Full Moon Yoga & Meditation Coming to NSU’s MEEC


FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – Feeling a bit stressed out? Do you love the beach? Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to start yoga? Well, we’ve got you covered!

Come join us on the beach, enjoy the energy of the full moon, meditate and do a little yoga. Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is proud to join with Free Our Seas and Beyond to host an evening of  yoga with Jamie Chapman and guided meditation lead by Shelly Tygielski.

The event is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. (gates open at 5:45 p.m. ) Saturday, February 8 on North Hollywood Beach at the Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC)  at the Carpenter House, 4414 N. Surf Road.

“We’re always happy to host such events at the MEEC,” said Derek Burkholder, Ph.D., an NSU research scientist and director of the MEEC.  “These events provide additional opportunities for NSU to share the center an all it does with more people from the community. The MEEC is a gem right here in Broward County.”

Burkholder is also the director of the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program, which has been working to protect sea turtles that nest on Broward’s beaches for more than 25 years.

Bring your yoga mat or beach towel, an open mind, and a $10 gift that will benefit Free Our Seas and the MEEC. All ages and all levels of experience welcome.

“I am so proud to be partnering with Free Our Seas and the MEEC to help raise awareness for the important work they are doing in our community on behalf of the environment,” said Tygielski.

Shelly leads weekly meditation gatherings on Hollywood Beach with hundreds of like-minded people coming together in the most amazing setting representing all levels of meditation experience.

They learn how to breathe, relax, chill and just be present. No “hokey” stuff – it’s all straightforward and secular. The Sand Tribe community “accidentally” started with just 12 friends in November 2015, and has now grown to more than 15,000 friends.

Jamie Chapman has taught yoga for more than 25 years in South Florida. She teaches the importance of a healthy lifestyle, improving one’s longevity and quality of life and helped individuals of all ages in healing of mind/body/spirit.

Free Our Seas and Beyond is a grassroots, non-profit environmental organization that harnesses the power of art, youth and community to connect, inspire and create change collectively for the greater good.



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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): At NSU, students don’t just get an education, they get the competitive edge they need for real careers, real contributions and real life. A dynamic, private research university, NSU is providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree levels. Established in 1964, the university includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center (early childhood education) with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, one of Florida’s largest public libraries. NSU students learn at our campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, and online globally. Classified as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit www.nova.edu for more information.

About the Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC): The center was opened with the desire to educate and delight locals and tourists alike through our “forever ambassador” green sea turtle, Captain, and the splendor of the coastal environment of South Florida. The MEEC was fostered from a partnership between Broward County Parks and Recreation and NSU, and is located on the historic grounds of the Carpenter House at Hollywood North Beach Park in Hollywood, FL. Along with Captain, the site features an interactive Interpretive Center with displays ranging on topics from sea turtle conservation to marine debris. Additionally, the center offers programs for the public on various coastal ecology and sea turtle topics, as well as programming specifically for school groups with a curriculum tailored to the marine sciences. Please visit The MEEC ONLINE for more information.



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Manon Wiese
Free our Seas and Beyond


Joe Donzelli