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NEW YORK CITY FREE WEEKEND WORKSHOP JULY 2014

Peter Marchand
Aum Gang Ganapataye Namah Aum
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New York City - FREE WEEKEND SATSANG July 2014


   
 

YOU'RE INVITED !

As requested by a number of people that have been following my classes on Youtube, I happily decided to fly from Belgium to New York City for a workshop this summer. It seems right to get a little more personal connection and to teach some more practical classes that are difficult to teach on video. So I will not schedule any of the talks that are already available on Youtube, but rather look forward to having a good time together during chanting, meditation and satsang. Obviously, all activities are also suitable for people who don't know the Youtube videos. There will be as much time as possible for addressing more personal issues, answering any questions you may have about your life, sadhana, meditation practice and happiness. Above all, togetherness will be the main thing, so there will be ample time to meet with nice like-minded people :-)

Peter Marchand

BY DONATION

In order to cover the costs of traveling, accomodations, etc... the weekend workshop will be supported by free donations only. So there will be no fixed fees, nor any "suggested donations". A donation box will be available and everybody will be able to freely give what they like to give. If that works out well, then obviously we can organize such workshops on a more regular basis. Whoever feels like supporting the workshop preparations in advance can use the Paypal donation button to the right.

REGISTRATION = PRIORITY ENTRANCE

Since everything is based on free donations, registration in advance is no absolute requirement to attend the Workshop or part of it. However, it would very helpful that you do register so that we can get some idea in advance about how many people will come and what preparations we need.

In case too many people show up, those that did register in advance will get priority. For this purpose, we will send them a priority entrance pass by email, which they can print out. Registration also allows us to inform you about any changes to the program through the workshop newsletter. To "join" the event on Facebook is nice, but it is not a true registration.

Please register here

THE PROGRAM


Friday, July 11 - 2014 (Location : 6th Street Community Center NYC (click for more details)
7:30 - 8:00 pm
Introductory evening ritual
Peter will start the weekend with a short ritual, welcoming everybody.
8:00 - 9:00 pm
Yoga, Life & Everything
Attempting to condense this subject during an improvised talk of about one hour is a nice challenge. It usually brings the advantage of cutting through to the essentials and leaving out the clutter.
9:00 - 10:00 pm
Short Group Satsang with Q & A
After the talk Peter will answer any questions that may come up, and be of benefit to all. These questions can be very general, or more personal.

Saturday, July 12 - 2014 (Location : 6th Street Community Center NYC (click for more details)
9:30 - 11:30 am
Morning Ritual & Gayatri Mantra Meditation
The day will start with a half hour ritual performed by Peter, in order to set the right energy for the day. This will be followed directly by a brief introduction on Gayatri mantra meditation, after which we will chant the mantra 108 times together.
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Asana Class by Neta Katz - Unfolding Sukhasana Part 1
Asana practice is basically a journey away from sukhasana, and then back again, with gained understanding and insight into the seated posture. In this class we will work to enhance our understanding of this fundamental posture by exploring the relationships between the different structures of the lower body.
Meanwhile, Peter will be available for private consultation. Whoever desires to ask questions of a more personal nature, not suitable for the entire group, is welcome to do so at this point.
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Shared Meal, Free Time & Private Satsang
The idea is that if everybody can bring some food to share, we will not go hungry. Please bring only foods that are suitable for vegetarians.
Meanwhile, Peter will be available for private consultation. Whoever desires to ask questions of a more personal nature, not suitable for the entire group, is welcome to do so at this point.
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Tantric Power of Bhakti in Yoga
A talk about how some Bhakti practices (like mantra chanting) can bring more rapid progress in yoga and meditation if certain basic tantric principles are respected. Be prepared to be introduced to some simple mysteries of the spiritual world and how they can change the energy of your life & yoga.
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Introduction to Your Vedic Numerology
This ancient indian science of numbers provides an easy way to better understand your personal character and destiny. Bring your birth date and time, so that Peter will be able to give you a basic idea. This will also allow everybody present to get a general idea about vedic numerology, the essential meaning of the numbers and their related planets.
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Shared Meal & Free Time
The idea is that if everybody can bring some food to share, we will not go hungry. Please bring only foods that are suitable for vegetarians. For the rest of the time we can relax, digest and enjoy each other's presence.
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Leela Bhajan Chanting
Together we will chant some devotional indian songs (bhajans), guided by Peter's voice and guitar. As it is usually happening with the Leela Bhajan Jam Band in Belgium, whoever plays guitar, tabla, flute or whatever instrument is welcome to bring it and join in. Since these songs are fairly simple and repetitive, it always seems to work really well. Obviously, you need not be a good singer to join. Texts as well as guitar chords will be provided. This practice strengthens inner joy, love and peace.

Sunday, July 13 - 2014 (Location : 6th Street Community Center NYC (click for more details)
9:30 - 11:30 am
Morning Ritual & Guided Jnana Meditation
The day will start with a half hour ritual performed by Peter, in order to set the right energy for the day. This will be followed by a guided meditation session according to the principals of Jnana Yoga. Through a series of concentration excercises, you will be guided towards the direct experience of the truth of Advaita Vedanta or non-dual consciousness, also known as the Self.
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Asana Class by Neta Katz - Unfolding Sukhasana Part 2
Asana practice is basically a journey away from sukhasana, and then back again, with gained understanding and insight into the seated posture. In this class we will work to enhance our understanding of this fundamental posture by exploring the relationships between the different structures of the upper body.
Meanwhile, Peter will be available for private consultation. Whoever desires to ask questions of a more personal nature, not suitable for the entire group, is welcome to do so at this point.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Shared Meal, Free Time & Private Satsang
The idea is that if everybody can bring some food to share, we will not go hungry. Please bring only foods that are suitable for vegetarians.
Meanwhile, Peter will be available for private consultation. Whoever desires to ask questions of a more personal nature, not suitable for the entire group, is welcome to do so at this point.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Leela Bhajan Chanting
Together we will chant some devotional indian songs (bhajans), guided by Peter's voice and guitar. As it is usually happening with the Leela Bhajan Jam Band in Belgium, whoever plays guitar, tabla, flute or whatever instrument is welcome to bring it and join in. Since these songs are fairly simple and repetitive, it always seems to work really well. Obviously, you need not be a good singer to join. Texts as well as guitar chords will be provided. This practice strengthens inner joy, love and peace.
4:00 - 5:30 pm
How to Be your Own Teacher
We will talk about the nature of spiritual learning and how to promote it in yourself. This subject includes the matter of organising your sadhana and the practice of self-observation. It also deals with what you can be sure about, and what not. And why the teacher is always in your presence.
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Group Satsang with Q & A
Peter will answer any questions that may come up, and be of benefit to all. These questions can be very general, or more personal.
7:00 - 8:30 pm - ...
Shared Meal & Whatever
The idea is that if everybody can bring some food to share, we will not go hungry. Please bring only foods that are suitable for vegetarians. For the rest of the time, whatever happens is fine...

None of these activities & classes require any advanced knowledge, experience or degree :-)


NY WORKSHOP 2014 REGISTRATION & NEWSLETTER :

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

REGISTRATIONS ARE NO LONGER POSSIBLE

LOCATION

Sixth Street Community Center

638 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10009, Tel: (212) 677-1863.


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