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June Lunch and Learn- What is Art Therapy?

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Date: Friday, June 1
Time: 12-1pm
Cost: Free and open to all
Presenter: Alison Hunt, LCMHC, ATR

The first Friday of the month from 12-1pm Open Door will host a speaker to talk about an aspect of health and wellness while you enjoy your lunch! 

Alison Hunt McKenney will be giving an overview and answering
questions about Art Therapy, its history and modern day applications.Open to clinicians and the general public.  Alison is a Licensed
Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Registered Art Therapist working
at the Open Door Workshop in White River Junction and at ArtisTree in
South Pomfret.

Bring your lunch or just come and learn!

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. 

For questions, email Alison at a.hunt.art@gmail.com.

Death Cafe

Date: Sunday, June 3
Time: 2-4pm
Cost: Free and open to the public
Facilitator: Cynthia Stadler, Bayada Hospice nurse

Open Door and the White River Indie Film Festival are pleased to host film maker, Amy Jenkins and Bayada Hospice Nurse, Cynthia Stadler. An open conversation about Amy's film,"Instructions on Parting" and end of life topics.

"Instructions on Parting" will be showing on June 2 @ 11:00 am at the White River Indie Festival. For more information about the film, please visit:

Please RSVP to opendoorwrj@gmail.com

For more information about the film, visit www.on-parting.com

More about White River Indie Films visit http://www.wrif.org/

Mindful Parenting

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Date: Tuesday, June 5
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: $55 per person
Presenter: Seoka Salstrom

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. 

CSA Cooking Party

Date: Wednesday, June 13
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Instructor: Lisa Varno
Cost: $20 register here>

Join us as we explore our first CSA box together! Use simple and creative recipes to design a light vegetarian meal that we'll share together. Lisa will also discuss the nutritional benefits of each vegetable from your box. Non-CSA members are also welcome! Email Lisa with any questions at lisa.varno@gmail.com

Edgewater Farm CSA in WRJ: Box share delivery to OPEN DOOR!


Open to the public!  
Pick up your fresh produce at Open Door on Wednesdays from 3:45-7pm. 
The Box Share:  equivalent 1/2 bushel basket.  
From $225.

We fill up the box each week with a diverse selection of produce dependent upon what is in season and what is abundant. 

For example, you can expect strawberries in June, blueberries in July and watermelons in August. Of course, how much you get is dependent upon how well the crop does that year. Along with fruit, you also get greens, roots, corn, tomatoes, etc. 

This CSA season begins Wednesday, June 13 and runs until October 3rd.  You can choose to sign up for 8, 11, 14, or 17 consecutive weeks within that time-frame.

For more information and to sign up visit Edgewater's website!



 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


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.