Yoga with a View, Climate Change, Clearwater Festival, Get On Your Mat for Mental Health

 Yoga Classes With a View at Boscobel

Bob-yogaThe beauty and inspiring views at Boscobel House and Gardens provide the inspiring setting for Yoga with a View, which begins Monday, June 3. The weekly classes, taught by certified instructor Ellen Forman, are designed to meet the needs of all levels of practitioners.

“As a teacher, I emphasize the inward journey and the profound healing effects of yoga on the mind, body and spirit,” says Forman. “Yoga’s numerous benefits include improved flexibility, endurance and strength, and this class is a great way to start the week calm and refreshed.”

Yoga at Boscobel takes place Monday evenings from 6 to 7:15 p.m. through September 9. The walk-in rate is $17, and multi-class discounts are available. Friends of Boscobel members receive a 10% discount. Students are encouraged to bring their own mats and water to this outdoor class. “Spectacular views entice the senses as you stretch and pose overlooking the Hudson River from the main lawn or west meadow, truly two of the most picturesque and serene settings in the Hudson Valley,” says Forman.

Boscobel House and Gardens is located at 1601 Route 9D in Garrison, NY, one mile south of Cold Spring. For more information, visit or call 845.265.3638.


Discussing Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels at Conservation Café

On Friday, June 7, Conservation Café presents “Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: What can we expect?” at the Pace University student center in Pleasantville, NY. The program will offer an overview of climate change, its effects on oceans and rivers and the impact of extreme weather in local communities.

The program begins with a brief introduction by Carolyn Cunningham from Federated Conservationists of Westchester County. Other speakers include Andy Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, and Adam Whelchel, Director of Science at The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut chapter. Whelchel will talk about how sea level rise may impact Long Island Sound.

Mark Lowery, a climate policy analyst with the Department of Environmental Conservation in New York, will present a talk on sea level rise along the Hudson River and how New York can respond to it. A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program runs from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Conservation Café programs provide a forum for dialogue about current environmental issues.

Pace University is located on Bedford Road (Route 117) in Pleasantville, NY. For more information about the program, visit or


Clearwater Festival Features Famous Faces, New Talent and World Beats on the Hudson

Clearwater---Generations-credit_Augusto_F_MenezesClearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, affectionately known as the Clearwater Festival, returns to Croton Point Park on June 15 and 16. The festival unites major musical figures with green activism and community spirit in one of the most scenic spots on the Hudson River.

Founded by Pete Seeger and now in its 35th year, the event features new talent and folk icons, handcrafted delicacies, local produce, unexpected art installations and an old-school working waterfront. Performers this year include Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Judy Collins, gospel legend Mavis Staples, David Bromberg and an unplugged Hot Tuna. Patterson Hood and Jason Isbell will play side-by-side with country music icon Kris Kristofferson, and new voices from The Last Bison and The Lone Bellow will ring out alongside Seeger himself, who will perform with long-time collaborator Lorre Wyatt.

In addition to American roots music, the festival has long welcomed performers from across the globe. This year’s musicians include Antibalas, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Red Baraat and Vieux Farka Touré. Native American artist Buffy Sainte-Marie, Joanne Shenandoah, and roots-soul vocalist Martha Redbone will also take the stage.

The Clearwater Festival also features an artisanal food and farm market, a juried crafts fair, roving performers, traditional storytellers, an activist area, and a chance to ride on old-fashioned river craft. The solar-powered festival supports the mission of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc, one of the nation’s preeminent environmental organizations and a key promoter of policies to restore the river to its former glory.

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


Sadie Nardini Headlines Annual Get On Your Mat for Mental Health Event

Sadie_Nardini_media_2011Renowned yoga teacher Sadie Nardini is leading the second annual Get On Your Mat for Mental Health on Wednesday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. The event invites hundreds of yoga practitioners of all ages and levels to roll out their mats on Court Street in White Plains.

Get On Your Mat for Mental Health is presented by the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Westchester County. Nardini, whose online yoga videos have received more than 9 million views, says she is excited to be part of an event that benefits so many people. “In my experience, yoga has the power to bring healing for both body and mind,” she says. “I am thrilled to join MHA Westchester in bringing yoga to the community.”

Local legend Tao Porchon-Lynch, named in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living yoga teacher, will lead the opening meditation at this year’s Get On Your Mat for Mental Health. The advance registration fee is $20 at and $25 on the day of the event. Children under 12 are admitted for $10. The first 500 registrants receive a free yoga mat and a gift bag, and the rain date is June 20.

Proceeds benefit MHA Westchester, a community-based mental health agency that has helped county residents for 67 years through direct services, professional and community education and advocacy.

For info, call 914.345.5900 and visit



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