967.6080;

Veggiecation© Kids Culinary Class – 12-1pm. Little chefs are invited to help prepare recipes and sample their healthy treats, leaving with coloring pages, stickers and a new love for veggies. Whole Foods Market, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd, Yonkers. Free. 914.378.8090.

Core Principles of Pilates – 12:30-2:30pm w/Kate Petagine. Class focuses on the teachings of Joseph Pilates to bring all of the following elements together: concentration, control, center, fluidity, precision and breath. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. Pre-registration required: 845.878.7800;

Painted Prayers Manifestation Workshop/Meditation – 2-4pm w/Jo Jayson. This creative workshop uses crystals and natural materials to sow the seeds of vision. Soulauras, 522 N State Rd, Briarcliff.  $40. Pre-registration required: 914.9412400;


Ballroom Dance Instruction for Adults – 1pm (Also 5/7, 5/14, 5/21 & 6/4). Have fun while learning the basic steps, turns, leads, timing, rhythm and movement of various ballroom dances. Somers Library. $20/all 4 classes. 914.232.5717.


Reiki Healing Circle– 7:30-9pm w/ Reiki Master Jeanne Shanin. For practitioners of all levels and those new to Reiki, receive the benefits of group energy; deeply relax with a guided meditation followed by group healing. Golden Temple Yoga, $15. Pre-register: 914.763.5650;


Ladies Night Out – 5-9pm. Features a buffet dinner, deejay music, raffle prizes, vendors and an open bar for soda, beer and wine.  A portion of the proceeds go to Gilda’s Club of Westchester. Westchester Hills Golf Club, 401 Ridgeway, White Plains. 914.686.6200;

Journey of the Universe – 7pm/refreshments; 7:30/film. An epic story of cosmic, earth and human transformation; film draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology. Discussion follows. Greenburgh Nature Center, Scarsdale. Free. 914.723.3470;


“Programmed to be Fat?” – 7:30pm. A new film about how exposure to environmental chemicals, pesticides and herbicides may be changing physiology forever. Discussion follows. Wainwright House, Rye. $10/donation. 914.967.6080;

Yin Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm w/Gi Pamperien. Yin yoga is gentle and suitable for all; let go of effort and be one with stillness. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. $18/weekly. RSVP: 914.788.4955;

Isagenix Tasting & Intro to Pilates Mat Class – 7:30-9:30pm. Enjoy spring and welcome summer with an Isagenix Nutritional Cleanse and Intro to Power Pilates for beginners. Soulauras, 522 N State Rd, Briarcliff. $15. Pre-registration required: 914.941.2400;


YWCA Mother’s Day Flower Sale – Time TBA. Proceeds benefit the YWCA Special Olympics Programs. Order form and payment must be completed by May 4 for plant pick-up. More info:  YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, White Plains. 914.949.6227;

Company & Leadership of Women Luncheon – 11am-2pm. YWCA of White Plains  hosts its annual networking luncheon featuring keynote speaker Sonia Manzano, award-winning writer and activist, known for the role of “Maria” in Sesame Street. The Hilton Rye Town, 699 Westchester Ave, Rye Brook. 914.949.6227.

Teatown’s Annual Plant Sale – 4-7pm Friday, May 11 & 9am-2pm May 12. Sale features the unusual, the new and the tried and true. First pick sale—a chance to get those favorite plants before they sell out. $10 admission/Saturday, free. Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining.

Reiki Circle – 7-9pm. Experience the warm, loving and compassionate energy of Reiki. Beginners welcome. Circle of Tranquility, Hawthorne. $15. RSVP by 5/9: 914.769.1446;


Painting from the Inside Out Workshop – 9am-12noon. Come explore, experiment and play while painting; allowing spontaneity to release creativity and affect life!  No skills required. Tarrytown. $50. Register: Eve-Marie: 914.844.6213;

Mother’s Day Vendor Fair – 10am-3pm. Find the perfect gift for mom with complimentary gift wrapping; purchase personalized cards by local artist Carol Pessin from 12-1:30pm.Whole Foods Market, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd, Yonkers. 914.378.8090.

Reiki II Immersion & Training – 10am-4pm (Also 5/13) w/Reiki Master Jeanne Shanin. Be attuned and certified to the second level of Reiki. Deepening practice; learn to amplify and direct energy for mental and emotional balance and distance healing. South Salem, $250. 914.763.5650;

Psychic Protection from Energy Vampires – 10:30am-1:30pm w/Donna Henes, Urban Shaman. Learn how to fortify against the predators and parasites that steal personal power and resolve. Wainwright House, Rye. $70. 914.967.6080;

Family Constellation Work – 1-4:30pm. This work allows one to look at events in the family history that impact present life experiences; as hidden dynamics are revealed, new solutions emerge. $125. Info: Eve-Marie, 914.844.6213;

Energize Life With Raw Foods – 2-4pm. Improve energy and health through simply delicious and nutritious super food smoothies, nut pâtés, a raw dessert, and more. Recipe booklet included. First Presbyterian Church 10 Academy St, Cold Spring. $45. 917.733.0139;


Foods to Fortify Dental Health – 6:30pm. Madeleine Glick, MS, RD, CDN is joined by Dr. Samar Tannous, DDS for this special presentation. MJG Nutrition, 34 High Street, Hastings on Hudson. Free. 518.965.2074;


Introduction to Massage Therapy as a Career Workshop – 6-8 pm. Learn about the profession of massage therapy, hear about programs and tour the school. Finger Lakes School of Massage, 272 N Bedford Rd, Mount Kisco. Free. Register : 914.241.7363.


Transcendence Retreat – 9:30am-2pm. Yoga, hands on un-cooking demonstration, healthy lunch, recipes, and circle discussion on increasing harmony and balance in life. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. $85. 914.772.1257;

Kids Club – 4:30pm. Kids make and take home their own healthy salad with healthy eating specialist Ronna Corlin. Learn about  Health Starts Here® program. Free. Register: 914.378.8090.

Feng Shui – 6pm. A special presentation with Lois Kramer Perez teaching how to incorporate Feng Shui into daily life; Feng Shui helps create balance in life and connect to the environment. Somers Library. Register: 914.232.5717 or

Natural Awakenings’ Guided Meditation at SunRaven – 7pm. Holistic physician Michael Finkelstein and transcendental counselor Robin Queen, lead guests in a guided meditation. All welcome. Free for NAN members and $10 for non-members. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford. RSVP :914.772.1257.


Acupuncture Happy Hour – 4-8pm w/Amelia Jones. The New Dawn Foundation, 590 Davenport Ave, New Rochelle. $20 donation. Info: 914.632.8084.

13th Annual ArtsBash – 6-9pm. Food, fun and fabulous art; features artistic and culinary masterpieces from over 30 artists & 30 restaurants. ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. $75.  914.428.4220 x328;

SATURDAY, MAY 19        

Yorktown Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Grand opening with special activities and giveaways, the market is located on the field behind the Commerce Street firehouse belonging to Yorktown Heights Engine Co #1. Info:

Birding 101 – 10am-12noon. Bird identification for novice birders. Binoculars, and field guides supplied along with the basics of birding during a lively walk. Free/members, or $5/nonmembers. Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining. 914.762.2912 x 110.

Soulauras Celebration – 10am-4pm. Experience mini sessions of Monochorde Sound Therapy, Chakra balancing and Acupressure, Reiki and message circle, YERTS, YIN Yoga and  more. Soulauras, 520 & 522 N State Rd, Briarcliff. $15/session or 3/$35. Pre-registration required: 914.941.2400;

Equine Workshop: Mindfulness in Everyday Life – 10am-4pm. w/ by James Cassese, of Equine Energetix. An equine-interactive workshop to become more present in life. No horse experience necessary. $250 (lunch & learning materials included). Held at Mistover Farm, Pawling. Info:; 212.477.4475.

Reiki I – 10am-5pm w/Anne Bentzen, Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master. Learn self-healing benefits of Reiki, history, hand positions, and receive 4 attunements. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. $150/manual & certificate. 914.588.4079;

Family ArtsBash – 12-5pm. Come enjoy a day of fun for the whole family featuring children’s workshops and activities. ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. Free. 914.428.4220 x328;


Women’s Web – Time TBA. Facilitated by Mikki Davis, this is a circle of inquiry for journaling and other explorations around the theme: Prosperity. Second in a series of four gatherings. Sacred Center, 42 Smith Ave, Mt Kisco. $20. Register:

One Light Healing Touch Workshop – 10am-5pm. Penny Lavin teaches scanning, radiant and distance healing and the six sacred self-healing practices taught from an International healing school. Learn to heal the self and others. Liberation Yoga, Mahopac. $150/preregistration required (save $15/early register). 845.803.8389.

Senior Sunday – 10:30am-1:30pm. Reiki and Sound Therapy Healing Circle. 60 years+, $1/minute. Soulauras, 520 N State Rd, Briarcliff. Appointment required: 914.941.2400;

Reiki Healing Circle – 11am-1pm. Open to everyone and no prior training/experience with Reiki is required, just the sincere intention for healing. Everyone has a turn on the table. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. $20. Must RSVP: 914.788.4955;

Experience of Spirit – 11am-1pm. Enjoy a spiritual topic along with meditation at the end to anchor the experience of the discussion. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. $15. 914.589.3601.

Community Yoga – 12-1:15pm.  An open level class led by staff, admission is free with suggested donation of non-perishable food for the Patterson Community Church. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, SteB, Patterson.

Holistic Pet Care – 1-4pm. Learn how to release fear and aggressive responses in pets resulting in relaxation and calming; discover the secret language pets use, also, experience energy work and flower essences. Circle of Tranquility, Hawthorne. $40. RSVP by 5/17: 914.769.1446;

Taste of Boscobel – 1-4pm. Boscobel’s 1st annual food & wine sampling affair bringing together some of the finest caterers, restaurants, bakeries, wineries and vineyards located in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Boscobel, Rte 9D, Garrison. More info: 845.265.3638;


Adult & Teen Beginner Yoga – w/ Tina Power of A New Day Yoga.  Free trail class 5/21 or 5/23. Eight week evening classes start at Pawling Recreation Center. Register: 845.593.3018

Men’s Group – 7:30-9:30pm. Monthly gathering with like-minded men to focus on the self and help shape a healthier, more balance approached to living that is especially important in relationship to others. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Free.  914.772.1257;


Spiritual Book Club – 7:30-9:30pm. “Out of Time, One Couple’s Journey through Cancer” by Nancy Greyson Beckerman. Special note: Author will be here! Fifth installment in the book club series. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. $30. 914.772.1257;


Natural Awakenings Healthy Happy Hour at Andy’s in Rye – 4:30- 6:30pm. All Welcome! All You Can Eat and sample juice shots. (Eat in only). Hang out and ask the expert. Surprise holistic guest. $10 NAN Members/ $15 All Others. Andy’s Pure Food, 46 Purchase St. Rye. Info: 914.617.8750.

Meditation for the Medically Challenged – 7:30-8:30pm. Please join Amy Serrille, LMSW for a monthly meditative practice that includes guided imagery and direct hands-on energy healing. The Lighthouse Retreat and Wellness Center, 2028 Albany Post Rd, Croton. Donation.  914.862.0968.


BlisSing! – 7-9pm w/Eileen O’Hare & Cat Guthrie. BlisSing is inspired by the Hindu Bhakti Yoga tradition of call and response chanting the names of the Divine. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. $20. Must RSVP: 914.788.4955;


Open House/June Massage Therapy Program – 6-8pm. Learn about the school, hear from instructors, and meet fellow students. Finger Lakes School of Massage, 272 N Bedford Rd, Mount Kisco. Free. Register: 914.241.7363.

Saturday, June 2

Pets Alive Fur Ball Gala – 7pm. Event features cocktails, dinner, dancing, auctions and special awards presentation. Doubletree Hotel, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown. Info:


Coming Together to Co-create – 10am-3pm. Renowned author and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard makes a rare appearance at Wainwright House for Convergence: Coming Together to Co-create. Event includes flutes, drumming, meditation, toning, lunch and more. $75/members or $90. Wainwright House, Rye.


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