12 Nov 2014

If You Could Hold Success in Your Hands….

In the practice this month we did a 4 week workshop called “ Not a Shadow on the Wall”, on confidence.

We explored many dimensions of this and in the last assignment that the participants got from me, I asked among other questions... “ If success were something you could hold in your hands , what would it be?.

These are their answers.....

It looks like a star, it's pretty, bright and shiny, golden in color, it twinkles, it has it's own light source

I'm grappling with a few different ideas of success, so I would say either something like an extremely full heart or something a diamond, that is strong, incredibly valuable and shines light on everyone around it.

It feels like a very beautiful, round, smooth stone you find while walking on the beach. When you hold it in your hand you can feel it's weight -- the weight of everything it took over years and years to create this stone. Violent waves crashing over it smoothed it down gradually. And it will continue to change over time.

Its not too heavy, and should not make you tired. But its not so light and that you aren't sure if you are actually holding anything.

Feeling like you are on top of the world and nobody could touch you or bring you down. Achieving your goals. Feeling 100% content with zero doubts.

I think it would be smooth and clear. Solid and have light. Physical qualities that transfer to figurative

It’s something that warms my heart and calms me. It’s small and innocent. With nurturing it will grow to be big and strong and helpful. It’s my son’s hands.

It would be a bright, shiny object, maybe even a stone like a diamond and would have a lot of light reflecting off of it.

Thank you Warriors!!

06 Sep 2014

From the ” terrible years ” to my rich adulthood: becoming vulnerable; taking the leap towards love

Thank you to this very tenacious, brave and open hearted client for sharing some of your work with us!

"My mom likes to half  joke about the span of "terrible years" that my sisters and I each went through. Though the three of us don't look or act much alike, this legacy of rage passed through us all in a series of difficult years. As the oldest, mine came first at around age 8 and lasted until 11 when I officially hit puberty. Though there were so many things for me to be angry about in the world and in my young life, all of that rage was directed at my family; most of that at my father and the sister closest to me in age. I don't actually have too many memories before then, and I can't say if the intense rage and sadness of those years built slowly or burst in all at once. 

My sister and I shared a bedroom and much of our social lives because of our close ages, but there was always an invisible, yet palpable wall between us. I remember many times and many ways of attempting to solicit feelings from her - anger, tenderness, love, and excitement (to name a few) - but she had nothing to give except for disdain at my attempts and occasional anger when we were fighting. There were so many times when I would provoke her for an emotional response, only to receive blank looks and disaffected disdain for what she clearly saw as my pathetic and disgusting feelings. I longed for closeness with the person who I wanted so desperately as my ally, but I can't ever remember a time of feeling close to my sister, despite all of my attempts.

My father was a little different, in that his feelings were undergirded by his power as the family's patriarch. Although he also had little emotion to give, anger was in no short supply when he was provoked. To this day, my mother and sisters and I tiptoe around my dad's feelings, because once he's angry, he bursts into terrifying fits of rage. Many times as a young child, that meant a red-faced screaming lecture, and many other times, several hits of a wooden spoon to the bottom. One angry night, I remember the humiliation and fear I felt when he became infuriated at me on a vacation we took with another family. I remember him yelling me in front of my friends and their parents and chasing me into a dark hallway in a blind red-faced rage, unbuckling his belt clumsily from its loop, and the shock of him grabbing my arm as I tried to run so that he could punish me with the hard brown leather strap. Later that night, I talked back to his angry lecture, and I can still hear the sound and the feeling of his hard slap to my face in the warm summer night, the sound of the ocean in the distance.

We were allowed (and sometimes forced) to express happiness and gratitude, but I had other, more complicated and unwieldy feelings were unwelcome guests in the house. During my terrible years, I cried all the time. I cried from anger, frustration, and disappointment with the world. I cried at movies, books, fights with my parents, fights with my sister and her indifference to me, and being teased by the mean neighborhood boys who found me endlessly amusing. I fought constantly with my father and my sister; their coldness confused and upset me. 

I started going to sleepaway summer bible camp around age 8, and despite not caring all that much about the religion, I relished in the chance to reinvent myself and make a world for myself that wasn't home. After the week away, I would spend the entire ride home choking on sobs in the bucket seats of my dad's wood-paneled station wagon, watching the little world I had escaped to grow smaller in the distance and dread the lonely summer awaiting me at home. Maybe my mother tried to comfort me a little, as she was softer than the rest, but she too was deeply uncomfortable with the deep well of sadness I had inside of me. 

Once I hit puberty, I did what so many girls do; I turned it all inward. I learned to hate myself instead of them and I myself became more and more distanced from the desire to extract anything from my family. Super close best friends became the sisters I wanted and never had, and I threw myself into them and school and boys in my teenage years.

Leaving my hometown for college was one of the most important things I ever did for my emotional health. I moved as far from my family as geography and money would allow and began the process of building a life and a support system outside of them. But still, throughout most of my 20s, I fought against my feelings when it came to romantic attachments. I stopped crying altogether, except for when I was angry. I had learned to love my friends deeply because they were all I ever had as a teenager, but outside of friendships, I idealized coldness and detachment as the best way to navigate difficult and unfamiliar emotional terrain. I once declared to a friend that all I needed in life to be happy were close friends and people I fucked. Intimacy was for platonic attachments, where it felt safer and was almost always reciprocated.

In my romantic life, I suppose it isn't much of a surprise that I both sought out emotionally unavailable (and therefore unattainable) suitors. That was both familiar and safe. The feeling of heartbreak that came from putting my energy and hope into someone who wouldn't or couldn't return my feelings was easy. I knew how to handle that pain and to move on. The few times that that I picked people who wanted me back would end up feeling like too much, and because I couldn't handle their reciprocation, I quickly ended those relationships.

In 2007, I made my worst relationship choice to date. I was depressed and lonely after having moved to New York, and her initial desire felt like a good enough stand in for the friendship intimacy I was used to having. It quickly devolved into something terrible that brought out the worst in both of us. We both were angry at each other all the time, and her emotional withholding enraged me. I left that relationship feeling like no one could ever love me, but I had had enough. I threw myself back into therapy and vowed to never have that kind of relationship again. And slowly, after a lot of work and a lot of missteps, I began picking better people. I dated a lot over the next several years and each person was slightly kinder and more available than the last. I fell in love for the first time with someone who helped make scars from some of the big wounds of my past, and I began to see the efforts of my hard emotional work start to pay off. I began to recognize and feel emotions again. That relationship ended, but I was able to heal from it in a way that felt good, and re-integrated that person in my life in a way that I hadn't been able to with most of my other exes because I had finally picked someone who I truly liked and respected and wanted to be in my life, even if in a different capacity.

These days, I seem to cry a whole lot, but not just from anger. I still feel anger, but I've found better ways to channel it than just inwards or just at my family. Big Emotions still terrify me, and I feel deeply humiliated when I have them in front of others for fear of their disdain or indifference. These Big Emotions are almost always accompanied by tears (not the pretty made-for-tv tears that roll gently down your face, but the red-faced snotty hiccuping ones that take a long time to recover from), and many of the tears come because I feel so deeply embarrassed that I dared have a public emotion. 

I struggle constantly with the intense desire to bury the feelings that I am starting to resurface, and pretend that I'm ok when I'm not, or wave away sadness with a roll of the eyes and a sarcastic joke. But as change is often catalyzed by the people in your life, I feel things starting to shift yet again. There's this incredible new person who unexpectedly came into my life and who is kind, gentle, caring, and who really wants to know me, ugly tears included. This experience of building trust and building intimacy has helped challenge me to be vulnerable in a way that I have only experienced in small pieces over the last several years. I've fallen for him hard, and a big part of that was this feeling of freedom that I have because my self, Big Emotions and all, are welcomed and honored. 

So here I am, stumbling along, trying (very ungracefully much of the time) to practice having emotions with and in front of another person. Sometimes it feels like jumping out of a plane, the terror of the unknown beneath me, hoping that the parachute will work, but also feeling the strong loving grip of another person holding my hand and taking that leap with me."

16 Jun 2014

Thoughts on Home Yoga Practice from Iyengar Teacher Robin Simmonds

My home practice has taken the form of two intertwined premises: Self care and play.

Because of the demands of teaching and giving body work, my home practice is often spent undoing the residual effects of the last 24 hours. Then my practice becomes purely intuitive, receptive as I listen to the story my body is patiently telling me when I slow down and listen to it.  My left QL, right shoulder, my left knee, the interrelationship between these tender areas in the constellation of my body is a noble litany of the sustained injuries and neural grooves of habitual movement patterns and the unexpected intrusion of the environment expressed and encoded in my well lived in body. These vulnerable places of instability and collapse call out for attention, like a habitually neglected middle child.  I feel like this is a critical juncture, this daily way station  on the journey home to the whole of myself. Those quiet moments lying on the floor, sensing, feeling, breathing and moving I become a simple animal. My dog always recognizes my shift in energy and comes to lay down beside me, two creature simply being together.

This seems to naturally precede an unfolding and with it, exploration.  I practice with the intention of moving through the familiar to the unfamiliar. I often play loud, rhythmic music that inspires me, moves me and creates energy.  I always start with circular, joint freeing movement and move my spine in all directions gently before I begin holding standing poses. I follow a loose structure, based on principles of Iyengar yoga sequencing, always including headstand followed by some version of shoulder stand.  I usually am creating a class sequence, so there is broad focus, but I try not to have a stranglehold on the process, squeezing the life out of it before it can unfold.  Those tangents and forays are only possible if one gives space and time. I often dance if the music inspires me and move in and out of poses as I like, trying familiar things in different ways.  It is a rich and balanced state of mind/body that emerges when fully engaged in this improvisatory, liminal state of being.  Sometimes, the intelligence leads the body, and other times the body.  I come to an inter penetration of self and being, as Thich Nat Hahn calls it...an inter-being.


Thank you Robin!!

Robin teaches all over the city and teaches privately as well. Please message me for her info or find her on Facebook!

18 May 2014

Golden Slumbers: New Mothering and Re-Capturing Needed Sleep

I just finished a four week group course with six wonderful, insightful, curious and thought-provoking women in their first year of motherhood. We talked about many subjects that revolve around the idea of lost identity as well as the joy of found riches and love you never knew as a result of having a baby. We talked about having some anxiety, many fears, being overwhelmed, facing relationship issues, the work/home imbalance, and several other common concerns and emotions often endured privately as women step into this new role.

A recurring theme in our work together was sleep and how challenging it is to get much needed rest during the first few years of motherhood. Here are some examples of issues many moms experience that may very well come from sleep deprivation:

  • anxiety that seems irrational
  • feeling depressed (sleep deprivation feels a lot like depression)
  • a busy, racing mind that can’t calm down
  • blurred thinking, feeling unfocused
  • fatigue
  • overwhelm
  • aching limbs
  • irritability
  • fearfulness that grows in intensity
  • sugar cravings
  • excessive alcohol consumption
  • needing caffeine
  • hopelessness

A great technique for dealing with a major concern is to list what I call the “of course” factors:

  • Of course we want to take the best care of our baby that we can
  • Of course our baby’s sleep is important
  • Of course we want to respect that our partner may be out early to work every day, if we are staying at home with the baby
  • Of course we want to put our baby’s needs very high on our list of priorities

Next I like to list the “consider this” points:

  • Consider that your need for sleep is as important if not more than your baby’s need, because you are the caregiver
  • Consider that if you get more rest and you give time and focus to this, everything you do will feel more integrated and whole and your frame of mind will be more buoyant
  • Consider that everybody in your family, no matter what kind of family you’re in, deserves and needs a good night’s sleep

Here are some maybe familiar thoughts or phrases I have heard from new moms:

  • No, I don’t have time.
  • I can’t nap.
  • I can’t “take time away” from the baby to: shower, get out of my PJ’s, see a friend, read a book, etc.

If this is sounding all too familiar, below are some ideas you may want to throw around on your own or with a confidante:

  • It’s OK for moms to take some time for themselves
  • Happy mothers make happy babies
  • You deserve care and attention like your baby does
  • It could be that the care and devotion you give to yourself could become like a wheel that spins in a circle throughout your family

Sleep experts have been giving us tips and tricks to better sleep for years. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • No TV right before bed
  • Only sex and sleep in your bed
  • Try not to drink fluids an hour before bed, which may cause you to wake up for a trip to the bathroom
  • Black out shades are good for keeping out morning sun (and street lights)
  • If you can, don’t watch the clock in the night (except, of course, when you are timing your baby’s feedings)
  • Only go to bed when you feel sleepy
  • If you’re out later in the day when the sun is bright, wear sunglasses
  • Exercise helps boost your mood and sends a message to your brain to rest when needed. Stretching is always good for you anytime of day!
  • Relaxation techniques are great: podcasts of guided meditations, meditating on a pillow, sitting quietly for a few minutes with all screens turned off, etc.
  • If you notice small things in the course of a day or week that promote a little more sleep for your body, do them

Sleep deprivation has become an epidemic in this country and when you’re a new mom a lot is going on for you…hormones, maybe breast feeding, new feelings, change in routines, new tasks and expectations. I can tell you that this is transitional and you will not be up several times a night with your baby forever and it is true! But also I can tell you that once your sleep has been re-shaped to this degree, you need to let go of the past, be in the present and work with what you’ve got. Coax your body, your mind, your spirit and your heart into a new sleep pattern that will feel satisfying, restful and will help you recapture your energy and perspective. It will not be the way it used to be but you can forge a new pathway towards getting good sleep over time.

Sleep experts have found that if we can relax a bit about not sleeping well, this already helps the brain sleep a bit better. Adding performance anxiety or worrying about not sleeping makes it harder to actually fall asleep.

Here are some bullet points of places that we can go to look for answers to creating a new sleep pattern over time. It isn’t instant – it’s a process that we must tolerate.

  • Find patience with yourself
  • Let go of the past
  • Try to abandon the idea that anything in new mothering is competitive
  • Turn to your partner for help in the night
  • Learn to take naps
  • Approach friends for help with things like taking your baby out for an hour or so, fixing you some food to have at home, hanging out or maybe giving you a manicure if you are too tired to go out
  • Try not to drink alcohol and caffeine
  • Eat green leafy veggies and berries

Sleep can be elusive for all of us and the good news about sleep troubles in new motherhood is that we know why they happen and we know they will not last forever. Taking the moment to breathe and remind ourselves that we can do some small things to promote some rest and to take care of ourselves through this time is the first step to gaining back rest and peace of mind. With a little more self-care, we can feel like our(new)selves again head to toe!

24 Apr 2014

New 4 week Group on Traumatic Birthing Experience: Sharing the Stories and Beginning to Heal


Trauma can strike us at our vulnerable spirit at any time of our lives, in childhood, as we grow through adolescence and as adults. Trauma happens in many contexts and in many forms but always comes when we don’t expect it. We are faced with an experience that feels like life or death, an experience that hits our brain with terror.


We heal from trauma by taking some safe time to resume our regular life, to be surrounded by what we know and by sharing our stories in a safe and contained environment: our homes, with a trusted therapist, in a group lead by a trauma specialist, in our place of worship and so on.


It may feel at times like you are losing your mind when you begin to have traumatic memories or flashbacks, or when your dreams are ruled by the repetition of the initial trauma, or when you feel you can’t get past the grief and/or feeling of fear. 


Intrusive thoughts, lack of being able to focus, and always waiting for the next awful thing to go wrong become part of your daily routines. 

Talking about it may seem to you to be dangerous and risky.


In a safe place, talking about it begins to loosen the grip this experience has on you and begins to help you heal and lighten the burden of the past and feel your heart beating well again. Your spirit may begin to lift and your old self begins to feel at home again.


For those of you who have  had a traumatic birthing experience, we will meet for 4 weeks, one hour a week to begin to tell the stories and heal: together in safety at our own pace.

In Manhattan, begins Tuesday June 3 at 7:45 pm 80 East 11th Street

Fee is $25 per session


16 Mar 2014

” Lost and Found “, New 4 Week Workshop for New Moms: at NYC and Astoria Office Locations!

                                                                                   “ Lost and Found “,

                                                                      on motherhood, loss of identity

                                                                          and our most beautiful gift


Yes, we become mothers and suddenly our life turns into a dazzling carnival of wonder, of discovery and the beauty of closeness that is unlike any other! 

It is also a mystery of sleep deprivation, confusion, feelings of inadequacy, wondering what will come next and peer pressure!

When our babies begin to become little people in their toddlerhood, there comes a whole new list of mysteries and confusions, discoveries, joys and concerns....and we start to feel like that little being has taken over our life, our mind, our self... that motherhood has replaced the person we used to be.

It is challenging and scary to feel these feelings: of loss of  “ the old days”, or of our individuality. And it is a tender and heart touching journey raising our children and cultivating closeness with them: our most beautiful gift! 

Motherhood is a complex and deep experience and we all go through some levels of loss of self as we immerse ourselves in our children or simply the tasks that we undertake to raise them on a daily basis. 

 The first year of our childs’ life is most exciting and the biggest time of change for us!

 This 4 week workshop will focus on the feelings and experiences of motherhood in the first year, which are at times ecstatic, at times scary, at times tender and deeply fulfilling. 


We sometimes can feel a little.... lost....and truly  found, in the loving eyes of our little ones.


We’ll share our stories and work on ways to integrate motherhood with the total woman and how to feel in harmony; lifted up by the joys of  feeling fully ourselves and mothering our kids! 


The group meets once a week for an hour for 4 weeks and we welcome you on this journey!   $20 per session

In Astoria: Starts middle September Mondays at 8:15

In Manhattan: Starts Middle September Tuesdays at 8:30




13 Feb 2014

Acupuncture + Hot Stone Meridian Therapy: Deborah Stotzky M.S.,L.Ac.

Happy tranquil winter!

The energy of winter is quiet, slow and restful. The foods of winter are warming, hearty and comforting.   With shorter days our activities are shorter lived with more time to cozy-up inside.  For many of us, our lifestyles do not allow us to rest as much as we may like, need or want.  But we can try to tap into the natural rhythm of the season and give ourselves what we need.

What we need during the winter months may be more sleep, more time to relax and recharge, time for quiet contemplation, indoor projects, cooking, nesting, exercise that gently moves energy and quality time with friends and family.

But how can we know what we need?  What are some signs that we are not in harmony with the winter season?  How does our body let us know and how does our unconscious mind make itself heard?   We can start by simply asking ourselves some questions.  “How do I feel?  Do I have physical pain or tightness anywhere in my body?  How are my sleep, appetite and digestion?  Do I feel anxious, depressed and/or irritable?  Am I run down and exhausted? And if so, what can I do about it?”

Here are some ideas.

Book an Acupuncture session and:
Address your pain head-on.  Is that shoulder, knee, hamstring or low back still bothering you?  Lets clear it up today and enjoy the freedom and energy of a pain free body.

Profoundly improve your sleep and digestion, resolve headaches, strengthen the immune system, balance your emotions and relax the nervous system.  Feel balanced, more resilient and rested during these cold months.

Introduce Healing Herbs:
We can include healing and delicious herbs into our daily lives.  They do not have to be expensive, smelly and mysterious substances only found somewhere in Chinatown.  We can cook with them, drink them as tea (with honey!), bathe in them and add them to shakes and soups.  When indicated, I love to recommend herbs that might work best for you.   Lets talk herbs!

Eat Local & Seasonal Foods:
Chinese medicine says that for those of us living in a colder climate, winter is the time to eat warming foods to keep our digestion running smoothly and our bodies fueled.  What are warm and healthy foods for winter?  Soups, stews, cooked organic vegetables, root vegetables, pickled foods and free range/antibiotic free meats (if you eat meat – it is very warming!).  Add ginger, scallions, rosemary, burdock root and other warming flavors that you love to your recipes.
And just in case you were contemplating it – skip the juice fast!!  Brrrrrr!

There is much wisdom and deep serenity in the quietness of winter.  Before we know it, the bold, aggressive and joyful energy of spring will be here.  Let’s rest now.  Let’s resolve pain and conserve our energy.  This is what it means to be in harmony with winter.  We will then be prepared and energized to flow easily through the powerful shift into the spring.

Whether you need a simple winter “tune up” or want to address deeper issues, it is my joy to help you cultivate your wellness and healing.   I look forward to seeing you for an Acupuncture + Hot Stone Meridian Therapy session soon!

To make your appointment today, please visit www.AcupunctureAndHotstones.com and book your session right from the home page.


80 East 11th Street, Suite 306
New York, New York 10003

10 Feb 2014

” Working with Joy and Focus “, Voice Classes for Beginners and Intermediates in Athens!!


“When we decide to undertake a practice of any kind, the profundity to which we will delve in is unforeseeable to us. The natural tendency is to think only of the outcome that we seek. When I think retrospectively on my ten years of practicing singing, however, I realize that the real beauty and success is attained not in any end result, but in the moments that I am truly present in my practice. Within practice there is a rare freedom to search for what has true meaning to you. The true purpose of practice is not to be perfect, but to look inward throughout your process and grow. After ten years of practicing singing, I have learned more about myself than I thought there was to learn, but the best part is that I feel as if I have only just begun to come into myself and explore my depth. I will never stop practicing singing because it is not the end result that matters to me, but what I gain from consistently putting my heart and soul into something I love. Beautiful insight into oneself is to be gained from dedication to a meaningful practice.”

Hannah Rivera, 23, singer and student




           Have you always wanted to sing but never tried ?

           Do you love to sing....in the shower or driving to work?

           Do you think you might have a singing voice that others may want to hear?

           Do you love music and the idea of singing for fun and joy?



Let's get together and explore the beginning art of singing: the idea behind it: the JOY of music and self expression: the craft, breathing, sending sound forward, connecting to the body: songs and how they make us feel - the words, the tones and the messages songwriters send us!!


We will spend time in a  small group working on some beginning vocal exercises and applying those to simple song examples...We will sing together and maybe alone at times, with piano or without.. We will play and see!

This workshop is safe, non -judgemental, fun and creative and makes us feel great!!


We will speak in Greek and English for sure and if needed, also french..

Open to anyone of any age from 16 and up who is curious about learning to sing or exploring the idea of it!

Also, for more experienced singers.. another level class will form!

Place: Voula by the sea, Nireos 3 on the beach road, first floor

Fee: 8 euros per person per session.  Classes are 4 week sessions

Open to 10 participants

Wear comfortable clothing and come with your voice and your curiosity!



               My philosophy about practicing and actually about anything is if you start     to force yourself or do anything mechanically.. or because someone told you to.. it will simply not work..

      “Working with Joy and Focus ” is truly the only way to learn deeply, to retain the           meaning of the learning and to apply it to all aspects of your experience!

        This pertains to how you do your work, practicing, working on songs ( they    must always be songs you at least like)… how you kiss, what shoes you wear..what you eat and so on!

 Come and Join Us !







19 Jan 2014

New Friday Lunchtime ” By Myself “, on alone-ness beginning in NYC January 31

New 4 Week Intensive Group Forming :

“ By Myself “, on alone-ness; for an hour, an evening, several months or years. How do we feel when we are alone? Do we like it, or need it, or crave it ? Do we avoid it at all costs? How do we spend time with ourselves and what can we learn when we are alone? Does being alone feel automatically “ lonely “ ? Is alone time de-briefing time from the mainstream day to day? Do we feel alone in relationships?

We will explore our experiences of alone-ness: what it means to us, how we experience it, tools for enjoying this time, learning from it and how to be comfortable with it. We will do some work on what is going on inside us, and bringing warmth and light to our inner lives and share these topics with eachother.

Because of abundant responses for the Tuesday Evening group which began last week,  a new section of this group is happening on Fridays at lunchtime beginning January 31 in the downtown Manhattan office, Time will depend on participants’ schedules and we do occasionally change the evening if someone has a conflict with work.
Fee is $30 per session.

19 Jan 2014

New 4 Week Intensives Forming in Athens, Greece in February/March 2014!!

                                      4 week Intensive Workshops Coming up in February in Athens!


- " Body and Soul " , for women; exploring the body/mind/heart connection

This is not a group which focuses on the usual "body for women" groups on weight or eating habits. It is instead open to exploring any issues at all for each of you and/or all of us that have to do with our relationship with our bodies; our skin, our energy, our limbs, our brains, how we use our body, sexuality, weight , pain, limitations, myths and more! How do we connect our bodies with our minds and then our minds with our hearts? What does it mean for each of us?

We want to dig in deep in this intensive time to get some idea of how our minds affect how we use, see and experience our bodies; how we make connections between what we think and how we feel physically; to examine our beliefs about ourselves and about others and how we might integrate our concerns as well as our strengths in this arena.

This workshop is designed to open our hearts to ourselves and eachother in the realm of mind/body/heart connection and exploration!

From a Former New York City Member:

" Participating in Susan's Body and Soul group was a wonderful way to explore mind- body-heart issues that many women grapple with. Susan supplements four intensive weeks of honest and open group discussion with at-home "assignments" - readings and videos from a variety of authors and experts - focusing on opening your heart, being present, and being mindful. While more thought-provoking than therapeutic, the group work was a great complement to my one-on-one therapy with Susan and I recommend it to anyone looking to explore their relationships, both internal and external. "

This 4 week intensive workshop will begin the week of February 24th and the night/day and time will depend on participants' scheduling needs.

The fee is 20 euros per one hour session: Total for 4 weeks: 80 euros


- " Change, the ever turning wheel in life “

Change occurs at many crossroads throughout our lives, either because of decisions we make or life circumstances. How do we navigate change? How do we feel about it? What happens to us as we go through changes, both large and small; life changing and day to day. How do we feel ourselves changing , growing, evolving and what tools can we develop to stick with the process, ourselves and others?

How do we remain conscious and buoyant through deep change and can we cultivate deeper consciousness about the changes we can make on our own behalf?

From a former New York City member:

“ The change group helped me understand how I felt about and reacted to change. Doing a deep dive into this topic helped me understand a lifetime of thoughts and behaviors I've had around change - things I never could understand or explain before. After the sessions, I now feel like I can handle change in a much different way. I think it opened several doors for me to be more comfortable with changes in my life. “

This 4 week intensive workshop begins the week of February 24, night/ day and time depending on participants' scheduling needs.

Fee is 20 euros per session; Total for 4 weeks: 80 euros


- " Practicing Compassion , towards ourselves and others ";

This very challenging and rewarding group study on the art and the practice of compassion brings us into the realm of learning to face reality, ourselves and others without myths or resentments or expectations , but rather to see clearly what and who is in front of us and how to interact in the world with a deeper sense of connectedness to humanity.

from Pema Chodron:


" Just as nurturing our ability to love is a way of awakening bodhichitta, so also is nurturing our ability to feel compassion. Compassion, however, is more emotionally challenging than loving-kindness because it involves the willingness to feel pain. It definitely requires the training of a warrior.

Compassion practice is daring. It involves learning to relax and allow ourselves to move gently toward what scares us. The trick to doing this is to stay with emotional distress without tightening into aversion, to let fear soften us rather than harden into resistance."

From a Former New York City Group Member:

"This group really opened my eyes to how practicing compassion helps us slow our negative reactions and responses, take things less personally, and increase emotional

resilience. The group discussions have led me to understand compassion as more expansive and less transactional then forgiveness or kindness. As much as it is about softening our hearts to others, it is also a powerful way to care for ourselves." -

This intensive workshop begins the week of March 3 in Athens! Day/ Night and time depending on participants' scheduling needs.

Fee is 20 euros per session; Total: 80 euros for 4 week workshop.


-" Anxiety: the perfect storm within "

We will explore anxiety, unpack it, locate all the areas of our lives that our anxiety affects us in and learn some tools and strategies together to begin to manage and reduce the symptoms and interferences that anxiety causes us. Working in a group is a powerful way to confront the mysterious and debilitating nature of anxiety!

An additional bonus in this workshop will be an added 3 hour Saturday afternoon workshop, incorporating one hour of creative work, one hour of Iyengar yoga with a certified Iyengar teacher, specifically for anxiety and an hour of basic meditation exploration and practice!

From a former New York City member:

" In the anxiety group I met other women my age, lovely, confident, successful, seemingly composed, but all suffering in this same state. Seeing my peers work on overcoming their anxiety made it much easier to deal with my own, and also made me more confident in myself. Sometimes I gave advice, sometimes I received it, and other times I was content just to listen and learn.

The most valuable part of it all was just to realize the isolation I had felt for such a long time was an illusion-- Many, many people suffer from chronic anxiety. Sharing with just a few of them completely changed my outlook. "

This 4 week intensive workshop begins the week of March 3 in Athens! Day/Night and time depending on participants' schedules; and one Saturday for the 3 hour workshop section.

Fee is 20 euros for each week session and 40 euros for 3 hour workshop. Total: 120 euros


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