Symposia Community Events – May 2014

$8 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

“Pathways to Vibrant Health & Well-Being” –book signing with co-author Susan Gala #1 (Bestseller on Amazon) – Tuesday, May 6th at 7 pm

 Susan Gala will reveal her story of a traumatic event that has gifted her. This story has inspired many women to heal from the inside out.

She is the founder of Pelvic Wisdom™ and is trained as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Integrative Pelvic Core Therapist and STOTT Pilates practitioner. She has advanced training in multiple bodywork techniques and is recognized as an educator, intuitive healer & movement specialist.

Susan provides live workshops nationally and see clients via Skype worldwide. Her decades of practice and research has developed into radical Feminine Fitness for self-care., SPACE IS LIMITED

Pommidoro by Francesca Romana Nastasi – Book Signing, Saturday May 17th at 6 pm


Queste sono le avventure di un bambino poi diventato adulto che amava tanto i treni, gli orologi, gli aerei e di quanto si divertiva nonostante la piaga della II Guerra mondiale. Che bello sarebbe stato dialogare con il piccolo Francesco e chissà cosa avrebbe raccontato. Ci saremmo fatti un mucchio di risate lo so, inventando, escogitando, architettando apparecchi, congegni e altre diavolerie.

Francesca Romana Nastasi nasce a Rome il 5 dicembre del 1970 inizia a scrivere all’eta’ di 11 anni spinta da un amore infinito per la scrittura. Ha partecipato assieme alle sorella Germana alla mostra collettiva Festa dei Noantri, Roma, Italia nel 1994.Si classifica al quarto posto al XI premio internazionale di poesia  “La torre d’argento”  Castelnuovo di Farfa  (RI) nella sezione A nel 1996. Ha lavorato per alcuni anni con Germana come creatrice di poesia a tema in vari locali di Roma. Nel dicembre del 1995 pubblica con la casa editrice Tracce L’estranea. Si trasferisce a Londra per un anno, e nell’estate del 2000 va a vivere in America. Partecipa ad un concorso di poesia in lingua inglese con la poesia Spell (Incantesimo) verra’ pubblicata in un’antologia. Nel dicembre 2003 pubblica 6 racconti nell’antologia Orizzonti di scrittura. Rielabora l’Eracle di Euripide e nel 2006 la compagnia teatrale Il Vaporetto sotto la direzione di Mario Maruca con sede a Catanzaro lo mette in scena.


This is a story of a child’s adventures who loved trains, watches and planes. This book talks about how he was having fun in spite of War World II and how his life progressed in post war Italy. How beautiful it could have been to converse with little Francesco and to knows what he would have said. We would have had a lot of laughs, I know, inventing, designing contraptions, devices and other pieces of mischief.Francesca Romana Nastasi was born December 5th 1970 in Rome. She started writing at 11 years old driven by an endless love for composing. She participated with her sister Germana at the Festa dei Noantri’s exhibit in Rome, 1994. She was awarded the  4th place at the International poetry’s price “La torre d’argento” Castelnuovo di Farfa (RI) in 1996. She worked for some years with Germana as a creator of poetry for different venues and business. In December 1995 she published L’estranea ( A foreign soul) by Tracce publishing. She moved to London for one year and in 2000 she came to America. She took part in a poetry contest in English with the poem Spell, which was published in an anthology. In December 2003 she published 6 short stories called Writing horizons. She reworked Heracles by Euripides and in 2006 the acting company called Il Vaporetto under the guidance of Mario Maruca put on the show in Catanzaro.

For more information, contact Francesca at

  Writing Techniques – Short Story vs. Novel – May 20th at 7 pm

 The differences between writing a short story vs a novel and more will be explored in a lecture/workshop presented by local author John McCaffrey, who has published more than 30 short stories along with a newly released novel, The Book of Ash (Boxfire Press).

How to get started, time management, techniques to work through writing blocks, and how to connect with readers will be a few of the topics discussed. Opportunities will also be given for audience members to share work and discuss their writing experiences.

Suggested donation: $5

Please rsvp by contacting John at

Giving a Voice to the Community – Public Voice Salon – May 23rd at 7.30 pm

 Public Voice Salon, a weekly TV show on education, the arts, and social change, returns to Symposia in a democratic quest to build community and empower citizens to find their public voices.

In the course of its 4 years on the air, we’ve featured conversations with a rich variety of artists, writers, academics, activists, thinkers, and dreamers; some of them notable.  Our show encourages a humane and exploratory approach to dialogue.  We welcome talk from a wide variety of disciplines, in particular the arts, literature, education, politics, psychology, science, and spirituality; along with the sharing of personal stories.

To structure the event, we’ll gather a roundtable of 6 to 8 people, along with a small audience for those who want to be part of the action but would rather not be on the panel at this point.  The program will air on Time Warner Cable in Manhattan, and on Cablevision in Hoboken and other parts of Hudson County.  It will also be broadcast worldwide on the internet.

Public Voice Salon is co-produced by Hoboken residents John Bredin, an educator and writer (who co-founded the original open conversation Salon at Symposia in 2002), and his wife, the scientist Claudia Canasto.

Please rsvp 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

BABY PUPPETONIA: Tue and Thu at 1.30 pm

PUPPET YOGA TODDLERS: Tuesdays at 4 pm

Two new shows every week.

No reservation required.

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

Email:  or visit

NEW: Puppet Yoga for 15 months to 4 year olds – Every Tuesday at 4 pm

Roar like a lion, bark like a dog, fly like an airplane, or flutter your wings like a butterfly while making friends with the Puppetonia puppet family.

The class will help kids increase their flexibility and build social skills while practicing simple yoga poses, singing familiar songs, interacting with our puppets, acting out stories, and engaging in our unique yoga games. Imaginations are encouraged to run wild as we visit beaches, zoos, rain forests and circuses all over the world on our magical yoga adventures.

Breathing and visualization techniques will teach kids how to focus, relax and develop self-control.

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


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