Content Tagged: Students

Supporting Father Rick at NPH Saint Damien’s Hospital, Haiti

by Janera Soerel Father Rick. He is American—from Connecticut, in his 50s, tall, fit, and very handsome, with neatly trimmed hair. Wearing khaki pants, sneakers, a snugly fitting t-shirt with a leather string tied around his neck, from which a wooden cross dangled, he was polite when we were introduced, but his eyes darted away… Read more »

Amazing Grace: A UZIT Experience in Haiti

by Mae Sakharov My personal journey with the Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT) training began in 2008 when I read an article about the program in the New York Times. I was immediately drawn to the cross-disciplinary approach, focusing on self-care and integrating ancient healing techniques to complement the best in modern medicine. Donna Karan,… Read more »

UZIT Program 2011 – Closing Weekend

This weekend, the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) Program closed with a palpable sense of thanksgiving and the knowing that “it might have been otherwise.” Students gathered together for a final opportunity to glean wisdom from the now-familiar faces of the UZIT program. Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Paley… Read more »

UZIT Nutrition Weekend: We Are Expressions of What We Eat

Though there is no straight formula to getting and staying healthy, there is one principle that all speakers at this weekend’s Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program supported in their own way: food is medicine, and what we put into our bodies directly determines our health. There is no way around it: we are expressions of… Read more »

The UZIT Experience of Bringing Hope to Haiti

By Keely Garfield I am returning to Haiti, this time in the role of group leader for Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT), Clinical Rotation #5. As it turns out, we are an international cast of intrepids, hailing from Curacao, Argentina, Quebec, and London all by way of New York naturellement! This will prove crucial as… Read more »

UZIT Weekend: Yoga Philosophy with Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor

The tenth weekend of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapist program convened this weekend for yoga philosophy with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor. Both longtime practitioners of the Ashtanga Yoga system taught by the late Pattabhi Jois, these teachers offered a wealth of knowledge and presence. Each day began with a two-hour physical practice, a vigorous… Read more »

The Children for Children Haiti Project

Often, our Founder Donna Karan, will speak about her vision for education; about her belief that true learning must expand beyond just reading, writing and arithmatic to include the mind, body and spirit. Children need tactile, experiential learning; they need to learn from their relationships and from diverse cultures and people groups. It is with… Read more »

Richard Rosen Original Yoga: The Forgotten Practices of Hatha Yoga

Last night the Urban Zen Center was transformed into an inclusive place of healing and expansion during our yoga class with Richard Rosen. Open to the public, this class brought together a conscious community of holistic explorers and served as a beautiful way to kick-off another weekend of UZIT training. Ali Schechter, a member of… Read more »

UZIT Reflections on Haiti

Keely Garfield recently returned from Haiti where she was working on behalf of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) program along with fellow UZIT Leadership Team members Stephen Kolbert, Peggy Peloquin, and Mae Sakharov. Here, we invite you to read about Keely’s experience bringing healing to Haiti: Landing at the Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport at… Read more »

UZIT Program: Yoga Therapy with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee

“This weekend is for you to fill up. Nothing is a problem. Don’t be afraid of looking foolish. We welcome your questions. You are significant.” These were the words of wisdom and encouragement offered by Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee as they led our Urban Zen Integrative Therapy students through a grounding yoga practice… Read more »