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

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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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