Meditation Teacher Training Begins! One Student Reflects

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By Kristina Headrick

I’ll never forget the first time I “got” meditation. It was a startling realization that took place during an impulse-driven visit to an ashram upstate. Despite almost a decade of practicing yoga, experimenting with my perception, and a couple of college classes on Buddhism, I always assumed meditation was something I’d never get. Having been accused of living “in my head” my entire life, I found the whole concept daunting.

Thanks to some magic combination of the teacher, setting, and guidance, it happened. I recall being guided to focus on my breath and posture, then more or less “came to” after the practice. A spark of insight revealed patterns about my inner world that understood intellectually hadn't experienced with such clarity. The contents of my mind could be looked at as something of a pie chart: 40% was spent mentally reviewing past instances, another 35% imagining future scenarios and all the various (often anxiety-ridden) ways these might play out, and the rest was probably focused on snacks… and other stuff that’s pretty low on Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.

The power of meditation began trickling into every aspect of my life. It reached the point where I knew I had to start sharing the practice. I guided friends casually, but there was a bit of “you’ll never actually teach” chatter in my head. I quickly discarded those thoughts and signed up for meditation teacher training with Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, The Path, and Pure Yoga.

From the opening retreat day to our upcoming third class I’ve felt a bit like the nerdy student I was in high school. I look forward to the homework (hint, it involves meditating). Though we’re just two classes into the program at the time of this writing, the results are already startling. 

A theme that arises is that of experience trumps just about everything. One cannot substitute intellectual knowledge of the practice for an experience. The aforementioned homework, which includes journaling about the experience, has become a ritual in daily self-care. Having accountability to others helps so much in staying disciplined, something we rarely experience outside of professional life in adulthood. 

Along with decades of teaching experience, our teachers from Nalanda Institute have shown up with such compassion. It sets a palpable vibe in the room, one that boils down to feeling like our class is not only a way to learn, but also a safe space to be vulnerable. Who would think so many adult New Yorkers would be open to sharing their stories while sitting cross-legged on a floor on the Upper East Side? 

My practice has already begun to deepen, my heart feels softer, and I’m better at remembering how to return to a perspective influenced by compassion. I personally believe we have the power to shift our perspective in every moment. Teacher training has only reinforced this belief and given me hope that I can share it widely, oh so soon. 


 

sit, sake & cider Tuesday!

On Tuesday, join us for a lil' gathering.

We're hosting a sit, followed by sake and and mulled cider. 

It's a fall meditation party :).

First we'll sit with the extraordinary John Baker, co-founder and teacher at Naropa University in Boulder. John is an author and editor of Buddhist texts and a super-experienced teacher who's led many month-long retreats (don't worry, just 30 minutes Tuesday!).

We'll gather at a brand-new spa that just opened in my brownstone in the West Village (I know, what are the chances!?) so you can peak around at the infrarad saunas and more.

After the meditation we'll head upstairs to my place, where we'll serve delicious sake (all natural, non-GMO and gluten-free) and make mulled cider, too.

We're so excited to invite you to a sit, with sake and cider to celebrate our last Tuesday evening meditation:

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Yay see you Tuesday,
Dina

What's your nature?

Hey there,

We planned a special meditation for you Tuesday.  

Here's 4 awesome reasons to join us (or click here to cut to the chase and reserve your spot):

1. One of my favorite teachers in the country, Bart van Melik, will guide us. Bart just led a retreat with Jack Kornfeld, and one of our team members went and said he was EXTRAORDINARY. Bart was trained at Spirit Rock, sounds uncannily like Jack (really, you'll see ..) and is an exceptional teacher for new & experienced meditators.

2. On Tuesday he'll guide us on .. what is the nature of a wondering mind? What’s the nature of kindness? Our experiences are all natural .. how can we explore our nature?

3. This is our second to last Tuesday sit!! We're *so* excited Bart is leading us.

4. The first five people who arrive Tues will get a cool, very "us" gift. Come early, hang with Bart & us, and enjoy a nice present to take home ;=).

After the sit we'll sip coconut water and enjoy social time & our BEAUTIFUL space at The Standard, East Village.

CLICK HERE to join us

See you Tuesday,
Dina

p.s. We had our opening retreat for teacher training Saturday, and it was terrific. We're so grateful to our partners at Nalanda Institute, Pure Yoga, and to everyone joining us for the sold-out course!

click here to join us Tuesday

learn to manifest

"What we cannot imagine, cannot come into being" 

Tuesday evening, we invite you to join us for a meditation to imagine ..

And help manifest ..

Whatever you want to bring into your life.

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Meditation and yoga master Marlie McGovern will guide us, and we'll gather at 7pm in our beautiful home at The Standard, East Village.  

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This is our third to last Tuesday evening meditation, so we warmly welcome you to join us. We'll have delicious ZICO on hand and .. it will be better with you!

Cheers to expansion and see you Tuesday,
Dina

p.s. Marlie helps lead our meditation teacher training program, which we just sold out! SO excited to welcome everyone this weekend for our opening retreat!

p.p.s. Marlie also runs a restorative yoga teacher training program, and I have to say .. to have someone so knowledgable in both yoga & meditation is a gift. I'm excited for Tuesday myself :). 

(once a year) teacher training starts soon!

Quick note that our once-a-year teacher training program starts in just nine days.

We have 3 spots left.

If you've thought about becoming a meditation teacher ..

Or adding meditation to what you do now ..

Or simply deepening your practice in a profound way, this program is for you.

click here to apply TODAY

You can also respond to this note with any questions or see an overview of the course here

This course changes lives. You learn deep Buddhist wisdom, the confidence to teach, and you DRAMATICALLY strengthen your own practice. You also go through the entire process with a warm, supportive group of fellow teacher trainers (everyone in the program comments on how uplifting this is!).

click here to apply 

Please act quickly and apply today if you're thinking about joining the course! 

Also, our friends from Wisdom 2.0 are putting on a conference Sunday& Monday called Mindfulness in America. It's co-hosted by Anderson Cooper and includes a special performance by Jewel. 

They're kindly offering 15% off to all members of The Path community if you use the code "communitypartner15" at checkout.
 

*news* the final Tuesday meditations are this month!

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We launched The Path with weekly meditations..

We've done them every week, including holidays and snow days (!), for three years.

Now it's time to broaden what we do .. beyond New York .. and beyond the weekly sits.

We have AMAZING teachers and special treats to offer you for our weekly meditations in October. And .. this will be our last month of regular weekly meditations. Our last weekly sit will be October 24th (save the date, we'll have an awesome party this night)!

We will continue with our meditation teacher training program (the next round starts October 14th, so excited!) and social gatherings, big speakers, retreats and more.

But we're adding some new things .. some incredible things .. and want to give ourselves the bandwidth to focus on these too.

So all this means .. 

Join us for our weekly meditations this month! We're going to make them more amazing than ever and encourage you to sign up for one or two or all:

click here for Tuesday evening meditations in Oct

Tomorrow we're hosting a SUPER special meditation.

We're going back to our roots.

For the first times in years I'll guide, with the great teacher Jai Sugrim, ALL FOUR major categories of meditation in less than 40 minutes. We'll guide you in energizing, mindfulness, mantra and loving-kindness .. in ONE short sitting.

If you're new to meditation, this is the PERFECT sample platter. If you're deep on one type and curious about others, this is a terrific chance to sample new techniques. OR if you're just looking for something fun to do, I guarantee you'll feel AMAZING after this meditation, a well-rounded workout for the mind (people say they feel like they're flying after this meditation!).

To sweeten things, we're partnering with Curious Elixirs, a 100% organic alcohol-free craft cocktail. I tried it last week and LOVED it and am SO excited to share this with you Tuesday!

We'll be home in our beautiful space at The Standard, East Village.

And because we love you, we're offering 25% off if you use the code "Tuesday" when you snag your spot:

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This is an incredible offering. Four types of meditation in one sitting, two teachers, free craft cocktails, yummy ZICO coconut water, and all this for less than $20! Yes we're feeling happy and generous.

Cheers to change, to an AMAZING OCTOBER of meditations and to a particularly awesome sit tomorrow,
Dina

here's how to make better decisions

Hey there — I'm excited to invite you to something special this Tuesday (9/26). Here are FOUR great reasons to join us at 7pm: 

  1. First .. for the first time .. we'll enjoy a wonderful half hour meditation guided by Dr. Keith Blechman. Keith is a surgeon who graduated from our first teacher training program and who now teaches mindfulness to doctors across the country. He's super humble (not a word commonly associated with surgeons, I know!), and his story of wanting to spread mindfulness in the medical community is really inspiring. Yay to Keith guiding The Path for the first time!
  2. After Keith's meditation we're excited to welcome author Cheryl Einhorn to speak about her new book, Problem Solved. Cheryl is an EXPERT in teaching people to make better decisions in all areas of their lives, including jobs, romance and more. On Tuesday, she'll share her special technique to help people make thoughtful, confident decisions - join us to hear more!
  3. We'll gather in a new spot Tuesday, a beautiful co-working space called Industrious .. that's super convenient, RIGHT on Union Square.
  4. AND to give you no excuse not to join, we're offering everyone at The Path half off the meditation this Tuesday and including the talk for free. Yes we're feeling generous and giving, because Tuesday is going to be awesome :).

click here to join us Tuesday (use the code "path" for 50% off) 

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image via Welcome Earth

And, wow, a huge thank you to everyone who joined us for Robert Thurman last week. What a night! Thank you for adding your warmth and beautiful energy to a truly special evening.

We <heart> you and can't wait to be part of another great gathering this Tuesday.

Cheers to you,
Dina

p.s. Yes we're really offering 50% off our meditation and the talk on making better decisions Tuesday(which will be great). Click here to join us! 

 

Bob Thurman and activism

Tickets are now available to see Robert Thurman speak to The Path community September 19th.

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The NY Times Magazine refers to Thurman as “The Dalai Lama’s man in America.” 

Time magazine named him one of the “25 Most Influential Americans.” 

He is a scholar, author, co-founder of Tibet House in New York City, personal friend of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and father of five children including the actress, Uma Thurman.

On this special evening, he will talk with us about one of the most important topics of our day: how do we cultivate peacefulness within, while still being activists for good?

He'll draw on the lessons of the Dalai Lama, as well as those from his own most recent book, Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. 

We'll have books on sale at the event, and a portion of all proceeds from your ticket will support Tibet House, the non-profit U.S. Cultural Center of the Dalai Lama.

You have two options to join us:

  • A private tea with Thurman an hour before the event begins. Limited to 18 people, this intimate gathering includes a meditation and the opportunity to ask more personal questions. Admission to the entire event is included with this ticket. 
  • Or general admission, which includes a talk by Thurman, guided meditation, Q&A, and social time afterward with nibbles, wine and more. And, as always, the chance to mingle with amazing fellow New Yorkers.

We'll gather in the beautiful environment of Neuehouse, at 110 east 25th Street.

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something new this Tuesday + meditation teacher training!

Our Tuesday teacher, Curtis Smith 

Our Tuesday teacher, Curtis Smith 

We're BEAMING with pride about an invite we have for you this Tuesday. 

For the first time ever we've invited a graduate of our teacher training program .. to guide us in meditation. 

Join us Tuesday for a very special meditation

Some things will be the same. You'll be surrounded by great people, we'll be at The Standard, and you'll be invited to stay after the sit to hang and meet other mindful New Yorkers.

But what's different and SO inspiring about this Tuesday, is that we've asked Curtis Smith to guide us. Curtis graduated this past winter from the meditation teacher training program we run with Nalanda Institute and Pure Yoga.

Admittedly, Curtis Smith was amazing before we met him. He helps run and teaches at a school in the third lowest performing district in NYC. With work, care and now daily meditation, thanks to Curtis, he and the other teachers have helped transform the school into one of the highest performing middle schools in Brooklyn

OMG so inspiring. 

He's not the only one who makes us kvell (nod to my Jewish grandmother). 

Kristin Westbrook from our last class of graduates created Calm City, a mobile RV (no joke) that rides around NYC offering people a moment of meditation and .. as she says .. "street food for your mind." (And she was just featured in the Wall Street Journal. Go Kristin)!

Keith Blechman, a surgeon, now teaches meditation at hospitals, medical facilities, and conferences around the country to help his fellow surgeons and doctors be more mindful (um, yes, super important). 

A veteran who graduated from our program is now spreading the practice to fellow veterans and helping those suffering from PTSD.

And these are just a few of the stories...

On Tuesday, we invite you to join us for our first graduate to ever lead The Path.

And we should mention... Curtis doesn't just teach his kids to meditate, but also how to teach meditation.

The students themselves now lead daily sessions in their classrooms and for the entire school... and many share the practice with friends and family!

Since graduating from our program, Curtis also teaches meditation at two Brooklyn studios, including one called Namaste (pronounced Namas-tai because it's in Bedford Stuyvesant ... love that).

Curtis' passion for meditation and teaching is contagious, and we can't wait for you to experience it.

Join us Tuesday to celebrate our first teaching training “alum” to lead us at The Standard, East Village. As always, we'll start at 7 PM.

click here to join us this Tuesday

And if you’re feeling inspired, we’d also like to welcome you to consider our next meditation teacher training, which begins in October. If you’ve ever considered... how you can use meditation in your career or community or just to go deeper in your personal practice, this is for you. And if you have any questions about the program, we’d LOVE to hear from you. Feel free to reply to this email with your questions.

And we hope to see you this Tuesday for a very special sit

Cheers to a love for learning, making change in our community through meditation, and to being wildly inspired by Curtis,
Dina

A laugh & a cry of gratitude

The author during a relaxed moment the evening her computer wouldn't charge!

The author during a relaxed moment the evening her computer wouldn't charge!

Ohhh I just learned such a lesson.

Before writing you, I plugged in my computer .. but the green light indicating the computer is charging .. that green light that ALWAYS goes on .. didn't go on.

My heart skipped a beat.

I tried not to panic. I took a mindful breath. And tried again. Nothing.

The red light on the adapter was on, so that worked. The computer cord was brand new. 

OMG. It was the computer. And I'm on a tiny island off Spain (called Formentera).

It was Saturday morning. I thought about what I needed to write that day. A note to you for The Path. Two articles for Forbes. And a book proposal for my agent. I couldn't do any of this on a phone. I needed a working computer.

My hotel suggested a computer shop one town away. I hopped on a bus there. It was closed. Someone nearby said the owner hadn't opened the shop for days (this is Spain..). I took a taxi to another town. A woman at the information booth said the computer shop there and everywhere else on the island would be closed the next two days. I asked if I should head to Ibiza, a 45-minute ferry away. She said no, any electronics shop there would be closed all weekend, too.

"It's summertime!" she said, looking at me blankly.

I headed back to the village where I'm staying. I had no plan. There wasn't even a place I could buy a new computer.

Idly, I googled what to do when your computer doesn't charge. There were two suggestions for rebooting your computer in a particular way. I tried them both.

And then I went to dinner. I read. I had a relaxing meal and thought of the fun things I could do in Formentera if I wasn't writing all day .. but .. I had to get this done.

When I headed to sleep .. I thought .. I'll just keep the computer plugged in all night and maybe, by some miracle, it will start charging.

It was 1am. I was exhausted and not stressed. I attached the cord to the computer. And the green light went on!

I sat on my bed and laughed and cried at the same time.

We have SO much. We have our breath and body. We have clean water and food and clothing. We have cell phones that work and computers that we EXPECT to always charge.

If we could spend five minutes each day thinking about ALL the things we take for granted, and not focus on the one or two things we don't have, our hearts would soar with gratitude.

For the rest of my life, every time that green light goes on I'll say a prayer of thanks.

And all day today, especially as I write you now on a fully charged computer, I feel grateful for you. I'm grateful my fingers can type, I'm grateful I love writing, I'm grateful for my computer, for the English language, for grammar diagrams in 7th grade, and oh I am grateful for so many things I feel overwhelmed as I type these words.

And so today I invite you to spend a moment being grateful for the small things. Let gratitude fill your heart with good energy. Then spread this positive energy throughout your day and week.

And Tuesday, I'm super grateful that our friends Susan and Juliet from Doing/Living have invited us to host The Path meditation at their brand new beautiful space in midtown. This is so special! Janusz will guide us in a meditation on gratitude .. in this brand new space committed to wellness, art & healthy products.

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We'll enjoy an expertly guided meditation and then Susan and Juliet will tell us a bit about what they're doing with this cool new space. We hope you can join us!

click here for meditation Tuesday

Cheers to gratitude, to new spaces, to Janusz and that little green light,

Dina

the only prize is happiness

I'm writing you with a big smile from Formentera, a tiny island in Spain that's one of my favorite places in the world.

During the day I work a lot here .. and take snorkeling & gelato breaks (yeah the diet is hard to keep here ..).

When I first arrived, a dear friend and member of our community wrote saying he's not sure why he's in NY now. He said he wasn't making more money being in NY and that it was making him feel stressed.

"Come visit!" I suggested. He's thinking about it.

I get it. For so long I thought life was MEANT to be hard. I'm embarrassed to say that deep down I thought I'd get some sort of prize if I worked a lot .. and if things were .. hard.

But then I went to a Vedic retreat led by Thom Knoles .. about our addiction to suffering. And I read more about Buddhism, which says we're conditioned to suffer .. until we train our minds NOT to suffer.

Now I know we actually get a prize if we follow our happiness. The prize is joy. We get there by working when we need to but also by doing what's fun for us! And being happy and light. 

We won't feel this way all the time. But we don't need to suffer all the time, too. There's no prize for hardship.

So maybe you can't hop on a flight today. You could take that pottery class you've been eyeing for a year. You could skip out of work (maybe?) and walk The High Line for half an hour. You can pop into a gallery for a minute and look at a painting that inspires you. You can read a novel for fifteen minutes in the morning before work.

Or for one day you could choose to smile at each stranger you pass on the street.

This week I encourage you to follow your bliss. Do what's fun or silly or enchanting or charming. 

I'd love to hear how it goes for you - send me a line here and let's chat about how it feels to prioritize FUN.

And this Tuesday, join Marlie McGovern for an expertly guided meditation about joy 7pm at The Standard, East Village. YES let's focus on happiness this week!

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doing what you love, a master teacher & tea!

I’m writing you with a relaxed smile from Gili Air, a tiny island off Bali .. where something cool just happened.

I was biking home from watching the sunset when I heard an acoustic guitar and immediately screeched on the brakes.

I hadn’t planned to stop. I just, as the great Vedic teacher Thom Knoles would say, went from feeling to action. No analysis, just instinct.

“Where are you from?” the Indonesian man playing guitar asked as I hopped off the bike. “America!” I responded. “Oh perfect, we need a singer,” he said. 

Oh my. I love to sing, but I’m terrible at it. I'm enthusiastic and off key. 

But this was just one evening, on a tiny island, and they needed an English speaker. So I said yes.

They started playing “Zombie," and I belted out the lyrics while my new Indonesian friend and another traveler played the chords. Then “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” “Wish You Were Here” and “Hey Jude.” I let my confidence in the lyrics overwhelm my insecurity about singing. I lost myself in the music.

And I realized we can have so much fun doing something we enjoy that we’re terrible at! Why should we only do what we’re good at? I’m terrible at biking but have been biking all around Gili Air, constantly falling off and getting a bit beat up but having a blast.

So this week I ask — is there something you love that you’re bad at, that maybe you can do anyway? 

We work so much. Let’s play. Try something you might enjoy but haven't done in a while, independent of your skill level.

And this week, we're bringing in a real expert to guide us in meditation. John Baker has been a student of Buddhism for 41 years and co-founded Naropa University in Boulder. He's also a senior teacher in the North American Buddhist community and the author of many numbers about Buddhism. We are SO happy to have him guide us in meditation this Tuesday, at the Penthouse of The Standard (ohhhhhh yeahhhhhh).

After the meditation, you're invited to join Dasan Tea for a (free!) tea ceremony with a new tea they created from wild green tea leaves, hand-picked from Mt. Jiri in South Korea. We'll enjoy the tea in cups handmade by Korean pottery artists, and each sip is designed to help you awaken and clear your mind.

Tuesday, in short, is going to be amazing.

click here to join us for meditation & tea

And to be clear, all this is included in the cost of a regular meditation! Just $24 for meditation by John Baker AND the tea ceremony.

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A Revelation in Bali

Hey there,
 
I’m writing you with a relaxed smile from Ubud, the spiritual center of Bali, where I just had a revelation during a meditation.
 
I realized that it’s so easy .. to WANT love. To pine for it. 
 
What if we could shift towards feeling .. that we’re SURROUNDED by love. 
 
What if we could move towards feeling grateful .. for the love around us now.
 
We have friends near us who message to make plans ..

Friends from out of town who send caring messages ..

Many of us have family members who check in to see how we are. 
 
We have people in our lives who CARE about us. Profoundly! 

What if we choose to live in that energy, grateful for the wonderful people in our lives and the positive energy this brings us?
 
This week I invite you to shift from wanting more love .. into a gratefulness for the love you have .. and the amazing people in your life .. who care so much about you. 

It's a decision .. a freedom .. we have.
 
Cheers to gratitude for the love in our lives,
Dina
 
p.s. We have a GREAT group joining our July social, a dinner party and talk on real love Thursday, July 20th. We’ll be swimming in good energy and good food (thanks Dig Inn!) and will enjoy an inspiring and fun talk by two meditation teachers, Janusz Whelin and Rakhel Shapiro, who just got engaged. And we’re gathering at a STUNNING penthouse in Soho thanks to a member of our community. Click here to join us for our July social this Thursday!
 
p.p.s. YAY this Tuesday we’ll be the PENTHOUSE of The Standard, East Village! Join us for meditation with Pandit Dasa, a former monk in NYC, and to enjoy one of the most spectacular spaces in NYC (selfies allowed before and after meditation!) Click here to join us Tuesday

p.p.p.s. Sending you a toast to love .. of all kinds .. and to giving and receiving love all day

(living with love) new bonuses

Quick note that we have an AMAZING group joining for our dinner party & talk on real love next Thursday (the 20th).

And if you sign up by Friday at midnight I've got two awesome bonuses for you.

(If you already registered you'll get them too.)

Here are the bonuses:

Three downloadable meditations .. so you can get your mindfulness and lovingkindness on whenever you want. Listen to them individually .. or together whenever you need a "reset."
A free live, in-person meditation with us any Tuesday evening in July or August.
You'll also enjoy a special "early bird" price of just $50 which includes everything above .. and dinner & drinks .. and a talk by two just-got-engaged meditation teachers.

And you'll meet great people and luxuriate in a beautiful private home in Soho. 

click here for dinner & love next Thursday + the bonuses

Cheers to summer dinner parties,
Dina

p.s. A bunch of people from our Sharon Salzberg retreat celebrating the launch of her new book Real Love are joining .. bit of a reunion .. so you'll be immersed in their good energy.

p.p.s. Yes 'luxuriate' is a word - I just checked! 

click here to join us next Thursday

Our July Social = Love, A Dinner & A Chat

Hey there,

If you’re wondering .. how to really.. live with love..

I have a cool invite for you. (So excited to share this!)

Two meditation teachers we adore, Janusz Whelin and Rachel Shapiro, just got engaged. 

As teachers they talk up love a lot.

But after work, there’s real life to deal with. Ups and downs and everything in between.

That’s when things get interesting.

And so July 20th, you’re invited to join us .. to hear Janusz and Rakhel share the funny, inspiring and insightful truth of two teachers finding their way through love.

We’ll also enjoy dinner and drinks and gather at a spectacular private home in Soho with terraces overlooking the city.

It will be an amazing evening. And this week we’re offering it all for just $50.

click here for dinner, drinks and a chat on love 

The price (which includes dinner and drinks!) will go up next week. So reserve your spot today for an extraordinary evening of great people, great conversation, delicious food and a happy talk about really living with love.

join us by clicking here

Cheers to love and enjoying an awesome summer dinner party with great new friends,

Dina

p.s. If you have extra copies of Sharon Salzberg’s Real Love book you want to donate to charity, we invite you to bring them to our social July 20th, and we’ll get them to one of our charity partners (Housing Works and the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation). You'll also have a chance to chat about the book with other folks who’ve read it!

p.p.s. This Tuesday join us for a wonderful meditation guided by Janusz (a sneak preview of our dinner together July 20th). Then join us for a free talk by author Jennifer Howd on her new book Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk: How I Survived A Silent Retreat. If you’ve thought about joining a silent retreat, wondered what it’s like or want to commiserate about your own experience, join us Tuesday for her amazing insights! Click here to be with us Tuesday. Also only this Tuesday we're moving to the stunning private home of a community member, with an incredible view of Columbus Circle (it is a wow)! Join us at 240 Central Park South for meditation by Janusz and a wonderful book talk. It's going to be a really cool evening in a beautiful spot.

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

Today is about celebrating freedom.

Which is soo perfect ..

Because meditation gives us freedom.

It helps us choose how to respond .. to almost anything.

It lets us decide what we want to optimize for .. and how we want to be. 

It also gives us the freedom .. to know we deserve to step away from work sometimes!

We have the freedom to enjoy ourselves ..

To be silly and laugh and have fun & be our favorite version of ourselves.

I hope you're having a great holiday weekend ..

And enjoying warm summer days. 

Tonight we're not gathering for meditation .. so you can enjoy fireworks or quiet time or whatever you choose, wherever you are ..

We'll be back next week, meditating each Tuesday evening and gathering to celebrate LOVE in July (please save July 20th .. more details soon ...).

And today, I wish you a truly awesome day.

Cheers to freedom,
Dina

Tuesday with Essential Oils

It feels like a good time to give ..

So this week, again, we're offering a FREE workshop after The Path meditation tonight!

First we'll enjoy a meditation expertly guided by Pandit Dasa, author of Urban Monk.

Then .. at our beautiful home at The Standard, East Village .. you're invited to stay for a tea ceremony .. to relax your body .. and go even deeper.

Together we'll enjoy an organic hand-blended herbal tea with rose, chamomile and lavender.

The herbs .. and the ritual of sipping .. will help us feel amazing .. and then we'll use an organic essential oil with chamomile and spruce to stimulate our senses even more .. and enhance the connection to our bodies.

It's all courtesy of Jennifer Goldman from Essential Rose Life .. who's designed this experience for us.

And it's all included in the regular cost of a Tuesday meditation ((just $24 for everything!)).

click here to join us Tuesday

It's another thank you for being part of our community .. and being you. (And we're excited for our first tea ceremony together!)

Also .. HUGE thanks to everyone who joined The Path Experience this weekend. What a joyous and relaxing retreat!

It's been inspiring to be around so many incredible people from our community this past week, for the big workshop last Tuesday .. and our retreat Saturday.

It's felt .. truly .. life-affirming.

And so I leave you with a hope .. that you're grateful for the wonderful people in your life. 

It is a beautiful thing .. to live life .. in gratitude. Grateful for what we have.

With love and cheers to a tea ceremony tonight (with more wonderful people!),  
Dina

The Path Experience - Saturday

As I write you I'm looking through the amazing people joining us Saturday for The Path Experience.

Did you see the details the other day? If not, you can check it out here. I'll hold :-)

I also have some cool new things to share with you today...

  • We can finally announce that dinner after the retreat will be catered by Epicured, a gourmet kitchen and food delivery service. They're preparing a special meal for us, and it's going to be delicious (and healthy)!
  • We're hosting this retreat .. drumroll .. at The Standard, East Village! This is our first retreat with The Standard, and we're thrilled to share this beautiful space with you.
  • The dinner party after the retreat will be at "The Terraces," a gorgeous home with terraces overlooking the city. It will be a spectacular close to the retreat.
  • We'll be serving Harmless Harvest coconut water (yummm) and Verday Chlorophyll Water. We're so grateful to our sponsors.

But here's the deal...

Want to know why I really think you should join?

Going on a 10-day retreat is tough.

The Path Experience is fun and social and beautiful .. and will transform your energy in just five hours, with no need to travel.

We'll clear your body and mind from the effects of electronics .. and bring you to your natural state of intuition, creativity, and bliss.

You're going to feel incredible after this retreat. The feedback we get after them is extraordinary.

One person wrote, "I feel amazing. And I look amazing ... I got my radiance back." Another person said, "I've had one of the most productive and crystal clear weeks in ages .. and I think part of that is having a clear mind."

I hope you join us for great meditation and yoga. To have fun and be in community with like-minded new friends.

But most of all I hope you join us to feel the stillness and goodness within you.

And so... for a better summer. A better year. And a better you.

I hope to see you Saturday.

With love,
Dina

p.s. We only have 6 spots left -- so if you want to join us, reserve your "cushion" now.

The Path Experience NYC - June

I'm writing you with clouds outside the window as I fly home to NYC (yay!) after hosting The Path Experience in San Francisco.

And I'm learning .. that the MAGIC of these retreats .. is bringing together amazing, like-minded people .. and creating a warm, friendly environment that makes it easy for everyone to DIVE into relaxation .. and stillness.

The meditations and wisdom were great .. and we gathered in a BEAUTIFUL place (the apartment that actually houses the SF clocktower!! It was unbelievable!).

But what makes these retreats powerful beyond my wildest dreams .. is the supportive feeling of the community we build each time. And it's all thanks to you .. our community.

Look, life can be hard. I get it. It's easy to put your dukes up and wonder who's out to get you. When you step into these afternoon retreats, that fear washes away. And you enter .. kindness. Playfulness and happiness.

This is why people emerge from The Path Experience saying they feel INCREDIBLY clear, calm and happy .. after just five hours on retreat (and a happy cozy dinner afterwards).

And so .. I'm super excited we're hosting The Path Experience in NYC this Saturday. If you're in town, I hope you join us.

click here for The Path Experience Saturday

This time we're doing something different.

We're going to CLEAR you from the effects of electronics on your body and mind.

Working from the outside in, using yoga and meditation, we'll give you a digital detox. And leave you feeling renewed, refreshed, and reconnected to you.

Experience what it feels like to REALLY connect to your body.

To SWIM into your breath.

And TOUCH your creativity and intuition.

Yoga master Marlie McGovern will co-lead with me. We only have 10 spots remaining. If you feel digital overstimulation, and you're ready to turn it off, join us.

click here for The Path Experience Saturday

(As always we'll gather amazing people, be in a beautiful space & enjoy delicious food after.)

And TUESDAY, join us for a preview! Marlie will guide our meditation at The Standard, East Village .. and shift your attention from digital .. to your creativity and inner self.

click here for meditation Tuesday

You'll get a cool bonus if you join us Tuesday. After the meditation, you're invited to stay and enjoy a FREE workshop on Mindful Eating and Self Compassion by Quiet the Noise, two NYC nutritionists. Lisa Hayim MS, RD and Naomi Arbit, PHD, MA will guide us in a special technique to help you make healthy choices about food .. by listening to your body and treating it with kindness. ((Also, we'll enjoy free chocolate as part of the workshop! I'm 100% joining!)) All this is included in the regular cost of a Tuesday meditation (just $24 for everything).

The workshop .. is a thank you for being part of our community. And being mindful. And being you.

Cheers to mindful eating and emailing and hope to see you Tuesday and Saturday,
Dina

The Path Experience NYC

I'm writing you from San Francisco, where I just emerged from a retreat with Jon and Will Kabat-Zinn.

The wisdom and meditations were great .. and I feel amazing. 

But one of the reasons I feel so clear and calm .. is that I put away my phone and computer .. for days.

Our electronics are addicting. And making us feel stressed. That stress permeates our body and mind.

So for our next afternoon retreat .. we call The Path Experience .. we're offering a COMPLETE digital detox for the body & mind.

I'll co-lead this time with a yoga master — who RUNS a restorative yoga teacher training program for doctors and therapists (so, yeah, she REALLY knows her stuff) — and working from the outside in, we'll clear you from the effects of electronics.

You'll emerge from the retreat feeling rejuvenated and deeply relaxed. More playful. And creative. And as always you'll meet amazing people and enjoy a fun dinner party after the retreat (included).

We're keeping this Path Experience intimate so it's as powerful as possible, and we only have 18 spots. Click here to join us:

click here for The Path Experience

My partner on this retreat is Marlie McGovern, who DEEPLY knows yoga and how to make it work for your body and mind. Marlie also helps to lead our extraordinary Meditation Teacher Training program. The depth of her knowledge in yoga and meditation is incredible, and she'll bring both to you.

So when the retreat is over .. you'll reenter the outside world .. from a different place.

Feeling calm, centered .. and ready to follow your bliss.

click here to join us on retreat  

Cheers to retreats and a true digital detox,
Dina

p.s. Janusz Whelin (raised on a hippie farm - ask him about it!) is guiding our meditation Tuesday evening at 7pm, at our home at The Standard, East Village. Click here to reserve your spot. Yay!