BEN COSGROVE IN THE UPPER VALLEY
Date: October 21, Saturday
Price: Donations welcome ($5-$10)
Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work that straddles a line between folk and classical music.
The strongest forces guiding Ben’s composition and performances are his deep interests in landscape, place, and ecology. For years, Ben has been fascinated and inspired by the different ways people interact with their built and natural environments, and through songs with names like “Prairie Fire,” “Champlain,” “Little Rain,” “Nashua,” “Sigurd F. Olson,” “Kennebec,” and others, he seeks to explore those relationships and reflect them in sound. “I don’t think of my pieces as rendering places in music,” he notes in an interview in Harvard Magazine, “but more just as responding to places musically. Writing music just turns out to be a great way for me to process the world.”
READING OURSELVES, READING OTHERS:
Round Table Discussion on Narrative Medicine with Dr. Kathryn Kirkland
Date: November 15, Wednesday
Open to the Public
RSVP through email here (recommended)
Narrative medicine is the practice of medicine informed by the ability to “recognize, absorb, interpret, and be moved to action by the stories of illness.” (Rita Charon) Many believe that clinicians who have “narrative competence,” can use patients’ stories to make diagnoses, to select therapies that are likely to be both effective and preference-aligned, and to develop healing relationships with patients. Narrative medicine requires its practitioners to become skillful at paying attention, representing and retelling the stories that are heard, and, in these processes, affiliating in empathic ways with the tellers.
Teaching doctors to read, closely, and to write, reflectively, is one way to build narrative competence. Kathy Kirkland will talk about her work in narrative medicine and facilitate an exercise for the group that she uses in the narrative medicine teaching that is part of the training of palliative care doctors. We will discuss the experience of reading and writing together, and explore ways in which narrative practice might improve healthcare, and life in general.
About Dr. Kathryn Kirkland
Kathryn B. Kirkland, MD, is a professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and leads the section of palliative medicine. She holds the Dorothy and John J. Byrne, Jr, Distinguished Chair in Palliative Medicine. In addition to her leadership role, she is actively engaged in clinical work with patients who are living with serious illness, and in teaching medical students, residents and fellows.
Dr. Kirkland’s primary scholarly interest is in the field of narrative medicine, which focuses on building capacity of clinicians to receive the stories of others, and to use them to ensure that patients receive individualized healthcare that is aligned with their values.
STRESS REDUCTION: EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING LAB
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- October 24 - Mindfulness and Mental Health
Week 2- October 30 - Nutrition and Stress Reduction
Week 3- November 7 - Somatics and Physicality for Sress Reduction
Week 4- November 14 - Mind/Body Connection
Week 5- November 21 - Integration
Week 6- December 19 - Follow-up
Classes are held from 6 - 8 pm.
Price: $180, includes course workbook. Register here>
AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT
Time: 5:30-7:30pm on
Date: Sept. 25th and 10am-12pm on Sept. 27th
Please register by email here.
Dynamic and Healthy Legs
In these two consecutive workshops Frauke will explore with you the topic of dynamic and healthy legs. We will start with an early developmental movement lesson involving trunk and legs; work extensively with the feet and ankles and examine their importance with regards to functioning of the knees, hips, pelvis and trunk; and finally discover that improved functioning of the buttocks has a profound effect on the organization of the leg and the whole self. Because the foot occupies a large area in the motor cortex, it is a great vehicle for organic learning. We all benefit when we gain a greater "understanding" of this platform.
September 25 (5:30-7:30pm)
The first workshop will include two lessons that will have a profoundly calming effect on the nervous system. The opening lesson will consist of an exploration of the mouth with the tongue and connecting the oral cavity with the chest and abdominal cavity in breathing. The second lesson will be an introduction to the Bell Movement, which Feldenkrais developed later in life. It connects with peristalsis and is the basis of locomotion.
September 27 (10am-12pm)
The second workshop will present two different strategies that lead towards a more resilient spine. The opening lesson explores the interaction of shoulder girdle and pelvis, demanding a flexible rib cage. The next lesson is done entirely in sitting, with the hands turning the spine via flexion and extension.
Frauke Voss is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner. She was introduced to Feldenkrais ATM lessons through radio broadcasts in Switzerland. Years of work as a fibre sculptor led to repetitive strain injuries, physiotherapy and a Feldenkrais training. She maintains a practice in Toronto and Bermuda.
PROJECT X is a series of workshops for Black identified in the Upper Valley. The workshops are designed to support, through healing, envisioning, planning, and strategizing, new and already existing forms of liberatory and sustainable Black collective action. We’ll be serving dinner.
Fall Workshop Dates
Saturday, September 16, 4-7pm - Introductory Meeting
Saturday, September 30, 4-7pm - Rhodessa Jones
Saturday, September 28, 4-7pm - Che Rhymefest Smith
Please register through email here.
Playback Theater is an improvisational, community building form of theater created through a unique collaboration between performers and audience. Someone tells a story or a moment from their life, then watches as their story is immediately recreated and given artistic shape and coherence. A story can be anything: a comical moment from work,
a drama unfolding in the here and now, a memory from childhood or a future story in the form of a hope or a dream. These stories give voice to our humanity: and to the complexities and contradictions in human experience.
In the initial workshop we will learn some of the basics of Playback. In the subsequent classes, we will delve more deeply into various Playback forms, sharing our own stories and creating a space for compassionate listening, laughter, trust and reflection. My hope is that some members of this inter generational class will be interested in becoming citizen actors in an Upper Valley Playback Company, in which we can be of service, celebrating diversity and inclusivity and allowing others to see themselves, one another, and their community in new and refreshing ways.
Wed. Oct. 11 6-8pm
Register and questions: Kate Schaefer
Kate Schaefer, MFA - Kate received her MFA in Acting in 1975, from the NYU Theater Program. She acted professionally for several years before teaching Drama at Smith College and eventually, for 25 years, at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH.
Kate created a young people's ongoing Playback Company at the Richmond School in 1990, with a new company each year for 19 years, that toured to various locations in the Upper Valley Community. Most recently, she has consulted for Memphis Playback, in Memphis, TN, as this professional company brings their work into under served schools in the Memphis area. Kate has long had a vision of creating an inter generational Upper Valley Playback Company.
Meets the third 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.
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.