Tuesdays, 5:45 - 8 pm, May 9 – June 27
Daylong Program: Saturday, June 17
Standard Fee: $ 295*
*There is also a $20 fee for the workbook.
*Another option: Standard Fee Plus: $325. (This underwrites a small amount of support for those with less ability to pay.)

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.



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 after one month.

Classes will take place from 7-8:30pm.

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

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>



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: Melissa Laverack

Price: $295
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:

  • 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.

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.

For more information about the class contact Melissa Laverack here.