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Hey, <<First Name>>!

Ram Dass once said, "If you think you're enlightened, go spend a week with your family."

This Christmas, that quote is particularly relevant for me.

You see, it's the first holiday that I've spent without my sister. She hasn't died–– but she has removed herself from our family. I don't know if I'll ever talk to her again. And that hurts.

I'm mourning for my sister, even though she's still alive.

I miss her.

This feels really vulnerable to share. Yet I'm letting you know, <<First Name>>, to assure you that it's normal to be sad during this time of year.

The holidays bring up all the things that are painful and difficult in our families. 

That's why, this week, I'm sending you some extra love. I hope that the events in this weeks newsletter can provide a much-needed rest from the seasonal madness, and offer deep connection, playfulness, and peace.

And now, onto the GIF and the fun things. Take it away, Christmas dog:
Okay, okay. One more thing. Real quick!

Tickets for the next Joy List Social are live! Reserve your spot here for January 23rd at the gorgeous Betaworks. Remember, the last one sold out! 

If you're interested in volunteering, email Yuko, our amazing volunteer coordinator, at

Want to sponsor the event, or offer snacks/beverages? Email Let's chat!

Monday, December 24

Circling for All Levels

Circling is a relational meditation. You'll begin with some paired exercises, and then dive into the practice. There is no need to bring anything but yourself.

Full disclosure: circling can get pretty intense. If you're not ready for some serious vulnerability with strangers, this probably isn't the best event for you.

$30. 7:15 to 9:45 PM. NeuroLeadership Institute, 599 Broadway. Info here.

A Very JQY Kratzmach

Spend Christmas Eve getting to know your fellow Jewish queer women...and eating Chinese food...and drinking. Yeah, all the good things! Anyone who identifies as female or gender-fluid is welcome. 

$10. 7 to 10 PM. WeWork, 135 W 41st St. Info here.

Tuesday, December 25

Buddhamas Holiday Party

Not sure where to go on Christmas? Why not hang out with a bunch of chill Buddhists and some monks! I've been to the Rockaway House before, and the folks there are always lovely.

Free. 10 AM to 5 PM. Rockaway House, 504 Beach 68th St. Info here.

Merry Funking XMas

The obvious transition from a day of meditation is...some bumpin' funk music at House of Yes. It's what Santa would want.

Free. 9 PM to 3 AM. House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave. Info here.

Soup Kitchen 2018

Every day in December, the Open Source Soup Kitchen brings together artists, cooks, friends, and neighbors for a month of cooking, eating, sharing and celebrating!

Sign up:

Free. 7 to 9 PM. Open Source Gallery, 306 17th St. Info here.

Wednesday, December 26


MusiCollage is an improvised group vocal jam in an intimate setting. They explore music from different roots, then collaborate to create their own original tunes. It's a space for self-expression and group communication through music. All. About. It.

$10. 8 to 10 PM. X Marks the Loft, 405 Johnson Ave. Info here.

Celebrate Kwanzaa at BCM

Over five days of culture and fun, we will learn about this African-American holiday and explore Kwanzaa’s seven principles: unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose; faith; and creativity.

$11. 10 AM to 5 PM. Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave. Info here

Thursday, December 27

Brooklyn Uke Night

This is so pure. Just a bunch of folks with ukeleles, gathering to play and sing together. D'aw.

Free. 7 to 10 PM. The Douglass, 149 4th Ave. Info here.

Hula Hoop Happy Hour

Wait... this is a thing? Hula hooping while making new friends and drinking cocktails? New York is a glorious place. 

$12 includes hoop and instructions. 4 to 7 PM. Dreamland, 233 37th St. Info here.

Friday, December 28

Morning Waves

I had no idea that there was a 5Rhythms dance class in the mornings! This movement practice is spiritual. It's legitimately one of the safest, most welcoming dance environments I've been lucky enough to experience in NYC. Get into it!

$15. 9:30 to 11 AM. St. Marks, 131 East 10th St. Info here.

Skip the Small Talk

This Joy List favorite is back! Come dive into meaningful conversations and, you know, skip the small talk.

$15. 6 to 8:30 PM. Katch Astoria, 31-19 Newton Ave. Info here.

Dance Lab: Zouk

Want to spending your Friday night dancing, connecting, and sound bath-ing? Uh... yes. Warning: the space gets full. If you're claustrophobic, I advise that you steer clear of this one.

$20. 7:30 to 11 PM. X Marks the Loft, 405 Johnson Ave. Info here.

Saturday, December 29

Community Gathering: An Afternoon of Healing

Yoga. Qigong. Intention-setting for the new year. Yeah, that's a pretty good way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

$5-$20 donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. 2 to 5 PM. Root Mama, 236 Richardson St. Info here.

Sunday, December 30

POC Yoga Flow

he(ART) house an intentional POC space illuminating and rejuvenating true connection of mind,body,soul. Focusing in on expanding the heart chakra , we will venture through breath exercises, rewiring through yoga poses, and maintain focus through meditation.

$10. 1 to 2 PM. Earth Arts Center, 936 Madison St. Info here.

Tabla Workshop

I. Love. Drums. Yet it's also hard for me to find a place to learn the skills to get down in a jam session. While I won't be here this week, check out this tabla lesson! It should be a good time.

$25. 1 to 2 PM. Art of Tabla, 101 Wyckoff Ave. Info here.

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Knowledge is Power

The new year can be a beautiful time for reflection... but sometimes some pretty harsh self-judgement can also sneak in there. For that reason, I'm including some of my favorite books to help with self-love: 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.

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Hug and a high five,

Jillian and The Joy List team
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