Training in the moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, relationships and environment

Mindfulness & Self-Compassion: An Experiential Workshop

Instructor: Lisa Varno, RYT, M.M.Ed.
Date: Sunday, October 28
Time: 2-3:30pm
Price:  $25 per participant if registered before October 21, $30 per participant if registered after October 21


Experience mindfulness and self-compassion practices to enrich your everyday life

Motivate yourself with kindness rather than self-criticism

  • Support yourself in the midst of challenging emotions

Join us for this monthly mindfulness workshop with Lisa Varno, RYT, MMEd., at Open Door in White River Junction, VT! Discover a deeper mind/body/heart connection during this heart-felt experiential workshop focused on mindfulness and self-compassion. Gather together with a community of others as we explore mindful movement with heart-opening sequences, a guided loving-kindness meditation, reflective journaling, and opportunity for discussion. Special focus on the ways in which social comparison and competition act as barriers to human connection. 

Participants should wear comfortable, loose clothing. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, blanket, journal, and pen. All are welcome—come as you are.

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Lisa Varno has been exploring contemplative practice in a variety of settings for over 25 years. Her professional experience ranges from teaching music, yoga, and mindfulness to students ranging from three to 85. Lisa creates a safe, relaxed and inviting space for participants to engage in their practice with a sense of curiosity, wonder, and grace.

For questions and registration, email Lisa at www.lisavarno.com/register.


Morning Meditation
Date: Thursdays, beginning September 13
Instructor: Lisa Varno
Price: By donation to Open Door's Scholarship Fund

Join us for weekly meditations led by Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction trained practitioner Lisa Varno. Cushions and chairs are provided, and sitting meditation will alternate with mindful walking meditation. All are welcome!  

"Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing." -Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D

For questions please email Lisa at  lisa.varno@gmail.com

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Mindful Parenting
Date:Tuesday, October 23
Presenter: Seoka Salstrom
Price: $45

The media inundates parents with do's and don’ts, Top 10s, time savers, and lifehack parenting tips.  Many parents report feeling overwhelmed with too much information. Although science offers a solid foundation for best practices, I encourage parents to shift the focus inward and identify their own values to guide their parenting choices. "Mindful parenting" refers to the practice of acceptance of yourself and your child as well as awareness of your values and of the internal processes (e.g., needs, judgements) that interfere with present-moment, value-based choices. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share relevant stories to enhance learning and generate take-home ideas.

Seoka Salstrom, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who recently started the Hanover Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies in Hanover, NH. She specializes in mindfulness and acceptance-based CBTs for the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders across the lifespan. Prior to moving to Vermont, Dr. Salstrom co-founded the Chicago CBT Center and maintained an adjunct faculty position at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Salstrom has worked closely with parents for 15+ years and has previously facilitated mindful parenting workshops with parents and professionals.

For questions or to register, contact Erin at officemanager@hanovercbt.com or 603.755.6535. 

Seasonal P.A.U.S.E. (2019)
Back to Basics: Reclaiming the Elemental Self


Dates: January 17, March 21, June 20, September 19 & November 21
Presenter: Angelique Priscilla, PT
Price: $20 per class, $90 for 5-class series

Pause in presence and breathe; rest; listen; be aware.
Allow inner truth to flow.
Uncover your inner knowing.
Simply rest in the vastness, BE.
Enjoy yourself, and enliven your Self.

Hour and a half gatherings seasonally to connect into the energy flows in the body for each particular season. Gathering/sharing in circle, Guided meditation, guiet time for rest and integration. Bring what you need to be comfortable seated or laying down. Bring a journal if you like. Bring something to place in the center of the circle that represents the particular season, as an honoring.

Angelique Priscilla PT has been providing integrative manual therapy in the Upper Valley for 35+ years, the last 17 of which have been in her home practice in Wilder. She is a 1980 UVM graduate with a BS in Physical Therapy. More about Angelique at http://www.angeliquepriscilla.com

For questions or to register, email Angelique Priscilla at peace@angeliquepriscilla.com

Mindfulness Coaching with Lisa Varno
Mindfulness coaching helps you develop and enhance the skill of mindfulness using the key principles of non-judgment, openness, acceptance, curiosity, and compassion.

Mindfulness is a simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment observation of the mind-body process through calm and focused awareness without judgment. Dispassionately observing your mental processes allows great insight into habitual ways of thinking, and it has a profound power to alleviate stress and suffering. Rather than rehearsing or rehashing our lives, we can allow ourselves to live in the here and now.


$75 for 60 minutes
$40 for 30 minutes

For questions or to schedule a session,
email Lisa at lisa.varno@gmail.com


Mindfulness: A Four-Week Series
Instructor: Lisa Varno, RYT, M.M.Ed.
Date: TBD
Price: $125 ($100 early bird)

Gather with a community of individuals in a non-judgmental, supportive space, as we discuss, practice, and learn about mindful living. This experience offers an opportunity for you to more deeply get to know yourself, provides you with specific practices to reduce stress and pain, and increases self-awareness, and overall contentment. We'll explore the various attitudes of mindfulness including self-compassion, non-judgment, equanimity, self-reliance, and curiosity. Each class will incorporate guided meditation, instruction, and helpful practices you can take with you throughout your week.

For questions and registration, email Lisa at www.lisavarno.com/register.