Dropping Mechanics for Dynamics and Healing on the Way

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Many of us know Tai Chi (supreme ultimate) is a healing form of exercise often done by seniors. Others might know it as a precursor to the more extreme martial arts. It can be practiced in both these ways. But with Tai Chi and Qi Gong (life energy cultivation) we can also practice in the spirit — not being asleep on our feet. Tai Chi works through the body along with the breath, the aspiration that connects us to ourselves, others, and all nature. So many of us neglect our bodies and in turn this effects our mind and spirit.

With Tai Chi we can turn off the mechanics and get into dynamic moments connecting to the rhythm and flow of life. When we begin to awaken qi, with practice, it allows our natural life force to become unblocked and clear, thus promoting physical and mental well-being.

Tai Chi can also be a Way (Dao) to higher levels of consciousness and awareness — of being in the present moment. It can bring playfulness and childlike perception back into our hearts. In this more open state of the mind and body, we can become more receptive to personal growth and change without being on the defensive.

“Supple, breathing gently, you become reborn.
Clearing your vision, you become clear.”
— Lao Tzu

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Dipping Our Toes Into the Lawn of Mindfulness

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Whether through movement or stillness, we can practice mindfulness and meditation. Our four standard postures of meditation are sitting, standing, walking, and lying down (we love that one!), but all the postures in between are potential experiences of present-moment awareness. Whatever position or transition we’re in — kneeling, slouching, crouching, jumping, skipping, dancing — we can be in that moment. And at this moment we’re practicing on the lawn in the green grass at Military Park. See you there! Shoes allowed, but it’s also a joy to mindfully tickle our toes in the grass!

Wednesday, August 23 and 30
Basic Meditation with Cornelia
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Military Park, Meditation Area
Free
There’s still two chances to join in on this beginner’s series taught by meditation teacher and neuro-psychologist Cornelia Santschi and assisted by peer-leader Kamilah Crawley. You will learn the basics of mindfulness and meditation in urban nature. You’re welcome to bring your children.

Regularly on Wednesdays
Weekly Meditation Group
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Military Park and City Without Walls
Donation-based
We’ll be sitting in Military Park with the Basic Meditation class tonight and August 30th (till 8pm). Then we will move back to our regular venue at City Without Walls on September 6th. Short sessions of meditation, movement, discussion, and reading. Join us for some mid-week peace-of-mind.

Wednesdays, September 6 – October 11
Tai-Chi with Shaka
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Military Park, Meditation Area
Free
Join recurring NCMC teacher Shaka Georges for a series of tai-chi and qi-gong classes in the park (weather permitting). There’s no registration and each class is stand-alone so join in any time. Get into the flow — gentle, interesting, and artful movement for wellness, healing, and energy.


Why Meditate Together?

Though meditation is essentially an individual practice, the effect of doing it with a like-minded group of friends can make the meditation more profound personally and socially. Too, in discussing meditation practice with new meditators, we have found that many people attempting meditation at home alone without any guidance or limited online guidance, often conform their meditation to their own predispositions and ambitions.

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People often tell us they try to meditate at home but get too distracted by thoughts — desires, worries and regrets. We say, working with distraction is the practice! Some say that they tend to fall asleep, feeling dull or drowsy. We say, no excuse, there’s wake up solutions for this. Others doubt their ability or the practice itself. This often is due to isolation — being in a supportive community and learning useful techniques can help with this too. Others might fear the anger they see rising up. We say, observe it, let it come, and let it go! And even learn to reposit that unhealthy anger to healthy moral indignation and action.

There are methods to skillfully work with all these seeming roadblocks to more inner peace and happiness. Like any other discipline it takes a regular practice, patience, commitment, and guidance by good teachers, instructors, and peers who can help keep us on track and inspire us.

Any group participation, however, will only be effective if the people who join it feel that they gain something either more or different than they experience at home. We have often heard from members of our group that sitting with us has advanced their individual practice, helping them in their home life and at work. Some of our meditation friends who are not often able to join us, report that they feel good just knowing that we gather together weekly. This all keeps us inspired.  *


Breathing In and Breathing Out in Brick City

It’s a simple task to breath in and out but to be mindful and present with it takes practice. And this practice can help make positive, effective, and even transformative changes to our lives. Breath is just one form of meditation that can make an impact — there are many objects of meditation — but the breath is a good place to start as it’s available at any given moment wherever you are in Brick City.

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A butterfly stops to mindfully breath on one of our meditation cushions at the start of one of NCMC’s summer meditation classes held in Military Park through August, each Wednesday evening at 7pm weather providing.


To help to understand just what mindfulness of breathing can do, here’s a clear description about mindfulness of breathing to contemplate. It’s from a book of essays titled The Issue at Hand by meditation teacher Gil Fronsdal:

Mindfulness of breathing can be a powerful ally in our lives. With steady awareness of our inhalations and exhalations, the breath can become an equanimous constant through the ups and downs of our daily life. By resting with and perhaps even enjoying the cycles of breathing, we are less likely to be caught up in the emotional and mental events that pass through us. Repeatedly returning to the breath can be a highly effective training in letting go of patterns of identification and holding that freeze the mind and heart.”

NCMC teacher Kazi, of The Spirit-Centered Life, notes that an important component of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness is breathing, and he advises people to pay attention to it. “Your breathing will often let you know what’s going on with your emotions.” he has stated. *


Mindfulness and Staying Woke

To meditate we need to practice mindfulness. And mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake — to stay woke — to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in each moment of our daily life. To be mindful is to be really alive, present and at one with yourself, those around you, and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we do the mundane such as wash the dishes, drive the car, or take a shower. More difficult is to stay in harmony when communicating and having dialog with other individuals or other communities.

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How can we merge meditative mindfulness with the meaning of staying woke in the African American community? By practicing deeper mindfulness we can stay woke and aware of the continuing concerns of social and racial justice, using mindfulness as a radical means to vigilance and heightened sensitivity in order to act honestly and appropriately.

The term “awake” in the meditation community has been used since ancient times and is usually reserved to mean a level of enlightenment that constitutes being truly awake, for example in Buddhist terms the Pali word “bodhi”. This takes continual practice in mind development but we can certainly develop and experience varying levels of being woke.

Mindfulness takes effort, but it is worth it. The more mindful we are, the more we can truly stay woke and alive — and the more positive changes we can make in ourselves and in others through our deepening understanding of our interconnections and their ramifications. *


NCMC Evening Farm Retreat: Insight Meditation with Light Yoga, Art as Meditation, and Agnihotra Sunset Air Purification to be held on July 22nd

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Register now on Eventbrite for NCMC’s unique outdoor farm retreat with program partner, Rabbit Hole Farm! There is limited participation of 20 for this so please do REGISTER only if you know you will attend. We don’t want to turn down anyone because of someone who doesn’t show. Thank you kindly.

Date: Saturday, July 22nd (Rain date: July 29th)
Time: 5:00 to 9:00pm
Venue: Rabbit Hole Farm, 34 Rose Terrace, Newark, NJ

To ease the students into the environment, there will first be a thoughtful Garden Tour of this urban farm that is abundant with vegetables, herbs, and art. This will be followed by a light Yoga session with Pamela Flagg to get the students’ energy flowing and harmonized. There’s no need to don yoga clothes or be experienced for this — you can simply wear loose pants if you prefer. A Vegan Medicine Meal will then be offered by Rabbit Hole founder/farmer Arelís Hernandez using food straight from the garden. A medicine meal is a light balanced supper meant to be eaten simply for sustenance and with care and appreciation. It is important to eat lightly at a meditation retreat.

A plein air Art as Meditation session with artist Malik Whitaker will continue the process of opening our minds, heightening our sensitivity, and developing calm. This will get the students prepared for the Insight Meditation period led by meditation teacher Cornelia Santschi. You need not have meditation experience as it will be appropriate for beginners to advanced. Insight Meditation is based on the ancient meditation practice of Vipassana, yet it is a practical and vital contemporary method of mindfulness of breath/body, feelings, thoughts, and phenomena that with development can bring more mental clarity, stability, and happiness. An urban outdoor farm will make for an interesting setting to explore our minds.

Then, Dr. Sankar Sastri of Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary will explain and perform a Sunset Air Purification called Agnihotra in Sanskrit. Agnihotra is a healing fire from the ancient science of Ayurveda that is done in combination with vibrational sounds and materials of specific qualities that is performed at sunrise or sunset. It is a process that is said to not only benefit the mind and body and a home, but to purify the outside atmosphere as well. The process is also used to nourish plant life by changing the cellular structure, thus enabling more nutrients to flow through fruits and vegetables. This is a very cool opportunity to learn a new-old technique!

To close the program, yogi Keven Porter, who is also the director of the Farm, will lead a Moon Salutation Yoga session and Metta Meditation (lovingkindness).

Register on Eventbrite at https://ncmc_eve_farm_retreat.eventbrite.com

Donation-based, suggested $10 cash-at-door or by credit card on Eventbrite.

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Basic Meditation Summer Series

Outdoor Classes in Military Park with Cornelia

Wednesdays, June 14th – August 16th, 7:00-8:00pm

Newark Center for Meditative Culture (NCMC) will hold this summer series of basic meditation and mindfulness classes as a partner in the Military Park summer programs. The series will be taught by meditation teacher and neuro-psychologist Cornelia Santschi and assisted by peer-leader Kamilah Crawley. Each class will stand alone, therefore you are welcome to just stop by for a class or two. But, to get the most benefit it’s best to attend all if not as many classes as you can! This is a FREE NCMC/Military Park program. IMPORTANT NOTE: We will NOT meet on Wednesday, July 5th. If it rains or weather is inclement, classes will be cancelled. You can check in for updates at the NCMC Facebook Page or subscribe to the NCMC Newsletter.

Schedule

Wed. June 14 7:00-8:00pm
Wed. June 21 7:00-8:00pm
Wed. June 28 7:00-8:00pm
Wed. July 5 (NO CLASS)
Wed. July 12 7:00-8:00pm
Wed. July 19 7:00-8:00pm
Wed. July 26 7:00-8:00pm
Wed. August 2 7:00-8:00pm
Wed. August 9 7:00-8:00pm
Wed. August 16 7:00-8:00pm

Location

The classes will be held in the Meditation Area in the northeast corner of Military Park just across the street from the Performing Arts Center and the Hotel.

About the Teacher

Cornelia Santschi has recently graduated from the Community Dharma Leader Program through Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society to become a meditation teacher. Cornelia is co-founder of NCMC where she also serves as a meditation teacher and liaison to the insight meditation community for NCMC. She has been a vipassana (insight) meditator and dedicated student of Buddhist psychology for over 15 years. She is the director of Neuro-psychology at the Institute for Neurology in NJ, and founder/director of Anatta World Health & Education Outreach, a grassroots non-profit that creates and supports medical and educational programs in developing countries.

For more information, contact NCMC at info@newarkmeditation.org.


First Newark MEDITATION SAMPLER on May 21st

A day of 20-minute sample sessions with twelve instructors stitching together:

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Sunday May 21, 10am to 4pm
City Without Walls, 6 Crawford Street, Newark, NJ

Stop by any time during the day or REGISTER to Choose Full-Day, Morning Session, or Afternoon Session Participation. Vegetarian Lunch Included.

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE: https://ncmc_meditation_sampler.eventbrite.com

NCMC is excited to present our Meditation Sampler Retreat — integrating the disciplines through stitching together cycles of motion, stillness, and sound meditations! We have wonderful Newark area teachers and instructors of various disciplines sharing their practices. Here’s a chance for beginners to get different tastes of meditation and advanced to commune with us!

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We’ve got twelve presenters giving 15-20 minute sample sessions (in alphabetical order): Leslie Bangor/I’m So Yoga Newark, Marcie Barth*, Kamilah Crawley*, Shaka Georges/ Discovering the Healer Within, Jennifer Kohl/Lotus Yoga, Andrea Lee/Yoga Life Society, Muta Morton, Ihsaan Muhammad*, Amy Orrell/Newark Yoga Movement, Keven Porter*, Cornelia Santschi*, and artist Malik Whitaker. *NCMC teachers and presenters. (Bio-Notes below.)

Naturally we think it’s more beneficial to join us for the entire retreat, but we’re offering the options to attend just for the Morning Session or Afternoon Session. A vegetarian lunch is included in between.

SCHEDULE (detailed chart below):
Morning Session: 10:00am-12:20pm
Lunch: 12:20pm-1:15pm
Afternoon Session: 1:15pm-4:00pm

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE: https://ncmc_meditation_sampler.eventbrite.com

Donation-based program. CASH DONATIONS AT DOOR OR BY PAYPAL IF YOU REGISTER. Suggested donation $10-15.

NCMC programs are donation-based. We often give suggested fees but please donate whatever is in your budget. It helps us to gift the teachers who are giving valuable services and to cover venue rentals. Donations are the only way we can continue our programming. Please consider paying it forward!

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TEACHER/PRESENTER BIO-NOTES

Leslie Bangor Leslie’s journey began in 2014 after taking yoga classes in Newark she fell in love with yoga. Leslie began seeking information in the yoga industry and came across a yoga workshop at Earth Yoga NYC. Leslie then took the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course there in 2015. By taking part in this training she learned there are various styles of yoga, multiple levels and a diversity in perspectives to teach from. Leslie teaches at a Vinyasa Hatha Beginners level class and is eager to learn more in her yoga journey. She enjoys being of service to others and teaching yoga is a great way for her to do so. Yoga has impacted Leslie in various ways — her memory has improved, she is more flexible, and is now stronger physically and mentally. Leslie runs I’m So Yoga Newark where she is the owner, operator and main Yoga Instructor. Her goal is to give people the opportunity to practice yoga regardless of their weight, race, or sex.

Marcie L. Barth began her inquiry into both sitting and moving meditation in 1998 with a focus on tai chi. In 2001 she committed her practice to sitting meditation (tranquility and insight) and the ongoing study of Buddhist philosophy and psychology. She served on the board of Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center in Mississippi. She is a founding board member of Buddhist Global Relief, a hunger relief organization established in 2008. Marcie is a co-founder of NCMC where she also develops programs and is a meditation instructor.

Kamilah Crawley is a Certified Health Education Specialist with broad experience in developing sex and health education workshops. Currently, Kamilah works for the Children’s Hospital of NJ at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center as a Program Coordinator. She provides pregnancy prevention counseling and develops health and wellness programs for their Youth Services Program at Barringer H.S. She received her B.S. from Temple University and her Master from Rutgers University, both in Public Health. Kamilah, a founding member of NCMC, is a meditation group peer-leader there and also makes community meditation and mindfulness presentations.

Shaka Georges began his martial arts practice at the age of 9 years old. He immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti in 1975, and ever since then has studied various forms of martial arts including Wing Chun, White Crane Kung Fu Capoeira, and Tai Chi Long and Short Forms. He is a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner from the Mahamudra Lineage and has been meditating for over 10 years. He has also been a fitness coach and instructor in Newark. Shaka is a certified tai chi and qi gong teacher practicing in Montclair NJ and is a mathematics high high school teacher in West Orange. You can find him online at Discovering The Healer Within.

Jennifer Kohl is a Newark-based yoga teacher at her studio, Lotus Yoga. She is the executive director of All Stars Project of New Jersey.

Andrea Lee is a founding member of Newark Center for Meditative Culture where she is a meditation and mindfulness presenter and instructs retreat yoga and chanting sessions. Living in Montclair, she is currently an Assistant Teacher at Montclair Cooperative School. She is a yoga instructor and performs in a chanting group. She is a student at Yoga Life Society.

Muta Morton is an aspiring yogi, artist and gardener who believes everyone has a right to live a happy meaningful life. He grew up moving from foster home to foster home, struggling with depression, homelessness and being emotionally and financially deprived since age ten. Now at 26, Muta searches to find the big picture, using ancient wisdom and truths to guide him through what was meant to be a free planet for people to live together as one, but instead has become a power, money and blood hungry planet. He believes we can change and make the world a better place. He believes that the design of most on the planet right now is to use and abuse people, propagating a planet of hate that would ultimately self destruct. Muta feels that by going deep inside ourselves together we can actually sustain this planet and make it a better place for generations to come.

Ihsaan R. Muhammad graduated from Rutgers Law School and has been until recently a practicing lawyer. Still retaining his law certification, he is now a branding and marketing communications consultant at his own company IHSAAN Marketing. Born and raised in Newark, he leads drum circles there and in the surrounding area. He is also active in a local yogic community. Ihsaan is a drum circle leader and mindfulness presenter with NCMC.

Amy Orrell has been involved in the wellness field for 20 years. Her path has led her to become a massage therapist, personal trainer, and most recently a yoga instructor in 2008. She has had the opportunity to work with a multitude of individuals from infants to the young at heart. Her focus is about helping each individual live their best life possible. Ultimately that is what led her to become a part of Newark Yoga Movement. She has functioned in a larger capacity with the organization in trying to cultivate community partnership to be able to provide important life skills to not just survive in life but to thrive and empower others toward live a peaceful life even in the midst of the storm.

Keven Porter has been a yoga instructor for several years after having studied at the Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India. He is also a children’s meditation course teacher in the vipassana tradition of S.N. Goenka. He has completed a study program on ayurvedic nutrition and yoga therapy at the School of Ayurveda and Panchkarma in Kerala, India. He is Director of Rabbit Hole Urban Farm in Newark. Keven also served as a board member of Eyes Like Mine in Newark where he instructed a Yoga for Your Eyes class. He is a licensed massage therapist. Keven and his wife are both committed yogis serving this community. Keven is a community liaison and sits for NCMC. 

Cornelia Santschi is currently studying in the Community Dharma Leader Program (CDL5) through Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society to become a meditation teacher. She serves as a meditation instructor and liaison to the insight meditation community for NCMC. She has been a vipassana (insight) meditator and dedicated student of Buddhist psychology for over 15 years. She is the director of Neuro-psychology at the Institute for Neurology in NJ, and founder/director of Anatta World Health & Education Outreach, a grassroots non-profit that creates and supports medical and educational programs in developing countries. Cornelia is a meditation teacher and insight community liaison for NCMC.

Malik Hardaway-Whitaker was born and raised in Newark, NJ. He studied advanced art while attending high school at St. Benedicts Prep and later at Rutgers University and the Art Institute of America, along with several artist programs and residencies. From his studies, he has translated his style and technique into a complete disciplinary form. He is also an accomplished muralist whose work can be seen on several buildings, churches and colleges throughout Essex County. Malik is most famous for his “Brick City Project”, a collection of bricks with painted scenes of Newark, which he’s displayed in many galleries and exhibitions around Newark, Jersey City and NYC. The trials and tribulations of living in the inner city has helped to shape Malik’s passion and appreciation for life. He seeks to pass on and inspire positive messages to his community and all who view his works. He currently is the owner of M-Print Art studios in Newark, where he continues to display his art. He is currently mentoring and teaching art to students with physical and mental disabilites and also facilitating workshops in the Newark public school system and charter schools. See The Art of Malik Whitaker.

Website: www.newarkmeditation.org

Contact: info@newarkmeditation.org


Earth Day Programs with NCMC

Deep Ecology Training Workshop
Saturday, April 22nd
10:00am–2:00pm at Rutgers University, Smith Hall, 101 Warren St., Room 242, Newark NJ

Flyer_Deep Ecology Workshop.pngThis workshop taught by Kazi and a panel of speakers is meant to be an intense immersion into DEEP ECOLOGY to make a comprehensive connection between our environmental issues and our world’s problems. Special guest speaker is Matt Gosser, current gallery director at NJIT, previously urban planner and architect who salvages and up-cycles. Other guest speakers are Abe Gruswitz expert in cooperative and communal living and Mesha Allen an urban wellness champion. Also presenting are Marcie Barth an NCMC co-founder and Kamilah Crawley a public health education specialist.
The diseases of civilization including racism, war, poverty, pollution, agri-business, depletion of resources, drought and famine — all stemming from root causes of greed and fear — have created a global ecological crisis, especially Climate Change. It’s a workshop that requires an open mind and heart and a willingness to explore not just practical solutions but to go deep in our ecological consciousness. The workshop will include some optional preparatory homework, questions for contemplation, practical applications, and simple daily mindfulness exercises. Follow-up resources will be included to help students go deeper on themes from the workshop. Lunch included.
REGISTER AT: http://goo.gl/fc6Znv

Kid & Teen GreenJean Workshop
Saturday, April 22nd
10:00am-2:00pm at Rabbit Hole Urban Farm, 36-38 Rose Terrace, Newark, NJ

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Kids and teens will learn how to work in an urban farm, mindful eating, conserving resources, making healthy snacks, and compassionate action! Younger youth will participate in hands-on activities and help us in the garden! Teens will engage in additional conversations about ecology and conservation. Teens will be asked to work along younger youth and will receive 4 community service hours for their participation. Teachers will be environmental educators Marissa Blodnik and Andrea Lee, and urban farmer Arelis Hernandez. GreenJean Party 2:00-2:30pm.
REGISTER AT: http://goo.gl/hXFAVj

Closing “Greening Self” Reception
Saturday, April 22nd
2:30-3:30pm at Rabbit Hole Urban Farm, 36-38 Rose Terrace, Newark, NJ
We invite you, your friends, and family to join NCMC for a farm gathering with our host, Keven Porter, director and co-founder of Rabbit Hole. We’ll view inspirational art and GreenJean projects, sample natural green juices and teas, and enjoy refreshments. (Farm Open House starts at 9am so you can also stop by any time.)

RSVPs are helpful if you can at: http://goo.gl/zKO2AI
NOTE: Those registering for the Deep Ecology Training Workshop can RSVP on that registration form.


NCMC to present Deep Ecology Month in April for the Greater Newark Area

A Radical Awakening for Deep Ecologists, EcoProtectors, EcoWarriors, EcoArtists, EcoHomeys, EcoCurious, GreenJeans, and of course, EcoYogis in the Greater Newark Area NJ. Let’s go deep!

It’s a first for NCMC — an entire month with one theme — that of urban nature, deep ecology, our ecological consciousness, and environmental issues. Programs will range for kids, teens, and adults. We’ll be planting seeds of understanding and hope, planting seeds of action, and maybe even planting some real seeds!

We want to uncover our True Nature so that we can wake up to think and act both radically and in equibalance with our ecological self, others, and our environment. We want to get down to the root of the problems, help uproot them, and plant new positive roots, especially in our children. This is so urgent in this time of Unrest and Climate Change.

These sensitized, educational, and mindfulness-based programs include a teen and family park clean-up, easy nature hikes, meditation sessions, ecoTalks, and a kids and teens farm workshop. Most important for adults will be the Deep Ecology Training Workshop to be taught by Kazi at Rutgers on Earth Day, April 22nd, that will make connections between environmental issues and world problems including racism, war, poverty, pollution, agri-business, to name a few.

Our collaborators and supporters for these programs include The Medicine Lifestyle, Hikeolution, and 4-H Youth Development Program of Essex/Hudson Counties at Rutgers. Program meals are to be catered by Rabbit Hole Urban Farm at 36-38 Rose Terrace, Newark NJ. We also greatly appreciate the use of classroom space at Rutgers University. These programs are free, though we do certainly welcome donations that help to gift the teachers and cover other program expenses.

Please take a look below and save some of these dates. Flyers for each program are also posted, so do scroll down all the way. We ask that you REGISTER for these programs using our online forms (preferred) or by email at info@newarkmeditation.org so that we can plan thoughtfully.

MARCH PRE-WAKE UP:

Teen EcoWarrior & EcoProtector Pond Cleanup & Activities
Sunday, March 26th
11:00am-1:00pm in Branch Brook Park
Communing with nature and community service is what this is all about. Activities will include tai-qi-gong with Kazi, Clark’s Pond bank clean-up with Arelís Hernandez, and we’ll end with a deepEco talk by Andrea Lee. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch together, weather providing. Kids and adults welcome too.
REGISTER AT: http://bit.ly/2lAIMIM

FIRST AWAKENINGS:

We’re starting April off with two simultaneous hikes — one for male and one for female teens through adult, living in the urban Greater Newark Area. It’s a challenge for city girls and boys to get out into nature to experience the freedom and soft fascinations that can help mature them into upright urban earth women and urban mountain men. Equally as hard is to maintain this subtler mindfulness as adults without continual excursions into nature. We’re including other sensitizing activities with the hikes in order to enhance the experience and so that participants can quickly internalize it. Both hikes will be approximately 2-miles and easy-level with some grades. Details and registration for both below:

From City Boys to Urban Mountain Men Hike & Activities
Sunday, April 2nd
Light Rain or Shine (Heavy rain date: April 9th)

10:00am–2:00pm in South Mountain Reservation, South Orange, NJ
For aged 14 through adult, biological or male identified. Hike will be led by experienced hiking guide and wellness-spiritual coach Kazi and co-led by hiking leader Leslie S. Arthur. Other activities include tai-qi-gong, a drum circle, lunch, and more.
REGISTER AT: http://bit.ly/2kuPHDi

From City Girls to Urban Earth Women Hike & Activities
Sunday, April 2nd
Light Rain or Shine (Heavy rain date: April 9th)
10:00am–2:00pm in South Mountain Reservation, South Orange, NJ
For aged 14 through adult, biological or female identified. It will be co-led by hiking guide Keyana M. Jones along with meditation teacher and avid trekker Cornelia Santschi. Other activities will include poetry with Mesha Allen, yoga with Arelís Hernandez, nature meditations, lunch, and more.
REGISTER AT: http://bit.ly/2lCig2n

WEDNESDAY AWAKENINGS:

Weekly NCMC Meditation Group with readings on The Four Great Elements
Wednesdays, April 5th 12th 19th 26th
7:00-8:30pm at City Without Walls, 6 Crawford Street, Newark NJ
This is our standard weekly meditation group, but for Deep Ecology Month our readings and discussions will focus on the four elements of earth, fire, water, and air — internal expressions, external environment, their causes and effects, and compassionate actions to take to create equilibrium. Instructor and peer-led.
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

EARTH DAY GREENINGS:

Kid & Teen GreenJean Workshop
Saturday, April 22nd
10:00am-2:00pm at Rabbit Hole Urban Farm, 36-38 Rose Terrace, Newark, NJ
Kids and teens will learn how to work in an urban farm, mindful eating, conserving resources, making healthy snacks, and compassionate action! Younger youth will participate in hands-on activities and help us in the garden! Teens will engage in additional conversations about ecology and conservation. Teens will be asked to work along younger youth and will receive 4 community service hours for their participation. Teachers will be environmental educators Marissa Blodnik and Andrea Lee, and urban farmer Arelis Hernandez. GreenJean Party 2:00-2:30pm.
REGISTER AT: http://goo.gl/hXFAVj

Deep Ecology Training Workshop
Saturday, April 22nd
10:00am–2:00pm at Rutgers University, Smith Hall, 101 Warren St., Room 242, Newark NJ
This workshop taught by Kazi is meant to be an intense immersion into DEEP ECOLOGY to make a comprehensive connection between our environmental issues and our world’s problems. Special guest speaker is Matt Gosser, current gallery director at NJIT, previously urban planner and architect who salvages and up-cycles. Other guest speakers are Abe Gruswitz expert in cooperative and communal living and Mesha Allen an urban wellness champion. Also presenting are Marcie Barth an NCMC co-founder and Kamilah Crawley a public health education specialist.
The diseases of civilization including racism, war, poverty, pollution, agri-business, depletion of resources, drought and famine — all stemming from root causes of greed and fear — have created a global ecological crisis, especially Climate Change. It’s a workshop that requires an open mind and heart and a willingness to explore not just practical solutions but to go deep in our ecological consciousness. The workshop will include some optional preparatory homework, questions for contemplation, practical applications, and simple daily mindfulness exercises. Follow-up resources will be included to help students go deeper on themes from the workshop. Lunch included.
REGISTER AT: http://goo.gl/fc6Znv

Closing Deep Ecology “Greening Self” Reception
Saturday, April 22nd
2:30-3:30pm at Rabbit Hole Urban Farm, 36-38 Rose Terrace, Newark, NJ
We invite you, your friends, and family to join NCMC for a farm gathering with our host, Keven Porter, director and co-founder of Rabbit Hole. We’ll view inspirational art and GreenJean projects, sample natural green juices and teas, and enjoy refreshments. (Farm Open House starts at 9am so you can also stop by any time.)
RSVPs are helpful if you can at: http://goo.gl/zKO2AI
NOTE: Those registering for the Deep Ecology Training Workshop can RSVP on that registration form.

POST DEEP ECOLOGY — INDIVIDUAL MASS AWAKENED ACTION:

D.C. People’s Climate Mobilization
Saturday, April 29th
All day compassionate activism, Washington D.C.
We encourage anyone who can to join this march on your own, with friends, or with your group. It’s a chance to walk the talk at what is to be a HUGE climate change march with 350.org and partners.

NCMC hopes that you or your youth will find one or two of these programs inspiring enough to attend!

 

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