November 2017

November 2017

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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Ongoing Weekly Events

Weekly events are now listed on a separate page. Click here to access it.


Week of October 29-November 4

Pandora HealingSunday, October 29, 4:00 PM: Drum and Dance Circle with Mark Wood, at Pandora Healing, 274 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ – $15 + $5 drum rental

Drum, slap, tap, dance, shake it up. Experience the healing vibrations created by group drumming. Drumming as a group can create states of euphoria, promote play, release anger, and promote feelings of community, unity and well-being. See for yourself why New Jersey Life Magazine named Mark Wood the #1 Drum Facilitator in Central NJ!

Heather O'NeillThursday, November 2, 7:00 PM: Guided Meditation with Reiki Night with Heather O’Neill, at Elite Hair Studio and Spa, 65 RT-17, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ – $10

This event is suitable for those with and without a current meditation practice. I will guide you into meditation and help you to allow your body to take pause and to de-stress. Meditation covers it all, mind, body and spiritual healing. I will then be moving around to each person giving Reiki as you relax in meditation. LOCATION – classroom in the back.

Thursday, November 2, 7:00 PM: Group Hypnosis & EFT for Stress Relief with Kimberly Vuz at Vista Natural Wellness, 191 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, NJ – $30

Pandora HealingFriday, November 3, 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.]

Jefferson Harman

Saturday, November 4, 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).

Pandora HealingSaturday, November 4, 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM: Pandora Healing Open House at Pandora Healing, 274 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ – Free (donations accepted)

We will be offering free classes, energy healing sessions, healthy snacks and discount on packages!

Free class schedule:

10:00 -10:30 am Yin Yoga with Lynda Ferrera
11:00 – 11:15am Gentle Vinyasa Yoga with Nicky Atanasio
11:30 – 12:00 pm Become Limitless: Kundalini Yoga with Elisabeth Wolfson
12:15 – 12:45 pm Qi Gong with Angela Zapka
1:00 – 1:30 pm Mindfulness Parenting with Sandy Johnson
1:45 – 2:15 pm The Healing power of Dreams with Jill Eras
2:30 – 3:00 Journey through Movement with Janice Sanchez
3:00 – 3:30 Sound Healing with Jason Wood

Pandora Healing staff will be offering 15-minute healing sessions throughout the open house. If you’ve always been curious about these ancient healing modalities this will be your opportunity to explore. A sign up sheet will be available at studio.

Saturday, November 4, 7:00 PM: Beaver Moon Beach Fire at Palisades Interstate Park Commission: Alpine Boat Basin & Picnic Area, Alpine, NJ – Free

Beach campfire with park staff. 7 to 10 PM at the beach at the north end of Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. Bring a blanket or chair. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108.


Week of November 5-11

Journey DanceSunday, November 5, 1:00 PM: Journey Dance: Gratitude with Jean Fedora O’Toole and Missy Farmer, at Mind Your Body, 4 Park Ave, 2nd Floor, Madison, 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).

Journey DanceSunday, November 5, 1:45 PM: Journey Dance: Love Yourself with Inna Shapiro, at Flow Yoga Studio, 370 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ – $20

JourneyDance™ is a physical and spiritual practice that connects mind, body and spirit through expressive ritual movement and dance. Participants will be led out of their mind back into their body. It is a journey of self-discovery, a journey of movement, a journey of music, a journey of connection, a journey of joy and a journey from your head to your heart.

Bring water bottle, towel if needed. Dance barefoot, comfortable clothes for dance and floor work. No experience necessary. For more information call 201-410-0182 or e-mail beatrix@IAmADance.com. Website: IAmADance.com

Sunday, November 5, 3:30 PM: Pre-Concert Celebration at Mahwah Yoga Cooperative, 1029 MacArthur Blvd, Mahwah, NJ – Free

Come join us for a “grand re-opening” celebration before Crown of Eternity performs. Take this opportunity to meet our fabulous teachers and learn more about our community. We will be serving a spread of teas and treats as well as offering complimentary massages and Reiki sessions. All are welcome!

Sunday, November 5, 5:00 PM: Concert – Crown of Eternity at Mahwah Yoga Cooperative, 1029 MacArthur Blvd, Mahwah, NJ – $30 in advance, $35 at the door

Enter a cosmic journey as Crown of Eternity transports you in a timeless space of sonic bliss through the harmonic resonance of over 90 overtone-rich instruments including Gongs, bells, tuned metal instruments and hammered dulcimer. A deep and lasting vibrational rejuvenation for body and soul; a profound journey through all levels of the self like you have never experienced before.

Space is limited! Get your tickets in advance! PLEASE BRING a yoga mat, blanket, or cushion for your comfort during extended relaxation on the floor.

Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 PM: Guided Meditation: Increasing Self-Worth with Lou Redmond and Kelly Margerum at 4XMG Studios, 682 B Passaic Ave, Nutley, NJ – $10

Join us for a discussion and meditation to explore self-worth and work to increase our perception of the valuable beings we are.

Please arrive 10 minutes early so we can start on time. The first 60 minutes will be the meditation and discussion. Feel free to stay around after for tea and to meet like-minded people.

[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.]

Jefferson HarmanThursday, November 9, 7:00 PM: Overcoming Your Phobias with Jefferson Harman at Soulful Awakenings, 1700 Main St, Lake Como, NJ – $20

Jefferson Harman is a symbolic Intuitive and Dream Interpreter who reads the symbols present in your dreams and everyday life. By interpreting the invisible language, he identifies your blocks and challenges and ways to overcome them. He has been actively studying the relationships among metaphysics, anatomy and psychology for over 25 years.

Friday, November 10, 6:30 PM: Yin Yoga and Guided Meditation with Lynda Ferrara, at The Body Image Boutique, 96 E. Allendale Rd., Saddle River, NJ – $25

Come join Lynda Ferrara for a truly delicious Yin Yoga practice. The evening will include guided meditation, Reiki and lavender aromatherapy. Enjoy the “Sweet Surrender” of Yin Yoga! There is no yoga experience necessary to reap the benefits of this amazing practice.

[My review: I’ve attended yin yoga with Lynda a few times, and I loved it! The combination of yin yoga (a series of long held, passive floor poses) and meditation makes for a very relaxing, empowering session.]

Friday, November 10 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday, November 11, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Holiday Boutique & Open House at Vista Natural Wellness, 191 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, NJ – Free

Pandora HealingSaturday, November 11, 1:00 PM: Painting Your Gratitude from the Inside Out with Angela Zapka, at Pandora Healing, 274 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ – $55 + $10 materials

Angela’s approach as a facilitator is to set up the open, safe, freeing conditions for you to allow your inner creative spark that lives within everyone to emerge. NO PAINTING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

We will start with some gentle but powerful Qigong movements, breathing & meditations to assist you as we move through the 7 chakras with color and sound. Everything is designed to open your mind, body and spirit to your own hearts gratitude and put it into your painting!


Week of November 12-18

Sunday, November 12, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: 16th Annual Body, Mind & Spirit Fall Festival by The Metaphysical Center of New Jersey, at Marriott Saddle Brook, 138 New Pehle, Saddle Brook, NJ – $12

Bring your friends and family to experience a full day of presentations, book signings, psychic readings, relaxing massage and body work and other types of Metaphysical and Holistic Serices. Plus over 50 vendors with some of the most unique and creative products and gift ideas to kick off your holiday shoping season!

Journey DanceSunday, November 12, 1:45 PM: Journey Dance: Feel Connected with Inna Shapiro, at Flow Yoga, 370 Franklin Tpke, Mahwah, NJ – $20

JourneyDance™ is a physical and spiritual practice that connects mind, body and spirit through expressive ritual movement and dance. Participants will be led out of their mind back into their body. It is a journey of self-discovery, a journey of movement, a journey of music, a journey of connection, a journey of joy and a journey from your head to your heart.

Bring water bottle, towel if needed. Dance barefoot, comfortable clothes for dance and floor work. No experience necessary. For more information call 201-410-0182 or e-mail beatrix@IAmADance.com. Website: IAmADance.com

Jefferson HarmanTuesday, November 14, 7:30 PM: Dream Interpretation Workshop with Jefferson Harman at Grateful Heart Counseling, 933 Rte 23 South, Ste 10, Pompton Plains, NJ – $35

Do you have a dream you would like interpreted? Can’t recall your dreams and want to learn how? Would you like to connect with someone who has passed on through your dreams? What’s the best way to keep a dream journal? Are you experiencing phobias or dealing with issues in your waking life that you can’t seem to work out? Are you interested in Lucid Dreaming? Find the answers to all these questions and more with Jefferson Harman in this unique, interactive workshop. If you do not have to a dream to interpret, all thoughts and questions about your dreams are welcome. Text reservation: 973-317-4185 GratefulHeartGlass@hotmail.com

[My review: I’ve attended a few of Jefferson’s workshops and I was impressed by his knowledge and insights about dream interpretation and life in general. I’ve also started remembering my dreams more since his last workshop. Read my full review here]

Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 PM: Salty Kundalini Yoga with Deep Relaxation and Reiki Workshop with Eileen Alexander at Salt Breeze, 5-05 Saddle river Rd, Fair Lawn, NJ – $60

Kundalini Yoga is a blend of spiritual and physical practices which incorporate movement, breathing techniques and meditation. At this workshop you will learn about and practice Kundalini Yoga inside of our Himalayan salt room for a dual benefit of dry salt therapy. You will also receive a taste of Reiki, a gentle light touch technique used to accelerate the body’s natural ability to relax, reduce stress and heal itself on all levels. No prior experience necessary, all levels of practice are welcomed.

Tree of Health LogoWednesday, November 15, 6:30 PM: Healthy Fall Must Haves Make & Take, with Essential Oils Expert Sharon Kulawiak at The Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton Sparta Rd Unit 107, Newton, NJ – $5

Join us for some FUN! Pick from 5 different roller blends to help you through cold & flu season. Take home blends that’ll have you covered from colds & upset tummies to destressing & a good night’s sleep! Make as many as you would like for $5 each.

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

Thursday, November 16, 6:00 PM: Wellness Gala “Girls Night Out” at Sheraton Hotel, 199 Smith Road, Parsipanny, NJ – $20

Wine, Cheese, Unlimited Mini Sessions: Angel Cards Readings, Energy Work, Spa Treatments, Massage, & MORE! All included: $20. Limited Full Sessions Available For Half Price: ONLY $35 (must pre-book) Call 973-713-6811 for ticket information.

Journey DanceThursday, November 16, 7:00 PM: Journey Dance: Gratitude with Jean O’Toole at American Legion Hall, 20 Yates Ave, Newton, 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. Park at the hill, as space is on the upper level.

$30 for session or only $20 w/donation of items for food pantry. We strive to increase the vibration of abundance and nourishment for the world. [Insider’s tip: get up to 42% discount by buying JourneyDance sessions on Groupon!]

Jefferson HarmanThursday, November 16, 7:00 PM: Dream Interpretation Workshop with Jefferson Harman at The Aquarian Sun, 212 A Main Street, Lincoln Park, NJ – $25

Do you have a dream you would like interpreted? Can’t recall your dreams and want to learn how? Would you like to connect with someone who has passed on through your dreams? What’s the best way to keep a dream journal? Are you experiencing phobias or dealing with issues in your waking life that you can’t seem to work out? Are you interested in Lucid Dreaming? Find the answers to all these questions and more with Jefferson Harman in this unique, interactive workshop. If you do not have to a dream to interpret, all thoughts and questions about your dreams are welcome. Reserve your seat: 973-686-9100

[My review: I’ve attended a few of Jefferson’s workshops and I was impressed by his knowledge and insights about dream interpretation and life in general. I’ve also started remembering my dreams more since his last workshop. Read my full review here]

Pandora HealingFriday, November 17, 7:30 PM: Sound Healing Ceremony with Karen, Jim and Zach, at Pandora Healing, 274 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ – Donation: $15

Karen, Jim and Zach are happy to be back bringing their healing energies to you all.Thanksgiving is just around the corner and while we can always find something to be thankful for, we often forget about that during this time. Why not visit us this November 17th to de-stress before the holiday. Give your body some Thanks before Giving~ If you’d like, bring mat and blanket in case we run out.

[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.]

Tree of Health LogoSaturday, November 18, 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.

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Saturday, November 18, 7:00 PM: Gong Immersion with David Karlberg at Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd, Lafayette, NJ – $15 ($20 at the door)

A gong immersion is a unique and powerful sonic experience. The participant allows the sound and vibration of the gongs to wash over them, creating deep feelings of relaxation and timelessness. The powerful energy of the gong takes hold of the listener and moves them in wonderfully surprising ways. Some participants have described it as an emotional cleansing, a spiritual alignment, or an energetic journey.

Please arrive by 6:45 PM to check in before the event. Please wear loose clothing and bring a cushion(s) or yoga mat for sitting or laying down. Bring a blanket if you are are prone to be cold. Please bring water for hydration.


Week of November 19-25

Sunday, November 19, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Manifestation of the Dream – Tribe Gathering Mini Retreat with Circle for the Soul at Diamond Studio, 450 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ – $55 in advance, $60 at the door

Thursday, November 23: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Saturday, November 25, 11:00 AM: Event with Lou Redmond at Sparta Books, 29 Centre St, Sparta, NJ – Free

Lou will join us from 11:00 to noon sharing his 20-30 minute presentation along with guided meditation. He will stick around for Q&A and a book signing. His book will make a great personalized gift this holiday season! We will have refreshments, special offers and free giveaways, too! The bookstore is where you’ll want to be all weekend long!


Week of November 26-December 2

Pandora HealingSunday, November 26, 4:00 PM: Drum and Dance Circle with Mark Wood, at Pandora Healing, 274 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ – $15 + $5 drum rental

Drum, slap, tap, dance, shake it up. Experience the healing vibrations created by group drumming. Drumming as a group can create states of euphoria, promote play, release anger, and promote feelings of community, unity and well-being. See for yourself why New Jersey Life Magazine named Mark Wood the #1 Drum Facilitator in Central NJ!

To register call 201-527-8668 or e-mail pandorahealingcenter@gmail.com.

Thursday, November 30, 7:00 PM: How to Thrive in Transitional Times Workshop at Vista Natural Wellness Center, 191 Ramapo Valley Rd, Oakland, NJ – $5-$10 suggested donation (info on flyer below)

[My review: I’ve attended this event several times. It’s a good way to connect with like-minded people, exchange thoughts and ideas, and offer and receive help with whatever you are dealing with on your path.]


Future Events – Register Now!

February 3-10, 2018: Yoga, Wellness and Adventure Retreat in Goa, India, with Jalpa Dhaduk and Kelly Ann Margerum

[Update: a few spots are still available (as of 10/29/17)]

Registration fee includes:

  • 7 nights beach front cottage accommodations
  • Locally sourced, organic and vegetarian meals (all meals at the resort included)
  • Beach meditations
  • Yoga classes
  • All excursions exploring the depths of Goa (visit this website for list of excursions and breathtaking pictures)
  • Nutrition and Wellness workshops
  • All transportation (including airport pickup and drop off, flight to India not included)

Two options:

  • Single sea facing cottage. Private full bathroom – $1897
  • Double sea facing cottage with private bathroom. Two single beds – $1597

This retreat is designed as an intimate experience, therefore space is limited and spots will fill up quickly. Use this contact form to reserve now or request more information.


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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