VOICES Calendar of Events

June 4, 2012

VOICES staff is available to meet with you at our New Canaan, CT or New Brunswick, NJ offices or to host a workshop in your community.

RSVP to Michelle Doherty at mdoherty@voicesofsept11.org or at (203) 966-3911. For a full schedule of workshop appointments Click Here.

New Canaan, Connecticut
Date: Monday - Friday
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm by Appointment

VOICES New Canaan
161 Cherry Street
New Canaan, CT

New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date: Monday - Friday
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm by Appointment

VOICES New Brunswick
84 Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ

VOICES staff meets one-on-one with participants to organize and scan photographs and personal keepsakes to include in the 9/11 Living Memorial Project. Participants are invited to bring in photographs, written tributes, eulogies, biographies, newspaper articles and other personal keepsakes to honor those who died and to document the inspirational stories for future generations. Unless otherwise arranged, all materials will be returned at the workshop. Individual appointments last approximately 90 minutes.

To download a 9/11 Living Memorial Brochure: Click Here

Voices of September 11th offers teleconference groups that are facilitated by our mental health professionals. Contact our office at 203-966-3911 if you are interested in participating. For a full schedule of teleconference support groups Click Here.

Tuesday, June 5th:
Firefighter Mothers' Group
10:00am to 11:00am
Tuesday, June 5th:
Parents' Support Group
3:45pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, June 6th:
Parenting Teleconference Group
9:00pm to 10:00pm
Tuesday, June 19th:
Rockland In-Person Group
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, June 20th:
Siblings' Teleconference Group
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Tuesday, June 26th:
Witness/Survivors' Group
4:00pm to 5:00pm

If you would like to join us for any of the Speaker Series events in our New Brunswick office, please RSVP to Sheri at 732-543-2300 or sburkat@voicesofsept11.org.

Saturday, June 23rd - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Gentle Clarity: A Buddhist Approach to Meditation

In this workshop we will learn a basic style of Buddhist meditation (no beliefs required!), consider how meditation can bring new perspective, and contemplate ways to bring greater wisdom, skill, and kindness into our lives. The session will include both initial meditation instruction and a brief introduction to practices that cultivate kindness and openness.

Beverly Sanford has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over a decade. She has been ordained to teach in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism by Anam Thubten Rinpoche, and is associate teacher with the Princeton Buddhist Meditation Group.

Friday, July 20th - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Feng Shui: Lifestyle Changes from the Inside Out

Balance is an inside job, it takes clarity in our thoughts, beliefs and actions.... and it takes commitment and connection in our homes. In this workshop, you will learn to use the energy in your home as a tool for healing and transformation. Methods and techniques skillfully blend the principles of feng shui and life coaching with the environmental benefits, beauty & style of holistic design to literally transform the way you perceive your living or working environment, supporting your personal desires and intentions.

Laurie Bornstein is a Feng Shui Designer, Master Teacher of Interior Alignment, and a Lifestyle Feng Shui Expert. With over 15 years of experience, Laurie combines her unique blend of knowledge, training and skills into all of her services, programs and trainings to create environments that securely embrace her students and clients with a sense of comfort and balance in all areas of her students and clients' lives.

Monday, August 6th - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Writing as a Healing Tool

This workshop is open to men and women who seek another means of healing. By moving to the blank page and acknowledging the importance of one's authentic voice, writing tells us what we didn't know we knew. It provides a haven where our thoughts, feelings and ideas find clarification. Come with a notebook and pen and experience writing as a life tool.

Julie Maloney is a writer and poet and founder/director of the non-profit organization, Women Reading Aloud, dedicated to the encouragement of women writers.

Saturday, September 29th - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Yoga for Everyone: Refresh, Recharge and Reconnect

Join in this offering of yoga to stretch and strengthen your body, as you release tension and stress. Clear the mind, lift your spirits and bring yourself back to a place of radiant wellness! Great for every body, including those with no prior yoga experience.

Brian Yuen and Lorrie Shepard are co-founders of Interactive-Yoga with the intention of bringing yogis together to experience sangha: supported, fun + inspiring. Offering public and private classes, workshops, and events for AcroYoga, guided meditation gentle/restorative, guided meditation, partner yoga, and vinyasa breath centered flow. In addition to teaching yoga classes in NJ a nd NY, Lorrie and Brian have led various workshops and events in MA, PA, CT, NY and NJ, including weekend yoga retreats and trainings. Brian and Lorrie conduct a wide range of classes & workshops including yoga for children with autism, US veterans, seniors, seniors with Alzheimer's, partner yoga, and thai yoga.

Saturday, October 13th - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Coming Home to Yourself: The Rubenfeld Synergy Method

Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and disconnected? If you are looking for a calm place away from the chaos, we invite you to join us in an experience that will guide you back home to yourself - to the oasis of your own body. In this experiential workshop based on the principles of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, we will use bodymind awareness exercises, guided imagery, movement and laughter to explore new ways of listening to your body. We will tap the inner resources that are available for deep healing and personal well-being. Come home to yourself and to the wisdom of your body. Join us to experience this gentle and powerful bodymind approach.

Joe Weldon and Noel Wight, both Master Rubenfeld Synergists, are co-directors of the Rubenfeld Synergy Training Institute and. Joe, a Licensed Psychologist, has been teaching the Rubenfeld Synergy Method since 1981. Joe maintains private practices in Philadelphia and Huntingdon Valley, PA. He has taught at the school of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as at Villanova University. Noel has been teaching The Rubenfeld Synergy Method since 1990 and maintains a private RSM practice in the Philadelphia area. Noel's background includes Waldorf Education and social work. She brings a deep sense of respect for the resiliency of the human spirit to her work with students and clients.

9/11 Responders Invited to Mark 10th Anniversary of Ground Zero Cleanup
First responders who risked their lives on 9/11 will return to the World Trade Center site May 30 to mark the 10th anniversary of the end of recovery operations at the site, the city announced Tuesday. More.

E.P.A. Chemist Who Warned of Ground Zero Dust Is Reinstated
A senior Environmental Protection Agency chemist who argued that she was removed from her job in retaliation for accusing the agency of underestimating the toxicity of dust at ground zero has been reinstated with back pay by an administrative board. More.

In 9/11 Cancer Debate, Time is of the Essence
Last week, a group of health specialists and 9/11 survivor representatives known as the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (S.T.A.C.) made a historic recommendation to the federal government to add more than 30 types of cancers to the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. More.

WTC Panel Recommends Adding 30+ Cancers For 'Zadroga' Coverage
It's not the law yet, but they're one step closer. A government advisory panel officially recommended March 31 that more than 30 cancers be included under the Zadroga Law, which covers medical care for those exposed to the toxic dust on 9/11. More.

Committee decides on cancers related to 9/11
Former NYC firefighter and 9/11 first responder Jeff Stroehlein was diagnosed on March 18, 2011 with lymphoma of the brain. In the coming months, Stroehlein, who now receives medical treatment at a cancer center in Suffolk County, Long Island, could be eligible for federally funded cancer care under the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. More.

FDNY Firefighter Hopes His Cancer Makes Federal List
Ray Pfiefer didn't want to be the center of attention Saturday. The 26-year FDNY veteran and East Meadow volunteer firefighter from Hicksville, who worked eight months at Ground Zero after Sept. 11, is more used to taking care of others' needs. More.

Aid Offered for 9/11 Health Claims Process
Metropolitan area law schools and the City Bar Justice Center are offering free clinics to help people with health issues from the Sept. 11 attacks file federal compensation claims. More.

9/11 Responders Receive a Special 'Thank You'
Ten years ago, they left the flattened World Trade Center site exhausted, traumatized, and in some cases, fatally ill. On Wednesday evening, thousands of first responders and volunteers from North Jersey and elsewhere who sifted through what remained of the Twin Towers returned to the site - this time, to be thanked. More.