Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for March 2018 in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, NY

The following events appear in Natural Awakenings – Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess NY, March 2018 Edition.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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THURSDAY, MARCH 1

Full Moon Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. First class free. $20. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. DailyDevotionYoga.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

Introduction to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 10-11:30am. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Beginner class using movement, breath and meditation taught at a slower pace allowing greater explanation of movements. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. DailyDevotionYoga.com.

Cultivate a Healthy Mind through Meditation: Compassionate Mind and a Joyful Life – 10am-3:30pm. With Amy Reyer. $55. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Bldg 5, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Mariandale.org.

Shine On: Rediscovering Your Inner Spark – Mar 2-4. 5pm/Fri-1pm/Sun. With Kacey Morabito Grean. Participants reacquaint with the true powers that lie within. $225 includes overnight accommodations, program and meals. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Bldg 5, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Mariandale.org.

Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm.With Carla Blaha. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: SynchronicityNY.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

Reiki I Class/Meditation Retreat – Mar 3-4. 9am-3pm. Learn a holistic way to heal oneself and others from original Usui Reiki Ryoko System. $300 breakfast included. Ganesha Spa, Peekskill. Info: 914.906.7238. GaneshaSpa.com.

Semi-Private Beginners Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Feel supported and comfortable in a semi-private session limited to five students. Katonah. 914.479.2594. HipHeather.com.

Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Introduction to Foot Reflexology – 12:30-2:30pm. $35 nonmembers. $30 members. Includes material fees. Elevate Yoga & Barre Studio, 1820 New Hackensack Rd, Wappingers Falls. 845.462.8400. Info: ElevateByAllSport.com/events.

Celtic Spirituality: Beauty Ever-Ancient, Ever-New – 1-3pm. With Margaret Murphy. In the month that we celebrate St Patrick, hear a lyrical presentation on Celtic spirituality. Free. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Bldg 5, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Mariandale.org.

Essentials for a More Easeful Birth – 1:30-5:30pm. Couples labor and delivery workshop for those 27 plus weeks. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister/workshop description: 914.996.4286. QuestYogaArts.com (birth & baby tab).

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

Tai Chi and Prayer – 9:30am-3pm. With Allen Bourque. Gentle workshop will develop familiarity with natural movements drawn from multiple traditions. No experience required. Wear comfortable clothes and socks. $60 includes lunch. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Bldg 5, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Mariandale.org.

Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452. TheSource-NY.com.

Women’s Full Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. A non-denominational monthly gathering for women, coming together to draw on the powerful energies of the full moon. $10 requested donation. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. DreamingGoddess.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 5

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 6

Movement Education through Feldenkrais Method – 2-4pm. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister/detailed workshop description: 914.996.4286. QuestYogaArts.com (workshops tab).

Qi Gong Classes – Mar 6 and 20. 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Sacred Space Healings Arts, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register: 845.416.4598. EmpoweredByNature.net.

Becoming Unstuck: Transformation through Care of the Mind, Body and Spirit – Mar 6, 13, 20 and 27. 7-9pm. With Sheila Charbonier. Mini-lectures, experiential activities and more. $80 series. Must commit to all four workshops. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Bldg 5, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Mariandale.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9

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

Sacred Sound Healing & Somatic Energy Workshop – 7-9pm, Hudson Valley Healing Center in Poughkeepsie welcomes Mariel Sol for an evening of Sound. An event not to be missed. $50. Info: HudsonValleyHealingCenter.com.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10

Foot Reflexology II – 9am-1pm. Open to students who have taken Introduction to Foot Reflexology. $49 (LES425). Dutchess Community College, South Campus, Wappingers Falls. Register directly with school: 845.431.8910. Online: SunyDutchess.edu/cfweb.

Semi-Private Beginners Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Feel supported and comfortable in a semi-private session limited to five students. Katonah. 914.479.2594. HipHeather.com.

Chakra Workshop – Noon-2pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Learn each of our chakras with simple kriyas and meditations focused on the seven chakras to open and balance the flow of internal energy. $30. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. Preregister: 914.930.7707. DailyDevotionYoga.com.

LifeForce Yoga Self-Care Saturday Retreat – Noon- 4pm. With Kat Larsen. Breathwork, mudras, asanas for grounding/strength. Yoga chakra clearing meditation and yoga nidra. High tea light lunch provided. $90. Limited space. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. Preregister/prepay: 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Reiki 2 Class – Mar 10-11. 1-5pm both days. With Anne Bentzen. Learn Reiki symbols, distance healing and create a powerful practice. $300. Balancing 4 Life, 3 Pheasant Dr, Armonk. 914.588.4079. Register online: Balancing4Life.com.

Yoga and the Heart – 1:30–4:30pm. With the Bhagavad Gita. Unfold the secrets held at one’s heart center. With Shari Friedrichsen. $45 members. $65 nonmembers advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816. ytayoga.com.

Tibetan Sound Bowl Healing – 5:30-7pm. With Michelle Clifton. The bowls create a celestial harmonic sound that resonates with our energy field, having a profound healing effect on the nervous system, mind, body and soul. Mt Kisco. Michelle/fee info: 914.447.0822. Center4Healing.net.

Let Your Yoga Dance – 6:30-8pm. With Beth Bierko. Move through the chakras and expand joy. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Info/preregistration required: GoldenPrana.yoga.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11

Awakening Kundalini Energy Meditation Retreat –8:30am-3:30pm. Includes yoga class, moving guided meditations, chanting, sound bowls healing, breakfast and lunch. Limited availability. $100. Ganesha Spa, Peekskill. Register: 914.906.7238. Ganeshaspa.com.

Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452. TheSource-NY.com.

Free Aura Soma Colour Therapy Discussion – 12:30pm. 60-min group session. There will be a drawing for one free colour reading. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452. TheSource-NY.com.

Malas & Mantras Workshop – 1-3pm. Together we explore the meaning of Malas and create a mantra/intent to infuse into the Mala that participants create with hands on direction. $65. DG Sanctuary, 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. DreamingGoddess.com.

Monthly Reiki Circle – 2-3:30pm. With Deborah Amjadi. Reduce stress, relieve pain and accelerate healing without use of medication. Those new to reiki receive an individual or group energy healing. Practitioners welcome to participate in reiki exchanges. $20 cash. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Center4Healing.net.

MONDAY, MARCH 12

Guided Meditation – 7-7:45pm. With Amy Kaufman. $20. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473.

TUESDAY, MARCH 13

Tea & Stones – 6:30-7:30pm. Connect and learn about gems, stones and their incredible properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. DreamingGoddess.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14

Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking – 7-8pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805. Weiss-Method.com.

ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn 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.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15

Bionutrient Food Association Meeting – 5:30-7:30pm – Monthly potluck meetings for gardeners, farmers, nutritionists and foodies at all levels of experience. Themed presentations, networking and demos. Westchester Land Trust in Bedford Hills. Info: Bionutrient.org.

Reiki Circle – 7-9pm. Reiki students and practitioners of all levels and traditions welcome. No reiki experience necessary. $20. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16

New Life Expo – Mar 16-18. America’s longest-running event focused on holistic enlightenment and rejuvenation. 100 exhibitors and speakers including Mas Sajady, Kimberly Meredith, Brenda Cobb and more. Hotel New Yorker, 481 8th Ave, NYC. Info: NewLifeExpo.com.

Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-9pm. Through rhythmic drumming in guided meditation, we transcend our conscious state and journey to meet the helping spirits around us. No experience necessary. $20. DG Sanctuary, 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. DreamingGoddess.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17

Maple Weekend: Pancake Breakfast – 3/17 & 3/18. Seatings at 9am, 10am, 11am for a pancake breakfast. Farm overlooks the Croton watershed and NYC skyline. Adult $10, Children 3-12 $8, Children Under 3 Free, Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. Info: 914.962.2368. hilltophanoverfarm.org.

Free Lecture: The Kidney/Heart Connection – 1-3pm. Light refreshments will be served. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.875.9088. DrKaushik.com.

New Moon Yin Yoga: Manifest & Restore – 1:30-3pm.The new moon is a special time to set seeds of intention. Tune into one’s heart’s desires with contemplative yin yoga. Katonah. 914.479.2594. HipHeather.com.

Shamanism: Ancient Indigenous Medicine – 2-4pm. With Melanie Ryan, Indigenous people knew how to heal the mind, body and soul. Learn the empowering healing practices existing for centuries worldwide. $40 door. Mt Kisco. 914.86.40462. Online: Center4Healing.net.

New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Together we manifest our hearts’ desires using The Law of Attraction and the creative energies of the new moon. $10. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. DreamingGoddess.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18

Reiki I Training: Shoden – 10am-4pm. With Deborah Amjadi. Open energy channels to the powerful healing system of Mikao Usui Reiki. Learn history, explore and practice reiki protocols and more. Reiki II held in Apr. $225 door. Mt Kisco. Deborah: 914.329.2751. Online: Center4Healing.net.

Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls – 10:30am-12pm. All welcome. Refreshments follow. (Next to the Schoolhouse Theater). Parking is available across the street. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt. 22, Croton Falls. Info: ChapelatCrotonFalls.org.

Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452. TheSource-NY.com.

Free Aura Soma Colour Therapy Discussion – 12:30pm. 60-min group session. There will be a drawing for one free colour reading. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452. TheSource-NY.com.

Refuge Recovery Group Meeting – 7-8:15pm. Peer led Buddhist inspired path to healing and recovery for all types of addictions and suffering. All welcome, small donation suggested. Devotion Yoga of Westchester, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. DailyDevotionYoga.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 19

Free Lecture: What is Ayurvedic Medicine and How Does It Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine? – 7-9pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. 203.438.2282. RidgefieldLibrary.org.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21

Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 7-8pm. Learn about the Weiss Method—helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions. Easier than people ever thought possible.80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805. Weiss-Method.com.

Spring Equinox Yoga & Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Dharam Atma Kaur. Balance and renew. Start spring with a gentle kundalini kryia, Extended gong bath and chanting. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473.

Free Lecture: What is Ayurveda and What Can It Do for You? – 7-9pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. The Phoenix & The Rose, 46 Bedford Rd, Katonah. 914.434.2999. 917.924.0993.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22

Holistic Moms Meeting: How to Correct Reading Challenges and ADHD Naturally – 7:30pm. Suzanne Buchauer,  presents a groundbreaking, drug free correction program called Davis Correction Programs. At Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye. Info: HolisticMoms.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23

Qi Gong for Seniors – Mar 23, 30, Apr 6, 13, 20 and 27. 10am-Noon. Six-class series (LES451). $129. Dutchess Community College, South Campus, Wappingers Falls. Register directly with school: 845.431.8910. Online: SunyDutchess.edu/cfweb.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

Maple Weekend: Pancake Breakfast – 3/24 & 3/25. Seatings at 9am, 10am, 11am for a pancake breakfast. Farm overlooks the Croton watershed and NYC skyline. Adult $10, Children 3-12 $8, Children Under 3 Free, Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. Info: 914.962.2368. hilltophanoverfarm.org.

Shamanic Reiki Training Level One – Mar 24-25. 10am-5pm. With Melanie Ryan. Become a vessel for healing. Be attuned to Mikao Usui Reiki and the intuitive, psychic healing powers used for centuries by shamans. $425. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Center4Healing.net.

Goddess Rising Restorative Yoga Workshop – 1:30-3pm. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Omega Women’s Leadership Center. Katonah. 914.479.2594. HipHeather.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25

Book Club at Merritt Bookstore – 10:30am-Noon. First book is Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado, a short story collection that was shortlisted for the 2017 National Book Awards. Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St, Millbrook. Info: merrittbooks.com.

Natural Way to Quit Sugar, Overeating, Smoking – Noon-1pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.705.1805. Weiss-Method.com.

Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 1-2pm. Learn about Weiss Method—helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions. Easier than ever thought possible. 80 percent success. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.705.1805. Weiss-Method.com.

Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 5-6:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. New time. Movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. DailyDevotionYoga.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 27

Yoga for Arthritis Workshop – 2-4pm. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister/detailed workshop description: 914.996.4286. QuestYogaArts.com (workshops tab).

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28

Curing Addiction from the Core: Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 7-8pm. Learn about unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method helps one quit for good. Alcohol, smoking, sugar and behaviors. 80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805. Weiss-Method.com.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30

Psychic Reiki – 5-7pm. With Brett Bevell . $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: SynchronicityNY.com.

Healing Unwanted Habits and Empower Your Self-Healing – 6-8pm. With Mandeep Kaur Khalsa. Four Fridays. $45 per class. Preregistration required. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4

Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. Discover tools to identify children having trouble learning. Vision problems keep children from reaching their potential. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. DrSlotnick.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

The Buddy System Movie Screening – 4:15-6pm. Intimate stories of three families touched by autism, who experience meaningful change when a specially trained assistance dog comes into each of their lives. Q&A after screening. Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St. Millbrook. Info: MerrittBooks.com.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Winter Yoga Retreat – 9:30am-6pm. Feb 1-Feb 2. Enjoy a 2-day retreat in meditation, yoga, the world of essential oils, restorative yoga, eating for a yoga body and kirtan. $225. 49 Lawton St, 2nd floor, New Rochelle. 914.632.1101. WestchesterYogaArts.com.

The Stress-Less Workshop – 10am-1pm. Learn how to de-stress naturally using safe, effective herbs and simple reflexology exercises. $30. Center For A Healthy You, 1984 New Hackensack Rd, Poughkeepsie. 845.592.4609.

Reiki I Class – 1-5:30pm. Feb 1-Feb 2. Learn self-healing benefits of Reiki, history, ethics, and hand positions. $150 manual/certificate, Anne Bentzen, Usui/Karuna Master. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt.Kisco. 914.588.4079. StarVisionsCommunity.org.

Yoga the Iyengar Way – 1:30-3pm. Feb 1-Mar 8. Explore the building blocks of Iyengar yoga: alignment of body mind/body breath/ and Self. Build from the ground up, step by step with precise instructions. $25ea or $127.50/series. 49 Lawton St, 2nd floor, New Rochelle. 914.632.1101. WestchesterYogaArts.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Core Principles of Pilates – 12:30-2:30pm. This workshop focuses on the teachings of Joseph Pilates’ principles to properly and safely execute exercise. $25. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. Preregistration required: 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

Groundhog Day Ecology Walk – 1pm. Join Cary Institute educators for a family friendly guided walk on the trails, open for this special event. Begin at main campus parking lot, 2801 Sharon Turnpike/Rte 44, Millbrook. Program cancelled in the event of severe weather. Register online at http://carygroundhogday.eventbrite.com. More info 845.677.7600 x121.

Art Therapy on Hudson: Art Journaling Workshops – 1:30-3pm. Love Me/Love Me Not. Journaling on questions of love. $30. Register: 914.584.1820. ArtXOnHudson.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3

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

Yoga Free Play – 7-8:30pm. Experience an evening of safety and support exploring yoga, dance, physical expression and freedom accompanied by world music. Rivertown Center for Yoga, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. $25. Info: Beth Bierko; 914.384.9983. Register: RivertownYoga.com.

Osteoporosis Awareness Group Meeting – 7-9pm. Physical therapy management of osteoporosis including pilates. Free. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Bldg #4, 785 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. Susan: 914.260.9339.

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, FEBRUARY 4

Weight Loss thru Body Cleanse – 7pm. Free orientation to find out how to lose weight quickly and safely and how to keep it off. Results are guaranteed. Infinite Possibilities Inc, 1132 Main St, Peekskill. RSVP: 914.788.9355.

Sprouting Possibilities: Weight Loss for Young Adults 10-17yrs – 7pm. Free orientation for young adults to learn the benefits of how and what to eat and why. Infinite Possibilities Inc, 1132 Main St, Peekskill. Parking in rear. Register in advance: 914.788.9355.

Infinitely Young – 7pm. Free orientation on body cleanse for those over 70. Lose weight and start rejuvenating internal organs; watch the aging process start to reverse itself in the first 10 days. Infinite Possibilities Inc, 1132 Main St, Peekskill. Parking in rear. Register in advance: 914.788.9355.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

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, FEBRUARY 6

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course – 9:15-11:30am. Feb 6-Mar 23. Discover practical skills for coping with stress and uncertainty, increased clarity and creative thinking, greater energy/well being, and the healing power of meditative practices. Westchester Yoga Arts, New Rochelle. Info: 914.632.1101. WestchesterYogaArts.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7

National Wear Red Day for Women – Participants wear red and donate $5 in support of all women who have been touched by heart disease or stroke. Join the Go Red for Women movement and receive a red dress pin. GoRedForWomen.org.

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.

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

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Law Of Attraction Workshop – 10am-12pm w/Katie Ciriello. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.SynchronicityNY.com.

Ayurveda 101 – 11:30am-1pm. Explore the sister science to yoga, including the 5 Elements, the 3 Doshas, and the causes of disease. Learn the benefits of eating for one’s dosha and begin and end with pranayama & meditation. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. $25/advanced or $30. QuestYogaArts.com.

Searching for Knowledge & Faith in the Dark – 12:30-2pm. An open-ended Socratic dialogue that invites and challenges the beliefs and expectations of all concerned in a safe and welcoming environment. $20. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

Finding And Feeding Winter Birds – 2pm. Winter walk to learn what birds wintering in our area like to eat and where they find shelter. The walk includes a visit to the Bird of Prey exhibit and busy bird feeders. Included with Museum admission; free for members. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

Let There Be Light Workshop – 2-5pm. Explore what it is to open to the light through chanting, movement, texts and inquiry. $45/advanced registration. Rivertown Center for Yoga, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info: Beth Bierko, 914.384.9983. RivertownYoga.com.

Restorative Workshop – 4-6pm. This relaxing yet powerful practice that everyone can benefit from releases deeply held tensions, calms the nervous system, strengthens the immune system, and increases self awareness. $30. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt. Kisco. Preregister: QuestYogaArts.com.

Meditation – 5-6pm. Also 2/23. This class is inspired by ISHTA Yoga. Pre and post meditative asanas are used to prepare and restore the body, while the ancient tools of pranayama, visualization, and mantra are used to still the mind. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. $15/drop-in. QuestYogaArts.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Ayurvedic Yoga Mix – 9-10:15am. This moderately paced class gives a deeper understanding of one’s body type.  $108/member, $120 non-member. $20 one time audit. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080.

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

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Winter Trees at Sheldrake River Trail – 9:30-11am. Winter is a great time to learn how to identify trees by looking at buds, bark and branches.  Explore the magnificent trees on this beautiful trail. Sheldrake Environmental Center, 685 Weaver St. Larchmont. Free/members; non-members/$10. Info/RSVP:  914.834.1443.sheldrakecenter.org.

The Putnam Chapter of Over 40 Females – 6-8pm. A live and online nationwide networking company hosts a professional women’s business networking event at Char Steakhouse, Mahopac with guest speaker FelyCieza from Strategies for Wealth. Free/members or $25. RSVP: Over40Females.com.

Thought’s Leading Edge Therapy Group – 7:30-9pm. Open house meeting to learn about the masterful techniques of EFT, NLP & energy healing with Elizabeth Pasquale. Be guided to a more full union of one’s best self. $50. Well on the Way, LLC, 222 Westchester Ave, White Plains. 607.351.7024.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 10-11am w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Garden Talk: Composting – 7pm. Dr Susan Rubin, Food Activist/Environmental Educator, speaking about composting. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Yorktown. Free. The John C Hart Memorial Library, 1130 Main St, Shrub Oak. 914.245.5262 x227. YorktownLibrary.org.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Thought’s Leading Edge Therapy Group – 10:30am-12pm. See Feb 11 for details. $50. Well on the Way, LLC, 191 Main St, Ossining. Info: 607.351.7024.

Fun and Fabulous Tarot – 7-9pm w/Beth Prins Leas. Explore this self-help tool during a fun evening designed for everyone. All attendees receive reading. $40/members or $45. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

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, FEBRUARY 14

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.

Mom’s Town: Because it Really Does Take a Village to Raise a Child! – Every other Fridays beginning 2/14. Get together with other moms over coffee and discus of topics facilitated by a Child Psychologist. Learn how to manage being a mom in a stressful world. Dr. Kristy M. Vanacore’s Integrative Psychological Center, 334 Underhill Ave, 3C, Yorktown Heights. Info/RSVP: 914.497.8006.

Valentines Day with the Angels Workshop – 7-9pm w/Adam Bernstein. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Save a Heart Buy Some Art Event – 7-10pm. An evening of champagne, dessert, music, and beautiful works of art from local artist. Door prizes. Tickets with $10 donation.  4338 Albany Post Rd. Hyde Park. Info: Tony B Production 845.625.3558.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Reiki Healing Circle – 9-11am w/Marcus Feighery, Reiki Master. $15. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Monthly Teen Guided Mediation Group – 11am-12pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique themes for ages 13-17yrs.The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600.

Art Therapy on Hudson: Art Journaling Workshops – 1:30-3pm. Color, play, explore and write about that favorite color. $30/includes supplies. Register: 914.584.1820. ArtXOnHudson.com.

Weight Loss thru Body Cleanse – 6pm. Free orientation to find out how to lose weight quickly and safely and how to keep it off. Results are guaranteed. Infinite Possibilities Inc, 1132 Main St, Peekskill. RSVP: 914.788.9355.

Infinitely Young – 6pm. Free orientation on body cleanse for those over 70. Lose weight and start rejuvenating internal organs; watch the aging process start to reverse itself in the first 10 days. Infinite Possibilities Inc, 1132 Main St, Peekskill. Parking in rear. Register in advance: 914.788.9355.

Sprouting Possibilities: Weight Loss for Young Adults 10-17yrs – 6pm. Free orientation for young adults to learn the benefits of how and what to eat and why. Infinite Possibilities Inc, 1132 Main St, Peekskill. Parking in rear. Register in advance: 914.788.9355.

THE BOXCAR LILIES at The Blooming Seed Coffee House – 7pm. Trio of musicians and singer/songwriters bring blue grass, folk and gospel music to new heights. $12 at the door, cover includes locally roasted coffee courtesy Coffee Labs Roasters. Dessert cash bar by Home Sweet Home Bakery. 760 Route Six Mahopac (within Temple Beth Shalom).

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Partner Yoga – 1-3:30pm. Come with a partner or solo and explore the depth of experiencing poses in pairs. $50/per person. Registration required. Rivertown Center for Yoga, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info: Beth Bierko, 914.384.9983. RivertownYoga.com.

Maple Sugaring At Home – 2pm. Learn the simple steps of how to make maple syrup. Dress for outdoors. Members $5, non-members $8. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

Couples Yoga: A Fine Balance of Give & Take – 2:30-5pm w/Athina Pride. A wonderful way to connect. Couples pricing: $360/member or $400. $100/one-time audit. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7-8pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15.914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Community Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. Open to those trained in Reiki who wish to practice and those not trained who wish to receive healing. Rivertown Center for Yoga, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info: Beth Bierko, 914.384.9983. RivertownYoga.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Westchester Holistic Network Meeting – 8-10am. It’s not just for practitioners. Enjoy friendly people, healthy breakfast, compelling speakers. This month, Jenni Stone presents on Astrology. Good Counsel Campus, 52 North Broadway, White Plains. $15/members or $20. WestchesterHolisticNetwork.org.

Professional Women of Putnam – 6-8pm. Celebrate Your Heart event benefits the American Heart Association. The Winery at St. George, 1715 E Main St, Mohegan Lake. $15/includes appetizers. Cash Bar. More info: ProfessionalWomenOfPutnam.com.

Farmer Chef Alliance, Potluck and Presentation – 6:30-9pm. Snow date 2/19. Presenter: Peter Schmidt, Organic Farmer and Co-Founder Compostwerks.  Bring a dish to share.  Sponsored by Slow Food Metro North.  Muscoot Farm, 51 Rt. 100, Katonah. slowfoodmetronorth.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21

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.

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7-8pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15.914.793.2600.TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Thought’s Leading Edge Therapy Group – 7:30-9pm. See Feb 11 for details. $50. Well on the Way, LLC, 222 Westchester Ave, White Plains. Info: 607.351.7024.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Master Reiki Class – 9am-5pm. Feb 22-Feb 23 w/Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $675/both classes. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Reiki I Class – 1pm. Learn this ancient art of hands on healing in a two day course that also incorporates everything needed to know about the chakra system. Walk away as a certified Reiki Practitioner with the ability to go anywhere and work in the field of healing. Shima: 917.279.9577.

The Fairy Tale Marionettes – 1-4pm. Imagination and life lessons take breath through this creative, literature-based theater program. Course I: For girls only, grades 2-5. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080.

Wildlife In Winter – 2pm. Naturalist shows off favorite animals in this entertaining and informative program. Visitors hear, see, and touch many fascinating furry, feathered, and scaly friends. Best for ages 5 and over. Members $5, Non-Members $8. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Reiki II Class – 1pm. See Feb 22 listing for details. Anyone looking to be attuned to Reiki Master can also call Universal Healing Arts Connection. Shima: 917.279.9577.

Pineal Gland Awakening & Activation – 1-3pm. Create a magical, bliss-filled year for the self and loved ones with the creator of RICH Healing. $33. Refreshments. Info & RSVP: 914.575.8170. NewAgeBeginnings.com.

Aging Gracefully: Wisdom Through the Ages with Tao Porchon-Lynch – 2-4:30pm. Tao leads students through a deeply absorbing meditation, inspiring deep compassion and inner peace. $50 early registration. 49 Lawton St, 2nd Floor, New Rochelle. 914.632.1101; westchesteryogaarts.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Ayurvedic Yoga Mix – 9-10:15 am. This moderately paced class gives a deeper understanding of one’s body type. $108/member, $120/non-member. $20 one time audit. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Thought’s Leading Edge Therapy Group – 7:30-9pm. See Feb 11 for details. Well on the Way, LLC, 222 Westchester Ave, White Plains. $50. 607.351.7024.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 10-11am w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

The Science Of Nutrition Made Simple – 7-8:30pm. In this 3-part course, learn to rewire the brain to gain control of thoughts and feelings about food and get the body and a life to love. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Thought’s Leading Edge Therapy Group – 10:30am-12pm. See Feb 11 for details. $50. Well on the Way, LLC, 191 Main St, Ossining. Info: 607.351.7024.

Wainwright Monthly Spiritual Film Series: Yoga Woman – 7-9pm. From the busy streets of Manhattan to the dusty slums of Kenya and the golden beaches of Australia, this documentary uncovers a global phenomenon that has changed the face of yoga forever. $10 members/$15 non-members. Wainwright House, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28

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.

Go Red For Women Luncheon – 9am-2pm. American Idol participant Kimberley Locke keynotes the 6th annual Go Red For Women luncheon. Program also includes educational breakout sessions, interactive heart check-up, and a unique auction featuring sophisticated handbags, wallets and accessories. Jamie Hritz, 945.905.2134. Heart.org/dutchessulstergoredluncheon.

SATURDAY, MARCH 1

Develop Innate Psychic Ability in 1 Day – 10am-4pm. Learn the science behind the sixth sense and practice ESP. Everyone is psychic; participants are invited to experience this. Info: 914.672.9741. thescienceofmetaphysics.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4

Thought’s Leading Edge Therapy Group – 7:30-9pm. Also Tue Mar 18. Open house meeting to learn about the masterful techniques of EFT, NLP & energy healing with Elizabeth Pasquale. Be guided to a more full union of one’s best self. $50. Well on the Way, LLC, 222 Westchester Ave, White Plains. 607.351.7024.

Friday, March 7

Mindfulness at Work, with Sharon Salzberg and Janice Marturano –  3/7-3/9. Two perspectives on cultivating a mindful and compassionate experience of work. Garrison Institute. Info/register: 845.424.4800; garrisoninstitute.org.

Sharon Salzberg and Rachel Cowan: Celebrate Independence with Us – Loving Kindness as a Path to Inner Freedom

On July 5-7, 2013 at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York

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This introductory weekend retreat is designed for anyone who has ever wanted to explore lovingkindness or chesed (the Hebrew word for lovingkindness practice) as a contemplative practice. No meditation experience is necessary. The retreat will be valuable for experienced practitioners and first-timers alike.

Recent research shows that meditative practices produce tangible benefits for personal and professional life, ranging from stress reduction and better heart health to improved self-awareness, intuition, emotional connection and acceptance. These particular practices also foster greater empathy, generosity and compassion.

Through periods of silent and guided reflection and group discussion, Sharon and Rachel will present various non-sectarian, accessible practices that can be pursued on their own or used to complement and deepen existing spiritual and professional practices. The teachers will also connect these contemporary practices with the traditions from which they derive.

Sharon SalzbergSharon Salzberg has been a student of Buddhism since 1971. She teaches both intensive awareness practice (vipassana or insight meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion (the Brahma Viharas). She is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Sharon’s latest book is the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation. She is also the author of The Force of Kindness; Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. For more information about Sharon, please visit www.SharonSalzberg.com.

Rabbi Rachel CowanRabbi Rachel Cowan is former director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, an organization that works with rabbis, cantors, educators and lay leaders to deepen the spiritual dimension of contemporary Judaism. Rabbi Cowan has been widely published in many books and publications including Growing Up Yanqui and Mixed Blessings (the latter with Paul Cowan).

 

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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MONDAY, APRIL 1

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. TranscendenceAtSunraven.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. $15/members or $30. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 2

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

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.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

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. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

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. ScarsdaleFriendsMeeting.org.

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. MeditationInWestchester.org. 914.607.3583.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

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

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

“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: SupportConnection.org; 914.962.6402.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

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. Businesstalkradio.com. Sunraven.org.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

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. EveMarieElkin.com.

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. MeditationInWestchester.org. 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: transitionwestchester.org.

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; Teatown.org.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9

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; InsightOasis.com.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

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. ScarsdaleFriendsMeeting.org.

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; theTouchofReiki.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12

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

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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

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. GreenBurghNatureCenter.org.

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; HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

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. SomersLibrary.org.

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: theoaksndf.org.

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:  GoldenTempleYoga.com; 914.232.3473.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

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. Soulauras.com.

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: Teatown.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

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. ScarsdaleFriendsMeeting.org

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

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. TranscendenceAtSunraven.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

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. GarrisonInstitute.org.

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: CenterForHolisticPractices.com.

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: SassyLadiesTarrytown.EventBrite.com.

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

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: HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

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; TheTouchofReiki.com.

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: AwakenFair.com.

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; CarmelSanctuary.com

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. HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

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. UrBanh2o.org.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

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. MeditationInWestchester.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

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. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

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: Balancing4Life.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

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. SynchronicityNY.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

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. SynchronicityNY.com

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. HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

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; Teatown.org.

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. EveMarieElkin.com.

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: SharpAgain.org.

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. DianeIngram.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

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: Balancing4Life.com.

MONDAY, APRIL 29

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. Sunraven.org. StonehengeNYC.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 4

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. LMK88.com.

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: SupportConnection.org; 914.962.6402.

SUNDAY, May 5

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. HVHC.org.

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

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2

Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am12oon (Also 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30). 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: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 3

Boys Yoga – 6-7pm with laughing heart yoga. Many professional male athletes enthusiastically practice yoga; it helps get their game on and increases strength, flexibility, focus, and agility. Boys 8-13yrs only. Hudson Yoga, Croton on Hudson. Pre-registration: $165/10 classes. 914.319.4010. LaughingHeartYoga.com.

Destination Transformation – 7pm. A proven way to lose weight; featuring hundreds of prizes. Free. Well on the Way®, 191 Main St, Ossining. Info: Elizabeth Pasquale, Director. 607.351.7024. WellOnTheWay.com.

Health/Weight Loss Free Orientation – 7pm. Education is the best ally; when people understand the program and see the results, they are successful. No obligation/informative only. RSVP required: 914.788.9355. InfinitePossibilitiesNy.com.

Dream Group – 7:30-9:30pm (Also 1/31) with Warren Falcon. Share the cumulative experiential benefits that the dream world provides. Come with a dream and journal. Suggested $25/members or $50/non-members. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4

Tech Tot Treasure Island – 1-2pm. (2-4yrs) with laughing heart yoga. Join in at the Microsoft store for an adventure with TechMouse to restore a treasure to its rightful owners through technology and yoga. The Microsoft Store, Westchester Mall, White Plains. Free. RSVP: 914.319.4010.

Vision Board Workshop – 7-9pm with Carla Blaha. $35.Synchronicity, 1511 Rt 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.36.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

Destination Transformation – 7pm. Discover a proven way to lose weight; featuring hundreds of prizes. Free. Well on the Way®, 222 Westchester Ave, White Plains. Info: Elizabeth Pasquale, Director. 607.351.7024. WellOnTheWay.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5

Yoga that Inspires – 10am-12noon with Solangel LaBonne. A great way to begin the New Year. Be inspired, relaxed and nurtured. $25. Soulauras, 522 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Must pre-register: 914.941.2400.

Destination Transformation – 11am. Discover a proven way to lose weight; featuring hundreds of prizes. Free. Well on the Way®, The Club Room, 300 Mamaroneck Ave. Info: Elizabeth Pasquale, Director. 607.351.7024. WellOnTheWay.com.

Family Yoga – 11:30am -12:30pm (parent & 7-12yr child) with laughing heart yoga. Creativity, fun poses, games, and breath work help increase strength, flexibility and connection. Pilates on Hudson, 8 John Walsh Blvd, Peekskill. Pre-registration: $25/adult & child; $5 additional. 914.319.4010. LaughingHeartYoga.com.

Health/Weight Loss Free Orientation – 4pm. Education is the best ally; when people understand the program and see the results, they are successful. No obligation/information only. RSVP required: 914.788.9355. InfinitePossibilitiesNy.com.

Angel Workshop – 7-9pm with Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rt 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

“Grand Opening & Epiphany Party” at Center for Aligned Healing – 1-4pm. Ring in the New Year and celebrate the recent expansion of their practice. Refreshments and meet the practitioner. Free. 175 King St., Chappaqua. Info/register: 914.815.1552; TheEsotericBloom.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 7

Men’s Group – 7:30-9:30pm (Also 1/28). Gather with other holistically minded men to focus on personal development and methods for shaping a healthier and more balanced approach to living. $15/members or $30.Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8

Intro to Total LifeStyle System Weight Loss Program – 6-7pm. 12 week group coached weight loss program, addressing and resolving hidden issues behind weight gain. Program from 1/15-4/2. Located at Manna Foods, 171 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. Info: Angela Russo 914.274.1144.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9

Kiddie Yoga – 11:30-12:15pm (2-4yrs) with laughing heart yoga. These fun yoga classes teach preschoolers how to internalize concepts of self-awareness and develop compassion for others. Breathe Yoga and Pilates, 83 N Greeley Ave, Chappaqua. $175/10classes. 914.861.2662.

Kids Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm (7-10yrs) with laughing heart yoga. Using visual imagery, meditation, yoga postures, and creative activities, kids explore the power of self in community. Class builds compassion, support & respect. Breathe Yoga and Pilates, 83 N Greeley Ave, Chappaqua. $175/10classes. 914.861.2662.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10

Intro to Total LifeStyle System Weight Loss Program – 10-11am. 12 week group coached weight loss program, addressing and resolving hidden issues behind weight gain. Program from 1/17-4/4. Located at Center For Aligned Healing, 175 King St., Chappaqua. Info: Angela Russo 914.274.1144.

Drumming Circle – 7-8:30pm. Experience healing benefits of drumming in community following Native American traditions led by Scott Nelson. Bring a drum or rattle. $25 requested. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.236.4503. StarVisionsCommunity.org.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11

New Moon Gathering – 7-9pm. Mythology, guided meditations and symbolic ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell; bring a journal or notebook. $20. The Center for Aligned Healing, Chappaqua. Reservations: 917.796.6026. InsightOasis.com.

Psychic Playshop – 7-9pm. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

Keeping One’s System Healthy – 9am-5pm. First class in series. $250/series; includes lunch. WellSpring Holistic Health Center, 1415 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.341.1246. WellSpringHHC.com.

Reiki I Workshop – 9:30am-3:30pm (Jan 12 & 13) w/Ginny Mackles, LMHC, Reiki Teacher. Be attuned and certified to the first level of Reiki, Shoden from a teacher with over 25 years experience and creator of The Reiki Journey CD. Millwood. 914.762.7761. GinnyMackles.com.

Psychic Fair at The Sanctuary – 10am-6pm. Medium/Intuitive, Psychic, Palm Reader, Tarot Reader and Psychic Card Reader. Call ahead to book appointments. Drop-ins welcome. The Sanctuary in Carmel, 1961 Rt. 6, Carmel. Info: 845.225.3777.

Moving through the World in Stories – 11am-12noon (4-7yrs) with laughing heart yoga. Combining the ancient art of storytelling with the practice of yoga exposes children to new ways of enjoying stories and connecting to their bodies. Katonah Library, 26 Bedford Rd, Rte 117, Katonah. Free. Pre-register: 914.232.1233.

Life Coach: Making Positive Changes – 12-1pm. Diane Ingram, speaker, author and life coach, tells how to tap one’s talents, skills and abilities to be more alive, passionate and purposeful. Free. Patterson Library, Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.6121 x10. PattersonLibrary.org.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13

Esoteric Healing, Part 1/Day 1 Class – 9:30am-6:30pm. Balance Manifestation Chakras and raise Consciousness in one Day. See film on website. Taught by Bernadette Bloom, PT and Esoteric Healing and Teacher. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St., Chappaqua.  Info/register: 239.289.3744; TheEsotericBloom.com.

Psychic Fair at The Sanctuary – 10am-6pm. Medium/Intuitive, Psychic, Palm Reader, Tarot Reader and Psychic Card Reader. Call ahead to book appointments. Drop-ins welcome. The Sanctuary in Carmel, 1961 Rt. 6, Carmel. Info: 845.225.3777.

Health/Weight Loss Free Orientation – 4pm. Education is the best ally; when people understand the program and see the results, they are successful. No obligation/information only. RSVP required: 914.788.9355. InfinitePossibilitiesNy.com.

Power Attunement Workshop – 1-4pm. With Adam Bernstein. $45. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 14

Mindful Monday Meditation – 7:30-9pm (Also 1/21). Led by Deirdre Breen, participants are guided in an intelligent sequence of breath and meditation techniques that enhance comfort and ease in body and mind. 5-class package/$100 or individual class/$25.Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15

Esoteric Healing Study Group –7-9pm. Led by Bernadette Bloom, PT and Esoteric Healing and Teacher. Pre-requisite: Must have taken at least Part 1 of the Day 1 Class. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St., Chappaqua.  Info/register: 239.289.3744; TheEsotericBloom.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16

Quantum Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Connecting wisdom teachings to energetic principles for leading a heart focused life. Experience interactive energy healing with Anne Bentzen, Reiki master Teacher. $25. Stern Chiropractic, 792 Rt. 35, Cross River. Info: 914.588.4079; balancing4life.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

TechTot – 1-2pm (2-4yrs) with laughing heart yoga. Join in at the Microsoft store for an adventure with TechMouse and laughing heart yoga. The Microsoft Store, Westchester Mall, 125 Westchester Ave, White Plains. Free. RSVP: 914.319.4010.

Sugar Blues Workshop – 7:30-8:45pm with Catherine McGibney, RYT, Health Coach. Debunk sugar cravings and learn how to gain control without deprivation. Catherine shares recipes, baking tips and light refreshments. $15. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. RSVP: 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

Vinyasa Beginner Orientation – 1-4pm with Courtney Tarpley. Learn the fundamentals of vinyasa yoga including proper breathing, correct alignment and basic meditation. $75/includes 3 level 1 classes. Living Yoga, 3182 Rte 9, Cold Spring. 845.809.5590. LivingYogaStudios.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20

Community Yoga – 12-1:15pm with Gabrielle Semel, ERYT.  Learn how to utilize yogic techniques just about anywhere and to integrate a practice into a daily routine without losing time. Admission: donation of personal care products for Pawling Community Resource Center. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

EFT Meetup Group – 4-6pm. This monthly support group discusses matters of heart and mind using Emotional Freedom Techniques to help resolve emotional distress and promote personal empowerment. Newcomers welcome; modest donation requested .Wilson House at First Baptist Church, White Plains. 914.997.7873. Meetup.com/EFT-Healing-Group-White-Plains.

MONDAY, JANUARY 21

Health/Weight Loss Free Orientation – 7pm. Education is the best ally; when people understand the program and see the results, they are successful. No obligation/information only. RSVP required: 914.788.9355. InfinitePossibilitiesNy.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22

Acupressure for Self Care – 10:30am-5:30pm. Gail Kellstrom teaches this ancient Taoist self help technique to lower stress, ease body pain, and lift mood. $175/$25 discount early payment. Soulauras, 522 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. 914.941.2400. Soulauras.com.

Enzyme Nutrition Therapy – 6:30pm. Learn how enzyme nutrition therapy helps women with PMS, menstrual problems, menopausal symptoms, mood swings, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, indigestion, constipation, bloating, weight gain, etc. Drs. Hiro & Michiko Izumi. 550 Mamaroneck Ave, Ste103, Harrison. Free. Register/info:  914.310.9000. IzumiWellness.net.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23

Psychic Fair at The Sanctuary – 11am-6pm. Medium/Intuitive, Psychic, Palm Reader, Tarot Reader and Psychic Card Reader. Call ahead to book appointments. Drop-ins welcome. The Sanctuary in Carmel, 1961 Rt. 6, Carmel. Info: 845.225.3777.

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. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24

Medical Infrared Thermography – 9am-6:30pm. Join others as they partake in this alternative method to mammograms. Learn how thermography is a safe, non-invasive resource for breast cancer screening. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St., Chappaqua. Info/register: 239.289.3744; TheEsotericBloom.com.

SunRaven Book Club – 7:30-9:30pm.”Use your Body to Heal your Mind, Revolutionary Methods to Release All Barriers to Health, Healing and Happiness”. Author Dr. Henry Grayson joins the discussion. Suggested: $15/members or $30. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. Info/register: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

Transcendence ReTreat – 9:30am-2:30pm. Transcendental Yoga (gentle morning movement) followed by hands-on food preparation, lunch and review of the principles of skillful nutrition; concluding with circle discussion on increasing harmony and balance. $50/members or $100. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

A Women’s Conversation Circle on Healing & Transformation. 7-9pm. Learn to release limiting patterns that result in pain and loss of vital energy with Dr. Melody Bach. Free.  Hartsdale location. 914.686.8002. GiordanoFoundation.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

Introductory Session/Campus Tour – 10am. Come hear how a unique and creative hands-on approach can nurture a child’s educational journey; a great alternative for grades kindergarten through eighth. Blue Rock School, 110 Demarest Mill Rd (off Germonds Rd), West Nyack. RSVP: 845.535.3353. BlueRockSchool.org.

Reiki I & II – 10am-4pm (Jan 26 & Jan 27) with Marcus. $175 ea or $300/both. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNy.com.

Moving through the World in Stories – 10:30-11:30am (4-7yrs) with laughing heart yoga. Combining the ancient art of storytelling with the practice of yoga exposes children to new ways of enjoying stories and connecting to their bodies. Ardsley Library, 9 American Legion Dr, Ardsley. Free. Pre-register: 914.693.6636.

Reiki I Class – 2-6pm 1/26 & 1/27. Learn self-healing benefits of Reiki, history, ethics, hand positions, $150 manual/certificate. Anne Bentzen, Usui/Karuna Master Teacher,
Stern Chiropractic, 792, Rt. 35, Cross River. Register by 1/20. Info: 914.588.4079; balancing4life.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

The Art of Salad Making at Sun & Moon Health Spa – 1-3pm. w/ Nicholas Szucs. Learn Nick’s famous salad dressing recipe! Free. Sun & Moon Health Spa. 155 Rt. 202, Somers. Info: 914.617.8555; sunandmoonhealthspa.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 28

Quantum Healing Circle – 12:30-2:30pm. Connecting wisdom teachings to energy principles, guided meditation and interactive energy healing with Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master. $25 requested. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.588.4079. Register online: StarVisionsCommunity.org.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29

Esoteric Healing Study Group – 7-9pm. Led by Bernadette Bloom, PT and Esoteric Healing and Teacher. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St., Chappaqua.  Info/register: 239.289.3744; TheEsotericBloom.com.

Cancer Comfort: Minerva Santos, MD, Offers Integrative Therapies in Westchester

Dr. Minerva Santos & Dr. Andrew Weil

Dr. Minerva Santos & Dr. Andrew Weil

by Kazaray Taylor

Integrative medicine is finally gaining a firm foothold in the West, as physicians and patients alike embrace the promise of preventive healthcare through strategic choices in nutrition and lifestyle. In other words, Western medicine is just catching up with Minerva Santos, MD, who for 20 years has guided her patients to be active partners in their own healthcare.

Santos, an integrative medicine internist with a practice in Jefferson Valley, New York, is now advancing that cause as medical director of the Health and Wellness Program at Northern Westchester Hospital. Recently she talked to us about integrative medicine, the Health and Wellness Program, and how it’s helping the hospital’s cancer patients.

You recently finished your fellowship with Dr. Andrew Weil in Arizona. Tell me about that experience.

It was amazing! The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine has a two-year fellowship in integrative medicine. There were physicians in my class from as far as Norway, and the diversity was impressive—cardiology, oncology, renal, almost every medical specialty was represented. We chose to be there because we sensed that something was missing from what we learned in medical school. Physicians need to look at patients as whole beings—mind, body, spirit; what they do, who they are. You can’t divide a person into parts to be treated.

Dr. Weil’s program emphasizes a partnership between patient and practitioners in the healing process. It is a solid, scientifically based program that critically evaluates the broad world of alternative medicine. Believe me, some things are really out there and can be very dangerous. The worst-case scenarios are patients who refuse chemotherapy in a search for alternative treatments, with disastrous results. Andrew Weil is a man with a vision regarding what medicine is and where it should be going.

And now you are the director of the new Health and Wellness Program at Northern Westchester Hospital. This hospital is a little different from most, isn’t it?

When I accepted the position over a year ago, I was excited and had so many ideas to offer—and then was surprised to find that Northern Westchester was way ahead of the curve. They had a robust program with an emphasis on local foods, organics and going green; they offered acupuncture, aromatherapy and energy medicine; they also offered Reiki to all inpatients at no cost. The hospital is one of only a few in the country designated as a Planetree hospital, which signifies it is a truly patient-centered facility.

And tell me about the Health and Wellness Program.

I am very excited about our new Cancer Health and Wellness Program for patients, which launched in April. Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy at the hospital can enroll in our program to receive acupuncture, nutrition counseling, an exercise program, energy medicine, yoga, Pilates, stress reduction and aromatherapy, to name of few of the integrative modalities, all for free. It is going very well. The staff is the most caring and compassionate I have come across. Patients love the support during a very difficult time, and studies reinforce the fact that patients do better and use less pain and anti-nausea medication when participating in programs like ours.

You’ll be conducting your own clinical studies, right?

Yes. The first study will assess the improvement in stress level and quality of life in the patients enrolled in the program versus those who choose not to participate. I hope to publish the results to support the fact that integrative medicine makes a difference. The next study will focus on patients undergoing radiation, assessing how an herbal topical cream might help prevent burns or changes in the skin, which are common side effects of radiation treatment. I will work closely with the oncology department, as they need to be 100 percent on board.

What advice can you give our readers about which foods to eat—or not—during cancer treatment?

That’s a hard one when you still have oncologists who tell patients not to eat fruits or veggies because of the antioxidants, or not to take Omegas because of possible bleeding problems. During my recent integrative medicine fellowship, I found it interesting that there were more oncologists in the program than any other medical specialists, and I came to understand how difficult a field oncology is.

Regarding diets, each patient must be evaluated individually. Someone with breast cancer needs a different diet than someone with an ENT carcinoma or prostate cancer. A serious problem I come across is patients taking various supplements or eating certain foods just because they read or heard about them. That could be dangerous, because some supplements can reduce the strength of chemotherapy. Cancer patients should seek the advice of someone trained to put the whole picture together.

Are there foods that can help patients stay cancer-free?

I wish there were foods that would guarantee you would be cancer-free. There are many that can help lower your risk. For starters, I would avoid processed foods as much as possible and follow an anti-inflammatory diet. Consuming fruits and veggies that span the color spectrum is very important. For example, tomatoes—whether in marinara sauce or just stewed—have been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. (Aim for two cups of cooked tomatoes per week; cooking maximizes the lycopene.) Even the healthiest diet can’t lower your cancer risk to zero, but anything we do to lower that risk is worth it.

As integrative medicine becomes mainstream, do you still find there are challenges in the field?

Well my biggest challenge is my peers who tend to place all integrative medicine into this box called “bogus.” Fortunately, because I’m well-respected in the medical community, having practiced internal medicine for 20 years, my peers listen with an open mind—they know I’m not prescribing “eye of newt” to my patients! My focus is on preventing illness through diet, exercise and stress reduction.

What’s in the future with your work that you are excited about?

My list of things to be excited about goes on and on! We are starting a wellness program at Northern Westchester Hospital for employees. I’m writing a book on stress reduction, and I’ve joined the Mount Kisco Medical Group. I’m also studying botanical medicine with Tieraona Low Dog, MD, the director of the fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. She’s the most amazing person I’ve ever met.

Dr. Santos has a private practice at 691 East Main St., Jefferson Valley, NY. For more information, visit MinervaSantosMD.com or call 914.245.6800.

Hammond Museum Hosts World Tai Chi Day Festival Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lion Dance Hammond Museum

By Sifu David Cunniff

Tai Chi and Chi Kung (also known as Qigong) are ancient systems of exercise so beneficial to the mind and body that they are considered integral parts of Traditional Chinese Medicine. They feature slow, controlled breathing combined with gentle stretching movements that together harmonize the body, mind and spirit, producing a sense of well-being. Tai Chi has been proven to reduce stress and alleviate many ailments and injuries, while promoting balance and healing.

The public is invited to experience the powerful benefits of both ancient exercises on April 30, when the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem, New York hosts the 11th annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WTCQD, officially recognized by the World Health Organization and The United Nations, is celebrated in 65 nations, educating millions worldwide about the medical, wellness and mental health benefits of practicing Tai Chi and Chi Kung. The event begins at 10 a.m. in the earliest time zones and continues around the world as Tai Chi is performed at 10 a.m. in each time zone throughout the day.

In North Salem, Master Phil Sant and his students from the Hall of the Gathering Dragons will start the WTCQD festival at 9:15 a.m. with a Chi Kung exercise workshop. There will be a performance of the Tai Chi form at 10 a.m., followed by a display of internal and external martial arts forms and weapons demonstrations.

Also appearing at the festival will be the abbot of the Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, New York, discussing the health benefits of meditation. There will also be a number of other special guests and artists, a traditional lion dance and Chinese ribbon dance, a Chinese musical presentation, and a performance featuring a collection of Tibetan singing bowls. For children, there will be a craft area where visitors can make dragon puppets and learn origami, Kirigami, paper folding, and paper cutting.

Top Five Reasons for Practicing Tai Chi & Chi Kung:

Reason 5: It increases flexibility. By performing the repetitive movements each day, you keep your muscles limber and stretched. One of the keys to staying young is keeping the cells from constricting, and the daily regimen of a Tai Chi workout guards against this.

Reason 4: It boosts lung capacity. The slow, controlled breathing exercises ensure that the lungs get the exercise and stretching they need to continue to work properly.

Reason 3: It enhances circulation of blood and chi. Slow, controlled breathing also produces chi, your energy force, which is essential to increasing oxygen in the blood. The cleaner your blood is, the healthier your entire body will be. Chi Kung is like Roto-Rooter for your bloodstream—it clears the toxins out.

Reason 2: It improves balance. The graceful, flowing movements, combined with the focus of training, promotes a more conscious and attentive mindset, which creates better awareness and improved balance.

Reason 1: It is fun! Tai Chi form is like dancing. It’s fun to do, it can be done anywhere and any time, and it requires only you.

The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden is located at 28 Deveau Rd., North Salem. Contact the museum at 914.669.5033, or visit it online at HammondMuseum.org. For more information about this event, contact Master Phil Sant of the Hall of the Gathering Dragons, Brewster, NY, at 845.278.6449; contact Sifu David Cunniff of In Balance Tai Chi Studio, Katonah, NY, at DaveCunniff@comcast.net or 914.262.1478; or visit WorldTaiChiDay.org.

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