October 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
4450 Fieldston Rd
Bronx, NY 10471
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After the death of their 34-year old son Chico to a rare lymphoma, Dr. Jorge Piña and Karina Rieke embarked on an ethical path to rethink how to live creatively. The death of their son impacted how they view their philosophy of life, which includes art and culture, metapoetry, running therapy, meditation, psychoanalysis, work and more. This coming year, they are running 6 major marathons in honor of Chico, which will be in Chicago, NYC, Tokyo, London, Berlin and Boston.

Jorge and Karina, both therapists and mental health counselors, will reflect on the death of their son from a mental health and philosophical perspective. They will also read two of their newly created meta-poems for Chico.

Music by Lindsey Wilson.

Update: video

About the Speakers: 

Dr. Jorge Piña has been a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst for more than 25 years in New York and the Dominican Republic. He is currently the President & CEO of the Hispanic Mental Health Counseling, PLLC  with clinical offices in Inwood, Washington Heights and Riverdale. He holds a medical doctor diploma, two B.A.s in school and clinical psychology from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, a Master Degree from the New School for Social Research and he is completing a PhD in psychoanalysis and culture from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (BGSP). Dr. Piña is also the author of 6 books of metapoetry. He lives in Riverdale with his wife Karina Rieke, his two children, Kamilo and Kamila, and his dog, Lucky.



Karina Rieke is a poet, painter and essayist. She has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Manhattan College and works as a psychotherapist in New York City at Hispanic Mental Health Counseling  PLLC.  She is also an Adjunct professor at Pace University where she is a PhD candidate in mental health counseling. For the past five years, she has taught the following courses in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College: psychopathology, psychology of personality, applied social psychology, group dynamics, psychology of addiction and substance abuse. Karina studied  a  Master’s  Degree  in  Creative  Literature  from  The University of City College, CUNY, 2010. She also obtained a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of City College, CUNY, 2001. Karina studied Painting and Drawing Studio at the Arts Student League, New York. She has been the Director of the Dominican Writers’ Book Fair in New York since 2010.


11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another.  We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30, though this Sunday the special ceremony that may go past 12:30 (no judgment if you leave early).  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!  

Ethics for Children meets concurrently with our Sunday programs. Please join us!

Our Ethics Matters theme for October is Belonging: the basic human need to connect to others, to be part of a group, to be part of something larger than our individual self.



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