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The Rubin Research

Virtual Events:

Mindset Matters: A 4-Week Course in Meditation

Specifically designed for work colleagues, this course allows you to take a break with your team to reconnect through this mindful practice. You and your colleagues will gain coping tools to cultivate efficiency and collaboration in the workplace. A skilled facilitator will use guided breathing exercises to foster real connection despite the distance caused by working remotely. This package includes a 45-minute consultation session to plan the course; the course consists of two 20-minute sessions per week for four weeks.

Each week focuses on a different meditation technique. Examples include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Insight
  • Empathic listening
  • RAIN
  • Forgiveness
  • Metta

Weekly sessions can be customized to your needs. Example topics includes:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Leadership skills
  • Mentor visualization (cultivating belief in yourself)
  • Communication
  • STRESS Relief
  • Cultivating focus (peripheral perception practice; having awareness and staying focused on ourselves)
  • Nonverbal communication; speaking from the "why"

Each week can be planned as sessions progress so can change accordingly.

Meditation sessions are facilitated by a private and secure Zoom link, which will be sent to the host 48 hours in advance of the event. The host will receive a customizable PDF invitation and event checklist.

Fees: $2,000

Recommended for groups of up to 20

About the Facilitator:

Cher Meli is a teacher of meditation, executive mindset coach, yoga instructor, and mother of three boys. Her conviction and philosophy is rooted in the belief that the relationship you have with yourself is the foundation which defines every other relationship in your life. Through guided meditation and self-study, open-dialogue, breath focus and various other tools, Cher helps her clients lift the veil and gain insight into themselves. She has led seminars, workshops, retreats, and spoken at lectures internationally. As a meditation and mindset coach, she guides individuals to realizing their unique, personal potential realizing their authentic & productive contribution to the collective.

Cher holds well over 1000 hours of formal studies including with The White Lotus Foundation, Yoga Therapy Training with Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram/ Healing Yoga Foundation, and Boundless Leadership with Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.

Virtual Events:

Melt: Sonic Stress Relief

Relax and bond with the people you love! Sound therapist Maraliz combines breathwork, sound, meditation, and cognitive reprogramming practices to leave you with lasting peace. This isn't just a quick fix for stress—this session will leave you with a lasting, profound practice to change your daily experience.

Bring a journal and headphones, dress comfortably, and prepare space to lie down for this 1 hour workshop of breathwork, sound, meditation, and group discussion.

Melt workshops are facilitated by a private and secure Zoom link, which will be sent to the host 48 hours in advance of the event. The host will receive a customizable PDF invitation and event checklist.

Fee: $500 for groups of up to 8

About the Facilitator:

Maraliz Campos (DJ ikåtu) is a Paraguayan-American sound artist who has turned extreme chronic pain into a muse. As a sound practitioner and wellness guide, she challenges widely accepted industry narratives. Vice Tonic applauded her Rational Wellness work as steering the industry towards increased diversity, and Wanderlust named her 35 Under 35 in Wellness to Watch for her pioneering soundscapes. She is the creator of Sonic Wellness, a unique sound meditation technique combining ASMR, vocal looping, unique sonic textures, and live instruments.

Maraliz is a certified sound practitioner, meditation facilitator, DJ, and sound designer. Her workshops, sensory events, original recordings, and teacher trainings occur around the United States, and her articles can be found on wellness blogs including Huffpost Thrive, Alchemist’s Kitchen, and more.

Virtual Events:

Origami Workshop

for adults and children age 12 and up

Learn a new skill of the Japanese art of paper-folding with this origami workshop led by artist Uttam Grandhi. Over the course of this workshop you will learn to fold two shapes inspired by the Rubin’s collection. Learn about symbolism in Tibetan Buddhist art, and how to create your own representation with only paper!

Virtual art-making workshops are facilitated by a private and secure Zoom link, which will be sent to the host 48 hours in advance of the event. Customizable PDF invitation, materials list and event checklist will be provided to host.

Event duration: 90 minutes.

Fee: $400 for groups up to 15

About the Artist

Uttam Grandhi is an origami artist, and an engineer based in Brooklyn. He is an alumni of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, and Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, in India. His artworks have been exhibited at venues such as Cartier, MIT, Tokyo University, NYU, Rubin Museum, National Museum of Mathematics, Gulliver’s Gate Miniature Museum, SIGGRAPH, and Nagoya University. He has won recognitions from MIT, Harvard University, and NASA for his inventions in augmented reality, and origami. Most recently, he founded OpenPPE Project in collaboration with researchers from MIT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, inventing an origami-based, low-cost, N95+ filtration face mask that can easily be replicated anywhere in the world without the need for advanced machinery or skills.

Virtual Events:

K2 Onscreen Dance Party

A virtual dance party for the current times. A K2 Onscreen Dance Party is the perfect event to bring you and your friends together no matter where you physically are. Get dressed up, grab a bottle of wine, and enjoy the finely curated music by international sound artist Maraliz. We promise, you'll want to get moving once the rhythm hits your ears. Listen on external speakers for maximum good vibes. 1 hr of thoughtfully curated music mastered by a live DJ.

Virtual dance parties are facilitated by a private and secure Zoom link, which will be sent to the host 48 hours in advance of the event. Customizable PDF invitation and event checklist will be provided to host.

Fee: $600 for groups up to 30

About the Facilitator

Maraliz Campos (DJ ikåtu) is a Paraguayan-American sound artist who has turned extreme chronic pain into a muse. As a sound practitioner and wellness guide, she challenges widely accepted industry narratives. Vice Tonic applauded her Rational Wellness work as steering the industry towards increased diversity, and Wanderlust named her 35 Under 35 in Wellness to Watch for her pioneering soundscapes. She is the creator of Sonic Wellness, a unique sound meditation technique combining ASMR, vocal looping, unique sonic textures, and live instruments.

Maraliz is a certified sound practitioner, meditation facilitator, DJ, and sound designer. Her workshops, sensory events, original recordings, and teacher trainings occur around the United States, and her articles can be found on wellness blogs including Huffpost Thrive, Alchemist’s Kitchen, and more.

Virtual Events:

Grown-Up Art Field Trip

Give your group an exclusive, virtual Rubin experience from the comfort of home with a private grown-up field trip led by an experienced Rubin educator. You’ll be guided through new ways of looking at art with time for discussion. Our recommendations for an at-home mocktail or cocktail will help set the tone!

Virtual field trips are facilitated by a private and secure Zoom link, which will be sent to the host 48 hours in advance of the event. The host will receive a customizable PDF invitation and event checklist. Event duration: 1 hour.

Fee: $400 for groups of up to 15

Themes:

  • Himalayan Highlights Tour: Explore highlights from the Rubin Museum collection, including masterpieces of Buddhist and Hindu art from the Himalayan region.
  • Female Empowerment: Discover the stories and rituals of powerful female figures in Himalayan art.
  • The Secret World of Tantra: There’s more to Tantra than you might think! This special tour illuminates the esoteric practices and rituals of Tantra.

We also offer group field trips adapted for families or groups with children; please inquire for more information.

Virtual Events:

Group Mindfulness Meditation

Suitable for beginners and advanced levels

Whether you want to offer fresh perspectives or share the gift of mindfulness with like-minded friends, your meditation guide will tailor the session to your intentions. This one-time meditation session draws inspiration from an artwork in the Rubin’s collection of Himalayan art, which represents much of the tradition mindfulness meditation is rooted in, and includes time for discussion and questions.

Virtual meditation sessions are facilitated by a private and secure Zoom link, which will be sent to the host 48 hours in advance of the event. The host will receive a customizable PDF invitation and event checklist. Event duration: 45 minutes.

Fee: $500 for groups of up to 15

We also offer group meditation sessions adapted for families or groups with children; please inquire for more information.

Virtual Events:

Mudras for Teens and Tweens

Recommended for children ages 12-16

Take your hands, interlace your fingers, place your palms on your belly, and breathe. Did you know that our hands have little rivers of energy that connect our bodies to our minds? By placing our fingers and palms in different positions we can do yoga with our hands and create mudras.

During this virtual activity, participants will learn various mudras—including trust, love, and removal of obstacles—with particular focus on the vajrapradama mudra, the mudra of unshakeable trust.

Mudra workshops are facilitated by a private and secure Zoom link, which will be sent to the host 48 hours in advance of the event. The host will receive a customizable PDF invitation and event checklist. Event duration: 1 hour.

Fee: $450 for groups of up to 10

About the Facilitator:

Cher Meli is a teacher of meditation, executive mindset coach, yoga instructor, and mother of three boys. Her conviction and philosophy is rooted in the belief that the relationship you have with yourself is the foundation which defines every other relationship in your life. Through guided meditation and self-study, open-dialogue, breath focus and various other tools, Cher helps her clients lift the veil and gain insight into themselves. She has led seminars, workshops, retreats, and spoken at lectures internationally. As a meditation and mindset coach, she guides individuals to realizing their unique, personal potential realizing their authentic & productive contribution to the collective.

Cher holds well over 1000 hours of formal studies including with The White Lotus Foundation, Yoga Therapy Training with Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram/ Healing Yoga Foundation, and Boundless Leadership with Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.

Virtual Events:

Family Yoga ROCKS!

When a lot of things seem out of your control, make something all your own by using mindfulness and creativity. This experience for a family or group of friends is meant to promote connection and togetherness.

Your group will begin with an arts and crafts ​intention-setting activity using a rock as the canvas and paint or paint markers as the medium. Another word for intention is 'purpose', and you are going to consider the purpose behind your decoration of these rocks and explore the idea of alignment with one's self.

The experience will conclude with a group yoga class taught by a certified instructor. Students will learn tools that will help them navigate the ups and downs of this tough time, and skills to carry with them into the future.

Event duration: 90 minutes.

Fee: $450 for groups of up to 10

About the Facilitator:

Jessica Jablonski is a yoga teacher certified through Light on Lotus, YogaBuddies and YogaWorks. She enjoys working with children, and celebrating their energy and enthusiasm through the practice of yoga. Her playful classes strive to bring awareness, connection and confidence to kids (and their families!), providing them with tools they will use for the rest of their lives. She is mom to a nine and a half year old step daughter Lily, and a 14 month old son, Hudson.

Virtual Events:

Kids Art Lab

Ages 4 and older with accompanying adults

Enjoy an art-filled workshop for your child and leave the planning to us! Our virtual Art Labs are led by Museum educators and include an age-appropriate discussion about an artwork from the Museum’s collection and a guided hands-on art-making activity.

Great for birthday parties or other children’s groups!

Virtual Art Labs are facilitated via a private and secure Zoom link, which will be sent to the host 48 hours in advance of the event. The host will receive a customizable PDF invitation and event checklist.
Event duration: 1 hour.

Fee: $450 fee for up to 15 children

Themes

Instruments of Our Own
For thousands of years humans have been making and playing musical instruments, constantly inventing new instruments and modifying existing ones to produce different sounds and mimic the sounds we hear from animals. Leading up to the activity, listen to the story of a small but courageous jungle hero and join in a visual scavenger hunt through artworks for real and imaginary creatures from around the world. Next,your Rubin guide will show you how to make and play your own musical instruments out of recycled household materials. Together we will build on the human tradition of instrument making!

Hybrid Animals
Many of the powerful deities in the Museum’s collection are hybrid creatures, from Ganesha, a human-elephant hybrid, to Naga, a snake-like creature, and Garuda, the king of birds. According to Buddhist and Hindu tradition, animals have the potential for enlightenment, and humans and animals are linked by past lives—making them part of a single family. Learn more about these hybrid figures and create your own creature with endless combinations and powers. The only limit is your imagination!

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