Raices Natural Arts Programming Kicks Off With Meditation And Kombucha Workshops

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NEW BRUNSWICK — Raices Cultural Center is a New Brunswick based nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of cultural roots through the arts. Raices, meaning “roots” is a place to learn, share, explore and grow. Although it began its programming in the performing and visual arts, the organization seeks to illustrate the connection between the preservation of nature and the preservation of culture and cultural roots.

Raices recently introduced a branch of Natural Arts programming and will begin next month with a series of workshops led by Natural Arts Coordinator Dan Farella.

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Saturday, June 4, 1-4:30 p.m., Raices Cultural Center will host Farella’s workshop “Meditation as Medicine”. At this workshop, Farella will lead participants in an exploration of the interconnection between mind, body and spirit and the healing power of meditation, examine the ways sickness is created at the causal level and teach simple and practical meditation techniques which can be applied to daily life, allowing the practitioner to become more conscious, calm and clear throughout the day.

Saturday, June 18, 1-3:30 p.m., Farella will lead a “Kombucha Workshop”. Participants will be taken step by step through the process of preparing a new kombucha brew, the caring and feeding of kombucha cultures and how to add the brew to medicinal teas and smoothies and make it taste great. Samples and “baby” kombucha will be available. Farella will also discuss the health benefits of home brewed kombucha, its medical interaction in the body, and the differences between home brewed kombucha and the F.D.A. modified “soft drinks” available in stores. Kombucha “babies” will only be available for pre-registered participants.

Both workshops will be held at Raices Cultural Center, 100 Jersey Ave., C-108 in New Brunswick, NJ and cost $30 per participant. Pre-registrations and questions can be directed at Raices Cultural Center, 1-732-317-2649 or raices@raicesculturalcenter.org. Particpants of the meditation workshop should bring a mat to sit on and participants of the kombucha workshop should bring a cup for samples and a one-gallon jar for their take-home “baby” kombucha.

With the introduction of its Natural Arts component, Raices Cultural Center hopes to highlight the connection between nature and culture meaning and develop programming to help educate the local community about living in harmony with nature. More information about the Raices Cultural Center and its programs and activities, including information about the Natural Arts component is available online at www.raicesculturalcenter.org, or by calling Francisco G. Gomez at 1-908-227-5671 or Nicole Wines at 1-732-236-7618.


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