Spark Joy Sessions

Gardening 101 with AATC's Staci Siegel

As self-proclaimed introvert, some days I find interacting with people and providing daily customer service somewhat draining.  You are always “on” and must be an active listener and be present. Some days you wonder what impact you might have had. With this being said, I have always felt connected to nature and enjoy spending time outside. At a young age, I was exposed to the art of gardening.  Standing in soil and working the land enables me to feel more in tune with our natural world. Getting my hands dirty and planting seeds provides much stress relief.  In due time, the fruits of my labor become visible.  To witness the evolution from a few seedlings to turn into a fully bloomed vegetable plant is quite an awesome sight. It also brings a great sense of satisfaction.  This activity has proven long term health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, provides a good source of exposure to Vitamin D, strengthens your bones, promotes healthier eating, and boosts your mood.  All in all, I feel more energized, grounded, and more connected to a higher level. I hope you enjoy my brief introduction to Gardening.  

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Friday: 10:45am – 11:00am

Meditation with Pricelis Perreaux

Pricelis Perreaux-Dominguez is an entrepreneur, yoga instructor, facilitator, and coach. She has led countless retreats, workshops, and yoga classes where she has included the practice of meditation in all of them. She believes that in order to live a fruitful life, it needs to be a healthy one – and meditation is a big help when it comes to doing that. Pricelis is the owner and CEO of 3 companies – Full Collective, which is a business that takes women all around the world on purpose-filled retreats, an online membership community, and her coaching services. Inwood Movement – a studio in Inwood, Manhattan, where she leads her own yoga classes and creates space for people to use the space as well for holistic movements, and We Stay Poppin – a small business that creates spaces for entrepreneurs of color to grow their community and sell their products locally through pop ups. Pricelis lives in the Bronx and is a native New Yorker who loves to travel, read, cook, and enjoy sabbath. 

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Friday: 11:00am – 11:30am

Pet Meet Up! with BLA's Brittany Sinodinos

Cuteness overload! Our pets bring us so much joy and demand nothing in return! Though we can’t bring them to the office, we can bring the office to them! Bring your furry, scaly or feathery creatures that spark joy to this Zoom session. Cameras ready?! Get set for an exchange of some of our fave pet personalities. And go!
Friday: 12:30pm – 1:00pm

Music Break Room with AATC's Li-Senya Rembert

For self-care, sometimes I like to just sit back, unwind and listen to music. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join me for 15 minutes to be encouraged through words and live music.

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Friday: 1:00pm – 1:15pm

Nailing It! with CUNY EDGE's Mayulie Luciano

Something that sparks joy for me is giving myself a weekly manicure/pedicure. Now that most businesses are closed, I practice self-care by taking 20-30 minutes out of my day to put on some music and take my time perfecting my manicure/pedicure. I usually have the privilege of going to a nail salon and getting pampered but these days I am finding comfort as well as some peace and tranquility in being able to sit down, take my time, be patient with myself and enjoy the process. Doing something for myself, by myself,  has been extremely rewarding and seeing the final product makes me feel great! I was able to purchase a nail kit that has helped tremendously and now I am looking forward to doing my own nails (and maybe even others) post COVID-19.

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Friday: 2:30pm – 2:45pm

Automatic Drawing for Meditation with ASAP's Beth Cooperman

Are you looking into meditation, but not sure what to do? Why not use automatic drawing to get into a state of calm? Automatic drawing was inspired from the Surrealist art movement. Similar to free-writing, automatic drawing is creating without any type of goal in mind. There are no mistakes and you can create whatever you want to express. Bring any materials to write on and draw with and join me as I take you through an automatic drawing meditation activity that will leave you feeling rejuvenated! 

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Friday: 2:45pm – 3:00pm

Chillin with my Blog with AATC's Juanteshia Christian

Self care is about focusing on yourself and the things that make you happy. One creative way to do this is by translating your interests and the things you are passionate about, into a blog! Blogging allows you to share your thoughts on the topics you enjoy, while getting creative with your site and connecting to others! In this session, you will learn how to get the process started, explore blog ideas, learn how to make your blog creative and view a blog launched by one of your BMCC colleagues during the pandemic (which has been a big factor in improving her mental health).

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Friday: 3:00pm – 3:30pm

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Rob Anderson is a New York based artist and muralist. He attended Queens college and is here with BMCC to support our Spark Joy initiative through live painting. He’ll be painting a mural from 12:00pm – 4:00pm on Thursday and Friday with the theme Spark Joy. Take a minute, take a look and offer an encouraging word. Not only does his style spark joy, but so does his light-hearted demeanor. Hope to see you there!

Live Painting!

Thursday + Friday
12pm – 4pm

Soaping Making with BLA's Brittany Sinodinos

Not much says “self-care” like a little pampering! Learn how to customize your spa experience with a tutorial on melt-and-pour soap-making. Spark joy with customizable essential oils in fun shapes that you can use to keep washing those hands, getting rid of germs and stress.

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Thursday: 1:30pm – 1:45pm

BLA's Mark Podlas presents…MOODday: An Exploration of Music Mixology and Video

MOODday…An exploration of music mixology and video. This is a passion of mine where I create playlists and mixes. I decided to add some video for your entertainment. Hope your next Monday can turn into a MOODday.

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Thursday: 1:45pm – 2:00pm (on going presentation)

Know Your Limit! with ASAP's Roberto Sequeria (Meditative Exercise)

Know your limit is about reconnecting with your mind, body, and spirit. Through a set of exercises, I welcome you to join me on an experience to focus on yourself. There will be a set of challenges that will test you during our 30-minute journey. Please be prepared to be open and reflective. All you will need is loose, comfortable clothing. From beginners to advance, I believe everyone will get something beneficial. I hope that our 30-minute journey will extend beyond the workshop and give you a moment to recognize your limits. I encourage you to embrace them, and to take a chance to taste a bit of life's flavor!

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Thursday: 3:00pm – 3:30pm

Laughter Yoga

Laugh away your stress in this interactive session. Learn the science behind laughing for joy and wellness, then practice through a brief laughter and breathing lesson. Come learn why Laughter Yoga really is the best medicine!

Sarah Rolerkite is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader with a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and a Certificate in Complementary and Integrative Health. She has experience teaching students of all ages and loves to help bring out joy and happiness in others. She is currently an instructor and advisor at Washington State University Vancouver in the Department of Human Development.

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Thursday: 3:30pm – 3:45pm

Photography Tips to Enhance your Creativity with ASAP's Sharon Marazzo

This transition has been a lot for all of us. One thing that helps me feel better is taking walks to get some fresh air and actually see people out in the world. Being isolated at home can be heavy, so the walks help me explore my surroundings and get some exercise and fresh air. I keep my distance from people and wear a mask, but I do believe it is very important for self-care to go outside. Also, because this situation is so unique and surreal, I also like to take pictures of things I see on my walks to have a visual record of what is going on right now. Here are some of my images.

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Thursday: 3:30pm – 3:45pm

BLA's Melanie Bonilla presents…On-Brand: Coffee, Basketball and a Dash of Sarcasm

In this 15-minute self-care-oriented workshop, I aim to share my practice of self-care which values the art and peace of routine through coffee, basketball and a dash of sarcasm. I will discuss the significance of routine in my self-care practice, my passion-turned lifestyle in basketball and the cyclical form it enforces in keeping me grounded, sane and at peace in my day-to-day. In light of the restrictions COVID-19 has placed on “normalcy” as we once knew it, I will also discuss and demonstrate the accommodations I have made to stay true to my practice. This workshop will encourage participants to think about self-care as a practice, routine as a tool, coffee a delicious necessity and basketball as the greatest sport ever invented.

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Thursday: 3:45pm – 4:00pm

Video Nuggets from ASAP's Jodi Shydlo

Video Nuggets from the light-hearted, sweet Jodi Shydlo. “Making these videos sparks joy for me. Enjoy these brief sweet products of creativity.”

(Please do not download without permission from Jodi Shydlo)