Resource Guide

Peace SouLar Bliss fam, here a few of my favorite free to low cost self and community care resources in New York City. Browse and feel free to send us your favorites to add to this list!! All descriptions came directly from each space’s website. For my personal opinions and/or experiences on each space, feel free to contact me at soularbliss@gmail.com.

ARTS & CRAFTS

  • Etsy Labs: The Etsy Labs host a free weekly craft night, a monthly Church of Craft meeting, as well as special creative community events. Want to learn learn a new skill? Like sewing your own clothing and totebags, making jewelry, binding books, embroidering, knitting and crocheting? Then, you’ve come to the right place.Craft Night occurs every Monday from 4-8 p.mm at the Etsy Labs Brooklyn, NY. Each week they organize a skill-sharing project, and provide supplies, tools, and crafty know-how. This is a time to make things, learn new skills, and hang out. Drop by anytime between 4-8pm on Mondays! Demos are held throughout the evening. Craft nights are always free of charge.
  • The Really Free Market: The Really Really Free Market is a bazaar & celebration, where capitalist notions of interaction are discarded, and we have fun trying new models of exchange. Expect and share gently used clothing, books, household items, small working electronics, toys, CD’s and DVD’s, crafts, tools, food, skills and more. Bring any useful items that can be taken home in a shopping cart.
  • 3rd Ward: Rekindle an old hobby or take a passion to the next level by participating in 3rd Ward’s wide array of interdisciplinary courses. Classes are project-based and small in size, providing an ample amount of one-on-one instruction. Our teachers are professionally active in their fields and passionate about what they do. In addition, 3rd Ward houses the workspace of hundreds of members: artists, craftspeople and creative entrepreneurs. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with these talented creatives both in classes and in our hallways.
  • The Commons Brooklyn: The Commons is a community & educational center dedicated to healthy communities, individuals and environment. Also home to the Foodshed market, open every Sunday 11-5 and Tues 4-8pm.
  • The Craftaholic: Join the gang of fellow beginners and skilled artist for some art and creativity. Who couldn’t use some art and fun in their life? We knit, make art, draw, collage, make jewelry, embroidery, sew, make shrines, have art supply swaps, make herbal soap, hand sewing, painting, make mixed media art and collage work, and make art projects of all kinds! This is totally a “soup to nuts” art group, and there is something for everyone!
  • NYC Pints ‘n’ Purls: Do you like crocheting, knitting, and other needlework? Do you like beer? (Of course you do!) Then this is the group for you! NYC Pints ‘n’ Purls is a Meetup group where folks can kick back with their needles and a pint of beer (or a glass of wine, or a martini) and just chitchat with other crafty folks. In fact, you could say we put the “craft” in “craft beer.” (Groan!)Folks of all ability levels and all stitching crafts (tatting, cross-stitching, needlepoint too!) are invited to join. Don’t be shy, even if you’re a beginner!
  • The Church of Craft: The Church of Craft aims to create an environment where any and all acts of making have value to our humanness. They offer access to an interfaith spiritual practice that is self-determined and proactive.The Church of Craft maintains no dogma or doctrine beyond what every member believes for themselves.
  • Brooklyn Brainery: Brooklyn Brainery is accessible, community-driven, crowdsourced education. They host cheap classes on anything and everything. All of their course topics are dreamed up and suggested by you, and our teachers are a group of awesome people from around Brooklyn and the whole city. Anyone can teach–you just need a passion for the topic and a desire to share it with others. Classes meet for either one, two, or three weeks, and we keep them as inexpensive as possible (something like $30 for a bunch of class sessions), because you shouldn’t have to spend a paycheck to learn something new.

SPIRITUALITY

  • NY Insight Meditation Center: New York Insight is an urban center for the practice of mindful awareness, called Insight or Vipassana meditation. NYI programs include talks, weekly sittings and courses as well as daylong and weekend retreats and workshops for the integration of meditation teachings into daily life.
  • Shambala Meditation Center: The Shambhala Buddhist path, unique in the world of Western Buddhism, combines the teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala principles of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.
  • Romemu: Romemu is attempting to transform the way Judaism is practiced and experienced by infusing aspects of Eastern spiritual practices with traditional Orthodox influences, so the ta’amor “taste” is unmistakably Jewish.Committed to powerful prayer and transformative spiritual practices, Romemu attempts to engage the heart, mind and body in everything we do, helping us to foster greater levels of compassion.
  • Interdepenence project:  The Interdependence Project brings a secular and highly accessible approach to studying and practicing Buddhist meditation, psychology, and philosophy. IDP is committed to bridging the gap between personal development and collective engagement in our world, combining the principles of mindfulness and interdependence with  activism, arts, and media
  • Zen Center of New York City: The Zen Center offers a refuge of quiet and stability within which to find one’s still point, so that one may more fully and freely offer oneself to the world. Many practitioners in the New York City area find deep nourishment for their spiritual journey by attending retreats at the Monastery and participating in activities at the Temple.
  • Unity Fellowship Church Movement: a movement of churches across the United States whose primary work is to proclaim the sacredness of all life, focusing on empowering those who have been oppressed and made to feel excluded and ashamed. UFCM brings the message of God’s unconditional love and the principles of liberation theology to often ostracized communities. UFCM opens its doors to all of God’s people, especially those fighting for social justice. The churches within our movement offer those seeking to worship God, in spirit and truth, a place to come just as they are.
  • SGI: The SGI is based on the teachings and philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, which places the highest emphasis on the sanctity of life. Members seek, through their practice of Buddhism, to develop the ability to live with confidence, to create value in any circumstance and to contribute to the well-being of friends, family and community.
  • ETHOH: Entering the Holy of Holies, An Institute of Learning and Healing, Inc. (ETHOH) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) spiritual, educational and charitable organization whose mission is to provide Meditation, Spiritual Tools for Transformation and Wellness Services that balance the mind, body and spirit to individuals seeking personal growth and spiritual development, regardless of their faith or religious affiliation.

MOVEMENT

  • Liberated Movement: Never forgo a dance class because of its price. Whether dance is your passion or something you always wanted to try, a space exists where any person on any level can bust out some polished moves, learn for the first time, or improve in whatever style someone will teach. Come dance and donate what you can. Just bring an open heart.
  • Shambhala Yoga and Dance: Shambhala is an intimate, non-competitive, community- and family-oriented yoga & dance center that reflects the depth and diversity of our neighborhood. In a truly heartfelt celebration of life, we welcome people of all backgrounds to come together and, side by side, enjoy the deep benefits of aligning the body, the mind and the breath—whether it’s through yoga, dance, meditation, massage, Reiki, acupuncture, buying locally-made wellness products or just chatting over a cup of tea.
  • Broadway Dance Center: Whether you’re a beginner or an established professional, these famous studios offer just the classes you seek. Classes include hip hop, jazz, contemporary, modern, African, Street Jazz, Theatre, Tap, and Ballet.
  • Peridance: Peridance Capezio Center provides a broad spectrum of dance education within a nurturing and professional environment, preparing dancers for the continually evolving international dance arena.  Peridance offers over 250 weekly adult classes, which are open for everyone to join, a world-renowned.
  • Steps on Broadway: Dance, all styles, all levels, for all ages, Daily professional & adult classes, 7 days a week in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, theater and more
  • Sacred: Sacred is a yoga, movement and meditation studio for grown folks & children. In community, we embody our bliss. Bring your age, size, ability, experience, hang-up, style and swagger. We know how to take you there. It’s a simple concept really: Love your body and your body will love you back. Sacred is the way you move.
  • Cumbe: Cumbe is the new home for African and diaspora dance in Brooklyn, bringing together – under one roof – classes and cultural education for dances from Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.
  • Mark Morris Dance Center: The Dance Center offers a youth and adult classes, wellness center, a performance space and expanded public spaces. It has become a haven, a society of dancing, a community enterprise for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Libation Dance Party: my favorite dance party EVER!!
  • Ifetayo: Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy is an arts and cultural organization dedicated to supporting the creative, educational, and vocational development of youth and families of African descent. Our organization strives to enhance their lives by providing programs in cultural awareness, performing and visual arts, as well as academic instruction, health and wellness, and professional skills development.

BODY WORK (Reiki, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Massage) 

  • Third Root: At the Third Root Community Health Center, we strive to thrive and achieve social justice and community wellness by providing holistic, collaborative care in an accessible and sustainable manner. Our greatest intention is to watch students and patients walk out of the center with a heightened perspective regarding their own potential for good health.
  • Audre Lorde Project 3rd Space Collective: The Health & Wellness Collective of 3rd Space Support is a new initiative that strives to offer an introduction to accessible and sliding-scale holistic healthcare access to Audre Lorde Project’s (ALP) members, staff, and larger community.
  • Spa Castle: From invigorating massages to savory cuisine, this facility and services are designed to promote the health and well-being of clients.

YOGA

  • Yoga Local NYC: YogaLocal is a location-based iPhone App that allows users to find NYC yoga class schedules in their neighborhood.
  • Third Root: Third Root Community Health Center, stives to thrive and achieve social justice and community wellness by providing holistic, collaborative care in an accessible and sustainable manner. Their greatest intention is to watch students and patients walk out of the center with a heightened perspective regarding their own potential for good health.
  • Laughing Lotus: Laughing Lotus encourages satsang, gathering in search of the truth, as a spiritual forklift. We unite with all truth seekers, rebels, lovers of light and life, celebrators of all things colorful and diverse to keep the dialogue open about how to enrich both our lives and the lives of others. Many of our classes often show up in neighboring community centers where Lotus teachers offer their services to others. Through kirtan, volunteerism, donation and community classes, midnight yoga, live music, workshops, the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center has created camaraderie that welcomes all.
  • Yoga to the People:Yoga to the People is a unique yoga studio with the goal of recapturing what we consider to be the essence of yoga… simply put, yoga made available to everyone.
  • Shambhala Yoga and Dance: Shambhala is an intimate, non-competitive, community- and family-oriented yoga & dance center that reflects the depth and diversity of our neighborhood. In a truly heartfelt celebration of life, we welcome people of all backgrounds to come together and, side by side, enjoy the deep benefits of aligning the body, the mind and the breath—whether it’s through yoga, dance, meditation, massage, Reiki, acupuncture, buying locally-made wellness products or just chatting over a cup of tea.
  • So Hum Studios: Yoga Classes for all of Brooklyn & Beyond. We gather and find Joy & Serenity within the Movement & Breath. Yoga heals the spirit, clears the mind and strengthens the whole body. All classes are open level and joy filled.
  • Integral Yoga: Integral Yoga offers more than 100 yoga classes each week at all levels, hundreds of workshops and courses each year, Kirtans and special events and a renowned and respected Teacher Training program. It is the perfect yoga for beginners as well as for advanced practitioners who appreciate authentic, traditional yoga with an emphasis on going inward to access one’s peaceful true self.
  • Brooklyn Yoga School: BYS is a school for yogic living in the modern world. Classes for beginners to advanced students rooted in the ancient tradition of Classical Yoga. Chosen by New York Magazine as “Best Cheap Yoga 2011″.

CLINICS

  • APICHA Transgender Clinic: The groundbreaking APICHA Transgender Clinic provides comprehensive medical services including the initiation and maintenance of hormone therapy along with mental and social support services designed to accommodate the dis-tinct needs of transgender individuals with particular focus on communities of color.
  • Callen Lorde: Callen-Lorde is a sensitive, non-judgmental environment where patients receive personalized attention, including assistance with referrals, insurance, and housing. We also specialize in mobile medical outreach for homeless youth and other patients who are unable to visit our facility.

Places to Experience Nature in or near the City

SENSUALITY AND SEXUALITY

  • Babeland: Babeland offers top quality products, a pleasant place to shop, and most of all information and encouragement to folks who wanted to explore their sexuality.
  • LGBTQ Center: “The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of our organizations, institutions and culture; cares for our individuals and groups in need; educates the public and our community; and empowers our individuals and groups to achieve their fullest potential.
  • Audre Lorde Project: The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, they work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, they seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.
  • Pleasure Chest: Since 1971, The Pleasure Chest has helped pioneer a sex positive culture, with an emphasis on education, enjoyment and inclusivity. For 40 years, we’ve been a resource for the best products and the most accurate information to make your life sexier.

STORES

  • Sacred Vibes Apothecary: Sacred vibes guides and supports people in creating a lifestyle that reconnects them to their unique and quthentic divide self. Their mission is to enlighten all to live transcendent lives through natural healing, beauty and education.
  • Namaste Bookstore: They have a unique and large selection of Eastern & Western philosophy books, tarot cards, crystals, pendulums, calendars, wind chimes, incense, greeting cards, yoga accessories, meditation cushions, instructional & music CD’S & DVD’s, salt lamps, and 20 sections of books- including Spanish .The book sections include Buddhism, Western Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Yoga/Ayurveda, Mantra/Tantra, Meditation, Divination/Wicca, Bodywork/Reiki, and many more.

FOOD

  • Greenmarket: Greenmarket was founded in 1976 with a two-fold mission: to promote regional agriculture by providing small family farms the opportunity to sell their locally grown products directly to consumers, and to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer, now with 53 markets, over 230 family farms and fishermen participating, and over 30,000 acres of farmland protected from development.
  • Brooklyn Food Coalition: The Brooklyn Food Coalition is a grassroots organization dedicated to the vision of a just and sustainable food system in Brooklyn through community organizing, public education, and research and advocacy. The Coalition is fundamentally committed to building an inclusive, multi-racial, multi-cultural alliance of residents and community-based groups from all parts of Brooklyn, reflecting the borough’s rich diversity.

THERAPY/MENTAL HEALTH

  • Re-evaluation Counseling: Re-evaluation Counseling is a process whereby people of all ages and of all backgrounds can learn how to exchange effective help with each other in order to free themselves from the effects of past distress experiences.
  • New York Center for Nonviolent Communication: Their mission is to share tools and skills for human connection here in New York and throughout the world. They offer training and support to individuals, couples, people in families, corporations, government, education, health care professions, religious institutions, community service organizations and conflict resolution professions.
  • Peace of Mind Support Group: Support Group for unemployed, under-employed, self-employed and freelancers seeking structure, community and accountability.

Some of my favorite Healing Books 

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