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Self-Care For Creatives: A Chat at Norwood Club

  • Norwood Club 241 West 14th Street New York, NY 10011 United States (map)
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A Talk on Creativity, Community, Care, and the Mind- Body Connection

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What role do our habits play in inhibiting our creativity? How can brain science help to inspire greater self care? How can we better tap into our body’s intuition and make bold creative choices? And when might our mediums hold us back from living full, healthful lives?

Watch as psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Srini Pillay, women’s vitality coach Kiele Jael, occupational Pilates teacher Marcia Polas, and theatre professional and seasoned wedding celebrant Daniel Neiden discussed these themes with a group of creatives at Norwood Club in downtown Manhattan.

Moderated by Jacqueline Raposo, Norwood member and author of the recently released The Me, Without: A Year Exploring Habit, Healing, and Happiness.

Step Inside Norwood - A Home for the Curious

Step Inside Norwood - A Home for the Curious

Norwood Club: The Andrew Norwood House is an elegant urban residence designed in a transitional style which combines Greek revival and italianate features. A remarkably preserved slice of early Victorian architecture and lifestyle - both inside and out; the House is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Inside is a perfectly preserved 1847 mansion with 13 fireplaces, huge mahogany doors and intricate plaster crown molding. Hidden touches abound, like the carved bird pecking a flower among the mantelpiece's Carrarra marble foliage.

Founded in 2007, Norwood is a unique and vibrant private members Club which draws its membership through New York's creative arts community. The house offers a unique, stylish and comfortable environment for members to dine, drink, connect, collaborate and thrive.


Dr. Srini Pillay is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (PartTime) at Harvard Medical Schooland mostrecently the author of Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try. He is known for combining “head and heart” (figuratively and literally) in an approach to personal development and goal mastery that blends science, spirituality, and horns grabbing joie de vivre to combat the stresses faced by ambitious and high achieving people in academia, business, and life. With “renaissance man” bona fides, Srini is an unabashed “dabbler,” a polymath, an accomplished musician, award-winning poet and gourmand who frequently exports insights from neuroscience to other art forms such as a new program that will combine neuroscience and music for use in corporate development.


Kiele Jael helps modern, magnetic women find their power and pulse to attract the authentic life they envision. A purveyor of Eastern medicine philosophies and intuitive lifestyle, she coaches clients on incorporating energetic cooking, sensuality and pleasure into their lives. She is a Holistic Chef, Women’s Vitality Coach and Food Energetics Practitioner certified by the Natural Gourmet Institute with a background in nutrition and whole-foods education. She is also a pole dancer and instructor in Brooklyn.


NYC-based Occupational Body Educator/Consultant Marcia Polas studies bodies at work. She utilizes and teaches myofascial release, Cranial-Sacral therapy, and the principles of engagement via Pilates methodology to address issues preventing clients from being effortless and giving them tools to have longevity and be pain-free while pursuing their physically rigorous jobs. She firmly believes it shouldn’t hurt to do your job.


Daniel Neiden is a theater professional with a rich and varied 35-year career as an actor, director, and producer with work spanning from the avant-garde to mainstream commercial theater. Over the last four decades, he has mounted artistically successful, socially responsible theatrical productions at The Kennedy Center, The Public Theater, The Village Gate, The Perry Street Theatre, SOPAC, and The Cherry Lane Theater, for which he has garnered Drama Desk nominations and VSArts/DC awards. A wedding celebrant, he has since married close to 150 couples and, before marriage equality, performed commitment ceremonies and helped LAMDA petition New York State to write the current law.


Jacqueline Raposo's over 400 interview-focused stories cross print, digital media, and podcast production featuring fascinating humans in food, lifestyle, entrepreneurship, tech, art, medicine, and more. As the producer and co-host of Love Bites Radio, she studies why and how we love in all forms. And with decades of chronic illness stemming from Lyme disease and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis behind her, she advocates with others as the co-founder of the #MarchingWithMe campaign and a chronic illness essayist. The Me, Without: A Year Exploring Habit, Healing, and Happiness, is now available through Ixia

Earlier Event: February 4
Release Event at The Strand!