Category: Adult Programs

Kirtan: An Evening of Musical Meditation / Online Program

Presented by Jane Slotnick Kirtan Leader Certified Meditation Teacher  American Meditation Society Thursday, November 19 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Kirtan: An Evening of Musical Meditation or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Kirtan is the repetitive chanting of the same sounds. It has a hypnotic effect on the mind, thus releasing it from stress and transferring it into a state of higher consciousness and concentration. This makes us more aware of everything around us, leading to development of powerful intuitive abilities over time. We bring ourselves to higher frequencies and bring ourselves out of negativity. Come sing till your heart dances with joy! Let the musical vibrations lead you to a place of peace. Chanting in Sanskrit has a hypnotic effect on the mind.  It is relaxing and uplifting at the same time.  Let’s share the healing, joyful power of chant. Energize yourself at this musical meditation and find the divinity already within you. Please join us for a beautiful, blissful evening of music. Note: no experience is necessary.  About our...

FREE English (ESOL) Online Tutoring

English for Speakers of Other Languages with Karina Cerna Friday, November 13 & Friday, November 20 Time slots: 5:00-6:00 pm / 6:00-7:00 pm / 7:00-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for FREE English (ESOL) Online Tutoring or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Once you are registered Karina will email you a Zoom link. You can use Zoom on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. One space is available for each class. Please indicated what day and time you’d like to make an appointment. Thank you! “This publication (product) was supported by (or “in part by”) funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Services grant program.”

The Holmes Health Initiative / online event

Friday, November 13 7:00-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for The Holmes Health Initiative or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at These are troubling times. Many people are experiencing bouts of depression due to isolation, along with worry and fear of contracting Covid-19. The Pawling Library is holding an online Q & A panel discussion addressing these concerns, to and from the Holmes community and to anyone in need of support. Three very gifted and caring people from Holmes will be offering their professional advice in response to the pandemic, addressing both physical and emotional well-being. Please join us for this supportive interactive gathering. Help yourself Help one another Help your community Start here Guest panelists: Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, DNP, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, Director of Holistic and Integrative Healing LLC, is a certified family nurse practitioner by trade, mother by choice, and writer by nature. Her books facilitate healing through storytelling, so adults and children of all ages may learn how to cope with anxiety and improve communication in their relationships. Her...

Ayurveda and Diabetes: A Whole Body Approach / online event

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT 500 Tuesday, November 10 7:00-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for Ayurveda and Diabetes: A Whole Body Approach or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a major cause of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, lower limb amputation, and blindness. The current medical understanding is that diabetes is a group of related diseases in which the body is unable to regulate the amount of sugar, specifically glucose, in the blood.  The Ayurvedic approach is to discover the “root cause” of this multi-faceted condition specific to an individual’s unique constitution, assist the body in regulating its blood sugar levels, and ensure that the entire body remains in balance so that no complications arise. Come and discover: Risk factors associated with different types of diabetes The Ayurvedic approach to understanding the different types of diabetes Methods of regulating blood sugar – the fiber connection Dietary and lifestyle changes for the different types...

A Virtual Art Show / Online Event

Welcome to our virtual art exhibition.  We would like to thank the eight talented artists for participating in this online event. They are Irene Caboni, Donna Castelluccio, Carol-Lee Kantor, Lonna Kelly, Jeanne Plekon, Jeanette Rodriguez, Kaete Brittin Shaw, and Liliana Washburn. Their creativity is a gift to all who experience their artwork. Originally this program was to be presented live at Pawling Recreation and had to be restructured into virtual format due to the outbreak of Covid-19. We hope that once this is all behind us, we will meet in person for such events that celebrate the rich diverse artistic abilities found in and beyond our community.  To view the show, please click on the link below and enjoy! And remember, the ArtEast Open Studio Tour continues on October 24 & 25. Support our local artists and artists all around the world. Artwork by Irene Caboni Title: I Matter

The United Nations: What It Means To Us and To The World / online event

Wednesday, October 21 7:00-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for The United Nations: What It Means To Us and To The World or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this October, 2020. What exactly is this organization, created in the aftermath of WWII, that now has 193 nation state members? Is it a world government? Does the UN Declaration of Human Rights contradict the US Declaration of Independence? What are its successes, failures and opportunities? Will it, can it be reformed for the 21st century? Dr Baxer guides an exploration of the nuts and bolts of this institution, inviting questions and comments. About our presenter: Dr Joseph J Baxer is President of the United Nations Association of Connecticut and previous US representative to the United Nations for the London based NGO, Strategies for Peace. He is engaged in sustaining cultural diversity and mediating cross-cultural conflicts. His focus involves creating the atmosphere/conditions in which reconciliation can occur. He has led seminars and lectured locally and internationally...

Art-Room: A Gathering of Artists / online

Friday, October 16 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for Art-Room: A Gathering of Artists or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Enjoy lively discussions with your fellow artists about projects and techniques.  We look forward to seeing you soon.  Allow your artistic passion to follow its creative bliss!

New Yorkers for Clean Power / Online

Presented by Arpitha Abraham, Michaela Ciovacco, and Elizabeth (Betta) Broad Tuesday, October 13 7:00-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for New Yorkers for Clean Power or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Please join us and learn about the renewable energy options which are available in New York State that you can take advantage of to help yourself, our country, and our world. New Yorkers for Clean Power (NYCP) is a statewide collaborative campaign to rapidly shift to a clean energy economy. Through education, advocacy and organizing, the campaign engages the public, local governments and businesses to advance a range of renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transportation solutions. NYCP is focused on advancing solar, wind, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, renewable heating and cooling, as well as creating jobs in these industries for all communities in New York. For additional information about New Yorkers for Clean Power please see the link below or call 607-222-3678. Thank you.

The Healing Power of Breath / Online Program

Monday, September 28 7:00-8:00 pm with Gabrielle Semel ERYT 500 Founder Pawling Yoga & Wellness Click the link below to register for The Healing Power of Breath or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Just as the ocean’s tides are an expression of the Moon’s gravitational pull, our breath is the expression of the energy that is contained within us. We can watch the shoreline shift throughout the day and know that the rotation of the earth and the tidal forces are at play. Similarly, our breath can show us the energetic quality we are experiencing within the forces around us.  Unlike the tidal forces, we have the ability to change a current breathing pattern, and effectively change our response to the forces around us. The mind is in direct relationship with the breath. When the mind is unsettled, so is the breath; and if we can change our breathing, we can change our mind-state.  Join Gabrielle for a simple approach to breath direction, a practice that will open up a new way...

Shamanic Workshop with Nadiya Nottingham / Online

Wednesday, September 23 4:00-5:00 pm Click the link below to register for Shamanic Workshop with Nadiya Nottingham or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Every ancient culture has creation myths which involve animals and half human/half animal creatures which may be helpful beings or fearsome guardians of some treasure, such as the Dragon. The elements of life on Earth are intertwined with ourselves and the beasts of the land, sea, river and air. In other words, we are one with nature. In this workshop we will work with Animal Spirits of both the natural realm and the mythical realm as they relate to where we are working energetically, in the deep reservoir of the Chakras or energy centers of the human body. Nadiya will guide you through a Shamanic Journey to converse with your Spirit Animal and she will help you relate your own experience to what you may need to heal in your life, set foot on a new path or transform what may need to be “composted” from the mud...