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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 2

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 9:30-10:30am 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.

SATURDAY, JULY 5

Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival – 8am-2pm. Friendly competition between teams of paddlers on the Hudson River. Join a team or form your own. Enjoy Asian cultural festival with live music, events, arts and artisans, and food vendors. Benefits Mid-Hudson Arts and Miles of Hope. DutchessDragonBoat.org.

Flights of Fancy – 2pm. Come walk among the butterflies in the Butterfly Exhibit and have an informal chat with a Nature Center naturalist. Free/members or $8. Greenburgh Nature Center. 914.723.3470. GreenburghNatureCenter.org.

SUNDAY, JULY 6

Medium Message Circle – 11am-2pm w/Phillip Quinn. $120. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Core Principles of Pilates – 12:30-2:30pm w/Kate Petagine. A beginner workshop, pre-requisite to group Pilates classes. $25. Preregistration required. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.7800.

MONDAY, JULY 7

Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. 4 weeks. Engage the core, tone, tighten, burn fat, and improve balance. Wainwright House, Rye. Info/pricing: 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

Outdoor Yoga Series – 6:30-7:45pm. Also July 21, Aug 4, Aug 18 w/Ishia Wilson. All levels Vinyasa class at Stony Kill Farm, weather permitting. $15 donation. 79 Farmstead Ln, Wappingers Falls. Info: 845.831.1617. StonyKill.org.

Adult Guided Channeling 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.

Gentle Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Breath work paired with rhythmic movements, static holds, gong relaxation and meditation. 5 weeks. Wainwright House, Rye. Info/pricing: 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

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

TUESDAY, JULY 8

Tai Chi for Arthritis –11am-12pm. Reduce pain and stiffness, improve muscle strength, joint flexibility and balance. Wainwright House, Rye. 4 weeks. Info/pricing: 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

Mindful Meditation & Discussion Group – 1-2pm w/Jodi Baretz. Includes a healthy snack provided by Skinny Buddha Organic Kitchen. $25. Skinny Buddha Fitness Center, 128 Radio Cir, Mt Kisco. 914.666.9646. MySkinnyBuddha.com.

Putnam County over 40 Females Professional Women’s Networking Group – 6-8pm. 2nd Tuesdays. Come get empowered, connected and inspired; make great connections and meet new friends. Free/members or $25. Info: 914.260.3171. Over40Females.com .

Pajama Yoga Party – 6:30-7:30pm w/Chiara McCarthy. July 8-Aug 5. Kids ages 7-12 bring pajamas and experience a class that goes through all ranges of motion to dissolve excess energy preparing minds and bodies for a sweet deep sleep. $90/6wks. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

THURSDAY, JULY 10

Earring Making Workshop – 6pm. Make earrings for both self and the Battered Women’s Shelter. Optional: Bring any old bead jewelry to recycle. For adults and teens. Free. John C Hart Memorial Library, 1130 Main St, Shrub Oak. Register: 914.245.5262 x245. YorktownLibrary.org

FRIDAY, JULY 11

The Healer’s Lounge Holistic Network – 10-11:30am. All welcome to attend this network event for holistic practitioners of multidiscipline. Free. The Center for Health and Healing and Quest Yoga Arts, 11 East Main St, Mt. Kisco. More info: 914.260.1696. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

Psychic Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm w/Melissa Merendino. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Adult Guided Channeling 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.

Living Your Yoga – 7:15-8:45pm. A six-week series w/Tom Hajek. An integrative and thoughtful approach toward incorporating yoga philosophy and the Eight Limbs into all aspects of daily living. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. InnerBalanceStudio.org. 845.878.7800.

Book Signing – 2-4pm w/Loretta Dileo, Author of: I’ll Be Seeing You. Come get a book signed and meet Loretta. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. SynchronicityNY.com. 845.363.1765.

SATURDAY, JULY 12

Painting from the Inside Out – 10-4pm. Also Aug 9. Come experiment and play while painting; allow spontaneity to release creativity and affect life. No skills required. $150/both days paid in advance or $90/1 day. Tarrytown. Register: Eve-Marie: 914.844.6213. EveMarieElkin.com.

Preserving the Harvest: Pickling – 1-4pm. Learn how to turn favorite summer veggies into sour snacks that can be enjoyed all year long. $25 adults; $10/children ages 8-12. Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, Yorktown Heights, Barn F. Registration required: 914.962.2368. HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

Maggie May’s Café: Customer Appreciation Weekend – 1-5pm, 7/12 & 7/13. Free tastings: juicing, smoothie bar and crepes. Free children’s yogurt cone (12 years and under) and free raffle ticket with each item purchased. $2 off total purchase. 101 North County Shopping Center, Golden’s Bridge.

Sunday, JULY 13

Maggie May’s Café: Customer Appreciation Weekend – 1-5pm, 7/12 & 7/13. Free tastings: juicing, smoothie bar and crepes. Free children’s yogurt cone (12 years and under) and free raffle ticket with each item purchased. $2 off total purchase. 101 North County Shopping Center, Golden’s Bridge.

MONDAY, JULY 14

Energize Somers – 3:30-5:30pm. Learn how to make home energy efficient and less costly to operate. Somers Library. Call 914.302.7300 to make an appointment for assistance signing up for a free home energy assessment.

Tuesday, JULY 15

Barre Fusion Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Designed to give muscles an intense workout, while still being low impact on joints. $25. 129 Main St. Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. pilatesandmorestudio.com.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16

Adult Guided Channeling/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.

THURSDAY, JUY 17

Energize Ossining – 4-6pm. Learn how to make home energy efficient and less costly to operate. Somers Library. Call 914.302.7300 to make an appointment for assistance signing up for a free home energy assessment.

Introduction to Meditation – 6:45-8pm. Learn appropriate posture and meditation techniques to begin or support a meditation practice that includes sitting and walking meditation instruction. Preregister: $30 each or $75/3. 153 E Main St, Mt Kisco. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net .

FRIDAY, JULY 18

Rally Against WPP & Spectra Pipeline – 6pm. Rally to protest West Point Partners, LLC and Spectra Pipeline who are proposing separate projects that will bring unnecessary utilities to Westchester within feet of Indian Point. Corner of 11th St & Broadway, Verplanck. 914.734.1001. TownOfCourtlandt.com.

Archangel Workshop – 7-9pm w/Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Couples Cooking – 7-9pm. Chef Donna Simons of Pound Ridge Organics provides an interactive evening of culinary creation. With a partner, learn how to cook from scratch several healthy and delicious restaurant-quality recipes. Online registration required: $95/2. Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, Yorktown Heights. 914.962.2368. HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

SATURDAY, JULY 19

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

Wellness Workshop – 11am. Learn about healthy eating, de-toxing, weight loss, muscle gain and creating more energy. Free. 49 Lawton St, 2nd floor, New Rochelle. 914.632.1101. WestchesterYogaArts.com.

Reiki 2 Class – 1-5pm July 19 & 20. Learn Usui Reiki symbols, distance healing and create a powerful practice with Anne Bentzen, Usui & Karuna® Reiki Master. $250. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt Kisco. 914.588.4079. Balancing4Life.com.

SUNDAY, JULY 20

Restorative Yoga – 5-7pm w/Karla Diamond. Relaxing yet powerful practice everyone can benefit from; release deeply held tensions, calm the nervous system, strengthen the immune system, and increase self-awareness. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. $30. Preregister: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Roland Comtois – 6 pm. Internationally renown medium and spirit guide delivers channeled messages for the soul and the famous Purple Papers offering eternal love, hope and healing. $70. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt Kisco. Register online: StarVisionsCommunity.org. 914.236.4503.

Answering the Call to Wholeness – 10am-5pm. Explore the power and potential for wholeness in the self, one’s community and world. Wainwright House, Rye. Info/pricing: 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

Community Yoga – 12-1:15pm w/Tom Hajek. Approachable from any level, admission is by donation of personal care products for Pawling Community Resource Center. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

Reiki Circle – 12-2pm w/Jackie Muller, Reiki Master. $15. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

The Healthy Happy Hour – 12-2pm. Purium Health Products at Om Chi Wellness, Dobbs Ferry. RSVP: 914.629.4346. OmChiWellness.com.

MONDAY, JULY 21

Adult Guided Channeling 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 – 7-8:45pm. 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. Donations welcome. Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. RivertownYoga.com.

TUESDAY, JULY 22

Mindful Meditation & Discussion Group – 1-2pm w/Jodi Baretz. Includes a healthy snack provided by Skinny Buddha Organic Kitchen. $25. Skinny Buddha Fitness Center, 128 Radio Cir, Mount Kisco. 914.666.9646. MySkinnyBuddha.com.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23

Zumba Class – 7:30-8:30am. A fun, aerobic, dance fitness workout that really gets the heart pumping. $15. 129 Main St. Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. pilatesandmorestudio.com.

THURSDAY, JULY 24

Meet the Skincare Experts – 11am-2pm. Enjoy a free skin consultation and learn about the importance of all natural products. BeWies Holistic Market, 430 Bedford Rd, Armonk. 914.273.9437. Bewies.com.

Introduction to Meditation – 6:45-8pm. Learn appropriate posture and meditation techniques to begin or support a meditation practice that includes sitting and walking meditation instruction. Preregister: $30 each or $75/3. 153 E Main St, Mt Kisco. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

FRIDAY, JULY 25

TheHeArt of Yoga: A Chakra Workshop – 6-9pm w/Tulasi Jordan. Come learn about the Chakras and how to unblock and unleash their energy to create a more vibrant and fulfilling life. $75. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt. Kisco. More info: InsightPsychotherapy.net. Preregister: 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com

Adult Guided Channeling 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.

SATURDAY, JULY 26    

Reiki Master Class – 9am-5pm July 26 & 27 w/Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $675. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

New Dawn Foundation Healing Fair – 10am-7pm. Try all therapies included in entrance price (Reiki, Energy Balancing, Vortex, Clairvoyance, etc.) Try a therapy, have a snack and relax. $35. At The Oaks, 590 Davenport Avenue, New Rochelle. Info: 914.522.3308.

Aromatherapy & Healing with Essential Oils – 11am. Last Saturday of month. Essential Oils are natural and stimulate the body’s own innate capacity to heal. Use them instead of pesticides, as beauty products and a component of a home physician’s kit. 49 Lawton St, 2nd floor, New Rochelle. 914.632.1101. WestchesterYogaArts.com.

Family Yoga – 11:15am-12:15pm w/Corey Essanason. Fun-filled yoga workshop for parents and children of all ages with a variety of asanas, partner poses and partnered breathing exercises. $25/2; $5/each additional participant. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642. Questyogaarts.com.

Cheese Making 101 – 1-3pm. Carol Lakes, owner of SimpleCheeseMaking.com presents a hands-on workshop on the art of cheese-making. $20pp; $5/children 8-12. Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, Yorktown Heights. Registration required. 914.962.2368. HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

Pests & Disease in the Garden – 2-4pm. Learn to prevent, identify, and treat damage done by common pests and diseases with focus on sustainable and earth-friendly methods to keep gardens healthy and blooming for years. $20pp; $5/children 8-12. Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, Yorktown Heights. Registration required. 914. 962.2368.

UBAKA HILL Drumsong – 2-6pm. A fun and empowering exploration of the art and spirit of drumming utilizing unifying and energizing effects of individual and group ensemble. $140 or $125 by 7/18. Sponsored by The Center For Health and Healing at Quest Yoga, 11 East Main St, Mt. Kisco. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

SUNDAY, JULY 27

The Harlem Valley Rail Ride – Time TBA. Annual ride starts/ends at Eddie Collins Field in Millerton. Choose from 25, 40, 50, 75 or 100 mile routes along beautiful, low-traffic country roads. SAG support, bag check and clear route markings. Country festival follows ride. American Legion Beer Garden benefits Wounded Warriors Fund. HarlemValleyRailRide.com.

Medicine Cabinet Redux – 12-2pm. Introduction to Young Living essential oils. Om Chi Wellness, Dobbs Ferry. RSVP: 914.629.4346. OmChiWellness.com.

Séance: Talking to the Dead – 1-3pm w/Psychic Medium Joan Carra. Find comfort and closure with messages from passed loved ones. $55. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. RSVP: 203.531.6387 or PsychicJoanCarra.com.

MONDAY, JULY 28

Summer Bee Camp – 9am-2pm M-F July 28-Aug 1. This hands-on training teaches and allows some fantastic fun while exploring the art of caring for honey bees. For boys & girls entering grades 3-6. $100 per child. Stony Kill Farm. StonyKill.org.

StarVisions Healing Circle – 7pm. Connecting wisdom and energy principles to life; experience deep energy healing in group setting with Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master. $15/students or $25. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.588.4079.

Monthly Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. An evening of gentle yoga poses; fully supported by props to release tension, rest and rejuvenate the body, mind and heart. Rivertown Center for Yoga, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Donations welcome. Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. RivertownYoga.com

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30

Awakening Through Kindness – 7-9pm. What if awakening is becoming who one really is: an imperfect human being. This is kindness itself in action. Wainwright House, Rye. $32/non-members. 914.967.6080. Wainwright.org.

THURSDAY, JULY 31

Introduction to Meditation – 6:45-8pm. Learn appropriate posture and meditation techniques to begin or support a meditation practice that includes sitting and walking meditation instruction. Preregister: $30ea or $75/3. 153 E Main St, Mt Kisco. TheCenterForHealthAndHealing.net.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2

Westchester Wellness Fair – 11am-4pm. Hosted by the Finger Lakes School of Massage, Westchester. Speakers and demos such as massage, Tai Chi, yoga, Reiki and Pilates and activities for the kids. Free. FLSM, 272 N. Bedford Road, Mount Kisco. FLSM.com.

Bold/Beautiful/Breathtaking Butterflies – 2pm. From chrysalis to butterfly, come learn all about butterflies and what makes them fascinating and important to the world. Recommended for children ages 8 and younger. Members/$5, or $8pp. Greenburgh Nature Center. 914.723.3470. GreenburghNatureCenter.org.

 

 

Herb Fair, Reiki, Fitness By the Beach, Omega Conference & more

Open House Series, Couples Program & Women’s Wisdom Group at Transcendence at SunRaven

TASFrom September 9 through October 4, Dr. Michael Finkelstein and Robin Queen will open their Bedford, NY, skillful living center, Transcendence at SunRaven, for a series of open houses. The events will allow guests to sample programs for free and learn about the season’s offerings.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s program schedule, as we’ve made some exciting changes and additions to our line-up,” says Finkelstein. “It’s our hope that the open house events will give people the opportunity to experience the depth of our programming and get excited about joining us for more.”

New this season is the Couples Skillful Relationship Program, a six-part series designed to help couples rekindle the fire that sparked their relationship and reconnect on a deeper level. Following the success of last season’s Women’s Wisdom Group, Queen will be offering a second weekly series, asking those who are interested to contact her and specify good days and times for the new series. The next Group Juice Fast at Transcendence at SunRaven, a very popular program, will begin on October 3.

Transcendence at SunRaven is located at 501 Guard Hill Road in Bedford, NY. For a full listing of open house events, programs and a downloadable brochure, visit TranscendenceAtSunraven.com.

 

Over 40 Females Putnam County Relaunch Event in Mahopac

over-40-femalesOver 40 Females™, a nationwide online networking company, relaunches its Putnam County Chapter on Thursday, September 12 at Ramiro’s 954 restaurant in Mahopac, NY.  The Putnam County Chapter will be run by Chapter Director Leslie Barrick from Mahopac, NY. The free launch event begins at 6 p.m. and includes hors d’oeuvres, raffles, gift bags and a presentation by Suzen Pettit, founder of the online marketing company Omaginarium.

Over 40 Females was founded in January 2010 by Judy Goss, a former More magazine editor and spokesperson who traveled the country meeting hundreds of women over the age of 40 who wanted to be heard and celebrated. “I created the organization to give women a platform to be heard, to network and support each other, with the motto ‘Connect, Encourage and Inspire,’” says Gross.

Gross says that Over 40 Females has gotten its members press attention, jobs, national speaking opportunities, scholarships, significant business connections, education, friendships and more than $100,000 in giveaways. Multiple chapters have been established nationwide, representing women everywhere who are joining this rapidly expanding group.

“We empower women through networking, both online and in person, using member profiles and private social media, along with uniquely themed events that combine education and pampering,” says Gross. “It’s a place for women over the age of 40 to give and receive support, and for businesses to reach out and touch this very powerful demographic.”

Ramiro’s 954 is located at 954 Route 6 in Mahopac, NY. For more information and to RSVP for the event, visit Over40Females.com.

 

 

Herb Fair at John Jay Homestead

Herb-Fair--SeptThe 2013 Herb Fair takes place on Thursday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah. What began as a small herbal display and sale at a member’s private home in 1948 has grown into a popular annual event in the Homestead’s Herb Garden.

The garden is divided into seven areas, including culinary, medicinal, and fragrant herbs, pest repellents, dye plants, shrub borders and ground covers. Herbs and herbal-related products will be sold at the fair, including tarragon mustard, beach plum jelly, baked goods, dried flower arrangements and wreaths, and flea-repellent dog collars.

Gardening tools, weed bags and lanterns will also be for sale, and a Green Elephant table will feature pots, planters, candles and china dishes. Visitors can also browse a table with herbal and gardening books, magazines and cookbooks. A highlight of this year’s event is the Elderberry Table, where guests can learn about this 2013 Herb of the Year. Admission to the fair is free, and food and beverages will be on sale, along with the traditional lovage soup, a staple of the fair since 1948.

The John Jay Homestead is located on Route 22 in Katonah. For more information and directions to the site, visit JohnJayHomestead.org or call 914.232.5651.

 

Reiki Courses and Circles in Mt. Kisco This Fall

Ann-Bentzen-NB-picAnne Bentzen, MSOT, RMT is an experienced occupational therapist and intuitive Reiki Master Teacher who assists clients in managing stress to improve their health and well-being. This fall Bentzen is offering a Reiki 1 class on September 28 and 29, followed by a Reiki 2 class on October 26 and 27, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mt. Kisco, NY.

“Reiki, a hands-on energy healing method that originated in Japan in the 1920’s, has the ability to help you alter your perceptions, restore balance from environmental stressors and create a more harmonious lifestyle,” says Bentzen. “It’s an effective healing system that removes energetic blocks restricting the flow of life force energy to our organs and tissues.”

By facilitating a deep relaxation response, Reiki signals the body to inhibit the production of stress hormones, says Bentzen, allowing a return to natural growth processes and self-healing abilities. “Reiki is now a widely accepted complementary modality in hospitals, clinics and hospices,” she adds, “and I invite people to experience my next healing circle at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mt. Kisco on September 17.”

Bentzen also offers private healing sessions in Armonk, Eastchester and Cross River. To learn more and register for Reiki courses and healing circles visit Balancing4Life.com.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 236 S. Bedford Rd., Rt. 172, in Mt. Kisco. For more information, call 914.588.4079. 

 

Painting from the Inside Out Explores the Creative Process in Everyone

Eve-Marie-picEve-Marie Elkin, founder of Painting from the Inside out in Westchester, NY, offers monthly workshops and weekly classes that explore the creative process using paint. Elkin works under the premise that creativity is simply life pulsing through people, making it accessible to everyone.

“Where there is a desire to express oneself, in whatever form, there is desire to create,” says Elkin. “The process of manifesting that desire is creativity, and we were all born to create.”

By getting in touch with their creativity, people learn to trust their intuition and live into their true potential, says Elkin. Painting from the Inside Out uses the medium of paint for self-expression and exploration, without judgment or concern for the outcome. “Here, the paintbrush becomes a tool, whether to create a color, a dot, an outline or an image,” says Elkin. “It’s about letting a spontaneous gesture appear from within and awakening creativity for exploration and play, enabling us to move through life with greater ease, flow and peace of mind.”

No painting skills are required to sign up for the fall classes, which begin September 18 in Tarrytown, NY. The next Painting from the Inside Out weekend workshop takes September 28 and 29.

For more information, email evemarie@evemarieelkin.com or visit EveMarieElkin.com.

 

Fitness by the Beach Fundraiser Benefits NYU Stroke Center

Fitness-by-the-Beach-NBTina Bilotta hosts the Third Annual Fitness By The Beach Fundraiser for the NYU Comprehensive Stroke Center on Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at Rye Town Park and Oakland Beach.

The event, created in memory of Bilotta’s mother, focuses on healthy living and features a yoga class with Joel Harper (famous for training TV’s Dr. Oz), Boot Camp by the Beach, Zumba and a Cross Fit Stealth class. In addition, Momentum will offer free fitness classes for kids, ages 8 to 15. Reservations are required for all classes.

Fitness By The Beach also features vendors, a silent auction and healthy snacks. Admission to Fitness by the Beach is $65, payable by cash or checks at the event or by registering at FitnessbytheBeach.eventbrite.com. All proceeds will go directly to the Comprehensive Stroke Care Center at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, to support continuing stroke research. “We want to support efforts to prevent people from experiencing the devastating loss of loved ones to stroke,” says Bilotta.

Rye Town Park and Oakland Beach are located at150 Dearborn Ave. in Rye. For more info, email fitnessbythebeach@yahoo.com or call 914.924.5145.

 Omega Hosts All-Star Environmental Conference

Omega-Center-for-Sustainable-Living-(OCSL),-Rhinebeck,-NYPresident Bill Clinton, Jeremy Rifkin, Janine Benyus and Paul Hawken are among those who will gather at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, to discuss “Where We Go From Here: Opportunities & Solutions for an Interdependent World.”

Omega’s Where We Go From Here conference, to be held from October 4 to 6, brings together those at the forefront of whole-systems thinking. Presenters and participants include leading economists, environmentalists, philanthropists, designers, architects and activists, sharing insights for navigating the complex challenges facing humanity.

“Omega understands that sustainability does not answer some of the biggest issues we all face,” said Robert “Skip” Backus, chief executive officer at Omega. “The conversation must move even further, beyond the idea of ‘sustainability’ to work that is regenerative with ecological and social systems. In short, we need to create solutions that can regenerate the health and well-being of all living things.”

The event features inspiring keynote talks, panel discussions, stories from the field and a tour of the award-winning Omega Center for Sustainable Living. Organizers say that participants will learn how individuals can play meaningful roles in promoting the well-being of all living things. The Where We Go From Here conference is open to concerned citizens, business leaders, educators, students, policy makers, builders and anyone seeking information and inspiration to take action in their corner of the world.

The Omega Institute is located at 150 Lake Drive in Rhinebeck, NY. For more information, visit eOmega.org/OCSL or call 800.944.1001.

 

Annual Support-A-Walk Aids Those with Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Support-ConnectionThe 19th Annual Support-A-Walk for those fighting breast and ovarian cancer takes place on Sunday, October 6, at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights. The three-mile walkathon, presented by Support Connection, Inc., brings attention to the needs of people living with these life-altering diseases.

Each year, thousands of people come together for this uplifting community event and many participants walk in honor of loved ones. Proceeds from the walkathon help to fund Support Connection’s free, confidential programs and services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, including a toll-free number providing information and support to people all over the country. Support Connection offers local programs throughout the Hudson Valley.

Those who wish to help can collect donations and walk, form a walk team, raise funds online and spread the word about the event. Everyone is welcome to participate and make a difference in the lives of those with breast and ovarian cancer. Pre-walk activities begin at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park is located at 2957 Crompond Rd. in Yorktown Heights, NY. To learn more about Support-A-Walk and register or donate, visit SupportConnection.org or call 914.9626402.

 

Weekend New Warrior Training Program for Men in Cold Spring

Mankind-NB-picThe Mankind Project (MKP), a not-for-profit men’s organization, brings its New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) to Cold Spring, NY, October 4 to 6. On a mission to “heal the planet one man at a time,” MKP has initiated more than 65,000 men worldwide through this flagship training program.

“The NWTA is a powerful, experiential weekend that helps men explore different aspects of their lives,” says Jon Wilson, a leader in the NY Metro area MKP. “MKP’s goal is to help men become more emotionally intelligent and mature by embracing the core values of integrity, accountability, authenticity and respect for all mankind. We teach men how to be more accountable to others, how to be role models and what mature manhood really means.”

Men who wish to register for the New York Metro NWTA can email Enrollment Coordinator Andras Bucsinszky at bucsinszky@yahoo.com or visit NWTA.MKP.org for more information. MKP is a brotherhood that supports men to “Wake up, grow up, and show up,” with gatherings every week in communities around the world. “The ripples from the work that these men are doing in groups and trainings has impacted hundreds of thousands of people and profoundly helped families and communities,” says Wilson, noting that two MKP members received Presidential “Champions of Change” awards last year for their work with veterans and children.

“We are here to restore sacred masculinity for our time,” Wilson adds. “Men are warriors and the true, new warrior lives his life in service to himself and his world.”

To learn more about Mankind Project, visit MankindProject.org.

 

 

Painting, and a Creative Approach to Family Healing

Eve-Marie Elkin

Eve-Marie Elkin is offering a Painting from the Inside Out workshop in Tarrytown on Saturday, September 11 from 12 to 5p.m. Elkin has been teaching the Painting from the Inside Out process for the past three years. It gives participants an opportunity to let movement from within take shape and color through the brush and onto the paper.

Now, Elkin is expanding her offerings to include the Family Constellation work of Bert Hellinger. Family Constellations take creativity off the paper and into a circle of people who help bring family dynamics to life. As in all living systems, families contain movement and history, called the “family soul” in Constellation work. This soul shows balances, imbalances, health and disease within the family that may cause suffering and the repetition of destructive patterns. Family constellation work allows people to create a visual representation of these dynamics in a circle with others who help them to see and experience patterns of dis-ease in a new way and move forward with ease. Elkin is excited to present a workshop in Family Constellation work on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Tarrytown.

For details and more information on Family Constellation work or to check out new fall classes in Painting from the Inside Out, visit evemarieelkin.com.

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