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Mon 19

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

August 19 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 21

Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

August 21 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wed 21

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 22

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

August 22 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Mon 26

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

August 26 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 28

Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

August 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wed 28

Yoga Studies Information Session

August 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu 29

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

August 29 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

Mindfulness and Meditation Workshops, Trainings, Retreats

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Learning to Meditate One Day Retreat
“Communicating Mindfully” – Half Day Retreat
“Four Foundations of Mindfulness Practice” – Half Day Retreat
Weekly Meditation Sessions-ongoing

Chris Germer lecture, “The Power of Mindful Self-Compassion for Emotional Well-being” on September 23, go to Mindful Self-Compassion or  click here.


Learning to Meditate One Day Retreat

Saturday, September 14, 2019
9am-3pm
Student Center room 156-158  Ramapo College of NJ

Register Here

Learning to Meditate Information

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 learn 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.

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 Current Ramapo Faculty, Staff & Matriculated Students*  Please note, we are unable to give refunds if you are unable to attend for any reason.

*Student rate does not apply to community enrolled in Krame Center Programs.  You must be a credit bearing student enrolled at Ramapo College.

Registration: To register and receive your parking pass, please click here.
Due to high demand and limited, only registrations that have been paid are considered complete. You must pay in order to be registered. If you have any difficulties with the payment link please contact mindfulness@ramapo.edu.

Thank you.

Please dress comfortably. The temperature of the rooms vary, you may want to dress in layers or have a shawl or light blanket available.   We do ask you to remove your shoes in the meditation room and that no food or drink be brought in (only closed top water bottles, if needed).   Additionally, we ask that you do not wear any scented perfumes, deodorants or essential oils. 

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.


“Communicating Mindfully”- Half Day Retreat with Catherine Krame and Kailen Krame

For MBSR grads or others with a regular meditation practice
Saturday, September 21, 2019
9am-Noon
Anisfield School of Business, Room 420, Ramapo College of NJ
Space is limited. 

Register Here

Communicating Mindfully Information

Have you ever been frustrated while communicating with others because you felt you were not being heard? Or, have you found yourself interrupting someone else before they have finished speaking? In today’s fast paced and quick-fix society, we rarely take the time to actually listen to each other. Rather than being fully present in our communications, we often are mentally preparing our responses while another is speaking. This can be especially true when faced with difficult conversations, where we may interject with the desire to “fix” things, or try to take control of the dialogue simply to be “right.” Additionally, social conditioning prompts many of us to feel uncomfortable with silence, causing us to speak without much intention or purpose behind our words. With all of these nuances surrounding communication, we fail to realize that simply being fully present and listening to another person is the greatest gift we can give.

Using mindfulness practices and mindful listening exercises, we will explore what it means to communicate mindfully and practice tools that we can utilize in our interactions with others in our daily lives. We will also explore the six points of mindful speech as a means of identifying patterns. Once we have established the foundation for mindful communication, we will then learn how to navigate difficult conversations using the Nonviolent Communication model.  By becoming aware of how we communicate with others, we can begin to improve our inter-personal skills and enhance our relationships.

Cost and Registration

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

*Student rate does not apply to community enrolled in Krame Center Programs.  You must be a credit bearing student enrolled at Ramapo College.

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

Bio for Retreat Leaders Catherine Krame and Kailen Krame

Catherine Krame 

Catherine Krame

Catherine Krame, co-founder of the Krame Center for Mindful Living at Ramapo College, is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher having completed her training at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has been a meditation practitioner for more than 20 years, is certified in Positive Psychology, and is the published author of Living in Flow: The Key to Unlocking Your Greatest Potential.

 

Kailen Krame

Kailen Krame

Kailen Krame is a lecturer and published author of Put It In Perspective: A Teen’s Guide to Sanity (AuthorHouse, 2014), a book offering mindfulness and stress-management tools for teenagers and young-adults. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida, and recently completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in Spirituality and Mind Body Practices from Teachers College, Columbia University. While at Teachers College, she also obtained an Advanced Certificate in Cooperation and Conflict Resolution from the Morton Deutsch International Center. Kailen is passionate about fusing psychology, spirituality, and conflict resolution, and has held speaking engagements and facilitated workshops for both students and community members at various educational venues, including Ramapo College.


Four Foundations of Mindfulness Practice Half-Day Retreat with Dr. Ken Verni and Maria Martinez Alonso, M.A.

For MBSR grads or others with a regular meditation practice
Sunday, October 20, 2019
9am-Noon
Anisfield School of Business, Room 420, Ramapo College of NJ
Space is limited. 

Register Here

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Practice Half-Day Retreat Information

This workshop offers a brief overview of  the classic instructions for how to cultivate mindfulness in ones life. This set of instructions is classically described as the “Four Foundations of Mindfulness”. The four foundations of Mindfulness can be generally described as Body, Feeling Tone, Thoughts/Emotions (mental activity) and Contemplations/Insights on the Human Condition (i.e. aggregates of experience, attachment, impermanence, non-self and beyond).   Each Foundation is understood as an Object for our Attention as well as an integral element of the Human Experience. In this work shop we will explore both experientially and conceptually how to these four foundations present themselves in our lives and how we can practice with them skillfully to support our well-being and deepen our practice of awakening to each moment.

Cost and Registration

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

*Student rate does not apply to community enrolled in Krame Center Programs.  You must be a credit bearing student enrolled at Ramapo College.

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

Bios for Leaders Dr. Ken Verni and Maria Martinez Alonso

Dr. Ken Verni

Ken Verni

Dr. Ken Verni

Dr. Ken is a licensed Psychologist with over 20 years practicing mindfulness meditation. He has received advanced training as an instructor of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. As director of the NJ Center for Mindful Awareness, he is a frequent speaker and educator on the topic of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and offers trainings and workshops for professionals and the general public throughout New Jersey including leading an intensive MBSR program at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC.

 

Maria Martinez AlonsoMaria Martinez Alonso

Maria is a Swiss licensed Clinical Psychologist and Co-Director of the NJ Center for Mindful Awareness with 25 years of experience in the mental health field. Since her early twenties she sat in contemplative meditation retreats in Europe and started practicing in the Zen and Vipassana traditions in her late thirties with teachers such as Thich Nhat Hahn at Plum Village or Willigis Jaeger in Germany. She has received advanced training as an instructor of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Maria held for 13 years a private practice in Lausanne (Switzerland) and facilitated between 2010 and 2015 the first MBSR programs in French and in English in that city. She has been training and supervising clinicians in Europe for the past 8 years in topics such as Mindfulness, Resilience and Trauma-Work (EMDR). She works since 2016 as a Mental Health Consultant at the Staff Counselor’s Office (Medical Services Division) at United Nations in NYC guiding meditation sessions, as well as developing and delivering trainings for UN employees on site and in the duty stations via VTC on Resiliency, Mindfulness and Wellness. Maria practices yoga and mindfulness on a regular basis and is both a nature lover and an experienced hiker. She has guided groups in contemplative practices in the Alps.


Weekly Meditation Sessions

meditation room

View from the meditation room

Weekly Day Meditation Session

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

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

Register Here

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions Information

Information: 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: 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.)

Please register below for July 1 – December 19, 2019 and to receive your parking pass.

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

Bio for Meditation Leaders Peter Shalit and Peter Erm

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.

 

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

Weekly Evening Meditation Session

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

Register Here

Weekly Evening Meditation Sessions Information

Information: 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: 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.)

Please register below for July 10 – December 18, 2019 and to receive your parking pass.

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

Bio for Meditation Leaders Peter Shalit and Peter Erm

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.

 

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


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

Krame Center for 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