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

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Local Resilience: A Transition Town Weekend – Feb 1- Feb 3. This three-day course is an in-depth experiential introduction to the Transition Movement. Connect with others who share concerns about peak oil, climate instability, and economic deterioration. $140/$50 students. South Church, Dobbs Ferry. Info: Kathy: 914.693.7389.

Angel Circle – 7-9pm with Katie Ciriello. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. $35. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Oneness Blessing Program – 10-11:30am. Learn about Oneness consciousness, neurobiological process to enrich consciousness through the Oneness Blessing. Receive the Deeksha. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt.Kisco. StarVisionsCommunity.org; 914.588.4079.

Uniquely You Yoga – 10am-12noon (2/2-4/26).  Design a yoga practice that is uniquely yours. 6 week sessions includes complimentary consultation. $175. On-going enrollment, pre-registration required. Soulauras, 520 N State Rd, Briarcliff.  914.941.2400.

Book Discussion/Reading – 1pm. Author Joan Gussow reads from her book “Growing Older”, a touching memoir on the loss of her husband of 40 years, gardening experiences in the Hudson Valley and more. Reception/discussion follows. Donations gratefully accepted. Teatown. RSVP: 914.762.2912 x110. TeaTown.org.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Core Principles of Pilates – 12:30-2:30pm with Kate Petagine. A pre-requisite to the group Pilates class, this class focuses on the teachings of Joseph Pilates’ principles to properly and safely execute exercise. $15. Pre-registration required. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.7800.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Reiki I Class – 2-6pm Feb 4 & Feb 5. Learn the self-healing benefits of Reiki, history, ethics, and hand positions with Anne Bentzen, Usui/Karuna Master. $150 manual/certificate.1 Great Hills Farm Rd, Bedford. 914.588.4079. StarVisionsCommunity.org.

Getting a Taste for Mindfulness –7:30-9pm. Along with breath awareness and guided meditation, participants experience a body mind connection with expert instruction. $160/5 or $35/ea. Includes light organic meal. Erica’s Kitchen, 1 Court Rd, Bedford. 516.233.9856. TranscendenceAt SunRaven.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Treating Negative Emotions – 7-8:30pm. Learn Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) which blends contemporary and ancient healing approaches. $15/includes TAT manual. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. RSVP/info: 917.885.0221. CenterForAlignedHealing.com.

Wednesday, February 6

Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 7-8:30pm. w/ Shaman Mikki Davis. Wednesdays beginning 2/6. $15. Ixchel Center, 308 Battle Ave. White Plains. RSVP: 917.620.0444.

Thursday, February 7

Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. w/ Shaman Mikki Davis. Thursdays beginning 2/7. $18. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St Chappaqua. RSVP: 917.620.0444.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Vision Board Workshop – 7-9pm with Carla Blaha. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. $35. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

The Sacred Feminine and Goddess – 7-9pm. w/ Jo Jayson. Discussion about  the Goddess, her many faces and personalities, and meditation to invoke this Sacred Feminine. $30. At W@tercooler, 21 North Broadway, Tarrytown. Info: jojayson.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest – 9am-4pm. Headquartered at Westchester County’s Croton Point Park, this event features multiple eagle viewing locations staffed with birding experts, helping the public view this national symbol in the wild. Info/tickets: 914.762.2912 x110. TeaTown.org/eaglefest.

Planning a Spring Garden – 10am-12noon. Bring a pencil and pad and learn how to plan for a successful spring vegetable garden.  $20/adult; $5/child ages 8-12. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St Yorktown Heights. Registration required. 914.962.2368. HillopHanoverFarm.org.

Painting from the Inside Out Workshop – 10am-4pm. Come explore, experiment and play while painting. Allow spontaneity to release creativity and affect life. No skills required. $90. Tarrytown location. Info/register: Eve-Marie: 914.844.6213. EveMarieElkin.com.

Share The Love Spa Day – 12-5pm. Stop in for a free spa day that includes complimentary mini neck and shoulder massages, mini facials, and hand massages. Whole Foods Market Yonkers, Westchester’s Ridge Hill, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd, Yonkers. 914.378.8090. WholeFoodsMarket.com.

Beekeeping 101 – 1-3pm. This is the first in a new beekeeping series at the farm aimed at getting started on the road to having bees in the backyard. Register for one or all (3) classes in the series. Barn F. $20/pp. Online registration required: HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

Symbolic Resonance/Year of the Snake 2013 – 2-4:30pm. Astrologer Pamela Cucinell provides an overview of what to expect in 2013 including group work with some individual focus. $45 The Center for Aligned Healing, Chappaqua. RSVP: 917.796.6026. InsightOasis.com.

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. RSVP: 917.796.6026. InsightOasis.com

SUNDAY, FEBRAURY 10

Red Tent Temple Gathering – 2-4:30pm.  Experience doing nothing for a few hours; including having a plan or direction. Come rest, talk, share and be supported in this gathering for women of all ages and cycles. Ixchel Center, 308 Battle Ave, White Plains. RSVP Cathy: 914.912.2351 or Mikki: 917.620.0444.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Kids Make Their Own Valentines – 4:30-5:30pm. Make a special floral bouquet and or Valentines for friends and family. $12 per child/includes supplies. Whole Foods Market Yonkers, Westchester’s Ridge Hill, 1 Ridge Hill Boulevard, Yonkers. 914.378.8090. WholeFoodsMarket.com.

Getting a Taste for Mindfulness –7:30-9pm. Along with breath awareness and guided meditation, participants experience a body mind connection with expert instruction. $160/5 or $35/ea. Includes light organic meal. Erica’s Kitchen, 1 Court Rd, Bedford. 516.233.9856. TranscendenceAt SunRaven.com.

Wednesday, February 13

Our Air, Water and Food At Risk: Update on Hydrofracking In New York – 7pm. w/Ellen Weininger of Grassroots Environmental Education and Erin Heaton Meyer of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy. Learn how the Governor’s choice to enable or prohibit fracking affects New Yorkers throughout the state. Free. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Info: greenburghnaturecenter.org; 914.723.3470.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Past Life Regression Workshop – 7-9pm. Workshop features a self-love theme. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. $35. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

Singles Night at W@tercooler –  8-11pm. Meet other hip like-minded  singles at W@tercooler’s first Single Night. Festivities to include henna tattoos, tarot readings ($10 each), art, dancing, open bar (beer and wine) and an array of Japanese cuisine. $35. W@tercooler, 21 North Broadway, Tarrytown. Info: 914.332.1400.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

School Garden Educator Workshop – 8:30am-4pm. Offered through Northern Westchester BOCES, for continuing education credits for educators, program provides “hands-on” practical knowledge of school farming experiences gleaned from lessons from crop gardens and Farm at home educational gardens. Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown Heights. Registration: 914.248.2335 or 2339.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Community Yoga – 12-1:15pm. Appropriate for all levels, admission by donation of personal care products for Pawling Community Resource Center. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18

February Vacation Nature Camp – Mon-Thurs, Feb 18-21, 9:30am-1pm (for grades K-3). Naturalists will involve, amuse, stimulate and inform children with animal study, nature crafts, nature exploration, and nature games. Members $160, non-members $210. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Info: greenburghnaturecenter.org; 914.723.3470.

Mindful Monday Meditation – 7:30-9pm. Participants are guided in an intelligent sequence of breath and meditation techniques that enhance comfort and ease in body and mind. $100/5 classes or $25/ea. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12noon. 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.

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.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

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.

Healings & Readings – 10am-6pm Feb 22-Feb 26 with Elka Boren. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

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

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Sugaring Sunday – 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. From tapping to collecting, boiling to bottling, Teatown’s naturalists will be in Warren’s sugarhouse sharing facts and folklore about this sweet time of year. Free/members or $5pp/nonmembers. RSVP: 914.762.2912 x110.

Homeopathy & Natural Remedies – 1-3pm. Dr. Kenneth Silvestri, certified classical Homeopath, discusses remedies for physical and emotional well being. $50/includes resource booklet and homeopathic remedy. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. Register/Info: 973.214.0540. CenterForAlignedHealing.com

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Mindful Monday Meditation – 7:30-9pm. Participants are guided in an intelligent sequence of breath and meditation techniques that enhance comfort and ease in body and mind. $100/5 classes or $25/ea. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12noon. 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.

Quantum Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Circle connects wisdom teachings to energy principles and interactive energy healing with Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master/Teacher. $25. Stern Chiropractic, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.588.4079 x12.  Register online: Balancing4Life.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28

SunRaven Book Club – 7:30-9:30pm. “Back to the Summit, How One Man Defied Death & Paralysis to Again Lead a Full Life of Service to Others.” Author Omer Rains joins in for the sixth book series on Comparative Intelligence: Principles for Smarter Living. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunraven.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

Introduction to Massage Therapy as a Career – 10am-4pm. Join Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mt. Kisco for a one-day seminar exploring Massage Therapy as a rewarding career. Participants receive a 90 minute massage from currents students. $50. Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mt. Kisco. RSVP: 914.241.7363l. Info: flsm.com.

Starry Nights Café – 7:30-9:30pm.  StarVisions sponsored evening of socializing and entertainment with spiritual comedy and music. Relax among friends at Unitarian Universalist Church, 236 South Bedford Rd, Mt. Kisco. StarVisionsCommunity.org.  914.236.4503.

Sunday, March 3

Feldenkrais Anxiety Reduction Workshop –1-4:30pm. w/ Larry Attile. Participants learn how to free themselves from habitual physical patterns that contribute to, and exacerbate anxiety symptoms. $95. 79 Montgomery Ave. Scarsdale. Info: 914.588.0763; WestchesterChiKung.com.

 

 

Yoga, Eagles, Feldenkrais, Red Tent Gathering & Oneness Blessing, this Month in Westchester

 red-tent-eventNatural Awakenings Event Briefs for February 2013

Inspired things to do in Westchester and Putnam Counties, New York


Monthly Red Tent Temple Gatherings for Women at Ixchel Center in White Plains

Ixchel Center in White Plains is hosting Red Tent Temple gatherings each month on the full moon. The gatherings are reminiscent of the moon lodges and menstrual huts that took place centuries ago, when women would remove themselves from daily responsibilities in order to be cared for by their elders.

“Red Tents are a place to care for one another through healing, song, meditation, council, rest and sharing,” says shamanic healer Mikki Davis, who leads the monthly gatherings with women’s health expert Cathy Lipsky. “Participants can come to nourish themselves, express their unique wisdom, tell stories, listen deeply to each other and cultivate a women–honoring culture.”

For more information, visit AlisaStarkWeather.com and scroll down to the section on the Red Tent Temple movement. The next Red Tent Temple Gathering takes place on Sunday, February 10, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. To register, email cathy@HolisticNP.com or mbaloydavis@gmail.com or call 914.912.2351. Ixchel Center is located at 308 Battle Ave. in White Plains.

 Visit HolisticNP.com or call 914.912.2351 for more information.

 

Celebrating Fifteen Years of Quality Yoga Instruction in White Plains

The Yoga Garden of White Plains is celebrating 15 years of quality yoga instruction in the community, and students are invited to join the celebration. Anyone who takes their first class before February 28 will be entered to win one month of unlimited yoga classes.

“We welcome students who are curious about yoga but intimidated by images of people doing acrobatic or gymnastic looking poses,” says owner and instructor Patty Holmes. “The Yoga Garden is the place to begin your yoga journey, and I teach with the highest respect for all who go down this yogic path.”

Holmes says that she teaches five principles of yoga, as opposed to one particular style. “The result is that, as our body learns to integrate these principles, poses reveal themselves in a beautiful and organic way that makes our yoga practice joyful, healthy and balanced.” Over the years, hundreds of students have taken classes at The Yoga Garden, located at St. Bartholomew’s Church, where both group classes and private instruction are offered.

The Yoga Garden is located at 82 Prospect St. in White Plains. For more information call 914.325.7180, email yogagardenwp@gmail.com or visit YogaGardenWP.com.

 

Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest Returns

Each winter more than 100 bald eagles from Canada and northern New York and New England fly south to the lower Hudson Valley to feed on fish and waterfowl in unfrozen waters. Teatown Lake Reservation’s annual Hudson River EagleFest takes advantage of this phenomenon by helping visitors to view and learn about these majestic birds. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, February 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Croton Point Park.

EagelFest features multiple viewing locations along the Hudson River; each staffed with birding experts, to help people see America’s national symbol in the wild. Informational shows will run all day at Croton Point Park, presented by a variety of experts, on many aspects of bald eagles, owls and other raptors.

Additional eagle viewing sites along the Hudson River that are free of charge include the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow, Steamboat River Park in Verplanck, Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill, and Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison. Keepsake maps, available at Teatown and each viewing site, will give precise directions to each location. Details on the daylong event can be found at Teatown.org/eaglefest/index.htm.

Teatown Lake Reservation, located at 1600 Spring Valley Road in Ossining, is a private, non-profit nature preserve and education center spanning the towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle. To learn more, call 914.762.2912 or visit Teatown.org. Croton Point Park is located at 1A Croton Point Avenue in Croton-on-Hudson.

 

Workshop Offers Anxiety Relief Through Feldenkrais

Larry Attile, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, is offering an anxiety reduction workshop on Sunday, March 3, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Scarsdale. Using the simple, gentle movements of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement exercises, Attile will teach participants how to free themselves from habitual physical patterns that contribute to, and exacerbate, anxiety symptoms.

“We experience anxiety in our bodies, and these muscular and neurological responses can become habitual,” says Attile. “Such responses then worsen the chronic tension and fatigue associated with anxiety.”

Attile’s workshop will focus on how people develop habitual patterns of muscular tension and poor breathing, and what new responses can reestablish internal balance. “Participants will leave the workshop with new ways of intervening that have been proven to alleviate anxiety in moments of stress,” he says. To reserve a space or learn more, call 914.588.0763. The workshop fee is $95.

The workshop will be held at 79 Montgomery Ave. in Scarsdale. For more information about Feldenkrais and Larry Attile, visit WestchesterChiKung.com.

 

Free Oneness Blessing Ceremony in Mt. Kisco

StarVisions, Inc. council member Anne Bentzen, MSOT, RMT along with Oneness Blessing Trainers, Rosario Mazer and Vera Angelico, provide a free Oneness Blessing community service program at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Kisco on Saturday, February 2, at 10 a.m.

This introductory program, sponsored by StarVisions, offers insights into understanding how the universal connection of all humanity can free the mind to experience more joy.

“2013 is a year for moving into our hearts and experiencing life, rather than having our brains try to understand it,” says Bentzen. “The central understanding of oneness is that inner transformation and awakening into higher states of consciousness do not come from intellectual understanding, but from a neurobiological process in the brain, whereby one’s experience of life is redefined at its core.”

Bentzen says these aims are achieved by the Oneness Deeksha, a transfer of divine grace that initiates a journey into higher states of consciousness. “The Deeksha is believed to affect the different lobes of the brain, reducing stress levels and intensifying feelings of love, joy and awareness,” she says. “Millions across the globe testify to the calming and awakening effects of the Oneness Deeksha, which evokes the truth that is inherent in every tradition, religion and culture.”

The program includes instruction, video and the giving of the Oneness Blessing from Bentzen and others. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and all are welcome.

The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 236 South Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco. For more information visit StarVisionsCommunity.org or call 914.588.4079.

 

Grand Opening Week at Acker House Center for Integrative Health

Acker House Center for Integrative Health will open on February 1 at 139 Grand Street in , NY. The Center will celebrate with a free grand open house week Feb. 18-23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with sample classes, consultations and bodywork sessions.

Owned and directed by Liz Ingalls, a physical therapist and craniosacral therapist, the Center is where licensed and accredited holistic professionals and medical specialists provide quality care, health screenings and education for all ages. It is home to Holistic Physical Therapy, an eight-person physical therapy and occupational therapy practice using conventional rehabilitation and alternative modalities, from lymphatic drainage to organ manipulation, to successfully resolve many hard-to-treat conditions, including ADD, fibromyalgia, back and knee pain, headaches and incontinence.

Other Center services include lactation and parenting support, sensory integration groups, dance-related fitness classes and more. The Center also houses the Wake Robin Shop, open by appointment.

Call 914.707.1399 or visit AckerHouseNY.com for detailed information and a schedule of open house events.

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