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Lunch and Learn


Date: March 2, 2018
Time: 12-1pm
Cost: $25 (includes lunch)register here>
$10 (bring your own lunch) register here>
All proceeds go to the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Program at CHaD.

Open Door is excited to roll out our new Lunch and Learn series. 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. 

March - Acupuncture and Herbs

Amazingly complex and elegantly simple, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has been used for over 3000 years to treat illness and promote health.

In this Lunch and Learn, we’ll look at acupuncture from the ancient and modern perspective - how it has been used on battlefields and hospitals from the time of Christ to the crisis in Afghanistan.

A short presentation will be given by Dr. Mann, and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers about herbs, needles, and health care in general. Representative cases of acupuncture in clinic will be presented, though this won’t be a forum for exploration into personal health issues.

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


 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

Women's Sacred Circle


Dates: Mondays, March 19-May 7
Time: 7-8:30pm
Price: $300, book included
Instructor:  Andrea Manning

Being a part of a Women's Circle can be powerful.  We get this sense of sacredness when we step into one and take space in one.  In these circles, everyone is seen, everyone is heard.  We are able to drop the busy-ness of our lives and be present for our selves and others in a most authentic way. 

This 8-week Women's Sacred Circle, led by Andrea Manning begins March 19th.  Each class opens with a guided meditation and closes with gratitude.  Together we will read and discuss Cia Ricco's simple book, "Living As If Your Life Depended On It", using it as our guide to learn more about our selves while creating wholeness, empowerment, and deep connection.  

"Being on the shy side and having never participated in a group before,  I was reluctant, but I am SO glad I took the leap!  Among her other talents, Andrea has a gift for making it feel safe to be yourself." -Julie

To sign up or to read more about Andrea, please visit: www.andreabmanning.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. ( Early bird discount $275- register before March 1, 2018) 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.