Mindfulness and Empowerment Pulse Workshop

Mindfulness and Empowerment PULSE Workshop

PULSE is a dynamic, easy-to-learn, effective technique that empowers you to consciously and mindfully create more of what you desire in your life. In this same process, you are guided how to release what has blocked up to now.  The Re-Creation lens helps you become the amazing person you were born to be.   PULSE  Empowerment can be used to create a life partner, better health, financial abundance, a new direction in your career or whatever you desire.

In this workshop, you will learn how to PULSE and have an opportunity to practice PULSEing,

You will leave this workshop feeling empowered and uplifted, knowing you have a tool you can use throughout your life to intentionally create in the present, what you desire in the future.

Please check out Janet’s website, pulsemanifestation.com to learn more about PULSE and to

learn about others’ experiences using this technique.


To Pray Without Words

To Pray Without Words

Do you find yourself unable to pray in the ways you were used to? Are you seeking new ways of praying, drawn by a voice within that calls you but is not clearly defined? St. Paul assures us that when we do not know how to pray, the Spirit prays for us (Romans 8). This day of reflection is an invitation to enter the temple of ourselves and in simple, concrete ways express the prayer of our hearts.

(Includes hot lunch)

Bio: Anita M. Constance, SC, is the author of several spiritual books and is experienced in giving retreats and workshops. She ministered as a Pastoral Associate in the Diocese of Paterson, as Director of Pastoral Care at Saint Anne Villa (Convent Station) and as Director of Xavier Retreat Center. She is a certified Spiritual Director and offers Bereavement Support, and Healing Touch, as well as spiritual direction and retreats. Sister Anita received an M.S. from Fordham University where she focused on spirituality and pastoral counseling.



Political Chaos Continues: Christ the Refugee

In Today’s climate of anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric, we remember that the Holy Family were refugees in search of safety from violence for the Christ child. This Advent, let us meditate on the Christ child as refugee and apply this to our world today.

Date & Time: Sat., Dec. 8, from 10am to 3:30pm
Presenter: Don Bisson
Fee: $60 (includes lunch)


About the Presenter:

Brother Don Bisson, FMS is, first and foremost, a spiritual director and is widely respected as a specialist in the training, formation and supervision of spiritual directors.

A Marist brother based in Esopus, New York, he has graduate degrees in liturgy, spirituality, and transpersonal psychology, and earned his Doctor of Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion specializing in Spiritual Direction and Jungian Psychology.  With more than 70 live audio recordings available, Brother Bisson is internationally recognized for his lectures, workshops, and retreats on the interrelationship of Christian spirituality and Jungian psychology.

His soulful humanity makes Don attractive to the hundreds of people who find their way to virtually everything he offers.  He is a man committed to “walking the talk.”  From this commitment comes a grounded wisdom and an authentic humility.  His gems of wisdom have been formed in the heat and pressure of the deep underground passage of his own healing journey in God.  Compassion for what it means to be human is the result, alongside clarity about the compelling call of the Spirit to “wake up” and participate consciously in God’s purposes in our world.  This waking up is not an achievement but a process that invites him–and us–into a transformation that is ongoing.

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


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

Summer Solstice Reiki Healing Circle

Join us in a Circle for a Summer Solstice Reiki Circle outside on the grounds of Mariandale, overlooking the beautiful Hudson River.

Reiki is a subtle healing practice that supports body, mind, and spirit, prompts an overall calming, balancing, and healing response that enhances health and well-being.

When we meet in Circle, it is with the intention to hold everyone in a sacred space with the purpose of nurturing ourselves as part of a healthier humanity.

Reiki shared increases compassion for oneself and others and supports a shift from surviving to thriving.

Open to Reiki practitioners and non-practitioners. Those new to Reiki will receive an individual or group energy healing. Reiki practitioners will participate in Reiki exchanges.

Stay for tea, coffee and fellowship afterwards, explore the grounds, walk the labyrinth, and enjoy the view.

Summer Solstice Reiki Circle

Date & Time:  Saturday morning, June 23, from 9:30am to 10:45am

Location: Outside on the Mariandale grounds overlooking the river (if inclement weather the circle will be inside).

Fee: $10 Donation Suggested



About the Presenter: 


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



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


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


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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