An Autumn Writing Workshop

Let’s explore deeper self-awareness and new outlets for creativity as we seek clarity, simplicity, and silence crossing over to the winter side of life. We’ll use our inner wisdom to structure a solid piece of writing to share in a non-judgmental environment.

Date & Time: Sat., Nov. 10, from 11am to 3:30pm
Presenter: Karen Rippstein
Fee: $50

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Rescheduled for a future date TBD….Meeting God Through Our Senses

Have you ever felt the presence of God while viewing a Sunrise/Sunset? Has your heart ever been overjoyed by hearing a particular melody? Rediscover the unique gifts of love God has given to us in each of our Five Senses. We will meet God through Scripture passages keeping focus on the senses, as well as invite you to participate in sensory meditation practices.

This is an all day workshop from 10am to 3:30pm-explore the senses and enjoy the Mariandale grounds.

Lunch is included, stay and enjoy Mass in the Chapel at 4pm

Presenter: Joan McGovern, Spiritual Director


Mind the Gap through Life’s Transitions

“Mind the Gap-no longer…not yet”

If you have traveled on the railroad you have seen the warning, “Mind the Gap.” Gaps are usually considered hazards to be avoided.  The bridge that leads us across those gaps of no longer being somewhere and not yet arriving at our destination, are the transitions in our life.  As we cross those bridges we learn much more about ourselves, life and God than on the smoother pathways we journey. The gaps we face are to be embraced because they are our own personal, God-given tutor to prepare us for the next stage of our life.

Come to a day long workshop sharing faith discoveries. How would you describe any gap that you feel you are in right now? How do you feel about it? How might you “mind the gap”…give it your attention and help it bring something new to birth in your life? These are just a few of the reflection questions that will be explored.

Includes lunch

All are welcome to stay after the program and enjoy Mass in the Chapel at 4pm.

Presenter: Joan McGovern, Spiritual Director

 

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PULSE Mindfulness Manifestation Empowerment Workshop

PULSE=Perception Uniting Life Spiritual Energy

PULSE is a dynamic, easy to learn, extremely effective technique that empowers you intentionally to create more of what you want in your life while at the same time helps you release what is blocking you.  PULSE can be used to create a life partner, financial abundance, better health or whatever you desire. You will learn through Mndfulness to experience yourself in the moment using the PULSEing method. The Re-Creation lens helps you become the amazing person you were born to be.

“I have pulsed weekly with my partner form a PULSE Workshop. From small things (getting rid of headaches) to large (improving finances), we have witnessed the power of PULSEing. Learn this valuable technique and change your life!” K. Stangeland, Business owner and Author, Westchester, New York.

Once you have learned how to PULSE, you have a tool you can use for life to consciously create in the present what you desire in the future.

Please visit presenter Janet Catalina’s website to learn more at www.pulsemanifestation.com

Presenter: Janet Catalina, MSW, Co-Developer of PULSE, Life Coach and Therapist

Fee: $75 (Lunch Included)

Special Spring Offering!!  Please note that we will accept Registrations for this program through midnight, May 4, 2018

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Memoir and Meaning: Writing Your Life Stories

In this workshop, with author and teacher Lorraine Ash,  you will learn to shape your experiences and reflections into compelling prose. In essence, you will pour your stories into a narrative container that will hold them and maximize their power both for you and your readers.

In the process, you’ll come to more deeply recognize and appreciate the meaning in your own sacred journey. The work of fine writers-some famous, some not-will inform and inspire you as your own best writing is evoked in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

The workshop is perfect for new or struggling memoirists. Bring paper and pen or a laptop.

Presenter: Lorraine Ash

Fee: $55

Date/Time: Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to 5pm

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About the Presenter

Lorraine Ash works as a book editor, author coach, and editorial director of Cape House Books. She has penned two books, Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing and Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life. Both are memoirs, a genre she sees as personally transformative and socially important. Her shorter works, including essays, articles, and short stories, have appeared in a variety of anthologies, literary journals, and newspapers, including USA Today. She is currently working on a third memoir, Missing Mae. Lorraine studied at Fordham University. She lives in New Jersey.

Learn more about Lorraine at  http://lorraineash.com/home.htm

 

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism Series Part 2

Have you ever wondered about Eastern spirituality? Have you experienced the beauty of silence? Are you moved by compassion and love towards all beings? Have you ever tried to meditate? If any of these questions appeal to you, please come to join us in this course which will provide an introduction to some of the most important Buddhist concepts, emphasizing their usefulness for Buddhist and non-Buddhists alike. We also will study and demonstrate various meditative techniques to allow each student to develop their own meditative practice.

The classes will be held on Saturday morning twice a month from September 2017 to April 2018. The classes will consist of a one hour talk followed by another hour of discussion. There will be an optional 1/2 hour of meditation preceding each class, as well as an optional discussion during lunch (lunch is $12) after the class. A suggested reading list will be provided, but no reading will be mandatory.

There will be a retreat at the end of the series, Thursday April 19, 2018 to Sunday April 22, 2018, at an additional cost.

Presenter: Fernando Camacho, MD, and Dharma Teacher Order priests and teachers under the supervision of Janet Reale, Maeve Eng-Wong, and Fernando Camacho
Fee: $250 for 15 sessions over 8 months. Deposit of $50 due at time of Registration.

September 9 and 23, 2017, October 7 and 21, 2017,  November 4 and 18, 2017, December 2 and 16, 2017,  January 6 and 20, 2018,  February 3 and 17, 2018,  March 3, 17 and 31, 2018, April 14, 2018.

 

The end of Series Retreat dates are; Thursday April 19 to Sunday April 22, 2018, at an additional cost.

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Cultivate a Healthy Mind through Meditation

Please note: New Series Dates; Friday, Feb. 2 with Part 1, March 2 is Part 2, April 6 is Part 3.

Discover how meditation can help you to create a flourishing mind and life. This workshop series presents new ways of approaching mental and emotional well-being, based on emerging research about the minds of long-term meditators.

Meditative states are not only restorative, but continue to benefit the mind throughout the day and enable it to function in creative, effective, and stable ways over time. By practicing specific meditation techniques, it is possible to retrain your brain in ways that improve mood and overall well-being. Program runs for three Fridays in January, February, and March.

Part 1: Emotional Intelligence and Meditation,  Friday, Feb. 2 (Rescheduled from Friday, Jan. 5)

Discover your emotional style and how to enhance it through meditation. This one-day workshop focuses on emotions and well-being and explains the 6 dimensions of emotional style featured in The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Richard Davidson, Ph.D.).  Emotional style includes one’s behavior during social interactions, when facing adversity, and while adapting to unexpected events. Participants will take a written survey to learn their emotional style, as well as meditation practices that improve the ability to connect to and relate to others, increase resiliency and perform more effectively under stress and in daily life.

Part 2: The Game-Changer: Attentional Intelligence, Friday, March 2

As human beings, we have the capacity to focus on the past, present and future and imagine things that are not happening in the moment. This is essential for survival, creativity, learning, and functioning in the world. In reality, however, we often misuse this ability in ways that are not conducive to productivity and overall well-being.

A growing body of research about the brain and mood is confirming that a present mind tends to foster more positive states and mental outlook. Participants will fill out a brief self-assessment, regarding their present-centered attention during daily activities, to establish a baseline for future tracking after beginning a mindful awareness meditation practice. Meditation techniques that improve concentration and foster “attentional intelligence” will be introduced along with ways of integrating these techniques in daily life.

Part 3: Compassionate Mind and a Joyful Life, Friday, April 6

Loving Kindness and Compassion (LKC) meditation is an ancient practice known for its transformative power in emotional healing, mood enhancement, and overall mental well-being. Research on the meditative states induced by LKC demonstrates that it affects how we think, feel and operate in the world in positive ways beyond the time that we spend practicing on the cushion.

Benefits include increase in social connectedness, decrease in compassion fatigue for caregivers, greater social resilience, reduced stress-response, decrease in inflammation and improvement in the body’s inflammatory and neuroendocrine system, improved immune system functioning, and greater frequency of positive emotions, empathy, and ability to relate to others. Learn this life-changing meditation practice and how it can transform your relationships, mood, and outlook on life.

Dates & Times: First Friday of the month starting Feb. 2, March 2, and April 6, from 10am to 3:30pm (Includes hot lunch)

Presenter: Amy Reyer, PhD

Fee: $55 per workshop; $150 for series

Please register and pay by Dec. 28

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About the Presenter:

Amy Reyer, PhD, has been studying, practicing, and introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition by her teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Her blog Art of Living Slowly focuses on meditation and personal transportation. She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism Series Part 2

Have you ever wondered about Eastern spirituality? Have you experienced the beauty of silence? Are you moved by compassion and love towards all beings? Have you ever tried to meditate? If any of these questions appeal to you, please come to join us in this course which will provide an introduction to some of the most important Buddhist concepts, emphasizing their usefulness for Buddhist and non-Buddhists alike. We also will study and demonstrate various meditative techniques to allow each student to develop their own meditative practice.

The classes will be held on Saturday morning twice a month from September 2017 to April 2018. The classes will consist of a one hour talk followed by another hour of discussion. There will be an optional 1/2 hour of meditation preceding each class, as well as an optional discussion during lunch (lunch is $12) after the class. A suggested reading list will be provided, but no reading will be mandatory.

There will be a retreat at the end of the series, Thursday April 19, 2018 to Sunday April 22, 2018, at an additional cost.

Presenter: Fernando Camacho, MD, and Dharma Teacher Order priests and teachers under the supervision of Janet Reale, Maeve Eng-Wong, and Fernando Camacho
Fee: $250 for 15 sessions over 8 months. Deposit of $50 due at time of Registration.

September 9 and 23, 2017, October 7 and 21, 2017,  November 4 and 18, 2017, December 2 and 16, 2017,  January 6 and 20, 2018,  February 3 and 17, 2018,  March 3, 17 and 31, 2018, April 14, 2018.

 

The end of Series Retreat dates are; Thursday April 19 to Sunday April 22, 2018, at an additional cost.

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Snapshots of Our Lives: A Poetry Memoir Workshop

Join Ann van Buren as she facilitates Snapshots of Our Lives: A Poetry Memoir Workshop, writing and sharing memories. Absorb the magnetic power of Mariandale’s meditative space and allow yourself uninterrupted time to bring memories to the page. We will meet and open creative channels through readings, discussions on craft, and free-writing. Writers are invited to share favorite poems or stories, or to spend time working on a new piece that was inspired by the day. We will share our writing, along with supportive discussion.  All writing levels are welcome to attend.

Presenter: Ann van Buren

Fee: $55

Date/Time: Saturday, March 24, from 10am to 3pm

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About the Presenter

Ann van Buren is a teacher, librarian, and lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley. Her poems have been published in many journals and in The Rumpus online. Educated at Columbia University and New York University, Ann has worked at schools and universities in the U.S. and abroad, and regularly facilitates poetry workshops. Ann also teaches poetry for The Amsterdam Writing Workshop in the


Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism Series Part 2

Have you ever wondered about Eastern spirituality? Have you experienced the beauty of silence? Are you moved by compassion and love towards all beings? Have you ever tried to meditate? If any of these questions appeal to you, please come to join us in this course which will provide an introduction to some of the most important Buddhist concepts, emphasizing their usefulness for Buddhist and non-Buddhists alike. We also will study and demonstrate various meditative techniques to allow each student to develop their own meditative practice.

The classes will be held on Saturday morning twice a month from September 2017 to April 2018. The classes will consist of a one hour talk followed by another hour of discussion. There will be an optional 1/2 hour of meditation preceding each class, as well as an optional discussion during lunch (lunch is $12) after the class. A suggested reading list will be provided, but no reading will be mandatory.

There will be a retreat at the end of the series, Thursday April 19, 2018 to Sunday April 22, 2018, at an additional cost.

Presenter: Fernando Camacho, MD, and Dharma Teacher Order priests and teachers under the supervision of Janet Reale, Maeve Eng-Wong, and Fernando Camacho
Fee: $250 for 15 sessions over 8 months. Deposit of $50 due at time of Registration.

September 9 and 23, 2017, October 7 and 21, 2017,  November 4 and 18, 2017, December 2 and 16, 2017,  January 6 and 20, 2018,  February 3 and 17, 2018,  March 3, 17 and 31, 2018, April 14, 2018.

 

The end of Series Retreat dates are; Thursday April 19 to Sunday April 22, 2018, at an additional cost.

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