Special Events/Workshops

Upcoming Workshops:

Executive Functioning In and Out of the Classroom

Monday, November 26, 2018

7:30 pm -- 8:45 pm

WiseMind Center for Social & Emotional Learning

20 Highland Avenue – Metuchen, NJ

Cost: $25

Space limited to 20 participants (Please RSVP to mjwarman@gmail.com or call 732-689-5213)

Given by: Christine Piovoso

Executive Functioning skills include the ability to initiate, plan and organize, set goals, solve problems, regulate emotions, and monitor behavior and are at the heart of what we all need and use to manage our day-to-day life. Learn the signs of children struggling with Executive Functioning difficulties both in school and at home as well as how children can best be supported to face their everyday challenges.

With nearly 30 years of experience, Christine Piovoso has been helping children develop Executive Functioning skills in the classroom. She earned her Masters in Special Education and has worked in regular education as well as inclusion and self-contained special education classrooms. She is also the mother of 3 and sees the challenges, first hand, of helping children to develop these skills at home. With the wisdom of a long-time educator and as a parent, Christine has witnessed the challenges as well as the joys that children with these struggles bring, both in and out of the classroom, and hopes to share her perspective with you.


Everyday Mindfulness: Living the Mindful Life

Monday, January 7, 2019

7:30 pm -- 9:00 pm

WiseMind Center for Social & Emotional Learning

20 Highland Avenue – Metuchen, NJ

Cost: $25

Space limited to 20 participants (Please RSVP to mjwarman@gmail.com or call 732-689-5213)

Given by: Kerry Rasp

Kerry Rasp is a meditation teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and life coach. He completed his training in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Umass Medical Center in 2000 and at Coach U in 2001. Kerry has been practicing meditation for over 20 years and his teachers include Joseph Goldstein, Christopher Titmuss, Jack Kornfield, Stephen Batchelor, Bhikkhu Bodhi and Thanissaro Bhikkhu. He teaches meditation at Montclair State University and is a co-founder of the Montclair Center of Spiritual Practice. He regularly leads meditation groups throughout the NY/NJ metro area, and workshops to a variety of companies and organizations. Those who most benefit from his training include young adults, parents, caregivers, entrepreneurs, those who are in transition, stressed out, in chronic pain or anyone seeking to live a clear minded, simple and fulfilling life.


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Past Workshops:

Everyday Mindfulness and Gentle Yoga for Reducing Holiday Stress

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

7:45 pm -- 9:00 pm

WiseMind Center for Social & Emotional Learning

20 Highland Avenue – Metuchen, NJ

Cost: $25

Space limited to 20 participants (Please RSVP to mjwarman@gmail.com or call 732-689-5213)

Given by: Ginny Wetzel

This time of year can bring stress and anxiety to many people. Learn to incorporate some simple techniques that can be done anywhere to reduce anxiety and recharge.

Ginny Wetzel is a long-time educator and a Hatha Yoga certified teacher. She is also trained in Mindful Schools and has incorporated mindfulness personally and professionally for years.


Taming the Monkey Mind

Monday, November 5, 2018

7:30 pm -- 9:00 pm

WiseMind Center for Social & Emotional Learning

20 Highland Avenue – Metuchen, NJ

Cost: $25

Space limited to 20 participants (Please RSVP to mjwarman@gmail.com or call 732-689-5213)

Given by: Kerry Rasp

With everything going on in the world today and the ever increasing pace of our busy lives, we seem to have forgotten how to let it all go occasionally and simply relax. Our minds are incessantly thinking, our bodies feel stressed and there's this suspicion that life can be much more fulfilling than it currently is. Mindfulness meditation is a 2500 year old Buddhist practice which has become increasingly relevant for our times. Among other things, it enables you to calm your mind, open your heart, live more fully in the moment and cultivate an inner contentment regardless of life's circumstances. In this 90 minute class, Kerry will offer basic instructions in mindfulness meditation, lead a guided meditation, share simple techniques for calming down the 'monkey mind' and allow time for discussion. His approach is lighthearted and low key and your questions are encouraged. The class itself is a relaxing and quietly engaging experience.

Kerry Rasp is a meditation teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and life coach. He completed his training in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Umass Medical Center in 2000 and at Coach U in 2001. Kerry has been practicing meditation for over 20 years and his teachers include Joseph Goldstein, Christopher Titmuss, Jack Kornfield, Stephen Batchelor, Bhikkhu Bodhi and Thanissaro Bhikkhu. He teaches meditation at Montclair State University and is a co-founder of the Montclair Center of Spiritual Practice. He regularly leads meditation groups throughout the NY/NJ metro area, and workshops to a variety of companies and organizations. Those who most benefit from his training include young adults, parents, caregivers, entrepreneurs, those who are in transition, stressed out, in chronic pain or anyone seeking to live a clear minded, simple and fulfilling life.


Everyday Mindfulness: Living the Mindful Life

Monday, September 24, 2018

7:30 pm -- 9:00 pm

WiseMind Center for Social & Emotional Learning

20 Highland Avenue – Metuchen, NJ

Cost: Free

Space limited to 20 participants (Please RSVP to mjwarman@gmail.com or call 732-689-5213)

Given by: Kerry Rasp

Kerry Rasp is a meditation teacher, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and life coach. He completed his training in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Umass Medical Center in 2000 and at Coach U in 2001. Kerry has been practicing meditation for over 20 years and his teachers include Joseph Goldstein, Christopher Titmuss, Jack Kornfield, Stephen Batchelor, Bhikkhu Bodhi and Thanissaro Bhikkhu. He teaches meditation at Montclair State University and is a co-founder of the Montclair Center of Spiritual Practice. He regularly leads meditation groups throughout the NY/NJ metro area, and workshops to a variety of companies and organizations. Those who most benefit from his training include young adults, parents, caregivers, entrepreneurs, those who are in transition, stressed out, in chronic pain or anyone seeking to live a clear minded, simple and fulfilling life.


The Breakdown on Break Downs: How Parents Can Coach Self-Regulation

Thursday, September 27, 2018

6:30 pm -- 8:00 pm

WIseMind Center for Social & Emotional Learning

20 Highland Avenue -- Metuchen, NJ

Cost: $20

Space limited to 20 participants (Please RSVP to mjwarman@gmail.com or call 732-689-5213)

Given by: Dr. Heather Khot

Wondering how to cope with your child's meltdowns? Whether your child is two or twelve, we have some basic tools to add to your parenting tool kit that you will not want to miss.

This workshop will introduce parents to the concept of self-regulation, and outline its development over childhood with concrete examples. Strategies to support and build your child's skill set will also be discussed.

Coaching self-regulation at home can give your child the guidance she needs to be confident at school and in the community, and help you to break down the problem into manageable pieces that will fit into your busy life! Come join us and get the lowdown on the ways to help your child cope when they are feeling down low.

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Past Special Events:

Saturday, October 6, 2018 (rain dates 10/13 & 10/20): Metuchen Country Fair -- 10 am - 4 pm -- Main Street -- Metuchen, NJ.

Drop-in Open House Dates: Feel free to come by and meet with one of our staff members to discuss your child's needs and what we have to offer -- from 7 pm - 8 pm on the following dates: Tuesday, July 31, 2018; Thursday, August 2, 2018; Tuesday, August 14, 2018; Thursday, August 16, 2018 -- 20 Highland Avenue, Metuchen, NJ

National Night Out: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm at the Metuchen Municipal Pool -- 50 Lake Avenue, Metuchen, NJ

Wednesday, July 25, 2018: Family Arts of Metuchen -- Sunflower Series -- Martin Swinger -- 6:15 pm -- Old Franklin Schoolhouse 491 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ

Wednesday, July 11, 2018: Family Arts of Metuchen -- Sunflower Series -- Mr. Ray -- 6:15 pm -- Old Franklin Schoolhouse 491 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ

Wednesday, June 20, 2018: Kids Takeover -- 1 pm - 6 pm -- In front of What's the Scoop -- Main Street, Metuchen, NJ Family Arts of Metuchen -- Sunflower Series -- Fuzzy Lemons -- 6:15 pm -- Old Franklin Schoolhouse 491 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ

Sunday, May 20, 2018: Metuchen Street Fair and Craft Show -- 11 am - 5 pm -- Main Street, Metuchen, NJ

Sunday, April 22, 2018: Health and Wellness Expo -- 11 am - 6 pm -- Menlo Park Mall -- 55 Parsonage Road, Edison, NJ

Saturday, April 21, 2018: Healthy Kids Day -- 11 am - 1 pm -- YMCA -- 65 High Street, Metuchen, NJ