October 2017

October 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 1-7

Sunday, October 1, 9:30 AM: Reiki Level 1 Training & Attunement with Eileen Alexander at The Body Image Boutique, 96 East Allendale Road, Saddle River, NJ – $175

As part of this training you will learn the history of Reiki, receive an individual attunement to healing Reiki energy and learn hand positions for self-treatment and giving healing Reiki energy to others. During the training you will practice hands-on with your classmates. You will also receive a comprehensive manual and ongoing email and telephone support.

Space is available to the first 8 registrants. Pre-registration required. Any questions? E-mail eileen@thebodyimageboutique.com

Sunday, October 1, 2:00 PM: Awakening to Your Spiritual Path with David Gandelman, at FLOW Yoga Studio, 22 Hollywood Ave, Ste 4, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ – $25-$30 (see flyer below for more information)

Sunday, October 1, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Eye to Eye: NYC’s 2017 Biggest Eye Contact Experiment at 1 Bowling Grn, New York, NY – Free [not a NJ event, but worth mentioning]

More information, including videos of past events, on theconnectionmovement.com.

Thursday, October 5, 7:00 PM: Past Life Regression with Susan Bischak at KG Divine, 530 High Mountain Rd., North Haledon, NJ – $40

Past Life Regression for a small group. This is a good introduction to the experience of knowing what a past life regression is like. We will journey to a happy time in a previous life rather than focus on any personal issues needing to be resolved. Come and open your awareness to the possibility you have lived before. Call 973-304-1046 for information.

Pandora HealingFriday, October 6, 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, October 7, 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).

Journey DanceSaturday, October 7, 3:30 PM: Journey Dance: Friendship Nourish & Flourish with Jean Fedora O’Toole, at Soulful Awakenings, 1700 Main St, Lake Como, NJ – $15

YOGI ANDY WILL BE PLAYING HIS HANDPAN’S LIVE in different segments of this JourneyDance. Note: This is a special event. JourneyDance Road Trip, other tribes from New Jersey will be joining us for this dance. Plan on arriving 10 to 15 minutes before scheduled time for personal practice, we start moving on the dance floor at 3:30pm. Wear comfortable clothing, we will be doing floor work. Layers are encouraged, so you can add or remove as needed. Bring a water bottle. We dance barefoot, bring dance socks if you need them.

Tree of Health LogoSaturday, October 7, 7:00 PM: Drumming Circle with David Karlberg at Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd, Lafayette, NJ – $15

Come rediscover your musical self. Participants will be invited to relax, have fun, and connect. In a low pressure environment, you will learn the skills and techniques for how to make music with your drum. We will use rhythmic games, improvisation, songs and traditional rhythms to create an evening of fun, creativity, and self-discovery. No experience necessary, beginners encouraged to attend. There will be drums that you can borrow, or feel free bring your own. For more information, please contact The Tree of Health Center at 973-500-8813 or info@ttohc.com.


Week of October 8-14

Sunday, October 8, 1:00 PM: Wellness Gala with Debbie Peterson at Sheraton Hotel, 199 Smith Road, Parsipanny, NJ – $20 – $50 (see below)

Featuring keynote speaker Mas Sajady – Change Your Frequency, Change Your Life

Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 PM: Guided Meditation: Celebrating Change with Lou Redmond and Kelly Margerum at 4XMG Studios, 682 B Passaic Ave, Nutley, NJ – $10

During this event, you’ll learn ways you can illicit new experiences and bring more joy into your life. We’ll then meditate to release the blocks we have to embracing change and tap into the deeper part of us that yearns for us to grow and self-actualize.

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, October 12, 7:00 PM: Night Sailing – Interpreting Your Dreams 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 seOem to work out? Find the answers to all these questions and more in this unique, interactive workshop. If you do not have to a dream to interpret, all thoughts and questions about your dreams are welcome. *** Call or email to reserve your spot before Tuesday, October 10th. 973-686-9100 info@aquariansun.net

[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.]

Thursday, October 12, 7:00 PM: Meditation and Mandalas with Rachel Marko at Vista Natural Wellness, 191 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, NJ – $25

Friday, October 13, 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.]

Purple OmFriday, October 13, 7:00 PM: Kirtan with Girish at Purple Om Yoga, 3118 State Route 10, Denville NJ – $25-$30

Saturday, October 14, 9:00 AM: Flow Yoga Open House at Flow Yoga Studio, 370 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ

Jefferson HarmanSaturday, October 14, 2:00 PM: Dream Interpretation Workshop with Jefferson Harman at KG Divine, 530 High Mountain Rd., North Haledon, NJ – $35-$40

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.

For more information please call 973-304-1046 or visit KGDivine.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]

Purple OmSaturday, October 14, 8:00 PM: Drum Circle with Mark Wood, at Purple Om Yoga, 3118 State Route 10, Denville NJ – $15

A fun family event where participants express themselves through music and dance. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!! Everyone is welcome to play, dance, or just listen as the mood strikes. Please bring your hand drums and percussion instruments. A limited number of drums will be available to rent for $5.


Week of October 15-21

Sunday, October 15, 11:00 AM: High Vibrational Meditation with Donna Hainzel, RMT at The Aquarian Sun, 212 A Main Street, Lincoln Park, NJ – $25

A powerful guided meditation, relaxing your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual senses. We will be introducing effective tools of a higher vibration such as essential oil, crystal healing bowls and acupressure points together to activate your highest potential. Call to reserve your spot.

Journey DanceSunday, October 15, 3:00 PM: Journey Dance Session “You Are The Prayer”with Jean Fedora O’Toole, at Diamond Studio, 450 Hamburg Turnpike, 2nd floor, Wayne NJ – $20-$30 (see below)

JourneyDance is dance and 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 into their bodies, and release that which no longer serves. We strive to increase the vibration of abundance and nourishment for the world. Feel free to email jeanfedora@hotmail.com or call/text 917-405-0596 for additional information. JourneyDance Session is $30 or $20 w/food pantry donation (3-5 items).

Monday, October 16, 7:00 PM: Women of Today film by Patty Greer at Vista Natural Wellness, 191 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, NJ – Free

A film about the rising feminine energy being expressed through women during these changing times. Interviews with women of note. Call  201-644-0840 for information.

Monday, October 16, 7:45 PM: Hero Meditation with Lou Redmond at La La Land, 681 Franklin Ave, Nutley, NJ – $25

Hero Meditation fuses guided meditation with basic Yoga movement to allow for a deep and transformative experience. In the Path to Purpose you will release beliefs of lack & limitation and be guided back to your true nature of love, excitement, and connection to your life’s Purpose.

Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 PM: Guided Meditation: Cultivating Faith with Lou Redmond and Kelly Margerum at 4XMG Studios, 682 B Passaic Ave, Nutley, NJ – $10

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.]

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 PM: Resolving the Past with Christine Good and Susan Bischak at Vista Natural Wellness, 191 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, NJ – $15

Journey DanceThursday, October 19, 7:00 PM: Journey Dance with Jean O’Toole at American Legion Hall, 20 Yates Ave, Newton, NJ – $20-$30 (see below)

Jean O’Toole is a certified JourneyDance™ facilitator helping to bring the conscious dance movement across the globe. Off the dance floor, Jean is an author and scholarship strategist for high school and college students.

$30/person for general participants or $20/person + 5 cans of food for the food pantry. [Insider’s tip: get up to 42% discount by buying JourneyDance sessions on Groupon!]

Bring a water bottle, towel if needed and a snack for after class. Most people choose to dance barefoot in JourneyDance sessions, however feel free to wear socks if you will be more comfortable. Wear comfortable clothes to move in and layers are encouraged so you can remove or add if needed.

Pandora HealingFriday, October 20, 7:30 PM: Ancient2Future Sound Healing with Thomas Workman, at Pandora Healing, 274 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ – $30

A sound healing session with Thomas Workman is a journey into the mystery of our inner realms. Ancient instruments such as didjeridu, conch shells, bone flutes, mouth bow, kamale n’goni, hulusi and khomus and more, carry participants with their healing vibrations to open portals of possibility and connection to realms of spirit.

To begin, we will resonate together with toning and chanting, then everyone will sit or recline for the session. Toward the end all will have an opportunity to share insights, songs, as you wish. Please bring what you need to make yourself comfortable. . . pillow, blanket, etc.

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 AM: Lucid Dreaming Workshop with Michael Vukovic at The Aquarian Sun, 212 A Main Street, Lincoln Park, NJ – $25

This is an interactive beginner’s workshop for those who wish to understand what lucid dreaming is and how they can achieve this state of awareness while in the dream state. Participants will be shown a step by step process utilizing relaxing techniques such as affirmations, visualizations and meditations with the ultimate goal of reaching the point of awareness within their dreams.

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Saturday, October 21, 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 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 October 22-28

Journey DanceSunday, October 22, 1:00 PM: Journey Dance: Your True Colors with Jean Fedora O’Toole, at Mind Your Body, 4 Park Ave, 2nd Floor, Madison, NJ – $20-$30 (see below)

Journeydance is a transformational experience on the dance floor. It 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. There are no steps to follow, no experience necessary – it is simply a safe space to move freely and discover the dance within you.

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to register and to enjoy some personal practice time with your fellow dancers. Investment: $30 (or $20 with donation of 5 cans of food for local food pantry). Wear comfortable clothes to move in and recommend layers. EXPRESS YOURSELF!!! We welcome and encourage you to adorn yourself with items that express your true self and make you happy!!! Bring water, an open mind, and a snack for after class.

Facilitated by Certified JourneyDance Guides: Jean O’Toole, Missy Farmer and Shaun Adams

Sunday, October 22, 3:00 PM: Raw Food for Busy People with Karen Ranzi at Vista Natural Wellness, 191 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, NJ – $45-$55

In addition to her significant experience in working with and educating people about the benefits of raw foods, Karen is also a guest speaker at the Hippocrates Institute in West Palm Beach Florida.

4XMGWednesday, October 25, 7:30 PM: Guided Meditation: Finding Strength from Struggle with Lou Redmond and Kelly Margerum at 4XMG Studios, 682 B Passaic Ave, Nutley, NJ – $10

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.]

Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 PM: Walk With Me Movie with Newark Yoga Movement and Squirrel & The Bee at Bow Tie Cinemas, 350 Millburn Ave, Millburn, NJ – $12

Join Newark Yoga Movement and Squirrel & The Bee as they host a special screening of “Walk With Me” – A Cinematic Journey Into the World of a Monastic Community that practices the art of mindfulness with Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. All proceeds will go to the Newark Yoga Movement, a non-profit organization in Newark, NJ that gives children the tools to help them reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus, increase peacefulness and confidence, and unleash creativity through yoga. In addition to screening this inspiring film, the audience will receive their own mini mindfulness experience, guided by Newark Yoga Movement founder, Debby Kaminsky as well as hear from a Principal of a Newark Public School how yoga and mindfulness have changed the culture of her school.

Thursday, October 26, 6:30 PM: Reiki Share at The Aquarian Sun, 212 A Main Street, Lincoln Park, NJ – Free

Open house every 4th Thursday of the month. This is an open night, for all who wish to experience the powerful energy of Reiki. You will receive Reiki from Reiki Masters, or you can ‘share’ if you are a Certified Reiki Practitioner.  All age groups are welcome.

Thursday, October 26, 7:00 PM: How to Thrive in Transitional Times Workshop with Jefferson Harman and Jerry Hocek 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. It’s also your chance to hang out with Jerry Hocek, publisher of Natural Awakenings magazine (North Jersey edition), and Jefferson Harman, symbologist, dream interpretor, TV/radio personality.]

Thrive in Transitional Times

Friday, October 27, 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM: The Mystic Manor with Danuta Poli at 635 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah, NJ – $10

Enter the Mystic Manor to meet what lies on the path of your destiny. A pot luck evening with a night of tarot card and energy readings and dream interpretations. $10 entrance fee, and additional fee for readings. You will have a chance to win assorted prizes in a Chinese Auction. All proceeds will be donated to the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge.

Pandora HealingFriday, October 27, 7:00 PM: A Spirit Gathering with Joan Donahue, at Pandora Healing, 274 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ – $30-$40

The purpose of this event is to help people reconnect and develop their own spiritual gifts through messages and information received from deceased loved ones, Spirit Guides, and the Angels who wish to assist us on our journey.

Joan Donohue is a Spiritual Medium & Teacher, Master-Instructor Integrated Energy Therapy® & Usui Reiki Master. As an Intuitive Channel & Healer she assists individuals in raising their own awareness to the spiritual connections that are always with us and how we all have the ability to heal ourselves. Joan invites the energy of Spirit – Ascended Masters, Angels, & Loved Ones, to support and guide each person on their individual path of healing allowing them to discover their own truth and soul’s purpose in this life. To learn more about Joan please visit her website: www.joandonohue.net.

Cost: $30 if register before 10/25 and $40.00 if register after 10/25.

Tree of Health LogoSaturday, October 28, 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.

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!


Week of October 29-November 4

Monday, October 30, 7:00 PM: Crop Circle film by Patty Greer at Vista Natural Wellness, 191 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland, NJ – Free

Patty Greer has spend much time in England exploring the crop circle phenomenon where it is most abundant. She has gained much insight into how they are formed, who is forming them, what the reason is, and includes a mention plasma energy as an unlimited, free energy source of the future. Call 201-644-0840 for information.


Future Events – Register Now!

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

 

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

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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