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The Noguchi Museum is one of the most magical places in Queens. The space, designed by the late Japanese-American sculpture artist Isamu Noguchi, includes an open-air sculpture garden and several galleries, each with its own feel and family of Noguchi sculptures. The works of art and the spaces in the museum are complex, mysterious, and playful. In short: this is an amazing place to spend a day creating.

The workshop will begin with a meditation practice to open up the senses, and will continue with a silent walking meditation around the galleries of the museum, followed by writing prompts and discussion to get the ideas flowing. Participants will then have time to explore the museum independently and write, draw, or do other creative work. The workshop will conclude with a sharing circle where participants can share their work from the day with the group.
Writers, artists, musicians, and creatives of any kind are welcome to attend. No experience with meditation necessary. Please bring your own writing and/or art materials.

Sunday June 15

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Rd, Queens, NY 11106

Museum Admission:
General admission: $10
Seniors (65+): $5
Students with a valid ID: $5

This workshop is being sponsored by Mission to (dit)Mars, an Astoria-based theatre collective, and Mindful Astoria, an Astoria-based meditation group.

Emily Herzlin is a writer and teacher with a particular love for memoir and poetry. She received her MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia in 2012. She began practicing meditation in 2003. In college she found her way to the Interdependence Project, where she now teaches meditation courses and retreats. She is a Certified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Teacher, and trained in MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has been teaching meditation since 2011 to groups and individuals. She works as a Mind-Body Therapist at Weill Cornell Medicine, and formerly at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She also completed a yearlong meditation teacher training program at the Interdependence Project. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program. Emily is the founder and guiding teacher of Mindful Astoria, a meditation community in Astoria, Queens.