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Mon 22

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

April 22 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 24
Thu 25

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

April 25 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Fri 26

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Mon 29

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

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

Mindfulness and Meditation

Scroll down to view all events:

Weekly Meditation Sessions
“Awakening Creativity”-Half Day Retreat
“Mindfulness in Nature” workshop at Ramapo Reservation
Mindful Self-Compassion Two-Day Core Skills Training
Communicating Mindfully -Half Day Retreat

For information on our silent retreat, click here. 

Weekly 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: 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 January 17 – June 28, 2019 and to receive your new parking pass.

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: 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 January 17 – June 28, 2019 and to receive your new 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


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

Registration: Due to high demand and limited space, only registrations that have 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.To register and receive your parking pass, please click here.

Bio for Retreat Leader Carol Bowman

Carol Bowman, Ed. D.

Carol Bowman

Carol is an Associate Professor of Education at Ramapo College, 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.


“Mindfulness in Nature” workshop at Ramapo Reservation with Dr. Ken Verni and Maria Martinez Alonso, M.A.

Saturday, June 1 with a June 15 rain date
10am-1pm. Please arrive at 9:30am
Ramapo Valley County Reservation, Mahwah, NJ

Engaging with the Natural World with Awareness Information, Cost and Registration

Who:This workshop will be suitable for all levels of experience with mindfulness practice. The walk is best categorized as easy/moderate since we will be taking frequent breaks, moving slowly on well-marked trails. There will be periods of walking, sitting and gentle mindful movement in the woods.

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. There will be periods of walking, sitting and gentle mindful movement in the woods.

When:Please plan to arrive by 9:30am so we can begin at 10am. We intend to be back in parking lot around 1pm.

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 )

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: $55/ $25 for current Ramapo staff, faculty and students with id. Please note, we are unable to give refunds if you are unable to attend for any reason.

Registrations: Only registrations that have 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. 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 or for 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 snack if you would like  (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 walking 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)
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 Sirois

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.

 


Mindful Self Compassion 2-Day Core Skills Training with Steve Hickman of Center for Mindful Self Compassion

June 14-15, 2019
Trustees Pavilion, Ramapo College
With Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, San Diego, CA

Mindfulness Self Compassion Core Skills Training

Self-compassion is an emotional skill that can be learned by everyone. It means being warm and understanding toward yourself when you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being, reduces anxiety and depression, and promotes healthy lifestyle habits.

In this program, you learn

  • What self-compassion is and isn’t
  • How to enhance mindfulness with self-compassion
  • The art of loving-kindness meditation
  • Ways to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Techniques for handling difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to transform challenging relationships and fully enjoy your life.
Cost and Registration

Cost: $400 tuition, which includes a light breakfast of scones and fruit, lunch, beverages (daily water, coffee, tea), and snack service. Vegan, Gluten free and Diary free lunch options will be available as well.

Registration: Due to high demand and limited space, 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.

To register for the event, please click here. Cut off date is on May 31, 2019.

Cancellation Policy: A refund of  55% may be given if registrants cancel more than 30 days before this program begins. There is no refund on cancellations of 30 days or less.

Accommodations

Commuters are welcome.

Single accommodations: Please call the Fairfield Inn directly to reserve your single room. Please make sure to mention the Krame Center Ramapo Event to receive the discounted price. The number for the Fairfield Inn and Suites, Mahwah, NJ is 201-529-4000. The cost for one day is approximately $132 including taxes, fees, and a continental breakfast. You can also book online to receive the discounted rate by clicking here.

Double accommodations: If you would like a double room, please let us know and we will “invite” you to our Facebook group page to find a roommate and then you can each book your hotel rooms.

NOTE: The hotel is offering special and competitive pricing so if you are comparison shopping, please keep in mind that the accommodation rates provided above includes taxes and fees and continental breakfast. Please contact the hotel directly at 201-529-4000 if you have any questions regarding rooms and pricing.

For more information on travelling to Ramapo College,please visit https://www.ramapo.edu/kramecenter/visit-us/

Bio for Workshop Leaders

Dr. Steven Hickman, Psy.D

Dr. Steven is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. He is also the founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness and is a retired \Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSD Department of Family Medicine and Public Health.The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is dedicated to disseminating the practice of self-compassion throughout the world and Steve’s particular expertise is in training teachers of mindfulness and self-compassion. Steven is a Certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion, and is a teacher trainer for both programs. He founded the UC San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute dedicated to providing professional training and certification in the full spectrum of mindfulness-based programs. He is married and has three young adult children, affording him ample opportunities to practice what he teaches.

Kayleigh Pleas Vogel, MAPP

Kayleigh is a positive psychology coach and meditation teacher in New York City. She is going to be an assistant teacher for this workshop. Since 2010, she has helped thousands of individuals build flourishing lives by employing scientifically proven methods from positive psychology, the contemplative traditions, and mind-body medicine. Kayleigh completed her master in applied positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her search focused on how an inner dialogue that is harsh and critical versus and inner dialogue that is kind and supportive affects resilience and well-being. Kayleigh went on to become a Trained Mindful-Self Compassion (MSC) teacher. She is a sought-after speaker and workshop facilitator for businesses, hospitals, and schools. For more information, please visit her website: www.kayleighwellness.com


Learning to Meditate One Day Retreat

Saturday, September 14, 2019
9am-3pm

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

Registration: Due to high demand and limited space, 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. 


Communicating Mindfully- Half Day Retreat with Catherine 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

Information

In today’s fast paced and quick-fix society we rarely take the time to actually listen to each other. Most often we are mentally preparing our response while another is speaking or interjecting with the desire to “fix” things rather than being fully present and listening. Social conditioning prompts many of us to feel uncomfortable with silence and feel the need to find a “solution” when another may simply wish to be heard. In our need to react or desire to “fix” 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 recognizing patterns. By becoming aware of how we communicate with others we can begin to improve our inter-personal skills.

Cost and Registration

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

Registration: To register and receive your parking pass, please check back.

Bio for Catherine Krame

Catherine Krame

Catherine Krame

Catherine is the co-founder of the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College. She 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. Catherine has been a meditation practitioner for 20+ years, and is actively engaged with yoga and healthy living.

 


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