February 16 - 19, 2018Late Winter 2018 Heights Meditation Retreat - Three of ThreeFebruary 16 - 19th, 2018 Retreat at Heathen Hill Retreat CenterFranklin, NYHeights Meditation of Northern Manhattan invites you to participate in a quietly magnificent and intensive cycle of retreats collectively entitled "Going Forth."
The three thematically-interlacing retreats span winter /spring 2017, September 2017 and February 2018. We invite you to attend!
Retreat Three: February 16-19th, 2018 (four days, three nights on the long February weekend) at Heathen Hill: Going Forth. This final long retreat is a silent retreat. These days together in the community of the sangha aim to set and solidify results from the previous two retreats and make you a meditator for life.
Our overarching theme at the previous two retreats and this retreat is "Going Forth--Living Mindfully and Letting Go." This last of three retreats will address the challenge of living a conscious and animated life and aims to make you a practitioner for life of The Practrice. Laurel Beversdorf, Gentle Motion Teacher, will again bring you back into your body while James Loney, Moderator of Heights Meditation of Northern Manhattan, works with you to solidify your practice in your life. For a long time now, you have wanted change. When are you going to do something to change your life? At this retreat you will test yourself and , courageous as you are, succeed.
Beginners and those already advanced in their technique practice are welcome at this retreat. Please write and enquire if you are interested in attending. Registration for this retreat will begin online on January 1st, 2018.view map
Friday, September 15, 2017
"Moving in Peace Through Fretful Storms."
WON Dharma Center
Our times are tough. Where do we 'go' when reacting to personal and social calamities around us? Do we have to go down into sickness and depression, or is there a better path--a path forward into a more stable and happier life?
The next Heights Meditation retreat deals with these most essential of personal and spiritual matters. For that reason we have named our retreat "Moving in Peace Through Fretful Storms."
The retreat is suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditators. It starts on Friday, September 15th and ends on Sunday, September 17th at the WON Dharma Center in Claverack, NY. The exquisite retreat center lies in rolling countryside just east of the Hudson River, easily accessible by car or Amtrak. Heights Meditation Moderator James Loney will lead the meditation portions of the program and internationally-known yoga teacher Laurel Beversdorf will keep our bodies limber through gentle motion.
The retreat program has been packed chock full of practices and teachings to help you lastingly use your body and mind in new ways. You will come away from the retreat having developed and established a daily practice whose aim is the attainment of a more contented, peaceful and happier life. You will develop these techniques for yourself in the presence of a small group of people equally focused on working alongside you with similar goals.
This will be a wonderful weekend spent with wonderful people. Its effects will resonate through you for the rest of your life. We are pleased to be able to offer you the retreat at cost.
Complete retreat information and the retreat registration form can be found at this link:
Our Heights Meditation Autumn Retreat begins in less than sixty days so time is short for you to register. We strongly encourage you to go to the above website today and register, even if you intend to pay for the retreat in a few weeks' time.
Please write to Laurel and me here with any questions. Thank you and see you soon at WON Dharma Center for our Autumn Retreat.
~ Laurel and James
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Heights Meditation Silent Spring Walk
New York, NY
In only a few days' time--on Tuesday April 25th, 2017--our thriving Northern Manhattan sangha will celebrate the 2000th consecutive day that we have met as a meditation group. This ongoing project, this attempt to inculcate healthy and happy consciousness in all of our members, goes back to you, the devoted and focused meditators of our beloved meditation community. You show up in big groups and in little groups, day in, day out, winter, snow, sleet, tropical heat and category three hurricane. If the snow pelts in buckets from the sky, you show up. If there is thunder and lightning and lowering green clouds, you defy the elements and show up. If we're not watching our breath in the ice cold chapel we are all wearing Hawaiian shirts and sweating like pigs in a poke. You meditators rock. Because you show up, you make The Practice happen. Thank you!
Friends and Meditators, we of the Heights Meditation sangha and family truly have something to celebrate at this auspicious moment. Let's do just that. Our next silent meditative walk through Washington Heights lies ahead of us like a shining mountain. If you've never attended one of these walks, you are missing out and it's time to attend. Everyone in our neighborhood is invited to come along, meditator or just people wanting a bit of silence and peace in their lives. Please spread the word. Here's the details:
Silent Meditative Walk Through Washington Heights
Sunday, May 7th at 6:30 PM (sharp)
Step off at the Cornerstone Center, 189th @ Bennett
Please pick up your mobiles and mark your calendar now. Further information about how to RSVP will be forthcoming in the next ten days and also published to Meetup.com, Facebook, and Heightsmeditation.com.
The meditators of Heights Meditation are marching forward to the range of shining mountains in the distance. One foot in front of the other, breath by breath. What besides your habitual self is standing in the way of having a better life?
We hope you will join us.
PS: Even if you do not intend to attend this Heights Meditation event, please visit our newly-revamped Facebook page at: heightsmeditationnyc and 'like' us!
Friday, March 17, 2017Late Winter 2017 Heights Meditation Retreat - One of ThreeMarch 17 - 19th, 2017 Retreat at Heathen Hill Retreat CenterFranklin, NY 13775Heights Meditation of Northern Manhattan invites you to participate in a quietly magnificent and intensive cycle of retreats entitled "Going Forth."
The three thematically-interlacing retreats span winter 2017, Autumn 2017 and winter 2018. Whether you are new to meditation or an adept, everyone is invited to attend!
Retreat One: March 17 - 19th, 2017 (three days, two nights) at the Heathen Hill Retreat Center in Franklin, NY: "Establishing and Building Your House of Consciousness."
Most people who meditate do so fitfully and sporadically. Our overarching theme at this first retreat will be "Going Forth--Incorporating Your Pracitice into Daily Life." The March 2017 retreat will approach the challenge of living a conscious and animated life from differing but complementary perspectives. Laurel Beversdorf, Gentle Motion Teacher, will be along to keep your body moving gently all three days. You should expect to return home having found abundant and good reason why meditation--the dharmmic practice of calming the mind in order to calm the body--will become an essential part of your good and conscious life, replete with physical and emotional well-being.
Many who attended our previous retreat in February 2016 have attested to the power of a Heights Meditation retreat. For this reason, we suggest you register early. As of 1-21-2017 half the beds are booked for this first retreat. Food and loding costs for this three day retreat have been set at $415/person (travel costs are separate). Lodgings at Heathen Hill Retreat Center are clean, simple and exquisite, and the food and the company you will keep when among us will be exemplary. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and enquire now if you are interested in more details about attending or would like to register using the online registration form.click here for more info
Sunday, January 1, 2017
New Year's Day 2017 Walk and Reception
New York, New York
Every quarter, around the two annual solstices and the two annual equinoxes, members of the Heights Meditation community go on a silent walk together through our neighborhood. This beautiful silent walk allows us to slow down, to take a careful look at what we normally pass by, to acknowledge and celebrate the passage of time. How great it is to be given one more day, one more hour, one more second of life!
The New Year's Day Walk and Reception is the our most popular silent walk of the calendar year. We pick our way carefully through the local urban landscapes and look at them with almost new eyes while reflecting on the past and the future. Above all as we walk, we experience the present and all its richness.
We warmly invite you to attend. Dress warmly! Afterward we will get together at a member's apartment for fellowship and good cheer.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Holiday Meditations: Hannukah, Christmas, and New Year's Day Silent Walk
It is a hectic and frazzling time of year. How good to know that the Meditators of Heights Meditation will continue to meet daily throughout the next two weeks and into the New Year, without interruption--rain shine or snow, Hannukah, Christmas, and New Year's notwithstanding.
Please come along; you are always welcome and will never be alone.
Schedule for 12-24-2016 through 01-01-2017:
On Hannukah / Christmas Eve (Saturday, December 24th):
8:00 AM meditation at OSA as normal.
On Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25th): Evening Meditation is Cancelled but Morning Meditation Instead:
8:00 AM (try to ring the bell to this private apartment before 805 am)
Heights Meditation member Frank Camacho will kindly host us at his apartment for morning meditation. Thank you so much Frank! Please RSVP to Frank's email (email@example.com) if you are coming: and need the apartment number.
For the rest of the week between 12-25 and 12-31, our published schedule continues with no changes.
On New Year's Day (Sunday, January 1st, 2017) Heights Meditation will hold its Third Annual New Year's Day Silent Walk through Washington Heights at 4:00 PM sharp. Dress warmly and if you intend to attend the following social at my apartment, please bring along some food and drink for yourself and others. Contributions can be dropped off in James's apartment at the address below before the walk begins.
New Year's Silent Walk
4:00 PM SHARP
Meet at: 196 Pinehurst Avenue,
RSVP to Heightsmeditation@gmail.com for further info and apartment details
If you have yet to attend one of our quarterly silent neighborhood walks, know this: the Heights Meditation New Year's Day walk is surely the most beautiful and elegaic of them all. The following social will be simple and quiet and populated by good people intent on making a difference in their world.
All the best over these last days of 2016 and see you all soon to begin a new chapter in the book of life.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Heights Meditation Silent Meditative Walk to Mark the Autumn Equinox 2016
New York, NY
Hello Fellow Meditators!
In a few days' time, the autumn equinox will take place. On that day, the number of hours of darkness each day will equal and then quickly exceed the number of hours of daylight each subsequent day. Summer 2016, which only seems to have just begun, has run its course. Autumn begins.
Every quarter year, to mark the ever-changing seasons and learn to better accommodate change, we at Heights Meditation go for meditative walks through our neighborhood. These walks typically last about an hour. We move silently and slowly through the urban architecture and verdant parkland that surround us here in Washington Heights; we take note of all kinds of big and little things that normally we ignore. It's a kind of waking up experience that is simple, pure, and exquisitely clarifying.
Our quarterly Silent Meditative Walks are intended as an opportunity for you and your friends to slow down radically and to savor your life a bit more or a lot more. Although nothing ever 'happens' on these walks, a great deal always does, internally. Anyone who has ever participated in one will tell you that you end the walk as if transported from wherever you began it. By the end of the walk, your whole world seems to have revived around you: once again you feel embedded in your life, you feel grounded and centered, light and ephemeral all at once. It's no small thing to be these things all at once.
Friends and fellow Meditators! We invite you to take part in the 2016 Autumn Silent Walk:
Sunday, September 25th 2015
6:30 PM sharp
OSA/Cornerstone Center (corner of West 189th/Bennett Avenue)
Please let me know if you intend to attend by writing to Heightsmeditation@gmail.com. Please bring along something to drink if the evening is warm and please dress appropriately if it is cool or windy or rainy.
This Silent Walk is part of the Time Project at Heights Meditation. We hope you can attend because you owe it to yourself to attend.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Heights Meditation's Time Project: Spring Meditation Walk & Social Hour, Saturday morning, April 9th
New York NY 10040
At the end of every quarter, as a way of tracking the passage of time and underscoring the meaning of change in our lives, Heights Meditation members come together, go outside, walk around, look up and look down, and meditate. During the 45 minutes or so that we're underway, we walk in silence, slowly, and pay attention to life. Sometimes we stop and sit and close our eyes. Other times we walk in silence and let the fact that we're alive (and conscious of it) sink in.
That's no small thing, to let consciousness observe and take good care of itself. Another term for it is: waking up!
You have to ask yourself: when was the last time that you took the time to slow down and look and savor--actually look and savor--the world manifesting around us? Sometimes when you answer that question honestly, you will say: I haven't really done that since I was a child.
If you've ever observed Heights Meditation members walking through our Washington Heights neighborhood on one of our silent meditative walks, you'll have seen a group of people picking their way across the city landscape, stopping occasionally to sit in front of a river or an empty playground or a wall of yellow bricks. You'll have heard the gently jangling cow bell, the only sound we make as we move across a piece of northern Manhattan. The gentle jangles call us continually back to the present, to the now! now! now! that is the heart of the meditator's work.
This Saturday, April 9th, we will hold the annual Spring Walk followed by a get together in a private apartment. This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with each other after our recent retreat upstate and to welcome spring and new meditators into our midst!
Here's the details. Please RSVP to Heightsmeditation@gmail.com if you intend to participate in the walk and/or the get together which will follow the walk. If you'd like to make a contribution to the get together (food or drink), please also let us know.
Annual Silent Meditation Walk
Saturday, April 9th at 9:00 AM sharp
(Meditators: please note time change, this walking meditation replaces the usual 8:00 AM sitt)
Meeting place: Cornerstone Center, West 189th Street and Bennett Avenue(A train to 181st Street or 1 train to 190th)
Social Hour: 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Location TBD).
We look forward to seeing old friends and new friends on this occasion. Please bring along a friend if you like!
Thank you and see you Saturday!
February 5-7, 2016Meditation & Gentle Movement Retreat, February 5 - 7th, 2016Heathen Hill Yoga CenterFranklin, NYMovement Teacher Laurel Beversdorf and Meditation Teacher James Loney are hosting a very special winter weekend Retreat this February. You are invited !
The end of January and the beginning of February are potentially 'tough' times in the lives of many residing in the Northeast. Nights are long and dreary and days are cold and snowy. For these reasons but also simply because life is short, you may feel you owe it to yourself to go away on a short replenishing Retreat with others similarly minded this year. We think the dead of winter is one of the best of times to take a "mindful pause" and go into Retreat. These three days together will be a time to slow down, a time to take measure, a time to create for yourself a profound peace and transportable happiness in the company of friends new and old.
What are you waiting for?
Each day on this wonderful Retreat includes periods of mindful movement, guided meditation, and the opportunity to relax and explore ten secluded acres of rolling hills and sweeping vistas surrounding the venue site. If you prefer, you can stay in your room and read a good thick novel or fall asleep in front of a fire. There's a hot tub and lots of good cheer in the kitchen, too!
Arrival: after 4pm on Friday, February 5th.
Departure: 3 pm Sunday, February 7th.
$385 lodging and meals; please add an additional $60 if you need transporation to and from the Retreat Center.
www.meetup.com/Heights-Meditation-Washington-Heights-NY/click here for more info
Friday, January 1, 2016
Washington Heights New Year's Day Special Walking Meditation with Following Social
January 1st, 2016 is upon us and it's now time to sketch out for you plans for one of Heights Meditation's most popular and quietly spectacular events, the Fourth Annual Washington Heights New Year's Day Silent Meditation Walk.
This year, as in past, we will be silently processing as a loose group through some of the bucolic and urban areas of our neighborhood overlooking the Hudson River. What a beautiful and mindful way to bring in a new year, walking slowly and studying with focus and exhilaration all manifestations in the cold clear air of a New Year's Day!
Washington Heights New Year's Day Silent Meditation Walk + Potluck
Event Date: New Year's Day afternoon, Friday, January 1st, 2016
Time: 3:00 sharp - 6:00 PM
You and your friends and family are most welcome to attend both the silent walk and the following social. Or just attend the part (walk or social) that most appeals to you. Either way we'd love to see you among us on this most propitious and auspicious day of the year!
Where: The walk will begin punctually at 196 Pinehurst Avenue in 10033 (A and 1 trains to 181st) at 3:00 PM. Please plan on arriving a bit early to ensure you are in place for the 3:00 PM kick off. From our start point we will silently process as a loose group accompanied only by the random clangs of a cowbell through areas high above and overlooking the Hudson River. We will walk for approximately 45 minutes, stopping only once on a vantage point to sit and meditate overlooking the river.
Conditions: Please dress warmly. In the event of rain, the walk will proceed as planned but should it rain or snow, we will contact you on the day of the event with further information.
Social Event: Following the walk, at or around 4:00 PM on New Year's Day, Heights Meditation will hold a social hour at 196 Pinehurst Avenue. This potluck dinner and the earlier silent walk are RSVP events. Please send your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday,, December 31st for final details regarding this amazing afternoon.