Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for October, 2013 in Westchester, Putnam & Dutchess, NY

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Principles of Ayurveda Workshop Series: Daily Routines/Dincharya – 7pm. Each day is a building block of life; uncover how to utilize the day to enhance overall lifestyle and long-term health. 1305 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. $20 per session. 914.250.1417.

BodyCures 21-Day Pre-Holiday Detox –7-8pm. Learn from experts in the fields of nutrition, natural wellness and disease prevention. 2013 Crompond Rd, Yorktown Heights. Register: 914.962.0101.


Community Meditation – 9-9:50am (10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30). Free. Acker House, Center for Integrative Health, 139 Grand St. Croton on Hudson. Info: 914.707.1399.

Gentle Yoga – 10am & 5pm (1 hour and 15 minute class).  10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 & 10/30. $20/drop in, $110. Acker House, Center for Integrative Health, 139 Grand St. Croton on Hudson. Info: 914.707.1399.

Advanced Practitioner Program Integrative Medicine Round Table Study Group –12:30 – 2pm.  Holistic health practitioners gather to discuss individual client challenges and share perspectives on approaches to healing. Led by Dr Michael Finkelstein. Includes healthy, light lunch. $200/series of 9 or $40ea.Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. RSVP:  914.218.3113.

The Growing Water Crisis: Access, Pollution, Drought and Flooding – 7:15pm. Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action Presentation at Manhattanville College. Location: Reid Castle, Purchase. Info: Connie Hogarth Center. 914.323.7156.


Group Juice Fast – Oct 3-7. Run by Dr Michael Finkelstein and Robin Queen, this 4 day program follows the protocol developed by Dr. Gabriel Cousens from the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center. $495. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113.


All-Star Environmental Conference: Omega’s Where We Go from Here – Oct 4-6. President Bill Clinton, Jeremy Rifkin & others gather to discuss opportunities and solutions for an interdependent world. Omega, 150 Lake Dr, Rhinebeck. Info: 800.944.1001.

Hudson Valley Arts Festival at Rhinebeck – Oct 4-6. A celebration of artistic expression in its many forms with the main focus on craft and visual art. $10. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave, Rte 9, Rhinebeck. 845.876.4000.

Radioactive Gas in Our Pipelines – Time TBA. Conservation Cafe presents a panel discussion with a Q&A session following the formal presentations on what can be done about gas coming into homes and businesses. Free. Student Center of Pace University, Rte 117. Pleasantville.

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7-8pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 201, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

New Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Mythology, guided meditations and symbolic ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell; bring a journal or notebook. $20/members or $25. Wainwright House, Rye. Register & info: 917.796.6026.

Intro to Bhakti Yoga/ Kirtan with BlisSing – 7-8:30pm. The ancient tradition of kirtan involves call and response chanting said to be a shortcut to bliss. Yoga Sol, 5 Old Post Rd S, Croton on Hudson. Donation.

Arch Angel Workshop – 7-9pm w/Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765.

Dream Group Workshop/Open House – 7:30-9:30pm. Share the gifts that the dream world provides. No prior experience is required. All welcome. Free. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113.


10th annual Harvest Fest at Stone Barns – Festivities include live music, farmers market with delicious, seasonal food from local food artisans, farm Olympics, food-crafting, farm demonstrations, hayrides, and square dancing. Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, 630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills.Tickets: 914.366.6200.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for Putnam County Residents – 9am-12pm. At Putnam County Department of Health, 1 Geneva Rd. Brewster. Visit for a list of accepted items. Free. Pre-registration required. Info/register: 845.808.1390 x 43150.

FLSM Continuing Education in Table Shiatsu – 9am-6pm. Finger Lakes School of Massage offers Licensed Massage Therapists a CEU class in table shiatsu; an expansion of traditional shiatsu, adapted to be performed on the table. Requirement: Licensed Massage Therapist. Sign up at under workshops.

Finding Your Path: A Life Coaching Experiential Workshop – 10am-4pm. Equine interactive workshop with James Cassese, LCSW and the Equine Energetix Herd at Mistover Farm, Pawling. $300. Info: 212.477.4475.

Studio 14 Indoor Cycling & Yoga Grand Opening Party – 1-4pm. Raffles, test classes, refreshments and activities for kids! 14 Waterfront Place, Port Chester. (Across from Top Level Movie Theater Entrance; Next to Kids U). Info:

I Have a Dream – 1-4pm. Diane Ingram, Certified Life Coach, instructor and author presents a workshop on how to get moving towards one’s dreams and desires. $50. Inner Balance Studio, Rte 311, Patterson. Preregistration required: 845.878.7800.

Yoga and Meditation Workshop – 1-4:15pm w/Brahmnai Liebman: Living From Loving Presence. Deepen one’s yoga practice with meditation, passive & active asana, deep inquiry, discussion, and sharing. Bring a journal. $60. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health, Dobbs Ferry. Preregistration required: 914.674.0919.

Hips & Shoulders Workshop – 2-3:30pm. Explore yoga postures, breathwork, and alignment principles of the hips and shoulders, releasing tension and bringing ease to the body on and off the mat. All levels. $35. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, 2nd fl, Mt. Kisco.

Katonah Yoga Fall Fair – 2-5pm. Fair features local vendors selling jewelry, clothing, art work, crafts, and more. Enjoy delicious food and live music. Free. Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St, Bedford Hills. 914.241.2661.

Jessica Wapner at the Merritt Bookstore – 4pm. An evening with Jessica Wapner, author of one of Publishers Weekly’s top ten Spring 2013 science books, The Philadelphia Chromosome. 57 Front St, Millbrook. 845.677.5857.

StarVisions Drumming Circle – 7:30pm. Community drumming circle for healing and manifestation hosted by Scott Nelson at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. $25/adults, $15/students. 914.236.4503.


19th Annual Support-A-Walk by Support Connection – 9am. An inspiring 3-mile walkathon held to bring attention to the needs of people living with breast and ovarian cancer. FDR Park, Yorktown Heights. Info 914.962.6402. or

Free Community Class – 9:45-11am.  Hatha Yoga at new studio located in Putnam Valley called, “Yoga in the Trees.” Easy yogic philosophy, meditation, asana, pranayama and savasana. Get acquainted with “Yoga in The Trees” and its community.  Register: 845.200.7462.

Hike the Teatown-Kitchawan Trail – 10am-2pm. Start at Kitchawan Preserve with Teatown educator and follow along to the reservoir and over Bald Mountain. This is a 6 mile hike with some steep sections. $5/nonmembers. Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining. 914.762.5912 x110.

Special Blessing of the Animals – 11am-1pm. All participants receive readings, prayers, poetry, blessings, certificate and remembrance bracelet that has been blessed. $20/adult, children free.  The Patio Garden at Circle of Tranquility, Hawthorne. Rain date Oct 13. Must pre-register: 914.769.1446 or

Restorative Workshop – 5pm- 7pm. A relaxing yet powerful practice that everyone can benefit from; release deeply held tensions, calm the nervous system, strengthen the immune system, and increase self awareness. $25. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco.

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 in relationship to others. $200/series of 9 or $30/ea. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113.


Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7:30-8:30pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 201, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.


Sole Ryeders & Friends at Studio 14 Indoor Cycling & Yoga – 10:45am & 7pm. Indoor cycling and yoga classes. Minimum suggested donation per class $30. Shoes, water, mats and towels provided. First come first serve. Info: Register:

Wednesday, October 9

Movie: Pink Ribbons, Inc. – 7pm. Each year millions of women, men and children walk, run, bike and shop for the cure in the name of breast cancer. Where is all of this money going?  Will make you think twice about who is really benefiting. Discussion follows led by Patti Wood, Founder and Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education.  Free. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave. Rye. RSVP: 914.422.3141.


Finger Lakes School of Massage Financial Aid Night – 5:30-7pm. Learn about funding an education whether it is applying for loans, scholarships or other options like VA benefits or grants. Free. RSVP: 914.241.7363 x11.

Spiritual Book Study Group – 7:30-9pm. Also Oct 17. Metaphysician Michael Rosenbaum discusses how the universe is put together and how to access higher consciousness from a spiritual perspective; reading from the book Bridges by Aart Jurrainnse. $10. Center for Aligned Healing, Chappaqua. RSVP: 914.218.9000.

77 Questions for Skillful Living Study Group – 7:30-9:30pm. A gathering of individuals interested in a more in-depth and practical exploration of the concepts within Michael’s book: 77 Questions for Skillful Living. $200/series of 9 or $30/ea. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113.


A Re>Think Local Networking Event & Sail on the Clearwater Sloop – 4-7pm. Independent business leaders, entrepreneurs, creative people, artists, farmers and other interested community members are invited to attend. Info/ticket info:

The Path of the Bodhisattva: Teachings by Lama Chonam and SangyeKhandro – Oct 11-13. Offering of the Refuge Vows and the Bodhisattva Vows. Eileen Fisher Foundation Offices, 50 South St, Irvington.

Mediumship Circle – 7-9pm w/ Carla Blaha. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765.


Managing Private Woodlots Workshop – 8:30am-2pm.  Learn strategies to better manage property with Cornell Master Forest Owner volunteers and staff from Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and Dutchess Land Conservancy. $10/includes breakfast & lunch. CCEDC, 2715 Rte 44, Millbrook. 845.677.5343.

Family Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Every 2nd Saturday. This class brings the whole family together to play. Designed for kids ages 4+. $25/ child &parent, $5/each additional child. The Mind-Body Collective at Pilates on Hudson, 8 John Walsh Blvd, Peekskill. 914.739.1178.


FLSM Continuing Education class for Licensed Massage Therapists – 9:30am-6pm. IET Basic level training is a hands- on therapy that targets and releases stored emotions on the energetic and cellular level. Requirement: Licensed Massage Therapist. Sign up at under workshops.

How to be at Peace with Anyone Workshop – 11am-1pm w/ Cary Bayer. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765.

Beacon Sloop Club Festivals – 12-5pm. Bring fun, food & sails on the sloop Woody Guthrie. Vendors & displays about environmental issues, on the Hudson River shore at Beacon Riverfront Park. Free. Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Red Flynn Dr, Beacon.

Couples Prenatal Yoga for Labor – 2-4:30pm. Pregnant couples are invited to explore the possibilities of taking yoga into the delivery room. $75. Yoga Haven 2, 91 Montgomery Ave, Scarsdale. Info: 914.337.1437.

Monthly Sound Healing & Singing Circle – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy an evening of singing, sounding and toning; come to sing and be sung to with soothing songs and chants. No professional or singing experience required. Donations welcome. More info: 914.674.0919.


Westchester Holistic Network Monthly Breakfast Meeting – 8-10am.Holistically-minded people gather to learn more & breakfast. Penny Cohen presents: Transform Negative Karma. Spirituality Center, Good Counsel Campus, 52 N Broadway, White Plains. $20/non-members. 914.422.1784.

M.E.L.T. Away Tension, Stress and Pain – 11:15am-12:45pm. MELT, developed by Sue Hitzman, teaches simple self care techniques to ease chronic pain, improve sleep, metabolism, and strengthen the immune system by hydrating connective tissue. $25. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health, Dobbs Ferry. Preregistration required: 914.674.0919.

Principles of Ayurveda Workshop Series: Digestive Health – 7pm.The digestive tract is the pathway to health; learn how to keep it all in optimal condition, naturally. 1305 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. $20 per session. 914.250.1417.

StarVisions Community Circle – 7-9pm. Monthly circle highlights guest speakers offering energetic insights, wisdom teachings and integrating healing strategies to enrich life. $20/adults; $15/students. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt. Kisco.914.236.4503.


Pretty in Pink Networking Party – 6-8pm. Benefits Support Connection, breast and ovarian cancer support. Vendors, raffles, pink hair extensions and networking sponsored by Professional Women of Putnam and Westchester. $15 includes appetizers/cash bar. Augie’s Prime Cut, 3436 Lexington Ave. Mohegan Lake. Register:

Weight Loss Support Group – 7-8pm. Also Oct 30. Lose fat, keep muscle and shift negative eating patterns in the inner mind; special hypnotherapy process at the end to help release blocks to losing weight. $15. Katonah Healing Alliance, 15 Pkwy, Katonah. RSVP: 914.218.9000.


Eating For Energy – 6:30-8pm w/Jenifer Curtis. Learn how food affects mood. $10. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 201, Eastchester. Contact Jen: 914.361.9258.

Chakra Yoga Workshop – 7-8:30pm w/Athina Pride, certified Kripalu yoga instructor. Come access personal power through a spiritual journey, awakening the 7 basic chakras. $10. Dobbs Ferry Woman’s Club. Info/registration: Giordano Foundation, 914.686.8002.


Cider Week – (10/18-10/27). Throughout Hudson Valley and NYC there will be daily events celebrating cider. Info:

Prenatal/ Mommy & Baby Yoga Teacher Training – Oct 18-20 & Nov 3. Immerse in the study of yoga for the childbearing year and beyond.14 CEU’s. $420. Yoga Haven 2, 91 Montgomery Ave, Scarsdale. Info: 914.337.1437.

Update on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill – 7pm. Marine scientist Samantha Joye draws on her experiences with the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster to discuss how oil spills impact ocean life. Cary Institute auditorium, 2801 Rte 44, Millbrook. 845.677.5343.

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7-8pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste201, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

Restorative Yoga- 7-8:30pm. Completely relax, unwind and renew. With the help of props, comfortable poses are held for several minutes. Restorative practice involves both the body and the mind. Yoga Sol, 5 Old Post Rd S, Croton on Hudson. $20.

Couples Program: Skillful Relationships – 7:30-9:30pm. Oct 18-Nov 15. A 6-part series to help couples rekindle the fire that sparked the beginning of their relationship, and reconnect on a deeper level. $550/couple. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. 914.218.3113. RSVP


Monthly Teen Guided Mediation Group – 11am-12pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Ages 13-17. Unique theme. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 201, Eastchester. $15. 914. 793.2600.

Millbrook’s 23nd Annual Harvest Party Luncheon –12-4pm. Pairing with the Masters; a unique food & wine tasting experience. $125. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, 26 Wing Rd, Millbrook. Info: 845.677.8383.

Full Moon Hike – 7pm. Hike Teatown’s trails beneath the bright light of the full moon. Native people call this first full moon of fall the Hunter’s Moon, the time to stock the larder for winter. $5/nonmembers. Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining. 914.762.5912 x110.


Fall Festival at the Greenburgh Nature Center – 11am-3pm. Rain or Shine. Scarecrow building, pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting, cider making, petting zoo, scavenger hunts, tractor rides, tree swing by SavATree and more. $5-$10. Info: 914.723.3470;

Community Yoga – 12-1:15pm. A class approachable from any level, admission by donation of personal care products for the Pawling Community Resource Center,1072 Rte 311, Patterson.

Sheldrake’s 2013 Fall Festival – 1-4pm. This day of family fun is back with pumpkins, animals, music, crafts and more. Sheldrake Environmental Center, 685 Weaver St, Larchmont.  914.834.1443.


Preventing Alzheimer’s and Reversing Dementia – 6-7:30pm. Sharp Again Naturally presents clips from a documentary-in-the-making they are funding featuring doctors, scientists, and patients who have reversed Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia using natural approaches. Q&A follows. Register: 914.232.5717.

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7:30-8:30pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste201, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.


Green Drinks Westchester – 6-8pm. w/ Lea Cullen Boyer & Dani Glaser Green networking event at Recologie Lifestyle, Inc. 49 Lawton St. New Rochelle. Info:

Digestive Health Lecture – 6:30pm. Learn how problems with digestion can cause many symptoms and diseases, and how chiropractic and enzyme nutrition therapy helps restore normal digestion and promotes overall health naturally. Dr Michiko Izumi, 550 Mamaroneck Ave, Ste 103, Harrison. Free. Register/info: 914.310.9000.

Breast Thermography Seminar – 7-8pm. Learn how breast Thermography can detect the earliest signs of breast cancer. 2013 Crompond Rd, Yorktown Heights. Register: 914.962.0101.

StarVisions Healing Circle – 7:30pm. Connecting wisdom and energy principles to life; experience deep energy healing in a group setting with Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master. $25, students/ $15. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd. Mt. Kisco. 914.588.4079.


Message Circle – 7:30-9pm w/Intuitive Medium Carla Blaha. Halloween sets the mood for the supernatural; a great time to connect with the other-side in a safe environment. $40. Soulauras, 520 N State Rd, Briarcliff. Preregistration required: 914.941.2400.


Panchakarma Detoxification Retreat – Oct 24-27 w/Dr Scott Gerson. More info: 845.278.8700.Ayurveda.MD.

Functional Medicine Specialist Presents The Good, The Bad, The Ugly – w/ Nancy Guberti. 6:30-8pm. Learn the difference between a medical doctor and a functional medical specialist and testing that pinpoint a way to a cure rather than a prescription that masks the symptoms. $10. Au Naturel Health & Beauty, 7 North Broadway Tarrytown. 914.631.2350.


Monthly Meditation Class – 7:30pm. Rona Levine, Reiki Master, yoga instructor, certified hypnotist, and shamanic practitioner leads meditation practice and experiential movement to provide deeper insights and personal awareness. $20. Chapel at Croton Falls, Rte 22, Croton Falls. 914.236.4503.


Reiki I & II – 9am-5pm w/Marcus Feighery. $275/both levels. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765.

Introduction to Massage Therapy Seminar – 10am-4pm. The Finger Lakes School of Massage presents a one day seminar exploring massage therapy as a career. Day includes a 90 minute massage from current students and sample foundational elements of science class. $50. 914.241.7363 x14.

77 Questions for Skillful Living Book Signing – 12:30 pm. Dr. Michael Finkelstein gives a brief talk and signs books at the New Morning Market, Woodbury, CT.

Reiki II Class – 1-5pm. Oct 26 & 27. Strengthen practice with Reiki symbols; learn distance healing and Japanese Reiki techniques with Anne Bentzen, Usui/Karuna Reiki Master. $250. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S. Bedford Rd, Mt. Kisco. 914.588.4079.


Medium Message Gallery – 12-2pm. w/Phillip Quinn. $125. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765.

Yoga Nidra – 3-5pm. Yoga Nidra, a form of deep relaxation, brings a sense of renewal and creates an opportunity for self-awareness, acceptance and healing. Experience a gentle flow practice culminating in an extended Yoga Nidra experience. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. $25.


Urban Ecology and Sustainable Cities – 7pm.Steward Pickett discusses his work directing the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, which seeks to understand the ways that buildings, nature, and society intersect in an urban watershed. Cary Institute auditorium, 2801 Rte 44, Millbrook. 845. 677.5343.


Awaken Wellness Fair – 10am-5pm. Biggest wellness expo outside of NYC. Compelling speakers, healers and vendors offering  the  latest info and products for self care, living green, and living well. $10 online by Oct 30 or $15. Double Tree Hotel, 455 S Broadway, Tarrytown 914.422.1784.

An Evening at the Winery to Benefit Support Connection on September 17, 2013


The Women’s Small Business Advisory Board

The Women’s Small Business Advisory Board invites everyone to come to the Winery in Mohegan Lake on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, between 5 and 9 p.m. to enjoy a glass of wine, hor D’oeuvres, music and prizes while helping to raise money for Support Connection. Based in Yorktown, Support Connection offers free, confidential breast and ovarian cancer support services, including one-on-one peer counseling, support groups, wellness programs and educational forums.

“We hope many people will join us at the beautiful Winery at St. George for a fun-filled night of festivities and wonderful raffle items,” says co-organizer Chereese Jervis-Hill of Events To Remember. Jervis-Hill and six other area business owners make up The Women’s Small Business Advisory Board, including Dana Boulanger, co-publisher of Natural Awakenings, Susan Lasky of Susan Lasky Organizing & Productivity Solutions; Ann LaGoy of Sound Earth; Dr. Marianne Messina of Women’s Center for Holistic Healing; Jann Mirchandani of Marketing Café and Linda Rey of The Rey Insurance Agency, Inc. The group has hosted this fundraiser to benefit Support Connection’s services and programs for three years.

“Support Connection was my go-to resource, my emotional support and safe haven when I was diagnosed with breast cancer more than a decade ago,” says Boulanger. There is a requested donation of  $10 at the door, which buys a ticket for the 50/50 raffle. To donate to Support Connection, visit

The Winery at St. George is located at 1715 East Main St. in Mohegan Lake, NY. For more information about the event, email or call 914.396.7664.

Putnam Women’s Way & Men Features Inspirational Speakers

1236867_10201835826599284_1550580531_nDana Boulanger, Natural Awakenings co-publisher and owner, is the featured guest speaker at the monthly meeting of Putnam Women’s Way & Men on September 25, 2013, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meeting will be held at Le Fontane Ristorante in Katonah, NY, where Boulanger will inspire the group with her thoughts and observations on “How to Mind your Own Happiness: Easy ways to find more joy and success daily.”

WomensWayBeaPutnam Women’s Way & Men was established in 2013. Co-founder Burdette Rocco says the organization was created in an attempt to help people achieve their goals and support each another. “Each month, a special guest dedicates his or her time at a different location to share their outstanding experiences with success and achievement,” says Rocco. “We meet on the last Wednesday of each month to gain knowledge and wisdom about business and health accomplishments, and people of all ages are welcome, but never obligated, to attend.”

The fee for each event is $10 per person, excluding an optional dinner and cash bar. To learn more and attend the September 25 meeting, email

Le Fontane Ristorante is located at 137 Rt. 100 in Katonah, NY.


Herb Fair, Reiki, Fitness By the Beach, Omega Conference & more

Open House Series, Couples Program & Women’s Wisdom Group at Transcendence at SunRaven

TASFrom September 9 through October 4, Dr. Michael Finkelstein and Robin Queen will open their Bedford, NY, skillful living center, Transcendence at SunRaven, for a series of open houses. The events will allow guests to sample programs for free and learn about the season’s offerings.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s program schedule, as we’ve made some exciting changes and additions to our line-up,” says Finkelstein. “It’s our hope that the open house events will give people the opportunity to experience the depth of our programming and get excited about joining us for more.”

New this season is the Couples Skillful Relationship Program, a six-part series designed to help couples rekindle the fire that sparked their relationship and reconnect on a deeper level. Following the success of last season’s Women’s Wisdom Group, Queen will be offering a second weekly series, asking those who are interested to contact her and specify good days and times for the new series. The next Group Juice Fast at Transcendence at SunRaven, a very popular program, will begin on October 3.

Transcendence at SunRaven is located at 501 Guard Hill Road in Bedford, NY. For a full listing of open house events, programs and a downloadable brochure, visit


Over 40 Females Putnam County Relaunch Event in Mahopac

over-40-femalesOver 40 Females™, a nationwide online networking company, relaunches its Putnam County Chapter on Thursday, September 12 at Ramiro’s 954 restaurant in Mahopac, NY.  The Putnam County Chapter will be run by Chapter Director Leslie Barrick from Mahopac, NY. The free launch event begins at 6 p.m. and includes hors d’oeuvres, raffles, gift bags and a presentation by Suzen Pettit, founder of the online marketing company Omaginarium.

Over 40 Females was founded in January 2010 by Judy Goss, a former More magazine editor and spokesperson who traveled the country meeting hundreds of women over the age of 40 who wanted to be heard and celebrated. “I created the organization to give women a platform to be heard, to network and support each other, with the motto ‘Connect, Encourage and Inspire,’” says Gross.

Gross says that Over 40 Females has gotten its members press attention, jobs, national speaking opportunities, scholarships, significant business connections, education, friendships and more than $100,000 in giveaways. Multiple chapters have been established nationwide, representing women everywhere who are joining this rapidly expanding group.

“We empower women through networking, both online and in person, using member profiles and private social media, along with uniquely themed events that combine education and pampering,” says Gross. “It’s a place for women over the age of 40 to give and receive support, and for businesses to reach out and touch this very powerful demographic.”

Ramiro’s 954 is located at 954 Route 6 in Mahopac, NY. For more information and to RSVP for the event, visit



Herb Fair at John Jay Homestead

Herb-Fair--SeptThe 2013 Herb Fair takes place on Thursday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah. What began as a small herbal display and sale at a member’s private home in 1948 has grown into a popular annual event in the Homestead’s Herb Garden.

The garden is divided into seven areas, including culinary, medicinal, and fragrant herbs, pest repellents, dye plants, shrub borders and ground covers. Herbs and herbal-related products will be sold at the fair, including tarragon mustard, beach plum jelly, baked goods, dried flower arrangements and wreaths, and flea-repellent dog collars.

Gardening tools, weed bags and lanterns will also be for sale, and a Green Elephant table will feature pots, planters, candles and china dishes. Visitors can also browse a table with herbal and gardening books, magazines and cookbooks. A highlight of this year’s event is the Elderberry Table, where guests can learn about this 2013 Herb of the Year. Admission to the fair is free, and food and beverages will be on sale, along with the traditional lovage soup, a staple of the fair since 1948.

The John Jay Homestead is located on Route 22 in Katonah. For more information and directions to the site, visit or call 914.232.5651.


Reiki Courses and Circles in Mt. Kisco This Fall

Ann-Bentzen-NB-picAnne Bentzen, MSOT, RMT is an experienced occupational therapist and intuitive Reiki Master Teacher who assists clients in managing stress to improve their health and well-being. This fall Bentzen is offering a Reiki 1 class on September 28 and 29, followed by a Reiki 2 class on October 26 and 27, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mt. Kisco, NY.

“Reiki, a hands-on energy healing method that originated in Japan in the 1920’s, has the ability to help you alter your perceptions, restore balance from environmental stressors and create a more harmonious lifestyle,” says Bentzen. “It’s an effective healing system that removes energetic blocks restricting the flow of life force energy to our organs and tissues.”

By facilitating a deep relaxation response, Reiki signals the body to inhibit the production of stress hormones, says Bentzen, allowing a return to natural growth processes and self-healing abilities. “Reiki is now a widely accepted complementary modality in hospitals, clinics and hospices,” she adds, “and I invite people to experience my next healing circle at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mt. Kisco on September 17.”

Bentzen also offers private healing sessions in Armonk, Eastchester and Cross River. To learn more and register for Reiki courses and healing circles visit

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 236 S. Bedford Rd., Rt. 172, in Mt. Kisco. For more information, call 914.588.4079. 


Painting from the Inside Out Explores the Creative Process in Everyone

Eve-Marie-picEve-Marie Elkin, founder of Painting from the Inside out in Westchester, NY, offers monthly workshops and weekly classes that explore the creative process using paint. Elkin works under the premise that creativity is simply life pulsing through people, making it accessible to everyone.

“Where there is a desire to express oneself, in whatever form, there is desire to create,” says Elkin. “The process of manifesting that desire is creativity, and we were all born to create.”

By getting in touch with their creativity, people learn to trust their intuition and live into their true potential, says Elkin. Painting from the Inside Out uses the medium of paint for self-expression and exploration, without judgment or concern for the outcome. “Here, the paintbrush becomes a tool, whether to create a color, a dot, an outline or an image,” says Elkin. “It’s about letting a spontaneous gesture appear from within and awakening creativity for exploration and play, enabling us to move through life with greater ease, flow and peace of mind.”

No painting skills are required to sign up for the fall classes, which begin September 18 in Tarrytown, NY. The next Painting from the Inside Out weekend workshop takes September 28 and 29.

For more information, email or visit


Fitness by the Beach Fundraiser Benefits NYU Stroke Center

Fitness-by-the-Beach-NBTina Bilotta hosts the Third Annual Fitness By The Beach Fundraiser for the NYU Comprehensive Stroke Center on Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at Rye Town Park and Oakland Beach.

The event, created in memory of Bilotta’s mother, focuses on healthy living and features a yoga class with Joel Harper (famous for training TV’s Dr. Oz), Boot Camp by the Beach, Zumba and a Cross Fit Stealth class. In addition, Momentum will offer free fitness classes for kids, ages 8 to 15. Reservations are required for all classes.

Fitness By The Beach also features vendors, a silent auction and healthy snacks. Admission to Fitness by the Beach is $65, payable by cash or checks at the event or by registering at All proceeds will go directly to the Comprehensive Stroke Care Center at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, to support continuing stroke research. “We want to support efforts to prevent people from experiencing the devastating loss of loved ones to stroke,” says Bilotta.

Rye Town Park and Oakland Beach are located at150 Dearborn Ave. in Rye. For more info, email or call 914.924.5145.

 Omega Hosts All-Star Environmental Conference

Omega-Center-for-Sustainable-Living-(OCSL),-Rhinebeck,-NYPresident Bill Clinton, Jeremy Rifkin, Janine Benyus and Paul Hawken are among those who will gather at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, to discuss “Where We Go From Here: Opportunities & Solutions for an Interdependent World.”

Omega’s Where We Go From Here conference, to be held from October 4 to 6, brings together those at the forefront of whole-systems thinking. Presenters and participants include leading economists, environmentalists, philanthropists, designers, architects and activists, sharing insights for navigating the complex challenges facing humanity.

“Omega understands that sustainability does not answer some of the biggest issues we all face,” said Robert “Skip” Backus, chief executive officer at Omega. “The conversation must move even further, beyond the idea of ‘sustainability’ to work that is regenerative with ecological and social systems. In short, we need to create solutions that can regenerate the health and well-being of all living things.”

The event features inspiring keynote talks, panel discussions, stories from the field and a tour of the award-winning Omega Center for Sustainable Living. Organizers say that participants will learn how individuals can play meaningful roles in promoting the well-being of all living things. The Where We Go From Here conference is open to concerned citizens, business leaders, educators, students, policy makers, builders and anyone seeking information and inspiration to take action in their corner of the world.

The Omega Institute is located at 150 Lake Drive in Rhinebeck, NY. For more information, visit or call 800.944.1001.


Annual Support-A-Walk Aids Those with Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Support-ConnectionThe 19th Annual Support-A-Walk for those fighting breast and ovarian cancer takes place on Sunday, October 6, at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights. The three-mile walkathon, presented by Support Connection, Inc., brings attention to the needs of people living with these life-altering diseases.

Each year, thousands of people come together for this uplifting community event and many participants walk in honor of loved ones. Proceeds from the walkathon help to fund Support Connection’s free, confidential programs and services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, including a toll-free number providing information and support to people all over the country. Support Connection offers local programs throughout the Hudson Valley.

Those who wish to help can collect donations and walk, form a walk team, raise funds online and spread the word about the event. Everyone is welcome to participate and make a difference in the lives of those with breast and ovarian cancer. Pre-walk activities begin at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park is located at 2957 Crompond Rd. in Yorktown Heights, NY. To learn more about Support-A-Walk and register or donate, visit or call 914.9626402.


Weekend New Warrior Training Program for Men in Cold Spring

Mankind-NB-picThe Mankind Project (MKP), a not-for-profit men’s organization, brings its New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) to Cold Spring, NY, October 4 to 6. On a mission to “heal the planet one man at a time,” MKP has initiated more than 65,000 men worldwide through this flagship training program.

“The NWTA is a powerful, experiential weekend that helps men explore different aspects of their lives,” says Jon Wilson, a leader in the NY Metro area MKP. “MKP’s goal is to help men become more emotionally intelligent and mature by embracing the core values of integrity, accountability, authenticity and respect for all mankind. We teach men how to be more accountable to others, how to be role models and what mature manhood really means.”

Men who wish to register for the New York Metro NWTA can email Enrollment Coordinator Andras Bucsinszky at or visit for more information. MKP is a brotherhood that supports men to “Wake up, grow up, and show up,” with gatherings every week in communities around the world. “The ripples from the work that these men are doing in groups and trainings has impacted hundreds of thousands of people and profoundly helped families and communities,” says Wilson, noting that two MKP members received Presidential “Champions of Change” awards last year for their work with veterans and children.

“We are here to restore sacred masculinity for our time,” Wilson adds. “Men are warriors and the true, new warrior lives his life in service to himself and his world.”

To learn more about Mankind Project, visit



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