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Unfortunately, no classes in-person in New York have spots left, but 3 classes live online are available.

Virtual Private Trivia

CourseHorse Experiences @ Zoom Conference

Participate in an exciting game of trivia. Topics include music, movies, history, ice cream flavors, pop culture, sports, global cuisine, dog breeds, and many other surprises.  We at CourseHorse love our sixty-minute trivia extravaganzas! Through four varying rounds of play, participants will laugh and compete fiercely with other teams in a format that emulates the bar trivia events we've all come to know and love. In Virtual Private Trivia,...

Saturday Jun 3rd, 12am–11:30pm Eastern Time

Starting at $360

Fun and Easy Tarot - Learn to Read Tarot (Online)

Discovery Center

Have you ever wondered how the Tarot works or why? Or whether you could give a reading to a friend and watch it come true? The Tarot is a very old Spiritual Tool, and since we are "Spirits Having a Human experience" we all possess the ability to learn how to use it.  In the course of this class, an introduction to Tarot, you will find out about : The origin of Tarot  The Major Arcana cards and their meanings  Minor Arcana Cards...

Saturday Oct 7th, 2:30–5:30pm Central Time

Astrology for Beginners - Beyond your Zodiac Sign

Discovery Center

So you know your zodiac sign, but you also know a lot of other people with the same sign. And you're all different. Why is that? Have you ever wondered how astrology works or why? Astrology is an ancient art, practiced as far back as time itself for kings and pharaohs. What did they know that you don't? Astrology is the key to attaining your full potential. In this class you will learn:  The science behind astrology  The characteristics...

Saturday Jul 29th, 2:30–5:30pm Central Time

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Tarot at Halloween

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

Halloween arrives at the midpoint between the fall equinox and the winter solstice when ancient lore tells us the “veil between the worlds” is at its thinnest, and divination can therefore be most potent. It is an excellent time for turning inwards and ideal for developing one’s intuition using the Tarot, a living oracle rooted in the Western Hermetic tradition that permits us to communicate with levels of consciousness not ordinarily available...

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The Secret Life of Things

Un-School of Disruptive Design @ 394 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

The Secret Life of Things: Life Cycle Thinking Deep Dive Workshop Building on the scientific process of life cycle assessment, this class looks at streamlined process, tools and research strategies for exploring the hidden life cycle impacts of everyday things. Understand how complete system solutions an be formed!  Participants learn mapping techniques for strategic decision making through to the use of life cycle thinking in the design...

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Intro to the Tarot

Remedies Herb Shop @ 453 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

For many people, the old year closes out with a certain amount of frantic cleaning and gift-buying for the Yuletide, followed by a brief respite to digest, then onto New Years’ celebrations. January – whether you greeted New Years Day fresh and excited or slightly hungover! – is an excellent time for doing some divination to prepare oneself for your coming year’s adventures, opportunities and challenges. This class will be mixture of Tarot...

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Theorizing Play

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 381 Hooper St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

In this class, we will explore theories and other definitions in order to address some of the vast array of activities that seem to fall under the concept “play.” In 1938, the Dutch scholar Johan Huizinga set forth an ambitious argument in Homo Ludens (“Playing Man”) that culture arises in and as play. The French sociologist Roger Caillois responded to this foundational text of play studies twenty years later with his own seminal work,...

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4 sessions

Unteachables: Movie Magic 101

Caveat @ 21-A Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Matthew Starr and Monique Moses assemble a class of your favorite stand up comedians to get schooled by an amazing teacher/expert. Think there’s no such thing as a stupid question? Just you wait. This month's class is Movie Magic 101 with Dr. Nick Crist – he'll tell us all about making fake blood look real on screen for this spooky October show!

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The Sporkful Presents: The Bucatini Dialogues

Caveat @ 21-A Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Presented by Caveat and Stitcher, in partnership with KCRW's Good Food and The Splendid Table Which is better, spaghetti or fettuccine? Are bowties magical or awful? In this live taping of The Sporkful podcast, host Dan Pashman moderates a debate about pasta shapes between Splendid Table's Francis Lam and Good Food's Evan Kleiman. The discussion will involve food science, history, culture and an inordinate amount of passion.

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The Big Oscars Quiz Thing

Caveat @ 21-A Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

The nation's greatest live trivia experience, The Big Quiz Thing, comes to Caveat for its sixth-annual edition of New York's premier Academy Awards game show: The Big Oscars Quiz Thing! Form a team and get ready for a pre-screening multimedia movie-trivia game show - everyone gets to play, as Quizmaster Andy Peeke presents tremendous fun and glamorous prizes. Then, catch all of the red-carpet and gold-statue excitement on the venue's big screen.

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Ben Franklin Circle

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

Discuss the first seven of Ben Franklin’s virtues — Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity — and answer two questions: How can we improve ourselves and how can we improve our world? In regular small group discussions, Circle members use Franklin’s classic 13 civic virtues to spark discussion about members’ goals and aspirations — who they want to be, and what they want to contribute to the world. Part...

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Greenhouse Gossip: Succulents & Cacti

Queens Botanical Garden @ Virtual learning

Join us for our Greenhouse Gossip series where we focus on a different plant topic each month through plant care demonstrations, activities, and discussions.  For January we are focusing on cacti and succulents, come ready with your own questions! FAQs FOR OUR VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS Participants will need an internet-accessible device (phone, tablet, computer) with stable internet connection. If there are opportunities for questions from participants,...

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Native American Healing Practices

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

Today we will explore teachings on wellness from some of North America’s original cultures, especially the Cherokee and Lakota, and learn some of their most effective healing and spiritual practices. The topics we will cover include the Four Directions and the Medicine Wheel and their roles in healing; how medicine powers were developed within the context of community and relationships; and how to cultivate spirit helpers. We will also learn simple...

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XXXImmigration Activism in NYC Today

Museum of the City of New York @ 1220 5th Ave , New York, NY 10029

Join us for a timely discussion about the current state of the immigrant rights movement in NYC and how New York's immigrant communities are faring 20 years after the creation of ICE, or the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This panel will explore how immigrant rights activists continue to grapple with post-9/11 immigration policies, including the Trump-era “Muslim Ban,” as well as the recent arrival of asylum seekers from South America...

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Tarot and the Cup of Receptivity

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

The archetypal images of the tarot connect us to the voice of our inner wisdom. Our subconscious mind uses images as it’s primary method of communication. The images of the tarot, just like the images in dreams, can stimulate deep insights into ourselves and others, leading to a more meaningful life.  In this workshop, we will learn how to open our channels of receptivity and dialogue with our Inner Voice to become better tarot readers. We...

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Imago: A Pathway to Conscious Relationships

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

Our closest relationships often provide the best opportunity for our growth. The connection between the frustrations inherent in adult relationships and our early childhood experiences makes compassionate exploration of our past essential. This course offers us an effective technique to unlock what lies beneath some of these deep conflicts, providing us with a path out of repetitive destructive patterns and into conscious ways of relating and loving....

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3 sessions

An Introduction to Ecstatic Healing & Shamanism

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

For millennia healers, shamans, and spiritual teachers held the secret that there is a unique ecstatic vibration inside the human body that can be ignited by a profound experience of divinity. This energy can be awakened and nurtured through song, movement, and spirited expression, and can bring forth remarkable healing, extreme well-being, and heightened mystical experience. The Keeneys are the innovators of Sacred Ecstatics, an approach that draws...

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Designercise Ideation Creative Workout

Un-School of Disruptive Design @ 601 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

Designercise is the brain workout session for flexible, creative and agile thinking!   Join us for a mental workout and ideation session to beat the afternoon brain drains! Designercise Ideation Workouts are quick productive distractions into your afternoon brain slump! Learn mental workout tools that flex your brain through fun and fast paced ideation techniques. Our boredom busting brain experiences develop critical and flexible thinking...

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