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Currents: January 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 1 in the community room
Wednesday, January 25th, 10:30am-12pm

Community Council in the Windhorse office community room
Thursday, January 26th, 5:30-8pm.

Community study of Recovering Sanity, Chapter 2 in the community room
Wednesday, February 8th, 10:30am-12pm

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

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

For more information, contact us at

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Community Study of Recovering Sanity Began This Month

imgresOn Wednesday, January 11th Windhorse began a study of Recovering Sanity: A Compassionate Approach to Understanding and Treating Psychosis, the book by Windhorse founder, Edward M. Podvoll, M.D.

In an effort to deepen our understanding of the work we do together, the Windhorse community periodically reexamines the work of our founder, Ed Podvoll. All Windhorse community members are welcome to participate and learn more about the origins and work of Windhorse. We hope you will consider joining us as we continue in this study. This class is open to the wider Windhorse community and will continue into the month of May. While it might be helpful to attend as much of the class as possible, people are welcome to attend any number of sessions that works for them. RSVPs are helpful but not required.

In the first part of this book, Podvoll uses the personal accounts of four people to reflect on psychosis and related extreme states of mind. The second part describes the Windhorse approach to supporting recovery, including therapeutic teams, households, and basic attendance. Throughout, he continually returns to the view that all of us, as human beings, have an innate wisdom and impulse toward healing and wholeness.

We will continue our meetings in the Community Room in the Windhorse office from 10:30am-12pm on the following Wednesdays:
1/25 – Ch. 1 Perceval’s Courage
2/8   – Ch. 2 Mania and the Risk of Power
2/22 – Ch. 3 The Epic of Megalomania
3/8   – Ch. 4 Major Ordeals of Psychotic Mind
3/22 – Ch. 5 Discovering Islands of Clarity
4/12 – Ch. 6 Learning Basic Attendance
5/10 – Ch. 7 Creating a Therapeutic Home

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Fragrances in the Office

One of the many strongly-held values at Windhorse is our belief in inclusivity, and the respect we feel and show for the members of our diverse community. We are a safe space for those of any religion, race, gender identity, sexual preference, etc. We believe that diversity only serves to make us stronger. We would therefore like to remind the members of our community that this office is also intended to be a safe space for those with fragrance sensitivities. We’ve noticed recently that there has been an increase in the amount of fragrance worn in the office. Perhaps this is due to the cold, dry weather and more people using lotions and creams. For those who experience fragrance sensitivity, being around a scent could cause anything from a migraine to respiratory irritation or more. In order to maintain our mission of being a safe space for everyone, please refrain from using any scented products, even lightly scented ones, while in and around the office. We thank you for your understanding and consideration of those around you.

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Current Groups at Windhorse

Windhorse offers a wide variety of groups in which community members may participate. Some are open to the public while others are reserved for the Windhorse community. These groups include:

Hearing Voices Group – Open to the public. This group gathers to support one another through the experience of hearing voices, seeing visions, and other extreme states of mind. Mondays, 3:30-5pm.
Date Night – An open-minded, accepting, encouraging discussion of the intricacies and complexities of dating and relationships. Mondays, 4-5pm. No meetings on January 30th or February 6th.
Beliefs Group – Open to the public. A supportive space to discuss the core beliefs that shape how we interact with our inner and outer selves, our families, our environments, our communities, our cultures, and the world. Tuesdays, 4-5pm.
Happy Hour Group – A group about substances, addiction, and you. Tuesdays, 5-6pm.
Cooking Group New – A chance to expand your culinary repertoire and try some tasty food. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. Tuesdays through February 14th, 5-7pm at Still Point.
NVC Group New – A skills-based group focused on Nonviolent Communication, a way of authentically connecting with others through deep listening. Nine weeks starting in late February, with specific dates and times to be determined. If you are interested please email
Yoga – An opportunity to move the body and clear the mind. Wednesdays, 12-1:15pm.
Writing Group – Open to the public. A space to capture thoughts and creativity with pen and paper. Wednesdays, 2-3:30pm.
Transitions Group New – Open to consumers and those who identify as being in recovery. This is a peer group focused on the needs of those going through life transitions, such as a change in vocation, lifestyle, program or treatment. Thursdays starting February 2nd, 3-4pm.
Self-Compassion Group New – An eight-week group that will cover practical techniques and exercises to develop nonjudgmental awareness and a mind that cares for ourselves as much as we care for others. Thursdays from February 9th through March 30th, 4-5pm.
Peer Social Hour – An opportunity to gather together, socialize, and converse in a casual and accepting environment. Fridays, 2-3:30pm. No meeting on February 17th.

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2017 Windhorse Office Holidaysimages

The Windhorse office will be closed in the coming year on the following dates:
Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4th, Independence Day
Monday, September 4th, Labor Day
Thursday, November 23rd, Thanksgiving
Monday, December 25th, Christmas

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Introducing Windhorse Talks

Windhorse Talks is a special list that delivers audio and/or transcribed text of conversations that have taken place here at Windhorse. They reflect peer, family, and clinical mental health interests as seen through the unique lens of the Windhorse Approach. This is a wonderful way to stay abreast and educated around the impact and effectiveness of Windhorse Integrative Mental Health. If you are interested in receiving Windhorse Talks then please click on the link below to subscribe.

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New to the Windhorse Library


Windhorse was recently visited by Lama Rod, one of the authors of this book. It is our pleasure to now have this book in the Windhorse library, for use by the community.

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, with Jasmine Syedullah, PhD

“A book to grow on, to deepen over, to partner with. We are on a magnificent journey of liberation, every moment we are alive in this odd place that has yet to awaken to itself. And we are always, generation to generation, ready to travel.. How cool is this?” – Alice Walker, American novelist and poet

Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening. – from the back cover


The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Liveimgres – and How You Can Change Them by Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D. with Sharon Begley

“Why are some people so quick to recover from a setback while others wallow in despair? Why are some so highly attuned to others that they seem psychic, while others put both feet in it over and over again? Why are some people always up and others always down?

In this hotly anticipated book, award-winning, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson answers these questions by offering an entirely new model of our emotions – their origins, their power, and their malleability…

Written with bestselling author Sharon Begley, this original and exciting book gives us a new and useful way to look at ourselves, develop a sense of well-being, and live more meaningful lives.” – from the inside flap

“The best book I know on how to use the exciting discoveries of neuroscience to change your life. A fabulous read – a scientific adventure story like Sherlock Holmes meeting Watson and Crick with the Dalai Lama as their adviser.” – Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., author of The Wise Heart

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  • Trey has left his positions as Peer Community Coordinator and Property Manager.
  • Brett is the new interim Property Manager.

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