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 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 ncmc-summer-retreat.eventbrite.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to apply as a volunteer before registering for this program.
Registration begins on July 1, 9am at ncmc-summer-retreat.eventbrite.com.
• We’re excited to be one of the sponsors of the free Newark Urban Veg Fest to be held on Saturday July 27th from noon to 5pm in Military Park. Look for us there — we’ll be doing some mindful eating meditation and practice demos and instructing in basic meditation that can help you make good decisions in your conscientious consumerism! We’ll have lots of cool and useful handout tools and more! In the meantime get your free and donor tickets here.
A free ten-week series of basic Meditation with Mindful Movement Classes taught by Cornelia Santschi, an insight meditation teacher. Assisting with the class individually will be Andrea Lee and Ihsaan Muhammad. No need to register, come as you can, but it’s always best to come to most since it will be continual learning. Family friendly — you are welcome to bring children who can sit quietly with us or play mindfully nearby. Weather permitting on the Meditation Lawn on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00pm, June 5 through August 14. Free community service programs of NCMC held in cooperation with Military Park Partnership Summer Programs.
A 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, May 15 through June 19. Free community service programs of NCMC held in cooperation with Military Park Partnership Summer Programs.
Our ongoing after-work Ironbound meditation group — feel comfortable coming late if you can’t make it by 5:30. These Meditation with Mindful Movement Classes are taught by J. Javier Cruz and assisted by Jennifer Becher. Classes held at the ICC Family Success Center in the Wellness Room at 317 Elm Street, Newark, NJ from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Translations into Spanish as requested. Family friendly. A free community service program of NCMC in cooperation with Ironbound Community Corporation Family Success Center.
Spend the Cinco de Mayo afternoon doing a little African-Asian-American mindfulness!
HALF DAY WORKSHOP
Mindfulness, Meditation, & Martial Movement
Taught by Khalil Maasi with assistance by Andrea Lee
Sunday, May 5th, 2019 | 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Index Art Center, 237 Washington St., First Floor, Newark, NJ
This donation-based workshop is appropriate for all people and of any discipline — beginners through advanced students. Teacher Khalil will be using internal martial arts exercises, though this is not a fighting workshop. It is rather a means of using these disciplines for healing (energy work), mindfulness, and achieving a state of “no mind.” Guidance from Andrea will include a sitting meditation and sound healing meditation. Suggested donation of $25 adults/$15 students 18 or older. Youths 12-17 come free.
To attend go to: ncmc-spring-workshop.eventbrite.com.
A program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.
Dear Friends of NCMC,
We are appealing to you for your immediate help at this turning point in our development as a center and in our efficacy in building a much-needed meditation community in Newark, NJ.
The goal of Newark Center for Meditative Culture (NCMC) is to develop integrated and broad applications to bring mindfulness and meditation in their many forms and life practices to the community. We do so through providing mostly donation-based or free programs to the community.
Your kind donations will allow us to continue to provide these life-enhancing programs regardless of any participant’s present economic circumstances.
To take our goal to the next level, we need to have a home base where we can offer more weekly programming and a hub for our community to gather (rather than ad hoc venue rentals).
We are excited to now have a commitment for a rental lease of rooms in a landmark building in a central downtown location near Military Park, Newark, NJ.
What we need immediately is the funding for at least 1-1/2 years of a two-year lease, approximately $10,800.
This is the immediate need of our First Priority ASK. You can help by donating now to our GoFundMe campaign.
We understand that money can be tight — please know that even $5 helps us get closer to our goal!
Securing the funding for the rental space is our most important requirement so that we can develop our programs without the pressure of worrying about rent for a while.
Beyond this, being able to purchase needed supplies, services, and equipment is important to keep the flow of resources going for people to stay connected. Developing a library will ground our community in knowledge.
You can read our full 2019 Business Plan for an in-depth overview on NCMC and our budget proposal including our prioritized ASK.
Can you help us to reach our immediate need of $10,800 of our First Priority ASK? It’s vital to get into our space quickly!
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your potential funding please contact our Treasurer, Andrea Lee, at email@example.com.
Thank you for your time.
With much gratitude,
Kazi, Marcie, Cornelia, Andrea, Ihsaan, Kamilah, Jennifer, Javier
Board of Directors, Newark Center for Meditative Culture
ps. If you are more comfortable with donating directly through PayPal, donate here. Checks are also welcome made out and sent to Newark Center for Meditative Culture, PO Box 182, Newark, NJ 07101. Please let us know that you have sent a check.
pss. Please share this appeal with like-minded friends who may want to support the development of our meditation center in the diverse urban community of Newark, NJ.
Sunday, May 5, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Index Art Center, 237 Washington Street, First Floor Gallery, Newark, NJ
Taught by Khalil Maasi assisted by Andrea Lee
Suggested donation of $25 adults/$15 students 18 or older. Youths 12-17 come free.
This workshop is appropriate for all people and of any discipline — beginners through advanced students.
Teacher Khalil will be using internal martial arts exercises, though this is not a fighting workshop. It is rather, a means of using these disciplines for healing, mindfulness, and achieving a state of “no mind”. Briefly, the disciplines we will be working on are:
1. Standing Meditation: Zhan Zhuang, Standing Like a Tree, a standing meditation that’s initial goal is to relax and release all the tension in your body. This method cultivates the body’s natural energy called chi — a simple practice with extraordinary mental and physical benefits.
2. Healing Science: Chi Gung (qigong) is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial arts training.
3. No Mind: This is a mental state called mushin in Japanese and wuxin in Chinese. Zen and Daoist meditators are said to reach this state, along with disciplined artisans and trained martial artists. They practice this mental state of emptiness, free from attachment, during everyday activities.
There will be sessions with Andrea who will offer a Sound Healing Meditation using Tibetan bowls and a Guided Sitting Meditation.
Besides sharing these mental, spiritual, and physical refreshments we will also provide a fusion of snack and beverage refreshments during break.
*VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We need a few volunteers to help us with set-up and break-down, check-in desk, refreshment service/clean-up, etc. Contact the volunteer coordinator for the program, Jennifer Becher at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply as a volunteer before registering for this program.
Khalil Maasi is a lifelong student and practitioner of meditation, mindfulness, martial science and it’s related integrated systems of knowledge. To understand the fruit, you must understand the root. And the root in this paradigm is Khalil’s father, well-renowned meditation and martial arts Grandmaster Shaha Mfundishi Maasi. He teaches under Shaha Maasi’s tutelage their family system known as Moyo Kazi (Energy Work) through their organization The School of Heaven and Earth which is based in Baltimore, Maryland. Moyo Kazi is a system of Chi Gung (internal martial healing science) developed and based on the study of internal healing martial traditions from around the world. Khalil is also a initiated Yoruba Priest (Minister) in the traditional African/Nigerian spiritual system of Ifa (Isese) and is an associate Minister at The Ifa Temple Of Light in East Orange, NJ. Khalil often teaches the African connection to these practices during his classes and workshops. As well, Khalil is a certified child assault prevention counselor in the state of New Jersey working primarily in the Newark and Essex County school system.
Andrea Lee is a Preschool Assistant Teacher at Montclair Cooperative School in her hometown of Montclair, NJ. She is an intern organic farmer at Rabbit Hole Farm in Newark where she resides. She is a senior disciple of Reverend Jaganath Carrera, Spiritual Head and Founder of Yoga Life Society. She recently completed seminary training and was ordained a Yoga Life Minister. She is a certified Yoga instructor and performs Kirtan with Mirabai Catherine Moon. Andrea is founding Treasurer of NCMC where she also instructs in meditation and mindfulness and provides yoga and chanting sessions. Newark Center for Meditative Culture is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
A program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.
The Art of Seeing and Bringing it Home
Teachers Rebecca Li and Shaka Georges guided once again an engaging retreat for NCMC — expecially important since the majority of the students were beginners. The students asked excellent questions during the Q&A’s. The reflections got personal and the students empathized, connected, and learn from each other because of it. Of concern to many was how to bring what they learned on the cushion home to the people they live with and see often.
A couple teachings that were taken home to practice were: a) See things for what they are and not what you think they should be. So pay attention as the ideas in your mind are most often not what is right in front of you, and, b) Suffering provides us with the opportunity to observe and experience our habits. We always have a choice to continue acting out our habits or free ourselves to expose the truth through mindfulness.
One student commented that they would take home the art of seeing people the way they are and another about how it helps to practice with others and to hear their questions about the practice.
We had one 10 year old participant who had lots of fun with the movement meditations and was the first to volunteer to show her drawing and explain it during the Art of Seeing workshop.
The vegan lunch was a hit! People came back for seconds and there were plenty of compliments. We thank our volunteers Elena, Marcus, and Teneka for their support at the retreat. And kudos to Elvis for his beautiful art photography of the program. We are especially grateful for the teachers Rebecca and Shaka for practicing with us.
And, as always, thank you to Lowell, director of Index Art Center, for providing assistance, and this time, such a colorful venue to experience… and well, see!