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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

Wisdom Qigong – 4-5pm. Qigong is the ancient healing practice from the East which combines movement and breath within a moving meditation practice. $15. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. Preregister: 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2

Yoga Therapeutics Workshop – 11am-12:30pm. Mondays 12/2-12/30. Poses are offered at a slower pace to support optimal functioning of the joints, muscles and organs; a great class for beginners, seniors and those working with injuries and chronic illnesses. All levels. $150/6wks. Quest Yoga Arts, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Professional Women of Westchester Holiday Party – 6-8pm. Come out for a great night of networking, mixing and mingling all to benefit Hope’s Door. Please bring an item from the Wish List of Hope’s Door. $15/member or $20. Includes appetizers with cash bar available. Morton’s The Steakhouse, 9 Maple Ave, White Plains. ProfessionalWomenOfWestchester.com.

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 or TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

Managing Anxiety & Stress During the Holidays & Year Round for Those Living With Cancer – 6:30-8pm. Presentation followed by a Q&A period. Open to people living with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Free. Somers Public Library, Rte 139, Somers. Info/register: 914.962.6402. SupportConnection.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

Sage Yoga Open House for Pre-schoolers – Noon-1:30pm. Meet the NYS Licensed and Certified Kids Yoga teacher. Learn about Winter & Spring Events for Pre-schoolers. Refreshments. Sage Yoga, 6 Maple Ave 2nd Floor, Armonk. Info: Susan 914.393.6517. SageYogaArmonk.com.

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. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein: Cultivating the Kind Heart as the Path to Liberation – 12/5-12/8. Exploring the Buddha’s teaching on kindness as a basis for developing a generous heart and steadiness of attention.  Garrison Institute. Info/register: 845.424.4800; GarrisonInstitute.org.

Group Juice Fast – Dec 5-9. Dr Michael Finkelstein and Robin Queen follow the protocol developed by Dr. Gabriel Cousens from Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center. Daily gatherings and experiential activities and discussions; includes Dr. Finkelstein’s green juice for entirety of class. $495. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. 914.218.3113. TrancendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Holistic Moms Network – 7-9pm. Beth Lambert, author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children discusses the many chronic illnesses and behavioral issues affecting children today. Learn how to step outside the traditional western medical paradigm. Free. Rye Public Library. Info: holisticmoms.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. Join a community of progressive women who share and support one another while drawing inspiration from Mark Nepo’s seminal work, The Book of Awakening. $30/session. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP:  914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Holiday Kirtan – 7:30-9:30pm. 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, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113. TrancendenceAtSunRaven.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

Naturalist’s Choice Hike– 10am. Join a museum naturalist to explore the trails and ecological features of the reservation. Trailside Nature Museum, Rte 35 & Rte 121, Cross River. Info: 914.864.7322. FriendsOfTrailside.org.

Intro to Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 10am-12pm. Also learn about other program offerings at Golden Temple Yoga Studio. RSVP: 914.232.3473. GoldenTempleYoga.com.

Sinterklaas Festival – 10am-midnight. A celebration of dance, theatre and music, all over the village of Rhinebeck. A non-denominational event. Check website for schedule: sinterklaasrhinebeck.com.

Holiday Exhibita; Trains, Your Ticket To The Great Outdoors – 10am-4:30pm (12/7-12/15, closed Friday). Display of model trains, presented by the Yonkers Model Railroad Club. Greenburgh Nature Center,99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Non-members $3, plus regular GNC admission. Info: 914.813.1831; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

Blissful Holiday Spirit Craft & Holistic Health Fair – 12-5pm. Holiday gifts made from talented local vendors and holistic health practitioners. Gift certificates and discounted packages for Yoga, Acupuncture, Reiki and more. Path to Bliss Yoga, 1558 Main St, Pleasant Valley. Venue Phone: 845.242.1557.

Putnam Art Council’s Holiday Craft Invitational Show & Sale –  12/7 – 12/22, noon-5pm (closed Mon & Tues). Regionally made or designed art-centric gifts. Location: Belle Levine Art Center at Putnam Arts Council; 521 Kennicut Hill Road, Mahopac. Info: 845.803.8594.

Restorative Yoga – 2-3:30pm. Small class size allows for a hands-on therapeutic practice to soothe the body and mind. $20/members or $30. All Sport Health and Fitness, 17 Old Main St, Fishkill. Preregister: 845.896.5678. AllSportFishkill.com.

Home for the Holidays Yoga & Meditation Retreat – 2-7:30pm. Take a break from the holiday chaos and enter the home of the heart, body, breath, and spirit with yoga, journaling, guided meditation, and a delicious vegan dinner. All levels. $125. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt. Kisco.QuestYogaArts.com.

StarVisions Drumming Circle – 7:30pm. Bring a drum or rattle to raise vibrations. Community drumming following Native American ways for healing and manifestation with Anne Bentzen at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Extra instruments available. Adults/$25, students/$15. 914.236.4503. StarVisionsCommunity.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

Moving Beyond “STUCK” Workshop – 10am -Noon. Basics of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy using art. For mental health practitioners

Register: 914.584.1820 or artxonhudson.com.

Meet the Animals – 1pm. Come visit with some of the Nature Center’s live animals; get up close and even hands-on as staff naturalist presents an informative program. $5/members or $8. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Members $5, Non-Members $8. 914.813.1280. GreenburghNatureCenter.org.

Crystal Bowl Temple Holiday Event – 1-3pm. Come try amazing crystal bowls. Activations, meditations and refreshments. Crystal Bowl Temple, Larchmont. RSVP: 914.575.8170.

The Order of Melchizidek & Priesthood for Ordination into Interfaith Ministry – 1-4pm. Learn history, ceremonial rituals, legal duties and receive powerful Divine attunement. $100/class only; $250/class plus ordination w/certificate. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt. Kisco. 914.236.4503. StarVisionsCommunity.org.

Pajama Program Yoga Class for a Cause – 3-5pm. Games and yoga for ages 6+ with restorative class for adults. $45 in goods for one adult/one child, $10 in goods for each additional child – new bedtime book and children’s pajamas. Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness, 811 McLean Ave, Yonkers. 914.294.0606.NuevaAlma.com.

Sage Yoga Holiday Open House – 4-5:15pm. Stop by for a free yoga class and holiday cheer with the Sage Community. Free yoga class at 5:30pm. Refreshments follow. Sage Yoga, 6 Maple Ave 2nd Floor, Armonk. Info: Susan 914.393.6517; SageYogaArmonk.com.

Meditation – 6-7pm. Also 12/22. Inspired by ISHTA yoga, use pre-and post-meditative asanas to prepare and restore the body and the ancient tools of pranayama, visualization, and mantra to still the mind. $15. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt. Kisco.QuestYogaArts.com.

Tibetan Singing Bowls Sound Healing – 7:30-9pm. Experience chakra clearing, balancing and alignment as sound energetically shifts one into a higher vibration. Facilitated by Beth Mullin, trained by Master Sound Healer from Nepal. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Pre-register: 914.236.4503. StarVisionsCommunity.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

Monthly Sounding & Singing Circle – 7-8:30pm. Come together to sing, be in community, free the voice, and offer healing. No professional or singing experience required. Rivertown Center for Yoga, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Donation. Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. RivertownYoga.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10

Green Drinks Westchester – 6-8pm. This month’s gathering at Encourage Yoga, the first green yoga studio in Westchester County. One Baltic Pl, Croton on Hudson. Facebook.com/GreenDrinksWestchester.

Safe and Natural Stress Reduction Lecture – 6:30pm. Learn what stress is and its affect on the body and what things can naturally help to cope with it better. Free. Dr Hiro Izumi, 550 Mamaroneck Ave, Ste 103, Harrison. Register/info: 914.310.9000. IzumiWellness.net.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11

Sage Yoga Kids & Teens Open House – Free 40 minute classes by age-group: K-12 call for times. Meet NYS Licensed & Certified Kids Yoga teacher. Learn about winter and spring events. Refreshments. Sage Yoga, 6 Maple Ave 2nd Floor, Armonk. Info: Susan 914.393.6517; SageYogaArmonk.com.

Biomimicry: Designing with the Wisdom of the Earth – 7pm. Biomimicry is an emerging discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s designs and processes. Free. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. 914.813.1280. GreenburghNatureCenter.org.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12

Yoga Warriors Method – Time TBA. Class designed to help alleviate the symptoms of combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder and increase resilience of critical task performers working in high stress environments, including their caregivers and family members. Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness, 811 McLean Ave, Yonkers. 914.294.0606. NuevaAlma.com.

Health & Wellness: The Trampoline Effect – 2-4pm. w/ Judy Garfinkel, Life & Career Coach. Interactive presentation will focus on confidence and resilience during life transitions. Multi-purpose room, Greenburg Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Rd., Elmsford. Register required: 914.721.8235.

77 Questions for Skillful Living Study Group – 7:30-9:30pm. A unique 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. TrancendenceAtSunRaven.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

Customer Appreciation Weekend – 12/13-12/15. Receive 10% off entire holiday shopping purchases. Many beautiful gift items; late opening Fridays for the month of December:10am-9pm. Synchronicity, Rte22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. 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. $30/session. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

On Food & Cooking with Chef Tomas Saez – 11am-2pm. “No Heat Needed: Creative Ways to Prepare Food without Heat.” Hot tips and ideas. Multi-purpose room, Greenburg Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Rd. Elmsford. No registration required. Info: 914.721.8200.

Building Intuition Circle – 12:30-2pm. This gathering provides a safe haven to meditate and develop intuitive abilities with others of like mind. $15. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

Zumba Party – 7-8:30pm. Free for members or $15. All Sport Health and Fitness, 17 Old Main St, Fishkill. 845.896.5678. AllSportFishkill.com.

Adults Only Pajama Party – 7-9:30pm. Fundraiser yoga class for the Pajama Program. Come sweat in pajamas for a good cause. Half flow, half restorative class to end the week. $40 in goods: new bedtime story books and children’s pajamas for donation bin. Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness, 811 McLean Ave, Yonkers. 914.294.0606. NuevaAlma.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

Second Saturdays in Beacon – All day city-wide celebration of the arts along Main St. in Beacon. Many galleries and shops stay open late to feature show openings, artist receptions, music, food, wine, and other special events.

Customer Appreciation Weekend at Synchronicity – See Dec 13 for details. Synchronicity, Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Reiki Circle & Share – 9-11am with Marcus Feighery, Reiki Master. Come experience this Devine healing energy. $15.Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Peace, Art & Craftiness Holiday Craft Fair –11am-4pm. Local artists showcasing and selling their hand crafted, from the heart, one of kind gifts. Free. 27 Milburn St, Bronxville. 646.722.0781. LyteBodyFitness.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

Customer Appreciation Weekend at Synchronicity – See Dec 13 for details. Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

1st Annual Holiday Boutique Day – 11am-3pm. Enjoy a variety of vendors, holiday gifts, raffles and more. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 201/203, Eastchester. Merrill: 914.793.2600. The TemperanceCenter.com.

Family Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Yoga workshop for parents and children of all ages. Families participate in a variety of asanas, exploring partner poses as well as partnered breathing exercises. $25/2, $5/additional persons. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt. Kisco. QuestYogaArts.com.

Crystal Bowl Temple Holiday Event – 1-3pm. Come try amazing crystal bowls. Activations, meditations and refreshments. Crystal Bowl Temple, Larchmont. RSVP: 914.575.8170.

Art Journaling Workshop – 1:30-3:30pm. Annual Small Book Making/Gift Workshop. To register: 914.584.1820 or artxonhudson.com.

Yoga Nidra Meditation – 6-8pm. Learn how to deepen a practice in this guided meditation workshop.  $28. Riverstone Yoga, 2 Hudson View Way, Tarrytown. 914.332.9642 .  Riverstoneyoga.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16

Community Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. Come experience the power of this natural healing energy by trained masters and practitioners. Open to those trained in Reiki wanting to practice and those not trained who wish to receive healing. Rivertown Center for Yoga 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Beth Bierko:914. 384.9983. RivertownYoga.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19

Yoga Warriors Method – Time TBA. Class designed to help alleviate symptoms of combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder and increase the resilience of critical task performers working in high stress environments, including their caregivers and family members. Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness, 811 McLean Ave, Yonkers. 914.294.0606. NuevaAlma.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. 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. $30/session. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP:  914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21

Decorate a Tree for Wildlife – 1-2:30pm. Join a Teatown holiday tradition that celebrates nature’s gifts to us. Decorate a tree with goodies for the birds, squirrels and other wildlife. Free/members or $5. Preregistration required: 914.762.2912 x110.Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining. Teatown.org.

CoSM’s Full Moon Winter Solstice Celestial Celebration – 8pm-3am. Hosts: Alex Grey & Allyson Grey. Music,. Live Painting, Fire Spinning. CoSM’s Store and Mushroom Café will be open. $30 online/$40 at the door.  Cosm.org. Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) 46 Deer Hill Rd. Wappingers Falls. Info: 845.297.2323

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22

Crystal Bowl Temple Holiday Event – 1-3pm. Come try amazing crystal bowls. Activations, meditations and refreshments. Crystal Bowl Temple, Larchmont. RSVP: 914.575.8170.

Special Winter Solstice Celebration – 6pm. Gather with the communities of StarVisions and the Chapel at Croton Falls to celebrate the Return of the Light. Ceremony led by Bear Walker, Anishinabe Medicine Man. Free. Bring food to share. Chapel at Croton Falls, Rte 22, Croton Falls. Info: StarVisionsCommunity.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23

Holi-Daze Mini-Camp – 9am-12pm ages 4-5yrs & 9am-3pm ages 6-12yrs. Also 12/26, 12/27, 12/30 & 12/31. Hiking, crafts, and enough adventure to keep children busy and active throughout the holiday season. Teatown Lake Reserveration, 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining. Call for prices and preregistration: 914.762.2912 x110. Teatown.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27

Yoga at Greenburgh Nature Center –  9-10am. Yoga classes held outdoors in case of inclement weather. Drop-ins welcome. $20 drop-in; GNC, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.813.1831; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29

Crystal Bowl Temple Holiday Event – 1-3pm. Come try amazing crystal bowls. Activations, meditations and refreshments. Crystal Bowl Temple, Larchmont. RSVP: 914.575.8170.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

New Year’s Eve Candlelight Yoga – 10:45-12:15pm. Start the New Year with a relaxing yoga class, ringing in the New Year in silence, followed by a toast and celebration. $35. Riverstone Yoga, 2 Hudson View Way, Tarrytown. 914.332.9642 . RiverstoneYoga.com.

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