Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for February, 2014 in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, NY

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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.

Support Local Farmers and Enjoy Summer’s Bounty in Westchester & Putnam NY

Natural Awakenings’ guide to buying fresh food straight from the farmer at their farm stands.

A scene from the Daisy Hill Farm Stand in Bedford Corners

When it comes to healthy eating, summer can’t be beat for ripe fruit, juicy berries, and fresh vegetables. Fortunately, Westchester and Putman Counties are full of farms overflowing with delicious and nutritious food, and eating local is as easy as visiting their farm stands and markets. Read on for details about where, when and what to buy this season.

Amawalk Farm

Location: 42 Wood Street in Katonah, NY

U-Pick organic raspberries, fancy summer squash in many varieties, and specialty radishes including Pink Beauty and French Breakfast; Garlic Scapes, a perennial delicacy, and Swiss Chard for the cutting.

Owned and operated by: Marian and Larry Cross

Contact/Info: 914.245.2319; AmawalkFarm.org.

Farm Stand: open July 2 through mid-October on Saturdays from 11am to 6pm (call Hotline at 914.245.2319 for confirmation) and Sundays from 2 to 6pm (if not picked out)

Back to the Garden @ Kitchawan Farm

Location: 716 Kitchawan Road, Ossining, NY

Vegetables and leafy greens like kale, collards and chard, garlic, and cut flowers. Not certified organic, but everything is organically grown.

Owned and operated by: Linsay Cochran.

Contact/Info: 914.941.0096. Check the weekly harvest list on Linsay’s blog: KitchawanFarm.com/backtothegarden

Farm Stand: in a little store called the Stuga from May to November on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 6:30pm

Cascade Farm

Location: 124 Harmony Road, Patterson, NY

Cascade is a farm stand, CSA and Farm School with sustainable practices. Features baby goats, lambs, chicken, piglets, vegetables, herbs, honey, maple syrup, and eggs.

Owner/contact info: Margaret 845.878.3258

CascadeFarmSchool.org

Farm Stand: in the main building from July 9 through October on Saturdays from 8am to 12pm

Daisy Hill Farm Stand

Location: 214 West Patent Rd. Bedford Corners, NY

Features organic produce, farm fresh eggs, cut flowers, farm animals, and more.

Owner: Gwenn Brant

Contact: 914.244.1132

Farm Stand summer hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to 6pm; Saturdays from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

Location: 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY

The former location of Outhouse Orchards, this new farm is a NOFA member that’s started the process of becoming certified organic. Vegetables and vegetable plants, local honey, fruits, maple syrup, and Green Mountain Coffee are available.

Contact/Info: Robert Covino, HarvestMoonFarmandOrchard.com; 914.485.1210.

Farm Stand: Open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm

Hemlock Hill Farm

Location: 500 Croton Avenue,

Cortlandt Manor, NY

The lambs, goats, and cattle continually graze on more than 100 acres of pasture, and the chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys are also free-range. Pigs, rabbits, Guinea fowl, pheasants, and quail may also be spotted at Hemlock Hill. The animals are never given hormones or antibiotics and, when they’re not grazing outside, they’re eating all natural grains.

Owned and operated by: The De Maria Family

Contact/Info: 914.737.2810; HemlockHillFarm.com

Farm Store: Open 7 days a week; Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5:30pm and Sunday from 9am to 2pm

Hilltop Hanover Farms

Location: 1271 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights, NY

All produce is grown on the farm without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

Contact/Info: 914.962.2368 ext. 2; HilltopHanoverFarm.org

Farm Stand: open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm; U-Pick on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm

The Meadows Farm

Location: 329 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights, NY

Features 20 acres of organic crops, including many vegetables, watermelon and herbs. Corn is picked daily—sometime twice—for the sweetest, freshest corn.

Owned and operated by:  Richard Woodard

Contact/Info: 914.962.4306; MeadowsFarmMarket.com

Farm Stand: open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 5pm

Ryder Farm

Location: 400 Starr Ridge Road, Brewster, NY

Certified Organic Grower and CSA producing flowers, herbs, and vegetables for wholesale, retail and custom orders. Delivers on Wednesdays to Westchester and Fairfield Counties.

Owned and operated by: Betsey Ryder

Contact/Info: 854.279.4161; RyderFarmOrganic.com

Farm Stand: Roadside Farm Stand is open daily

Seedswell Vegetable Farm at Tanrackin Farm

Location: 284 Guard Hill Road, Mount Kisco, NY

This new farm grows vegetables without the use of synthetic herbicides or pesticides, and uses cover cropping, crop rotation and compost to build soil life. They offer fresh vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and eggs.

Owned and operated by: Ashley Frost

Info: Seedswell.com

Farm Stand: open June to December on Tuesdays from 9am to 12pm, Thursdays from 3 to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm; look for signs on where to park.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

Location: 630 Bedford Road,

Pocantico Hills, NY

The farm stand is open three days a week, but Stone Barns Center is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm, year-round.

Salad mixes, vegetables, strawberries, herbs, lamb and pork, whole chickens, turkey cuts, and eggs are available for purchase.

Contact/Info: 914.366.6200; StoneBarnsCenter.org

Farm Stand: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from1 to 4pm through mid-November

Stuart’s Farm

Location: 62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY

The county’s oldest working farm features 200 acres of apple orchards, pumpkin fields and vegetable crops. Some organic produce is available.

Owned and operated by: the Stuart Family

Contact/Info: 914.245.2784; StuartsFarm.com

Farm Stand: Opens the first weekend in August with daily hours from 9am to 6pm

Sundial Farm

Location: 1311 Kitchawan Rd., Ossining, NY

Organic vegetables like kale, peas, Swiss chard, and squash are available now. Heirloom tomatoes such as Brandywine, eggplant and peppers will follow. Also available are annuals, perennials, bulbs, grasses, herbs, roses, flowering shrubs, and fruit trees, as well as local honey, maple syrup, preserves, pickles, chutneys and biscotti. Visitors are welcome to walk through the home gardens for inspiration and methods for outwitting deer.

Owned and operated by: Penny and Bill Hawkey

Contact/Info: 914.391.5965; SundialFarm.us.

Farm Stand: Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Three Feathers Farm

Location: 371 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY

Grass fed beef is available, and a huge selection of vegetables, fruits, flowers, eggs, and maple syrup. Coming soon: chicken meat. Not all products are organic certified, but everything is pesticide-free, naturally grown, grass fed/pastured, and either raised, grown or made by them.

Owned and operated by: Jeanine and Joe Haberny

Contact: 914.533.6529

Farm Stand: open daily from 8am to 5pm

Take Your Soul on a Great Night Out: Kirtans in Westchester & Putnam County NY

Sacred Chanting is Right in Your Neighborhood

Cat Guthrie on guitar and Eileen O’Hare on harmonium; together they are BlisSing

By Jay Hanuman

You may know about big events like the Ecstatic Chant weekends at the Omega Institute, or you may have attended a sold-out Krishna Das concert, but did you know that there is probably a sacred chanting session happening in your area this very week?  Kirtan is a form of “bhakti” (devotional) yoga that involves the singing of the Divine Names and mantras, usually in Sanskrit. It’s a wonderful and enjoyable way to worship that’s been steadily growing in popularity—both internationally and right here in Westchester and Putnam Counties.

The word kirtan comes from the Sanskrit language, in which “kirt” which means “to name, to communicate, to celebrate, to praise, to glorify.” The word Sanskrit itself means “language brought to formal perfection.” Over the millennia, Sanskrit sages who understood the power of words continued to develop and refine this language in the hope of discovering their own divine nature. “They selected only those sounds which had the greatest clarity, purity, and power of resonance,” says Vyaas Houston from the American Sanskrit Institute. “The vibrational purity and resonating power of Sanskrit is above all an opera on a grand cosmic scale that you can sing with your whole heart and being.”

During the 1980’s, kirtan became a regular practice in many yoga ashram communities throughout the West. By the end of the 20th century, the experience of kirtan had expanded beyond these traditional ashram communities and into the larger public sphere. Today, kirtan continues to grow rapidly along with increasing interest in the world’s sacred traditions and the vibrant yoga movement in the West. It extends across cultures, races and religions and offers a profound experience of an ancient sacred tradition to the greater human community. Kirtan is a means to connect to the heart and divinity that lies within, as expressed by some of the tens of thousands of people who participate in these sacred chanting events around the world.

Dennis Winge and Tara Porter at Kripalu

“The first time I went to a kirtan, I felt good that night,” says Dennis Winge, a full-time musician who fell in love with this form of spiritual practice a year ago. “The next time, I felt good the whole next day. The third time, I felt good for two whole days and I thought ‘Wait, there’s something going on here!’”

Believing that there should be a kirtan, “on every block in every town every night of the week,” Winge took it upon himself to learn the art of leading kirtan at a week-long Omega course last spring. Since then he has played with many great kirtan artists throughout the Northeast at yoga studios and well-known spiritual centers like Omega, Kripalu, and Ananda Ashram. Winge currently leads kirtan on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the parish hall of St. Paul’s on the Hill in Ossining.

Satya Franche CarlsonIn addition to the monthly Ossining Kirtan, other opportunities for kirtan in Westchester and Putnam counties abound. Perhaps the most ubiquitous kirtan “wallah” or leader in Westchester is Satya Franche Carlson, who’s been leading her ensemble Ma Kirtan since 2006. She currently holds regular kirtans at Wainright House in Rye and numerous yoga studios in Westchester, Connecticut, and other parts of the Northeast. Satya, whose name means truth in Sanskrit, says she is very grateful to have assumed a leading role in the rising popularity of kirtan throughout Westchester. “It has become so popular in the last few years,” says Satya. “People are really starting to feel the benefits of this heart opening meditation.”

In Putnam, a unique opportunity for sacred chanting called “BlisSing” is hosted by Eileen O’Hare and Cat Guthrie at a private residence in Garrison. This event is open to the public, and usually takes place two Tuesdays per month. O’Hare, a legacy carrier in the Andean Shamanic tradition, uses both English and Sanskrit in her chants and draws upon various traditions from around the world. “I am so grateful that the Garrison kirtan has been steadily growing,” she says. “It is my favorite form of communal spiritual celebration.”

Kirtan chants are most often sung in call and response fashion, and chant sheets that list the mantras are provided at most sessions. The Sanskrit word “mantra” can be broken etymologically into the root words “mana” (mind) and “tra” (deliver). Mantras thus have the power to deliver the mind from material consciousness or perception to spiritual consciousness or enlightenment. The mantras are generally short and easy to learn, and they may be recited a few times for practice before each chant begins. Traditionally, instruments such as a harmonium, tabla, gorong and other percussion instruments are used, although kirtan can be easily adapted to many Western instruments such as violin, guitar, bass, and keyboard.

“The Divine Names we sing come from a place that’s deeper than our thoughts or our minds,” says Winge, “In fact, at our deepest level, they are us.” The spiritual practice of kirtan, although largely taken from the Hindu tradition, is not about belonging to a religion or having any particular set of belief systems. Winge says that’s one of the reasons he loves it so much. “There’s nothing to debate or discuss,” he says. “You just sit down and sing!”

For more info, visit denniswinge.com and click on “kirtan,” or type the words “Ossining kirtan” in Facebook. Join the Satya Franche and Ma Kirtan mailing list by writing to makirtan10@gmail.com or typing “Satya Franche” in Facebook. To join the Garrison kirtan mailing list, email catguthrie@gmail.com.

Farmers Markets for Westchester & Putnam Counties NY, Updated for August 2010

Little Seed Gardens, of Chatham, NY, at the Croton Farmers Market

Armonk Farmers Market – 3-7pm, Thursdays, through October. Kent Place Parking Lot (New Castle Library) Armonk.

Bedford Corners: Daisy Hill Farm Stand – Fridays & Saturdays, 9am-6pm; Sundays, 10am-4pm. 214 West St. (between Guard Hill & Rt. 172) Bedford Hills. Info: 914.244.1132.

Brewster Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm, Wednesdays & Saturdays, through Nov 20. Rain or shine. 208 E. Main St. at the bottom of Peaceable Hill Rd. (the Borden Bridge, Rts 22 & 6).

Bronxville Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1pm, Saturdays, through Nov. 20. Rain or shine. Balanced variety of vendors with plenty of parking. Stone Place at Paxton Ave. Bronxville. 914.337.6040.

Cold Spring Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1:30pm, Saturdays. New Location this summer: the old Butterfield Hospital , Rt. 9D & Paulding Ave., Village of Cold Spring. Info: csfarmmarket.org.

Croton-on-Hudson Farmers’ Market – 1:30am-6:30pm, Wednesdays, through November 17. Rain or shine. Municipal Lot on Municipal Pl. and Riverside Ave. (Street Address: Across From 1 Municipal Pl.) communitymarkets.biz.

Dobbs Ferry Farmers’ Market – 10am-4pm, Fridays. Located alongside the Hudson River overlooking the Palisades. Cedar and Main Sts. Info: bbspeyer@gmail.com.

Hartsdale Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1pm, Saturdays, through Nov. 20. Rain or shine. Soons Orchard and Westchester Greenhouse. Hartsdale Train Station, DiSanti Plaza. Info: communitymarkets.biz.

Hastings Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm, Saturdays. Info: hastingsfarmersmarket.org.

Irvington Village Farmers’ Market – 3:30-7:30pm, Wednesdays. Behind the Main Street School. Free parking in the back lot of the Presbyterian Church. Info: irvingtonny.gov.

Kent/Lake Carmel Farmers Market – 9am-3pm, Saturdays, through October. Route 52, Lake Carmel Recreation Ctr. Parking lot.

Larchmont Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1pm, Saturdays, through December 18. Metro North Parking Deck #3 off Chatsworth Ave. (Street Address: Near 1 Railroad Way.) Info: communitymarkets.biz.

Mamaroneck Farmers Market – New this year. 1:30-6:30pm, Tuesdays, though November 23. Rain or shine. Harbor Island Park at the end of Mamaroneck Avenue, just past the Boat Ramp.  914.923.4837;.communitymarkets.biz.

Mount Kisco Farmers’ Market – New this year. 8:30am-1pm, Saturdays, through November 20. Rain or shine. Sponsored by Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester (Address: 351 Main Street). Info: communitymarkets.biz.

New Rochelle Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-3pm, Fridays. through November 19. Rain or shine. Sponsored by Library Green, Huguenot Street and Lawton Street (Street Address: Near 264 Huguenot Street.) Info: communitymarkets.biz.

Ossining Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1pm, Saturday, through December 18. Rain or shine. Corner of Main and Spring Streets, Street Address: Ossining Post Office, 100 Main St. Info: communitymarkets.biz.

Pawling Farmer’s Market – 9am—12pm, Saturdays through September 25. Charles Coleman Blvd, Pawling. Info: 845.855.0633; info@pawlingfarmersmarket.org.

Peekskill Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-2:30pm, Saturdays. through November 20. Bank Street/ Downtown Peekskill Between Main Street (Rt. 6) and Park Street. Info: eperez@hvgatewaychamber.com.

Pelham Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm, Sundays, through November 21. Rain or shine. Corner of Harmon Avenue & Fifth Ave. Street Address: Near 85th Ave. Info: communitymarkets.biz.

Pleasantville Farmers Market – 8:30am-1pm, Saturdays, through December 18. Rain or shine.  Memorial Plaza off Manville Road. (Street Address: Across From 42 Memorial Plaza.) Info: communitymarkets.biz.

Pound Ridge – 11am-4pm, Sundays, Scotts Corner, Pound Ridge. Info: Joan Silbershir 914.764.0015.

Purchase Farmers Market at PepsiCo – 11am-6pm, Tuesdays, through Nov. 800 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase.

Putnam Valley Farmers Market –  3-7pm, Fridays, through Halloween. Tompkins Corners. Info: Eric aerica@optonline.net.

Rye Farmers’ Market – 8:30am-1pm, Sundays, through December 19. Rain or shine.  Parking Lot 2 on Theodore Fremd Ave. Behind the Purchase St. Stores. (Street Address: Directly Behind 73 Purchase St.) Info: communitymarkets.biz.

Scarsdale Farmers Market – 9am-1:30pm, Saturdays. Year round market. Village Hall, lower level parking lot. 100 Post Rd, Scarsdale.

Somers at Muscoot Farm – Sundays. 10am-3pm. Muscoot Farm, Route 100, Somers. Info: 914.864.7282.

South Salem at Gossett’s Farmer’s Market –9am-1pm, Saturdays, year round. Rain or shine.1202 Rt. 35, South Salem. Info: gossettsfarmmarket.com.

Tarrytown Farmers Market – 8:30am-1pm, Saturdays, through November 20. Patriot’s Park on Route 9. (Street Address: Adjacent to Tarrytown Public Library, 121 N. Broadway) Info: communitymarkets.biz.

White Plains International Farmers Market – 8am-4pm, Wednesdays. At a new location this summer: the parking lot on the corner of Court and Quarropas Streets. Info: 914.422.1411.

Yonkers St. John’s Church Farmers Market – 9-4pm. Thursdays, through early Nov. Outdoor farmers’ market in the courtyard and a Flea Market in the churchyard. St. John’s Church Courtyard, Getty Square, Hudson St. & S. Broadway, Yonkers. Info: 914.963.3033.

Yorktown Heights at Hilltop Hanover Farm Stand – 10am-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays (correction: not open Sundays), through the end of October. 1271 Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St. Yorktown Heights. Info: 914.962.2368, hilltophanoverfarm.org.

InterGenerate & the Community Garden Movement in Westchester, NY: Where Hope Blooms Large

InterGenerate’s new community garden in Mt. Kisco

By Peggy Clarke

Until recently, the United States was the breadbasket of the world—able to sustain its population.  Today, America is a net food importer, dependent on large corporations for the nation’s food supply, often turning a blind eye to the human cost paid by migrant workers and generally uninterested in the price that the planet is paying for transporting all that food across countries.

But a movement is growing across the country, as people band together with neighbors, friends, family and complete strangers to embark on the common goal of growing their own food. Community Gardens, like the Victory Gardens of generations past, are sprouting up everywhere, inspiring cooperation that is grounded in the common need for food and a commitment to finding alternatives that are safer for Earth and all her inhabitants.

Gardening is an excellent way to address many problems. Community gardening provides equal access to fresh food at very lost cost. Growing produce locally creates greater food security and doing it organically, as is common in community gardens, reduces the risks associated with pesticides and other agricultural chemicals. Local sourcing also has a dramatic impact on reducing the nation’s carbon footprint, since nearly a third of that footprint currently stems from agri-business and associated transportation. In addition, community gardens can build and strengthen communities across diversities that often divide them.

Currently, there are six gardens in Yonkers, thanks to Groundworks Hudson Valley. There’s also a new garden at Ward Park in New Rochelle, at least one urban garden in Mt. Vernon, a bird-friendly demonstration garden at the Bedford Audubon, and a re-opened and revitalized garden in Ossining. The most established community garden in the county, Onatru, is located in South Salem. And this year, InterGenerate has opened an 80-plot community garden in Mt. Kisco that is also serving families at the Inter-faith Food Pantry.  InterGenerate also opened a Teaching Garden at John Jay Homestead and runs an intergenerational garden camp at Bylane Farm in the month of July.  And this doesn’t count the myriad school gardens that are becoming commonplace in our county. Because these gardens require funding, InterGenerate has founded the Westchester Community Garden Network to raise funds on behalf of all gardens in the county.

With the budding of all these community gardens, people are getting to know their neighbors, learning how to grow their own food and rekindling the home arts of preserving, freezing and pickling to get through the cold winter. The development of local gardens gives people the power of self-determination, provides food security, builds communities and lets us live more gently on Earth.  Grab a hoe and join the revolution!

Peggy Clarke is Co-Founder of InterGenerate. For more information about Community Gardens in Westchester or InterGenerate, visit intergenerateny.org.

Relay for Life Celebrates 25 Years, Activities in Westchester 2010

Relay for Life

A cancer diagnosis is scary, life changing and…a reason to grab at least 10 friends and family members and stay up all night celebrating? The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life invites participants to do just that at the annual overnight event that honors and celebrates cancer survivors. More than 4,800 relays will take place across America this year, 265 of them in communities throughout New York and New Jersey.

The event opens as cancer survivors of all ages walk, run, or move around a track for the first lap. This emotional display is followed by a festive atmosphere that develops around the track as teams of 10 to 15 people spend the night raising awareness and money to support cancer research, education, advocacy and services.

A highlight of the evening is the candlelight vigil, held at nightfall to honor cancer survivors and remember those lost to cancer. The candles line the track and burn throughout the night to remind to participants about the importance of their involvement. Participants are also encouraged to fight back by learning about their own risk of various cancers based on their age, family history and race. At some locations this year, participants can enroll in a study to create better understanding about what causes cancer and how to prevent it.

To learn more about Relay for Life in your community, call 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org. Interested team captains can build their team and raise funds online at relayforlife.org/nynj

RELAY FOR LIFE – by Town

Mahopac – June 5 to June 6, 7am-7am. Mahopac High School, Baldwin Place Road. Luminary Ceremony at 9:30pm. June 6: Sunrise Mass Closing Ceremony.

Mount Vernon – Friday, June 11, 3pm to 8pm Saturday. Hutchinson Field. Info: dstern39@yahoo.com.

Ossining – June 5, 7pm-7am. Anne M. Dorner Middle School. Info: hilary.lucadamo@cancer.org.

Patterson – June 12, 12pm- midnight. Patterson Fire House. Opening Ceremony at noon. Luminary Ceremony at 9:30pm. Closing Ceremony at midnight.

Peekskill – June 5, 12pm-12am. Info: Jacqueline Smith jacqueline.smith@cancer.org.

White Plains – June 18, 7pm-7am. Info: nicole.gauthier@cancer.org.

Yonkers – June 4, 7pm-7am. Info: jacqueline.smith@cancer.org.

Yorktown – June 11, 5pm-7am. Info: monica.garrigan@cancer.org.

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