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.

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


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

Tea and Cake at Death Cafe

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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.

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.

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

Mae Butler