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Wake Up For Spring: Daylong Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

  • The Astoria First Presbyterian Church 23-35 Broadway Astoria, NY, 11106 United States (map)

In taking a day to explore our minds and hearts, we can learn to become more fully open to experiencing life. We can discover how to provide what we need for ourselves in order to be happy and healthy in any moment.

So give yourself the gift of rest and self-care in this daylong mindfulness meditation retreat. The day will consist of guided instruction in several forms of mindfulness meditation, gentle stretching and yoga, walking meditation, periods of silent practice, and time to ask questions and discuss meditation within a supportive community. Suited for new and experienced meditators alike. There will be a 1 hour lunch break. Participants are asked to keep their phones off or on silent for the day, and are encouraged to bring lunch with them, though there is also the option to go out to purchase lunch.

Saturday, April 5th

Astoria First Presbyterian Church



Pay at the door, pre-registration required.

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If you are financially able, please consider donating a scholarship spot to fund participants unable to afford the full price of the retreat. If you are unable to afford the full price of the retreat, please contact

About the teachers:

Emily Herzlin and Jordan Ciambrone met on a weeklong silent meditation retreat (well, they met AFTER, when they were allowed to talk again) and discovered their mutual love of mindfulness practice and teaching. Emily and Jordan are both trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and have each cultivated over a decade of mindfulness practice.

Emily is a writer and editor and holds a Masters in Writing from Columbia University. She is particularly interested in the relationship between mindfulness and creativity, and has taught creative writing and mindfulness meditation at Columbia University, The Interdependence Project, Adelphi University, GreenspaceNYC, Mission to (dit)Mars, The Astoria Bookshop, and Art House Astoria. As a resident of Astoria, Emily is eager to make mindfulness meditation available to her community.

Jordan holds a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology, teaches basic Neurology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Motor Learning at The Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences in Manhattan. She is a personal trainer, yoga instructor, and wellness coach and is also trained in Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness (MB-EAT). As a former elite gymnast with a thrice fractured spine, stress and pain management has become a central interest in her professional practice. Through stillness or movement, Jordan seeks to facilitate experiences for participants that point to depth of insight, lasting peace, and dynamic integration.