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Death Cafe
Date: Wednesday,March 20, 2019
Time: 5:30-7pm
Cost: Free and open to the public (donations to Open Door's Scholarship Fund welcome)
Facilitator: Cynthia Stadler, Bayada Hospice nurse

Open Door and  and Bayada Hospice Nurse, Cynthia Stadler host an open conversation about end of life topics. Refreshments provided.

A Death Café is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda or objectives. Recognizing that society does not make it easy to talk about death, we aim to create a respectful, open, confidential space to explore thoughts, beliefs, and feelings about death, dying, and related subjects. Join us for refreshments and lively conversation as we explore death and ultimately how to make the most of our (finite) lives. This is not a bereavement support group or a grief counseling group. Everyone is welcome.

For questions or to RSVP, email Cynthia at cjmstadler@gmail.com 

Future Cafes:

May 8, 2019
September 11, 2019
November 13, 2019

Yin Yoga & the Koshas

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Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 10am-5pm
Instructor: Emily Garrett
Cost: $125, register here>

Learn the basics of Yin Yoga through the framework of the koshas. The koshas are the layers, or sheaths, that make up our bodies. It is the movement through these layers that connects us with our basic goodness, our rightness as humans and our understanding that we are complete. Yin Yoga is a wonderful way to move through the layers and access this inner wisdom. In this day long workshop Emily will outline the framework of the koshas and break down the basics of Yin Yoga, including its philosophy, meditative qualities, and mechanics of the foundational poses. You will learn how to create a space ripe for exploration, self acceptance and stillness while understanding the mechanics and process behind the practice. Open to all interested in learning more about Yin Yoga and the Koshas. 

Emily Garrett taught her first class to a group of homeless women in 1999.  Immediately, she recognized the power of sharing yoga which she has continued to this day. Emily’s classes emphasize that through yoga and meditation practice we can learn to be present in our lives.
Emily is the owner of Laughing River Yoga where she co-directs the Laughing River Yoga Teacher Training.  Her studies include work with Jill Satterfield, Nevine Michaan, Simon Park, Tias Little, Jon Fabbro and Leslie Howard, with whom she received her certification as a Pelvic Floor Yoga Teacher.  She has a committed meditation practice in the Shambala tradition and learns the big practice of presence through being a mom to two beautiful children.
Grounded and warm, Emily brings to her classes a thorough understanding of alignment, patience, and an invitation to compassionately explore one’s self. It is the deep inner stillness she hopes to share with her students, the sense that they are perfect as they are.

For questions, email Emily at emily@laughingriveryoga.com


April Lunch & Learn- Perfect Posture: Alignment and Correction for Wellness and Performance

Date: Friday, April 5
Time: 12-1pm
Cost: Free and open to all
Facilitator: Sara Lamie

What does it mean to sit up straight? How do we achieve ideal postural alignment? What are the health benefits of maintaining good posture? In this free informational session, you will learn about proper alignment of the spine from head to tailbone. Relevant anatomy and physiology will be discussed, as well as some basic key exercises and postural corrections you may use immediately to reduce pain and develop better spinal stability.

Sara is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with 9 years experience in orthopedics and geriatrics. She seeks to learn what drives her clients in order to form a collaborative partnership. She strives to give her clients the tools to help them achieve and maintain their functional and recreational goals.   

For questions or to RSVP, email Sara at saralamiept@gmail.com

Principles of Traditional Diets


Date: Friday, April 5
Time: 6-7pm
Cost: Free and open to all
Speaker: Lili Hanft

Come learn why--and how--to eat like our great-grandparents did. Traditional, ancestral diets can teach us a lot about what foods have nourished healthy populations for generations before the current epidemics of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.

What set these age-old ways of eating apart from our modern diet? And why might we want to emulate some of these traditional dietary practices? While ancestral diets varied widely across the globe, they share some common principles. Learn about the principle of nutrient density--and the surprising foods that are the most nutrient dense--as well as preparation techniques to optimize the nutrients in the foods you already eat.

Return home with practical strategies and recipes for incorporating more real, whole, nutrient-dense foods into your diet, and even sample some nutritious snacks!

Join Nutritional Therapy Practitioner-in training Lili Hanft for this presentation and discussion, and gain a new perspective on healthy eating, informed by the wisdom of our ancestors.

For more information, email lilihanft@gmail.com or connect on Instagram: @nutrientdensenourishment

RSVPs aren’t required but are helpful! Direct RSVPs to Lili at lilihanft@gmail.com

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Get Centered
Date: April 7
Time: 4:30-6pm
Instructor: Erin McCabe
Cost: $25

This workshop will focus on breathing and deep core activation in order to help you feel more centered. When our breath and deep core are coordinated and accessible all other movement and exercise will be easier, safer, and more efficient. To find your cylindrical powerhouse and prepare your body for outdoor activities, reserve your spot! All levels welcome, no previous yoga experience needed.

Erin McCabe is a certified and licensed athletic trainer (AT) and professional yoga therapist (PYT) with over 10 years of experience. Her style of yoga and instruction is anatomically based with a gentle focus on the deeper, subtle layers of our systems. She hopes you will always leave feeling as though you have learned something.

Registration and Payment:

Pay with card online or with cash or check day of. Reserving your spot is recommended, though drop-on are welcome, space permitting. To reserve your spot click here and direct any questions to info@erinmccabewellness.com.

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Release, Breathe, Restore
Date: Sunday, April 14
Time: 4-6pm
Instructor: Erin McCabe
Cost: $30

This workshop will focus on relieving and releasing physical, mental, and emotional tension as you are guided through self myofascial release work with balls and blocks, breath work, and restorative yoga. Refill your tank so you have more to give back! We will focus on the arm and spiral lines. All levels welcome, no prior yoga experience needed. Come curious and ready to unwind!

Registration and Payment:

Pay with card online or with cash or check day of. Reserving your spot is recommended, though drop-on are welcome, space permitting. To reserve your spot click here and direct any questions to info@erinmccabewellness.com.

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Experiential Anatomy: The Core

Date: Saturday, April 27
Instructor: Sara Lamie
Cost: $30

Sara Lamie, PT, DPT will be guiding a hands-on anatomy workshop designed to introduce the muscles that support our midsection both directly and indirectly. This course will use discussion, demonstration, physical movement, and isolated contractions to learn about, neurologically connect with, and experience how these muscles stabilize and move our bodies. We will learn about the foundational importance of core stabilization and activation within our daily activities and active lives. Common postural asymmetries and mechanical faults, which contribute to injury and dysfunction, will be discussed, as well as relevant corrections for prevention and wellness.

No prior experience necessary. Perfect for those who seek to better understand their bodies and for practitioners of bodywork and fitness looking to deepen their understanding of core anatomy and activation.

Sara is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with 9 years experience in orthopedics and geriatrics. She seeks to learn what drives her clients in order to form a collaborative partnership. Her intent is to give her clients the tools to help them achieve and maintain their functional and recreational goals.   

For questions or to register, email Sara at saralamiept@gmail.com


May Lunch & Learn- Ann Greenwald
Date: Friday, May 3
Time: 12-1pm
Cost: Free and open to all
Facilitator: TBD



Dates: Sundays, May 12, May 19 & June 2
Time: 6-8pm
Instructor: Ruth Lembo
Cost: $90 for the series

"In the Pink" means that you are living in extraordinary health and spirits.  Claiming such a prime state of being requires a holistic approach to health.  It focuses on Mind, Body and Spirit as they are all integratively one.  The process itself is greatly rewarding and the results are long lasting and ever evolving.   

This IN THE PINK Workshop with Holistic Health Coach, Ruth Lembo, serves as a jumpstart to the healthiest and happiest version of YOU.  In the series of three consecutive workshops, Ruth shares powerful tools in guiding you to :
1.  Align your vibrational frequency with your health goals to more effortlessly reach them.
2.  Increase your Self-love and minimize stress.
3.  Use your intuition to nourish your body and make food your friend.

The workshop is deeply nurturing and a lot of fun!

Ruth Lembo is a certified Holistic Health Coach from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York City.  She coaches individuals in realizing all they can be through healthy eating, balanced living and Self-love.

For more details about the workshop or to reserve a spot, feel free to email her at rlembo7@gmail.com

RSVP required by May 5.

“Strife and Joy” with Live-Looping Artist Emma Back

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Date: Friday, May 17
Time: 7-8:30pm
Artist: Emma Back
Cost: $10 advance, $15 at the door. Order tickets here>

Live-Looping Violinist-Singer-Songwriter Emma Back performs “Strife and Joy,” a musical dialogue traversing the landscape of human experience at Open Door in White River Junction at 7pm on Friday May 17th 2019.

Back uses a loop pedal to create lush layers of rhythm and harmony, accomplishing a sonic and poetic lyricism that reaches deep into the past and far into the future simultaneously. Her dynamic, multi-dimensional performance features vocal percussion, haunting melodic storytelling, jazz and klezmer inspired violin riffs and harmonic influences ranging from Eastern-Europe to American Roots. 

“Charming sensibilities, excellent structuring and arranging, as well as her ability to confound emotionally will likely bring listeners back for repeat encounters.” (Jordan Adams, Seven Days VT).

Back’s 2018 debut release “Little World” investigates how to heal personal and global conflict through bearing witness to issues of feminine power, racial and religious oppression, war and ancestry. Her 2019 concert series furthers this inquiry with new pieces that examine the root of strife and joy as felt through loss/love, death/birth, sickness/health and the inner-life of human beings. The evening will begin with a community gathering that includes opportunities for audience participation feeding into the formal concert portion of the evening. Attendees are invited to bring drinks and snacks for personal enjoyment or to share.

For more information, visit: www.EmmaBackMusic.Com

Experiential Anatomy: Demystifying the Nervous System

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Date: Sunday, May 26
Time: 1-3pm
Instructor: Erin Lathrop
Cost: $30

Please join me for a spine-tingling discussion as we untangle the mysterious web of the Nervous System! Starting with our embryonic origins, we will begin to unfurl neuroanatomy to discover the different types of nerve fibers and what information they transmit. By better understanding our nervous system, we can better appreciate what our neurons have to say.

Bring your questions! Also look for future sessions to explore the neuroscience of pain.

Erin Ingram is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy through the APTA.

Cash or check at the door. Come as your are, bring your friends!

For questions or to register, email Erin at erinvermont@icloud.com