September updates

Integrative Wellness


Dear Friends,

Often we talk about providing tools to our clients to improve health and wellness but I recently heard someone speaking about health and wellness as a recipe. I like this better as it has more of a sense of creativity, pleasure, and perhaps,nuance. Finding what is satisfying and tastes right in your recipe for health is so important. Bringing heart and history adds depth to the mix. Our hope is we can offer a few ingredients that might entice you and that can be added easily into your weekly schedule. We have many “flavors” from the subtle to the robust… ( movement, meditation, nutrition,Chinese medicine,counseling,massage, etc)- take a good look at our expanded list of offerings and dig in.

To your good health, 

Upcoming Special Events

September Lunch and Learn- Practical Druidry: Connecting with Nature for Health and Wellbeing 
Friday, September 7, 12-1pm
Presenter: Carolyn Hooper

Parking Lot Party
Friday, September 7, 6-9pm
Location: Parking Lot (behind Open Door & Revolution)


Family Contact Improvisation Class and Dance-Jam

Friday, September 7, 6pm
Cost: By donation- suggested is $5 per person or $10 per family
Instructor: Kelly Armbrust
No experience necessary and all ages welcome! 

For more information or to RSVP email Kelly at

Death Cafe
Wednesday, September 12, 5:30-7pm
Facilitator: Cynthia Stadler, Bayada Hospice nurse

Rebuilding Your Foundation: A Workshop for Postpartum Women
Sunday, September 23, 10am-12pm
Presenters: Erin McCabe & Cicely Conway

"In the Pink"
Tuesdays, October 2, 9 & 16, 6-8pm (free info meeting September 21, 6pm)
Presenter: Ruth Lembo, Certified Holistic Health Coach

Round Table: Becoming Aware of Your Carbon Footprint
Wednesday, October 3, 6-7:30 pm
Presenter: Andrew J. Friedland, PhD

Aerial Yoga Teacher Training 
Saturday & Sunday, October 6& 7, 8am-6pm both days
Presenter: Kelly Kuder

The Art of Masterful Living: Embodying the Five Elements through Yoga
Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, Friday, 7-9pm, Saturday 10am-1pm & 2:30-5pm, Sunday 10am-1pm
Presenter: Todd Norian, E-RYT 500

Mindful Parenting
Tuesday, October 23, 6-8pm
Presenter: Seoka Salstrom

See our Complete Schedule Here!
Clothing Drive

Upper Valley Refugee Working Group Communications Vermont is seeking donations of children's clothing for our new neighbors!

This summer, USCRI Vermont is resettling eight new families. Among these new arrivals there are 32 children and 23 of them will be starting school in the fall. Currently, every child needs clothing. Our goal is to provide each child with a wardrobe of clothes by time that school starts. We are hoping that you can help us reach our goal.

We are looking for individuals and small businesses to sponsor a child by providing a basic wardrobe of the appropriate size, or gift cards to purchase essentials such as underwear, socks, and shoes. A wardrobe would include: four pairs of pants, four t-shirts, four pairs of shorts, three long-sleeve tees, seven pairs of socks, seven pairs of underwear, and one to two pairs of shoes.

In addition to our Sponsorship Program, we will be accepting general donations of children’s clothing throughout August and September. If you are interested in participating, or providing space for a donation collection box, please let us know.

Open Door will have a box located in the Movement Lab for community members to drop off clothing (adult gently worn clothing also welcome). 

Please contact us further for details regarding sizing, or with any other questions that you may have.

Questions? Laurie Stavrand, can be reached at (802) 338-4627, or by email at
New Community Acupuncture Hours!
New Community Acupuncture hours, Mondays from 4:3-6pm beginning September 24, 2018. 

Reserve your spot here>
Meet our New Team

Open Door would also like to introduce two new team members, Laleh Talebian and Mark Mamuszka.
Laleh is, amongst many other things, a personal trainer and fitness instructor who will be offering both personal training as well as group classes.
Mark is joining our amazing Acupuncture team and will be seeing clients at Open Door on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Learn more about Laleh here and Mark here

Open Door's elegant and versatile studio spaces are the perfect spot for a celebration. Rent one of the studios and kitchen for your private event, or choose from our menu of services and let us help create the event for you. Events include:
  • Board Meeting
  • Workshops
  • Work Gatherings
  • Wedding Celebration
  • Birthday Parties
  • Family Reunions
Oh, and have you heard we have aerial yoga coming?!
More information here>
Ode to the Tomato

Holly Westling

As August comes to a close and the final days of summer are upon us, many of us are hastily trying to make the most of our summer harvest - or the farmstead’s summer harvest. This often means having tomatoes with every meal. The early September tomatoes are just too sweet not to enjoy as much as possible. They are loaded with vitamin C and a powerful anti-oxidant called lycopene. Lycopene is a phytochemical that has shown to improve heart health, support brain and eye health, help reduce cancer risk and helps keep aging bones strong. What is special about tomatoes is that while many vegetables lose their nutrient content when cooked, tomatoes shift their nutrient content from vitamin C when raw to lycopene when cooked. The lycopene requires some heat exposure to become more bioavailable and readily absorbed by the body in order to benefit from all of these wonderful nutritional qualities. When my kitchen is overflowing with tomatoes such as now, there are many ways we can preserve this luscious, sweet and nutritious treat. Any easy and quick way to store tomatoes for a burst of vitamin C during the winter is to quickly blanche them whole (dip in boiling water for 20 seconds), peel off the skin and pop them into a ziplock bag before putting them in your freezer for later. I also like to coarsely chop them and throw them into a pot with freshly chopped garlic (the more the better). Let them simmer for a few minutes, add a little sea salt and can in a glass jar. You can also add some fresh basil before canning. These lightly stewed tomatoes are excellent mixed with ground turkey for a taco filling or zucchini pasta sauce or add a delicious sweetness and complexity to a soup base. For a delicious, fresh tomato treat, try this gazpacho I created the other night. It is perfect on a hot, late summer night and is most delicious with super ripe tomatoes:

In a bowl, combine:

4 tomatoes - very ripe, chopped
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
Fresh sprigs of chopped parsley and cilantro

In a blender, blend:

1 pint cherry tomatoes
juice from 1 lime
1/2 cucumber
1/2 red pepper
1/2 red onion
1/2 jalopeno pepper (seeds optional)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 T coconut amino
Salt and pepper to taste

Add the blender ingredients to the chopped veggies in the bowl and let sit in the refrigerator for 1 - 2 hours before serving; serves 4

Through our wellness programs, Open Door offers clients the tools to be self reliant and resilient, and to achieve vibrant health and well-being. We take a fresh approach to healthcare that encourages the use of preventative practices and collaboration between client and provider. We work with clients in private sessions and group classes in our studio. We also bring our services to the workplace and out to the community.
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