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Currents: February 2018


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 upcoming community gatherings!

Community Events:
Brunch at the North Hadley Sugar Shack
Monday, February 19th, 9:30-11:30am, leaving from the Windhorse office.
See Look Forward to These Upcoming Community Events for more information.

Visit to the Smith College Botanic Garden Spring Bulb Show
Friday, March 9th, 12:30-2:30pm, leaving from the Windhorse office.
See Look Forward to These Upcoming Community Events for more information.

Community Lunches:
Tuesday, March 13th, 12:30-1:30pm in the Windhorse office kitchen.

New Groups Starting Soon:
Journey of Self Acceptance
Begins Tuesday, March 6th, 3:30-5pm in the Windhorse office community room.
See Two New Groups on the Horizon for more information.

Finding Ground: Simple Skills to Practice Mindfulness
Begins Monday, March 12th, 2-3pm in the Windhorse office community room.
See Two New Groups on the Horizon for more information.

For more information, contact us at

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Look Forward to These Upcoming Community Events

February’s community event will be brunch at a local sugar shack. We’ll gather together to enjoy some pancakes, waffles, french toast, eggs, bacon, and of course, the all-important maple syrup. Please join us for this fun New England tradition! We will meet at the Windhorse office at 9:30am and journey together to the North Hadley Sugar Shack (you’re also welcome to drive yourself and meet us there). For those who haven’t been there before, it’s a rustic establishment that has a store, a barn, a restaurant where they serve breakfast during the late winter and early spring, and a boiling room where they turn the maple sap into maple syrup. The food is tasty, the atmosphere is fun, and the boiling room is interesting if you’re new to the maple syrup-making process. What’s not to love?

You can find all of the details below, along with a flyer for the event.

Date: Monday, February 19th, 2018

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Location: North Hadley Sugar Shack

Address: 181 River Drive, Hadley, MA 01035

RSVP and questions to: Jeremy,

More info on the sugar shack can be found here.

Sugar Shack Brunch community event flyer

If you need a ride, we’d really appreciate it if you would contact Jeremy ahead of time so that he can make sure there is room for everyone. Also, please note that while this is a community event, individuals are responsible for covering the cost of their own meals. But the enjoyable company, warm atmosphere, and delicious food will be totally worth it!

But wait, there’s more!
The March community event is certain to be just as fun as the February event. We will be making a trip to the Botanic Garden of Smith College for their annual spring bulb show. We all know that New England winters can drag on (and on and on) but Smith College comes to our rescue with this “spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips” (from the Botanic Garden’s website).

Here are all the details:

Date: Friday, March 9th, 2018

Time: 12:30-2:30pm

Location: The Botanic Garden of Smith College

Address: 16 College Lane, Northampton, MA 01063

RSVP and questions to: Sierra,

If you need a ride from the office to the bulb show please be in touch with Sierra so that she can make sure there is room enough for everyone. Admission to the bulb show is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 if you’d like to contribute to the amazing work they do at the Botanic Garden. Stay tuned to your email for additional information and updates about this event.

If you’re not currently on our community email list and you would like to be, please contact us at


Recipe: Brussels Sprouts Get a Makeover

Yes, they’re a cruciferous vegetable (along with broccoli and cabbage and the like) and, yes, they are very good for you and, yes, we probably all hated them as children, but these mini-cabbage-looking veggies are tastier than you might think. All they need is the right preparation and suddenly they go from “Oh no, not brussels sprouts!” to “OMG! These are delicious! Give me some more!”

We tracked down a couple of recipes that seem rather palate pleasing and we challenge you to give them a go. Try them out and report back in the comments section. And for those of you who are fans of brussels sprouts already, we’d really love to hear about your favorite recipes and preparations, too.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic, Parmesan, and Breadcrumbs

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Balsamic Reduction


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Board Meeting Summary from February 13, 2018

Everyone on the Board and all the Directors were present! In addition, Annie was there to represent the fiscal side, and Andi acted as a scribe.

The agenda was covered in an hour, mostly looking at Year-End Financials ($112K loss as of 12/31/2017 once all the journal entries were posted) and a discussion about the buffer that covers such losses and making sure we don’t drop below a certain level for financial stability.

The Board was gentle and clear that Northampton needs to figure out more strategies to make ends meet if we don’t have more people receiving services. I described ways we are branching out in terms of “services” and our current marketing efforts. Lisa, West Coast Exec Director, shared the first days of the new Outreach Director on the West Coast, who is also working nationally. It was fairly hopeful.

The next Board meeting is May 8th, though Finance will meet inbetween. On the agenda is the 3-year salary scale review and adjustments. The new Outreach Director will meet the Board for the Mission Moment.

Minutes and Financials are available if you are curious. Please contact Victoria at

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

Two New Groups on the Horizon

We are pleased to announce that there will be two new groups starting in March, both of which are open to the wider Windhorse community.

The first group is called Journey of Self Acceptance. Through dialogue and experiential exercise the group participants will explore the less-than-linear lifelong journey of self-acceptance, including the challenges we encounter along the way, and tools for embracing ourselves more fully.

Group: Journey of Self Acceptance

Date: Tuesdays 3:30-5pm, beginning March 6th

Duration: 6 weeks, running March 6th through April 10th

Where: Windhorse office community room

Contact: Hannah Tosi,

The second group is a Finding Ground: Simple Skills to Practice Mindfulness. This group will introduce mindfulness skills which, both over time and in the present moment, may help develop equanimity and a sense of connection with one’s self. Starting with basic mindfulness techniques, the group will work toward exercises that are useful for more stressful experiences.

Group: Finding Ground: Simple Skills to Practice Mindfulness

Date: Mondays 2-3pm, beginning March 12th

Duration: 8 weeks, running March 12th through April 30th

Where: Windhorse office community room

Contact: Suzanne Webber,

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The Steering Committees of Windhorse

Over the next few months we intend to share with you, our broader community, more information on the inner workings of Windhorse, such as the different roles people hold and how decisions are made.

This month we’d like to tell you about the three steering committees that help direct the work of Windhorse.

The Clinical Steering Committee‘s focus is on the clinicians of Windhorse and the services we provide here, as well as support for the families of clients. It also discusses possible outside trainings that staff might benefit from (both individually and for the organization as a whole).

The Education Steering Committee is focused on curriculum for monthly Community Education meetings, ideas on what experts and field leaders to invite to the office for staff trainings, and innovations that could aid the work of Windhorse and continue its movement forward.

Finally, the Administrative Steering Committee focuses on a wide range of topics, from management and finance, to marketing and human resources, as well as the approval of new policies and group offerings.

For more information on the different steering committee meetings and who attends these meetings, please click here.

Steering committee meetings are open to Windhorse community members, however we ask that you please contact Victoria ahead of time so that we are aware of your intention to join the meeting. You may reach Victoria via email at

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Things To Do: The Bike Path from Leeds

Courtesy of the Leeds Civic Assoication’s Leeds Letter, January-February 2018 issue.

A new way from Leeds to Hadley

Did you know that you can now reach the second largest river in New England from Leeds on the continuous bike trail? The recently completed tunnel beneath the AmTrack tracks along King Street and behind McDonalds now allows for that. Starting on the Haydenville/Leeds town line go along the Mill River with it’s various dams, passing Look Park and continuing by the round-about and skirting downtown Florence. Go by Meadow Brook and the back of Stop and Shop. Cross King Street and through to the new tunnel. It’s a short hop from the tracks, by the Montessori school and Coke plant and on to Damon Road. Crossing the bridge is a must – over our mighty Connecticut River and on to the farm fields of Hadley where the sun shines a bit longer at the end of the day in winter– just 7 miles or so from Leeds!

Book Recommendation

Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown

This book takes the philosophy from the science fiction work of Octavia Butler and shares it in essays and poems and resources and thoughts…  There is a synergy between what is offered in the philosophy and what we try to do here at Windhorse.  We don’t have it in our library yet but we thought it might interest some people to learn about it.  The writer and her sister have a podcast series that riffs off different concepts from Octavia Butler’s work and what is going on these days in the world:

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

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