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CULTIVATING JOY IN URBAN LIFE

Often the greatest challenge of meditation practice, especially in an urban environment, is finding the enthusiasm and drive to establish and maintain a regular daily sitting practice. In our hectic lives it can seem difficult or even irresponsible to take the time to sit quietly, even for short periods, when we have work, family, and many other obligations. City practitioners also may suffer from exhaustion, fears, anxieties, and  burnout - which can be alleviated through the cultivation of joy.  This unique class will help you rediscover a sense of joy - the attitude of delight in our and others' experience. Joy is traditionally considered an essential mindstate necessary to reap the benefits of meditation practice, which include qualities of equanimity, discernment, and compassion. Through guided meditation, experiential exercises, mindful movement, inquiry and discussion, talented teacher Leslie Joren Wagner will lead you to explore, revive, and cultivate the joy so essential to maintaining both a regular daily meditation practice and a balanced, satisfying life.

No experience is necessary.  Please wear loose or comfortable clothing. Cushions and chairs are provided. Beginners are welcome. 

Registration Fees:

  • $30 Students & Unemployed

  • $45 Members

  • $60 Full Fee

This program is offered on a sliding fee scale. Please select the highest amount you can comfortably afford to support this and other donation-based initiatives.  IDP Members, please select the middle rate.  Students, seniors, and unemployed persons, please select the lowest rate. See below for scholarship opportunities.

IDP strives to meet the financial needs of our community while facing the financial challenges of running a not-for-profit in NYC.  Each of our paid programs grant Work Study to a reliable volunteer, and POC Scholarships that reduce registration to half the lowest price for eligible students.  You must apply for these programs at the link below no later than one week before the program begins. 

Click here to apply for a Work-Study Position.

Click here to apply for a POC Scholarship. 

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Earlier Event: March 31
YOUR BODY IS YOUR PRACTICE
Later Event: April 14
HALF DAY RETREAT