Pure inspiration. The birth of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program. Exchange of ideas between patients, world renown doctors, nurses, yoga instructors and alternative healthcare practitioners. Read more about the collective voices of the Urban Zen Well-Being forum.
The 2007 Urban Zen Foundation
Well – Being Forum
MAY 14- 24, 2007 AT THE URBAN ZEN CENTER
The Well-being Forum was an unprecedented event. Ten days in May were designed and carefully planned to bring a dream to a reality: giving a forum for the exchange of ideas between patients, and world renowned doctors, nurses, yoga instructors and alternative healthcare practitioners. The result was pure inspiration: the collective voices of the panelist and audience members created a robust collection of ideas, potential initiative and creative solutions to serious healthcare problems.
Collectively we sensed we were a defining moment of what can be achieve when science and creativity come together. The hopes and needs expressed by the professionals on the panel and those in the audience underscored the importance of change in the patient care/advocacy paradigm. The ideas, emotion and energy created within the Initiative demonstrated what can be achieved when we call come together with purpose. These issues touch us all and those we love. It has become clear that unified effort, we can effect change.
The Urban Zen Initiative Well-Being Forum not only met our goals, but transcended them: The dream moved to reality, and the reality must move on to action. We hope, through our combined and continued efforts, Urban Zen becomes a part of a global initiative. Help us help continue to create consciousness and awareness. With your support, our dreams can come true and together we can change the paradigm of the patient care.
MONDAY, MAY 14TH
Tony Robbins – Tony Robbins, a recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, negotiations, organizational turnaround, and peak performance, will lead a panel discussion on the intersection of alternative and traditional medicine and bridging the gap of patient advocacy.
Open discussion – Tony Robbins to moderate a panel discussion with Donna Karan to introduce the purpose of the Well being forum. Panel to include Donna Karan, Dr. Dean Ornish.
T U E S D A Y , M A Y 1 5 T H
Yoga Class with Rodney Yee / Colleen Saidman Yee – Yoga led by Rodney and Colleen to give an insight on their teachings. Rodney, an internationally acclaimed yoga instructor and a faculty member at the Omega Institute, has appeared in many publications in addition to creating his own instructional DVDs and authoring two books. His wife Colleen teaches at Yoga Shanti, a studio that she co-founded, as well as the Omega Institute.
Open Discussion – Dr. Mark Hyman to moderate a panel discussion with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee to introduce the purpose of Yoga as medicine. The panel to include Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Lynn Redgrave, Sandra Steingraber and Reverent Michael Bernard Beckwith.
Open Yoga Class – Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee will formulate an open class on meditation pranayama, asana, bodywork and dharma talks.
W E D N E S D A Y , M A Y 1 6 T H
Yoga Class with Rodney Yee/ Colleen Saidman Yee – Their intention is to integrate yoga into society so that yoga can be one of the main foundations for moving us towards peace for each individual. We need the tools that yoga can provide for servicing the world in the best possible way, coming from a place of compassion, selflessness and love.
Open Discussion – Dr. Woody Merrill to moderate a panel discussion with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee to introduce the purpose of health and healing. Panel to include Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Dr. Linda Lancaster, Lynn Kohlman and Dr Peter Reznik.
Open Yoga Class – Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee will formulate an open class on meditation, asana, bodywork for dharma talks.
T H U R S D A Y , M A Y 1 7 T H
Tai Chi with Lou Reed and Master Ren – Master Ren will be expressing the movement of his practice through mind, body and soul. Master Ren has worked alongside Lou Reed for many many years.
Open Discussion – Dr Jim Gordan to moderate a panel discussion with Master Ren to introduce the purpose of Tai Chi in medicine. Panel to include Master Ren, Lou Reed, Vladimir Angert, Lynn Kohlman and a nutritionist.
Open Yoga Class
F R I D A Y , M A Y 1 8 T H
Yoga Workshop with Richard Freeman – A yoga class will be formulated by Richard to give insight on his teachings. Richard, who studied under Pattabhi Jois, spent nearly nine years in Asia studying various traditions that he incorporates into Ashtanga yoga. His ability to juxtapose various viewpoints without losing the depth and integrity of each, has helped him develop a unique, metaphorical teaching style.
Open Discussion – Dr Frank Lipman to moderate a panel discussion with Richard Freeman to introduce the purpose of Yoga and wellbeing. Panel to include Richard Freeman, Jill Pettijohn, Lynn Kohlman Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith and Donna Karan.
Yoga Workshop – Richard will formulate an open class on meditation pranayama, asana, bodywork and dharma talks for 200 participants.
S A T U R D A Y , M A Y 1 9 T H
Open discussion. Dr. Frank Lipman to moderate a panel Discussion with Gabriella Roth to introduce the purpose of the wisdom traditions. The panel to include Gabriella Roth, Ruthie Rosenberg, Robert Thurman, Frank Lipman and Mariel Hemingway.
Healing Dance Class with Gabrielle Roth – “Movement of Medicine, the Healing Power of Rhythm.” Gabrielle is a noted artist, philosopher and healer who has devoted her life to exploring and communicating the language of primal movement and experimental theater. She guides her students on an adventure into the often unexplored, sometimes daunting, region of their own psyches, and brings them back into alignment with the rhythm of their own souls.
S U N D A Y , M A Y 2 0 T H
10am – 12noon
Open discussion. Marcia Wenig, Cortney Ross, Ruthie Rosenberg, patient and a childrens doctor.
12noon – 6pm
SFK Kid’s Fun Day – Yoga led by Marsha Wenig and a Spirituality for Kids workshop. Marsha is a national expert on yoga for children and a founder of the “YogaKids” videos, which makes yoga more accessible to a younger audience by using children’s natural sense of play and exploration to guide them through the postures. SFK is an extraordinary program to educate and raise awareness in the hearts and souls of underprivileged children. We
will set up nomadic stations to show the difference it makes in their lives.
M O N D A Y , M A Y 2 1 S T
Yoga Workshop with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee – an open class will be formulated by Rodney and Colleen.
Open Discussion. Dr. Frank Lipman to moderate a panel discussion with Dr. Woody Merrell to introduce the purpose of integrated medicine. Panel to include Dr. Woody Merrell, Lynn Kohlman, Jill Pettijohn, a healer and a patient.
T U E S D A Y , M A Y 2 2 N D
Yoga Workshop led by David Life / Sharon Gannon – David and Sharon will formulate an open class on meditation pranayama, asana, bodywork and dharma talks. Co-authors of “Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul,” David and Sharon integrate an ethical lifestyle into their asana practice. They are also the founders and directors of the Jivamukti Yoga Center in New York, and are advocates for a deeper awareness of ecological
issues and consciousness of diet.
Open Discussion – Dr. Frank Lipman to moderate a panel discussion with Sharon Gannon and David Life to introduce the purpose of environment and health. Panel to include Sharon Gannon, David Life, Susan Luck, Dr. Devra Davis, Jill Pettijohn and Ruthie Rosenberg.
Yoga Workshop – Sharon Gannon and David Life will lead a yoga class.
W E D N E S D A Y , M A Y 2 3 R D
Zen Meditation – To sit and to experience zen thru the eyes of a zen master, Roshi Pat O’Hara. Includes Oreoke Dinner, yoga, walking meditation, dharma talks and introduction of zen physical training. Rodney and Colleen will be leading yoga before the meditation.
T H U R S D A Y , M A Y 2 4 T H
Iyengar Yoga Workshop – James Murphy to lead an Iyengar based yoga class.
10:30 am- 12 noon
Open Discussion. Mary Dunn to moderate a panel discussion with Dr Frank Lipman to introduce the purpose of Yoga as medicine through the Iyengar institute. The panel to include James Murphy, Dr Frank Lipman, Jill Pettijohn, Dr Peter Reznik and Lynn Kohlman
Closing Night – Healing Dance Experience with Gabrielle Roth as well as other drummers and vocalists.