PEN America – Wellness Wednesdays

PEN AMERICA sessions are for about 10-20 participants, employees, and college interns. A mix of races and gender identities who are very sensitive to the needs of others.

The sessions are to promote overall wellness and self-care. The sessions include wellness and self-care topics in breathing, stretching, and guided meditation.

This program is facilitated by Hegulka Scheiman an instructor with Ivy Child International.

September 2021 – December 2021

About PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

Founded in 1922, PEN America is the largest of the more than 100 centers worldwide that make up the PEN International network. PEN America works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. Our strength is our Membership—a nationwide community of more than 7,500 novelists, journalists, nonfiction writers, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other writing professionals, as well as devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America’s mission. Read More

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Mindful Self-Care and Caregiving Program

Participants will learn mindful strategies to help:

  • Improve emotional well-being
  • Find better balance
  • Develop a more mindful bond with themselves and their loved ones
  • Engage with a deeper presence
  • Create space to reflect and constructively respond in the face of challenging moments and conversations
  • Relieve stress
  • Establish daily mindful practices that can be applied to work and life

The workshop will include access to a suite of digital resources for fostering mindfulness practices.

30th September 2021

Time: 11am-12pm and 9pm-10pm

About Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation believes in the inherent dignity of all people. But around the world, too many people are excluded from the political, economic, and social institutions that shape their lives.

Across eight decades, their mission has sought to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. Read More

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Wellness Initiative with SalesLabX

Considering that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce, it is important to establish a culture that encourages wellness and promotes self-care among employees. This will help boost well-being, stress management, and improve job satisfaction.

According to a study conducted by the Harvard Business Review, it shows that 79% of employees support the notion that wellness programs created a positive impact on them. Hence, wellness programs are important to form holistic development within every organization.

October 2021

This program will explore mindfulness as an effective tool to help staff cope and succeed in their work. It supports staff to have improved mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. They will learn how practicing mindfulness can enhance their productivity, focus, and preparedness at work, relationships, and daily life.

The program combines mindful activities (such as breathing exercises), guided meditation, guided movements and reflection time. Staff will learn mindful strategies and tools to:

  • Increase self-awareness and mental clarity
  • Relieve and manage stress and anxiety
  • Improve self-regulation
  • Identify helpful and positive thinking patterns
  • Enhance focus and awareness
  • Improve decision-making skills
  • Boost performance
  • Adopt sustainable and healthy habits

About SaleslabX

SalesLabX provides sales automation for startups & enterprise businesses. Based in Austin, Texas, SalesLabX is the leader in Pardot, Salesforce, and managed applications.

They are on a mission to democratize both the technology and the talent that drives automation. SalesLabX provides the framework that the world’s most progressive organizations leverage to automate and scale their message. Read More

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Mindfulness Initiative with Roxbury Latin School

This program explores mindfulness as an effective tool to help students cope and succeed as the complexities of social engagement, pressures of school/life, and distractions of technology play a significant role in their daily lives.

Students will learn how practicing mindfulness can enhance their productivity, focus, and preparedness in school, the arts, athletics, relationships, and daily life.

October 2021

The program combines mindful activities (such as breathing exercises), guided meditation and reflection time,group/partner work, and discussions. Students will learn mindful strategies and tools to:

  • Increase self-awareness
  • Relieve and manage stress and anxiety
  • Improve self-regulation
  • Identify helpful and positive thinking patterns
  • Enhance focus and awareness
  • Improve decision-making skills
  • Boost performance
  • Adopt sustainable and healthy habits

About Roxbury Latin School

Roxbury Latin School was founded in 1645, in the reign of King Charles I, by John Eliot. Modeled on the English grammar school, Younger boys studied preparatory subjects—reading, writing, and arithmetic—while older students moved on to Latin grammar, a prerequisite for entrance to Harvard, the Massachusetts Bay colony’s only college.

Each year, they seek to admit boys who would thrive in a challenging, rewarding, and supportive environment that emphasizes character development, academic excellence, and broad extracurricular involvement.

They actively strive for racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic diversity in their student body and admit boys of different backgrounds. The rich diversity—of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and ideas—makes for a more substantive and meaningful educational experience, for each student. Read More

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Healing Retreat for People of Color

The Healing Retreat for People of Color (HRPOC) seeks to transform generational suffering into  generational wellness by teaching the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, breathwork, and mindfulness as invaluable life tools. The inherent substance, meaning, viability, and foundation that lie within these practices are essential and necessary for the health and well-being of People of Color and other impacted groups.

The challenges facing the body, mind, and spirit of people of color are vast.  They often disproportionately affect physical and mental health, socio-economic status, employment opportunities and much more. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted these conditions. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the BIPOC community results in higher instances of illness and death.

Date : 7th November 2021

12:00 pm to 4 pm EST

 Injustice, which is often a daily occurrence in this community, also compromises the health and well-being of people of color. Depression, anxiety, and the lack of control over one’s life circumstances challenge  ones’ wellbeing. Social factors (stressors) such as under-employment, unemployment, poverty, lack of resources, and the adverse impact of racism and the criminal justice system contribute to the poor health status of many BIPOCs. These conditions undermine the body, mind, and spirit and result in increased bio-psycho-social illnesses among our communities.

The Healing Retreat for People of Color will teach that the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, breathwork and mindfulness as contemporary life support. The inherent substance, meaning, viability and sturdiness that lies within these practices are essential for the health and wellbeing for People of Color.

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Healing Through Hope

Hope is defined as “the feeling of cherishing a desire with anticipation, trust and belief in fulfillment”.

The positive physiological effects of hope are well-supported. Researchers are learning that a change in mind-set has the power to alter neurochemistry.

Further research also showed that during the course of illness, belief and expectation — two mental states associated with hope — have an impact on the nervous system which, in turn, sets off a chain reaction that makes improvement and recovery more likely. This process, is fundamental to the widely accepted “placebo effect,” which is created by a hopeful outlook.

Hope opens doors and has the power to sustain us through the most difficult of times and circumstances. Having the ability to look forward keeps us moving forward, and hope plays an important role in this process.

Often, hope serves as the catalyst to uncover forgotten strengths, to begin to see possibilities, and to create and sustain change. Also, hope is the best “partner” in helping people overcome obstacles or loss and see their worlds through a different lens.

Enjoy this guided audio meditation practice by our CEO, Rose Felix Cratsley. This mediation focuses on Healing Through Hope.

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The Art of Mindful Communication

Heard about, “communication is key” many times before? It’s true, isn’t it? It really is key to both interpersonal relationships and work life but practicing mindful communication can be a challenge. It requires us to slow down, be thoughtful, and learn to listen more — certainly not an easy thing to do.

In this session, not only will you learn how to apply mindful communication, you will also unravel your ability to think before you speak, make you aware of your intention and expectations that may or may not be met.

Benefit from the art of Mindful Communication this August and join Ivy Child International

Date : 11th August 2021

2:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET

About Strive

STRIVE was founded to tackle the chronic unemployment in New York City. STRIVE helps a population seeking a better life acquire the skills and attitudes they need to find sustained employment. Its groundbreaking approach of intensive attitudinal training and long-term support proved to be an extraordinarily successful model for helping people stuck in poverty gain sustained employment and transform their lives.
Over the following decades, Strive has honed a unique workforce model and matured as an organization, scaling up through its flagship site in East Harlem and through partner organizations and cities across the nation. Since its inception, STRIVE has prepared more than 80,000 people for success at work and in life, gaining national recognition for its programs and an exceptional job placement rate of 70%.
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Healing Retreat for People of Color

The Healing Retreat for People of Color (HRPOC) seeks to transform generational suffering into  generational wellness by teaching the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, breathwork, and mindfulness as invaluable life tools. The inherent substance, meaning, viability, and foundation that lie within these practices are essential and necessary for the health and well-being of People of Color and other impacted groups.

The challenges facing the body, mind, and spirit of people of color are vast.  They often disproportionately affect physical and mental health, socio-economic status, employment opportunities and much more. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted these conditions. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the BIPOC community results in higher instances of illness and death.

Date : 5th September 2021

12:00 pm to 4 pm EST

 Injustice, which is often a daily occurrence in this community, also compromises the health and well-being of people of color. Depression, anxiety, and the lack of control over one’s life circumstances challenge  ones’ wellbeing. Social factors (stressors) such as under-employment, unemployment, poverty, lack of resources, and the adverse impact of racism and the criminal justice system contribute to the poor health status of many BIPOCs. These conditions undermine the body, mind, and spirit and result in increased bio-psycho-social illnesses among our communities.

The Healing Retreat for People of Color will teach that the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, breathwork and mindfulness as contemporary life support. The inherent substance, meaning, viability and sturdiness that lies within these practices are essential for the health and wellbeing for People of Color.

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Healing Retreat for People of Color

The Healing Retreat for People of Color (HRPOC) seeks to transform generational suffering into  generational wellness by teaching the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, breathwork, and mindfulness as invaluable life tools. The inherent substance, meaning, viability, and foundation that lie within these practices are essential and necessary for the health and well-being of People of Color and other impacted groups.

The challenges facing the body, mind, and spirit of people of color are vast.  They often disproportionately affect physical and mental health, socio-economic status, employment opportunities and much more. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted these conditions. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the BIPOC community results in higher instances of illness and death.

Date : 1st August

11:00 am to 3 pm EST

 Injustice, which is often a daily occurrence in this community, also compromises the health and well-being of people of color. Depression, anxiety, and the lack of control over one’s life circumstances challenge  ones’ wellbeing. Social factors (stressors) such as under-employment, unemployment, poverty, lack of resources, and the adverse impact of racism and the criminal justice system contribute to the poor health status of many BIPOCs. These conditions undermine the body, mind, and spirit and result in increased bio-psycho-social illnesses among our communities.

The Healing Retreat for People of Color will teach that the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, breathwork and mindfulness as contemporary life support. The inherent substance, meaning, viability and sturdiness that lies within these practices are essential for the health and wellbeing for People of Color.

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The Intergenerational Mindfulness Program Series

Ivy Child International (Ivy Child) in partnership with the Caregivers ERG & Ford Foundation’s Maisha Mindfulness Program is organizing the Intergenerational Mindfulness Program Series for Ford Foundation employees and their families. The goal is to provide families with mindfulness education to create a healthy, harmonious, productive, and innovative environment. It is also a commitment to providing employees with the tools to develop a daily practice that can be integrated into work and life.

Date : 1st July – 31st July 2021

Time : All Day

This program will will tap into Ivy Child’s Mindfulness Multiplier Effect, which is the belief that when you provide any individual access to learn and practice mindfulness, it not only enhances their direct well-being, it also ripples out to benefit all of those in their outer world (partners, family, co-workers, larger community).

This series will help support and address the unique circumstances that employees face during this time of transition. The series will combine mindful movement, breathing exercises, guided meditation, partner/group work, mindful listening exercises, and games. It will guide families to skillfully navigate seasons of life and all of its ups and downs.

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