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Wed 16

Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

January 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wed 16
Thu 17

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 17 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 23

Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

January 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wed 23

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 24

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 24 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Sat 26

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

January 26 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mon 28

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 28 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

Scroll down to view all events:

Weekly Meditation
Free Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
Learning to Meditate One Day Retreat
Mindfulness and Self Compassion- Half Day Retreat
Awakening Creativity-Half Day Retreat

For information on our silent retreat, click here. 


Meditation Sessions

meditation room

View from the meditation room

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

Mondays and Thursdays
1:10 PM -1:45 PM

Anisfield School of Business, Room 420, Ramapo College of NJ

Information and Registration

Learn to meditate or expand your meditation practice at these partially guided weekly day mindfulness meditations for experienced or beginners at Ramapo College in Northern NJ. These weekly meditation sessions will be led by Peter Shalit.

Registration is required but walk-ins are welcome and you can register at the session.  A choice of chairs or cushions are available for your comfort. We ask you to remove your shoes at the door, so please bring socks if you would like. Dress comfortably and in layers.

All weekly meditation sessions are held in the Anisfield School of Business, room 420 at Ramapo College of New Jersey which is located in Mahwah in northern Bergen County, New Jersey.

There is no charge for these meditations, but we ask community members to consider a donation to the Center. (Free to all Ramapo College faculty, staff and students.)

Current registration is for weekly meditations until January 17, 2019.

To register for the Monday and or Thursday sessions and receive your parking pass, please click here. 

Weekly Evening Meditation Sessions

Wednesday Evenings
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Anisfield School of Business, Room 420, Ramapo College of NJ

Information and Registration

Learn to meditate or expand your meditation practice at these partially guided weekly day mindfulness meditations for experienced or beginners at Ramapo College in Northern NJ. These weekly meditation sessions will be led by Peter Shalit.

Registration is required but walk-ins are welcome and you can register at the session.  A choice of chairs or cushions are available for your comfort. We ask you to remove your shoes at the door, so please bring socks if you would like. Dress comfortably and in layers.

All weekly meditation sessions are held in the Anisfield School of Business, room 420 at Ramapo College of New Jersey which is located in Mahwah in northern Bergen County, New Jersey.

There is no charge for these meditations, but we ask community members to consider a donation to the Center. (Free to all Ramapo College faculty, staff and students.)

Current registration is for weekly meditations until January 16, 2019.

To register for the Wednesday evening  meditation sessions and receive your parking pass, please click here.

Bio for Meditation Leader Peter Shalit
weekly mediation teacher

Peter Shalit

Peter Shalit, Meditation leader, MBSR instructor

Peter Shalit, a Graduate of Syracuse University with a BA in Psychology, studied Eastern Philosophy and Practices in Asia for several years. Peter is now in pursuit of his Masters in Social Work. He is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher trained at the Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical School and is a Certified Yoga Instructor. Peter leads meditations and mindfulness practices, and develops talks and programs for the Krame Center.

Bio for Meditation Leader Peter Emr

Peter Erm, Meditation leader

Peter Erm

Over twenty-five years of teaching and administrative experience; a member of The Mindfulness in Education Network, The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, The Mindful Schools Community of Educators, and the “mindful” magazine advisory team; Mindful Meditation Coach for the Bergen Barracudas Swim Team at Ramapo College; teaches Mindfulness in the Bergen County Correctional Facility and the Paramus Community School; also teaches T’ai Chi and Qigong in the community; Leads retreats and workshops in Mindfulness and Voice Dialogue in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and at Enders Island in Mystic, Connecticut; personal meditation practice began in the 70’s and has included Mindfulness, Zen, Hesychasm, Mikkyo, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Ninpo Taijutsu; an Ordained Permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark, serving at Our Lady of the Visitation Parish in Paramus, NJ.

What participants have to say about the weekly meditations

“I like the mediation, the friendly welcoming staff, the creation of a comfortable safe space, and the view of the Ramapo Mountains.  The opportunity for quiet reflection”

“The combination of a guided meditation and being in silent communion with other meditators in a completely comfortable room, with comfortable chairs and cushions.”

“I find the experience to be soothing, and returned to my desk more productive and centered.”

“I have attended both Wednesday night free meditations so far and found them both worthwhile. Each different because of the leader, but each type had fruitful results for the life thinking which I am doing now. I am so pleased to have found the Krame Center at this time of my life!” -Gail

“Love the meditation classes. They have added quality to my life”  – Myra


Free Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop

Wednesday, January 16 2019
7:00 PM -8:30 PM (Please arrive no later than 6:45 PM)
Anisfield School of Business Room 420, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Information

Mindfulness is a purposeful way of focusing attention to the present moment and promotes a presence in the here and now that is often lost in today’s fast paced society. Research indicates that a mindfulness practice, including meditation, decreases anxiety and stress while enhancing the ability to concentrate and pay attention. The physical and psychological benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices have been well documented.

Learn to meditate at this introductory session. The program will briefly review the meaning and benefits of mindfulness practices, and then present an experiential introduction to breath-based meditation practice. Suggestions will be offered on how to integrate a simple, but effective, mindfulness practice into one’s everyday life. We ask participants to please wear comfortable clothing to the event.

Cost and Registration
Bio for Leader Peter Shalit

Peter Shalit, a Graduate of Syracuse University with a BA in Psychology, studied Eastern Philosophy and Practices in Asia for several years. Peter is now in pursuit of his Masters in Social Work. He is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher trained at the Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical School and is a Certified Yoga Instructor. Peter leads meditations and mindfulness practices, and develops talks and programs for the Krame Center.

Peter Shalit

Bio for Leader Sarah Gouveia

Sarah Gouveia studied psychology as an undergraduate at Monmouth University. She went on to earn her Masters in Counseling Psychology. Since completing her masters, Sarah has become a certified Yoga Instructor, and has completed specialized training to work with select populations. She is currently embarking on her MBSR training, and has been guiding meditations within the community.

Sarah Gouveia


Learning to Meditate One Day Retreat

March 9. 2019 
9am-3pm (please arrive no later than 8:45am.)
Trustees Pavilion, Ramapo College of NJ

Information

Join us for a mindfulness meditation retreat on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9-3pm. Come learn the basics of how to meditate, or more experienced mediators can deepen their practice.  Pause, quiet your mind and body and cultivate balance and ways to deal with your stressors.

Learn how mindfulness meditation can help us be more present in all of the moments of our lives. Together we will explore mindfulness meditation practices that can help us relate to every moment in our lives with compassion and kindness.

Learn how meditation is different from relaxation and the power of mindfulness meditation in building awareness, focus and concentration.

We will alternate periods of meditation, mindful walking, gentle movement, mindful eating with time for Q & A.

Please bring a yoga mat if you have one and dress in layers as the rooms can sometimes get cool.  Please bring your own lunch and drink.

Cost and Registration

Cost: $55 Community/$25 Ramapo Faculty, Staff & Students  Please note, we are unable to give refunds if you are unable to attend for any reason.

To register and receive your parking pass, please click here.

Bio for Retreat Leader Beth Sandweiss

Beth Sandweiss, MSW, MA

Beth trained as an MBSR Instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, in MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and with the Mindful Schools Program. She teaches MBSR at Montclair State University, the VA Hospital in Orange, the Krame Center at Ramapo College and at Valley Hospital where she developed a Mindfulness for Teens program.
Beth has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years, and maintains a private therapy practice in Montclair, NJ where she uses mindfulness based interventions to treat families, adults and teens. Through her personal mindfulness practice and clinical work, Beth has come to value the power of mindfulness to enhance the capacity for joy and to develop greater awareness, wisdom, compassion and resilience in the face of inevitable challenges we all encounter.
As a consultant, Beth trains and supervises therapists, and provides Mindfulness Workshops for educators, parents, clergy, organizations and human service practitioners throughout the tri/state area.
She is the Director of Mindfulness Programs at Jewish Family Services of Metrowest NJ and serves on the Steering Committee of the NY/NJ MBSR Collaborative.


Mindfulness and Self-Compassion with Beth Sandweiss
Half Day Retreat

Girl sitting at Ramapo reservation

For MBSR grads or others with a regular meditation practice
Saturday, April 6 , 2019
9am-12pm (Please arrive by 8:45am)
Anisfield School of Business building Room 420, Ramapo College
Space is limited.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Information

This workshop for MBSR grads or those with a regular meditation practice interested in mindfulness and self-compassion as well as professionals who wish to integrate self-compassion into their work.Learn how to respond to difficult moments with kindness, understanding and forgiveness instead of self-criticism or blame. Cultivating self-compassion with mindfulness!teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. 

Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing because it allows us to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity. Self-compassion encourages us to respond to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, care, andunderstanding so we can soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being.With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for self, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. 

Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, this workshop teaches core principles and practices that enable you to open yourself to the present moment and feel connected to your world.

In this workshop you will learn skills to: 

  • motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  • respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • improve difficult relationships through self-validation
  • incorporate mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into your daily life
  • teach simple self-compassion practices to children, patients, students, or clients
Cost and Registration

Cost: $55 Community/$25 Ramapo Faculty, Staff & Students  Please note, we are unable to give refunds if you are unable to attend for any reason.

To register and receive your parking pass, please click here.

Bio for Retreat Leader Beth Sandweiss

Beth Sandweiss, MSW, MA

Beth trained as an MBSR Instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, in MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and with the Mindful Schools Program. She teaches MBSR at Montclair State University, the VA Hospital in Orange, the Krame Center at Ramapo College and at Valley Hospital where she developed a Mindfulness for Teens program.
Beth has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years, and maintains a private therapy practice in Montclair, NJ where she uses mindfulness based interventions to treat families, adults and teens. Through her personal mindfulness practice and clinical work, Beth has come to value the power of mindfulness to enhance the capacity for joy and to develop greater awareness, wisdom, compassion and resilience in the face of inevitable challenges we all encounter.
As a consultant, Beth trains and supervises therapists, and provides Mindfulness Workshops for educators, parents, clergy, organizations and human service practitioners throughout the tri/state area.
She is the Director of Mindfulness Programs at Jewish Family Services of Metrowest NJ and serves on the Steering Committee of the NY/NJ MBSR Collaborative


Awakening Creativity-Half Day Retreat with Carol Bowman

For MBSR grads or others with a regular meditation practice
Sunday, May 19, 2019
9am-12pm (Please arrive by 8:45am)
Anisfield School of Business building Room 420, Ramapo College
Space is limited.

Awakening Creativity

“Creativity is multifaceted; we have the brain level, as well as the creative process itself. The process usually involves inspiration followed by action. Where does the inspiration come from? If I was able to look into the brain, I would not find a storage space filled with poems waiting to be written or art bursting to be put on canvas. Where do the ideas form? How do they get manifested?” (D. Chopra)

Using contemplative practice, we will explore these question through experience. Many artists attest to the power of meditation and contemplation to fuel their creativity. Time alone or in silence provides us with the ground for creativity. In meditation, we use a different brain network; our ideas seem to arise effortlessly when we are attempting not to think! Self-trust, heightened awareness, and confidence are aspects of creativity developed through contemplative practice. Concentration is also centrally important for any creative endeavor. We will participate in mindful meditation practices that direct our attention and allow a choiceless awareness to give rise to our creativity.

In this retreat, we will use the tools of mindfulness to plant seeds of creativity and allow them to develop and blossom. Engaging in playfulness, meditation, the beginners mind, yoga, and several artistic mediums, including drawing, poetry, journaling and movement, allows our creative intentions to develop and bear fruit. We will also address our shadow tendencies to be overly critical and how that stunts our creativity.

Creativity is a human inheritance, not something reserved for a few special individuals. Come and try new artistic avenues to begin or enhance your creative voyage!

“For me, creation first starts by contemplation…I let my mind drift at ease, just like a boat in the current. Sooner or later it is caught by something, It gets precise. It takes shape…My next painting motif is decided.”  Pablo Picasso

Cost and Registration

Cost: $55 Community/$25 Ramapo Faculty, Staff & Students  Please note, we are unable to give refunds if you are unable to attend for any reason.

To register and receive your parking pass, please click here.

Bio for Retreat Leader Carol Bowman

Carol Bowman, Ed. D., Associate Professor of Education at Ramapo College, is Director of Education for the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living and Director of Yoga Studies Programs at Ramapo College. She grew up in a pacifist community in southern New York State and began her educational career as a teacher and then director of a Quaker Elementary School in California. A lifelong dancer and yoga practitioner, she danced with Jamie Nichol’s LA based contemporary dance company “Fast Feet” and continued to choreograph and teach dance at the Escuela Nacional De Danza in Nicaragua.

She became a Yoga Teacher in 2008 and initiated the Yoga Teacher Certification Program at Ramapo College.  During her teen years, she made the acquaintance of Thich Nhat Hanh when he came to stay in her community. Becoming more interested in mindfulness, she reconnected with his teachings in a deep way and continued her practice at Blue Cliff Monastery, eventually training at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center as a teacher of Mind Based Stress Reduction which she teaches through the Krame Center. Carol convenes the Contemplative Studies Minor and conducts research in yoga and mindfulness education, as well as teaching workshops for educators in mindfulness education. Her greatest motivation is the transformation of education to embrace both mind and heart.


To request disability-related accommodations, please contact mindfulness@ramapo.edu.

Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College of NJ
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 07430 in Bergen County, New Jersey, Northern New Jersey
201.684.6855
mindfulness@ramapo.edu