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A Better Way by Ronnie Figueroa

Together we can live as fully balanced human beings and have a civilization that continues to evolve toward oneness. There is a better way to life and to expand as a civilization, instead of bringing negativity and disharmony upon ourselves.

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Cropsey Farm’s Junior Farmer’s Summer Camp 2017

Rockland Farm Alliance’s Junior Farmer Camp introduces children to sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship through discovery, play and plenty of time getting their hands dirty working on the farm.

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Stage Left Children’s Theater Summer Camp

If your child loves to perform, he or she will want to be part of Stage Left Children’s Theater (SLCT) summer camp. Performances include Annie Jr, Wizard of Oz, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Sound of Music, Bye Bye Birdie & Theater Intensive. SLCT was founded in 1999 by artistic director Ayn Lauren whose hope is to provide cultural inspiration and development for children through the medium of theater with shows for kids by kids.

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Liz Whalen, Wisdom of Wellness

My first attempt at yoga was as a teenager at home with DVDs, and I didn’t really feel like it was right for me at the time. When I was in my early twenties, I went to my first class at a local gym and had an incredible teacher who got me hooked on the practice. I started practicing on a regular basis. Jivamukti introduced me to the spiritual aspects, including chanting and meditation, and from then on my life became completely different. I had a more positive, empowered outlook on life, and I was able to let go of worries and open up to more peace and joy as a result.

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Is CPT for PTSD Right for You?

Licensed psychologist Sally Nazari shares that Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of her favorite approaches in trauma recovery. “And I am in good company. Multiple research studies show the significant benefits and improvements with CPT in people working to transform their lives after a traumatic event. As one of a handful of therapists in New York offering CPT to the community, I can help you get your life back on track with 12 weekly session modules,” she says.

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Challenger Center Camp

Give your kid some space this summer—outer space! The Challenger Center’s week-long summer camp programs, designed for kids in grades 1 through 6, gives children a fun-filled, science-based, learning experience that will last a lifetime.

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Open House for Summer Play Camp

Summer Play Camp will host two open houses– one on March 11 and the other April 29 for parents and children to take a tour, meet the Camp Director and hear all about the camp's unique and adventure-filled summer program. Fun activities are planned for the children and refreshments will be served.

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Become Part of Cropsey Community Farm

Cropsey Community Farm offers residents the opportunity to become part of the largest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in the metro area. Preserved and restored by the Rockland Farm Alliance (RFA), Cropsey farm consists of 25 acres of biodynamically cultivated farmland located in New City. CSA members will receive a family-sized basket of over 40 varieties of vegetables for 25 weeks, beginning in June and ending in November. In addition, throughout the year families will receive free admission to workshops offered on the farm.

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Resiliency for a Self-Aware Life by Paula Heitzner

The month of March, with the return of more light, stirs our imagination and physicality. We emerge from winter's cocoon, and naturally seek the increasing energy and promise inherent in spring. This time is perfect to utilize the benefits of our yoga practice. Paraphrasing the well-known saying of R&R, typically known as rest and relaxation, we also can embrace it as resiliency along with resistance, recovery or resolution. The second "R" always should be self-determined so as to be appropriate at any given time in one's life. As the journey unfolds, we can enlarge R&R to be an all-encompassing R, R, R & R of resiliency, resistance, recovery and resolution. Whimsically, the four RRRR's reminds me of the growling mantra of powerful creatures, who also share the prana.

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Beatrice B. Mattaway, Willow Tree Yoga

I was first introduced to yoga in the mid 60’s when I was 5 years old and living in Japan. My parents would take us every Saturday to a Zen-do, where we practiced zazen Zen Buddhist meditation. Because that form of meditation required silently sitting upright for about an hour at a time, we would have a yoga instructor come to our house to help prepare our minds and bodies for zazen.

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