Schedule

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“If we knew that tonight we were going to go blind, we would take a longing, last real look at every blade of grass, every cloud formation, every speck of dust, every rainbow, raindrop — everything.” – Pema Chodron

2017 Nature Meditation Events around NYC and the Hudson Valley

fort tryon park sunset  March 25, Sat. 4-6:30pm: Spring Equinox Nature Meditation at Fort Tryon Parkmar, with Jon Aaron

EarthDay2016a  April 22, Sat. 9:30-12pm:  Earth Day Nature Meditation at Central Park

Jamaica Bay - tree_swallows_three_jbnwr_9604  May 20, Sat. 4-6:30pm: Bird Watching at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve, with Jon Aaron

BK-Naval Cemetery Landscape_credit Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects June 11, Sun. 9:30-11:30am: Meditation and Writing in the Grove (Brooklyn Naval Cemetery Landscape), with Lisa Freedman

black rock forest 1  June 24, Sat, 8:15am-6:30pm: Mineral Springs Fall Meditative Hike – Lakes, A Waterfall, and Unique Flora, with Jon Aaron

BK-Naval Cemetery Landscape_credit Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects July 6, Thu. 6:30-8pm Meditation and Writing in the Grove (Brooklyn Naval Cemetery Landscape), with Lisa Freedman

For-Web-14  July 29, Sat. 7am-6:30pm: Lake Awosting: Meditative Hike and Swim, with Jon Aaron

BK-Naval Cemetery Landscape_credit Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects August 3, Thu. 6:30-8pm: Meditation and Writing in the Grove (Brooklyn Naval Cemetery Landscape), with Lisa Freedman

BK-Naval Cemetery Landscape_credit Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects September 7, Thu. 6:30-8pm: Meditation and Writing in the Grove (Brooklyn Naval Cemetery Landscape), with Lisa Freedman

Harriman_State_Park_NY  September 9-10, Sat.-Sun.: Camping Weekend in the Hudson Valley, with Jon Aaron

BK-Naval Cemetery Landscape_credit Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects October 1, Sun. 9:30-11:30am: Meditation and Writing in the Grove (Brooklyn Naval Cemetery Landscape), with Lisa Freedman


Partner Teachers Bios:

Jon Aaron

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Jon Aaron has been a teacher at New York insight since 2006. His principal dharma teacher has been Matthew Flickstein of The Forest Way. He trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and is a certified teacher through the CFM. He has taught over 50 cycles of the seminal curriculum as well as numerous courses for alumni of the program. He completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He is the co-guiding teacher of the Makom Meditation Havurah program at the Jewish Community Center. He is a certified Somatic Experience Practitionertm and has most recently completed the teacher training in Mindfulness for Pain offered by Breathworks in England.

Lisa Freedman

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Lisa Freedman received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the New School, where she now offers courses including “Meditating, Seeing, and Writing” (in collaboration with the Rubin Museum) and “Writing and Activism.” Her current studies focus on Shambhala Buddhism and the path of the compassionate warrior. Satya Magazine, Grabbing the Apple, and The Shambhala Times published her work in 2016. Her poem, “Notes for a Commune-Nest Personifesto,” appears in Resist Much Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance.

Lisa’s concern for the environment and threatened beings everywhere prompted her to start offering Breathe/Read/Write sessions. The way she sees it, whenever we guide our wandering minds back to the breath, we offer ourselves a fresh start. Every time we meditate and then pick up our pens to write, we are in a realm of unlimited possibilities. It’s important to cultivate our relationship with this realm these days because we’re surrounded by evidence that our current patterns of living, consuming, and relating need to change. We need new ideas. “Free-writing” (just letting the pen move, non-stop) can be their vehicle.