Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for February, 2015 in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, NY

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1

MELT – 4-5:30pm. With Joy Jacobson. A simple self-treatment method that eliminates chronic pain, improves performance and more using small balls and soft foam rollers, to “rehydrate” the connective tissue. $25 preregistered, $30 day of. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Osteoporosis Awareness Group – 7-9pm.Using the Alexander technique for osteoporosis with Karla Diamond, certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique. Free. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Bldg. Ste 4, 785 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. Info: Susan 914.260.9339.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Emotion Code – 11am-12:30pm. “Experience the amazing benefit of this non-invasive healing modality,” says Mag Treanor. Release stress for self and pets. Carmel. Info: 845.228.8132. PutnamHealingArts.com.

Qi Gong Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to reduce stress while enhancing one’s life force through guided breath, intention and specific movements. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts Studio, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register, Lorraine: 845.416.4598. EmpoweredByNature.net.

Yoga for Skiers – Feb 3-24. 7-8:15pm. Tues. With Jessica Outlaw. Enjoy time on the slopes by increasing strength and flexibility for the ski season. Improve performance, boost endurance, decrease chance of injury and reduce day-after soreness. $100 for the series. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Reiki Circle – 7pm. Supportive and loving group to bring more Reiki into one’s life. Open to all who are Reiki attuned. $10 requested donation but don’t let finances keep anyone away. Hands Of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. HandsofSerenityHealing.com.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – Feb 4, 11 and 25. 7-8:15pm. With Melanie Ryan. Learn appropriate posture and meditation technique to begin or support one’s meditation practice. $30 per class or $75 for three weeks.. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Shambhala Lineage. Mt Kisco. Registration: 914.260.1696.TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Soul Drawing: Art & Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Kundalini yoga and creative expression. New class. All levels welcome. No art experience necessary. $25. 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. GoldenTempleYoga.com.FEBRUARY 6

The Healers Lounge – 10-11:30am. Free networking group for holistic practitioners. Quest Yoga Studio, 11 E Main St, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. 914.260.1696. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Electronic Voice Phenomenon Class – 7-9pm With Barry Piro. Register: 845.363.1765, Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. SynchronicityNY.com.

Adult Guided Channeling Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm.With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600 TheTemperanceCenter.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7

Second Saturday Divorce Workshop – 9-11:30am. Address the legal, financial and personal issues of divorce. With the guidance of trained professionals, participants will gain a greater understanding of the confusing divorce process. 100 S Bedford Rd, Ste 340, Mt Kisco. Register/info: SecondSaturdayWestchester.com.

Hudson River Eaglefest – 9am. Daylong program that celebrates the Bald Eagles’ return to the Hudson Valley. Birds of prey shows, children’s activities, environmental exhibits and more. At Croton Point Park, with shuttle bus to other eagle viewing sites. Tickets/info: teatown.org. 914.762.2912, ext. 110.

Creative Visualization Workshop –10am-1pm. Learn method to dissolve blocks and rewrite old beliefs and self-imposed limitations. $220 includes materials, individual consultation and personalized CD. Insight Counseling. Info: 203.431.9726. InsightCounselingLLC.com.

M.E.L.T. Self-Care with Marisa Duffy – 1-2pm. M.E.L.T. workshops. Space is limited. $25. Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health. 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Registration required: 914.673.0919. RivertownYoga.com.

Pre-Natal Partners Workshop – 2-4pm. With Allison Schleck. Expectant mothers and fathers/partners are invited to workshop aimed at teaching partner postures, labor prep and breathing techniques to help relieve discomforts of pregnancy and prepare for childbirth. $60 couple. No yoga experience necessary. Quest Yoga Arts 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Kirtan with BlisSing – 7:30pm. An evening of music and chant. Discover the transforming power that Kirtan can have. Evening is made possible by Zenworks. All proceeds will benefit the Guiding Eyes of the Blind. Suggested donation $20. Liberation Yoga, 862 Rt. 6, Mahopac. 845.803.8389.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8

HeART to HeART Valentine’s Day Fair – 10am-5pm. Welcoming local and area artisans. Pick up a little treasure for the heart that brings happiness. Acker House, Center for Integrative Health, 139 Grand St, Croton on Hudson. 914.707.1399. AckerHouseNY.com.

The Journey of the Soul – 2-5pm.With Michael Rosenbaum, Metaphysician, directly trained by Michael Newton, author of Journey of the Souls. Learn about what happens after we die and why it is important for us to develop ourselves personally and spiritually while on earth. Registration: $75. $65 by Jan 31. Mt Kisco. 914.260.1696.TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

The Art of Sequencing – 3-5:30pm. With master yoga teacher, modern dancer and circus performer Chris Glover. Learn how to craft asana sequences that make yoga more accessible, sustainable and transformative. For yoga teachers and dedicated students. $50 after Feb 1. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RiverTownYoga.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9

MELT – 12:30-1:45pm. With Joy Jacobson. A simple self-treatment method that eliminates chronic pain, improves performance and more using small balls and soft foam rollers, to “rehydrate” the connective tissue. $25 preregistered. $30 day of. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Monthly Singing Circle – 7-8:30pm. Sing and tone, bask in healing vibration and in the company of loving hearts. $20 suggested donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RiverTownYoga.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Emotion Code – 11am-12:30pm. “Experience the amazing benefit of this non-invasive healing modality,” says Mag Treanor. Release stress for self and pets. Carmel. Info: 845.228.8132. PutnamHealingArts.com.

Putnam County Over 40 Females Connect Live! Networking Event – 6-8:30pm. Find out how to avoid toxins in personal care products, become a better label reader to make informed choices. Members free, Nonmembers $25 in advance. Four Brothers Restaurant, 654 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info, Leslie Barrick: 914.260.3171. over40females.com.

Intro to Essential Oils – 8-9:30pm. With Marisa Lieberman. Evening of essential oil fun and learning. Find out what essential oils are, how to use them and how to obtain them in this presentation. Many oils will be shared. Free. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. RSVP: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 9:30-10:30am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600 TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Qi Gong: Simple yet Powerful – Feb 11-Mar 18. 6-7:30pm. Wed. With Lorraine Hughes. Six-week series class: LES431. For overall health, stress, sleep, digestion, bones and joints, with tips for seniors. $89. Dutchess Community College South, Wappingers Falls. Register: 845.431.8910. SunyDutchess.edu/cfweb.

Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. “Is your child ready to learn? As many as 25% of children in any classroom have vision problems that keep them from reaching their potential.” Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP Jane: 914.874.1177. DrSlotnick.com.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – Feb 4, 11 and 25. 7-8:15pm. With Melanie Ryan. Learn appropriate posture and meditation technique to begin or support one’s meditation practice. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Shambhala Lineage. Mt Kisco. Registration: $30 per class or $75 for three weeks. 914.260.1696.TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Teen/Tween Yoga – 5-6pm. Kendra Rossney will lead yoga for grades 6-12. Free. Irvington Public Library. Info: 914.591.7840. Register: IrvingtonLibrary.org.

Gong Meditation – 7-8pm. Relax to the healing and restorative sounds of the gong. Experience a sense of calm and inner tranquility. 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. GoldenTempleYoga.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Health & Healing: Contemplative Care for Caregivers – Feb 13-15. Led by Sharon Salzberg, Ali Smith, Atman Smith and Andres Gonzalez. In this retreat, we will use contemplative methods to help access the resiliency of the human spirit; to balance compassion for oneself and others; and to cultivate greater calm, clarity and peace of mind.GarrisonInstitute.org.

Banana Leaf – A vegan friendly Indian Pop-Up – 7-9pm. Unique five course tasting featuring hand crafted artisanal Indian food, by local chef Rinku Bhattacharya. BYOB. $45; $80/two. Recologie Lifestyle, 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle. Reservation: 914.278.9350. recologie.com.

Reiki Healing Circle: Meditation and Reiki Share – 10-11:30am. Led by Regina DeCarlo, RMT. $20. Dobbs Ferry. 917.593.5707. ReginaDeCarlo.com.

Reunions – Conversations with the Other Side – 7pm. Join Psychic Medium Jeanne Rose for an evening of loving messages from those we have loved and lost. Participation fee $35. Seating limited and these evenings fill quickly so register early. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. HandsofSerenityHealing.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Special Valentine’s Day Soul Painting: Art& Yoga – 9am-2pm.Yoga and creative expression. All levels welcome. No art experience necessary. $63. 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. GoldenTempleYoga.com.

Monthly Teen Guided Mediation Group – 9:30-10:30am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Ages 13-17. Unique theme. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Restorative Yoga Workshop – 4-6pm. With Karla Diamond. A relaxing yet powerful practice that everyone can benefit from. Release deeply held tensions, calm nervous system, strengthen immune system and increase self-awareness. $25 preregistered. $30 day of. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Two Year Anniversary of Holistic Physical Therapy at Acker House – Day of free events. Open to the public. Experience all that Acker House has to offer with many local, holistic professionals presenting workshops, classes and treatments throughout day. Acker House, Center for Integrative Health, 139 Grand St, Croton on Hudson. 914.707.1399. Full schedule: AckerHouseNY.com.

New Moon Gathering 7-8:30pm. Make the most of the coming lunar cycle. Guided meditations and ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell; bring a notebook. $20 members/$25 non-members. Wainwright House, Rye. Register: 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm.With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Westchester Holistic Network – 8-10am. It’s not just for practitioners. All welcome. Friendly people, and speaker. Free to members; $10 non-members. Panera Bread Company, One North Broadway, White Plains. WestchesterHolisticNetwork.org.

Emotion Code – 11am-12:30pm. “Experience the amazing benefit of this non-invasive healing modality,” says Mag Treanor. Release stress for self and pets. Carmel. Info: 845.228.8132. PutnamHealingArts.com.

Green Drinks Westchester at Recologie – 6-8pm. Opportunity for those who care about the environment to meet face to face, share ideas and enjoy each other’s company. 49 Lawton St. New Rochelle, Info: Facebook.com/greendrinkswestchester.

Qi Gong Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to reduce stress while enhancing one’s life force through guided breath, intention and specific movements. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts Studio, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register, Lorraine: 845.416.4598. EmpoweredByNature.net.

Evening Satsang – 7-8:30pm. With Prem Sadasivananda. Meditation, chanting and dharma talk with master teacher and former director of the Sivananda Center. $20. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RiverTownYoga.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Building Rider Confidence – 6-8pm. For a competitive rider or just a happy trail rider, this interactive seminar offers practical tools. With James Cassese, and the Equine Energetix herd at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center, Brewster. $45. Info: equineenergetix.com; 212.477.4475.

Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35pp. Register: 845.363.1765, Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Info: SynchronicityNY.com.

Adult Guided Channeling Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm.With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21

“Live and Let Live” Lecture/Book Signing – 11am-12:30pm. Connected to Nature? Learn collaboration with all living beings to restore ecological health. $28. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Register: 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org. Info: TreeWhispering.com.

Kirtan with BlisSing – 7-9pm. Evening of loving-kindness, music, dancing and devotion. $25 suggested donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RiverTownYoga.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Witches’ Stitch Ministry – 6pm. Learn basic knitting and crocheting techniques or come together to share tea and time. Working to create healing shawls for local nursing homes. Beginner and experienced yarn workers welcome. Call for supply list and to register. Free. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. 845.896.1915. HandsofSerenityHealing.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Astrology 101 – Five-week course teaches the foundation of astrology, planets, signs and how to put it together. Teacher: NCGR certified astrologer Pamela Cucinell. Wainwright House, Rye. For cost and schedule visit wainwright.org.

Emotion Code – 11am-12:30pm. “Experience the amazing benefit of this non-invasive healing modality,” says Mag Treanor. Release stress for self and pets. Carmel. Info: 845.228.8132. PutnamHealingArts.com.

M.E.L.T. Self-Care with Marisa Duffy – 11:30a-12:30pm. M.E.L.T. workshops. Space is limited. $25. Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health. 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Registration required: 914.673.0919. RivertownYoga.com.

Monthly Let Your Yoga Dance Class – 7-8:15pm. Joyful, aerobic practice combining yoga and dancing through the chakras. $20 suggested donation. The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info, Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. Register: RiverTownYoga.com.

Henna/Mehndi for Teens/Tweens – 7-9pm. Find out from body artist Margie Nugent about Henna/Mehndi decorations and come home wearing a temporary design. Program requires parent or legal guardian to come to the Irvington Public Library to sign a permission form. Grades 6-12. Free. Info: 914.591.7840. Register: IrvingtonLibrary.org.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 9:30-10:30am. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15.914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up! – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn current facts and how to distinguish visual problems that mimic or complicate AD(H)D. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP Jane: 914.874.1177. DrSlotnick.com.

Peak Performance Training for Athletic, Academic and Personal Success – 7-9pm. Learn how peak performance training helps sustain focus, attention and alertness despite environmental stressors, noise and distractions. Free. Sensory Stepping Stones, 83 S Bedford Rd, Mt Kisco. RVSP Required: 914.497.3878.

THRUSDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Holistic Moms Meeting – 7:30pm. Holistic Moms hosts Dr. Neil Raff, MD who combines 33 years of medical expertise with revolutionary natural approaches, including alternative cancer treatments; Prolotherapy and stem cell techniques which can avoid hip and knee surgery. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd. HolisticMoms.org.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Enlightened Leadership: Becoming a Force for Positive Change – Feb 27-Mar 1. Led by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. “As we awaken to our nature, each one of us becomes an agent of change that benefits oneself, others and the community. But how can we learn to truly see ourselves?” Garrison Institute. Info: GarrisonInstitute.org.

Meeting & Communicating with Your Spirit Guides – 6:30-8:30pm. With Alexandra Leclere. Register: 845.363.1765, Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. SynchronicityNY.com.

Healing and Prayer Service – 7:30pm. An evening of group energy healings and prayer, offered to the community in service to spirit. No fee for this evening. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. 845.896.1915. HandsofSerenityHealing.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Reiki 1 & 2 – 10am-5pm. With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275pp for both classes. Register: 845.363.1765, Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Info: SynchronicityNY.com.

Unleashing Your Sensuality & Expanding Your Intuitive Power – 2-5pm. Join international author, speaker and relationship expert Sheila Pearl for a women’s only workshop. Dance, laugh, drum, om and giggle into one’s own juicy power. Registration: $85. $75 by Feb 14. Mt Kisco. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Sunday, March 1

Messages from Spirit Group Event – 2:30-4:30pm. Find comfort and closure with medium Joan Carra with messages from spirit. Small Group. $55. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Register/info: 203.531.6387. PsychicJoanCarra.com

TUESDAY, March 3

M.E.L.T. Self-Care with Marisa Duffy – 7-8pm. M.E.L.T. workshops. Space is limited. $25. Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health. 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Registration required: 914.673.0919. RivertownYoga.com.

Wednesday, March 4

Garden Talk – Container Gardening – 7pm. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Yorktown. Amy Wilbur from Sweet Dirt Design/Container Gardens. Free. John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 Main St, Shrub Oak. Info: 914245.5262 x245. yorktownlibrary.org.

 

 

Meditation, Women’s Wellness and Fair, Plant Sale, Music, Art & Relay for Life Events in Westchester/ Putnam NY in May 2013

Meditation Classes at Vajra Light Buddhist Center in Hartsdale, NY

V 4A7A0064Vajra Light Buddhist Center is a Buddhist meditation center in Hartsdale, New York, that offers instruction in meditation and spiritual practice. Meditation classes at Vajra Light are taught by qualified Western teachers who make the practice easy to understand and apply to daily life.

Meditation classes are held on Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m., and once a month on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is not necessary, and everyone is welcome. The topic of the next Saturday class is Awakening the Heart, an Introduction to Meditation, on May 18 for a fee of $10. The Sunday series topic in May is Limitless Possibility: Ultimate Truth in Daily Life, and classes are $12. The Wednesday series in May looks at Freedom from Anger: Transforming Problems and Conflict, and classes are $10.

At the beginning of each class, teachers guide a gentle, relaxing meditation to help practitioners develop a beneficial motivation for attending. The instructor then gives a practical teaching on some aspect of Buddhist meditation and practice, followed by a discussion and a Q&A period. The sessions end with a guided meditation, designed to take the teaching to heart. Afterwards, those who wish to may talk to the teacher and other students informally.

Vajra Light is located at 234 North Central Ave. in Hartsdale, NY. For more info, visit MeditationInWestchester.org or call 914.607.3583.

Learning and Applying the Wisdom of the Womb with Cathy Lipsky

cathy lipskyThe Ixchel Center in White Plains, New York, presents “Womb Wisdom,” a program to reconnect women with the power of the womb. Women’s health expert Cathy Lipsky, RN, presents an introduction to the program on Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., to explain the ancient form of Maya abdominal massage known as the Arvigo Technique.

“Arvigo therapy is used to alleviate such issues as fibroids, PMS, hormonal imbalances, frequent bladder infections, low back pain, painful or irregular periods and many other issues that women tolerate, but don’t have to,” says Lipsky. “The great news is that women can apply this technique to their own bodies.”

Lipsky says that by gently manipulating the internal abdominal organs into their proper position, women can remove any blockages that are impairing the flow of chi and the fluids of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. “By shifting the uterus back into place, the natural balance of the body is restored in the pelvic area and surrounding organs,” she says. “Toxins are flushed and nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are restored to normal order.”

The fee for the introductory workshop is $35 and pre-registration is required. Afterwards, participants will be offered a complimentary mini session with Lipsky, to be scheduled at their convenience.

Ixchel Center is located at 308 Battle Ave. in White Plains, NY. For more info, visit HolisticNP.com, contact Cathy@HolisticNP.com or call 914.912.2351.

Teatown’s Plant Sale Features the Unusual, the New, the Tried and the True

Teatown's Plant SaleOn Saturday, May 11, Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, New York, hosts its annual event for avid gardeners. The Teatown Plant Sale features deer resistant plants that are carefully chosen by area growers, along with an abundance of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs and unique native wildflowers.

The two-day event opens with a first pick sale on Friday, May 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. for an admission fee of $10 per person. This preview sale offers gardeners the opportunity to survey available plants and make purchases before they are sold out. Afterwards shoppers can unwind with complimentary wine and cheese.

On Saturday, admission is free and the sale is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teatown staff members and volunteers will be available on both days to answer any and all gardening questions and offer advice on garden placement and step-by-step plant care. The Saturday event also features free tours of Teatown’s Wildflower Island from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy the quiet beauty of this two-acre sanctuary, home to more than 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers.

Teatown Lake Reservation is located at 1600 Spring Valley Rd. in Ossining, NY. For more information, or to reserve a Wildflower Island tour time, call 914.762.2912, ext. 110, or visit Teatown.org

Art For Animals at Integrative Vet Hospital

Art Exhibit 4Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital in Wappingers Falls, NY, is using art to help homeless companion animals and teach about the value of integrative medicine for pets. On Saturday, May 4, the hospital opens its doors to the public from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for an art show with local artists who will be on hand to discuss their work. It’s also an opportunity for visitors to learn more about integrative veterinary medicine and how it can enhance a pet’s quality of life.

The afternoon event features demonstrations and information regarding various aspects of integrative medicine. Anyone who is thinking about adopting a pet will also have the chance to consult with several rescue agencies in attendance. Raffle prizes that day include a free initial laser therapy consultation and laser session for a pet. Food at the event will be supplied by Tomas Tapas Bar and Restaurant.

The themes of the original works on display revolve around animals, nature or interactions between the two, reflected in paintings, photographs and masks. While the project and the themes will be permanent at Earth Angel, new works from different artists will be rotated in every few months. Every piece on display will be for sale, and a percentage of all proceeds will be donated to Beacon’s Mid-Hudson Animal Aid non-profit shelter.

Earth Angels Veterinary Hospital is located at 8 Nancy Ct. in Wappingers Falls, NY. For more information, call 845.227.PAWS (7297) or visit EarthangelsVet.com.

SunPlugged-on-Hudson Showcases Local Talent and Environmental Solutions

Solar Punch and membersOn Saturday, May 18, SunPlugged-on-Hudson will highlight simple and effective ways to reduce energy consumption, reverse environmental damage and ensure best practices for healthy living. This free musical and educational event takes place on a solar-powered sound stage at MacEachron Park in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, showcasing local bands and such eco-friendly solutions as Biogas, suburban farming, composting, solar electric, LED lighting and biofuels.

“There’s a steady, persistent stream of bad news about climate threats and looming eco-disasters,” says event creator James Dean Conklin. “We hope to change the conversation, revealing the practical, real and hopeful actions that people have implemented locally with positive results.”

SunPlugged-on-Hudson was conceived after Solar Punch, a solar-powered band from New York, participated in a similar event this year in Mumbai, India. Solar Punch will share the SunPlugged stage with other local talent, including Hope Machine, Julie Corbalis, South County, The Levins and Roshni. The event begins at noon, with demonstrations until 4 p.m. and music until 7 p.m. Picnics are welcome, and light refreshments will be on sale.

MacEachron Park is located on River St. in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. For more information visit SolarPunch.org or call 212.247.5988.

Health and Wellness Fair for Moms at Tilly Foster Farm Museum

Tilly Foster FarmOn Saturday, May 11, Tilly Foster Farm Museum in Brewster, NY, hosts a health and wellness fair for moms from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features expert advice on natural techniques to reduce everyday stresses, and practitioners offering services to relieve aching muscles and assist with personalized nutrition programs. Others will be on hand to lead visitors through revitalization exercises, healthful breathing techniques and more.
Throughout the day, presenters will give mini talks on stress reduction and relaxation, aging gracefully and natural cooking. Vendors will feature gifts for Mother’s Day, including jewelry, decorative candles in antique tea cups, gift baskets, jewelry boxes, handmade soaps, scarves, paintings, clothing and cooking tools.

Tilly Foster Farm is a working farm museum and home to a collection of rare and endangered early American farm animals, including Randall Lineback Cattle, American Jacob Sheep, Narragansett Turkeys, Indian Runner Ducks and American Blue Rabbits. The farm also houses the Putnam County Antique Machinery Association’s display of antique tractors and farm equipment and the Avalon Archives, a unique rock ‘n’ roll museum that opens on weekends from noon to 4 p.m. For a recorded announcement of events, call 845.363.6623.

Tilly Foster Farm Museum is located at Rte. 312 in Brewster, NY (between I84 Exit 19 and Rte. 6). For more information, email maw@TillyFosterFarm.org, call 845.306.7798 or visit TillyFosterFarm.org.

Relay For Life Returns to Westchester and Putnam Counties

Relay for LifeDuring May and June, local communities will be gathering to celebrate cancer survivors, remember lost loved ones and fight back against all forms of cancer during the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life events. The gatherings promise family-oriented fun with the goal of raising money to support local residents undergoing treatment, as well as research to end cancer once and for all.

Many of the relays span 24 hours, and teams are asked to have at least one member walking around a track for the duration of the event. Each gathering features live entertainment, games, food and moving kick-off ceremonies featuring survivors and luminaria. Some locations will focus on a theme. In Mahopac, activities will be inspired by a carnival. The public is welcome to attend daytime events free of charge and no registration is necessary.

Since 1985, Relay For Life has been celebrated in nearly 5,000 American communities and 25 countries. The events are a reminder that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten and those who face cancer will always be supported. They also inspire hope that cancer will be eliminated for good one day.

2013 Relay for Life Events in Westchester & Putnam Counties

Chappaqua: Horace Greeley High School, May 18

Eastchester-Bronxville: Concordia College, May 11

Katonah-Lewisboro-Cross River: John Jay High School, June 21

Mahopac: Mahopac High School, June 1

Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon High School, June 14

New Rochelle: Albert Leonard Middle School, May 31

Ossining: Anne M. Dorner Middle School, June 15

Patterson: Patterson Fire House, June 8

Pelham: Glover Field, JUNE 1

Philipstown-Cold Spring: Mayors Park, June 1

Port Chester-Rye Brook: Port Chester Middle School, June 15

Scarsdale: Scarsdale High School, May 10

Somers: Somers Middle School, May 31

Tarrytown (Hackley School): Hackley School, May 18

Yonkers: Lincoln High School, June 7

Yorktown: Jack DeVito Memorial Field, June 14

Individual and team registration remains open at RelayForLife.org, which also features event schedules for each location.

Walk for Celiac Disease in Rye, NY on September 30, 2012

The seventh annual Colin Leslie Walk for Celiac Disease will be held September 30 starting from Rye (NY) High School at 9 a.m. The event raises funds for research on celiac disease, an autoimmune disease triggered by sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. Characterized by diarrhea, weight loss and lack of appetite, celiac disease can lead to intestinal damage and malnourishment if not properly diagnosed and managed.

Participants can choose a two- or four-mile walk route. They can also tour a gluten-free vendor fair with more than 30 vendors, buy a gluten-free lunch, and hear a presentation from Dr. Peter Green, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. An engine from the Rye Fire Department will be on site for children. All proceeds go to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center.

Colin Leslie, 20, established the annual fundraiser after being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005. “I decided I wanted to make a difference in the celiac disease community,” he says. “I contacted the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University and told them that I wanted to host a walk in Rye. They were thrilled and told me to contact the Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group for help. With these two organizations, we held the first Colin Leslie Walk for Celiac disease in 2006, raising $62,471.73 and attracting over 400 walkers.” To date, the event has raised more than $335,000 and involved more than 3,000 different participants.

For information, to register or to donate, visit ColinLeslieWalkForCeliacDisease.org.

 

Wainwright House Hosts Annual Healing Arts Fair in Rye, NY on September 30, 2012

Practitioners set up by the water at Wainwright House

Wainwright House will host its seventh annual Healing Arts Fair September 30 from noon to 6 p.m. at its grounds on the scenic Milton Harbor waterfront in Rye, NY. For a $15 advance registration fee, visitors to the fair can “sample a little bit of everything,” says Judith Knispel, marketing director for Wainwright House.

“The advance registration fee will give you access to Wainwright House’s labyrinth and meditation garden, admission to group meditation, yoga and Reiki sessions, lectures by Marlise Karlin, Rev. Jon Mundy, Jennifer Hadley, Bear Walker, Patti Wood and more,” Knispel says.  For an additional $50, visitors can schedule a private, individual session with a healing arts practitioner in Angel Card or Tarot Card readings, Akashic Record readings, Reiki, or psychic arts, among other techniques.

“You can purchase lunch and holistic goods from local vendors in our huge marketplace tent,” Knispel adds. “Displays from community organizations and free children’s activities such as sculpture, recycled art and astrology projects will round out the event to make it family-friendly.” The fair will be held rain or shine.

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

Kundalini Yoga & Art Class Offered this Fall at Golden Temple Yoga Studio in NY

Golden Temple Yoga Studio in Katonah, is excited to present a new class this fall, entitled Kundalini Yoga & Art. The class combines creativity with Kundalini Yoga, a blend of postures, breathwork, mantra and meditation as taught by Master teacher Yogi Bhajan. The class takes place on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning September 14 and runs for 8 sessions.

“This structure allows for a deep connection within, followed by a physical creative expression that appears outside,” says instructor Hardev Kaur. “Practicing Kundalini Yoga and art together has given me a peaceful space for creative expression that I longed for. I’m often surprised and delighted by what comes out in color on the page and I’m called to share this process with others so they might have a similar experience.”     Kundalini Yoga is accessible to all fitness levels, says Kaur, and no art experience is necessary for participation. Each participant will take home the artwork created in class. The fee is $25 per class, and registration is requested by writing to info@goldentempleyoga.com. For more information visit Facebook.com/GoldenTempleYoga.

Golden Temple Yoga Studio is located at 223 Katonah Ave. in Katonah, NY. For more information call 914.232.3473 or visit GoldenTempleYoga.com.

Transcendence at SunRaven in Bedford, NY, Center for Holistic Living, Announces Fall 2012 Programs

Robin Queen and Dr. Michael Finkelstein at SunRaven in Bedford, NY

SunRaven in Bedford presents a schedule of fall programs designed to place participants in a state of harmony and flow that will last long after their visit to this center for holistic living.

“At SunRaven, people are restoring their relationships, improving their health and changing their lives,” says founder and medical director Michael Finkelstein, M.D. “And this fall we’re excited to offer even more programs to balance the body-mind and nourish the soul for a healthier, happier existence.”

A board certified internist and certified holistic physician, Finkelstein develops programming and events that center on his Skillful Living concept and incorporate the expertise of Finkelstein’s partner Robin Queen, a psychospiritual counselor and licensed holistic aesthetician. Transcendence at SunRaven will unveil a new monthly wellness curriculum this fall, including a Dream Group with Warren Falcon. Monthly Men’s Groups at SunRaven continue this season, as do weekly Women’s Wisdom Groups and a monthly spiritual book group.

SunRaven’s monthly Transcendence ReTreat features yoga, a hands-on Skillful Nutrition and Eating demonstration with lunch, and a circle discussion on increasing harmony and balance. There’s also an Integrative Medicine Round Table Study Group for holistic health practitioners, a four-day Group Juice Fast, kirtan meditative chanting, and the Transcendence at SunRaven Open House. Personal consultations with Finkelstein and Queen are offered year-round.

Details on fall events at SunRaven can be found at SunRaven.org. See also the Calendar of Events on page 60.

SunRaven is located at 501 Guard Hill Rd. in Bedford, NY. For more info visit TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com, call 914.772.1257 or tweet @SkillfulDoctor.

 

Sylvia D’Andrea Offers Energy Workshop in White Plains on September 23, 2012

Sylvia D’Andrea

The Divine Compassion Spirituality Center in White Plains, NY, will host a one-day workshop, “Exploring the Power of Your Energy Anatomy,” on September 23 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Facilitator Sylvia D’Andrea says she will teach attendees how to work with their personal energy as an alternate way to access their creativity in daily life.

“When we pursue each day with a personal energy road map, we have the ability to create a life filled with our best and highest intentions for joy, peace, abundance, hope, relationships—whatever we wish to create. Getting in touch with that energy is what this workshop is about,” she says. “We’ll take a look at our personal energy through the concept of quantum physics, what scientific research and other recent testing has uncovered that supports the concept of a personal energy anatomy, along with tools we can use to strengthen it.”

Sylvia D’Andrea is an accredited EMF Balancing Technique practitioner, a certified Tama-Do practitioner and a Tao Yin Fa-Chi Kung instructor. Her practice is in Ramsey, New Jersey, and she also offers workshops in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

For more info and to register, e-mail nrgwkshp@gmail.com.

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