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Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

May 24 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
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Cultivating Presence in the Natural World: A Workshop and Mindful Hike at the Ramapo Reservation

Free Weekly Meditation Sessions

Free Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop


Cultivating Presence in the Natural World: A Workshop and Mindful Hike at the Ramapo Reservation

Ramapo Reservation

Ramapo Reservation

Saturday, June 16
9:30am-4pm Ramapo Valley County Reservation
Cost: $65 / $45 for Ramapo staff, faculty and educators/ $25 students

Who: This workshop will be suitable for all levels of experience with mindfulness practice. The hiking is best categorized as easy/moderate since we will be taking frequent breaks, moving slowly on well-marked trails.

What: For hundreds of years mindful awareness was cultivated in the outdoors. Join us in the age old tradition of entering into the natural world to observe, sense, listen and participate in the beauty and wisdom of nature. Guidance will be offered with regard to exploring present moment attentiveness and working with sensory awareness in nature.  We will be practicing Mindful Walking, Sitting, Lying Down and Standing.

Where: Ramapo Valley County Reservation– Parking  We will be meeting in the large parking lot at Ramapo Valley County Reservation which is just next door to the NY/NJ Trail Conference Building (this is a very clear landmark )

When: Please plan to arrive by 9:30-9:45am so we can begin at 10am.  We intend to be back in parking lot between 3:30 and 4pm.

What type of trails:  We will be walking mostly on fairly narrow wooded trails with the usual roots and rocks, some grass and open field areas.  Some slight changes in elevation.

Cost: $65/ $45 for Ramapo staff, faculty and educators/ $25 students. No refunds. If canceled due to weather, you will receive a full refund.

To register for the event, please click here

What to bring

  •  Some form of secure, comfortable footwear (sneakers, hiking sandals, boots)
  •  Something light that you can use to sit and lie down on for lunch or other practices (A light Beach towel                works well)
  •   Layers of clothing so you can add or remove as weather and body temperature changes.
  •   Enough water to help you stay hydrated
  •   A small lunch or snack (something nourishing that you can carry with you in your backpack.
  •   A backpack or bag that can be worn/carried comfortably.
  •   Small pack of Kleenex
  •   Anything else you know that you need or prefer to have with you when hiking in the woods and yet working with attachments and minimalism to help keep your pack light.

Optional items

  •       A hat, sunglasses, sun screen, natural bug repellent
  •   Pen and paper should you be inspired to record/sketch any reflections/insights/images.
  •       A small pair of binoculars
  •       Walking poles if you like using them
  •       Wet wipes/hand sanitizer (we will have some with us as well)

More on Cultivating Presence in the Natural World workshop and hike

In the interest of supporting your beginner’s mind we will be providing only a rough sketch of the day’s schedule to help you decide whether you would like to attend and how to prepare.

The day will predominantly silent, apart from instructions and mindfulness guidance from leaders, periodic opportunities to report on one’s experience/ask questions about our mindfulness practice in nature/ and some time for social conversation following lunch and at end of the workshop. Otherwise, we will be offering each other and the beings around us the gift of silent, yet heartful presence, as we explore the changing landscapes of the natural world.

We will be pausing periodically along the trail to rest, to orient ourselves to the changing sensory experiences of the forest and to listen……. and to observe. Workshop leaders will be at  front and rear of the group as we walk .

There will be an opportunity for a light lunch/snack in an open grassy area   Here is when having something to sit or lie down on will come in handy.

Just prior to eating, some brief instruction about mindful eating will be offered and you will be invited to eat your lunch in silence.

After the mindful lunch time there will be some time for relaxing, social conversation.

After the relaxation time, we will again drop into silence and return into the forest.

We then return to the wooded trail again for the final loop back to the starting point. There will time for reflections, Q&A, and socializing. There are several restaurants nearby with views of the river for those who want to eat in the area before heading home.

Bios for Leader Dr. Ken Verni and Dr. Maria Alonso

Dr. Ken Verni 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 Alonso 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 Counsellor’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.


Free Meditation Sessions

meditation room

View from the meditation room

 

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions:

Mondays and Thursdays
1:10-1:45pm
Anisfield School of Business Building room 420, Ramapo College of NJ

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

Registration is required but walk-ins are welcome and 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 free weekly meditation sessions are held in Anisfield School of Business room 420 at Ramapo College of New Jersey located in Mahwah, NJ in northern Bergen County, New Jersey.

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

Free Weekly Evening Meditation Sessions:

Wednesday Evenings
5:30-6:30pm
Anisfield School of Business Building room 420, Ramapo College of NJ

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

Registration is required but walk-ins are welcome and 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 free weekly meditation sessions are held in Anisfield School of Business room 420 at Ramapo College of New Jersey located in Mahwah, NJ in northern Bergen County, New Jersey.

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.

 

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.”


Free Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop

Wednesday, September 19
7-8:30pm
Anisfield School of Business Room 420, Ramapo College of New Jersey

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 free 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.

 

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 Shalit 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.

 

 

 

Ramapo

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
201.684.7475
mindfulness@ramapo.edu
Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College of New Jersey MBSR silent retreat mindfulness-based stress reduction