Summertime And The Livings Easy...

Open Door Integrative Wellness
The Art and Science of Living Well



"Green was the silence, wet was the light,

the month of June trembled like a butterfly."

―Pablo Neruda, 
100 Love Sonnets

Today I have ever more reason to be brief as the summer day calls you and me to quickly put away the phone, the computer, the worry and high tail it outside. Bird songs,ripe strawberries, cool lakes,too much lettuce,and the sticky embrace that melts the muscles are all too enticing. 
As my dear friend reminds me as we walk for a swim in the river, each day one should do something summery for before too long the light and air will change and then we will have time to turn back inside and let the pleasures and memories of these delicious summer days bolster us.
At Open Door, summer is our time to plant seeds for the classes, programming, collaborations are all around the corner. I, for one, will be heading to California for some course work on Somatics and look forward to bringing some new skills and insights to my work at Open Door. My colleagues are reflecting on how we all can add depth and value to what we offer at Open Door. Please check in when you can to see what is on the horizon and as always, let us know what you would like to see us offer.We are here to serve you!

To your health and happiness-


Still room in our summer camps:

This Month
Open Door....

Women's Self-Defense

Instructor: Kevin Comeau
Date: Wednesdays, July 18- August 8, 12-1pm
Cost: $75 for 4-class series 

This class will cover the fundamentals of physical self-defense, while touching on its emotional and psychological elements.  We will cover such topics as evasion, escape, blocking and striking, improvised weapons, awareness of the environment, and the use of the eyes and voice.  Students should come prepared to move- wear comfortable clothing.  Practice will be realistic but respectful and safe.  All questions and ideas are welcome.

For questions or to register, email Kevin at


Gentlemen’s Yoga

Instructor: Britton Mann
Date: Thursdays, 12-1pm
Price: $18 drop in, $120 for 8-week series

Inflexibility is a virtue in this class. Athletileisure clothing or yoga-specific pants not required. Sense of humor and/or ability to make light of one’s own shortcomings and short hamstrings is a pre-requisite. Classes range from quiet and meditative to moderately spirited.

Britton has been sharing his understanding of various yoga and other movement arts for 16 years.

For questions, email Britton at

Yoga for Caregivers- Beginners Gentle Flow

Instructor: Caleigh MacDonald RN, BSN, RYT 200, Reiki I
Wednesdays, July 11- August 1,  5:30-6:30pm
Price: $15 drop in, $50 for 4-week series

Get your body moving in this gentle, all levels yoga class. Classes are designed for beginners and tailored to the caregivers of the community. Allow yourself to have time for self-care and renewal. Come as you are to stretch, strengthen, and heal the mind and body. Fuel yourself and join us for a great introduction to Yoga with aspects of meditation, breath work, and mindfulness.

For questions or to register, email Caleigh at


Bodies in Motion: Explorations in Movement, Fitness and Fun

Instructor: Joseph Sargent
Date: Saturdays, 12-1:15pm
Price: $18 drop in, $150 for 10-class series

Discover a new kind of fitness and expand your embodied experience through explorations in movement and somatic awareness.

Joe Sargent will be leading this class. His influences include gymnastics, circus arts, martial arts, modern dance, Feldenkrais, Continuum Movement, Tom Weksler, Ido Portal, Fighting Monkey Practice, among others.

For questions or to register, email Joe at

Tai Chi

Instructor: Paul Mahoney (Kevin Comeau in July)
Dates: Fridays (July classes are practice sessions)
Time:  10am-11am
Cost: $150 for 10 class card, $18 for drop ins (July- $10 drop in)

This course is suitable for beginners who are interested in improving their health while learning this ancient art form.  This course is also suitable as an intro to tai chi chuan for students who are interested in not only the health side but in learning the martial art of tai chi. Once the basics are mastered students would then have an option to start a more in depth study which includes partner exercises including push hands, chin Na, applications and the Yang style fighting set. 

For questions or to register, email Kevin at


Open Door Swag!

Swing by and check out our new Open Door tanks, totes, long sleeves & t-shirts (for little ones and adults)!
Pay by cash, check or online here!
Upcoming Free Community Events

July Lunch and Learn- Self-Massage for the Feet!
Friday, July 6, 12-1pm
 Free and open to all

 Join Julie Clemons, licensed massage therapist, and learn about foot anatomy and self-care.  This will be a hands-on workshop, so come prepared to take your shoes and socks off and get to work!

Please contact Julie Clemons at with any questions or to RSVP. 

August Lunch and Learn- Labyrinths
Friday, August 3, 12-1pm
 Free and open to all

August’s Lunch and Learn will introduce the labyrinth as a tool for walking meditation and contemplative practice.   Elisabeth Cadle, a Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator and the Land Coordinator at The Center for Transformational Practice, will present examples of labyrinths from ancient times to modern day and how they are used as a process meditation for centering, clarity and peace. Participants will be guided on a brief labyrinth journey and can choose from a variety of tracing labyrinths to take home.

Please contact with any questions or to RSVP

Parking Lot Party

Friday, August 3, 5-8pm
Free and open to all
Parking Lot (behind Open Door & Revolution)

Join just for the best party of the summer in WRJ! We'll have a DJ on the loading dock playing a mixture of funk, reggae, and soul, food vendors including JUEL and Piecemeal Pies, performance art inside Revolution, and a new art installation on display. Come check out our new Movement Lab with a variety of new classes and personal training offered this summer and fall! Classes include Tai Chi, Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Dance, Somatic Movement, and Martial Arts.

We hope to see you there! 

For questions, contact Lisa at

July Nutrition Notes
Holly Westling

I seem to be always talking about ways we can increase non-starchy vegetables in our diet.  Recently someone asked me which vegetable should we eat the most often for the most nutritional benefits.  I usually answer this question with a discussion about the importance of variety and getting many different colored vegetables - each with different nutritional benefits, at each meal.  While this is a healthy, general rule of thumb to live by, there is one particular family of vegetables that I try to incorporate in my meals most often.  The cruciferous family of vegetables is very rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals that help us stay healthy and strong. They also contain particular phytochemicals known as isothiocyanates that (with daily intake) have shown to help reduce the risk of diseases including some cancers.  I try to make 30 - 50% of the vegetables I eat daily come from the cruciferous family.  This list of highly nutritious vegetables includes: arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, rutabaga, watercress, brussels sprouts, cabbage, radish, and turnips.  Whenever I am making a meal, I try to think of ways to make it more nutrient rich and this almost always includes adding a cruciferous vegetable or two.  For example, if I am making a chicken curry, I will serve this over cauliflower rice lightly roasted or sautéed in some coconut oil; or if I am making scrambled eggs, I will add a cup of chopped kale; for a salad, I will add arugula, broccoli sprouts, and radishes; roasted rutabaga tossed in olive oil and herbs is a nice substitute for roasted potatoes.  Here is a delicious recipe for a cool summer soup that a friend shared with me and I altered a bit.  It is a delicious way to add more cruciferous and nutrients to your day: 

Watercress Soup 
(serve warm or cold)
2 T coconut oil
3 leeks white part and some green sliced thin
1 cup packed Italian parsley, chopped
2 1/2 cups packed watercress (4 oz) chopped with thick stems removed
salt and pepper to taste 
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 can coconut milk
Garnish with chopped chives, chili flakes or lemon zest

In a medium pot, heat the oil over low heat and add the leeks and cook for 8 - 10  minutes.  Add the chopped parsley and watercress and sauté for 2 more minutes.  Increase the heat to medium and add the broth with coconut milk.  Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes.  Let the soup cool a bit and then puree it using a blender or immersion blender.  This soup can be chilled for a few hours in the refrigerator before serving or reheated to serve warm. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with chopped chives and chili flakes or lemon zest if desired.


Open Door's elegant and versatile space is the perfect spot for a celebration. Rent the studio and kitchen for your private event, or choose from our menu of services and let us help create the event for you.

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Open Door is a collaboration of practitioners offering professional services and classes that support the art and science of living well:
  • Professional Services: Physical Therapy, Counseling, Acupuncture, Massage, Mindfulness, Nutritional Counseling, Personal Training
  • Classes & Workshops: Dance, Yoga, Somatics, Tai Chi, Meditation, Cooking, Writing, Music, Art
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