January 2018

January 2018

Are you looking for North Jersey events related to self-development, holistic health, meditation, yoga, financial success, or spiritual growth? Do you want to connect with like-minded people who are, like you, following their path and aspiring to live authentically? Look no further! You’ve come to the right place.

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Week of December 31 – January 6

Wednesday, January 3, 7:30 PM: Guided Meditation: New Year Intention Setting Workshop with Lou and Kelly at 4XMG Studios, 682 B Passaic Ave, Nutley, NJ – $15

Join us for an extended workshop, where we’ll uncover patterns that have held us back in the past year. You will learn how to set empowering intentions that will inspire action and growth for the coming year. Finally, you will be guided through a powerful meditation that will help you manifest your intentions and create what it is you desire for 2018.

PLEASE BRING NOTEBOOK AND/OR PEN AND PAPER. Tea will be provided.

[My review: This is by far my favorite meditation group! The studio where it’s held has very good vibes (and I’m not the only one who noticed it), the guided meditation is different every time, and I always end up having amazing conversations before and after the event. Get ready to connect, meditate, and leave empowered. Read my full review here.]

Pandora HealingFriday, January 5, 7:30 PM: Sound Healing Ceremony with Jason Wood, at Pandora Healing, 274 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ – Suggested donation: $15

Jason blends the use of rattles, drums, gongs, crystal & Tibetan bowls, as well as healing songs to help produce a state of deep relaxation and healing. Chairs and yoga mats are provided, but we strongly recommend bringing your own yoga mat or blanket to sit on, as these events tend to draw a large crowd.

[My review: I’ve attended this event a few times, at it was nothing like I’ve ever experienced before! Come with an open mind and immerse yourself in a multi-sensory healing journey. You will come out of it refreshed and smelling of sage.]

Saturday, January 6, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Makeover Day with La Bella Donna Cosmetics and Youth Skincare at Vista Natural Wellness Center, 191 Ramapo Valley Rd, Oakland, NJ – FREE

Jefferson Harman

Saturday, January 6, 11:00 AM: Dream Interpretation LIVE on the Radio with Jefferson Harman

Tune in to hear Dream Interpreter, Jefferson Harman on Life Unedited. Call in and listen LIVE online! Jefferson will be answering questions about dreams, phobias, the healing power of the mind and more with Host John Aberle. CALL-IN NUMBER: 610-701-WCHE (9243). Click here to listen LIVE online (Mac users go here or paste this mp3 link into your live stream in iTunes).


Week of January 7-13

Journey DanceSunday, January 7, 2:00 PM: Journey Dance: A Vision for the New Year with Jean Fedora O’Toole, Missy Farmer, and Shaun Adams at Mind Your Body, 4 Park Ave, 2nd Floor, Madison, NJ – $20-$30 (see below)

Journeydance is a moving meditation which leads participants on a ritual journey of physical and emotional transformation. It is a dynamic, conscious practice that combines structured movement and freestyle components to help practitioners clear their mind, get in their bodies, and release that which no longer serves.

Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before doors open to sign in and register. First time participants will also sign a waiver. Bring a water bottle, a towel if needed and a snack for after class. Investment: $30 (or $20 with donation of items for food pantry).

Tree of Health LogoWednesday, January 10, 6:30 PM: Oh yeah…it’s time! Cleanse & Restore with Essential Oils Expert Sharon Kulawiak at The Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton Sparta Rd Unit 107, Newton, NJ – FREE

Come join us to learn how to access rocket fuel energy by removing toxins the natural way – through the power of food & pure therapeutic essential oils. A good cleanse rids our body of unwanted toxins that can create inflammation, poor sleep, allergies, weight gain and overall toxicity. Getting rid of these impurities will give you extra energy plus natural weight loss. Come learn how essential oils have the power to shift you on a cellular level.

Register at ttohc.com. For more information, please contact The Tree of Health Center at (973) 500-8813 or info@ttohc.com.

Friday, January 12, 7:00 PM: Resolving the Past for a Better Future with Reverend Susan Bischak and Psychoanalyst Christine Good at Vista Natural Wellness Center, 191 Ramapo Valley Rd, Oakland, NJ – $15


Week of January 14-20

Sunday, January 14, 12:00 PM: A Day of Wellness with Lily Hodge, at A Touch of Wellbeing, 356 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ – FREE

Journey DanceSunday, January 14, 1:30 PM: Journey Dance: New Year, New Adventure, New Possibilities with Inna Shapiro at Flow Yoga Studio, 370 Franklin Tpke, Mahwah, NJ – $15-$20 (see below)

The start of another new year always carries the lure of a new beginning and fresh start, and with it, the reminder of our own power to become the people we wish to be, leading the lives we’ve always imagined. Please join me to celebrate a new start with a Journey Dance practice. JourneyDance™ is a freestyle conscious dance and moving meditation. It is a physical and spiritual practice that connects mind, body and spirit through expressive ritual movement and dance.

Fee: $15 online; $20 at the door. Bring a water bottle and a towel if needed. Dance barefoot, wear comfortable clothes for dance and floor work.

Pandora HealingFriday, January 19, 7:30 PM: Sound Bath with Karen, Jim and Zach, at Pandora Healing, 274 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ – Donation: $15

Karen Skolski, Jim Robinson and Zachary Wolfgang are happy to be bringing you their Healing Sounds. They will help you break up and release the old energetic debris that you are willing to let go of, so that you can move into a new energy.

[My review: I’ve attended this event a few times, at it was nothing like I’ve ever experienced before! Come with an open mind and immerse yourself in a multi-sensory healing journey. You will come out of it refreshed and smelling of sage.]

Saturday, January 20, 12:00 PM: Healing with Bhante the Monk at KG Divine, 530 High Mountain Rd, North Haledon, NJ – $35

Connect with your natural healing power with the gentle guidance of Bhante Sujatha, Buddhist monk from Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, IL. This two-hour workshop has been life-changing for many of its participants, regardless of religious background. The teaching is centered around the cultivation of self-love, for without healthy self-love, you cannot be fully present to love anyone or anything else.

Activities will include:
• Lecture: “What Is Loving-Kindness?”
• Learning the practice of Loving-Kindness
• A profound blessing of healing energy with each individual

Space is limited. Advanced registration required at kgdivine.com. Proceeds go to to Bhante’s Incubator Project in Sri Lanka. Bhante does his book signing after the workshop and his CDs also available to purchase.

Week of January 21-27

Journey DanceSunday, January 21, 1:00 PM: Journey Dance: Intention for the New Year with Jillian Raimondo, Laura Clark, Elinor Mattern & Jean O’Toole, at Diamond Studio, 450 Hamburg Turnpike, 2nd fl, Wayne NJ – $20-$30 (see below)

JourneyDance is a moving and dance meditation that allows participants to clear emotional energy through their own natural movement. It combines freestyle and structured movement to encourage a deep connection to self and to the tribe of dancers. It is facilitated, not taught. The facilitator works to maintain a positive, judgement-free zone where all participants feel comfortable. We strive to increase the vibration of abundance and nourishment for the world.

Investment: $30 (or $20 with donation of items for food pantry).

Sunday, January 21, 4:00 PM: Healing Through Loving Kindness Practice with Bhante Sujatha, at The Body Image Boutique, 96 E. Allendale Rd., Saddle River, NJ – $40

Connect with your natural healing power with the gentle guidance of Bhante Sujatha, Buddhist monk from Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, IL. This two-hour workshop has been life-changing for many of its participants, regardless of religious background. The teaching is centered around the cultivation of self love, for without healthy self love, you cannot be fully present to love anyone or anything else.

Activities will include:
• Lecture: “What Is Loving-Kindness?”
• Learning the practice of Loving-Kindness
• A profound blessing of healing energy with each individual

Tree of Health LogoSaturday, January 27, 6:00 PM: Spiritual Saturday – Film, Food & Friends at The Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton Sparta Rd Unit 107, Newton, NJ – $5 + Pot Luck dish

Come watch a powerful and inspirational movie with your like-minded friends! Everyone is welcome as we enjoy an uplifting movie and share enlightening conversation. We are offering a safe environment to share our thoughts and ask questions around spiritually and our connection to the world. This month’s movie is “The Apostle.”


Week of January 28 – February 3


Future Events

Saturday, February 10, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM: Salsa Night for the Cause, with Jorge Branco and Marina De Lima from World Travelers Association, at 4XMG Studios, 682 B Passaic Ave, Nutley, NJ – $25

Join World Travelers Association in our 2nd Annual Salsa for the Cause Fundraiser. Come out, bring your friends & family, to enjoy a night of music, dancing, food, drinks, and socializing. Salsa lesson begins at 8pm, all levels welcome. You can purchase your $25 ticket in one of the following ways; 1) At the event; 2) Via Venmo (@worldtravelersassociation), 3) Through the link provided through our website. Funds raised from this event will go solely toward volunteer efforts for our 3 upcoming experiences to Mexico, Peru, and Bali. Come enjoy a night out and help us continue our mission to Travel for A Purpose.

[Read my interview with Marina here.]


Natural AwakeningsLooking for more events? Check out Natural Awakenings magazine –  Northern NJ (Bergen/Passaic counties) News Briefs and North Central NJ News Briefs.


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