Classes & Gatherings
Held the Last Thursday of Each Month (unless noted otherwise on the online schedule)
7 p.m. (90 mins)
Suggested $10 donation
Gratefulness Gatherings are an opportunity to cultivate communal space where we can explore grateful living as an orientation to life. Gratefulness Gatherings take place at the local level, in person, hosted by members of the community. Through rich discussion and collective wisdom, Gratefulness Gatherings help inform and deepen our relationship with grateful living and usher it into the common lexicon.
Each month is focused on a particular theme, shared by Gratefulness Gatherings everywhere. The host facilitates the gathering, beginning with a moment of grounding and introductions to welcome any newcomers. Hosts will remind participants of the gathering guidelines then move into the discussion portion of the meeting. There is no specified structure to the discussion portion, and everyone is welcome to participate within their comfort level. Hosts do not present or teach but rather facilitate the discussion as needed to help keep conversation flowing.
Healthy Digital Diet – Screen and Tech Parent Support Group
Held the First Thursday of Each Month (unless noted on the online schedule)
7 p.m. (60-75 mins)
Suggested $10 donation
This group will address the benefits and risks of technology and screen exposure in our daily lives with a focus on developing children, youth and young adults. Participants are welcome to drop in and bring questions. Facilitators will come prepared with a topic in mind and resources to share. Meaningful conversation about the science behind creating healthy limits will be explored on an ongoing basis. As this group evolves, and based on parent preferences, certain evenings will be open to youth and teens aged 10 and up.
Does your family have a healthy digital diet?
Sharing and Learning healthy, balanced screen habits at home.
Next meeting Thursday, May 2nd @ 7:00pm
This group is a drop-in and free/by donation.
Facilitators are Natalia Brajak & Elaine Uskoski
Instructors: Natalia Brajak, Gina Giammarco, Alex Carriero
ELDOA is a revolutionary, cutting-edge stretching and strengthening technique for the spine and joints of the body. These exercises create space between every level of your spine, your hips and shoulders, to alleviate back pain and improve your overall posture. It Improves joint mechanics and relieves pressure from the discs. As your body ages, you don’t have to buy into the belief that you have no choice but to deteriorate and experience compromised health and increased pain. ELDOA can increase organ health and function, poise and easeful range of motion by rebalancing your structure and freeing the spine. It’s the cherry on top of any exercise and health regime. Most people benefit from one regular session per week. Make sure you are regularly hydrating with pure water to receive maximum benefit. Just wear comfy clothes and socks when you come to class. No gear required.
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Meditation Gatherings with Jeff Warren & Shibui instructors
- To be announced (55 mins)
- To be announced (45 mins)
Suggested $10 donation
All about the adventure of meditation. Jeff’s interest is in empowering people to become their own teachers. He does this by helping people understand the core psycho-spiritual skills developed in a practice – concentration, clarity, equanimity and compassion – how they work, how they can be mixed and matched in a meditation to fit with each person’s natural ability, and how they deepen over time to transform suffering and increase healing and connection. Each class will begin with a short intro, move into a lightly guided meditation, and end with an opportunity for sharing and discussion.
Instructor: Melissa Reid
Join Melissa Reid on an energetic journey! Each class will consist of an opening pranayama (breath exercise) followed by a kriya, which is an ancient set of exercises created to affect physical, mental, and spiritual changes in the practitioner. Most kriyas consist of vigorous movements with the breath followed by moments of deep calm and release. The class ends with deep rest and a meditation.
A regular kundalini practice will strengthen your body, activate your energy, and bring you deeply home to yourself. Kundalini yoga really needs to be experienced to be believed. Come try a class and you will be hooked! My kundalini yoga classes are suitable for all levels of experience and all bodies.
Restorative & Yoga Nidra
Instructor: Lisa Cipparone
Suitable for all levels.
Restorative Yoga is an opportunity to deeply relax, rest and rejuvenate your body while releasing stress and tension. With the support of props such as bolsters, blankets and blocks you are invited to rest in restorative yoga poses that allow the body to fully surrender and let go. Restorative yoga is nourishing for the spine, organs, lymphatic system, digestive system, nervous system and circulatory system as gentle inversions are often incorporated to reverse the effects of gravity. Restorative yoga balances prana, the masculine energy in the upper body, and apana, the feminine energy in the lower body, so you are not overly stimulated or depleted but instead left feeling completely rejuvenated. Mudra teachings are also incorporated in this class as a place to pause and integrate this rest.
During the second half of this class we will practice an ancient and potent meditation called Yoga Nidra which will enhance and deepen the release and rest experienced from the Restorative Yoga poses. Yoga Nidra which means conscious deep sleep or yogic sleep is a systematic method of inducing deep relaxation and stillness on a physical, mental and emotional level. If practiced on a regular basis, Yoga Nidra can also clear karmic patterns and negative impressions and imprint new positive intentions or a sankalpa.
During your Yoga Nidra practice, which simply involves resting on your back in a supported savasana pose, you allow the teacher to guide your awareness through your body. From here, you leave the waking state, go through the dreaming state of sleep and go into the deep sleep state yet remain fully awake and aware. Therefore, Yoga Nidra invokes alpha, theta and delta brain waves. The experience of Yoga Nidra can leave you feeling rested, rejuvenated and absolutely blissful! This practice is suitable for everyone and is especially beneficial for anyone suffering from stress, tension, restlessness, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia and more.
Moving and Sounding into Silence
Instructor: Barbara (Eva) Dametto
Suitable for all levels.
Meditation is the act of bringing one’s awareness into single pointed consciousness. We practice yoga in order to prepare the mind and body for stillness. In this class with Barbara (Eva) Dametto, we will explore meditation through moving the body, through vocal sounding and mantra and through sitting quietly on the cushion. Each approach will serve as an opportunity to drop deeply into states of inner connectivity and foster states of peace and joy.
Instructor: Clare Esler
Suitable for all levels
This class incorporates yoga, functional movement and Qi Gong. The intention of each class is to encourage you to explore with movement! In this class, Clare encourages you to develop awareness of your own range of motion, mobility, strength, clarity and resiliency.