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Thu 14

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

December 14 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
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Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

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Free Weekly Evening Meditation Sessions

December 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
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Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

December 21 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
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Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

January 3, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 4, 2018 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
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Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 8, 2018 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
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Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

January 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thu 11

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 11, 2018 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

The Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living’s Advisory Board is made up of an impressive group of professionals, executives, academics and entrepreneurs, all with a background in mindfulness.

William Krame, Board Chair

bill-krameMr. Krame was born to immigrant parents in 1959 in the slums of Paterson, New Jersey. After scoring “off the charts” on various IQ Tests, at the age of six he was selected to study at a world renowned boarding school for gifted children in Lausanne, Switzerland. Upon graduating Valedictorian, Mr. Krame received a full scholarship to Princeton University where he was captain of the Fencing and Chess Teams. After graduating with degrees in both molecular biology and nuclear elasticity, Mr. Krame pursued his Masters Degree at M.I.T. Within 12 short months, he received an M.B.A. and entered the doctoral program at Harvard University. Mr. Krame pursued his post-doctoral studies at Cambridge University, England becoming the youngest ever Nobel Laureate to be considered for the Nobel Prize in Physics. He did not win and the resulting disappointment led to a prolonged period of depression; which eventually caused Mr. Krame to re-evaluate his life and all those things he deemed important. Hence, he discovered Mindfulness.

Although a compelling story, none of the foregoing is true. Mr. Krame is simply a ”normal” middle-aged white male who accidentally came-across Mindfulness 20 years ago while on vacation. Having witnessed first-hand the enormous benefits derived by him and his family through incorporating Mindfulness into their daily lives, Mr. Krame determined that the greatest gift he can offer mankind is to share Mindfulness with others. In collaboration with his wife, Catherine, they founded the Krame Center at Ramapo College.

Dr. Jacqueline Ehlert

Jackie EhlertJackie Ehlert is a registered dietitian with a doctoral degree in nutrition from Columbia University, Teachers College. Her nutrition practice is focused on the eating behaviors of emerging adults. She develops and implements nutrition programs for students at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her programs include; mindful eating seminars, mindful cooking classes, as well as the treatment of disorders such as; obesity, disordered eating, celiac disease, body image distortion, diabetes, and other metabolic illnesses. Her focus is on wellness and disease prevention through nutrition and daily mindfulness practice.

Dr. Ehlert has taught nutrition at Columbia University and Montclair State University.

In 2006 she founded the Havemeyer Edible Garden at Ramapo College where she delivers nutrition programs to teachers, college, university and high school students who learn about food, nutrition and the environment. In 2012, two honey producing bee-hives were added to the Edible Garden. The Edible Garden has hosted notable speakers such as Dr. Marion Nestle, Dr. Joan Gussow, Ellie Krieger and Kailen Krame.

Dr. Ehlert lectures widely on nutrition and mindfulness to professional and lay audiences. She is married to Dr. Peter Mercer, President of Ramapo College.

Her passion is to inspire healthy eating habits of young adults. She can be reached at or on social media – Facebook – Nutrition for Students, Twitter – Nutri4Students, or Instagram – Wisegourmet.

Edmund Gordon

Ed Gordon

Dr. Edmund W. Gordon is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology, Emeritus – Yale University and Richard March Hoe Professor of Psychology and Education, Emeritus – Teachers College, Columbia University. Among Dr. Gordon’s most recent honors is the “Edmund W. Gordon Chair for Policy Evaluation and Research” created by the Educational Testing Service to recognize his lasting contributions to developments in education including Head Start, compensatory education, school desegregation, and supplementary education. Dr. Gordon is cofounder and chairman of The Gordon Commission.

Professor Gordon is concerned with issues associated with increasing the number of high academic achieving students who come from African American, Latino, and Native American families. He is widely known for his research on diverse human characteristics and pedagogy, and the education of low status populations. He is interested in the career development of Black men who have overcome enormous odds against success to become high achievers. Recent research interests include the advancement of his concepts of “affirmative development of academic ability” and “supplementary education” both which focus on improving the quality of academic achievement in diverse learners.

At the present, he is conducting a conceptual inquiry into the possibilities that measurement science can contribute to alleviating the tension between promoting both equity and the pursuit of excellence in achievement in education in a diverse learner population. The work of conceptual inquiry assumes that measurement science should contribute to the development of mental abilities just as it has traditionally measured the status of developed abilities.

Dr. Patricia Hanratty

Patricia HanrattyPatricia Hanratty has been a leading educator in the state of New Jersey for the past four decades. Now a trustee of West Bergen Mental Healthcare, she instituted an innovative wellness program for children that included yoga and healthy eating while she was the Principal of the George Washington Elementary School from 1994 to 2011. Dr. Hanratty also worked for the state’s Department of Education as a special coordinator and analyst, as well as serving as a consultant to several New Jersey educational task forces. She received her doctorate in educational administration from Teachers College of Columbia University. Dr. Hanratty has been active in numerous yoga and meditation programs during the past two decades.

Dr. Patricia Hunt-Perry

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Patricia Hunt Perry, PhD is a professor emeritus at R.C. She taught at Syracuse University and the University of Cincinnati before joining the Ramapo  faculty in  1973. She initiated courses that were on the cutting edge of inquiry: Alternative Ways of Knowing, Death  and Dying, Ecology and the Sacred among others offering Walking Meditation as part of the curriculum. She  facilitated or cofacilitated several Ramapo lecture series which brought to campus spiritual teachers and advance thinkers such as Buckminister Fuller, Ram Dass, Swami Kriyananda, Sun Bear, and others in series entitled How Then Shall We Live and My Life Is My Message. Active in the peace movement and civil rights movement her courses engaged the works of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and others.

She was the host commentator of the PBS five-part television series, Prospects For Humanity, doing interviews with and commentaries on the works of people from around the world such as Michio Kushi and Robert Bly. Dr. Hunt Perry hosted the program, In The Spirit, on WBAI in New York City 25 times. She was  closely associated with J. Krishnamurti and physicist David Bohm for more than a decade. Living in India for a period she received teachings from Masters there and then went to Panjab University as a visiting professor.

She was ordained  in Tiep Hien Order Buddhism and became a Dharma Teacher ( now retired) at the invitation of Thich Nhat Hanh. She has done retreats with spiritual masters such as the Dalai Lama and Mooji and currently cofacilitates a monthly Mooji video satsang in Albany, New York. She was was the cochair with James MacGregor Burns of the international East West Committee which fostered peaceful relations with Russia. She was a scholar in residence at NYU and had a  Fulbright fellowship at Princeton University.

She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters including, with Lyn Fine, ” All Buddhism is Engaged.” Currently she resides near Albany, New York where she offers groups on various topics and spends as much time in nature as possible.


Dr. Lynda Klau

Lynda Klau

As the founder and director of Life Unlimited: The Center for Human Possiblity, Lynda Klau has worked with numerous individuals, couples, teams and organizations as an integrative psycho-spiritual therapist, coach, holistic business strategist and speaker.

Lynda’s unique approach allows her to address a full spectrum of issues: from depression, anxiety and relationship issues, to leadership, female empowerment, self-care, finding your passion, manifesting your power and pursuing your calling in the world. Through decades of study, practice and exploration, Lynda has assembled a formidable toolbox of cutting-edge modalities. Her work incorporates interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), mindfulness, breathing and bodywork, guided imagery, transpersonal psychology and more.

Her diverse offerings empower you to transform yourself, your relationships, your business, and your organization. She integrates psychotherapy and coaching when appropriate, viewing them as complementary modalities. This produces a powerful synergy that can help you heal past problems and current crises as you move toward your visions and goals.

In addition to her therapy and coaching practice, Lynda is also an inspirational speaker and published author. Lynda conducts workshops nationally and internationally and appears on radio and television.

A former tenured Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ramapo College in New Jersey, she now serves on the faculty of ASP’s Spirituality and Psychotherapy Graduate Program. Lynda also serves on the Board of GAINS: The Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology. Since 2009, she has hosted a monthly online seminar for professionals in the greater New York metropolitan area with Dr. Dan Siegel, one of the founders of Interpersonal Neurobiology. In 2014, she joined the faculty of Conception Events where she teaches artists the art of public speaking and communication.  For Lynda’s website, click here. 

Catherine Krame


Catherine Krame, co-founder of the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College, is an approved Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher completing her training at the Center for Mindfulness within the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also certified in Positive Psychology, she has been a meditation practitioner for 20+ years, and is actively engaged with yoga and healthy living.

Dr. Peter Mercer, President Ramapo College
Dr. Catharine M. Napolitano

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Catharine Napolitano is an organization development consultant, specializing in change management consulting. As founder and president of Organizational Strategies L.L.C., she and her firm worked with organizations to address the interdependent business, human, and technological aspects of change. Working in organizations of varying size, including many Fortune 500 firms, she and her associates focused in the arenas of team development, group problem solving, strategic planning, business process redesign, customized training, and all aspects of change management.

In addition, early in her career, she was adjunct faculty at College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. In this capacity, she worked with biotech, medical and pharmaceutical organizations across the country. Later in her career she was a member of the Center for Organizational Fitness, an international consortium of scholars, consultants and executives organized by members of the Harvard Business School faculty.

Currently, she serves as Co-Chair of the Friends of Hackensack University Medical Center, an organization she founded to create community around the medical center and to spotlight the resources that it provides to our localities and the region.

Cathy has a Ph.D. in Social and Organizational Psychology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, an M.A. in General-Theoretical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.A. in Education from Newton College of the Sacred Heart.

Dr. Anthony Padovano

Anthony Padovano

Anthony T. Padovano is a founding member and a distinguished professor of literature and philosophy at Ramapo College of New Jersey.  He is the author of twenty-nine books including three award-winning plays, translated into nine languages. He has been visiting professor at twenty-five American colleges and universities, lectures world-wide and appears regularly in the media on both sides of the Atlantic.

Dr. Padovano presents occasionally at United Nations Conferences in New York City, Geneva and The Hague. He has been invited to the White House and Congressional staff meetings as a consultant for pending programs and legislation. Dr. Padovano was the first elected president of CORPUS and served in that capacity for ten years. He has served, since 1986, as pastor of The Inclusive Community where Catholics and Protestants worship together.

Dr. Padovano’s personal and professional papers are in the permanent archives of the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Padovano was instrumental in the realization of the Salameno Spiritual Center on the Ramapo College campus which opened in 2010.  The Spiritual Center was modeled after the United Nations Meditation Room, and the Parliament of World Religions. The Center is open to all people of good will for tranquility and reflection. The Spiritual Center has as its main building the Padovano Peace Pavilion, which was made possible in large part by Dr. Padovano’s generous support.

He holds a BA from Seton Hall University, an MA from New York University, an MA in philosophy from St. Thomas International University in Rome and a PhD in literature from Fordham University.  He also holds STB,STL, and STD degrees from Pontifical Gregorian University and PhL degree from St. Thomas Pontifical International University.

Dr. Donna Rockwell

Donna Rockwell

Dr. Donna Rockwell is a mindfulness meditation teacher, with expertise developed over 15 years in Shambhala International meditation training and the Harvard University Continuing Education Program in Meditation and Psychotherapy. Dr. Rockwell is a grant recipient of Marjorie S. Fisher for The Mindfulness Initiative through which Dr. Rockwell designed the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy curriculum in the Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP) doctoral program, training graduate students in mindfulness-based theory and clinical practice. Dr. Rockwell is also a researcher in the field of mindfulness and its role in clinical psychology training, presenting her original research at annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, as well as at national and international conferences, including the 2nd International Conference on Existential Psychology, at Fudan University in Shanghai, China in 2012.

Dr. Rockwell’s other research interest includes media psychology. Her research on the experience fame and celebrity is published in the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, and as a book chapter, in “Film and Television Stardom.” Dr. Rockwell is a celebrity mental health expert quoted in major media, including USA Today,, and on TV and radio. Dr. Rockwell is a mentee of Humanistic psychology founder, Clark Moustakas, PhD, and was trained at the Center for Humanistic Studies (now MiSPP), in human science and qualitative research, including the Phenomenological research model and the Heuristic research method. Her training includes person-centered, existential-humanistic psychotherapy, existential dream analysis, and play therapy. At Dr. Moustakas’s retirement, Dr. Rockwell was invited to teach his qualitative research courses. She also served as Dissertation Chair on various qualitative research committees.

In her clinical work, Dr. Rockwell is a psychologist in private practice, in New York City and Farmington Hills, Michigan, working with individuals, couples and adolescents. Dr. Rockwell is a former TV journalist, covering Capitol Hill, the White House, and national politics for CNN and WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. She is currently the mental health expert on WDIV-TV, and a regular contributor to Huffington Post in her blog Mindfulness in Everyday Life. Dr. Rockwell is the co-editor of the Society for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter.

Courses taught include: Mindfulness, Meditation and Health; Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; Foundations and Applications of Qualitative Research; Core Concepts in Humanistic Psychology; Group Process and Communication; Community Outreach in Psychology; and Professional Writing Seminar.

Geri Topfer

Geri Topfer

As founder and President of Kula for Karma, Geri spearheads the organization’s teacher trainings, programming and hospital-based programs. Geri launched Kula for Karma in 2007, with the goal of bringing yoga to communities that would not otherwise have access to it. Over the past seven years, she has spread the vision of Kula for Karma into hospitals, schools, troubled youth and rehabilitation centers. Along the way, Geri has recruited volunteers, yoga instructors, and studios to form a network of over 300 programs touching the lives of over 3000 people. Geri is a licensed Kundalini Research Institute and Anusara-Inspired yoga teacher, a LifeForce Yoga® level I practitioner and teaches at Kripalu – Finding Your Passion: A Yoga Inspired Retreat.

Geri is married to Dr. Steven Topfer, mother of three Jacob, Sydney and Eric and is also a triathlete.