Take a look at our Winter semester!
All events take place at The Aligned Center, unless otherwise noted.
Based on the Meditating with the Body practices developed by Reggie Ray PhD, founder of Dharma Ocean.
New 5-class series beginning February 7th!
Open to new and experienced meditators who wish to explore and develop embodied meditation. Classes begin with breathing and visualization practices while lying on cushions, and transition into sitting meditation. Cultivating awareness of the subtle energies in the body through deep relaxation and active “looking” not only decreases discursive thinking, but unlocks the experience and wisdom of the soma.
For experienced meditators, training in these practices can transform and energize your meditation practice. And for beginners, these practices will ground you in the awareness of your body so that you can avoid the trap of meditation becoming merely a mental exercise.
Suggested donation: $20 per class or $75 per 5-class series Please bring cash or check at the door.
Please RSVP here if you are planning to attend so we can set up the room accordingly.
Livestreamed from Romemu in NYC, led by world-renowned progressive rabbi, David Ingber, these inclusive Friday night Shabbat services unite the traditional and the eclectic, and integrate music, chanting, meditation, and movement to nourish the body, mind, and soul.
These world-centric, musical explorations of core Jewish spirituality and compassionate humanity are open to anyone of any background who wants to join in a fun, non-affiliated, non-discriminating, and fully supportive community gathering.
Services are geared towards adults, and will be followed by drinks and conversation on our riverfront balcony. Each month, we will discuss a different theme related to Tikkun Olum (“repairing the world”), applying spiritual concepts to world actions.
*At both Romemu and The Aligned Center, all are welcome regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious observance, and belief.
Free to attend.
For generations, the ancient Hebrew mystical tradition of Kabbalah has provided spiritual seekers a unique technology to access our inherent ability to transform ourselves and our world. Though Kabbalah has been recently popularized by outlets like The Kabbalah Centre in New York City, it possesses a rich history, a wide corpus of literature, and many modern applications as a way of viewing human life.
In this 5-class introductory seminar, Rabbi Ben Newman will provide a basic introduction to some of the history, ideas, texts, and practices of this ancient wisdom, followed by open discussion.
*These classes are appropriate for everyone, regardless of background, beliefs, or lifestyle. It is an all-inclusive environment where everyone is welcome.
$12 per class, or $50 for all 5 classes.
To register for one class, select the date of the class you would like to attend, click on the “Tickets” button, and enter the amount of $12.
To register for all five classes, go to any class date, click on the “Tickets” button, and enter the amount of $50.
Family & Systemic Constellations is a revolutionary approach to addressing personal and systemic issues–whether in relationship to others, at work, with the self, or with the world at large. It provides a unique level of perspective that supports healing, wholeness and change. For more details, visit: www.evemarieelkin.com
Each workshop may be taken individually, and will focus on a different theme described below.
$40 to attend
Saturday, Feb. 17th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Living fulfilling Relationship
What are the inherent natural principles that govern healthy relationships, and what are the blockages that stand in the way of them? Whether a relationship to parents, children, co-workers, friends, or others, we will explore how the Systemic Constellations approach can help us better understand ourselves and our connections to those around us. In a group format that is guided by the individual challenges and questions of the participants present, you will gain both an understanding and experience of this perspective-altering approach to improving relationships.
Saturday, April 14th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Creativity and Living Your Potential
What, or who, in the human systems around you, may be in the way of you living your full potential in the world? Naturally, creative energy wants to fulfill itself: it wants to move, and then sometimes come to rest for a new wave to emerge. If an impulse or movement you possess towards living your full creative potential cannot be fully expressed, it impacts you and your sense of well-being. In a group format, we will explore this principle fully with the individual questions presented; we will aim to unveil what, or who, in your systems may be standing in the way of you living your full potential, and to heighten your understanding of how to experience your truest creativity, and deepest sense of well-being.
We live in an extremely materialistic age and we are all more materialistic than we might imagine, which means we believe that reality is fundamentally made of material stuff. In order for us to shift out of our current paradigm into a new one, we will need to make the heroic effort to see beyond our materialistic assumptions. In this evening seminar, we will explore the implications of the famous double slit experiment that demonstrated how light acts like waves spreading through space when it is not being watched, but once we look the light, it seems to solidify into solid particles. You will see how the fact that we as observers actually affect the way things are, calls into question all of our materialistic assumptions about reality.
Free to attend
A special evening of inspiring film followed by exclusive Q&A with the director, and founder of Jacob Burns Film Center, Steve Apkon.
PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call – a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. In a stunning visual exploration, the film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan. It contains intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space), celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, anthropologist Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey, and Head of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu school, the 17th Karmapa.
The film asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us–to remember that we are PLANETARY.
Ticket cost is by donation.
Registration is required; spots are limited.
We are excited to launch a new series of gatherings to cultivate an experience of heartfelt community and fun at the center.
Each dynamic gathering will start with a moment of mindfulness and check-in conversation, followed by a short meaningful talk and discussion on aligned living, and closing with a festive hour of drinks, music, and socializing!
Profound Parties are open only to those who have either attended an event at the center, or who are a part of our coworking community!
If you have not yet attended an event, please take a look at our calendar and join us for something that interests you–we hope to see you at the next Profound Party!
Wake Up Wall Street is a transformative experience for business professionals seeking to catalyze positive change in the world. This program explores the four dimensions of wealth–Financial Abundance, Heartfelt community, Lifelong Learning, and Mindful Awareness–as guiding forces that help create positive impact in our community and society at large. A revolutionary and growth-oriented approach that introduces exploration of the inner realms to professionals striving for self-discovery and meaning.
Free to attend.
A literary salon embraces authors and celebrates the craft of writing. Authors read from and discuss their work in a community of readers who ask thoughtful and engaging questions. The goal is to foster conversation and promote the respectful exchange of ideas.
For this salon, we will gather together to hear from Rebecca Soffer, co-author of Modern Loss, and Jeff Rossen, author of Rossen to the Rescue, and host of NBC’s Rossen Reports. The event will be moderated by award-winning author and Omega Institute speaker, Allison Gilbert, author of Passed and Present. Following the readings and moderated conversation, books will be available for sale and signing by the authors.*
*The book table will be run by The Village Bookstore in Pleasantville, NY. Credit cards and cash accepted.
Free to attend.
This two-part workshop was collaboratively created by Rabbi Ben Newman (founder of Shtiebel) and Jennifer Convissor, LCSW, RMT (founder of Infinity Wellness and LiveWork Solutions) to explore how the wisdom of ancient Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah, applies to and complements modern day psychotherapy. These are creative, interactive workshops for those seeking deeper insight into their personal challenges or inspiration to find inner strength, as well as for those in healing professions who would like to gain a unique perspective on helping others. They are appropriate for everyone, regardless of background, beliefs, or lifestyle. It is an all-inclusive environment where all are welcome.
Each part may be taken individually, or they can be taken together.
$40 to attend one part, or $60 for both.
To register for one part only, select the date of the workshop you would like to attend, click on the “Tickets” button, and enter the amount of $40.
To register for both together, go to either workshop date, click on the “Tickets” button, and enter the amount of $60.
Learn about the philosophy that is changing the way the world invests by replacing speculation with education, and explore the nature of human development. Join us to learn how to build confidence in your financial security, and also how to bring more balance and peace of mind to all aspects of your life.
This is a monthly series, and will start a new round in 2018.
Free to attend.
WBC Tuesday Night Meditation Group is back at The Aligned Center for the entire Fall Semester!
These evenings begin with group meditation, followed by a dharma book reading and group discussion. Meditation instruction is also offered each week. The evenings are open to all – beginners and seasoned meditators alike, so feel free to drop in!
Currently, this group is exploring Mindfulness in Action: Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness. As the title suggests, this book is about mindfulness and its application in the context of our entire lives. The book focuses on the practice of meditation as a tool for developing mindfulness and awareness, and explores this can influence our everyday lives.
Suggested donation: $5 – $10.
Join us at The Aligned Center as we sit together in community. This open meditation begins and ends with the simple ring of a bell, and is a great opportunity to make mindfulness a regular practice. Meditation instruction can be provided upon request.
Please arrive on time and be respectful of the silence. We will have cushions and chairs set up for you to use. There will be complimentary tea and light refreshments before and after the meditation — you are welcome to relax and enjoy the view!
Free to attend.
The Aligned Center: 1 Bridge Street, Suite 64 Irvington, NY 10533
Directions: From the Bridge Street Property’s parking lot, walk South into the courtyard. Our building is located to the left of the Red Hat restaurant with a sign that says “Foundry Entrance.” The Aligned Center is on the second floor at the top of the stairs.