RELAXING INTO CLARITY & FLOW: A Daylong Meditation Retreat on February 24th (Part-Day or Full-Day)

RELAXING INTO CLARITY & FLOW:
A Daylong Meditation Retreat
Guided by Rebecca Li & Shaka Georges

Sunday, February 24, 2019  |  10:00am to 4:00pm  |  Morning Only 10:ooam to 1:30pm  | Afternoon Only 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Index Art Center, 237 Washington St., Newark, NJ

Registration for:
• Adults FULL-DAY: $30
• Adults PART-DAY: $20
• Youths: FREE (Aged 10-17 accompanied by adult) (limited tix)
• Students: $15 (Aged 18+ w/ID) (limited tix)
• Pre-approved Volunteers: $15 (limited tix) Request to volunteer*
• Gift Certificate/Guest Pass Holders

REGISTER NOW

You will enjoy a heart and body warming day of winter practice in semi-silence with a like-minded soul group. Your retreat will include relaxing into clarity through meditation (chan) with Rebecca, flowing with healing movement (chi-gong) with Shaka, a creative Art of Seeing workshop, Truth Talks, and engaging dialogue. Also included are healthy breakfast treats from during check-in and a delicious vegetarian lunch. See Teachers Bio-notes.

*You must request to volunteer BEFORE registering. Contact the retreat coordinator (email below). You can discuss the volunteer opportunities then.

Registration Required on Eventbrite.

REGISTER NOW


Contact information:
Retreat Coordinator, Jennifer Becher, jennifer@newarkmeditation.org.

A Program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.



Relaxing Into Clarity and Flow: A DAYLONG WINTER RETREAT Guided by Rebecca Li & Shaka Georges

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Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 10:00am to 4:00pm | Index Art Center, 237 Washington St., Newark, NJ

Registration coming soon so save the date!
Fee-based Adult $20/$30, Volunteers and Students $15, Kids Free

You will enjoy a heart and body warming day of winter practice in semi-silence with a like-minded soul group. Your retreat will include relaxing into clarity through meditation (chan) with Rebecca, flowing with healing movement (chi-gong) with Shaka, a creative Art of Seeing workshop, Dharma Talks, and engaging dialogue. Healthy breakfast treats and a delicious vegetarian lunch will also be included.

A Program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.


A New Year’s Message for our NCMC Friends

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Dear NCMC Friends,

AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS NEW YEAR we want to take a moment of your time to let you know how much your support means to us. Without the support of our NCMC Friends — whether participating virtually in social media or physically at the programs — we couldn’t have provided the transformative programs that we’ve brought to the community.

This past year we are especially grateful to our longtime VENUE PARTNERS — Index Art Center, Rabbit Hole Farm, and Military Park Partnership. A new venue this year has been the Ironbound Community Corporation and it has been such a pleasure to work with them as well.

We also want to thank the COOPERATIVE ORGANIZATIONS who invited us in 2018 to present at their programs or held cooperative programs with us, including Greater Newark Tennis & Education, Hikeolution, I’m So Yoga Newark, Louise A. Spencer Community School, Newark Museum, Newark Yoga Movement, NJPAC, Rutgers Law School, Sis & Bro Foundation, Source of Knowledge Book Store, and The Spirit Centered Life. We enjoyed and very much appreciated the teamwork with these community partners.

We can’t say enough too about our WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS who have consistently been patient and provided diligent assistance for us over the past year. We can’t name you all here, but you know who you are!

Wishing you all the very best in 2019!

Your friends at NCMC,

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


Gift Certificates Now Available for a Winter Retreat Day with Rebecca Li & Shaka Georges

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Sunday, February 24th, 2019  |  10:00am to 4:00pm  |  Index Art Center, 237 Washington Street, Newark, NJ

The recipient of this $30 gift certificate will receive a full-day pass to the winter meditation retreat day with Newark Center for Meditative Culture. They’ll enjoy a day out of the cold and into the warmth of a like-minded group.

Teacher Rebecca Li will guide the retreatants to relax the mind and cultivate clarity and teacher Shaka Georges will get their bodies into the flow of healing energy through walking meditation and qi-gong. The retreat will also include talks, discussion, and an art workshop.

No previous meditation experience required, but the retreat is appropriate for advanced practice as well. Youths under 18 must be accompanied by adults.Certificate Snowflake Graphic.png

Breakfast treats and a delicious vegetarian lunch will be included (with vegan and gluten-free options).

Purchase a Gift Certificate Today! $30




IMPORTANT RESTRICTIONS: Refunds can only be made to the credit card or account used to purchase. Refunds can be issued up to 30 days after date of purchase.
GIFT CERTIFICATE: A letter-size PDF of the Gift Certificate will be emailed to the purchaser within 24 hours from your purchase that can be printed out.

 


IRONBOUND Meditation Classes with Movement

Traducciones al español y al portugués. | Traduções para espanhol e português.

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Thursday Evenings | 5:30-7:00pm | ICC Family Success Center, The Wellness Room, 317 Elm Street, Newark, NJ

In these on-going weekly meditation classes with NCMC teacher J. Javier Cruz and assistant instructor Jennifer Becher you will learn basic meditation and how to apply mindfulness in daily life to live with more ease, more joy, and less stress. Sessions include meditation, light yoga stretches, walking meditation, readings, and discussion. Translations to Spanish and Portuguese as needed. Join in any time.


Clases de meditación con movimiento
En estas clases semanales continuas de meditación con el profesor de NCMC J. Javier Cruz y la instructora auxiliar Jennifer Becher, aprenderá meditación básica y cómo aplicar la atención plena en la vida diaria para vivir con más facilidad, más alegría y menos estrés. Las sesiones incluyen meditación, estiramientos ligeros de yoga, meditación caminando, lecturas y discusión. Traducciones al español y al portugués según sea necesario. Únete en cualquier momento.


Aulas de meditação com movimento
Nestas aulas de meditação semanais em curso com J. Javier Cruz, professora do NCMC, e a instrutora adjunta Jennifer Becher, você aprenderá a meditação básica e como aplicar a atenção plena na vida cotidiana para viver com mais facilidade, mais alegria e menos estresse. As sessões incluem meditação, alongamentos leves de ioga, meditação andando, leituras e discussões. Traduções para espanhol e português, conforme necessário. Junte-se a qualquer momento.


Please check our Instagram Feed @newark.meditative.culture or Facebook Page for weather cancellations or holiday closings.

Contact info@newarkmeditation.org with questions.

A free community service program of NCMC in cooperation with Ironbound Community Corporation.


Thanks Giving Reflections from the Indigenous Culture of America

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NCMC wishes you a day of abundance or simplicity — and thanksgiving — for clear water, good food, and Mother Earth to sit on!

WITH ONE MIND
Greetings to the Natural World!

The Earth Mother
We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send greetings and thanks.
Now our minds are one.

The Waters
We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms — waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of Water.
Now our minds are one.

The Food Plants
With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting of thanks.
Now our minds are one.

(Excerpted from a Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address)


INTERDEPENDENCE
The Three Sisters of Corn, Beans, and Squash

For many Indigenous People in the Americas, the triad of corn, beans, and squash is called the Three Sisters. Traditionally grown together, this crop trio are all interdependent on one another. Beans grow up the corn stalks and add the nutrients (nitrogen) to the soil that the others need to grow. Squash is planted in between them to keep the weeds out. These three staples remain the heart of most Indigenous diets and are often eaten in companion with each other.


 


Overview of our Newark IntraCity Park Hike

Capturing the Spirit of Autumn

It was a spectacular day on Saturday, November 10th for a hike through a 5.5 mile stretch of Newark NJ. The weather was a bit chilly, sunny, and breezy so we were bundled up. This was Newark Center for Meditative Culture’s first such program, though we have done shorter nature walks and hikes through Branch Brook Park and South Mountain Reservation. This particular hike was held in cooperation with Hikeolution and The Spirit Centered Life.

It was also a day of renewal for one of our urban hikers as this was the way she was spending her birthday – and we shared in her renewal.

We started off with a prayer for guidance and protection by co-leader Kazi, spiritual director of NCMC, forming a circle around a large tree near the northern corner of Lincoln Park.

Walking north on Broad Street for a while, we then entered Military Park, the base for NCMC’s warm season outdoor meditation and tai-chi. Here we picked up a few more hikers. We again made a circle. This time on the Great Lawn where Kazi lead us in a graceful flowing tai-chi movement called Wave Hands Like Clouds.

We continued along Broad to Washington Park studying the monuments. A nice surprise participant to our hike was Suzanne Joblonski of Newark Centric City. She gave us an informal and informative tour of the landmarks and background of Newark along the way. We also had two members of the Appalacian Mountain Club join us too — one from NYC and the other all the way from Philly!

We learned from co-leader Keyana Jones that we were following the yellow-blazed Lenape Trail of the Lenni-Lenape, indigenous people of this area. She pointed out a marked tree on James Street and we were to continue on this trail through Branch Brook Park. Her associate, Leslie Arthur, described how this trail is 34 miles long. Newark and Millburn are at either end, the trail bowing all the way north just into Passaic County.

We continued to make our way, our hike zig-zagging back and forth along concrete and grass, crossing over Route 280 to Branch Brook Park. Following along the blazed trail, we stopped along the way to reflect on the lakes and absorb the colors of the berries in purples, reds, oranges, and golds.

Our “great ascent” was to climb the some 25 steps up to a large meadow. Here we practiced a qi-gong standing meditation that Kazi called The Mother, an energy harvesting form that in just a few minutes of practice, the group felt results.

Almost there, we sauntered a little while longer close to the cherry blossom groves and crossed over into Belleville at 5.47 miles. Retracing our steps back a little way into Newark, we ended our beautiful and peace-filled urban nature hike.


Change-Makers: Fall Back into Self-Care Day Retreat with Meditation, Movement & Medicine for the Season

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
10:00am to 3:00pm
ICC Early Learning Center
1 New York Avenue, 2nd Floor
Newark, NJ 07105

Ideal for healthcare workers, social workers, activists, community organizers, teachers, students, radical artists, and other change-makers. We work so hard to improve the lives of others. Now enjoy a relaxing, intentional day for yourself.

Join us to learn season-specific techniques and tools for self-care: stress resilience, immunity boosting, health promotion, and methods to boost your creativity and mental sharpness.

Taught by Ib’nallah S. Kazi (Kazi), spiritual director of Newark Center for Meditative Culture (NCMC). Kemetic Yoga Session with Jillian Majuta-Faulks is in the morning. Drum Circle to be led by Akua Ishangi is in afternoon. (See their bios at registration site.)

Youths aged 8-17 can attend if the guardian can manage them. Venue has wheelchair and elevator access.

Cost
Adults: Suggested Donation $30
Kids: Free

Registration on Eventbrite Required
No Walk-ins!

About Lunch
All attendees are asked to participate in lunch as it is integral to the workshop (unless you are fasting). Menu will include vegan, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, and gluten free vegan food. You can brown bag it if you have unique food allergies or specific food requirements.

Volunteers Needed!
If you’d like to help before, during, or after the program please let us know when you register. Or, if a family member would prefer to volunteer rather than participate, that’s okay too!

Important Contact Information
Please no phone calls to the venue. Call NCMC at 862-227-3288 with inquiries or preferably by email at info@newarkmeditation.org.

REGISTER NOW!


Change of Season — Change of Body, Mind, and Spirit

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To all things there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…

— Ecclesiastes 3

 

Hippocrates, in teaching the doctors of his day, said, “Consider the seasons of the year and what each of them produces.” When you respect the seasons you will respect your body, mind, and spirit and their needs.

Based on chinese medicine the fall is the season of the element of metal and lung and the lungs are associated with sadness and grief. We move from the external, expansive nature of summer to the internal, contracting nature of fall.

What does this have to do with meditation?

Through specific meditation and mindfulness skills — stationary, movement, eating, sound, and all our sense organs — we can learn season-specific techniques and tools for self-care: stress resilience, immunity boosting, health promotion, and methods to boost your creativity and mental sharpness.

We can also develop insight into the constantly changing, impermanent nature of our bodies and minds and learn to let go. In fact the energy of the lungs is related to “letting go” — first remembering our breath, using our breath, relaxing our breath — then becoming aware and allowing the elements and nourishment to inform us.

The northeast Autumn with it’s cool temperatures and warmly-colored leaves is a good time to:

• eat hot foods
• eat gourd foods
• supplement with mullein
• get to bed early
• sweat in a sauna
• socialize locally.

Learn more on Sunday, November 11, 2018, when we hold a workshop Fall Back into Self-Care: Meditation, Movement, and Medicine for the Season. This 5-hour workshop is kid friendly for those youths who might like to practice with us.