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This is the beginning of an awesome exploration towards an enlightened way of planning time for work AND play.

Classes, Workshops and Seminars

A Mind Focused for Work and Play

Meditation Classes

Sunday, January 11
Let nature inspire you to find your center and reconnect with your true self using guided mindfulness and other meditation practices. Each session includes instruction in simple techniques, followed by guided meditations. Led by Yoga for Bliss director Neem Dewji and other qualified instructors. Sessions are held indoors. All levels welcome.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017




Explore Local Recreational Centers: Connecting with Nature to Relax from Work

The Queens County Farm Museum is located on 47 acres of the New York City neighborhoods of Floral Park and Glen Oaks in Queens. This historic farm occupies the city's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland, and is still a working farm today. The site features restored farm buildings from three different centuries, a greenhouse, planting fields, livestock, and various examples of vintage farm equipment. Queens Farm practices sustainable agriculture and has a four-season growing program.

Monday, December 19, 2016




Live Your Bliss: Honor Your Life's Work

Seminars focusing on creating a vision for living your bliss as you work and play.

Live Your Bliss: Tools for Honoring Your Path (Part II of Bliss Series)

In this self-paced on-line personal development course, you will continue your exploration of discovering what true bliss means for you. During Choosing Bliss: Tools for Transforming Your Life (Part I of this course), the focus was to explore the nature of your personal bliss without an attachment to an end-product or goal.

In this course, you will be encouraged to use the tools you’ve been working on to fully step into your power. Add new tools to your “Bliss Kit” and receive personal coaching, motivation, and support from Viva Institute’s Director, Leigh Hopkins.

Course format
•daily lessons
•instructional and inspirational videos
•weekly emails
•one live 60-minute coaching teleseminar with instructor
•private Facebook community for connection and sharing

Wednesday, December 28, 2016



The Illuminated Narrator: The Art of Transformative Storytelling

The stories you tell yourself can create powerful transformation. Through the oral tradition of storytelling, revisit a story from your past and breathe new life and meaning into your life’s most significant events.

The group will participate in a variety of multi-model exercises including written prompts, guided meditation, art activities and storytelling from many cultures to return to specific life events. Together, we’ll connect any related threads in this lifetimes (and who knows, perhaps others) to heal the past. Participants will work collectively to understand the rich lessons and interconnectedness that comes from sharing life’s most meaningful stories.

“Culture is simply the ensemble of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.” –Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist

“Sometimes telling the story is the thing that saves your life.” – Lidia Yuknavitch, author

Consider bringing any of the following:
•a story your family tells about you;
•a difficult life event;
•a family story that has been passed down for generations;
•a story you’re proud of.

The Illuminated Narrator is offered in person in rotating locations around the United States.

Viva Institute,

“How many times have you read a testimonial that described their experience as ” life-changing” and thought to yourself: “Really?” Please put your doubts aside and give yourself the best gift ever. I met extraordinary women, was awed by exquisite scenery, led by a truly gifted teacher and made friendships I will hold in my heart forever. I went a caterpillar and left a butterfly.” – Kimberly, New Jersey

About the Instructor

Leigh Hopkins created Viva Institute in 2010 with the goal of creating an organizational catalyst for personal transformation. With a twenty-year background in public policy, education reform, and program development, Leigh channeled her talents into developing content-rich courses to support all learners. She hand-picks all instructors and is personally involved in all stages of Viva’s programming – from content selection to curriculum development to program delivery.

Among her career highlights, Leigh was vice president for a leading social policy think tank, running literacy programs in underserved communities across the country. She has worked as a policymaker, a grant writer, a raw-vegan chef, a reading specialist, a creative writing teacher, an intuitive coach, and even a choral accompanist.

Sunday, January 15, 2017