Places to Express Gratitude

Grow Wellness Center, Ridgefield, CT

Kathleen Kweskin founded Grow Wellness Center in Ridgefield after extensively traveling and practicing a variety of modalities in the far East. She has brought her vision for an inspirational space where people seek connection to town. 

Every day and every breath is a gift, the only appropriate response is gratefulness. How do you make gratitude a constant element of your lifestyle and mindset? Start by exploring meditation and yoga, which are practices that embrace mindfulness and gratefulness to maintain a steady balance and sense of calm. Grow Wellness Center in Ridgefield is your sanctuary for sessions and activities from all over the world that draw on gratefulness, relief, comfort and authenticity. Practice gratitude and the art of mandala painting at our Thanksgiving Mandala Paint and Sip Class on November 17th! Learn more at 

The 14th Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center, Ithaca, NY

As His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama said recently, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice gratitude.”

Ridgefield resident, Stacey Schibli had the opportunity to work for the Diane Brandenburg Foundation on the interiors of The 14th Dalai’s Lama Library and Learning Center, in Ithaca New York. "Spending time among the gentle monks, whose chanting is a blend of devotion and serenity, was a transformative experience. The expansive landscape, with its indescribable sunsets, walking paths, through woods and as well as well tended flower gardens, is a meditation within itself. And only minutes away, gorges with waterfalls transport you to the underbelly of the landscape."

The Tibetan people share a fascinating connection with the American Indians that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries; They have faced struggles of preservation and cultural identity in the face of colonization and political upheaval. Both possess profound spiritual traditions, enduring wisdom, and a deep connection and reverence for nature and the belief in the interconnectedness of all living beings. Native American Indians and Tibetans view the natural world as sacred, recognizing the inherent value and spiritual essence in every aspect of creation.

The center’s goal is to preserve the Tibetan culture for future generations and cultivate compassion and gratitude by illuminating a path to achieving inner peace, and by cultivating harmony and understanding within different spiritual traditions. The inclusive approach aims to foster dialogue and bridge divides, promoting unity and mutual respect among diverse communities, creating Ambassadors of Peace. Through in-person and zoom teachings, seminars, retreats for all ages, and families, the center will promote positive human values. Learn more at

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