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Currents: February 2017


Currents is published monthly by Windhorse Integrative Mental Health of Northampton, 211 North St., Suite 1, Northampton, MA 01060. Executive Director is Victoria Yoshen. For questions, concerns and suggestions about Currents, contact us at

Upcoming Events

mark your calendarMark your calendars for community gatherings this month!

Community Events:
Community study of Recovering Sanity, Chapter 3 in the community room
Wednesday, February 22nd, 10:30am-12pm

Bowling Community Event at Canal Lanes in Southampton
Friday, February 24th, 5-7pm

Community study of Recovering Sanity, Chapter 4 in the community room
Wednesday, March 8th, 10:30am-12pm

Sugar Shack Brunch Community Event (specific location to be determined)
Thursday, March 23rd, 9am-12pm

Community Lunch:
Tuesday, March 14th, 12:30-1:30pm in the Windhorse office kitchen.

For more information, contact us at

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Board Meeting Report from January 31, 2017

The Board meeting held January 31,, 2017 was missing Michael Stein (on retreat).  The mission moment was offered by a San Luis Obispo (SLO) alumni, now a peer counselor who is in training and attending school.  The first agenda item was reviewing the December 31, 2016 financial reports draft.  We are awaiting some more year-end adjustments before a final draft is created, but the FYE (Fiscal Year-End) totals for each site were positive.

The next agenda item was updates for each site.  As the west coast takes on more fiscal autonomy, the policies and procedures need rewriting, so that is a current three-site project.  Annie will be going out to the west coast in April to do some intensive training with the staff.  Phoebe is teaching Individual Psychotherapy (IP) to Dana and Dimitri, the Directors in SLO.  The Boulder Guild students are teaching IP to the Portland Team Leaders and Clinical Director.  A second World Windhorse Council started with SLO, PDX, and Germany is convening monthly.

A big agenda item was the purchase of a Still Point house in SLO.  They couldn’t purchase Buchon, but found another house in great condition that is comparable in size and amenities.   It is located in a slightly different area of downtown.  They are using the same bank Portland did, so much of the paperwork is already on file, easing the process.  The closing is set for mid-February.

The next Finance Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at noon EST.

Written by Victoria Yoshen, Executive Director of Windhorse IMH Northampton.

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Museum Passes Available at Local Libraries

Thanks to the federal government’s arts funding, many museums offer free entrance passes (generally 2-4 passes per month) to local libraries. Here is a partial list of passes that are available at both the Forbes Library in Northampton and Lilly Library in Florence.

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Property Manager Position Now Open

The position of Property Manager is now open and available. Windhorse is accepting applications through Friday, March 3, 2017. To request a job description or for more information please email Andi at

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The Windhorse IMH eNewsletter

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New to the Windhorse Library

Timgreshe Windhorse office now subscribes to Tricycle magazine, a publication about Buddhism in the Western world. It is published on a quarterly basis and will be available in the office lobby. Click here to learn more about this interesting journal.



Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human by Daniel J. Siegel, MD

“In this book, noted neuropsychiatirst and New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Siegel, MD, uses his characteristic sensitivity and interdisciplinary background to offer a definition of the mind that illuminates the how, what, when, where, and even why of who we are, of what the mind is, and what the mind’s self has the potential to become.” – from the inside flap

“Dan Siegel is in my opinion one of the most knowledgeable persons on the mind. His insights into the mind as an embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information in the ecosystem of life have had a deep impact on my own understanding of mind and life, and have impacted the way I practice and understand the healing process. His latest book takes the understanding of interpersonal neurobiology and self regulation to a new level. If you are interested in the science of healing, this book is a must read.” – Deepak Chopra, author of Super Genes


The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology by Lorne Ladner, Ph.D.

“This book carries the enlightened wisdom to heal relationship problems and mental suffering – the unhappy, dissatisfied, disturbing thoughts that trouble the life. I thank Lorne from the bottom of my heart for his efforts to actualize this book to bring peace and happiness to all who read it.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Lost Art of Compassion offers ten methods for cultivating joy and contentment, bringing directly applicable wisdom to everyday situations. The result is a highly practical, engaging guide that weaves together these two disciplines and encourages readers to reclaim this neglected path to happiness.” – from the inside flap


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