Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for January, 2013 in Westchester and Putnam Counties, NY

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2

Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am12oon (Also 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30). Join a community of progressive women to share and support one another, while drawing inspiration from Mark Nepo’s seminal work, The Book of Awakening. $15/members or $30. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 3

Boys Yoga – 6-7pm with laughing heart yoga. Many professional male athletes enthusiastically practice yoga; it helps get their game on and increases strength, flexibility, focus, and agility. Boys 8-13yrs only. Hudson Yoga, Croton on Hudson. Pre-registration: $165/10 classes. 914.319.4010. LaughingHeartYoga.com.

Destination Transformation – 7pm. A proven way to lose weight; featuring hundreds of prizes. Free. Well on the Way®, 191 Main St, Ossining. Info: Elizabeth Pasquale, Director. 607.351.7024. WellOnTheWay.com.

Health/Weight Loss Free Orientation – 7pm. Education is the best ally; when people understand the program and see the results, they are successful. No obligation/informative only. RSVP required: 914.788.9355. InfinitePossibilitiesNy.com.

Dream Group – 7:30-9:30pm (Also 1/31) with Warren Falcon. Share the cumulative experiential benefits that the dream world provides. Come with a dream and journal. Suggested $25/members or $50/non-members. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4

Tech Tot Treasure Island – 1-2pm. (2-4yrs) with laughing heart yoga. Join in at the Microsoft store for an adventure with TechMouse to restore a treasure to its rightful owners through technology and yoga. The Microsoft Store, Westchester Mall, White Plains. Free. RSVP: 914.319.4010.

Vision Board Workshop – 7-9pm with Carla Blaha. $35.Synchronicity, 1511 Rt 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.36.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

Destination Transformation – 7pm. Discover a proven way to lose weight; featuring hundreds of prizes. Free. Well on the Way®, 222 Westchester Ave, White Plains. Info: Elizabeth Pasquale, Director. 607.351.7024. WellOnTheWay.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5

Yoga that Inspires – 10am-12noon with Solangel LaBonne. A great way to begin the New Year. Be inspired, relaxed and nurtured. $25. Soulauras, 522 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Must pre-register: 914.941.2400.

Destination Transformation – 11am. Discover a proven way to lose weight; featuring hundreds of prizes. Free. Well on the Way®, The Club Room, 300 Mamaroneck Ave. Info: Elizabeth Pasquale, Director. 607.351.7024. WellOnTheWay.com.

Family Yoga – 11:30am -12:30pm (parent & 7-12yr child) with laughing heart yoga. Creativity, fun poses, games, and breath work help increase strength, flexibility and connection. Pilates on Hudson, 8 John Walsh Blvd, Peekskill. Pre-registration: $25/adult & child; $5 additional. 914.319.4010. LaughingHeartYoga.com.

Health/Weight Loss Free Orientation – 4pm. Education is the best ally; when people understand the program and see the results, they are successful. No obligation/information only. RSVP required: 914.788.9355. InfinitePossibilitiesNy.com.

Angel Workshop – 7-9pm with Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rt 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

“Grand Opening & Epiphany Party” at Center for Aligned Healing – 1-4pm. Ring in the New Year and celebrate the recent expansion of their practice. Refreshments and meet the practitioner. Free. 175 King St., Chappaqua. Info/register: 914.815.1552; TheEsotericBloom.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 7

Men’s Group – 7:30-9:30pm (Also 1/28). Gather with other holistically minded men to focus on personal development and methods for shaping a healthier and more balanced approach to living. $15/members or $30.Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8

Intro to Total LifeStyle System Weight Loss Program – 6-7pm. 12 week group coached weight loss program, addressing and resolving hidden issues behind weight gain. Program from 1/15-4/2. Located at Manna Foods, 171 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. Info: Angela Russo 914.274.1144.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9

Kiddie Yoga – 11:30-12:15pm (2-4yrs) with laughing heart yoga. These fun yoga classes teach preschoolers how to internalize concepts of self-awareness and develop compassion for others. Breathe Yoga and Pilates, 83 N Greeley Ave, Chappaqua. $175/10classes. 914.861.2662.

Kids Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm (7-10yrs) with laughing heart yoga. Using visual imagery, meditation, yoga postures, and creative activities, kids explore the power of self in community. Class builds compassion, support & respect. Breathe Yoga and Pilates, 83 N Greeley Ave, Chappaqua. $175/10classes. 914.861.2662.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10

Intro to Total LifeStyle System Weight Loss Program – 10-11am. 12 week group coached weight loss program, addressing and resolving hidden issues behind weight gain. Program from 1/17-4/4. Located at Center For Aligned Healing, 175 King St., Chappaqua. Info: Angela Russo 914.274.1144.

Drumming Circle – 7-8:30pm. Experience healing benefits of drumming in community following Native American traditions led by Scott Nelson. Bring a drum or rattle. $25 requested. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.236.4503. StarVisionsCommunity.org.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11

New Moon Gathering – 7-9pm. Mythology, guided meditations and symbolic ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell; bring a journal or notebook. $20. The Center for Aligned Healing, Chappaqua. Reservations: 917.796.6026. InsightOasis.com.

Psychic Playshop – 7-9pm. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

Keeping One’s System Healthy – 9am-5pm. First class in series. $250/series; includes lunch. WellSpring Holistic Health Center, 1415 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.341.1246. WellSpringHHC.com.

Reiki I Workshop – 9:30am-3:30pm (Jan 12 & 13) w/Ginny Mackles, LMHC, Reiki Teacher. Be attuned and certified to the first level of Reiki, Shoden from a teacher with over 25 years experience and creator of The Reiki Journey CD. Millwood. 914.762.7761. GinnyMackles.com.

Psychic Fair at The Sanctuary – 10am-6pm. Medium/Intuitive, Psychic, Palm Reader, Tarot Reader and Psychic Card Reader. Call ahead to book appointments. Drop-ins welcome. The Sanctuary in Carmel, 1961 Rt. 6, Carmel. Info: 845.225.3777.

Moving through the World in Stories – 11am-12noon (4-7yrs) with laughing heart yoga. Combining the ancient art of storytelling with the practice of yoga exposes children to new ways of enjoying stories and connecting to their bodies. Katonah Library, 26 Bedford Rd, Rte 117, Katonah. Free. Pre-register: 914.232.1233.

Life Coach: Making Positive Changes – 12-1pm. Diane Ingram, speaker, author and life coach, tells how to tap one’s talents, skills and abilities to be more alive, passionate and purposeful. Free. Patterson Library, Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.6121 x10. PattersonLibrary.org.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13

Esoteric Healing, Part 1/Day 1 Class – 9:30am-6:30pm. Balance Manifestation Chakras and raise Consciousness in one Day. See film on website. Taught by Bernadette Bloom, PT and Esoteric Healing and Teacher. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St., Chappaqua.  Info/register: 239.289.3744; TheEsotericBloom.com.

Psychic Fair at The Sanctuary – 10am-6pm. Medium/Intuitive, Psychic, Palm Reader, Tarot Reader and Psychic Card Reader. Call ahead to book appointments. Drop-ins welcome. The Sanctuary in Carmel, 1961 Rt. 6, Carmel. Info: 845.225.3777.

Health/Weight Loss Free Orientation – 4pm. Education is the best ally; when people understand the program and see the results, they are successful. No obligation/information only. RSVP required: 914.788.9355. InfinitePossibilitiesNy.com.

Power Attunement Workshop – 1-4pm. With Adam Bernstein. $45. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 14

Mindful Monday Meditation – 7:30-9pm (Also 1/21). Led by Deirdre Breen, participants are guided in an intelligent sequence of breath and meditation techniques that enhance comfort and ease in body and mind. 5-class package/$100 or individual class/$25.Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15

Esoteric Healing Study Group –7-9pm. Led by Bernadette Bloom, PT and Esoteric Healing and Teacher. Pre-requisite: Must have taken at least Part 1 of the Day 1 Class. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St., Chappaqua.  Info/register: 239.289.3744; TheEsotericBloom.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16

Quantum Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Connecting wisdom teachings to energetic principles for leading a heart focused life. Experience interactive energy healing with Anne Bentzen, Reiki master Teacher. $25. Stern Chiropractic, 792 Rt. 35, Cross River. Info: 914.588.4079; balancing4life.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

TechTot – 1-2pm (2-4yrs) with laughing heart yoga. Join in at the Microsoft store for an adventure with TechMouse and laughing heart yoga. The Microsoft Store, Westchester Mall, 125 Westchester Ave, White Plains. Free. RSVP: 914.319.4010.

Sugar Blues Workshop – 7:30-8:45pm with Catherine McGibney, RYT, Health Coach. Debunk sugar cravings and learn how to gain control without deprivation. Catherine shares recipes, baking tips and light refreshments. $15. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. RSVP: 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

Vinyasa Beginner Orientation – 1-4pm with Courtney Tarpley. Learn the fundamentals of vinyasa yoga including proper breathing, correct alignment and basic meditation. $75/includes 3 level 1 classes. Living Yoga, 3182 Rte 9, Cold Spring. 845.809.5590. LivingYogaStudios.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20

Community Yoga – 12-1:15pm with Gabrielle Semel, ERYT.  Learn how to utilize yogic techniques just about anywhere and to integrate a practice into a daily routine without losing time. Admission: donation of personal care products for Pawling Community Resource Center. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

EFT Meetup Group – 4-6pm. This monthly support group discusses matters of heart and mind using Emotional Freedom Techniques to help resolve emotional distress and promote personal empowerment. Newcomers welcome; modest donation requested .Wilson House at First Baptist Church, White Plains. 914.997.7873. Meetup.com/EFT-Healing-Group-White-Plains.

MONDAY, JANUARY 21

Health/Weight Loss Free Orientation – 7pm. Education is the best ally; when people understand the program and see the results, they are successful. No obligation/information only. RSVP required: 914.788.9355. InfinitePossibilitiesNy.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22

Acupressure for Self Care – 10:30am-5:30pm. Gail Kellstrom teaches this ancient Taoist self help technique to lower stress, ease body pain, and lift mood. $175/$25 discount early payment. Soulauras, 522 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. 914.941.2400. Soulauras.com.

Enzyme Nutrition Therapy – 6:30pm. Learn how enzyme nutrition therapy helps women with PMS, menstrual problems, menopausal symptoms, mood swings, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, indigestion, constipation, bloating, weight gain, etc. Drs. Hiro & Michiko Izumi. 550 Mamaroneck Ave, Ste103, Harrison. Free. Register/info:  914.310.9000. IzumiWellness.net.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23

Psychic Fair at The Sanctuary – 11am-6pm. Medium/Intuitive, Psychic, Palm Reader, Tarot Reader and Psychic Card Reader. Call ahead to book appointments. Drop-ins welcome. The Sanctuary in Carmel, 1961 Rt. 6, Carmel. Info: 845.225.3777.

Advanced Integrative Medicine Round Table Study Group – 12:30-2pm with Dr. Michael Finkelstein. Gather with like-minded holistic health practitioners discussing individual client challenges and share perspectives on approaches to healing. $30/members or $60. Call for pre-requisites. Includes light lunch. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford Hills. Info: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24

Medical Infrared Thermography – 9am-6:30pm. Join others as they partake in this alternative method to mammograms. Learn how thermography is a safe, non-invasive resource for breast cancer screening. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St., Chappaqua. Info/register: 239.289.3744; TheEsotericBloom.com.

SunRaven Book Club – 7:30-9:30pm.”Use your Body to Heal your Mind, Revolutionary Methods to Release All Barriers to Health, Healing and Happiness”. Author Dr. Henry Grayson joins the discussion. Suggested: $15/members or $30. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

Transcendence ReTreat – 9:30am-2:30pm. Transcendental Yoga (gentle morning movement) followed by hands-on food preparation, lunch and review of the principles of skillful nutrition; concluding with circle discussion on increasing harmony and balance. $50/members or $100. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

A Women’s Conversation Circle on Healing & Transformation. 7-9pm. Learn to release limiting patterns that result in pain and loss of vital energy with Dr. Melody Bach. Free.  Hartsdale location. 914.686.8002. GiordanoFoundation.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

Introductory Session/Campus Tour – 10am. Come hear how a unique and creative hands-on approach can nurture a child’s educational journey; a great alternative for grades kindergarten through eighth. Blue Rock School, 110 Demarest Mill Rd (off Germonds Rd), West Nyack. RSVP: 845.535.3353. BlueRockSchool.org.

Reiki I & II – 10am-4pm (Jan 26 & Jan 27) with Marcus. $175 ea or $300/both. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

Moving through the World in Stories – 10:30-11:30am (4-7yrs) with laughing heart yoga. Combining the ancient art of storytelling with the practice of yoga exposes children to new ways of enjoying stories and connecting to their bodies. Ardsley Library, 9 American Legion Dr, Ardsley. Free. Pre-register: 914.693.6636.

Reiki I Class – 2-6pm 1/26 & 1/27. Learn self-healing benefits of Reiki, history, ethics, hand positions, $150 manual/certificate. Anne Bentzen, Usui/Karuna Master Teacher,
Stern Chiropractic, 792, Rt. 35, Cross River. Register by 1/20. Info: 914.588.4079; balancing4life.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

The Art of Salad Making at Sun & Moon Health Spa – 1-3pm. w/ Nicholas Szucs. Learn Nick’s famous salad dressing recipe! Free. Sun & Moon Health Spa. 155 Rt. 202, Somers. Info: 914.617.8555; sunandmoonhealthspa.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 28

Quantum Healing Circle – 12:30-2:30pm. Connecting wisdom teachings to energy principles, guided meditation and interactive energy healing with Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master. $25 requested. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.588.4079. Register online: StarVisionsCommunity.org.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29

Esoteric Healing Study Group – 7-9pm. Led by Bernadette Bloom, PT and Esoteric Healing and Teacher. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St., Chappaqua.  Info/register: 239.289.3744; TheEsotericBloom.com.

Birth 2012 Celebration in White Plains on Saturday, December 22

Birth 2012On Saturday, December 22, Mapleton at Good Counsel in White Plains hosts a free Birth 2012 celebration from 12 to 4 p.m. Organizer Paula Caracappa says the event includes a transformative ceremony, inspiring speakers and gentle music to mark the closure of the Mayan calendar.

“The earth is ready for the New Age, an era of deeper spirituality, expanded consciousness and greater love,” says Caracappa. “As pioneering thought leader Barbara Marx Hubbard has declared, we can all join together to ‘gentle the birth’ of a universal humanity and guide the planet into its next evolutionary stage.”

Caracappa says that residents of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Fairfield communities are invited to mark this important time together during the afternoon celebration at Mapleton at Good Counsel. “People will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and energy on this momentous occasion and hear from others,” she notes. “The day will be both sacred and joyous, and we’re asking people to wear white as a symbol of moving into the light.”

Those interested can register at Birth2012celebration.eventbrite.com and bring some healthy food to share at the event. Pre-registration is requested, as space is limited to 100 people.

Mapleton at Good Counsel is located at 52 North Broadway in White Plains (on the same campus as Pace Law School).

Free Meditation Classes in Westchester Offered by Sahaja Meditation

sahaja logoPeople of all ages are invited to free Sahaja meditations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Tarrytown and White Plains. Sahaja is a style of meditation that is currently practiced in more than 90 countries.

“Every person has energy that lies dormant in the sacrum bone. At a Sahaja meditation session, this energy will awaken spontaneously,” says facilitator Diana Rothenberg. “People can have the profound experience of awakening their spiritual energy at their very first session.”

Rothenberg says practitioners of Sahaja meditation embark on a journey of self-realization to know their true essence. “They experience greater balance in their everyday lives as levels of stress and anxiety decrease and health, relationships, and overall well-being begin to improve.”

The weekly meditation meetings take place on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Warner Library in Tarrytown, Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the YWCA of White Plains, and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Santhigram Wellness in White Plains. Location details are found at SahajaMeditation.com/find-classes.

To learn more about Sahaja Meditation, email Diana108@gmail.com, call 914.965.2511 or visit SahajaMeditation.com.

Holiday Fundraiser at Clean Plate Culinary Supports Hurricane Victims on December 14 in Westchester

Treats made by Chef Natasha Bernardez

Treats made by Chef Natasha Bernardez

Clean Plate Culinary is holding a fundraising holiday event on Friday, December 14, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Community Center. Part of the proceeds from this evening will support people in Queen’s Broad Channel who lost their homes during hurricane Sandy.

The event features music, healthy food and treats, door prizes, a special cooking demonstration and an array of health professionals sharing tips on staying healthy during the holidays and winter season. Admission is $40, and Clean Plate Culinary owner Natasha Bernardez says that funds raised will also sponsor a holiday meal for a family who lost everything in the hurricane.

“Our goal is to give back, as this year’s holidays will be filled with mixed emotions as we begin the process of rebuilding our communities,” says Bernardez. “We hope people will come out with their families and support this fundraiser or donate to a family in need.”

To purchase tickets or learn more visit CleanPlateCulinary.com, email info@cleanplateculinary.com or call 347.644.8306. The Tuckahoe Community Center is located at 71 Columbus Ave. in Tuckahoe.

Restorative Yoga Workshops in Mt. Kisco Bring Peace and Tranquility to the Holidays

karla_0043aQuest Yoga Arts in Mt. Kisco presents relaxing and restorative yoga workshops on two Sundays, December 9 and 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $25 per session.

“It’s been a busy fall and many of us have had to deal with quite a bit of stress,” says instructor Karla Diamond. “We want to help keep people healthy and invite them to come and take a break. The workshops allow people to relax fully and deeply, reducing stress, muscle tension, fatigue, blood pressure and mental overload.”

Diamond says that restorative yoga involves propping the body in gentle poses, usually on the floor, to get the best alignment and support for releasing muscle tension. “The poses are held for 5 to 15 minutes, freeing the breath and allowing the body to deeply relax,” she notes. “The practice restores the body to balance and improves digestion, elimination and breathing.”

A certified yoga instructor for more than a decade, Diamond also teaches the Alexander Technique and sees clients for bodywork. To inquire about her sessions, visit Awareness-in-Action.com and call 914.649.9565.

Quest Yoga Arts is located at 11-13 Main St., 2nd floor, in Mt. Kisco. To register and learn more about their classes and workshops, visit QuestYogaArts.com.

 

A Night Out for Goddesses on December 6, in Westchester, NY

Paula Caracappa, founder and CEO of the PPC Group, presents amoon_goddess on Thursday, December 6, at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown. The free event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. in the hotel’s Westchester Ballroom.

Caracappa is also founder of the twice-yearly Awaken Fairs, which have become the largest body, mind and spirit expos north of New York City. She says the Goddess Evening is a chance for women to kick back and relax before the rush of the holidays. “We’ll have music, refreshments, new makeup colors for the season, jewelry for holiday giving and goddesses who want to treat themselves, tarot card readings for gaining insight into 2013 and a raffle for a beautiful Intentions bracelet and pendant from Swarovsky,” says Caracappa. “Visitors can also get some help finding a healthy new eating plan for after the holidays.”

Caracappa says that vendors with products and services “fit for the Goddess in everyone” are also welcome to join the event. Pre-registration is required at GoddessEvening.com.

The Doubletree Hotel is located at 455 South Broadway in Tarrytown. For more information, visit GoddessEvening.com.

Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for December, 2012 in Westchester and Putnam Counties, NY

Cover-Dec12-lgFor additional event listings, updates and changes, visit our online calendar.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Please call ahead to confirm event details. Due to the storm, many of these events may have been canceled.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

Reiki II Workshop – 9:30am-4:30pm with Ginny Mackles, LMHC, Reiki Teacher. Be attuned and certified to the second level of Reiki, Okuden from a teacher with over 25 years experience and creator of The Reiki Journey CD. Millwood. 914.762.7761. GinnyMackles.com.

Family Yoga – 10-10:45am: ages 3-6; 11am-12pm: ages 7 and up. A fun-filled yoga workshop for parents and children. Families participate in a variety of asanas and partner poses. $25/two people, $5 each additional participant. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt. Kisco. 914.241.9642.

Yoga Basics – 10:15-11:30am.12/1-1/27 (skips 12/22, 12/29 & 1/19). Join in for this 6 week session and continue to hone in on the skills needed to practice vinyasa flow. $150/6 wks. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E. Main St, Mt. Kisco. Preregister:  914.241.9642.

Family Yoga – 1- 5pm (parent and 8-12yr child) with laughing heart yoga. Creativity, fun poses, games, and breath work . Hudson Yoga, 5 Old Post Rd S, Croton on Hudson. Pre-registration  $25/adult & child. $5 additional loved one. 914.319.4010. LaughingHeartYoga.com.

Holiday Potluck & Photography Exhibition – 3-6pm. Enjoy an “insiders” farm tour, music, food and refreshments. Bring an appetizer, entrée, side or desert to share. Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center. Info: 914.962.2368; HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

Kirtan w/Sita’s Light: “Awakening to the Mystery” – 7:30-9pm. A special evening of sacred music, devotional chanting and meditation celebrating the Oneness of all life. No experience necessary. Suggested, $25/person. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2

Free Arts Day – 10am-5pm. Art lovers of all ages are welcomed at sites throughout the county as arts organizations offer free admissions to their museums, arts centers and historical sites while hosting music and dance performances, storytelling, and workshops for every taste. ArtsWestchester. 914.428.4220 x318. ArtsWestchester.org.

Pre-Natal Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. 12/2-1/13 (skips 12/23 & 12/30). Class  strengthens & opens, cultivating breath awareness and mind-body unity modified for the unique requirements of the pregnant body. 5 weeks/$125. Join any time for pro-rated price. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St,  Mt. Kisco. 914.241.9642.

Jewelry Trunk Show – 1-4pm. By Native American designer David Fescier. Each handmade piece is lovingly made and contains precious or semi-precious gems and or pearls. Meet David and psychic readers during this monthly psychic fair. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. 914.962.2650. OpalMoon.net.

Priesthood Class & Ordination – 1-4:30pm. StarVisions presents ceremony to interfaith ministry with Rev. Dan Chesbro, The Order of Melchizedek. $250/includes class, ordination, and certification; $100/without ordination. Register online: StarVisionsCommunity.org.  914.236.4503.

Yoga Nidra – 8-9:30pm. Practice of intentional full body relaxation leading to a deep meditative state of consciousness, while remaining awake to explore the subtle layers of the mind. Bring a blanket and pillow. $25/suggested. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3

Quantum Healing Circle – 12:30- 2:30pm. Connecting wisdom teachings to energy principles, guided meditation and interactive energy healing with Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master. $25/ suggested. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd., Bedford. 914.588.4079. StarVisionsCommunity.org.

Meditation Circle – 7:30-8:30pm. Meditation gives a chance to relax and tune into the self during this busy season. Facilitated by Elizabeth Matheson, meditation teacher and group leader for 20 years. $10. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd. Croton. 914.962.2650. Opalmoon.net.

Men’s Group – 7:30-9:30pm. Gather with other holistically minded men to focus on personal development and methods for shaping a healthier and more balanced approach to living. Suggested $15/members or $30.Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5

Lean & Healthy Transformations – 10am-12noon. Free seminar teaches how to lose the fat and keep the muscle, happily ever after. All natural, proven methods that stop “yo-yo” dieting and maintain optimum weight while reducing health risk factors for disease. Renee:  914.763.9107.

Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am12oon. (Also 12/12, 12/19).  Join a community of progressive women to share and support one another, while drawing inspiration from Mark Nepo’s seminal work, The Book of Awakening. $15/members or $30/non-members. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6

Yin Yoga Class – 6-7pm (ongoing) w/ Gi of Omega. Yin Yoga is a quiet practice of acceptance, giving space to those parts of one’s being that move less and change more slowly.   $18 (please bring mat). Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. 914.788.4955.Opalmoon.net.

Grassroots Fundraising Dinner – 7-9:30pm. Farm-to-table organic food, fine organic wines, interesting people and a unique auction. Integrative oncologist Dr. Barry Boyd speaks. Wainwright House in Rye. Info/RSVP: 914.422.3141.

Angel Healing Circle – 7-9pm. w/ Katie Ciriello. Synchronicity Healing Center, 1511 Rte 22 (between A&P and Rite Aid), Brewster. $35. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

Blue Buddhism – 7:30-9pm (ongoing). Blue Buddhism is an open discussion of the history of Eastern Philosophy including Taoism and Buddhism. Each week focuses on a different topic. Led by scholar and translator, M. C. Owens. Explorers welcome. $20. Opal Moon, Croton. RSVP: 914. 788.4955. OpalMoon.net

Dream Group – 7:30-9:30pm w/ Warren Falcon. Share the cumulative experiential benefits that the dream world provides. Come with a dream and journal. Suggested $25/members or $50/non-members. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

Around the Community Table Lunch Series “Skillful Presence for the Holidays” – 12-1:30pm. Enjoy Erica’s delectable cuisine while receiving practical wisdom and advice from leading integrative and holistic physician, Michael Finkelstein, MD. $12/person. Erica’s Kitchen, 1 Court Rd, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Intro to Astrology – 7-9pm with Astrologer Michele Berlin. Synchronicity Healing Center, 1511 Rte 22 (between A&P and Rite Aid), Brewster. $35. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

Trains – Your Ticket to the Great Outdoors – 10am (Daily except 12/14; runs through 12/16). Display of model trains, presented by the Westchester Model Railroad Club. Members free/non-members $3, plus regular GNC admission fee. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. 914.723.3470. GreenburghNatureCenter.org.

Prosperity Ceremony – 7pm with renowned intuitive, astronomer and author Page Bryant. Wisdom teachings followed by ceremony on manifesting prosperity. Unitarian Universalist Church, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mount Kisco, 914.236.4503. Register online: StarVisionsCommunity.org

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

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

Building a Rainbow Bridge to the Higher Self – 11am-5pm. Learn the process to build a pathway that allows the soul’s wisdom to be a more dominant part in life, speeding up spiritual evolutionary progress. Opal Moon, Croton. More info: Michael 914.218.9000. AlternativeChoices.org.

Bhakti Holiday Blast and Chill – 2-4pm. w/ Lisa Ferraro and musician friends. Mini-kirtan session with some holiday favorites thrown into the mix. All levels. $30 non-members $25 members $20. Westchester Yoga Arts, 82 Centre Ave. New Rochelle. Info: 914.632.1101.

Restorative Yoga Workshop – 5-7pm. (Also 12/16). w/ Karla Diamond. Relax fully and deeply, reducing stress, muscle tension, fatigue, blood pressure and mental overload. $25. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 Main St., 2nd floor, in Mt. Kisco. Register: QuestYogaArts.com.

Sounder Sleep System – 6-8pm with Deborah Layton. Class is designed to help people with chronic insomnia; based on the system created by Michael Krugman. $25/online, $30/drop-in.  The Mind-Body Collective at Pilates on Hudson, 8 John Walsh Blvd, Ste 323, Peekskill. 914. 739.1178. PilatesOnHudson.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10

Mindful Monday Meditation – 7:30-9pm (Also 12/17).  Participants are guided in an intelligent sequence of breath, gentle movement and meditation techniques that enhance comfort and ease in body and mind. Complimentary for Dec, five part series starts Jan. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11

Natural Awakenings’ 5 Year Anniversary Party – 6-9pm. Raise the vibration with Natural Awakenings readers and advertisers at The Winery at St. George, 1715 E. Main St. Mohegan Lake. $15 cover with a cash bar. Free valet parking. RSVP: 914.617.8750.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

Sacred Circle Dance: Celebrate the Solstice – 7pm/refreshments; 7:30/program. An evening of simple but inspiring dance led by Jean Ando. No dance experience required. Free. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. 914.723.3470. GreenburghNatureCenter.org.

Healthy Digestion for the Holidays – 7pm. The foundation of good health is a strong and smoothly functioning digestive tract. Learn easy Ayurveda tips to keep the digestive fire kindled throughout the season. $15. 1305 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. RSVP: 914.250.1417. SanthigramWellness.com.

Quantum Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Connecting wisdom teachings to energy principles and interactive energy healing with Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master. $25. Stern Chiropractic, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.588.4079. SternWellnessCenter.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13

Lean & Healthy Transformations – 10am-12noon. Free seminar teaches how to lose the fat and keep the muscle, happily ever after. All natural, proven methods that stop “yo-yo” dieting and maintain optimum weight while reducing health risk factors for disease. Call Michael to register: 914.218.9000.

Goddess Night Out – 5-9pm. Check out new make-up colors, holiday shopping, tarot card readings, find a healthy new eating plan, and listen to music. Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown. Free/must register online: GoddessEvening.com.

High Blood Pressure Lecture – 7pm. Free dinner and lecture for those with high blood pressure presented by Dr. George Gertner, Founder of Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York. Westchester Hills Country Club, 401 Ridgeway, White Plains. Register required: 914.686.6200.

Crystal Class – 7-9pm with Melissa Merendino. Synchronicity Healing Center, 1511 Rte 22 (between A&P and Rite Aid), Brewster. $35. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

Angel Circle – 7-9pm w/ Shaman Elka Boren. Synchronicity Healing Center, 1511 Rte 22 (between A&P and Rite Aid), Brewster. $35. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

Movie Night – 7:30-9:30pm. “Pleasure Unwoven: An Explanation of the Brain Disease of Addiction,” a personal journey by Kevin McCauley. Serving flatbread pizza and afterwards relax   with tea, dessert and discussion. Reservations required. $10/members; $20/non-members. Transcendence at SunRaven, Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Clean Plate Culinary Fundraising Holiday Event  – 7:30-10pm. Hurricane Sandy fund raiser with music, healthy food and treats, door prizes, a special cooking demonstration and health professionals sharing tips on staying healthy during the holidays and winter season. $40. Tuckahoe Community Center, 71 Columbus Ave. Tuckahoe. Info: 347.644.8306; CleanPlateCulinary.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15

Annual Christmas Bird Count – 8am-2pm. The information gathered is compiled and sent to National Audubon to monitor trends in populations and other conservation issues that impact avian health. Wear hiking boots. Free. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining. 914.762.2912 x110. TeaTown.org.

Introduction to Massage Therapy as a Career Workshop – 9am-5pm. Receive a 90 minute massage; gain insight into the body through a brief meditation and science class, and learn all about the program. $50. Finger Lakes School of Massage, 272 North Bedford Rd, Mount Kisco. Admissions: 914.241.7363.

TechTots on Treasure Island – 1-2pm (preschoolers 2-5 years and care giver). Interactive hands on class combining technology and yoga breaks with laughing heart yoga. Snacks served. Microsoft Retail Store, the Westchester Mall, 125 Westchester Ave, White Plains. Free. Pre-register: 914.323.2150.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17

Beginner Yoga Workshop – 9:30-10:45am. 12/17-2/11/13 (skips 12/24, 12/31 & 1/21). These intimate workshops are the perfect way to begin one’s journey in a safe, nurturing and inspiring setting. $150/6wks. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt. Kisco.  914.241.9642.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19

Integrative Medicine Round Table Study Group – 12:30-2pm with Dr. Michael Finkelstein. Gather with like-minded holistic health practitioners discussing individual client challenges and share perspectives on approaches to healing. Suggested $30/members or $60. Call for pre-requisites. Includes light lunch. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford Hills. Info: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20

Gentle Yoga – 7-8:30pm. For beginners and the physically challenged. $12.Yamuna Yoga, 1220 North Ridge Rd, Shrub Oak. 914.528.8770.

SunRaven Book Club – 7:30-9:30pm. “Edgar Speaks, Inner Transformation: Journey to 2012 and Earth Changes.” Author Bente Hansen joins in the discussion of the fourth book in series on Comparative Intelligence: Principles for Smarter Living. Suggested, $15/members or $30/non-members. Transcendence at SunRaven,  Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21

Transcendence ReTreat – 9:30am-2:30pm. Transcendental Yoga (gentle morning movement); followed by hands-on food preparation, lunch and review of the principles of skillful nutrition; concluding with circle discussion on increasing harmony and balance. Suggested $50/members or $100. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Seasonal Kirtan – 7-9pm. Quiet the mind and open the heart with this powerful form of meditative chanting. Lead and performed by special guests Satya-Franche and the NY ensemble of Bhakta musicians, Ma Kirtan. $20/suggested. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22

Artisan Fair – All handcrafted items, at The Ajna Wellness Center, 18 Old Post Rd South, Croton on Hudson. Info: 914.827.0100. TheAjnaWellnessCenter.com.

Birth 2012 Celebration – 12noon-4pm. Mark the next stage in human evolution with a free afternoon celebration of transformative ceremony, inspiring speakers, and gentle music. Registration required: http://birth2012celebration.eventbrite.com/#.Mapleton at Good Counsel, 52 N Broadway, White Plains.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28

Message Circle – 7-9pm w/ Adam Bernstein. Synchronicity Healing Center, 1511 Rte 22 (between A&P and Rite Aid), Brewster. $35. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29

Last Hike of the Year – 10am-12noon. Put the old year to rest with a vigorous hike to Teatown Hill. Hike is moderate; for adults and children 8 and over. Free/members or $5pp non-members. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. 914.762.2912 x110. TeaTown.org.

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