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School of Contemplative Studies
The school that travels within™

“SOCS redefines the word school.  Expert health counseling that provides a new and improved blueprint for raising and educating more conscious, kinder, responsible, and resilient children – and people!  SOCS life-changing programs transform schools, families and the workplace —from chaos to clarity! Much needed NOW during these challenging times!” – The Green School

SOCS Mission:   To teach social-emotional Intelligence, health and wellness strategies and life skills that support conscious, healthy living, learning and  problem-solving at home, school and work.

  • Are you an Educator, Parent or Community Leader interested in mindfulness, health and wellness?
  • Seeking workable solutions to the difficult problems adults and children face everyday?
  • Need help teaching effective and sustainable social-emotional learning skills?
  • Ever find balancing your own health and wellness challenging?

Private, family and group sessions available—SOCS comes to your home, school or workplace!

Learn to:

* alleviate and manage stress and challenging emotions

* nourish mind, body and spirit on every level

* create an environment of peace, harmony, cooperation and collaboration

* strengthen focus, attention and resilience

* enhance social and emotional learning skills and group relationship dynamics

* reduce conflict and improve communication

* strategically problem-solve challenging situations at home, school or work


The School of Contemplative Studies (SOCS™) travels to wherever you are!

SOCS is a mobile integrative health and wellness educational and health counseling organization that can come to your home, school or workplace. Adults and children learn how to improve the experience of their whole lives—right where they live, learn and work. SOCS develops individualized conscious-based health and wellbeing programs and initiatives that meet the unique health and wellness needs of educators, students, parents and community leaders.

Present Tense Awareness (PTA©) curriculum

SOCS programs utilize the Present Tense Awareness (PTA) conscious-based health and wellness curriculum specifically designed with educators, students and parents (ESP*) in mind. PTA has been developed by a renowned Pediatrician and Board Certified Health Counselor with over 30 years of experience supporting the physical and emotional health of a wide range of families, and adults and children around the world.

SOCS provides experiential enhancement that teaches and supports life affirming principles:

    • ESP*: SOCS helps Educators, Students and Parents develop a kind of “Extra Sensory Perception”—a sixth sense that allows living things to consciously connect in ways that go way beyond the limits of verbal communication
    • You + Me = WE: Socs celebrates autonomy and unity and supports independence and interdependence
  • Meaning and Purpose: motivating and inspiring strengths, passions, and personal and professional core values
  • Non-Violence: mitigating individual, community and global harm

Kinship with All Life: urban and farm based programs incorporate Animal and Equine assisted learning, and Natural Horse Whispering with specific emphasis placed on understanding sensitivity, behavior and how all living things are connected.

The School Of Contemplative Studies
The school that travels within.

SOCS® is a mobile school that helps children and adults improve health and wellbeing and develop social emotional skills.  SOCS® develops individualized learning programs for families to use at home, for educators to use in schools and for corporations to use within the work place. SOCS/PTA provides children and adults of all ages and backgrounds tremendous success for coping with anxiety and stress as well as cognitive, social, emotional, and sensory related concerns. SOCS® Programs utilize The Present Tense Awareness (PTA)© Curriculum to create breakthrough A-ha moments that positively transform lives and cultivate kinship with all living things. Participants engage in entrepreneurial, interactive, and experiential enhancement learning exercises and programs, with and without horses\farm animals, that teach and explore four life affirming perspectives:

  • independence & interdependence
  • conscious verbal & non-verbal communication
  • holistic health & mitigating individual, community and global harm
  • how animal behavior relates and connects to human behavior, with specific emphasis on improving physical, emotional and spiritual awareness, health and well-being. * PTA Teacher & Leadership trainings also available

Karin Yapalater is the Founder & Director of Park Avenue Integrative Health Practitioners and The Present Tense Awareness School of Contemplative Studies (SOCS) based in NYC and Sagaponack, New York. Karin is a well-respected holistic health counselor, individual & family coach and equine specialist, who advocates for kindness, kinship and respect for all living things.

Stressed? Anxious? Stuck?

​Schedule a initial consultation with Karin at your home, school, office – or on The Sagaponack Farm ( and learn how to:

  • Overcome fears and limiting beliefs
  • Quickly solve real life problems
  • Become confident and secure
  • Awaken your truest self

Each individual or group session is based upon the PTA© curriculum, developed over the past 25 years by Board Certified Integrative Health Counselor Karin Yapalater and Dr. Greg Yapalater—highly skilled family health practitioners and renowned human and horse whisperers.

To learn more, please contact us and we will get back to you promptly.

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Karin Yapalater MFA, CHHC, AADP
Board Certified Individual & Family Health & Nutrition Counselor
Park Avenue Integrative Health Practitioners
715 Park Avenue • New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-737-1818
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