Hey, <<First Name>>!
Where do you go for healing?
This weekend, I went into the woods for a women's retreat. While I booked it months ago, it could not have come at a more perfect time. Some past traumas of mine have resurfaced in full force, and I found myself feeling like a stranger in my own skin.
It felt like my identity was stripped away. I was left painfully raw, left only with questions and a desperate desire to do anything to feel whole again.
Thankfully, I could escape to a lodge filled with beautiful, wise women who had ways to hold my pain, at least for a while. We screamed together. We wept together. We shared our dreams, our fears, and our histories. We connected to ancient stories, and the earth. We remembered the life-making power that is contained in a woman's body.
It was everything that I needed.
Yet most people don't have the luxury of going on a retreat to heal their souls. Most people can't afford a therapist to help them unpack their baggage.
It's my birthday today, <<First Name>>. So, I have a question and a request of you:
First: Where in New York City do you go for healing? Bonus points if this activity or place is low-cost or free, or has a sliding scale. I would love to include more cost-accessible spaces for healing in The Joy List. Because we can't truly connect with others if we feel lost within ourselves.
Second: I'm collecting donations for The Mankind Project, an organization that has transformed the lives of many men who I love. They create safe spaces for men to gather, get vulnerable, and process their emotions. The world needs more places like this. You can donate here.
Loneliness stems from not feeling seen or understood. When you have no place to express your true self, you will always feel disconnected–– no matter how many people you surround yourself with. When we can express who we really are, healing begins.
Awkward transition, but... are you ready for the GIF and the fun things? Take it away, my favorite video-fied puppos of the year:
Okay, okay. Two more things. Real quick!
Tickets for the next Joy List Social are live
Reserve your spot here for January 23rd at the gorgeous Betaworks. RSVP on Facebook here. Remember, the last one sold out!
This time around, our greeter will be the amazing Jeanine T. Abraham of Rhythm Therapy and VisAbleblackwoman Productions. Get ready for the glory that she has in store for you!
Want your company to collaborate with the event? We're only partnering with three brands! Email email@example.com to get more info.
The Joy List Denver is launching on Sunday!!
The wonderful Galen Bernard of Courage Club will be our Denver City Lead.
Forward this page to anyone there who wants more joy in their life.
Monday, January 14
Tuesday, January 15
Stretching and Playing in Public
Want to get limber while also getting out of your comfort zone? Try stretching and playing some games with a large group in the middle of The Oculus! Not surprisingly, the folks who lead this are absolute gems.
Free. 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The Oculus, World Trade Center. Info here.
CBD + Self-Care
A sober space with great CBD concoctions, great people, and a tattoo station? Yes, please!
Cost of drinks. 7 to 11 PM. 3 Bleecker St. Info here.
Mayday Space Programming Meetup
If you want to help fill a community space with great events, step up and volunteer at Mayday Space!
Free. 7 to 9 PM. Mayday Space, 179 St. Nicholas Ave. Info here.
No Lights No Lycra
I went to this a few weeks ago, and absolutely adored it. There's nothing like dancing without feeling the eyes of other people on me. It's freeing as hell... so let's dance in the dark together!
$5. 8:30 to 9:30 PM. Church of the Messiah Hall, 129 Russel St. Info here.
Wednesday, January 16
CircleSong to Greet the New Year
Group singing is healing as hell. Get into it.
$15-$30 sliding scale. 7 to 9 PM. 305 W. 38th St. Info here.
Drink and Draw Wednesday
Come meet your fellow doodlers and art-lovers. While it's easy to draw without talking to anyone, I challenge you to start a conversation with a stranger. My favorite question is always, "What's something that you're excited about?"
$10. 7 to 9 PM. The Living Gallery, 1094 Broadway. Info here.
Thursday, January 17
Hang out with a monk, learn about the Buddha's words, and ask your big life questions.
Free. 7 to 8:30 PM. Sixth Street Community Center, 638 East 6th St. Info here.
Men's Support Circle
This is an evening of creating a shared sacred space for men to hear, support & empower each other. Conversations will be guided and focus on healthy emotional expression, transcending cultural gender roles, and sexual wellness, especially regarding consent.
$5. 7 to 8:30 PM. Earth Arts Center, 936 Madison St. Info here.
Friday, January 18
Lovingkindness Meditation + Livestream
Start your weekend by cultivating your intention of living wisely and kindly for yourself, each other, and our community.
Free. 6 to 7 PM. The Interdependence Project, 28 West 27th St. Info here.
Sabbath King: Fruit Feast + MLK Wknd Preacher Swap
Gather for a mystical, multidimensional feast of fruits throughout Sabbath worship in honor of the upcoming full moon of Tu B’Shivat. The service will feature guest preaching from Rev. Derrick McQueen, kabbalistic art installation from Jessica Tamar Deutsch, and original poetry from Ezra Jesse Bookman. (He's The Joy List Social ritual guy!)
Free for service, $20-$40 for dinner. 6 to 10 PM. City Point, 445 Albee Square. Info here.
Saturday, January 19
Shamanic Drumming and Dance
Dance, drum, get out some feelings, and be in community.
$15 suggested donation. 5 to 8 PM. Arts On Site, 12 St. Marks Place. Info here.
People of Color Representation Roundtable
This space exists as a one-of-a-kind experiment where artists can share work with and get feedback from a group that is 100% people of color. Part writers circle, part discussion forum and part low-key performance salon, the POC Roundtable offer artists of color the rare experience of sharing work at any point in the development process with an all-POC audience in a safe space.
Free. 1 to 5 PM. Musical Theatre Factory, 440 Lafayette St. Info here.
Sunday, January 20
5Rhythms: Sweat Your Prayers
5Rhythms is spiritual. It's legitimately one of the safest, most welcoming environments I've been lucky enough to experience in NYC. People dance with their kids, and people dance with their walkers. Check it out!
$20 cash. 11 AM to 1 PM. Joffrey Ballet School, 434 6th Ave. Info here.
Meaningful Conversations: Beyond Tolerance
How can we see our differences not as something to be merely tolerated, but rather as a source of strength for our communities? How can a spiritual foundation enable us yes to work together for the betterment of ourselves, our families, our communities and our world? Gather at this week's Meaningful Conversations series to discuss the answers.
Free. 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Bahai Center, 53 East 11th St. Info here.
Want to partner with The Joy List?
Read this info, then fill out the form doodad.
Want to book me as a speaker?
Fill out this form. I can't wait to hear from you!
Follow Us On The Interwebs
That's it for for this week, <<First Name>>! Tell a friend who's new to NYC to subscribe, like the Facebook page for even more events, and follow us on Instagram.
Have a story from an event you went to recently? Hit 'reply' and tell me about it!
Hug and a high five,
Jillian and The Joy List team
Like the Facebook page for our events calendar
Follow us for more joy on Instagram