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EMBODIED MINDFULNESS: A Half-Day Retreat

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EMBODIED MINDFULNESS
A Half-Day Retreat
Co-teachers Cornelia Santschi and J. Javier Cruz

LIMITED SPACE!

Suggested Donations:
Adults: $20
Teens 12-17: Free (accompanied by adult)
Students w/ID 18+: $15
Pre-arranged Volunteers: $10 (see contact info below)

We live our lives embodied, yet can find ourselves so caught up in thought that we forget this simple truth. The human mind and body are intimately interconnected yet so often we ignore their communication. Awakening to the body from the inside through mindful awareness can greatly increase our capacity to be present with kindness for all aspects of life. In this half-day insight retreat we will explore this first foundation of mindfulness through an interweaving of guided sitting meditation, movement practices, talks and dialogue. We will discover what it means to bring awareness to our lived experience in our bodies. There will be space for questions and sharing. We will also enjoy an ‘awareness of taste’ snack experience. This semi-silent retreat is appropriate for all regardless of previous meditation experience. This program will be led by meditation teacher Cornelia Santschi and J. Javier Cruz both of NCMC. Refreshments will be served. | A donation-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
We need a few volunteers to help us with set-up and break-down, check-in desk, refreshment service/clean-up, etc. Contact the retreat coordinator for the program, Jennifer Becher at jennifer@newarkmeditation.org to apply as a volunteer before registering for this program.


Teacher Bio-notes

Cornelia Santschi is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program through Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society and is now an insight meditation teacher. She is co-founder and founding board member of NCMC where she teaches meditation. Cornelia is also a founding member and Vice President of Alegria Dharma Center in Playa Buenavista, Costa Rica. She has been a vipassana (insight) meditator and dedicated student of Buddhist psychology for over 15 years. She is the director of Neuropsychology at the Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery in NJ, and founder/director of Anatta World Health & Education Outreach, a grassroots non-profit that creates and supports medical and educational programs in developing countries. Cornelia is a co-founder of Newark Center for Meditative Culture where she also serves as a meditation teacher.

J. Javier Cruz was born and raised in Florida, Puerto Rico, but has lived in the Greater Newark area for decades, hence he is bilingual, speaking his native Spanish and English. He currently resides in Harrison, NJ and works as a stationary engineer at a plant in Newark, NJ. Though Javier has had a committed meditation practice for over 10 years, he was introduced to meditating 17 years ago while in the AA 12-Step Recovery Program. He is a Buddhist practitioner with residential retreat experience and has studied with Insight Teacher Dennis Maurer who teaches at IMCNJ under the guidance of Narayan. Javier’s main practice is lovingkindness (metta), using it in his daily life along with developing it methodically as a meditation discipline. Having seen and experienced much suffering and troubles in his family, meditation, especially metta, has been key to his well-being and stability. In his spare time he volunteers for a hospice. Javier serves on the board of Newark Center for Meditative Culture where he also is a bilingual meditation and Dharma teacher.


Newark Center for Meditative Culture is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax deductible donations make it possible for us to continue delivering life-changing programs to the Greater Newark community.

Donations can be made and more information on NCMC can be found about us at www.newarkmeditation.org.

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