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 Family Contact Improvisation Class and Dance-Jam

Date: March 23
Time: 6-7:30pm
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

Round Table: Couples Therapy and the Universal Need for Connection

Date: Wednesday, April 4
Presenters: Marcia Webster and Jill Fischer
This event is free and open to the public

A one-hour conversation to shine a light on what effective couples therapy is all about.  Please come if you have ever felt stuck and unhappy in a relationship or wished a couple you cared about would go for counseling instead of suffering so much.  Basic information about the human yearning for a close connection will begin our dialogue.  Come with questions and share your thoughts about what you expect from couples therapy.  We hope this Round Table will help break down the shame of getting support for re-negotiating the tender terrain of an intimate relationship.

Information about "Hold Me Tight" workshops and other local resources will be available.  This is not a training or group therapy, therapists are welcome to be part of the dialogue.


Facilitated by Marcia Webster, therapist at Open Door
MA in Expressive Arts Therapy
Certified Peer Specialist
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Emotionally Focused Therapist-in-training
More about Marcia here>

With special guest Jill Fischer, LISCW
Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer
Coordinator of the New England Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
Hold Me Tight Workshop Facilitator

Please RSVP to opendoorwrj@gmail.com.

Lunch and Learn- Understanding Stress and Anxiety

Date: Friday, April 6
Time: 12-1pm
Cost: $25 (includes lunch from Trailbreak Tacos)register here>
$10 (bring your own lunch) register here>
All proceeds go to the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Program at CHaD.

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 lunch catered by a local restaurant. 

April- Understanding Stress and Anxiety

Stress sometimes feels like an unavoidable part of modern life, and difficulty managing stress can make it harder to meet your goals. In this Lunch and Learn, Dr. Bick will discuss the physical, emotional, and cognitive components of stress and anxiety. We’ll review psychological approaches to stress management, including how understanding the body’s natural “warning system” can make it easier to gain more control over worry.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion of issues surrounding stress, though this won’t be a forum for exploration into personal health issues.

Evan Bick, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at Enhance Health, PLLC, in Lebanon, NH. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mood and Anxiety Disorders at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2017, after a predoctoral internship at White River Junction VA Medical Center. His clinical interests include integrating psychological wellness and physical health as well as cognitive behavioral therapy for a variety of diagnoses. He is a licensed psychologist in New Hampshire.

For questions or to order your lunch (menu sent upon registration) email Miriah at miriah.opendoorwrj@gmail.com.

Projects in Motion: Exploring Functional Movement as Creative Practice
A workshop intensive with Axis Syllabus teacher Ruth Douthwright and Movement Educator/Speaker Erin Godfrey

Price: Whole weekend: $325. ( Opportunities for partial participation for those that can't do the whole weekend: Friday only $80, Friday and Saturday only. $270, Saturday only: $190, Saturday and Sunday only: $270) Register here>
Date: April 6-8th, 2018
Time: Friday 5:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday  9am-12pm
Instructors:Ruth Douthwright and Erin Godfrey

Acknowledging the moving body as living landscape requires adaptation and innovation when applying movement principles. Functional movement necessitates a creative approach in practice in order to respect individual physicality and diverse training aims. In this workshop intensive we will investigate principles of movement found in rolling, crawling, standing, walking and dancing. Utilizing creative practices in listening, sensitivity, and innovation to improve and refine alignment for dynamic movement situations. You can expect guided improvisation, repeating loops and bits of phrase work. 

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Erin and Ruth are informed by many movement modalities with a shared interest in experiential and theoretical research for functional dynamics applied to dancing, sports, yoga, fitness and everyday pedestrian practices of walking, sitting, standing etc..

PROJECTS IN MOTION is an ongoing collaboration between Ruth Douthwright and Erin Godfrey. A platform for movement research, education and artistic practice.

Ruth Douthwright is a dance artist and movement educator. For over a decade Ruth has been a teacher of the Axis Syllabus offering individual and group movement workshops and dance trainings and is a guest teacher in Dance and Movement Research Projects Internationally. Graduate from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal with parallel studies in Body Mind Centering, Continuum and Voice. Continued studies at Laban UK, Min Tanaka The Body Weather Farm and Noh Theatre - Kyoto Arts Centre. Ongoing research and performance projects with Ecological Bodying - Kevin O’Connor. Ruth is a London Artist in Residence working as an educator and mentor and performs with PDA. 



Erin Godfrey is a movement educator, speaker and researcher.  She began her career as a ballet dancer, studying with the National Ballet School of Canada, followed by studies in Anatomy and Kinesiology at George Brown College. Additional studies include Meditation, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Developmental Movement, Pilates, Personal Training, Wellness coaching, Anatomy Trains, Contact Improvisation and Axis Syllabus. Erin's teaching is informed by her research of the human body as a natural system for movement. She works with a wide range of students, including those with serious injuries, chronic conditions, new mothers, seniors, dancers and elite athletes, specializing in injury recovery and movement training for health and performance.Erin has owned several studios in Toronto and has been teaching movement and healthful living practices for over 17 years. 




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.