Listen to a short interview about NCMC

On February 7, 2020 the co-founder and chair of Newark Center of Meditative Culture, Marcie Barth, was interviewed by Kathryn Davis, host of the  Heart of Mind program on Free Speech Radio WBAI 99.5FM in New York. The interview gives in a nutshell the work of NCMC.



Our grateful Donation Box, wrapped warmly in African mud cloth, kindly donated to us by a Newark artisan in 2013. Want to donate?

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NCMC is a New Jersey 501c3 non-profit organization. Your tax-deductible donations make it possible for us to continue delivering life-changing programs to the Greater Newark Area and beyond.



New! Weekly SANGHA SITTING for serious meditators starts Tuesday January 14th


Ongoing Tuesdays |  5:30pm to 6:15pm  |  2 Park Place, Newark, NJ

What is firmly rooted cannot be pulled out.
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

We are forming a self-practice, leaderless meditation group especially for maturing meditators who can silently practice meditation for a solid 45 minutes without guidance.

It’s a way to connect with like-minded practitioners and form a cohesive sangha — a soul group so to speak — regardless of each individual’s unique meditation tradition.

We know you’re out there, so commit to join us regularly to support each other and help us develop a meditative culture for the community and beyond.

Sangha “sitters” will have a 10 minute window after each session to engage and get to know each other before the next program begins that evening.

Donation-based. Suggested $5, but please donate what you can and only when you can.

Contact us with inquiries at

Tuesday Meditation & Mindful Movement Classes start up again on January 7th

Tuesdays 6:30pm to 7:45pm
2 Park Place, Newark NJ

10-Week Series:
January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10.
Come as you can. Family friendly. 

In these classes you will learn and practice from teacher J. Javier Cruz assisted by Jennifer Becher both meditation and mindfulness along with mindful movement and how to integrate the practice into your daily life to bring less stress and more love and peace into it. You will be given mindfulness homework each week to practice in your daily life.

Welcome to bring youths who can sit quietly.

DONATION-BASED (donate what you can and when you can).
For more information:

Why Do Tai-chi? … Why totter?

We often totter with our bodies as well as in our minds. This flowing, ancient movement practice can provide balance and equilibrium to both. It gently brings energy up and grounds us in the moment releasing us from our distracted selves. Tai-chi can be applied anywhere — from behind your desk to how you turn to greet someone. Whether you are a millennial trying to de-stress, in mid-life recuperating, or a senior wanting to bring back youthful pliability, this practice can bring you well-being and a sense of oneness.

Weekly Tai-Chi with Shaka | Wednesdays 6:30 to 7:20pm | 2 Park Place, Newark NJ | Fee-based, Youths free 14-17 accompanied by parent. | There will be no class on November 27th.



Tai-Chi Classes with Shaka: 6-Week Fall Series begins Wednesday, November 13th

2 Park Place  |  Newark, NJ
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:20pm
November 13th 2019 to January 8th 2020  

Teacher: Shaka Georges

In this six-week series, you will be taught the Tai-Chi Yang short form and qi-gong exercises. It’s a gentle, healing, and easy-to-learn movement practice that you can develop to skillfully use the theory in your daily life. Youths aged 14-17 are welcome for free accompanied by an adult. Come as you can or join the entire series at a discount. There will be no classes on Nov. 27th, Dec. 25th, and Jan. 1.

Registration required at

$60 per series (paid in advance; a $30 discount)
$15 per class (paid weekly at door come as you can at $90 for the 6-week series)
Free to youths aged 14-17 accompanied by adult

For more information contact us at

Meditation & Mindful Movement Classes: 10-Week Series

Tuesdays 6:30pm to 7:45pm
2 Park Place, Newark NJ

In this 10-week series you will learn and practice with J. Javier Cruz and Jennifer Becher both meditation and mindfulness along with mindful movement and how to integrate the practice into your daily life to bring less stress and more love and peace into it. Family friendly. Bring youths who can sit quietly. There will be no class on Nov. 26th.

DONATION-BASED (donate what you can and when you can).
For more information:

BIG NEWS! Our First Home!

We’re excited to announce that Newark Center for Meditative Culture is leasing a space in Downtown Newark as our community center for both weekly and unique programming. Starting yesterday, October 1st, NCMC is located at:

2 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102 

It’s a central convenient location on the corner of Broad Street and Park Place and we’re looking so forward to engaging with our community there.

Starting Tuesday, October 8th we will have Tuesday Hours from 6:00 to 9:00pm. We will begin there with a 10-week series of Weekly Meditation & Mindful Movement Classes with Javier and Jennifer from 6:30 to 7:45pm. They will also continue to provide Monthly Mindfulness & Meditation Workshops in the Ironbound starting on October 21st.

Later in October we plan to begin Wednesday Hours from 6:00 to 9:00pm, starting with Andrea facilitating a Mindful Activism Book Group Series using books by reputable and well-known teachers engaged in mindful activism. This group will run for several weeks from 7:45 to 8:45pm.

Then beginning Wednesday, November 6th, Shaka will begin a Tai-Chi Series. They will run for 6 weeks each with breaks so that students can build on their mastering. These classes most likely will start at 6:30. (Don’t forget our outdoor Tai-Chi Classes in Military Park with himare still on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 through October 16th. Today will be a hot one!)

On Sunday, November 10th, NCMC will hold our first men’s retreat day off-site at Index Art Center, From Kneeling to Self-Healing: A Call for a Men’s Martial Meditation Medicine Movement. It includes six presenters and will consist of a short talk on the critical importance of men incorporating Self-Healing protocols into their daily lives, Meditation, Qi Gong exercises, Sexual Health and Fitness, Wilderness Therapy, Medicine Drum Circle, and a talk about Healing Generational Trauma. 

It is open to youths aged 14 and older and we believe it will prove to be a positive, even transformational, experience for our men and boys. Please go here for more information or to register.

We hope you will consider joining us for any of these programs we’re providing to our community. And if you’d like to show your support to NCMC for them, please do consider making a small donation through the link below.

Thank you all for your continuing support of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.

Peace and love,
Kazi, Marcie, Cornelia, Andrea, Ihsaan, Kamilah, Jennifer, Javier

Deep Ecology II: Webinar Interview Series throughout August

These interviews with guest presenters, experts in their fields, will be hosted by Ib’nallah S. Kazi throughout August on Facebook or YouTube online and on-demand. This is a continuing program based on our Deep Ecology I lectures in 2017. More details to come.  |  A free program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture in conjunction with The Spirit Centered Life.

August 11th: Embodied Mindfulness — A Half-Day Retreat

August 11, 2019  |  1:00pm to 5:00pm
Index Art Center, 237 Washington Street, First Floor Gallery

Co-teachers Cornelia Santschi and J. Javier Cruz

Registration begins on July 1, 9am at

Suggested Donations:
Adults: $20
Teens 12-17: Free (accompanied by adult)
Students w/ID 18+: $15
Pre-arranged Volunteers: $10 (see contact info below)

We live our lives embodied, yet can find ourselves so caught up in thought that we forget this simple truth. The human mind and body are intimately interconnected yet so often we ignore their communication. Awakening to the body from the inside through mindful awareness can greatly increase our capacity to be present with kindness for all aspects of life. In this half-day insight retreat we will explore this first foundation of mindfulness through an interweaving of guided sitting meditation, movement practices, talks and dialogue. We will discover what it means to bring awareness to our lived experience in our bodies. There will be space for questions and sharing. We will also enjoy an ‘awareness of taste’ snack experience. This semi-silent retreat is appropriate for all regardless of previous meditation experience. This program will be led by meditation teacher Cornelia Santschi and J. Javier Cruz both of NCMC. Refreshments will be served. | A donation-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.

We need a few volunteers to help us with set-up and break-down, check-in desk, refreshment service/clean-up, etc. Contact the retreat coordinator for the program, Jennifer Becher at to apply as a volunteer before registering for this program.

Registration begins on July 1, 9am at