Free DISTANCE PRACTICE Offerings in April

For Prevention, Immunity, Well-Being and Practice Development
(Includes a Spanish-Language Offering)


Guided Meditation Series: OnLine/OnDemand

Beginner’s Preventive Meditation Medicine

A free series of four short talks with guided meditations. Giving clear and concise advice, reflections, and effective simple-to-do meditations for beginners, teacher Kazi will emphasize the concerns of stress on health and how meditation and mindfulness can aid in prevention of disease, reduce anxiety, and bring a greater sense of well-being. To be posted on Wednesdays and viewed on-demand. 


2-Hour Exercise Workshop: OnLine/OnDemand
Mindfulness Meditation & Qigong for Immunity

In this two-hour online workshop*, teacher Khalil Maasi will show you quick and simple methods that you can integrate into your daily regimen. According to scientific research, both Mindfulness Meditation and Qigong are known to boost the immune system. The video will have several clear breaks between practices so that the viewer can pause or stop and go back at their convenience. Registration required and available soon.
*Our intention is to make this workshop free, but a minimum fee may be required.)


Mini-Serie en Español: EnLínea/BajoDemanda |
Mini-Series in Spanish: OnLine/OnDemand

Mini-Meditaciones Básicas | Basic Mini-Meditations

Una serie gratis de ocho charlas cortas y meditaciones guiadas en español para meditadores principiantes por J. Javier Cruz. El  presentara  prácticas básicas de meditación y atención plena. El contenido es  apropiado para adolescentes a través de personas mayores  para ayudar a traer tranquilidad, reducir el miedo, reducir el estrés y abrir el corazón. Puede ser en grupos o solo. Se pueden proporcionar folletos en español. To be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays and viewed on-demand.
(A free series of eight short talks and guided meditations in spanish-language for non-meditators and beginners taught by J. Javier Cruz that will introduce basic meditation and mindfulness practices. Content will be appropriate for teens through senior citizens to help bring peace of mind, reduce fear, reduce stress, and open the heart. Watch in groups or alone. Handouts in spanish can be provided. To be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays and viewed on-demand.) 


Free Mentoring by Phone/Email
Individual Meditation Guidance

This limited-time offering is available starting now through the end of April. Whether you feel a need for guidance to start a meditation practice, wondering how to move your practice along, or are “stuck” in a habit cycle, you might consider consulting us. It is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and committed meditators. Student can be consulted once weekly for up to four weeks by phone and/or email. To apply, contact us at the email address below and we will connect you with one of our teachers. Email: info@newarkmeditation.org


 


Yoga for Creativity & Prosperity: 6 Week Course starts April 20th

Guest Instructor Fadja Robert-Carr (See bio at registration site)
Limited Seating Up to 12 students.
Level Beginning to Intermediate
Dates Mondays, April 20 to June 01 (No class on May 25.)
Time 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Course Fee $60 paid in advance online. (Refunds only until 4/2.)
Location 2 Park Place, Newark, NJ

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Description This course addresses the sensory human holistically. Foundational exercises give people an experience of clarity, lightness and connectedness. The exercises and asana sequences are interspersed with talks on accessing creative energy and developing an attitude of prosperity. The kriyas and exercises are selected to clear the aura and activate the energy field, with a focus on the pranic body and breathwork. We explore where in our energy systems we manifest creative energy and ways to align and activate those energies in our daily practices. The series draws on asana, breathwork, meditation and select kundalini kriyas.

Objective Yoga Exercises to Increase Physical Vitality, Mental Focus, and Concentration.

Curriculum

Week 1 Self-Awareness and Breath
Week 2 The Sensory Human
Week 3 Focus and Concentration
Week 4 Flexibility and Alignment
Week 5 Foundational Posture
Week 6 Stress-Management

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A fee-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.

Contact us with questions at info@newarkmeditation.org


Tai Chi & Qi Gong: A Path to Health & Wellness starts Wednesday, March 25

6-WEEK COURSE

Visiting Teacher Shaka Georges (See bio at registration site.) Limited Space Up to 12 students.
Dates Wednesdays, March 25 to April 29 (3/25,4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29)
Time 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Level Beginning to Intermediate
Course Fee $60 paid in advance online. (Refund up to 4/28)
Location NCMC, 2 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102

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Description Tai Chi is known as “meditation in motion.” The practice of Tai Chi emphasizes the awareness of our body, mind, and the world around us, as well as the interaction of the three systems. Tai Chi teaches you to pay attention to your movements and the transition of your movements. This allows you to remain cognizant and engaged as you carry on your day to day activities. You are therefore more likely to avoid dysfunctional habits such as poor posture and movements that may lead to falls or painful muscles. Additionally, studies have shown that this focus improves your mental health. The thinking, mindfulness, or awareness required and bolstered by Tai Chi has been shown to improve your cognitive ability and actually make your brain grow!

Objective To help develop an active lifestyle in order to improve health and wellness.

Curriculum        

Week 1 Breath and Posture: Practice of deep breathing and walking meditation.
Week 2 Relaxation and Movement: Standing meditation and Wave Hands Like Cloud.
Week 3 Qigong Exercise: Practice of the 8 Pieces of Brocade and the Muscle/Tendon Changing.
Week 4 Opening of Tai Chi: Breakdown of the Tai Chi form into individual postures.
Week 5 Tai Chi Short Form: The practice of the 37-Movement Short Form.
Week 6 Putting It all Together:
In-depth performance of the Short Form.

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A fee-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.

Contact us with questions at info@newarkmeditation.org.


REVIEW: A Day of Firsts — The First Retreat in Our First Home

ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd we held our first retreat in our first home at 2 Park Place. The topic was Community-Building with Clarity & Compassion. You can see from the faces of the students that it was a wonderful experience! It was fitting that Rebecca Li led the retreat as she has been supporting programs with NCMC since 2012.

We are grateful to her for dharma and meditation teachings as practiced by Dharma Drum, to Leslie of I’m So Yoga for her yoga session, and to Kathryn Davis of Heart of Mind Radio for her qigong session.

And what a great team of volunteers we had! Thank you to Ella and Ivette for their retreat day support, to Tenisha for social media promotions, and to her daughter Ariyan for the fantastic photos. We are grateful for the delicious vegan meal, a kind donation prepared by a veteran caterer, Vijaya Dharmapuri.

A special thanks to Jennifer, General Coordinator; Vijay, Food Coordinator; and Javier, Deputy Coordinator, as well as to Andrea, our Treasurer, for registration coordination.

The students were awesome, engaged, and attentive — comprehending with keen awareness the powerful yet invisible dynamics of community.

See more photos in our Retreat Album on Facebook.


DAY-LONG RETREAT: Community Building with Clarity & Compassion

Led by teacher REBECCA LI with Kathryn Davis & Leslie.

MEDITATION | MINDFULNESS | YOGA | QIGONG | DHARMA TALK | DISCUSSION | VEGGIE LUNCH

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Newark Center for Meditative Culture, 2  Park Place, Newark, NJ

REGISTER NOW! (Link will take you to Eventbrite.)

Choose Full or Half Day Participation:
Full-day: 10:00am-4:30pm
Half-day: 10:00am-2:00pm -or- 12:30pm-4:30pm

A donation-based Program, suggested:
Adults
$30 full / $20 half
Students 18+ $20 full / $15 half
Youths 7-17 Free accompanied by adult.

In this day-long retreat, the invisible yet powerful dynamics in community life are discussed, encouraging practitioners to cultivate a keen awareness of them to engage in community life with wisdom and compassion. Dharma and meditation teacher Rebecca Li will lead this retreat that will include guided meditation, mindful movement practice, dharma talk, and discussion. As well, Leslie will lead a gentle yoga session in the morning while Kathryn Davis will lead a flowing qigong session in the afternoon.

Appropriate for beginners and experienced participants. Youths aged 7-17 who can sit quietly are welcome to attend with adults for free. Vegetarian lunch included. Wheelchair access, ground floor.

REGISTER NOW!   (Link will take you to Eventbrite.)

For inquiries contact us at info@newarkmeditation.org.

A donation-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.


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

Consider donating directly in the Box at 2 Park Place in Newark NJ.
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Any size donation is needed and appreciated.

You can also donate by check and remit to: Newark Center for Meditative, PO Box 182, Newark, NJ 07101. Please let us know that your donation is being mailed at info@newarkmeditation.org.

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

45 MINUTE SELF-PRACTICE FOR SERIOUS MEDITATORS

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 info@newarkmeditation.org.


A pin drop was Audible as they meditated..

In the afternoon of October 10th on World Mental Health Day, NCMC provided a meditation workshop for Audible in Newark. Facilitating this program for about 20 employees were Javier Cruz and Andrea Lee of NCMC. Javier provided guided meditation in mindfulness of body, breath, and mental states, while Andrea made the program introduction and led the mindful movement session.

The coordinator at Audible mentioned that the workshop was well received and that the employees attending were excited about an opportunity to de-stress, clear their minds, and practice mindfulness. We appreciate the second opportunity that this Newark-based corporation gave us to help bring mindfulness and develop happiness in the workplace.


Free 10-Week Fall Meditation with Mindful Movement Classes: Traducciones en español • Translations in Spanish as necessary.

10-Week Fall Series: Thursdays, Sep. 12 thru Nov. 14. An after-work meditation and mindful movement group. Starts Thursday evening 5:30-7:00pm. Free fall session meditation and mindful movement classes led by J. Javier Cruz. Practice meditation and mindfulness to integrate less stress, and more love and peace into your daily life. Feel free coming late if necessary! Family friendly. Held at 317 Elm St. Newark NJ.
Sesión de otoño de 10 semanas: jueves 12 de septiembre al 14 de noviembre. Un grupo de meditación y movimiento consciente después del trabajo. Comienza el jueves por la noche de 5:30 a 7:00 p.m. Sesión de caída libre del clases de meditación y movimiento consciente dirigidas por J. Javier Cruz. Practica la meditación y la atención plena para integrar menos estrés, y mas amor y paz en tu vida diaria. ¡Siéntete libre de llegar tarde si es necesario! Familia amable. Held at 317 Elm St. Newark NJ.
A free program of NCMC in cooperation with Ironbound Community Corporation Family Success Center.


Tai-Chi with NCMC in Military Park to begin September 11th

Join us in September for another free six-week series of Tai-Chi Classes using the Yang short form and qi-gong exercises with Shaka Georges, visiting teacher with NCMC. Gentle, healing, and easy-to-learn movement practice. No registration required, join as you can. (Shaka’s class will also run for 6 weeks in the fall.) Weather permitting on the Meditation Lawn on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm, Sep 11 through Oct 16. | A free program of NCMC held in cooperation with Military Park Partnership.