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

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Getting a Taste for Mindfulness – 7:30-9pm Mondays Apr 1-29. 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. Info/register a must: 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 in relationship to others. $15/members or $30. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113.


Spring Job & Intern Fair – 11am-4pm. Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant & Ballroom. Free. Call for info and for email address to send resume: 914.396.7664.

Humor Writing Workshop – 7-9pm w/ Comedian Ivy Eisenberg. Free intro class, and four following Tuesdays in April. $100/all classes. W@tercooler, 21 North Broadway, Tarrytown. Info: 914.332.1400.


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 a must: 914.218.3113.

Quakers & the Spiritual Quest – 7-9pm. Here’s a chance to learn what Quakers today believe. Short personal presentations followed by discussion. Free childcare, no reservations needed. Light refreshments at 6:30pm. Scarsdale Friends Meeting, 133 Popham Rd, Scarsdale. 914.328.7943.

Buddhist Meditation: The Code for Happiness – 7:30-9pm. Learn how to make life more joyful and beneficial by investigating special methods for training the mind. $10. 234 North Central Ave, Hartsdale. 914.607.3583.


Ladies Night Out – 7pm. An evening of pampering, partying, and prizes. Free admission. RSVP required: 845.363.1571.

Mediumship Message Gallery – 7-9pm with Adam Bernstein. $25. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

“Raise Your Glass” for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support – 8-11pm. Support Connection Benefit at Ron Blacks to help fund free breast and ovarian cancer support services. music, appetizers, discounted drinks and food specials, door prizes and raffles. $10/advance or $15/door. Tickets: 914.962.6402. Ron Black’s, 181 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains. Info:; 914.962.6402.


Reiki II Training – 12-5pm Apr 6 & Apr 20. Reiki Master Teacher, Jacqueline Muller. $175. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. Preregistration required: 845.878.7800.

Skillful Living Room Radio Show – 12-1pm Saturdays April 6-27.  Live radio show focuses on healthy living discussions featuring patient success stories, physical/mental health tips, fitness and wellness advice and more with host Dr. Michael Finkelstein. SunRaven Skillful Living Center, Bedford.


Family Constellation – 1-4:30pm. Look at events in family history that impact present life experience; as hidden dynamics are revealed, new solutions emerge. $85/$115 couples. Tarrytown location. Eve-Marie: 914.844.6213.

Buddhist Meditation: The Joy of a Focused Mind – 2-4pm. Learn to cultivate peace and happiness through training the mind. $12. 234  N Central Ave, Hartsdale. 914.607.3583.

Transition Café – 3pm. Discuss, drink coffee, and come away with new ideas and deeper understanding of the challenges of resource depletion, climate change and the economic disruptions. The Black Cow Coffee Company, 7 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville. Info:

Teatown’s Wine Tasting & Silent Auction – 5-7:30pm. Wines by Suburban Wines, fine fare provided by local caterers, Fresh Company, Tastefully Yours and Jon Pratt, and a silent auction full of unique offerings. 1600 Spring Valley Rd. Ossining. Info: 914.762.2912;


New Moon Gathering – 7-9pm. Use the energy of the New Moon to chart a life course. Facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell; bring a journal or notebook. $20. The Center for Aligned Healing, Chappaqua. RSVP: 917.796.6026;


Quakers & Environmental/Social Activism – 7-9pm. Learn about Quaker opportunities for outreach. Short personal presentations followed by discussion. Free childcare, no reservations needed. Light refreshments at 6:30pm. Scarsdale Friends Meeting, 133 Popham Rd, Scarsdale.  914.328.7943.

Monthly Reiki Healing Circle – 7:30 – 9pm. Guided meditation, shared energy healing, followed by refreshments and sharing with Jeanne Shanin, Reiki Master. $15, open to all. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave. Katonah. Info: 914.763.5650;


Message Circle – 7-9pm with Carla Blaha. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

Second Annual Comedy for a Cause Event – 7:30-10pm. Benefits Relay for Life. Come laugh and enjoy while supporting a great cause. $25/includes 2 beverages. Adults 18 and over only. Solaris Sports Club, 201 Veneran Rd, Yorktown Heights. RSVP by Apr 5. 914.962.4094 x21.


Caring For Trees During Climate Change – 2-4pm. Learn how to care for and protect trees with International tree expert Frank Buddingh; includes an illustrated talk and outside walk to study trees. Raindate: Apr 14, 2pm. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale.

Beer Brewing 101 –12-4pm. Westchester Home Brewers Organization teaches how to brew batches of that favorite beer in the comfort of one’s own kitchen. $20/pp. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights. 914.962.2368;

What Would You Love in 2013? – 2pm. Be the architect of life for 2013; play and create a blueprint for the year. Somers Library. 914.232.5717.

Screening: Talking Story – 6:30pm. Documentary chronicles the lives, rituals and wisdom of healers and spiritual leaders from diverse world cultures. Filmmaker Q & A follows. Ticket at the door $20, includes bubbly, wine, cheese and snacks. New Dawn Foundation, 590 Davenport  Ave. New Rochelle. Info:

Foundations in Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 9-12pm. Find inspiration, and discover new pathways through mediation and yoga at Golden Temple Yoga. $45. 223 Katonah Ave., Katonah. Info:; 914.232.3473.


Reiki I – 11-1:30pm Apr 14 & Apr 28 with Reiki Master & Intuitive Medium Carla Blaha . A copy of Pamela Miles Reiki a Comprehensive Guide and pre-registration is required. $150. Soulauras, 520 North State Rd, Briarcliff. 914.941.2400.

Brain Gym Class – 1-2:30pm. Fun and easy activities that enhance brain function for immediate results. Free class offered by Healing Source Physical Therapy at WeeZee World in Chappaqua for parents and children of all abilities, ages 4 to 12. Info/Register: 845.363.1035.

The Nature of Poetry with Bhisham Bherwani – Participants identify their experiences with nature and apply to poetry writing. The session starts with an exploration of Teatown’s Trails. 1600 Spring Valley Rd. Ossining. Info:


Quakers & Parenting – 7-9pm. Learn what Quakerism today offers children of all ages. Short personal presentations followed by discussion. Free childcare and no reservations needed. Light refreshments at 6:30pm. Scarsdale Friends Meeting, 133 Popham Rd, Scarsdale . 914.328.7943.


Group Juice Fast – 4 day program run by Dr. Michael Finkelstein and Robin Queen follows the protocol developed by Dr. Gabriel Cousens from the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center. $350/member or $600. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. More info/register: 914.218.3113.


The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living on the Contemplative Christian Journey – Apr 19-Apr 25. This retreat offers time apart to listen, reflect, be still and move into one’s inmost being. Garrison Institute. Info & registration:  845.424.4800.

Weekend Shamanic Apprenticeship Retreat – 5pm Apr 19- 1pm Apr 21 with Oscar Miro Quesada. Weekend apprenticeship experience is designed to offer participants a heartfelt deepening of their shamanic life. All are welcome, no pre-requisites. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. 860.819.8570. Register:

Sassy Ladies Shopping Night Out – 5:30-10pm.  DJ, food and wine samples, cash bar, and goody bag filled with goodies; shop with girlfriends for unique finds. $15/advance or $20. The Double Tree Hotel, Tarrytown. Tickets:

Angel Circle – 7-9pm with Katie Ciriello. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22. Brewster. 845.36.1765.

Couples Cooking for Two – 7-10pm with Chef Krista Espinal. With a partner, learn how to cook from scratch several healthy and delicious restaurant quality recipes. Bring a bottle of wine. $75/couple. Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown Heights. 914.962.2368. Online:

Saturday, April 20

Reiki I Workshop – 9:30am-3:30pm 4/20 & 4/21. w/Jeanne Shanin, Reiki Master. Be attuned and Receive a certificate to the first level of Reiki. South Salem. $175-200. Info: 914.763.5650;

Awaken Wellness Fair – 10am-5pm. The biggest such expo north of NYC, the Awaken Fair educates the public about advancements in complementary and holistic health, focusing on personal growth and metaphysics. $10/through April 17, or $15. Doubletree Hotel, 455 North Broadway. Register:

Psychic Fair at The Sanctuary at Carmel – 10am-6pm 4/20 & 11am-6pm 4/21. Tarot, Heaven & Earth Readings, and Mediumship available. 15min/30min readings. The Sanctuary at Carmel, 1961 Rt. 6, Carmel, 845.225.3777;

Gluten Free Cooking – 2-4pm. Join Culinary Nutritionist Mary Opfer for this hands-on workshop and learn how to turn nutritious spring vegetables into delicious, hearty, gluten-free meals. $20. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St. Yorktown Heights. Registration required: 914.962.2368.

Holistic Moms Network – 3:30pm with Mary Holland, co-author of Vaccine Epidemic. Vaccine Epidemic focuses on the searing debate surrounding vaccination choice in the US and corrupting conflicts of interest in the national vaccine program. All welcome. Rye Reading Room, Rye Library.

The Folkadelics – 7pm. Blurring funk, reggae, rock, and hip-hop, a unique sound, brought to life by this high-energy live show. Urban H2O, a riverfront music venue at Beczak, 35 Alexander St, Yonkers. $10/include free beer from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company.


Buddhist Meditation: The Art of Meditation – 2-4pm. Emphasis is on cultivating a meditation practice that can easily integrate into one’s busy life. $12. 234  North Central Ave, Hartsdale. 914.607.3583.


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.

Quantum Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Group healing with Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master Teacher, using heart centered energy for authentic living. $25. Stern Chiropractic, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.588.4079  Register:


Fundamentals of Shamanism – Apr 26-Apr 28. Course covers basic principles and practices of working with the world of living energies, the Seven Directions, the Three Worlds, the Five Elements and shamanic journeying for totem animals and spirit guides. $444 or $222/commuters. The Healing House. Eileen O’Hare: 845.831.5790.

Animal Communication – 7-9pm with Melissa Merendino. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.36.1765.


Advanced Reiki Training & Master Reiki Training – 9am Apr 27-5pm Apr 28 with Marcus Feighery, Synchronicity owner. Discounted price/$675. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

Wild Edibles – 10am-12pm. Learn how to identify and sustainably forage a variety of native species found in forests, fields, and wetlands. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights. 914.962.2368.

Backyard Flock Workshop – 10am-2pm. Learn the ins and outs of raising a flock of chickens. Erin Baker, Cliffdale Farm’s chicken queen, will discuss the basic requirements.  Meets at Cliffdale Farm. Info: 914.762.2912;

Painting from the Inside Out Workshop – 10am-4pm.  Come explore, experiment, and play while painting; allow spontaneity to release creativity and affect life. No skills required. Tarrytown location.  $75/by 4/12 or $90.  Eve-Marie: 914.844.6213.

Preventing/Reversing Alzheimer’s & Dementia – 10:30am. Film clips feature interviews with patients who have reversed their dementia. Sharp Again Naturally is helping to fund this documentary in the making. Free. Mamaroneck Public Library. Info:

Coaching Group Forming – 12-2pm with Diane Ingram. In this confidential, safe group environment, explore dreams and goals, moving beyond obstacles. Meets every other week on Saturday. $200. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. Register/Info: 845.878.7800.


Reiki 2 Class – 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn Reiki symbols, distance healing and create a powerful practice with Anne Bentzen, Usui & Karuna® Reiki Master. $250. Stern Chiropractic, 792 Rt. 35, Cross River. 914.588.4079. Register:


Skillful Living Room/ Live Google/Hangout from Stonehenge – 6:30-8:30pm. Join in the discussion on Arguments: Reclaiming Control of Your Buttons with Dr Michael Finkelstein and others via Google+ Hangout. SunRaven Skillful Living Center, Bedford.


Intuition/Psychic Development Certification Workshop – May 4-5. Workshop explains the learning process of psychic development, helps students discover their strongest inborn intuitive abilities and shows methods to make intuition happen at will. Handbook and Level One Certificate. DoubleTree Hotel, Tarrytown. 914.432.7886.

Support Connection’s Benefit Gala – 6:30-11:30pm. To raise funds for their critically-needed free counseling services, support groups, and wellness and educational programs. Cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auction and more. $125 or $1,100 Table of 10. Doubletree Hotel, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown. Info:; 914.962.6402.


Maternity Fair – 10am-2pm. This year’s theme, The Art of Having a Baby: Planning, Pregnancy and Parenting, gives practical advice on the road to parenthood, or for those considering but not yet pregnant. Hudson Valley Hospital, Cortlandt Manor. 914.734.3794.

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