Yoga Classes for Teachers, Drumming, Quakers, Women’s Retreat and more, March 2013 in Westchester and Putnam NY

Event Briefs from Natural Awakenings Magazine – Westchester/ Putnam NY Edition.

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Continuing Education Programs for Westchester Yoga Teachers

Living-YogaLiving Yoga, a vinyasa studio in Cold Spring, is launching a Teacher’s Advancement Program. The continuing education program is designed to provide an inspiring environment in which yoga teachers can further their training, ask questions and brainstorm with other teachers.

The first offering of the series is an Assisting Workshop for Yoga Teachers, providing guidance and refinement of hands-on assisting. It takes place on March 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. and the cost is $50. In April, program directors Richard Villella and Liz Schulman will offer a vinyasa intensive for yoga teachers from April 19 to 21 and April 27 and 28. “This two-weekend certification will teach current yoga teachers the skills of leading and sequencing a vinyasa class,” says Schulman. “They’ll also explore ways in which to incorporate vinyasa into their current style of teaching.”

In addition to these workshops, Living Yoga offers four Level 3 classes per week and a monthly level 3-plus class for area yoga teachers. Future workshops will feature guest teachers and asana clinics.

Living Yoga is located at 3182 Rt.9, just south of I-84, in Cold Spring, NY. For more information, email, call 845.809.5900 or visit Find them on Facebook at LivingYogaStudios.

Quaker Quest Sessions to Inform at Scarsdale Friends Meeting

The Scarsdale Friends Meeting presents Quaker Quest Programs that invite the public to learn more about this spiritual community. The get-acquainted sessions take place on Sunday afternoons, March 3, 10, and 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., and childcare and light refreshments will be available.

Quaker Quest sessions will center on sharing personal journeys and contemporary Quaker beliefs with the community at large. Each program will feature presentations by Scarsdale Friends Meeting members on a set topic, followed by small group discussions and question-and-answer opportunities. Topics include Quakers and the Spiritual Quest (March 3), Quakers and Environmental and Social Activism (March 10) and Quakers and Parenting (March 17).  At the end of each session, guests will be invited to participate in a Quaker worship meeting.

“Quaker core values include simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and silence,” says member Ginny Blanford. “They lead both to a spiritual path for our time that is simple, radical, and contemporary, and to the daily challenge of seeking ways in which to live by these values.” Scarsdale Friends Meeting, which was founded in the early 1940s, sponsors a nursery school, outreach programs in local shelters, and a prison ministry. The Quaker Quest program will be repeated in April.

The Scarsdale Friends Meeting is located at 133 Popham Rd., just off the White Plains Post Road, in Scarsdale, NY. For more information, call 914.946.8722 or visit Also find them at

Admissions Introductory Session and Camp Open House at Blue Rock School

Blue-Rock-School-News-Brief-Image-Mar-13Families interested in enrollment in grades K-8 are invited to visit Blue Rock School during the school’s Introductory Session at 10 a.m., March 9. Parents can tour the wooded four-acre campus, meet Blue Rock faculty and hear how the school’s vibrant, creative environment nurtures children’s natural curiosity and fosters a lifelong love of learning.

At 2 p.m. the same day, parents and their children ages 3½ to 12 will have an opportunity to learn about the school’s adventure-filled, five-week Summer Play Camp. Campus tours will be given including the new Arts & Nature Studies Annex and pool, and adults can meet camp personnel, while their children enjoy staff-led games and activities. Summer Play is open to the community. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Blue Rock is a progressive, independent day school, founded in 1987 with a mission to offer an experiential approach to education that enables children to follow their natural curiosity, develop as independent thinkers and grow in a dynamic learning community. Students engage in a challenging academic curriculum that fully integrates the arts and nurtures their innate desire to learn.

Location: 110 Demarest Mill Rd. (off Germonds Rd.), West Nyack, NY. Morning attendees: RSVP to Admissions Director Beverly Stycos, at or 845.535.3353. Afternoon attendees: RSVP to or 845.627.0234. For more information, visit

A Nurturing Retreat for Women to Enhance Possibilities and Support

Precious Sellars-Mulhern & Melinda Martin

Precious Sellars-Mulhern & Melinda Martin

Psychologist and coach Precious Sellars-Mulhern, PhD, presents Precious Possibilities For Women, an annual retreat designed to bring women together to nurture and support one another. The next retreat takes place on Sunday, March 24, at Wainwright House in Rye.

“Each year the retreat deals with different issues that are important to women,” says Mulhern. “What is unique about this retreat is that women walk away with tools that enable them to address those issues. The underlying premise is that women who are empowered and enjoying life have more to offer their families, friends and colleagues.”

An associate professor in the Counseling Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Mulhern has entitled this year’s retreat, “Re-Scripting Your Life: Tapping Yourself To Joy.”  It features, Melinda Martin, LCSW, an expert in Energy Psychology and Emotional Freedom Technique, a method of meridian tapping that helps people to free themselves from traumas, pain and limiting beliefs.

“Women will learn techniques that are accessible to them at all times,” says Mulhern. “They’ll also engage in activities with other women in an elegant environment overlooking Milton Harbor, and they’ll leave feeling energized with support, tools and friendships to lift their spirits and spring them into action.”

Wainwright House is located at 260 Stuyvesant Ave. in Rye, NY. For more information and to register for the retreat, visit or call 914.522.5276.

Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute Accepting Applications for Summer Program

Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute graduates

Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute graduates

The Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute (EFLI) has opened the application process for the 2013 summer session. Now in its fourth year, EFLI promotes leadership in young women through self-empowerment, connection with others and activism in Westchester County.

This summer, EFLI will offer two sessions of the twelve-day Activating Leadership program for first year participants. The sessions begin on July 15 and August 5. “Last year, thirty-nine talented and courageous young women participated in the Activating Leadership program,” says Program Coordinator Aimee Aubin. “This year EFLI plans to reach an even larger population, and to continue our Leading for Impact sessions for returning participants.”

Aubin says that EFLI will also carry on the LIFE Fellowship, a summer internship program for a select group of recent high school graduates. ELFI began in 2010 with a dozen girls and has now reached more than 150 young women with the three programs. “We anticipate that 2013 will be our best year yet,” says Aubin. “We have an incredible lineup of facilitators, both old and new, and we’re really looking forward to building a team of diverse and powerful young women to join the team.”

Applications may be submitted online at and are due by any of the following deadlines: March 1, April 5 or May 3.

For more information, call 914.487.3354 or email


Fishkill Cares for Cats Event Benefits Animals in Need

FCCSpring13Sound Earth, New York’s only manufacturer of natural, pet-safe cleaning products, presents their annual Fishkill Cares for Cats benefit on Saturday, March 30. The family-oriented event takes place from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Dutchess Plaza Shopping Center in Fishkill and features food, music, face painting, raffles and humane education and demonstrations. Proceeds go to Furry Friends Pet Rescue, Inc. of Hopewell Junction, Katmarroon, Inc. of Newburgh and the humane efforts of Sound Earth.

In addition to the festivities, The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc., a mobile spay and neuter clinic for cats, will provide low cost health services to cats on site. The service benefits animal rescue organizations, individuals and families who have not, for financial reasons, been able to spay or neuter their pets. Feline drop-off services are by appointment only and take place from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m., with pick-up times from 4 to 4:30 p.m. For complete details, to sponsor a cat or set up an appointment, visit or call Ann at 845.489.2378. The first 50 cats to be dropped off will receive a goodie bag.

Fishkill Cares for Cats attendees will receive a free raffle ticket when they donate an item from any rescue center wish list, and adoption applications will be accepted. Sound Earth, which is recognized as a cruelty-free company, offers customizable, scented products that are safe for people, pets and the planet.

The Dutchess Plaza Shopping Center is located at 1545 Rte. 52 in Fishkill, NY. For more information about Sound Earth and Fishkill Cares for Cats visit

Yoga Meets Spinning for Fitness and Fun

Gersh Rosen

Gersh Rosen

YogaSpin, a new hybrid of yoga and spinning, is now offered at Apogee Fitness and Wellness in White Plains. YogaSpin was created by Gersh Rosen, an experienced yogi and cyclist who teaches the class.

“Experienced spinners will be challenged by Alpine climbs, rolling hills and soaring sprints simulated with my vivid and inspiring visualization techniques,” says Rosen. “Yogis and yoginis will recognize the integrated yoga elements of the class, including pranayama, vinyasa and savanasa.”

Rosen says that pranayama, or yogic breathing, synchronizes the heart, lungs and body in movement, resulting in sustained energy and power and extended aerobic thresholds during the YogaSpin workout. “There’s also an optional, exciting sing-along during a simulated climb that demonstrates the effectiveness of this breathing, and the vinyasa flow strengthens muscles and hastens recovery in stretch periods,” Gersh adds, noting that the cool-down period includes a guided meditation for integration and relaxation.

“This mind-body class achieves the best of both yoga and cycling,” says Rosen. “There’s serious core and muscle strengthening, heart-healthy breathing, major calorie burns, and an endorphin high. It ends with a real sense of calm and purpose.” YogaSpin is offered Mondays at 8 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Friday and Sunday at 10 a.m.

Apogee Fitness and Wellness is located at 140 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains, NY.


Shop, Wear and Walk to Support Parkinson’s Research

Unity-Walk--High-ResNatural Awakenings is an enthusiastic sponsor of the One T @ a Time fundraising campaign for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk on April 27.  The campaign raises money for Parkinson’s research through sales of 100% organic cotton t-shirts with the message, “As One, We Heal.”

“The design on this T-shirt was created by me and Mary Keunecke, as we are both intimately affected by Parkinson’s disease in our families and we share a passion for health and wellness,” says Justine Kawas, founder of the One T @ a Time campaign. “Each shirt sold eliminates waste, maintains a low carbon footprint and benefits Parkinson’s research.”

Kawas is also leading the One T @ a Time Team at the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York City’s Central Park. “We want to support organic healing and uniting in the world,” she says. “People can participate by buying a fundraising t-shirt at, wearing the shirt and sharing pictures on social media via #AsOneWeHeal, #NaturalAwakenings or #Unitywalk.”

Those wishing to support the cause can also walk with the One T @ a Time Team by registering at, entering the team name in the search bar and joining the team.

For more information regarding the One T @ a Time campaign or Team, contact and visit


A Starry Nights Café to Brighten a Winter Evening

Starvisions-logo-2StarVisions, Inc. presents an evening of spiritual comedy and musical entertainment on Saturday, March 2, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Kisco. Starry Nights Café begins at 7:30 p.m. and the cost is $20.

The evening features a unique spiritual improvisation routine by writer, poet, past-life regressionist and medium Jessica Lawrence, who brings in personalities “from the other side of the veil” with her Brooklyn accent. Audience participation will be encouraged for her tag team improvisation skits. The event will be topped off by the adult contemporary music of Westchester’s own Porter Smith, accompanied by singers Megan Longwell and Meirav Eytan.

“StarVisions is all about community,” says president Peter Ferrio. “We provide spiritual seekers with opportunities to connect with like minded individuals, not only during the programs that we offer throughout the year, but at social events like this one.” Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for the Starry Nights Café, and healthy snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 236 South Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco, NY. For more information, visit or call 914.236.4503.

Massage, Full Moon Drumming and Visualization Circles in Yonkers

Donna-CostaAfter taking nearly a year off to heal a broken leg, Donna Costa is practicing massage therapy again. Costa returns with a remodeled therapy room, several new programs and package deals for bringing the relaxation of massage to clients’ homes.

Costa has also studied Native American spirituality and healing methods for more than two decades with such indigenous elders as Wallace Black Elk, Sun Bear, Bear Heart, Beautiful Painted Arrow and Nicki Scully. “I incorporate these healing modalities into my massage therapy and in ceremonies to help those dealing with addictions and with healing the child within,” she says.

As of this month, Costa is also offering Full Moon Drumming Circles and facilitating a monthly sharing group. “This group is for conjuring our hopes, dreams and goals,” she says. “It’s a safe place to share, support, and fine-tune ideas and dreams to create the future that participants envision. I’ll call on everyone to pool our energies and share visualizations to achieve common and personal goals.” Costa says that her monthly groups will start with a heart circle, followed by a meditation focused on sending ideas and dreams “out into the universe” to assist participants in achieving their highest and deepest hopes.

Donna Costa Massage Therapy is located at 58 Wickes Ave. in Yonkers, NY. For more information, call 914.907.4485, email or visit



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

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Going Locavore: What are my Options? – 8:30-11am. Learn what it means to go locavore, aka: to eat locally grown food, presented by Conservation Cafe´. Free. Pace University, Pleasantville Campus. RSVP: 914.422.4053.

Yoga and Meditation: The Mind Unwind Workshop – 7-8:30pm with Shaman Mikki Davis. Yoga and meditation by candlelight helps unwind the mind and leave work behind. Enjoy a shamanic mini-healing during savasana and leave feeling grounded, peaceful, and relaxed. Bring a mat. $25. Register:

Shamanic Circle – 7-9pm with Eileen O’Hare. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765

Message Gallery – 7-9pm. Join Carla, Intuitive Medium and Reiki Master as she bridges the realms and brings forth messages. $35. Soulauras. Pre-registration required: 914.941.2400.


Farm Maintenance – 9am (Also Mar 16 & Mar 30). This course covers fundamental maintenance and repair of farm facilities and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to answer theoretical questions and topics covered and assist with maintenance and repair of farm facilities and equipment. $225. Registration required. 914.606.6830 x1.

Attaining Your Dreams for Body/Mind/Spirit – 1-2:30pm with Diane Ingram, Life Coach/ Author and Nicole Davis, Psychic and Reiki Master. Get the life you really want. $30.  Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. Pre-registration required: 845.878.7800.

Assisting Workshop for Yoga Teachers – 1-4pm. For yoga teachers to become comfortable with hands-on assisting and direct a student’s body into the correct alignment. $50. Living Yoga, 3182 Rte 9, Cold Spring. Info: 845.809.5900.

Starry Nights Cafe – 7:30pm. StarVisions hosts an evening of entertainment with spiritual comedy and adult contemporary music of Porter Smith. Relax among friends at Unitarian Universalist Church, 236 South Bedford Rd, Mt. Kisco $20. 914.236.4503.

Saturday Night Fever Dance Social – 7:30-11:30pm. Evening includes Salsa lesson at 7:30pm and New York Hustle lesson at 8pm. Come dance the night away. $10. Refreshments served.  Josie’s International School of Dance, 125 Main St, Ossining. 914. 332.8670.


Reiki II Workshop – 9:30am-4:30pm with Ginny Mackles. Attunement and certification for second level of Reiki, Okuden from a teacher with over 25 years experience and creator of The Reiki Journey CD. Millwood. 914.762.7761;

Sugaring Sunday – 1pm, 2pm, 3pm (Also 3/10). From tapping to collecting, boiling to bottling, Teatown’s naturalists share facts and folklore about this sweet time of year. Free/members or $5.   Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining. Reservations: 914.762.2912 x110.

Quakers and the Spiritual Quest – 2-4pm. Learn about what Quakers today believe. Short personal presentations followed by discussion. All welcome. Childcare and refreshments. Free. Scarsdale Friends Meeting, 133 Popham Rd. Scarsdale. 914.328.7943.


A Circle of Women – 7pm. Celebrating the sacred in every woman since1990. Sponsored by Star Visions Community and The Women’s Ways Mystery School. $25. Unitarian Universalist Church, 236 S Bedford Rd, MtKisco. 914.310.5239.

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

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, particularly as it applies in relationship to others. $15/members or $30. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113.


Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm (Wednesdays). 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.


Dream Group – 7:30-9:30pm with Warren Falcon, Psychospiritual Counselor and specialist in Jungian psychology and dream work. Regular attendance is recommended; bring a dream journal and come with curiosity, humor and compassion. Suggested: $25/members or $50. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113.


Esoteric Healing Level II: The Brain & Beyond – 1-4pm with Bernadette Bloom. Class covers esoteric psychology, the head centers, the Rays and Initiations, removal of trauma from ones energy field, triangles associated with blood pressure, hormones, allergies and more. Center for Aligned Healing, Chappaqua. Info/register: 239.289.3744.

Tibetan Singing Bowl Concert – 7-9pm with Beth Mullen. Bring a blanket or yoga mat. $35.  Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

Solaris Singles Event – 7-9pm. Come experience the new speed dating game; socialize in a relaxing setting while enjoying food, wine, music, games and prizes. Bring friends. Must be ages 35-55. Members and non-members welcome. $25. Solaris Sports Club, 201 Veterans Rd, Yorktown Heights. 914.962.4094 x 21.

Movie Night – 7:30-9:30pm. View the acclaimed film: “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. Enjoy flatbread pizza and afterwards stay for tea, dessert and group discussion. Reservations required: $10/members or $20.Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113.


Crop Production Class – 9am (Also Mar 23). This course covers spring organic crop production practices, including vegetables, cut flowers, and culinary herbs. $225. Registration is required. 914.606.6830 x1. SunyWCC.Edu.

Vibrational Cooking Class – 9:30-10:45am. Learn how to make Cosmic Chitta Mantra Munchies with Organics Super Foods, Chakras and Mantras. Kendall’s OM Kitchen, 140 King Street, Chappaqua. Info: 914.238.8800;

Wildlife Rehabilitator Workshop – 10am-3pm. Workshop touches upon everything one might encounter working with wildlife. Learn to respond appropriately and get details of what’s involved in becoming a wildlife rehabilitator in NY state. $25/non-members. Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining. 914.762.2912.

Vegetable Container Gardening – 1-3pm. Learn how to grow plants and/or seeds in containers and have fresh herbs and vegetables in just a few short weeks. $20; $5/children under the age of 12. Registration required: 914.962.2368.

Introductory Session and Campus Tour – 10am. Parents interested in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to meet Blue Rock faculty and hear how the vibrant and creative learning environment nurtures children’s natural curiosity and fosters a lifelong love of learning. Blue Rock School, 110 Demarest Mill Rd, West Nyack. RSVP: Beverly Stycos, 845.535.3353.

Bag It – 2pm. Funny and illuminating documentary. Stay afterward for Q & A session with Patti Wood of Grassroots Environmental and a reusable bag giveaway. Learn about the new plastic bag phase-out ordinances. Larchmont Public Library Community Room. Village of Larchmont, Town Center. Movie info:

Summer Play Camp Open House – 2pm. Parents and children, ages 3 ½ to 12, are invited to visit the Blue Rock Campus; meet summer play staff and learn about the unique and adventure-filled summer program. Blue Rock School, 110 Demarest Mill Rd, West Nyack. RSVP: 845.627.0234.

Putnam Arts Council 50th Year Anniversary Celebration – 3pm. Annual Members Meeting and opening reception of the Members show. Free. Belle Levine Art Center, 521 Kennicut Hill Rd. Mahopac. Info:


Complete Reality Meditation – 12:30-3:30pm. Hosted by the Chan Buddhist Center, meditation class is followed by Buddhist discussion of the Six Perfections. Beginners to advanced practitioners welcome. Free. Scarsdale Aikido, 77 Tarrytown Rd 2nd level, White Plains. 917.570.7592.

Introduction to Partner Yoga – 1-3:30pm. Explore the trust and confidence that comes working with another; heighten experience on the mat through the sharing of breath and touch. $25/individual or $45/couple.  Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.7800.

Mediumship Workshop – 1-4pm with Adam Bernstein. $45. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

Bag It – 2pm. Funny and illuminating documentary. Mayor Norman Rosenblum and Trustee Ilissa Miller will answer questions about the new plastic bag phase-out ordinances. Refreshments and reusable bag giveaway after film. Mamaroneck Public Library, Village of Mamaroneck. Movie info:

Quakers and Environmental and Social Activism – 2-4pm. What is meaningful activism? Short personal presentations followed by discussion. All welcome. Childcare and refreshments. Free. Scarsdale Friends Meeting, 133 Popham Rd. Scarsdale. 914.328.7943.

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;


Forgiveness: A Means for Self-Healing – 6:30-8:30pm with Dr. Kenneth Silvestri. $35. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. Info/register: 937.214.0540.

Woodland Wildflower Lecture – 7pm. Jessica A Schuler, Director of The NY Botanical Garden’s Thain Family Forest, discusses how Forest staff work to restore populations of extirpated wildflowers in the 50-acre urban old-growth forest. Free. Katonah Village Library. Register: 914.234.6992 x24.

Bag It – 7pm. Funny and illuminating documentary. Learn about the new plastic bag phase-out ordinances after the film. Mamaroneck Conference Room C, 740 W. Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck Town Center. Movie info:

Monday Night Live! Open House – 7-8:30pm. Make Mantra Munchies to live Kirtan, sample some sips and snacks and find out what Kendall’s OM Kitchen is all about. 140 King St. Chappaqua. Info: 914.238.8800;


David Frenette: Centered Life, Mindful Life – 3/15-3/21. Developing the fruits of Christian Centering Prayer towards a mindful life. Garrison Institute. Info/ register: 845.424.4800;

Stroller Tours – 9-10am. Moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers with babies in tow are invited for a before museum hours gallery tour with refreshments by Tazza Cafe. $10/non-members. For adults with children under 18 months. The Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St, Katonah.

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


Farm Maintenance Class II – 9am-12pm. This course covers fundamental maintenance and repair of farm facilities and equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to answer theoretical questions and topics covered and assist with maintenance and repair of farm facilities and equipment. $225. Registration required: 914.606.6830 x1. SunyWCC.Edu.

Moving through the World in Stories – 10:30-11:30am (for 4-7yr olds) with Laughing Heart Yoga. Combining storytelling with yoga, children are exposed to a new way of enjoying stories and connecting with their bodies. Ardsley Library, 9 American Legion Dr., Ardsley. Free. Register: 914.693.6636.

StarVisions Spring Healing Fair – 11am-5pm. Shamanic and energy healers, mediums, reflexologists, astrologers and more. Unitarian Universalist Church, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt Kisco. $50/30min sessions. 914.236.4503.

Esoteric Healing Level III: The Magic of the 7th Ray Synthesis – 7-9pm with Bernadette Bloom. Class covers esoteric aspects of the five senses, the vagus nerve, the trigeminal nerve, the Seven Rays, personal ray assessment and much more. Center for Aligned Healing, Chappaqua. Info/register: 239.289.3744.


Wolves of North America – 11am. Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families; visit ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr as well as the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. $13/adults; $11/under 12. 914.763.2373.

Quakers and Parenting – 2-4pm. What does Quakerism today offers children of all ages? Short personal presentations followed by discussion. All welcome. Childcare and refreshments. Free. Scarsdale Friends Meeting, 133 Popham Rd. Scarsdale. 914.328.7943.


Preventing and Reversing Alzheimer’s and Dementia – 7pm. Film clips feature interviews with patients who have reversed their dementia. Sharp Again Naturally is helping to fund this documentary in the making. Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave, Harrison. 914.835.1564. Info:

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


Teen Yoga – (call for time) Teenagers practice yoga postures, games, meditations, and creative expression to explore what matters to them most through a journey of self-discovery. Ardsley Library, 9 American Legion Dr., Ardsley. Free. Register: 914.693.6636.

Homeopathy for Mental Health Professionals – 9:30am-4pm. For therapists, social workers, school psychologists, student assistance counselors or life coaches exploring how homeopathy can provide a natural and safe alternative to psychotropic drugs. $150. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. 937.214.0540.

Starting Seedlings – 1-3pm. Learn successful tips from the farmers on how to start seedlings for either vegetables or flowers. $20; $5/children under the age of 12. Registration required: 914.962.2368.

Vernal Pool Hike – 1-3pm. Walk with Erin Baker, Teatown educator, to Hidden Valley and get a glimpse of the frenzied activity taking place this time of year. $5/non-members. Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining. Reservations: 914.762.2912  x110.

Evening Howl – 5pm (Adults only). Visit the wolves with a short sunset hike during their favorite hour – dusk. Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolves in North America while enjoying a lovely spread of wine and cheese. $20/adults 21+ only. Pre-registration required:

Sunday, March 24

Precious Possibilities For Women – with Precious Sellars-Mulhern and Melinda Martin. An annual retreat designed to bring women together to nurture and support one another. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave. Rye. Info:914.522.5276;


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.


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.


Reiki I & Reiki II– 10am-5pm with Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. Discounted to $285 at Synchronicity Healing Center, 1511 Rt 22, Brewster. Info: 845.363.1765.

Fishkill Cares for Cats – 12-4:30pm. family-oriented event features food, music, face painting, raffles and humane education and demonstrations. Also mobile spay and neuter clinic for cats and low cost health services for cats. The Dutchess Plaza Shopping Center, 1545 Rte. 52, Fishkill. Info: 845.489.2378;

Herbs & Nutrition to Spring Cleanse the Body –1-3pm with Bonnie Rogers, Clinical Herbalist. Learn how herbs and nutrition can improve health and wellness after a long winter of heavy foods and reduced physical activity. Center for Aligned Healing, Chappaqua.  Info/register: 914.923.4346.

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