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Jul
24
Mon
College Essay Intensive with Julie Goldberg @ CILK119
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – Jul 28 @ 4:15 pm

Stressed about college applications?
Get the hardest part DONE in just one week this summer!
In the College Essay Intensive, students will:

  • Find out what colleges want to know about you in your essay—and what they don’t!
  • Generate ideas for sophisticated and revealing personal essays
  • Work to complete an advanced draft of a Common Application essay
  • Tackle “Why do you want to attend this college?” questions
  • Learn strategies for answering scholarship essay prompts.
  • Polish their writing with exercises in concision, clarity, diction, narrative structure, and style.

Students will write in a relaxed, personalized workshop environment with Julie Goldberg, a New Jersey certified English teacher and librarian. Ms. Goldberg holds master’s degrees in Education, English and American literature and language, and in library and information science. She is also an author of fiction and essays, and has taught writing for twenty-five years.

The College Essay Intensive is a one-week, half-day course. The cost is $375 for the week. Classes will run with a minimum of five students.

For more information, the registration link, and testimonials, go to: www.CollegeEssayIntensive.com.
Questions? Email CollegeEssayIntensive@gmail.com

Sep
9
Sat
CANCELED: Healing What Grieves You: 2-day Workshop with Julie Lange Groth @ CILK119
Sep 9 @ 9:30 am – Sep 10 @ 3:00 pm

We are sorry for the inconvenience!

We hope to welcome Julie again soon.


Do you sometimes feel blocked, inexplicably weary, unable to make decisions or move forward in your life? You may be weighed down by unresolved grief. This unresolved grief, which almost everyone carries, can keep us stuck and unable to live our best life.

This workshop will help you identify where you may be carrying grief and work with it on a spiritual level to bring peace and healing in all areas of your life. Julie will offer her training in Native American and Shamanic healing to participants through ceremony with burning sage, cairns, and the four directions. Working within a circle of safety and openness, we will use guided meditation to the beat of a drum, time spent in nature, creative expression, and sharing to acknowledge and release what grieves us with intention and awareness.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring the following from home:

  • eyeshade or bandana
  • something on which to lie down or sit comfortably (i.e. blanket, pillow or beach chair)
  • notebook or journal
  • drums or rattles if you have them

Workshop will take place from 9:30am to 7:30pm on Saturday and 9:30am to 3pm on Sunday.

Julie Lange Groth is the author of two books: Healing What Grieves You: 4 Steps to a Peaceful Heart and Life Between Falls: A Travelogue Through Grief and the Unexpected. Both books spring from Julie’s own healing journey after the accidental death of her 16-year-old son in 1993 into a life of unexpected joy and richness. While her son’s death and several other profound losses within a two-year period stripped away all of the trappings of her previous life, her grieving process gradually evolved into a new life as a writer, shamanic practitioner and spiritual healer. Along the way she developed a set of simple, tried-and-true practices, meditations and ceremonies to help people who are grieving a deep loss. Visit her at ravensdrum.com.

 


Sep
23
Sat
Business Breakfast Bootcamp! @ CILK119
Sep 23 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

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Refocus! Reorganize! Go!

Join us for a breakfast bootcamp facilitated by website design pro, Tom Ossa.

Schedule will include: Workshops on finding your one goal, removing distractions, and using digital tools to work smart. Breakfast will be included.

To register please use the paypal button below or call us at (845) 877-7333 ext. 1 to sign up.





About the facilitator:
Tom Ossa is the owner of Rockland Web Design Inc., a Stony Point-based firm which has designed and/or currently hosts nearly 175 websites since 2007. His love of technology and business marketing is only superceded by his love of drumming, chess, and bicycling.

Check out a Google Search for Tom Ossa:

https://www.google.com/search?q=tom+ossa&oq=tom+ossa&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60l3j69i65l2.1932j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8&qscrl=1

Check out a Google Search for Rockland Web Design:

https://www.google.com/search?q=tom+ossa&oq=tom+ossa&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60l3j69i65l2.1932j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8&qscrl=1#qscrl=1&q=rockland+web+design

Sep
24
Sun
Discovering-Designing-Innovating New Life Possibilities with Jim Evers @ CILK119
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for this one-day intensive training in using the life-changing O.P.E.N.™ SYSTEM for discovering, designing, innovating new possibilities for your life, your business, your work team, your organization, your community. This five-hour workshop is appropriate for any age.

Jim Evers, a retired educator, writer, and trainer, is currently founder of Grassroots Projects (grassrootsprojects.org) and an instructor at The Learning Collaborative, New City, New York. He is the author of O.P.E.N.™ System.

Jennah Shahid, Armand MH, and Michelle Chic Glass will assist.

Seating Limited, Registration Required. Register here or call to register by phone.

Fee: $45 (includes a light lunch)




Sep
30
Sat
Book Launch: Sometimes, in These Places by Rebecca Watkins @ CILK119
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Join us for a reading and book launch for River River editor Rebecca Watkins’ debut poetry collection, Sometimes, in These Places. Q&A, book signing and light refreshments afterwards.

About Rebecca Watkins:

Rebecca has an MFA in Poetry from the City College of New York. She currently teaches literature, writing, and English as a Second Language at the college level, and has led poetry workshops for all age groups in her community. She has been published in Anderbo, The Promethean, The Red Mesa Review, and Poetry and Performance, among other literary journals. More of her work can be found at www.rebeccawatkinspoetry.com.

Oct
14
Sat
A Sit Down with Spirit: Cancelled @ CILK119
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Rita, acclaimed author, healer, and pyschic, and her “Spirit Crew” on a journey to the answers that you have been waiting for. This show promises to be filled with love, laughter, and a provocative tell-all about how to live your life authentically and abundantly. Plus a cameo appearance by Vincent and Olympia Gigante!

Rita Gigante, author of The Godfather’s Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption, and daughter of the late mob boss Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, has dedicated her adult life to healing people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. She has a degree in Exercise Physiology and is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master. Rita also has a private practice outside of New York City, where she serves clients using massage therapy, energy therapy, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, sound therapy, and intuitive readings.

Rita specializes in spiritual guidance and helping others connect to their higher self for their own answers. Rita works directly with Source/Spirit, her higher self, intuition and a host of other energies such as Angels to do her work as a vehicle of the light. Combined with knowledge acquired through studying with reknown teachers such as Eamonn Downey and Jinny Johnson, and her life experiences, Rita strives to assist others in achieving health, balance, closure, and peace, as well as to discover their soul’s unlimited potential.

Rita’s journey, as a healer, began in her youth. She started studying Massage Therapy and graduated from the Swedish Institute in 1995. This work led Rita into opening up her psychic skills and gave her the practice she needed to become seasoned at her work. She then went on to earn her BS degree in Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University in 2001. As her interest and passion grew for learning further about the body, Rita began to move into teaching in the areas of Anatomy and Physiology, Massage techniques and Chakra Balancing. She taught for 5 years at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage in Pompton Lakes, NJ starting in 2003.

Rita cherishes the connections she has formed with her students and clients while relating her own experiences through spiritual guidance.  Her passion, over the past 12 years, has been concentrated on lecturing on topics such as Crossing Over, Chakras, Energy and Auras, Angels, and Dream Interpretation, etc.

Check out Rita’s book here.

Nov
9
Thu
Compelling Character Creation with Mario Leone @ CILK119
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Characters are the heart and soul of every story. It does not matter if it is nonfiction, or any kind of scripted screenplay or novel. In fact, character is the core essence of your story. We follow people like Indiana Jones, Hamlet, Katniss, Harry Potter, not because they’re fun characters, but because they deepen us and connect to the very fabric of who we are inside.

Feel the magic of this course as we bring people to life through our creative words. Here you will learn techniques and concepts for building and revealing functional characters that are just as multi­dimensional as your high school student or every day C.E.O.

Mario Leone, a produced and partially sighted screenwriter, will show you how to create compelling characters that your audience will connect with through this 2-hour course.

  •  We will uncover what drives your character.
  • We will profile your character.
  • We will use archetypes in a useful and functional way.
  • We will use creative tools such as habits, behaviors, and emotions.
  • We will stack psychology onto your character. We will create experiences for your character.

This event benefits River River Writers’ Circle. Donations of any amount welcome.

Screenwriter Mario Leone is from New York, the skyscraper capital of the world. He is the son of traditional Italian suburbanites and finds solace in his apartment where he slaves away at his keyboard writing film screenplays. The feature-length horror film Apollyon, produced from Mario’s screenplay, features Adriana De Moura of The Real Houseswives of Miami.

Nov
18
Sat
Introduction to Digital Storytelling Full-Day Workshop @ CILK119
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

 

A digital story is a short movie (3-4 minutes long, that incorporates a personal voice over, enhanced by visuals (pictures, video, and/or art work) and sound. The story is centered on a moment of personal insight or transformation. We will explore digital storytelling using the I-movie application. We will use Apple computers, provided at the workshop.

During this introductory session you will learn:

  • elements of a digital story
  • how to find ideas for your  story and  begin to create a concise script
  • how to think about images for your story and find images for your movie
  • the basics of  Imovie:  uploading images, recording your voice, simple editing  techniques

You will not have time to complete a digital story but will have the basics to continue on your own or with additional coaching.

To see several examples of digital stories go to storycenter.org.

This workshop is for ages 15 and above.

Please bring:

  • a bag lunch and snacks
  • a notebook and pen/ pencil
  • a set of earphones
  • extension cord ( if you have one)
  • a blank DVD ( optional- if you want to save your work)
  • a thumb drive with any personal photos you may wish to use.

Tuition:  $75 per person, laptop rental included




“Digital storytelling takes the ancient art of personal storytelling and uses movie-making software to make a story come alive with images, music, and sound mixed together with the author’s own story voice.”

—Adapted from Jason Ohler, 2010

“Digital Storytelling supports people in sharing and bearing witness to stories that lead to learning, action, and positive change…The more we search for authenticity, the more we turn our attention away from the siren call of bland uniformity, and we search for something individuated…our stories.  The ways to hear those stories is …to listen to our own stories, our own hearts and the stories of our rich, local communities…”

From Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lies, Creating Community by Joe Lambert (Berkeley, CA: Digital Diner Press, 2009)

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Laura Shapiro is an experienced educator and a visual artist. She facilitates digital storytelling workshops, courses, retreats and also offers one-on-one sessions. Her digital storytelling clients include: United Hospice of Rockland; Veritas Public School, Queens; Expeditionary School for Community Leaders, Brooklyn; Dr. Albert Pfadt, NYC; and Women’s Digital Storytelling Retreat. She learned the process of digital storytelling from the Storycenter in Berkeley, California. She earned her doctorate from the Union Institute which integrated her interests in educational leadership, expressive arts, and social justice. She is a mixed media artist and has a studio in Pomona, New York. She works part-time as a School Designer for NYC Outward Bound Schools. She lives in Nyack and is passionate about teaching and making art. 

CILK119 is located at 119 Main Street, close to the Shops at Nanuet. Class participants can park on the street in front of CILK119 or in the lot next to (and south of) Rand Realty.

(Camera woman image courtesy of Peter van der Sluijs, Camera crew Brielle, CC BY-SA 3.0, photo of Laura courtesy of Creative Commons.)

Claiming Your Voice: A Deep Dive into Women’s Memoirs @ CILK119
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm

 

Women writers may burn with a desire to tell their stories but sometimes lose confidence in the worthiness of what they have to say. During this two-day workshop, you will cross the line from self-consciousness to self-knowledge and embrace the importance of bearing witness to your own life. You’ll learn how other women memoirists have written about the taboo, the tumultuous, and the triumphant. Topics may include overcoming anorexia, coming out as a lesbian, surviving arranged marriage, facing life as a woman alone (in a variety of ways), and navigating the one role we all share—daughter.

You will learn to:

  • Gain confidence in your own voice
  • Honor female experiences
  • Tell stories that educate
  • Use language techniques that strengthen your writing
  • Connect your individual struggle to a collective one
Rita Gigante, author of The Godfather’s Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption, daughter of the late mob boss Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, and a Rockland county local, will be the guest speaker at the workshop on Saturday. She will also present her one-woman show, A Sit Down with Spirit, on Saturday night at CILK119. Check out Rita’s book here.

Workshop fee: $345. Bring a friend and each of you gets 10% off.


Payment options:




Fee includes workshop, mini-reflexology sessions with the wonderful Elle Levenson, and A Sit Down with Spirit, a live Saturday night show presented by guest speaker Rita Gigante in the workshop space.

Lunch on your own at one of the many wonderful eateries in the Nanuet neighborhood. Nyack, which also has terrific restaurants and a local arts scene, is 10 minutes away.

Live too far to commute?
These hotels are all within five minutes of CILK 119:

Questions? Contact Lorraine.

LORRAINE ASH, MA, author of Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing and Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life, is a New Jersey book editor and writing teacher whose passion for the art of a well-told story has led her into the realms of memoir, essays, plays, and journalism. Her work has appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary journals. She is editorial director of Cape House Books, a boutique collaborative publishing company. She lives with her husband, Bill, in Allendale, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.LorraineAsh.com.

 

 

 

RITA GIGANTE has dedicated her life to healing people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. She has a degree in Exercise Physiology and is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master. Rita also has a private practice outside New York City, where she serves clients using massage therapy, energy therapy, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, sound therapy, and intuitive readings.

 

 

ELLE LEVENSON is a reflexologist and herbalist in private practice in New Jersey. She leads women’s circles that draw on the wisdom teachings of Native Americans and our grandmothers from distant shores and cultures. Elle is an elder in the Tree of Life Sanctuary, a.k.a. Turtle Acres, in Pennsylvania.


Diving woman image: © Sergey Khakimullin /Dreamstime
A Sit Down with Spirit @ CILK119
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Rita, acclaimed author, healer, and pyschic, and her “Spirit Crew” on a journey to the answers that you have been waiting for. This show promises to be filled with love, laughter, and a provocative tell-all about how to live your life authentically and abundantly. Plus a cameo appearance, channeled by Rita, of Vincent and Olympia Gigante!

Rita Gigante, author of The Godfather’s Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption, and daughter of the late mob boss Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, has dedicated her adult life to healing people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. She has a degree in Exercise Physiology and is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master. Rita also has a private practice outside of New York City, where she serves clients using massage therapy, energy therapy, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, sound therapy, and intuitive readings.

Rita specializes in spiritual guidance and helping others connect to their higher self for their own answers. Rita works directly with Source/Spirit, her higher self, intuition and a host of other energies such as Angels to do her work as a vehicle of the light. Combined with knowledge acquired through studying with reknown teachers such as Eamonn Downey and Jinny Johnson, and her life experiences, Rita strives to assist others in achieving health, balance, closure, and peace, as well as to discover their soul’s unlimited potential.

Rita’s journey, as a healer, began in her youth. She started studying Massage Therapy and graduated from the Swedish Institute in 1995. This work led Rita into opening up her psychic skills and gave her the practice she needed to become seasoned at her work. She then went on to earn her BS degree in Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University in 2001. As her interest and passion grew for learning further about the body, Rita began to move into teaching in the areas of Anatomy and Physiology, Massage techniques and Chakra Balancing. She taught for 5 years at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage in Pompton Lakes, NJ starting in 2003.

Rita cherishes the connections she has formed with her students and clients while relating her own experiences through spiritual guidance.  Her passion, over the past 12 years, has been concentrated on lecturing on topics such as Crossing Over, Chakras, Energy and Auras, Angels, and Dream Interpretation, etc.

Check out Rita’s book here.

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