Shamanic Retreats, Environmental Training, Maternity Fair & body, mind and spirit Awaken Fair in Westchester

A Shamanic Retreat with Don Oscar Miro-Quesada at Wainwright House

Oscar2The Center for Holistic Practices and Psychotherapy presents a weekend retreat entitled Caring, Curing & Community: Befriending the Three Muses of Shamanism, from April 19 through 21 at Wainwright House in Rye, New York. The event will be led by Don Oscar Miro-Quesada, a respected Peruvian teacher and master ceremonialist.

Organizers say that the weekend is designed to offer participants a heartfelt deepening of their shamanic life. Miro-Quesada is a respected Peruvian kamasqa curandero, or shaman, a UN Observer to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, an OAS Fellow in Ethnopsychology and a member of the Birth 2012 Welcoming Committee convened by Barbara Marx Hubbard. He has dedicated his life to the revitalization of ethno spiritual wisdom traditions as a way to restore sacred trust between humankind and the natural world. Miro-Quesada’s work has been featured on CNN, Univision, A&E and the Discovery Channel. For more information about his Peruvian shamanism, visit

All are welcome to Caring, Curing & Community: Befriending the Three Muses of Shamanism, and there are no pre-requisites. Participants can register online at The fee is $400 for the workshop and all meals. Lodging at Wainwright House is available for an additional cost.

 Wainwright House is located at 260 Stuyvesant Ave. in Rye, NY. For more information call 914.967.6080 or visit

Third Annual Sassy Ladies Shopping Night Out

SassyLadiesLogoLREvents to Remember (ETR) presents its third annual “Sassy Ladies Shopping Night Out™” on Friday, April 19, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The event takes place at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, New York, and offers a fashion show, stylist tips, food and wine samples, a cash bar and live DJ music.

“It’s the place to be for sassy, lively, bold and spirited women,” says ETR president Chereese Jervis-Hill. “There will be plenty of opportunities to shop from our wonderful vendors, lots of fun, and goody bags while they last for those who pre-register.”

Attendees will be eligible for complimentary raffle giveaways throughout the evening, and one Sassy Lady will win a Coach handbag. “We’re also donating a portion of the proceeds to two wonderful Westchester County nonprofits, Support Connection and the Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center,” Jervis-Hill says. Admission to Sassy Ladies Shopping Night Out is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets may be ordered at

ETR plans social and corporate events, “green meetings” and expos for a variety of clients. Their largest expo is the York-town Festival and Street Fair, with 225 vendors and 25,000 attendees.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is located at 455 S. Broadway in Tarrytown, NY. For more information, visit, call 914.396.7664 or email

Training and Inspiring Tomorrow’s Environmentalists

CELFThe Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) in Chappaqua, New York, is on a mission to educate students for the environmental challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. CELF Student Ambassadors (SAMs) train in sustainability issues, gain hands-on experience and develop interpersonal skills while making a difference in their own communities and around the globe.

SAMs discuss pressing environmental, economic and social issues and gain inspiration from such innovative real-world solutions as LifeStraw water filters. They build relationships within and across schools while representing CELF at local, regional and national events. Throughout April and May, SAMs will be giving presentations on the freshwater crisis, and demonstrations of LifeStraw filters, at numerous area school and community events. SAMs will also present at the annual conference of the Green Schools Alliance on April 20 in New York City, the Green Festival at the Jacob Javits Center on April 20 and 21 and the EPA P3 Sustainable Design Competition and Expo in Washington, DC, from April 19 to 21.

The CELF Student Ambassador program is free to all area high school students. Educators interested in learning how to use sustainability as a lens for teaching can get involved in the CELF Summer Institute: Education for Sustainability, held at Manhattanville College from July 15 to 18.

For more information, visit, contact or call 914.238.4743.

Maternity Fair for Those Expecting and Those Considering

Maternityfair12The Hudson Valley Hospital Center (HVHC) presents a Maternity Fair on Sunday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme of this year’s event is “The Art of Having a Baby: Planning, Pregnancy and Parenting.” It features tours of the HVHC Maternity Department, workshops on pregnancy and parenting and financial planning advisers to counsel would-be parents and those expecting a baby.

“The Maternity Fair offers practical advice on the road to parenthood, even for those who are not yet pregnant, but just considering having a baby,” says HVHC marketing director Victoria Hochman. “Visitors can see the newest baby gadgets and meet wonderful obstetricians during our speed dating segment, ‘How to choose the best OB.’ We’ll also have a ‘What Not to Wear’ maternity fashion show.’”

HVHC is a recognized Baby Friendly USA hospital, encouraging breastfeeding and natural options for pregnancy and motherhood. Presenters at the Maternity Fair include the Northeast Doulas, the International Cesarean Awareness Network and HVHC’s acupuncturist Jillian Schwartz.

The Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located at 1980 Crompond Rd. in Cortlandt Manor, NY. For more information, call 914.734.3794 or visit the maternity page at 

Rare Geodes at Rye Arts Center

Robert.RNature and art will come together at a rare geode exhibit opening April 20 at the Rye Arts Center. Curated by Gail Harrison Roman, PhD, “Nature’s Art: Geodes” will highlight natural and manmade pieces from the private collection of Robert R. Wiener. The exhibit will run through May 24.

Geodes—colorful crystalline structures that form inside a hollow spheroidal rock—are known for their natural beauty and prismatic color. Wiener says he chose to premiere the collection in spring to highlight its environmental context. “I collect because of the beauty of the objects and the joy they give me when I look at them,” he says. “I hope others will appreciate them as well.” An opening reception will be held at the Rye Arts Center April 20 from noon to 4 p.m.

The Center also will be displaying paintings and sculptures by local and international artists who use elemental materials and the earth itself as creative inspiration, including Katherine Dufault, Chen-Long Lin, Leigh Wen and William Holton.

The Rye Arts Center is located at 51 Milton Rd., Rye, NY. For more info, visit

Car Show in Mount Kisco Focuses on Energy-Efficient Future

carshow-icon-CMYKNew York State’s first fuel-efficient car show will be held April 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Prix New York at the Park in Mount Kisco. Organized by Energize Bedford, a community-based energy efficiency program funded through state and federal grants, the Bedford 2020 Car Show will present the future of driving today. The show is free and open to the public.

The event is designed to show attendees the transportation revolution that is happening today, from fuel-efficient hybrids to electric cars and electricity sources that provide a future free from fossil fuels. Attendees will be able to drive the latest in electric, hybrid and electric/hybrid vehicles on the market, all in one place. Organizers hope visitors will leave the show with compelling information that will influence their next purchase decision toward an energy-efficient or alternative-energy vehicle.

The show will feature a Ride and Drive, where drivers can test drive new electric, hybrid and electric/hybrid vehicles; an Owner’s Corner, where current owners of these types of cars can discuss them with visitors; interactive demonstrations and displays of electric charging stations, solar carports, and conversion cars; and displays of cutting-edge municipal and corporate fleet vehicles, from electric to biofuel, with specific data about cost savings. The event will also feature music, food and entertainment.

The Grand Prix New York at the Park is located at 333 N. Bedford Rd., Mount Kisco, NY. For more info, visit

Awaken Fair on Saturday, April 20, 2013, Offers Holistic Nourishment

Intentions-TableHealers, speakers, readers, vendors and anyone in need of holistic nourishment are invited to feed their body, mind and spirit at the Awaken Wellness Fair, taking place Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY. The biggest such expo north of NYC, the Awaken Fair educates the public about advancements in complementary and holistic health, with a focus on personal growth and metaphysics.

According to event organizer Paula Caracappa, founder of PPC Group LLC, the Fair will feature an array of exhibitor booths offering crystal, gemstones, Reiki-infused jewelry, natural and botanical cosmetic products, and healthy foods and supplements. There will also be intuitive readings and Akashic Records reviews, tarot cards and crystal readings. “Appointments are already being booked for the ever-popular medium, Adam Bernstein,” Caracappa says. “Curious minds can take in lessons on pranic healing, exploring past lives, and how to create resilience both personally and within the family.” More than 20 lectures are scheduled for the hotel’s Speakers Rooms.

Guests can visit ahead of time to create a personalized itinerary based on lectures, healers and holistic exhibitors of particular interest to them. “Those who choose to pre-register online can also pre-book appointments with their favorite readers and healers,” Caracappa says. Admission is $10 online through April 17, or $15 at the door. 

 The Tarrytown Doubletree Hotel is located at 455 North Broadway. The first 500 attendees will receive a free, colorful, eco-friendly reusable shopping bag for holding goodies, information and coupons. Tickets are available online at; exhibitors can sign up at

Workshops on Shamanic Fundamentals and Healing Practices

EileenEileen O’Hare, a legacy carrier in Peruvian shamanism, is offering two shamanic teaching weekends this spring. First, O’Hare will offer “Fundamentals of Shamanism” from April 26 through 28 at The Healing House in Beacon, New York. The workshop will present the basic principles and practices of working with the world of living energies.

“We’ll cover clearing the energy of ourselves, our space and others, along with the Seven Directions, the Three Worlds, the Five Elements and shamanic journeying for totem animals and spirit guides,” says O’Hare, who also conducts private healing sessions and wedding ceremonies. The cost of the April retreat is $222 for commuters and $444 for those staying at The Healing House.

Over Memorial Day weekend, O’Hare will teach Andean Healing Practices in the Adirondacks. “This retreat is for all levels of shamanic experience and will include principles of Peruvian shamanism and core practices to assist people in healing body, mind and spirit,” she says. “These teachings assist and support anyone who has received the Munay Ki Rites of this powerful lineage.” The May retreat is being sponsored by The Community of The Crystal Heart at Adirondack Star Ridge in AuSable, New York. It begins with dinner on Friday, May 24, and ends after dinner on Sunday, May 26. The fee of $400 includes teachings and all meals. Lodging is an additional cost.

For more information and to register, call 845.831.5790 or email

A Certification Workshop for Intuition & Psychic Development

Lisa-KLisa K. presents a new certification workshop for intuition and psychic development on May 4 and 5 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, New York. Developing Your Intuition presents information on how to go from having occasional intuitive experiences, or none at all, to developing intuition and psychic abilities that can lead to abundance, happiness, health and romance.

“I learned how to develop my psychic abilities as an adult, and I now do intuitive readings for people around the world,” says Lisa K. “Through extensive research and experience, I discovered the keys to developing strong intuitive and psychic skills, based in both science and metaphysics. I’ve since taught many people how to become proficient in using their intuition.”

The weekend workshop will explain the learning process of psychic development, help students discover their strongest inborn intuitive abilities and show them methods and techniques to make intuition happen at will. The class will also cover the science behind the psychic mind and body, and how to develop energy sensitivity, control and protection. Students will learn how to call on sources of divine guidance and practice exercises to increase clarity. All students will receive a detailed handbook and a Level One certificate.

 The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is located at 455 S. Broadway in Tarrytown, NY. For more information, call 914.432.7886, email or visit

An Event for Fit and “Tough” Adults, Kids and Teens

Fitness enthusiasts young and not so young are invited to support the Toughman Half Iron and the Toughkid and Toughteen triathlons that will take place at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson on Sept 7 and 8. Registration is now open for all who wish to participate in this swimming, biking and running event.

This year’s sixth annual Toughman Half Iron event is expected to draw more than 1000 athletes, 1,500 volunteers and 12,000 spectators over the course of the race weekend. The event has raised more than $700,000 for 56 charities in the last 5 years. A barbecue for all registered athletes will be held on Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Finish Line Festival. Additional tickets for family and friends will be available for $10.

The Toughteen race is also holding a championship event in which the high school that brings the most students to race will receive a $400 grant. The Toughkids triathlon series, which features races in Connecticut, New York, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, will take place at Croton Point Park on Saturday, September 7. The event also features a health expo from 1 to 5 p.m., and opening ceremonies will begin at 6:30 a.m.

Croton Point Park is located at 1A Croton Point Ave. in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. For more information and to register, visit, or

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