Soundbath at this week’s Day of Relaxation and Delight!
Great news! This Sunday, May 18th, we have a special treat at our Day of Relaxation and Delight! After lunch, we usually do a lovely practice called Deep Relaxation, and this time my amazing friend Katie Down has offered to give us a Sound Bath during that time! It’s very special. To read more about her work, you can look here:
So here is the original email I sent which has all the info! I hope to see you there, and feel free to bring guests and loved ones!
Are you in need of a break? Perhaps some ease and relaxation that leaves you feeling really great? Then please join me on May 18th for a day of relaxation and delight on the Red Hook waterfront.
For the last several years we have been lucky enough to be offered my friend Martha’s beautiful space to spend a day in quiet connection with ourselves and with nature. We call this a Day of Mindfulness, and it includes deep relaxation, mindful eating of delightful foods, silent walking along the waterfront and guided meditation.
You do not need to have any prior experience to attend! You will be led easily through every step, so that you can really relax into the present moment.
Please feel free to invite others. All are welcome! And especially send this to anyone you know in Red Hook and Brooklyn who could do with a day of peaceful relaxation.
Lots of details below! I hope to see you there!!!
About our Day of Mindfulness
Mindfulness can be deeply rejuvenating and healing. The Day of Mindfulness give you the chance to stop, breathe, regroup, reconnect and take good care of yourself, in an environment that helps create feelings of peacefulness and ease.
As we take a quiet walk along the waterfront, stopping to look at the seagulls and the Statue of Liberty and to feel the fresh sea air… as we enjoy quiet eating together, and the delightful practice of total relaxation… as we practice breathing deeply and calmly… we can gradually settle into a deep sense of well-being and contentment, leaving us rested and at peace.
At the bottom of this page are some comments from people who have come to previous days of mindfulness, so you can get an idea of how it was for others. Please feel free to call me with any questions, and if you are curious, just come and try it out.
Sunday, May 18th, from 11am to 4pm
If you can, please arrive between 10.30 and 10.50, so you have time to settle in and we can start on time. You are also welcome to come for part of the day, but I strongly recommend you try to come for the whole thing, because the people who come for part of the day usually wish that they had been there longer. &;^)
We are profoundly lucky that Martha Bowers, Executive Director of the nonprofit Dance Theatre Etcetera, has generously offered us their space for the day. It’s a beautiful wood floored room with big windows on the waterfront in Red Hook, and is very peaceful and spacious.
Dance Theatre Etcetera
480 Van Brunt Street, Ste 203, buzzer number 3.
in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
The office is located above Fairway Market, and the entrance is on the east end of the building, on Van Brunt Street.
If you aren’t familiar with Red Hook, you’ll want to look into travel directions nice and early. There are quite a few ways to get there.
The easiest way is to drive, and parking should be fine, although leave yourself a little extra time.
You can also take the F train to Carrol Gardens or Smith & 9th then catch a bus or a cab, or ride your bike. (You can take your bike on the subway, and on the weekends you probably don’t even get glared at!)
Another route is to take the Ikea Water Taxi and then walk.
There are many others I’m sure! I encourage you to leave plenty of time for travel on both ends.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for the day. You are invited to offer a donation — the suggested amount is $30 — which will be used to cover my travel costs and other expenses associated with offering the day, including a donation to support Dance Theatre Etcetera in gratitude for their giving us their space for the day and a thank you gift to Katie Down. (FYI, Dance Theatre Etcetera does amazing work with youth from challenged backgrounds and it’s an honor to offer them whatever support we can.)
What should I bring?
Wear comfortable loose clothes, and bring a vegetarian lunch and a drink of some kind. There is a small fridge in case your lunch needs refrigeration. It’s also a nice option to bring a little something to share with others if you wish — some dried fruit or cookies or something (like dark chocolate… just sayin’) — just a small amount, because there is usually a lot!
If you can, it’s a fine idea to bring a cushion for sitting or a yoga mat. If you can bring extra for someone else, that would be very kind. I will bring several floor seats, meditation cushions and yoga mats, and there are also chairs. So far we have always had plenty!
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Just know that this day is for you, for your happiness, and for your well being. In truth, if you don’t bring anything else, but just bring yourself and your willingness to be kind to yourself, that will be enough.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to write or call me. I look forward to seeing you,
Responses from participants of previous Days of Mindfulness
I had SUCH a wonderful time on Sunday. It was one of those really special days that I’m sure I’ll remember for years to come. I came into the day feeling tired and wanting to be in bed, but I actually exited it feeling refreshed and very present. I’ve been able to carry that presence into the next few days, too. I feel like the day of mindfulness helped to cement some of the concepts we’ve been learning in class. Practicing the mindful eating and walking with the group helped me to understand those activities more fully, and I’m confident that I can now do them all by myself (where as before I was still a little unsure of whether I was doing them “right”). After Sunday, I’m really wishing I could have a day of mindfulness once a month!
The Day of Mindfulness we had together was extremely nourishing. Practicing with you and the group is also wonderful because we can support our practice and the entire realm of emotions in a safe and caring atmosphere. Mary, your joy and care as our facilitator is very beneficial and I truly appreciate your knowledge and guidance. There is a lot of delight available in every moment. We celebrated that together!
I really enjoyed the day of mindfulness. As i said that day, it was cool to realize that even though i felt like i “took a vacation from my life” when we were all together, the truth is THAT WAS MY LIFE, and i can be there anytime i want, appreciating and noticing what is in front of me. It was very nourishing for the soul to come back to the body. I’m very grateful for the opportunity.