Monday Feb. 27th from 6:30-8:00pm.
Free and open to the public

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.



Workshops and private sessions with Katie Back, certified teacher.
March 15, 2017 and March 29, 2017 with workshops from 12-2pm and private sessions from     2-4pm.
Price: Workshops( $50 for 1 day,$90 for both days), private sessions ($65 for 1/2 hour, $110 for 1 hour)

The Alexander Technique is based on the idea that our thinking effects our functioning. In becoming more aware of what we are telling  our bodies to do, we can discover and begin to undo the movement habits of a lifetime that our adversely impacting our lives. By improving the use of ourselves, we regain the power to navigate through life with more ease and to consciously choose how we do what we do. In time, we discover our own ability to live our lives from a place of poise and conscious presence which has a positive impact on our relationships and the world in which we live.

Katie has been practicing the Alexander Technique since 1985. Her Balance of Being Method brings together over30 years of experience in dance, yoga, somatic and meditative disciplines and healing arts. 

Sign up for workshops and classes through opendoorwrj@gmail.com
Payment will be made directly to teacher, Katie Back


Death Cafe
Meets the 3rd Sunday of every month from 3-4:30pm.
Free and open to the public.

A group-directed discussion to explore death and how to make the most of our (finite) lives.



December 3, January 7, February 25
Instructor: Sara Goodman
Price: $15 per class

Using small rubber balls or a foam roller, this easy-to-learn treatment can help reduce common symptoms, including hand, foot, back, and neck pain; plantar fasciitis, bunions, neuromas; arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger; headaches, gut issues, and insomnia. Come to one or all classes. To register for any class, email Sara.

MELT Basics: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
This class covers the hand and foot treatments plus the rebalance sequence.

MELT for the Whole Body:  2:45-4:15 p.m.
The complete sequence of MELT maps for the whole body on the soft foam roller. Experience with the MELT Basics is a prerequisite for this class.

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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 one month.

Week 1- March 13 Introduction
Week 2- March 20 Mindfulness
Week 3- March 27 Nutrition
Week 4- April 3 Movement
Week 5- April 10 Integrated Strategies
Week 6- May 8 Follow-up

Classes are held from 7-8:30pm.

Kate Gamble, BFA, MSPT
Britton Mann, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Holly Westling, RN,MS,CNS
Miriah Wall, MS, CMHC, CYT

Price: $180, includes course workbook. Register here>



Thursdays, March 16th- May 4th 2017, 5:45-8:00 p.m. (8 weeks)
Full day retreat will be at St Barnabas' Church in Norwich Vt. on April 22 , Earth Day! 9-4
(Note: classes 1 and 8 will last 15–30 minutes longer).
Instructor:Melissa Laverack

Price: $295 (Pre-registration is required to hold your spot in class). Register here>
Enrollment will be capped at 12. 

This program grew out of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s stress reduction program at UMass Medical Center, and gives us the tools to mobilize our own inner resources for coping, growing, and healing. We all experience stress – it’s a natural, unavoidable part of life. We can’t escape uncertainty, change, and our inability to control things. What we can do is develop more skillful ways of working and playing with the challenges life brings us. MSBR is a highly experiential program of training in well-being. This class includes: mindfulness meditation, movement (Qigong), group exercises, and discussion. More than three decades of scientific research indicates that practicing MBSR can profoundly affect one’s ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully. Benefits include:
Making time for weekly home practice is an important component of the class.  Guided audio files and reading materials are included. No experience needed. All welcome.

  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with lasting pain and illness
  • Greater well-being, energy, and enthusiasm for life
  • Greater levels of self-acceptance and feeling of connection with self and other.
  • Stronger resilience in relationship to short- and long-term stressful situations.

For more information about the class contact Melissa Laverack @ melissa.laverack@gmail.com


Tuesdays, 5:45 - 8 pm, May 9 – June 27
Daylong Program: Saturday, June 17
Class Fee: $ 295
Benefactor Fee- (which underwrites a small amount of support for those with less ability to pay)  $325
Workbook- $20
Instructors: Landon Hall (email her here) and Miriah Wall (email her here)
Please register via one of the emails listed above.

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. 

Using The Mindful Way Workbook, by Teasdale, Williams, and Segal, 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 dialogue, all aimed at increasing moment-to-moment awareness in everyday life.  Participants do not need to have taken MBSR to join this group, but some experience with mindfulness meditation is recommended.

Pre-registration and a telephone consultation with the facilitators is required prior to the first group meeting on May 9th.  If interested in learning more about this life-affirming program, or in registering, please feel free to contact either of the facilitators listed above.



Creative - generate new ideas, creating dynamic solutions

Friday 10-11am
Begins Feb. 17th- April 21st.
Instructor: Paul Mahoney
Series: $160, Drop in $18
Register by emailing Paul here.

Students will learn the Yang style Short Form with complimentary Qigong (Chee Gong) practice. It will be a very gentle and relaxing class. Practicing Tai chi is a great way to reduce stress and to organize the way you use your body for more efficiently with movement and less effort with all physical activities. Some of the health benefits from Tai chi practice include: better balance, increased bone density, less stress, better sleep, lower blood pressure, and a general feeling of well being. 

The class is for those at a beginner or intermediate level. It is alright to start at anytime and the first class is always free. 

Sifu Paul Mahoney has been practicing Tai chi for over thirty years and has taught tai chi and the related arts for over twenty years. To learn more about Paul please visit www.greatbaytaichi.com


Tuesdays 5:30-7pm
Begins Feb.28th (first class free, 10 week series ending May 2nd)
Instructor: John Lee
Series: $180. Register here>

This will be a 10 week introduction to the practice and study of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. We will focus on balance, strength, grace and relaxation, as we learn the First Section of the Yang Slow Set. This class is open to all ages and interests, and our emphasis will be on the practice of Tai Chi as a way to increased wellness and peace of mind.

John Lee has been studying Tai Chi for the past 16 years, both here in the Upper Valley and across the country. He is a visual artist whose interests in sculpture (balance, meditation, energy transformation and the work of early Chinese figurative sculptors) lead him to the study of Tai Chi. Shortly after discovering the practice, he found that there was no boundary or distance between his work in the studio and his daily tai chi practice.




Tuesdays, 3:45-5:15
Instructor: Kelly ArmbrustKate Gamble and guests
Price: $18 drop in, $160 for 10 classes. Register Here>

For ages 10-17. Using imagery and grounding techniques from somatic traditions, we will play with gravity, weight, release, and recovery to enliven our movement. Some experience necessary.


Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm from March 6th-April 10th.
Instructor: Kate Gamble BFA, MSPT.
Series: $84, Drop in $16. Register here>

Using principles from dance, yoga and old fashioned calisthenics, we focus on getting a good workout while having fun. Good alignment, core strength, and fluidity of movement will be the focus. Classes will build on each other so ideally best to sign up for a series. Drop in is possible, however. No experience necessary but baseline fitness helpful. Contact instructor with questions. Ages 14 and up. 



Sundays, 10:00-11:30 a.m., December 18, January 22, February 19
Instructor: Angela Krapovicky (email her if you have questions)
Price: $15 drop in. Register Here>

Children in grades K-3 can participate in any of these classes. Children will discover the joy of movement and improvisational dance, use imagination, increase body/spatial awareness, channel expressive energy, and have fun! No experience needed. What to wear: bare feet and comfortable clothes to allow for movement. What to bring: water in a closed container to drink.



Instructor:   Angela Krapovicky (email her if you have questions)
Price: $70 for series of 6 classes. Register here>
Sundays from 10:00am – 11:00am March 5, 2017 – April 9, 2017

Kids ages 5 – 8 will discover the joy of movement and improvisational dance in an inclusive environment. They will use imagination, increase body/spatial awareness, channel expressive energy, learn about respecting self and others and have fun! Basic movement concepts will be explored through structured improvisational activities. No experience needed. 

What to wear: bare feet and comfortable clothes to allow for movement.
What to bring: water in a closed container to drink.



Instructor:    Angela Krapovicky (email her if you have questions)
Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 6:30pm March 8, 2017 – April 12, 2017. First week of April class will be Friday April 7th, not the 5th.
Price: $70 for series of 6 classes. Register here>

Kids ages 9 -11 will discover the joy of movement and improvisational dance in an inclusive environment. They will be invited to channel their creative energy and work with movement concepts of space, time, force and flow. Using improvisation and imagination, they will learn about creating choreography both individually and in groups. No experience needed.

What to wear: bare feet and comfortable clothes to allow for movement.
What to bring: water in a closed container to drink.



Instructor: Landon Hall

QiGong involves aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. The practice includes gentle stretching, flowing movements, and standing postures that are quietly harmonized by rhythmical breathing and a calm, unhurried, focused mind. The movements invigorate the energy in the body and support health and vitality. The Center for Disease Control has named QiGong as a primary self-care practice that supports aging with grace. Class includes QiGong practice and meditation. Open to all.


Instructor: Scott Stone
Date and time TBA.
Series: $100, Drop in $18. Register here>

Explore your body with a fun and creative variety of movements that enhance strength, mobility, and overall body awareness. Our busy lifestyles and routines often cause ailments, as we neglect to move in the way our bodies were designed to move. In this class, we will learn a sequence that includes these types of movements: squat, hinge, push, pull, rotation, carrying, walking, and running. At the end of six weeks, you will be able to incorporate these movement sequences into your daily life and fitness routines.