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Rifka Kreiter, "Home Free"
Rifka Kreiter was on the front lines of the 1960s most significant moments and movements, from Civil Rights marches in Mississippi with Martin Luther King, Jr. to antiwar demonstrations in San Diego to est seminars in Manhattan. Now she's captured it all—the protests, the drugs, the journeys into meditation and more—in her new memoir Home Free: Adventures of a Child of the Sixties. A captivating memoir full of her quirky personality, candid humor, and relatable recollections, her upbringing (primarily by her mother and the revolving door of "step" men in her life), relationships, and eventual inner peace speak to the experience of so many of her generation.
An astrologer once told RIFKA KREITER that a certain planetary conjunction in her chart signifies “an unusual life, full of unexpected happenings,” and this has certainly proved true. She studied acting at New York’s High School of Performing Arts, philosophy at City College of New York, and clinical psychology at Adelphi University. She worked as a waitress, hat-check girl, and hearing researcher. She was Continuity Director at a New York radio station, a Convention Manager at the Concord Resort Hotel and Assistant Director of Admissions at a rural community college. Since 1976, she has been following an ancient yogic path; she lived in a meditation ashram for ten years. Rifka currently teaches meditation. At age fifty-five she (finally!) met her life partner, a New York City psychotherapist. They live happily together in suburban New Jersey.