What we're about


After nearly 30 years of mentoring countless men who wanted more out of their lives, I have decided to offer my experience as a retreat master to the meetup community of NYC. My goal for this group is to witness each other’s success in reaching for and living more joyful, peaceful, loving and rewarding lives.

Through moderated group discussions, activities, & retreats, group members identify attitudes, beliefs, & habits that damage or hamper relationships with themselves and others. We can transform life’s circumstances, no matter how difficult or tragic, towards the highest good of all concerned. History is not destiny! We start within, but outer transformation can manifest faster than you might expect.

I share some of my personal experiences as teaching tools. We will learn to recognize and be grateful for challenging people & situations. They are among our greatest teachers for the contrast they provide in defining what we do (& do not) want in life.


After collaborating for over a year, we decided to venture into the meetup world. My background is in program planning, which aims to boost an entire community’s quality of life -- based on that community’s own consensus-based definition of high quality.

I also love working with individuals at the deepest emotional and energetic (e.g., unconscious) levels to reach their own quality of life goals such as:
--losing weight;
--quitting smoking;
--managing diabetes;
--eliminating phobias, PTSD, allergies & addictions.

As a health educator (master of public health), I help people access the information they need to make better decisions.

As a student of world religions, philosophies & teachers (grad work in theology & studies with masters), I draw from many schools of thought for tools to help us strengthen & use the body-mind connection.

As a practitioner of the energy arts (Reiki-M, Thai Massage, MTHS, EFT-3, & TFT certification in California & Thailand), I have personally experienced, facilitated & witnessed miraculous transformations in myself & others.

Some of my studies & readings include such teachers, authors & books as: David R. Hawkins, Candace Pert, Bruce Lipton, Byron Katie, Marshall Rosenberg, Kelly Bryson, Roger Callahan, Fritz Guy, Abraham-Hicks, Caroline Myss, Doc Childre, Bruce Cryer, M. Scott Peck, Mark Anup Karlsson, Jaz Goven, Jacque Smillie, Samir Selmanovic, Richard Hart, Raj Arole & his late wife Mabelle, Suzanne Montgomery, A Course In Miracles & others.

I look forward to meeting each of the therapists, healers, coaches & other spiritual aspirants who attend this meetup group's events.


Upcoming events (3)

Forgive me! I thought I posted this days ago.....Fermented food class in SoHo!

Hi All, I've made contact with a Japanese chef here in NYC, Reiko. She is a champion of fermented foods, something I am just beginning to learn about. She has graciously offered to open her kitchen to us for a class. You will get location info after you've paid for your seat. Details follow, taken from her email to me yesterday. Hope to see you there! Space is limited & first-come, first-serve. ******** Yes, we can do class this Saturday about the fermented dishes from Japan. The class would be from 1 to 3 pm at my kitchen in SoHo. The cost would be 50 dollars per person, with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 5 students (including you). By the end of Thursday I would need to have your confirmation and fees transferred, so that I can make the necessary arrangements on Friday. If we don't reach minimum people, we can postpone it till next time. As the time is a bit tight, I will not have time to advertise this class. Also, I would not like to be filmed while teaching (I will be very nervous!). Thanks. My paypal account is [masked] The class will be about how to make a fermented salt and the different usage of it. I will show you also another recipes with Japanese koji mold. You can find the interesting articles about fermented salt. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/25/food/la-fo-koji-20120825 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/dining/fermentation-guru-helps-chefs-find-new-flavors.html?pagewanted=all ********** We have the minimum paid for -- John & I will be there, so the class a "Go." Pay her directly to secure your place in this class. Don't worry if you don't get in -- if the demand is high I will arrange for another class when she returns from Japan in November. Wishing you happiness, wealth & longevity, Janelle

Healthy Happy Hour: Veg appetizers & live jazz

Hi Everybody, I thought it would be fun to check out this Persian place where my favorite guitar player & I perform every Thursday from 7-9 PM. It's a mellow, chill atmosphere & the happy hour prices are about $6 for any item. Eggplant, tomato, yogurt, cucumber, pita bread, savory spices. Their menu is so lovely, healthy, filling, & economical! I'd like to meet some of you & see you have some good conversation too. I will send out some mixer questions & we can get to know each other a little better. John will be there too -- he's still in the loop but just didn't have the time to be the organizer. I am eager to hear your suggestions on what you'd like to do with this group! Hope to see you there. Big hugs!

Tapping Away Hoarding and Cluttering
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Yes, hoarding is an addiction that can make life miserable for the hoarder and for the ones who are living in it with him or her. I know -- I used to live with one. Yikes. Good news: tapping works on this stuff too. Why? Hoarding is anxiety-based. People hoard and clutter because it truly does give them a sense of relief from anxiety. Being in open, organized, spacious areas sends their fear levels through the roof. Tapping can help with this. If you or someone you know needs help, come to this meetup to learn techniques that will change lives. If you are the one wanting help, bring one item you would like to let go of. The goal for this meetup will be to LET GO OF THE ITEM WITH HAPPINESS AND PEACE. YOU WILL LET IT GO ONLY WHEN YOU ARE READY. YOU WILL TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU IF YOU ARE NOT READY. NO COERCION HERE! ONLY LOVE, UNDERSTANDING, WILLINGNESS AND HEALING! My goal is for you to go home, having let the item go completely without any sense of guilt, shame, fear, loss or grief. Letting go of that thing will be your proof that you experienced success with tapping. Then you can go home and do it again and again for yourself, one item at a time, at your own pace. I believe that it's love that heals anyone of anything, and you will love yourself more after this meetup than before. At this point I plan to welcome you again to my apartment (it's cheaper for everybody than a restaurant!). But if one of you has another suggestion, such as your apartment, I'm open to ideas. I may also find a restaurant where we can have a private space at no extra charge as long as we order a minimum of snacks, for example. What would you folks prefer? As for the date and time, I'm open to that too. RSVP Yes if you are interested and let me know what days of the week and times work best for you. I'll do my best to accommodate everybody. It seems Monday-Friday works best for folks who have emailed me so far. It also seems that arriving by 6:30, then starting the actual class at 7:00 sharp, then finishing at 9:00 sharp is good. I'm free afterwards if you want to have have Q&A, discuss, visit, hang out, or just sit in a colorful, somewhat spacious (feeling), non-cluttered New York apartment. :-) This class will also be $50 per person for two hours, payable on the day of class. I take debit and credit cards or cash.

Past events (35)

Jazz in the Springtime at Bocado Cafe

Bocado Cafe

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