Dear wonderful friends,
I am delighted to announce that we will be doing another Day of Mindfulness (aka Day of Relaxation and Delight) on Sunday July 5th, 11am to 4pm!
We are going to have it in the same wonderful space in Red Hook, and again we will do a lovely Walking Meditation along the waterfront.
If you would like to come, please write to me and let me know: marycordelia (at) gmail.com
Details below, and please feel free to forward to anyone you like. I hope to see you there!
with a deep breath for your well-being,
JOIN US FOR A DAY OF RELAXATION AND DELIGHT!
Are you in need of a break? Perhaps some ease and relaxation that leaves you feeling really great? Then please join us 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. We even have naptime with lullabies, which, I kid you not, is really nice.
You don’t need any prior experience to attend! You will be led easily through every step, so that you can really relax into the present moment.
About our Day of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is deeply rejuvenating and healing. The Day of Mindfulness gives you the chance to stop, breathe, 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, July 5th, from 11am to 4pm
Please arrive between 10.30 and 10.50, so you have time to settle in and we can start on time. 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. &;^)
(If you are late, you are still welcome, but the buzzer is really loud, so it’s better for everyone if people arrive on time. So please really try to be on time! If you tend to be late, come early and have a nice coffee at a local coffee shop.)
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 it is very peaceful and spacious.
Dance Theatre Etcetera
480 Van Brunt Street, buzzer number 3, Suite 203
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 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 it’s a nice ride through Redhook!)
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 scale is $10 to $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. (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’) — but seriously, 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 enough!
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. (Sometimes people have even forgotten to bring their lunch, and they have eaten well! It’s a very abundant day!
If you have any other questions, please feel free to write or call me.
I really look forward to spending this day with 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.
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!