Symposia Community Events – April 2013

$5 Yoga Class  Every Wednesday at 7 pm

Have you always shied away from Yoga because you thought you weren’t very flexible?

Symposia is now opening its doors to a new environment for yoga practice: small classes, taught in a supportive, non-competitive manner, with individual attention.  Students will be gently guided through basic yoga postures, yogic breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques.

After the class, feel free to linger, have a cup of tea, chat. Refreshments will be served.

Certified Yoga Instructor Carmen Rusu

For more information, contact Carmen:  201-805-1739 or
“Confessions of Joan the Tall”– Book Signing – April 9 at 7 pm

Poet, Psychologist, and Publisher of CavanKerry Press Ltd., Joan Cusack Handler will be reading from and signing copies of her widely acclaimed memoir.

Written in the voice of her twelve year old self, Confessions recounts one year in the life of Joan—a funny, tender, smart, vulnerable, religious Irish Catholic girl raised in the Bronx in the 1950s. Joan’s issues are the same as those most of us who survived adolescence have experienced including bullying, body image and boy/girl problems, sibling rivalries and a struggle for independence. Joan’s religious background adds others to the mix—the fear of having to be a nun, a constant battle to be good.

In the words of Roland Merullo, author of Breakfast with Buddha, Lunch with Buddha and The Talk-Funny Girl, Confessions of Joan the Tall is a truly remarkable book. It captures both the complex emotions of an adolescent in an ethnic working class neighborhood and the unwritten social and spiritual rules of 1950s American Catholicism. Somehow, though told in the voice of a young girl, the story has about it a psychological and emotional subtly that is fully mature. It’s impossible not to like Joan, impossible not to feel for her in her coming of age struggles….It’s a book that can be enjoyed by anyone between the ages of ten and one hundred-Catholics and non-Catholics alike—a real literary achievement that I both enjoyed and admired. I wanted it to go on and on.

Refreshments will be served, books will be available for purchase, and Joan will welcome conversation before and after the reading.

For more information, contact Joan at 201-224-9653
“Teaching Language New Tricks” – Writing Workshop  – April 18 at 7 pm


Wanted: poets, writers on any genre and all around lovers of language and discourse interested in sharing their creative experiences and endeavors in concert with others

and so before we stop communicating all together……let’s talk!

about everything relative to poetry and writing etc.

let’s talk before it becomes obsolete

about amazing things which are in the storehouse of the soul to discuss and share.


Facilitator: Phil DePinto.


For more information, contact Phil at 201-264-4508.
Book Launch & Author Signing: “Shadows & Wings” – Sunday April 28th, 4 pm

Local author and theatre/writing teaching artist Niki Tulk will be reading from her acclaimed debut novel “Shadows & Wings” and signing copies for this special event. Niki Tulk is known as a deeply engaging writer, performer and teacher, and is excited to share this new work from local indie publisher Small House Press. Come, enjoy and support New Jersey-made independent fiction, and a bookshops that keeps it thriving!

No charge, & supper will be provided.

For more information, contact Niki at

“This is very beautiful and deeply sensitive writing. With characters affected by nameless forces, the text reads as fable and allegory, and at times evokes the nightmarish sense one gets from reading Kafka. Other sections have something of the quality, in written form, of Shaun Tan’s masterly graphic novel, The Arrival.”

ARNOLD ZABLE (author of Jewels and Ashes, Café Scheherazade, and Sea of Many Returns)

* Shortlisted for the Australian CAL Scribe Fiction Prize.

Tomas, a cellist and dreamer, denies the devastating changes happening in 1930’s Germany—until he is drafted into Hitler’s Wehrmacht. Many years later, having emigrated to Australia, he raises his granddaughter Lara to love music and birds. He also chooses to hide from her a terrible secret.

When her beloved Opa dies, 22 year-old Lara receives a shadow box of mysterious ornaments that force her to confront his past. Seeking to understand his years of silence, and to find a way through her own grief, she travels to Germany—the objects her only guide.

Shadows & Wings is a novel of cyclic journeys between hemispheres, the connections between ourselves and those we can never know, and the haunting power of art, love and dreams.

Guitar Circle – Every Thursday at 8.30 pm

Come jam with local guitar players in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Share your favorite songs and learn new ones. All playing levels and styles are welcome!

To register or for more info, contact Carlos at
PUPPETONIA – Puppet Shows for Babies and Toddlers

Since its inception, Puppetonia has taught children so much more than just their ABC’s and 123′s. The music and puppet shows incorporate important social skills, early academics, thinking skills, motor skills, and self-expression.

The music is fun and upbeat, and the children are encouraged to move to the rhythm, follow verbal instructions, practice sequential movements, and have a great time. And there are bubbles galore!

For a sample of our shows, check these links:


Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10 and 11 am

Tue: 4 pm

BABY PUPPETONIA: Tue at 2 pm and Thu at 1.30 pm


Two new shows every week.

No reservation required.

For more info, call or text: (201) 805-1739

Email:  or visit

Puppet Yoga for Babies – Every Wednesday at 12:30-1:30 beginning April 10th

PUPPETONIA is starting a new class for babies (5 weeks to crawling)

You will learn baby yoga techniques that will help with your infant’s sleep cycles, digestion and fussiness. Silly songs, toys, puppets, hugs, kisses and giggles make this a not to be missed class experience for you and your infant.

Gentle baby asanas and massages are also incorporated to help you learn how to calm and teach basic motor development to your baby. You will learn appropriate, therapeutic strokes for each area of the body, as well as ways to bring body awareness to your baby, without overstimulation.

Yoga practiced with your baby is a powerful way to connect with your new child and opportunity to join or create a community of new mothers and friends with similar goals and parenting styles.

Class taught by Carmen Rusu, Yoga Alliance and Karma Kids certified teacher.

Price: $15

Location: Symposia Bookstore, 510 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Register by text at 201-805-1739 or by email at

For more information, contact Carmen at 201-805-1739 or

COMMUNITY PRENATAL YOGA  – Every Wednesday at 12:30-1:30 beginning April 10th

Come experience the benefits of prenatal yoga for your mind, body and spirit. You will learn asanas appropriate and therapeutic for your changing body as well as breathing and meditation techniques to calm you during this incredibly complex time in your life!  The class will have an emphasis on teaching you techniques that you can use on your own throughout your pregnancy and labor and delivery. This class will also serve as a community-building space where you can connect with other women sharing a similar journey. After your little one is born, continue your practice with Baby Puppetonia at 1:30 on Wednesdays!

Class is taught by Kimberleigh Weiss-Lewit, MA, RYT registered yoga and certified prenatal instructor. Kimberleigh is also a mother of three and peer Breastfeeding counselor in Hoboken.

Price: $15

Location: Symposia Bookstore, 510 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Register by text at 201-805-1739 or by email at
Other Events Recommended by Symposia:

What Are You Waiting For?   – A 6-week spring workshop facilitated by life coach/writer Nancy Colasurdo


Date: Beginning April 18 and running consecutive Thursdays until May 23 (7-9 p.m.).


Location: The Land Building at 1 Newark St., Hoboken (steps from the PATH).


Take a leap of faith around a new career path, country living, writing that screenplay or whatever it is you’ve been putting off.


For more information or to register: or

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