New Offerings for Fall!

Movement Studies at Open Door continues to EXPAND

“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.”  Aldous Huxley- "The Art of Seeing"

“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.” 
Aldous Huxley- "The Art of Seeing"

Dear Friends,
     This coming fall we are excited about expanding our movement curriculum. We have enjoyed a steady growth in our dance classes and increased depth in our somatic work. Our intent is to offer a broad spectrum of movement opportunities for all ages. We are committed to the highest quality of teaching which focuses on strength and flexibility as tools toward broadening one’s vocabulary along with a good understanding of bio mechanics and optimal developmental process in learning. In our creative programming we do the same but, also add an opportunity for authentic expression and a supportive community which supports  personal growth and inquiry.
     Below is a list of our upcoming classes.
     Try one…

CHILDREN'S CLASSES

Creative Movement
     Creative Movement introduces the elements of dance....weight, space, time, flow, shape, awareness of body parts, personal space vs. general space, relationships, etc.  
-     CM Level 1Sundays, 9-10am beginning Sept. 17th.
     Ages 5-8 y/o.

-CM Level 2 Sundays,10:15-11:15 beginning Sept. 17th
Ages 9-11 y/o.

Fundamentals of Modern Dance
This class will explore fundamentals of modern dance through floor work, standing center work, traveling phrases and creative exploration of concepts.  We will work toward healthy, skeletal alignment, greater strength and flexibility, and attend to both our inner and outer experience of moving through space. Concepts will include grounding/centering, release/recovery, various forms of partner work and more.

-FMDLevel 1- Saturdays 10-11:15 am beginning Sept. 23rd
Ages  8-11 y/o

-FMD Level 2- Saturdays 11:30-1pm beginning Sept. 23rd
Ages 11-15 y/o

-Modern Dance, Level 2/3- Tuesdays 3:45-5:15pm beginning Sept. 12th
Ages 11-18y/o
Using imagery and grounding techniques from somatic traditions, we will play with gravity, weight, release, and recovery to enliven our movement. Some experience necessary.
 

ADULT CLASSES


-Rotating Fridays- Fridays 5:30-7, beginning Sept. 15th
Faculty and guest teachers offer a myriad of dance explorations including repertoire, advanced technique and improvisational scores
Keep an eye on the Open Door calendar to see who is teaching. Class will depend on the instructor.

Open Door’s Somatics programming includes classes, workshops and one on one sessions which are more therapeutic in nature and  focus on the internal experience of movement. Kate Gamble is the primary teacher of these classes but is committed to bringing in gifted guest teachers.  She incorporates her in depth knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, Feldenkrais technique and other somatic practices to facilitate transformational movement experiences. Whether your are healing from injury, frustrated by habitual movement patterns that no longer serve you or simply wanting a deeper internal experience of moving with ease and grace, this work can be of benefit.  Somatic Techniques vary greatly and may focus on promoting body-awareness, mindfulness practices, assessing and improving posture, working with the breath, movement, or having integrative conversations.

For more information email Kate directly at opendoorwrj@gmail.com
Small group classes begin in the Fall. Individual sessions can be arranged through emailing Kate.


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Introducing Our Newest Members....

Mason Stabler
Director of Community Acupuncture at Open Door

Mason’s interest in Chinese medicine began at Kenyon College where he received his bachelor’s degree in biology. He then completed his Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with honors from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. After graduating, Mason traveled to Chanaute, Nepal where he ran a rural health clinic, treating 20-40 patients per day for four months. Mason is a dedicated advocate for the therapeutic power of Chinese medicine and believes strongly in the benefits of integrative care. Currently, Mason is a Doctoral Fellow at PCOM and soon to be a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. In his practice, Mason uses moxibustion and nutritional counseling alongside acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, to provide the most effective and individualized care possible for each of his patients.

Stefan Grace
Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Stefan practices a lineage of Chinese medicine that combines tuina (Chinese medical massage), Craniosacral therapy, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. He has been training in this lineage of medicine for over ten years, through his affiliation with the North American Tang Shou Tao Association. He is a graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. His time in school was focused on the clinical application of classical Chinese herbal formulas. Stefan has almost twenty years experience in the Chinese internal martial arts, training baguazhang, xingyiquan, and taijiquan as medicine for both himself and his patients. He utilizes a variety of modalities during the course of treatment to take full advantage of the breadth and flexibility of traditional Chinese medicine.

For more information about Mason or Stefan or to schedule a session, visit Open Door's website.


New Offerings!
Workshops

Stress Lab: Open Door has created a simple 6-week curriculum to examine the nature of stress and to learn strategies to minimize its impact. Tuesdays  9/19- 11/14 from 6-8pm

White Awake: Looking deeply at ourselves through the lens of mindfulness with Melissa Laverack. Mondays 9/18-10/23 from 6-8pm.

Cultivating Happiness through Mindfulness Practice and Play: with Landon Hall. Mondays 10/30-11/20 5:30-7:15pm

Martial Arts

Tai Chi with Paul Mahoney. Fridays from 10-11am

Baguazhang with Stefan Grace. Tuesdays from 12-1:15pm


ABOUT US
At Open Door, we offer clients the tools to achieve vibrant health and well-being and to be self reliant and resilient. We take a fresh approach to healthcare that encourages the use of preventative practices and collaboration between client and providers. We work with clients in private sessions and group classes in our studio. We also bring our wellness services to the workplace and out to the community. Learn more>

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Summer Days

Summer Days

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
 how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
—Mary Oliver

Back to Basics
 
I almost didn’t plant the garden at Open Door today when I realized I didn’t have a gloves or a spade. But then I heard my pragmatic, Vermonter father’s voice in my head asking, “What, are you afraid of? Getting dirty?”. I quickly came to my senses and realized the ridiculous nature my previous line of thought. I don’t know when I disconnected from that childhood love of playing in the dirt we all have but, thankfully, its back.
 
My initial aversion to the messy task quickly dissipated as my hands remembered how absolutely delightful it is to play in the dirt. I reconnected with how rewarding it is to gently help the small, delicate plants out of their pots, giving their roots a quick little massage before escorting them to their new home. And while I’ll admit a bit of grumbling about the cigarette butts I had to evict from the bed even that felt kind of good. Like I was doing my tiny, tiny part to help with the beatification of the parking lot behind Open Door.
 
Working in the dirt this afternoon felt a bit like a coming home. Like perhaps the ancestral parts of my brain were lighting up at the familiar actions of being in such close contact with nature. This season in general feels very much like a return. A getting back to how life is supposed to be. Shedding clothes, opening windows and, for those of us lucky ones, letting go of at least a few obligations.  With the long summer days it feels as though there is a little more time and with that time opportunity to take a breath and enjoy this beautiful corner of the world we live in.
 
I think that at Open Door our mission is in part to help people get back to the simple and beautiful basics of life. Eating real food, moving the body everyday, finding support in community, connecting with the rhythms of the seasons and enjoying this precious life we have been given. As Kate put it recently, at Open Door we are fairly “low-tech” but that feels right to us. We believe in the healing power of deep breathing, quietness and reflection. We hope that this summer you too are able to slow down, get outside, enjoy naps in hammocks, picnics under the sun, swim breaks, dirty feet, time to pause in nature and laughter and play with loved ones.
 
Happy summer, my friends!

Miriah Wall, MS, CMHC

Tastes of the Season June in the Upper Valley is the time to enjoy the outdoors and welcome fresh, local produce after a winter of last fall's root cellar and frozen harvests. Now that Memorial Day weekend and chance of a frost is behind us, we can focus on planting our gardens. If you find that you do not have the time and space for your own vegetable garden, you are in luck- the Upper Valley has many wonderful farm CSA's to choose from. Even if you are unable to commit to a CSA, most of the Coops in our area have a local produce section. Buying local  not only benefits our community, but benefits your health. Eating fruits and vegetables that were just picked a few hours earlier is an excellent way to meet your vitamin needs. Most vitamins that provide anti-oxidant support are water soluble which means that the longer produce sits around, the less fresh it is and the fewer vitamins it retains. If you decide to plant your own garden, remember to add herbs to your garden bed or box. Fresh herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, basil, mint and oregano are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Adding a small handful of fresh herbs every day to your green shake or salad can provide you with enough vitamin C and phytonutrients to boost your immune system and your energy - plus it tastes great!   Here is a recipe for my favorite energizing green shake: 1 cup coconut water 1 cup packed kale 1/2 cup packed chard 1/2 cup packed, fresh parsley 1/2 banana 1/2 cup chopped, fresh pineapple or blueberries 1 inch sliced fresh ginger 1 inch sliced fresh turmeric Add all the ingredients to a blender in that order - modify quantity of liquid to desired consistency and ENJOY! - Holly Westling, RN,MS,CNS

Tastes of the Season
June in the Upper Valley is the time to enjoy the outdoors and welcome fresh, local produce after a winter of last fall's root cellar and frozen harvests. Now that Memorial Day weekend and chance of a frost is behind us, we can focus on planting our gardens. If you find that you do not have the time and space for your own vegetable garden, you are in luck- the Upper Valley has many wonderful farm CSA's to choose from. Even if you are unable to commit to a CSA, most of the Coops in our area have a local produce section. Buying local  not only benefits our community, but benefits your health. Eating fruits and vegetables that were just picked a few hours earlier is an excellent way to meet your vitamin needs. Most vitamins that provide anti-oxidant support are water soluble which means that the longer produce sits around, the less fresh it is and the fewer vitamins it retains. If you decide to plant your own garden, remember to add herbs to your garden bed or box. Fresh herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, basil, mint and oregano are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Adding a small handful of fresh herbs every day to your green shake or salad can provide you with enough vitamin C and phytonutrients to boost your immune system and your energy - plus it tastes great!  

Here is a recipe for my favorite energizing green shake:
1 cup coconut water
1 cup packed kale
1/2 cup packed chard
1/2 cup packed, fresh parsley
1/2 banana
1/2 cup chopped, fresh pineapple or blueberries
1 inch sliced fresh ginger
1 inch sliced fresh turmeric

Add all the ingredients to a blender in that order - modify quantity of liquid to desired consistency and ENJOY!

- Holly Westling, RN,MS,CNS

Expansion of Acupuncture and Chinese Martial Arts Program at Open Door

In June we are delighted to welcome two new practitioners to Open Door who will diversify the traditional medical arts program at Open Door, offering group acupuncture, more individual treatment times, and baguazhang.
 
Stefan Grace, L.Ac. recently moved back to Vermont from Portland, Oregon. Stefan is a board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist with two decades of training in Chinese martial arts and tuina (Chinese medical massage).
 
As well as individual acupuncture and manual therapy treatments, Stefan will be teaching baguazhang on Tuesdays from noon-1:15pm. Bagua, along with taiji and xingyi, is a pillar of martial arts practice. It emphasizes non-linear meditative movement that builds strength, flexibility, and resiliency of mind and body. For an illustrative video on bagua, click here. Join for a series of classes or drop-in as schedule allows.

For more information about Stefan, to schedule a session, or sign up for baguazhang please email us at opendoorwrj@gmail.com.
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Mason Stabler, L.Ac. also recently moved to the Upper Valley after a 4-month stint in Nepal where he ran a rural health clinic treating 20-40 patients each day. Drawing on his experience in Nepal, and from his experience treating patients in Chicago community clinics, Mason will direct Open Door’s group acupuncture clinic. A board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist, Mason will soon receive his Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
 
Midday on Thursday, patients will be able to receive acupuncture at Open Door in the comfort of zero-gravity chairs for just $30. This style of acupuncture can address a wide variety of health concerns, and is particularly suited for chronic pain conditions where more frequent treatment confers enduring relief. We hope this clinic will make the healing power of acupuncture accessible to a wider socioeconomic demographic in the Upper Valley.

For more information or to schedule a group acupuncture session please email: opendoorwrj@gmail.com

Spring is coming...

Spring is coming...

On the slowness of Spring in the Upper Valley

Britton Mann, DAOM, L.Ac.

       Spring takes its time to arrive in the Upper Valley, but murmurings have been around for a while. Small moths have appeared and first crocus greens have pushed up.
      Following suit, soon, is the surge. There is an enormity of biomass getting ready to push its way up and out of the soil to take advantage of the ephemeral growing season. At first it will look young and tender – undifferentiated thin green shoots. But collectively, it is a massive force of growth.
      Chinese medicine associates certain physiologic processes with seasons. The anatomic liver has awesome anabolic and regenerative forces: it cooks up bile, packages fats, makes proteins, and is able to regenerate after trauma. Unsurprisingly, springtime is Liver time. The capitalized “L” refers in Chinese medicine to not just the anatomic liver, but also to the physiologic processes governed by the organ.
        The Liver governs emotions, and in its governance of emotions, does not like to be constrained. Constraining the Liver is akin to throwing weed guard over all the green biomass wanting to push up and out of the earth. A constrained Liver is an irritable Liver. An irritable Liver makes for a bad neighbor – it harasses the Stomach and causes indigestion, it pokes at the Heart and adds to anxiety and insomnia.
      Here we come to the Upper Valley springtime conundrum. At a time when much of the country is enjoying blossoming trees, warm breezes, and spring salads, we still have snow on the ground. We want to throw off the scarves, enjoy a slow walk outside with friends, roll down the windows in the car. Instead: cabin fever. This is the New England analogy for the Chinese medical diagnosis of Liver Constraint.
     There are many possible remedies for Liver Constraint – herbal medicines, acupuncture, qigong and taiji, yoga, meditation, eating sprouted seeds, mindfulness training, talk therapy. There is patience. Spring is coming and the biomass is unstoppable. Channel the springtime Liver energy appropriately and the irritability becomes growth potential.

Offerings:

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Tools
Tuesdays, 5:45 - 8 pm, May 9 – June 27
Daylong Program: Saturday, June 17th
Instructors: Landon Hall  and Miriah Wall 
Please register via elhall888@gmail.com, miriah.opendoorwrj@gmail.com

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Tools (MBCTools) is a practice and study group that strengthens mindfulness-based cognitive tools for living.  It is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at UMass Medical Center.  The program is designed specifically for people living with chronic emotional distress, and has been scientifically proven to help people suffering from anxiety and depression.  This group is not recommended for anyone in the midst of a period of acute depression or anxiety, and for those suffering from chronic (not acute) emotional distress, it is recommended that they be under the care of a licensed counselor or therapist while taking the class. 

Nutritious Soups
Instructor: Holly Westling, RN, MS, CNS
April 27, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Price: $50

Bone broth has been used medicinally for centuries in many cultures.  While its name may not sound appetizing, it is loaded with minerals and nutrients that support digestive, bone and joint health, and tastes delicious.  Join our nutritionist this evening and learn how to make your own nutrient rich broth and nutritious soups.

Bootcamp For Yogis and Dancers
Hanna Satterlee
Friday, April 14th 3:30-5pm

Using a mix of yoga, pilates, ballet barre and body weight resistance training, intermediate to advanced dancers can enjoy conditioning specifically for their art form. We will train for length and strength in our muscles, integrating proper alignment and dynamic use of breath for health, longevity and endurance. Together we will cultivate a supportive and uplifting atmosphere while becoming strong and resilient.

Guest artist, Hanna Satterlee

FOR MORE INFO OR TO REGISTER: https://www.opendoorworkshop.com/registrations

I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.
 Anne Lamott

Shadows and Light

Shadows and Light

         Late winter afternoons offer a crisp contrast of light and shadow.  The tall pines cast  gray paths along the pristine white snow.  I like the the idea of shadow and light symbolizing choices we make throughout our days. We stand in the light, faces to the sky, hopeful. We, also, at times walk along the shadow path, needing time to reflect. Both these options call us and the contrast and appeal can be most clear on winter days.
         Many of us are ready for spring, have had enough of the cold and muck. And many of us still find a way to walk the winter paths, enjoy the quiet of snow, and notice the rosy cheeks of our companions. Each moment is a fleeting opportunity to revel in the season as it is. This is what I love about New England- the ever changing climate offers an opportunity to be present, to wake up and to be patient as winter turns to spring.

         May you find time to savor the quiet and may we all get enough time to stand in the light.
                  Kate

Upcoming events:

Cooking/Nutrition Classes

         Open Door is now offering monthly nutrition/cooking classes.  Last month, we successfully offered an anti-inflammatory cooking class where people learned about the importance of reducing inflammation and how best to do that. Attendees also enjoyed some great cooking tips and a delicious dinner.  This month (March 29) we will be offering a “Healthy Eating on a Budget” class.  Often I hear, “I would eat healthier if I could afford to, but the more processed foods are just so much cheaper!”  Well, that is not always the case!  During this hour and a half class we will be learning how to create a meal plan while sticking to a budget, and we will prepare and enjoy 2 inexpensive and delicious dishes.  In April, we will learn how to make our own Bone Broth and nutritious soups.  Stay tuned for more upcoming cooking classes by checking out our website.  Also, please send Holly an email and let her know if there is a particular cooking class you would like to see on the schedule.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Tools

         Mindfulness-based Cognitive Tools (MBCTools) is a practice and study group that strengthens mindfulness-based cognitive tools for living.  Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at UMass Medical Center, the program is designed specifically for people living with chronic emotional distress, and has been scientifically proven to help people suffering from anxiety and depression. The program emphasizes working with and understanding the psychological and cognitive aspects of experience.  It includes many components of a traditional MBSR class, such as meditation, gentle stretching and movement, as well as group dialog, all aimed at increasing moment-to-moment awareness in everyday life.

Tuesdays, 5:45 - 8 pm, May 9 – June 27

Fun

Ben Cosgrove in Concert
April 7, 7:30pm
Price: $10-20 suggested donation 

       On the night of April 7th, Open Door will feature a live performance by Ben Cosgrove, a traveling composer and performer whose instrumental music focuses on place and landscape. His music has been called both "compelling and powerful" and "delicately romantic," and his live performances have been described as "electrifying and exhilarating." Ben has performed several hundred shows in 47 states and composed music in collaboration with the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and other environmental organizations. He is the recipient of a St. Botolph Society Emerging Artist Award and he has held fellowships with Middlebury College, the Vermont Studio Center, and Harvard University. More information at www.bencosgrove.com.

Tea and Cake at Death Cafe

Article written by Jaimie Seaton: 
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Death is the last taboo in our society, so who better to discuss it with than a roomful of total strangers.
Join us at Open Door for our monthly Death Cafe.

DEATH CAFE
Meets the 3rd Sunday of every month from 3-4:30pm, except March 19.
Free and open to the public.
A group-directed discussion to explore death and how to make the most of our (finite) lives.

Update:
Our first run of our Experiential Learning Lab/Stress Reduction has gotten off to an excellent start. We plan to offer the course as outreach and in house.
Please be in touch with questions.

Ongoing Classes:
Tai Chi, Dance, Yoga, Cooking, Melt

Each Step Creates the Path...

Each Step Creates the Path...

Dear All,
Lately many of us have been thinking: What can we do to make this world a better place? Crazy times indeed. At Open Door we ask that question daily, focusing on wellness. We believe part of the answer to this question is for all of us to look at our daily habits and choices. Do they facilitate vitality, bring our best side forward? It is the every day moments that are the most ripe for change. One step at a time we create our path. Being aware and taking personal responsibility are critical components to choosing a journey that supports wellness. 
        May you be well,
                     Kate

New Programming at Open Door

Open Door has created a simple 6-week curriculum to examine the nature of stress and to learn strategies to minimize its impact. Our team has targeted three primary areas: mindfulness, physical activity and nutrition. We believe fostering these skills will increase your capacity to manage stress. Our guided curriculum includes discussion,practice, and independent work between classes. Your progress will be measurable using the provided workbook and through a follow up session four weeks after the five core Labs.

Join us on Monday Feb. 27th from 6:30-7:30 for our next Round Table.
The Open Door team will discuss our exciting new experiential learning labs.
Topics include simple strategies to work with stress, sleep, and pain along with maximizing                                          vitality.
Free and open to the public.


I asked our business and creative consultant, Caroline Cannon to give us a bird's eye view on what Open Door is up to. I am grateful for her excellent summary below. - Kate
       Our bodies are amazing ecosystems of interrelated parts and processes and like any piece of complex machinery, need maintenance and an occasional tune up. Today’s medicine can do remarkable things to help us manage acute problems, but sometimes the maintenance leading to long-term good health gets lost in the shuffle of daily life. 
       What I appreciate about the Open Door approach to wellness is that it acknowledges how some key daily activities contribute to our health. Open Door looks closely at the contribution of movement, nutrition and mental balance to overall wellbeing and identifies areas for better care at that intersection and by individual need. The goal is to educate clients about how each discipline contributes to lifelong vitality and to give back to the individual agency over personal health.
       The Open Door integrated programming is rooted in science and the specifics of each practice are backed by research data and published studies. Kate, Holly, Miriah and Britton work separately and together to create practical plans that address an individual’s specific health needs at the body’s systems level. What they have discovered is that small changes in key activities and daily patterns can have major impact on how we feel and how our bodies perform.
       Because the programming is based on specific needs, the Open Door team works with individuals to assess wellness issues, define personal goals and develop a reasonable health plan to be acted on. These plans can be as simple as “I want to feel stronger”, as common as “I am pre-diabetic and need a practical plan to manage/prevent onset”, or as complex as “I live with chronic pain and want to reduce my dependency on medication”. Open Door is experienced working with an individual’s physician to address more complicated needs and providing the day-to-day lifestyle balance to augment the standard medical care.
       Open Door’s mission is to provide practical ways for people to feel good every day and to continue that good health throughout life. As someone who has benefited from their work, I can say it is a treat worth exploring. 
                     Caroline Cannon


  • VALENTINES DAY YOGA AND DINNER
    Tuesday, February 14 - 6-8:30pm
     
  • DINING FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH
    February 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
     
  • INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI
    Begins Feb. 17th, Fridays, 10-11am
    Begins Feb.28th, Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm (first class free, 10 week series ending May 2nd)
     
  • MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION
    Begins March 16th, Thursdays, 5:45-8pm
     
  • MINDFULNESS BASED COGNITIVE TOOLS
    May 9 - June 27, Tuesdays, 5:45 - 8 pm
     
  • New movement and dance classes. Guest faculty. Opportunities for everyone. More info forthcoming.

Simple Truths

Simple Truths

"Owning fewer keys opens more doors.” 
― Alex Morritt

Friends-
Simplicity and depth are calling me into the new year. Letting go of the unessential, diving deeper into the essential are my hopes for 2017. I am feeling the need to let go of things, including stories that no longer fit me. I am ready for change. Change in that I need and want less and for acceptance of the fact that while letting go, we make room for change.

It's the beginning of 2017 and there are many changes afoot. New team, new mission statement, new web site, new renovations. I am inspired by our work at Open Door. Hard to believe we are into our 3rd year!

We are refining a great "product",if you will. My colleagues and I have put a lot of thought into what Integrative Wellness means. We are brainstorming on what are the essential components of health and are developing programming to tackle some of the primary barriers that decrease vitality. Our intent is to develop modules that encapsulate best practices in the primary aspects of health. Stay tuned for more details...

A few simple truths have arisen in our discussions:

1. Movement can come in many forms but the key is to move daily and move well.

2. Eating food that makes you feel well just makes sense.This is a critical part of what we can do individually to achieve optimal health. The relationship we have with food is of primary importance.

3. Our mental health requires care. We need to find the tools that are unique to each of us in order to feel at ease. Mental health should never be considered a taboo subject. The state of our minds can be subtle and complex and should be considered an essential aspect of health. Using mindfulness as a fundamental tool toward better mental health can be extremely useful.

At Open Door we see health as integrated components which include mind and body. We are committed to offering programs that steer our clients toward optimal vitality.
http://( http://www.opendoorworkshop.com/classes-workshops/)

Since last summer I have been working on developing a more cohesive movement program at OD. My goal is to develop curriculum that is staged depending on one’s movement goals.

My colleague, Scott Stone’s program has been an excellent complement to this.
 

Please check out our website for more details on all our classes including our movement curriculum.

  • We are pleased to continue to offer Melt workshops with Sarah Goodman
     
  • We will have a guest teacher, Katie Back, from Montpelier, offering Alexander technique classes and private sessions in March.
     
  • Britton Mann is developing our Tai Chi/Qigong program with collaborators along with expanding his reach in the community. ( see comments under Research)
           
                                           To your health- Kate

Clinical Research Study on Acupuncture begins at Open Door!

      Open Door will be a clinical trial site in 2017 for a pragmatic research study investigating the viability of acupuncture for chronic pain sufferers. Britton Mann, the Open Door Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine will be one of several acupuncturists in Vermont participating in this study.
      This study is open to those currently enrolled in Vermont Medicaid who are over 18 years old who have suffered pain for at least three months. Participants will receive a series of free acupuncture treatments and up to $50 compensation.
      The study was commissioned by the Vermont legislature in response to the burgeoning opioid crisis. Acupuncture has been shown in many high quality medical studies to be an effective option for pain management.
      Britton has been involved in medical research and scholarship, from both western and Asian perspectives. This is the first clinical trial of its kind in Vermont, and Open Door will be an excellent site for this research.

Nutrition Program Highlight:

Ali Price is offering a soup class on Jan. 28th!

WINTER SOUPS
Learn the secrets to making healthy and delicious vegetarian soups. We’ll start by making vegetarian stock from scratch, then create two more soups using the stock. Each participant will take home recipes, broth, and samples of each soup. Please bring your own soup containers to class. To register, email Ali Price.

Holly Westling offered her anti- inflammatory cleanse to ring in the new year!

Holly Westling provides nutritional counseling with a focus on functional nutrition. She enjoys helping clients reduce inflammation and resulting symptoms, identify and resolve food sensitivities. and stabilize blood sugar and hormone balance. Holly also counsels clients in sports nutrition, weight loss/gain, and how to create life-long health habits to optimize well-being through one-on-one counseling, group sessions, and cooking demonstrations.
Very well attended!

Giving back:

  • Open Door believes that generosity and gratitude are a critical component of wellness. So we continue to choose to give back when we can. This month we have decided that Planned Parenthood could use a little care….so we are offering a free workshop to their staff.
     
  • Also, a big shout out to anyone going to Women's March on Washington

Abundance

Abundance

Abundance

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Ahh, December's white coat and elegant hush has befallen the upper valley. There is something about a fresh blanket of snow and a blue sky that is beyond compare. I was going to write a thoughtful blog as this is a good time to reflect, but, alas, there is so much going on at Open Door that I want to simply share our list of doings and happenings...
I feel like we are gifted with abundance!

Good cheer and health this holiday season!
Kate

4 Pillars of Wellness

1. Movement: Move daily!! Ongoing classes at open door for strength, flexibility, mindfulness and fun. New dance classes beginning, Athletic  Movement Performance with Scott Stone and more...
2. Mindfulness: Be aware, awake, and breathe...it brings on vitality!
Ongoing classes including Qiqong, Tai Chi, Meditation.
3. Nutrition: Eat food that makes you feel well. Enjoy sharing food with others.
Cooking classes with Ali Price. New Year's Cleanse with Holly Westling.
4.Gratitude: We are grateful for our renovated studio and the addition of
Britton Mann and Kevin Comeau to our practice.
http://www.opendoorworkshop.com/acupuncture.html

Upcoming Events

December 18th- 3pm-Death Cafe.
Cynthia Stadler RN and
Vicky Fish MPH,MSW
faciliate an open conversation around end of life concerns.
Free and open to the public.
Rsvp recommended.   opendoorwrj@gmail.com
More info:
 http://opendoorworkshop.com

Come join us for a quiet Solstice Event.
December 21st - 6-7:30pm

Labyrinth, music and more.
All welcome - light fare served.
rsvp: opendoorwrj@gmail.com

Giving Back

Open Door offered the Open Door Cleanse to the staff of The Haven with great success.  Holly Westling, Open Door nutritionist,  provided nutritional support to a group of 12 staff members duringa 10 day period.  The staff bravely committed to this pure, elimination diet with great results.  Some of the comments we received were: “This was just what I needed to jump start some healthy changes in my diet.  I certainly feel better and ready for the holidays!”  Another staff member said, “I feel amazing and don’t crave sugar!”   The staff members who committed to the cleanse overall felt energized, clear-headed and more calm in dealing with the daily challenges at work.  They found that during this exercise, they not only felt better, but bonded and communicated more often as a group about healthy lifestyle habits.  Many of the staff members are taking what they learned from Holly and the cleanse and continuing with these healthy habits.

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.

Open Door in the News

Open Door in the News

Open Door in the News

We are always delighted to read about what we do through the eyes of the world. Thank you to the editors of Daily UV for including us in their Observer section. Click the button below to read the article. And, this gives us a chance to show off our new interior look. Come and visit!

Open Door Version 2.0!

Open Door Version 2.0!

Open Door 2.0 blog

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”  —Annie Dillard

Open Door Version 2.0!

Dear Friends-

About two years ago I took a leap when I created Open Door.

I wasn’t sure what it would become, but knew I wanted to take a step toward my dream of offering wellness programs that foster resiliency and resourcefulness. Open Door’s mission and offerings have transformed over time with input from my colleagues and the community. What I have known all along is that finding a business partner in this journey would allow Open Door to broaden its outreach and hone its mission further.

I am happy to announce that I have found that partner in Britton Mann, who will join Open Door in November. Britton is a highly regarded doctor of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine who has an excellent following here in the Upper Valley just two years after moving his private practice from Portland, Oregon. The depth of Britton’s medical knowledge will add a new dimension to Open Door, and by joining us he will be able to expand his reach. We celebrate his joining our team!

Britton and I are supported by healthcare collaborators Miriah Wall and Holly Westling. Miriah provides mental health counseling to individuals and groups at Open Door while walking the talk in her own life. She has an ability to be grounded in truth—simple, direct, and compassionate. Holly offers evidence-based nutritional counseling in a way that supports the success of her clients. Her depth of knowledge is reinforced by her kindness and understanding of the complexities of our relationship with food.

he roster of Open Door practitioners continues to grow. Kevin Comeau, LMT, will offer massage in the two treatment rooms currently under construction. Kevin has two decades of massage background and has taught bodywork and functional anatomy to most of the massage therapists and yoga teachers in the Upper Valley.

Our team at Open Door has a diverse skill set and a common belief that everyone desires ease and vitality. To that end we aspire to thoroughly listen to and understand our clients so as to develop pragmatic solutions. These aspirations may seem simple, but are not. They require an understanding of what works (evidence), perseverance (follow through), and patience (it can be hard).

I am excited about our growth and feel flush with hope. Stop by and see the evolution of our space, and check out our new fall classes.

To your good health and happiness-

Kate Gamble, Founder

Opening the Door to Our Youth

Opening the Door to Our Youth

OPENING THE DOOR TO OUR YOUTH

Opening the door to our youth blog

At the age of 12 the word “wellness” meant little to me beyond the idea that I was supposed to eat the vegetables, get the exercise, and stay away from the drugs. Being healthful was something that for the most part I did, but wasn’t something I thought about or even took an active role in. If the salad was on the plate, I ate it. Sports were fun so I did them. My family and friends were enjoyable so I spent time with them. I was fortunate enough to have been brought up as I was but wellness was not an intentional act.

Today, via an unplanned and rather circuitous route, I find myself working in the field of wellness with a focus on assisting our young ones in finding deliberate and effective paths to personal wellness. Although I am fairly new to the field I have some ideas about how to begin the cultivation of holistic health in our youth: 1. Discuss more, instruct less;  2. Make it fun.

I have my own theories about what it means to live well but that is not where I start when working with kids. Rather, I ask the kids to map out the aspects in their lives that help them live well, and we start our discussion from there. While the visuals (markers and big paper make everything more fun) may begin simply,  and discussion may start with with healthy foods and exercise, with further discussion my clients almost invariably come to a more expansive and nuanced description of what living well means to them.

Recently, my good friend Sage and I held a workshop at Open Door for Girls Leadership Camp. Our aim was to get the girls thinking about and engaging in activities around wellness. We began by posing the following questions and let the girls split off into groups to discuss before coming back together to share.

What does it mean to live well?
What does integrative and holistic health mean to you?
Who are your wellness role models?
What steps are you already taking to live well? 
What are 1-3 wellness goals you have for yourself?
What/who holds you back from living well?

The discussion that followed was rich and surpassed our expectations for where we imagined girls of this age could go with the topic. As a group, we came up with several metaphors for holistic health—many buckets, spokes on a wheel, a Venn diagram—and all centered around the idea that optimal health comes via multiple and interconnected avenues.  

From our conversation the girls then engaged in several experiential wellness activities including yoga, mindfulness, cooking for the Haven, and, because “fun” is a very important “bucket”, a dance party. Play, collaboration, and engagement were woven throughout the day, and during our closing discussion we were a room of happy, connected, and tired ladies. 

For some of the girls the discussions may be but a seed that will stay dormant for a time. For others their wellness goals will be operationalized tomorrow. We cannot predict how our youth process ideas but we can provide them with opportunity to think about and experiment with ideas in their own ways. 

—Miriah Wall