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Come explore printmaking in the Katonah Treehouse!

It's really just my deck, but we'll be above the sweeping vista of my backyard in the tr...

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A couple hours, a half day, a full day, or a weekend of BLISS…

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Set your mind a sail as we transform the Sloop Clearwater - a floating national historical landmark - into a vessel of meditative wisdom.<...

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The practice of Yoga has many benefits, including stress reduction, increased flexibility, improved cardio and circulatory health – and now that ...

  • "So happy to have met  you and for sharing an amazing weekend together. I can honesty say that this was life changing for me. I have learned that I may not be able to control what happens in life, but I can control my reactions. Feeling the emotion and being kind to it and to myself has given back the control for peaceful living. Thank you all for this great gift! "   ~ Donna

  • "EMBODYING PRACTICE 2018 was a wonderful experience for me and a much-needed restorative time to set intentions on creating and maintaining a time for daily practice in 2018."   ~ Debra

  • "I found the retreat to be an amazing opportunity for me, a non-practitioner, to experience multi modalities of mindfulness and awareness.   It was life changing and is I think extremely useful in today’s fast paced, always on world.  Every person, everywhere would benefit from participating and it might actually make our lives more compassionate, authentic and enjoyable."    ~Carole

  • "Thank you for all the warmth, openness, and kindness you shared during the retreat, it was a truly special weekend."    ~Heather

  • “I’ve learned so much about mindfulness meditation from you I never thought I’d meditate  (me: I helped you to open the window a little bit to being present? ) Yes!- and not jump out of it!"   ~ Raoul

I woke up this morning with a song in my head that I hadn’t heard in awhile and I desperately wanted to share it with you all.

It is called “To a Friend in Need.” I don’t even know who wrote it. I found myself rifling through old song sheets trying to find the lyrics for all I could hear in my head was the song being played, as a distant memory, by my good friends Eric Pastoral and Bill Card about 20 years ago on campus at SUNY New Paltz. I’d sing it for you myself but it’s not in my key... lol.

It is song I think about many things - all subject to personal interpretation - mostly I believe it is about the power of healing + connection: especially through friendship, art, music, mindfulness etc... These things can make the world a better place. I believe that with all my heart. The pain in our lives has a tendency to stick sometimes and we need tools like these to get through it all. Especially the outcome of this election!!!!

I didn’t cry, I wasn’t melancholy about the good old days, or wonder in that moment what is to come of our country and my daughter’s future, I just found the lyrics and I sang the darn song out loud. I sang it more than once. I felt it. This is why I sing. This is why I teach. I feel I can make a difference.

And all of us: take some time to think about your powerful healing connections and tools. Maybe this country can use that energy to trump, Trump.

The ending of the song is this:

“Do not wait for an answer from above

And don't be the only one you’re thinking of

There are others

And they will need you

When they cry...”

 

We MUST continue to be social activists with ENORMOUS hearts in order to help our friends, and believe it or not, our foes....

GROUP HUG!!!!!!

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