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Rebuilding Your Foundation: A Workshop for Postpartum Women

Date: Sunday, September 23
Presenters: Erin McCabe & Cicely Conway
Price: $40

This workshop is open to women who have experienced childbirth in the past year. In this workshop we will be discussing the physical, mental and emotional aspects of self-care when providing for a child during their first year of life. We will discuss the cascade of physiologic changes that most often occur in women's bodies after childbirth and will offer postural alignment for daily activities, foundational strength building exercises and breathing routines for healing and stress management. We will also offer some nourishing and simple recipes for snacks and teas.

For questions to to register, email Cicely at cicelyandreeconway@gmail.com

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Intuitive Eating: Break up with Dieting

Date: Tuesdays, September 25- October 16
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Presenter: Julie Glynn, M.Ed., M.A.
Price: $125 for the series

Start Listening to Your Body.....

Do you battle with food issues, health issues, weight issues, emotional eating, chronic dieting?

The best way to end a battle is to stop fighting and start listening.

Studies show when you listen to your body's need for food not only do you consume proper nutrients you also maintain a healthy weight. 

In this 4 week interactive workshop you’ll take back control and focus on how you are the expert of your body.  You’ll discover how your life changes when you change your relationship with food.   We’ll discuss the reason diets fail and how to stop dieting and start eating.  You’ll learn to make peace with your body and respond to what it wants and needs and the value of respecting your body and appreciating yourself.  We’ll distinguish the difference between emotional and physical hunger and how to deal with feelings without turning to food.  We’ll also uncover the benefits of movement beyond losing weight.  

We hope to see you there! 

For questions and registration contact Julie@JulieGlynnCoaching.com or check out her website:  www.JulieGlynnCoaching.com/workshops or call 603-252-1865




Round Table: Becoming Aware of Your Carbon Footprint

Date: Wednesday, October 3
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Presenter: Andrew J. Friedland, PhD
Price: Free and open to all

Through a mixture of presentation and discussion, participants will gain an appreciation for how each of us as individuals contributes to carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. After gaining some understanding of our individual carbon “footprints,” we will consider approaches and strategies for achieving a smaller carbon footprint.

Andy Friedland is the Richard and Jane Pearl Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. He teaches courses on introductory environmental science, energy and forest ecosystems. His research examines the effects of air pollution and logging on soil carbon and forest health. 

Please let us know you will be joining us byRSVPing to miriah.opendoorwrj@gmail.com

For questions about the presentation, email Andy at Andrew.J.Friedland@dartmouth.edu


October Brunch & Learn- Aerial Yoga

Date: Friday, October 5
Time: 11am-12pm
Presenter: Lisa Varno
Cost: Free and open to all

Join us for our October Lunch and Learn with Lisa Varno to learn more about Aerial Yoga. We'll discuss the benefits, learn about possible contraindications, see an Aerial Yoga demo, with the option to try a few poses! No prior dance, yoga, or acrobatic experience necessary.

Email Lisa at lisa.varno@gmail.com with any questions or to RSVP. 


"In the Pink"

Date:Tuesdays, October 2, 9 & 16
Presenter: Ruth Lembo, Certified Holistic Health Coach
Price: $90 for the series

Free Informational Night~ Friday, September 21st, 6-7 PM

Learn to live "In The Pink" with Holistic Health Coach, Ruth Lembo........  "In The Pink" means that you are living in extraordinary health and spirits.  From a nutritional standpoint, we will learn to listen to the wisdom of our own bodies.  We will create balance in our lives, nurture our intuition and each develop an individualized approach to the fruition of ours hearts' desires.  There is a lot of juicy and delicious exploration to be done!  Come to the free introductory session on September 21 for further info.

Ruth Lembo is a certified Holistic Health Coach from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York City, 2017.  Her mission is to encourage healthy eating and balanced living from a place of extreme Self love, which in turn, creates glorious results.  Her approach to wellness includes nutritional awareness, Self expression and Self observation.  

For more information, email Ruth at rlembo7@gmail.com or check out her website: inthepinkwithruthlembo.com

Aerial Yoga Teacher Training

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Dates: Saturday & Sunday, October 6& 7
Time: 8am-6pm both days
Presenter: Kelly Kuder
Price: $595

This training is a unique and fun way to expand your experience as a yoga teacher and the perfect way to earn your CEU’s! Receive a 55 Page Manual complete with pictures and detailed information. What is Aerial Yoga? Aerial yoga is one of the newest blends of yoga and aerial circus arts, utilizing a silk hammock as a prop to aid the student in surrender during traditional postures that are difficult to achieve due to minimal flexibility or strength, physical injuries and often times, emotional fear. Aerial Yoga is an amazing practice and fun way to change up your traditional experience with yoga on the mat, as well as a teaching yoga. Practicing Yoga in the hammock allows you to discover and unleash your hidden challenges and strengths. It balances and encourages deeper and unique stretching through a traditional Aerial Yoga Flow class. Curriculum, Practice and Teaching. Basic Beginner and Advanced Level One Poses and Flow. Learn how to teach an Aerial Yoga Flow Class. Email Kelly at kellykuder@mac.com to learn more!

For more information visit: https://www.kellykuder.com/sign-up-for-a-training/aytt-level-1-open-door-studio-vermont

with Todd Norian

Dates: Friday-Sunday, October 19-21
Time: Friday, 7-9pm, Saturday 10am-1pm & 2:30-5pm, Sunday 10am-1pm
Presenter: Todd Norian, E-RYT 500


We are all made of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and sky. Masterful living is achieved when these elements are balanced within. When out of balance, you may feel “contracted” (too much earth), “under water” emotionally stressed out (too much water), unmotivated (not enough fire) or over working (too much fire), scattered and fearful (too much air), or spacey and ungrounded (too much sky). 
The Ashaya Yoga® practice brings about a flowing integration of all five elements that leaves you feeling strong, confident, peaceful, openhearted, and ready to engage with life wholeheartedly from a place of worthiness. 

Friday 7:00-9:00 p.m.: Open Sky: Bask In Your Vastness - Enjoy a spacious, heart-opening practice including standing poses, backbends, hip openers, twists, and forward bends. Includes a sky meditation and deep relaxation. 

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Rich Earth: Transform Challenges Into Life-Enhancing Change- Challenges never come to put you down. They only come when you are ready to rise up and stand strong in your power. Build core strength, flexibility, and balance with standing poses, hip openers, inversions (with modifications and prep poses), and backbends. 

Saturday 2:30-5:00 p.m. Delicious Water: Gentle Yoga and Therapeutics For the Lower Back and Hips- Release strain and stress and allow yourself to enjoy a sequence of flowing, soothing, and therapeutic poses for the lower back and hips. Water always finds its way back to the source – the ocean of consciousness. 

Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Bright Fire and Soothing Wind: Flame Of the Heart- Masterful living is about tapping into the infinite light of the universe deep in your heart in order to source your true passion and vision for your life. Practice an inspiring sequence of postures that reconnects you to your heart where you recognize you are already whole and complete. End with a deep relaxation integrating all five elements. 

Please bring: two blocks, belt, cushion/blanket, sticky mat

Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, is an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher. A student of yoga since 1980, he has immersed himself in many styles of alignment-based and heart-centered yoga. In 2012, he founded Ashaya Yoga® (AH-shy-ah) – a Sanskrit word that means, “abode of the heart” – which blends precise alignment techniques with empowering and spiritually uplifting philosophy. With warmth and humor, Todd excels at making deep philosophical teachings accessible and relatable. As an accomplished musician, Todd has created several music CDs for yoga, meditation, and relaxation. Todd welcomes students of all levels to awaken to their inherent potential for unlimited joy, vitality, and fulfillment. Practice with Todd online at Shri.tv. Learn more at www.ashayayoga.com.

Three ways to register:



Early Bird Full Weekend $165 by 9/28
Full Weekend $185 after 9/28

Individual Sessions: Early Bird/Regular
Friday 7-9 p.m. $40/$45
Saturday 10-1 p.m. $60/$65
Saturday 3-530 p.m. $50/$55
Sunday 10-1 p.m. $60/$65

Refunds not available.

This workshop carries continuing education credit with Yoga Alliance.


Mindful Parenting

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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. 

Introduction to Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Date: Saturday, October 27
Time: 2-5pm
Presenter: Holle Black
Cost: $30 before October 20th, $35 after October 20th

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This 3 hour workshop is for health care professionals, yoga teachers, or anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of trauma sensitive yoga. Trauma sensitive yoga aims to help people regain comfort in their bodies,  improve self-regulation and decrease the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Symptoms of trauma may include:

  • Anger and persistent feelings of sadness and despair,

  • Nightmares, severe anxiety, flashbacks, and obsessive or uncontrollable thoughts,

  • Physical symptoms, such as nausea and headaches, and/or

  • Feelings of isolation and hopelessness

Trauma  sensitive yoga and mindfulness training have proven effective in providing  tools for gaining self-confidence, focusing  attention, and controlling  emotions and conduct, while engaging in positive physical and mental activity. The workshop will address how trauma affects the mind and body; how to use trauma sensitive yoga to help heal the mind/body disconnect after trauma; and how trauma sensitive yoga differs from standard studio yoga.  

Holle is a C-IAYT, and  E-RYT 500 certified Yoga Therapist who studied under the guidance of master teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll, and Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT. In addition, Holle is a certified prenatal yoga teacher, certified kids yoga teacher, and has completed an additional 300 hour training with David Emerson at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. Holle designed and directs the Trauma Sensitive Yoga, 20 hour training module for the 500hr therapeutic Center for Integrative Yoga Studies advanced teacher training. Holle is the founder and director of Centering Youth, a yoga service project in Atlanta, that brings yoga and mindfulness to incarcerated youth, incarcerated pregnant women, homeless LGBTQ youth, Refugee youth and women, and women who have been sexually exploited.

For questions or to register, email Holle at holleblack@comcast.net



November Lunch and Learn: WISE in our Community

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Date: Friday, November 2
Time: 12-1pm
Presenter: Stacey Glazer
Cost: Free and open to all

Meet Stacey Glazer, the program operations coordinator at WISE, and learn more about WISE. We will discuss the history of the organization, and the many ways that WISE supports people and communities affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking. Included in the discussion will be ways in which the community can get involved to help WISE end gender based violence in the Upper Valley.

For more information or to RSVP, email Stacey at Stacey@wiseuv.org

Death Cafe

Date: Wednesday, November 14
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:

January 9, 2019
March 13, 2019
May 8, 2019
September 11, 2019
November 13, 2019

 Family Contact Improvisation Class and Dance-Jam


Date: TBD
Cost: By donation- suggested is $5 per person or $10 per family
Instructors: Kelly Armbrust and Jennifer Blue. 

No experience necessary and all ages welcome! 

We'll explore ways to move with your children/families based on elements of contact improvisation that include rolling, lifting, sharing weight, maintaining a point of physical contact and deep listening.

For more information or to RSVP email Kelly at  kelly.opendoorwrj@gmail.com

The Art of Visual Journaling: A Five-Week Series

Instructor: Alison Hunt McKenney, LCMHC, ATR
Date: Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, 20. Final follow-up class January 10
Time: 5:30-7
Price: $150 Materials Provided 

 Come explore your creative self and learn new techniques for stress relief and personal growth.  Visual journaling materials will be provided.  Class will consist of leaning new techniques, practicing and getting comfortable using art materials and your visual journal.  This is a judgment-free class, open to all levels of experience and interest. 

 Alison is an artist, art therapist, and counselor at Open Door.  Alison believes in a holistic approach to counseling which addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of each individual she works with.  She uses counseling, coaching, and art therapy when applicable, to encourage healing and wellness.  Alison works with clients of all ages, on issues which include: self-awareness, parenting, behavioral modification, stress management, anxiety, depression, relationship and communication skills, self-esteem, life transitions, and spirituality.  Alison is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Art Therapist.

To sign up email a.hunt.art@gmail.com

January Lunch and Learn: HEART TO HEART: Fostering Wellness through Expressive Writing Workshops

Date: Friday, January 4
Time: 12-1pm
Presenter: Joni B. Cole
Cost: Free and open to all

Expressive writing, also known as reflective or introspective writing, invites individuals to respond to a “prompt” as a means of exploring their thoughts and feelings, and tapping into the unconscious. What manifests on the page may take the form of word associations, a memory, a stream-of-conscious journey, a story... There is no wrong way to respond. While an expressive writing workshop is not therapy or a clinical group, the emotional and physical benefits to participants are well documented—especially when this form of free writing is done in a safe, appreciative group.

Join author and writing instructor Joni B. Cole as she discusses the value of expressive writing to you and to your organization. She’ll also facilitate a brief hands-on demonstration, so bring something to write on/with.

For more info about Joni, visit www.jonibcole.com

For questions, or to RSVP, email Joni at jonibethcole@gmail.com


Date: TBD

Parents and guardians of upper elementary and middle school children are warmly encouraged to attend this informative session on talking to kids about sexuality. The presentation and discussion aims to guide what sexuality topics are developmentally appropriate for 11-14 year olds and how parents and guardians can overcome the discomforts of talking about sex with their children. Please join us with an open mind, sense of humor and many questions! 

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Cindy Pierce educates and entertains audiences with her message about making healthy choices and navigating cultural pressures. She is the author of Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World. 


Dr. Michael Lyons is a family physician who has provided care to kids and adults in the Upper Valley for over 20 years. He is also a clinical assistant professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. 


Instructors: Cindy Pierce and Kevin Comeau
Time: TBA

This workshop, taught by Cindy Pierce and Kevin Comeau, will blend two approaches to awareness and empowerment for young women.

Cindy's aim is to inspire women to intentionally seek a stronger sense of who we are. Staying strong in our values and beliefs can be challenging, but the freedom of being our true selves leads to more clarity and conviction.

Kevin's approach to women's self defense centers on agency. Women have the right to determine their own course in life. Kevin will demonstrate practical ways in which women can utilize their strength, along with leverage, precision, and passion, to establish and maintain safe and healthy boundaries for their bodies, and by extension, their spirits.

The women who participate in this workshop will leave with an enhanced sense of their own individual and communal power, with more tools to navigate a challenging but exciting world.