Newark Center for Meditative Culture

Delivering life-changing programs to the Greater Newark NJ Area and beyond.

aka NCMC   |   Newark, NJ   |  www.newarkmeditation.org

Mission

Our Mission is to provide a safe space where like-minded people can gather to learn and practice methods of meditation, mindfulness, self-care, and self-healing and to become intentionally engaged together as changemakers within the context of our multicultural and diverse population. Our Vision is to be an inclusive community center that provides connection, empowerment, and resources for all people who seek a purposeful, conscientious lifestyle within a spiritual context.

Ruling year info

2017

Spiritual Director

Ib’nallah S. Kazi

Main address

PO Box 182

Newark, NJ 07101 USA

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EIN

32-0530718

NTEE code info

Buddhist (X50)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Urban Nature Programs

In general NCMC’s goal with our Nature Programs is to educate and encourage urbanites, with a special focus on youths, to incorporate the practice of being in and communing with wild and semi-wild spaces and merging this into their personal and social self-care practices.

We provide IntraCity and Urban Nature Hikes, Sitting & Walking Meditation in the Parks, and Tai-Chi & Qi-Gong in the Parks. These programs allow participants to explore body, mind, and spirit through these various mindfulness practices. A natural and quick immersion of the six senses are employed through practices such as sitting and walking meditation, movement exercises, creativity, dialogue, and mindfulness.

NCMC Nature programs are for individuals, families, and youths.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our online programs have become popular with our community — in 2020 out of necessity — but as well because of people’s busy lifestyles, they find it easier and more comfortable to stay home and virtually attend sessions with NCMC. In 2020 we produced over 30 online sessions most of which were recorded and reside on our YouTube channel to view for free.

Also developed was our first four-part course on mind, brain, the nervous system and meditation and is a fee-based on-demand series that will be re-released bi-yearly.

Population(s) Served
Adults

These yearly meditation retreats are specifically for those people from communities of color who are immigrant Americans or reside in America and who consider themselves as indigenous, enslaved, colonized, disenfranchised, and/or marginalized. People of Color retreats are especially intended to provide an affinity group for individuals who daily confront the effects of racism. The retreats are designed for all to feel comfortable, comprehend, and hold interest — whether the participant is a beginner, experienced, or committed meditator of any discipline.

Population(s) Served
Adults

As so many start their exploration into sitting meditation after having learned some form of moving meditation, we offer courses and workshops in three ancient modalities: Qigong, Yoga, and Tai-Chi. These practices allow students to refamiliarize and harmonize their breath with their movement to maintain wellness, boost their immune system, and to develop tranquility, inner calm meditation as they learn.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We hold retreat days approximately four times a year. They include Mindfulness Meditation, Insight, Ancestral Healing, and Meditation Medicine retreats and also affinity group retreats such as for BIPOC and Women. We follow a cyclical meditation pattern so that there is much more activity than just sitting meditation. The retreats include moving meditation such as walking, qigong, yoga, and tai-chi. Discussions and creative sessions are often incorporated as well. Most of our retreat days are family friendly and youths often attend with their guardians.

Population(s) Served
Adults

These quarterly interviews with guest presenters, experts or quite knowledgeable in their fields, are hosted by Ib’nallah S. Kazi and accessed online and on-demand. This is a continuing program based on our Deep Ecology lecture series in 2017.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In these come-as-you-can classes students learn and practice both meditation and mindfulness along with mindful movement and how to integrate these practices into their daily life to bring less stress and more love and peace into it. They are often given mindfulness ‘homework’ to practice at home. The class generally meets in-person, but in 2020 it became virtual. There are breaks approximately every 10 weeks. The ongoing sessions have become a way to form a sense of belonging, a comfortable familiarity, and inspirations for each other. Adults are welcome to bring youths who can sit quietly.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The majority of our people live in or around Newark, NJ. The age range is approximately 25 to 60. Level of education ranges from high school to PhDs. Many work in the school system, for non-profits, in healthcare, the arts, and other. Most who attend our programs are Black American, followed by Hispanic/Latino, and then white — parallel with the demographics of Greater Newark Area. Their belief systems are wide-ranging and often multi-spiritual/multi-disciplined.  Adults often want to bring their children to our programs so we integrate them mindfully, as well as create workshops specifically for them. We also plan to address the well-being of seniors in our programs. We too focus on healing and community building and partner with like-minded organizations to support their constituents.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    None.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    There has not been enough feedback to determine this yet.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, Require volunteers to help maintain surveys and develop them.,

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Newark Center for Meditative Culture

Board of directors
as of 4/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marcie L Barth

Newark Center for Meditative Culture

Term: 2017 - 2023

Ib‘nallah Kazi

Cornelia Santschi

Andrea Lee

Ihsaan Muhammad

J. Javier Cruz

Keyana Jones

Leslie Arthur

Marcie Barth

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/21/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Different identity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/20/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.