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Currents: July 2016


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 Event:
Kickball & Pie
Thursday, July 28th, 5-8pm at Sheldon Field 

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Board Meeting Report from July 12th, 2016

Four locations skyped together so that five board members, a director from each site, Hanifah, and Phoebe could all participate in the four-point agenda.  After a quiet moment and a check-in, Phoebe gave the “mission moment” tracking her time here as an intern through her past three years as the Clinical Director.  The regular reviews of minutes, finances, sites went smoothly.

Hanifah shared via a shared computer screen the plans for a more unified website and movement towards a new logo based on the original horse image.  The intent of the website is to encourage people to call us.  There is also a desire to provide support to people in their quest for a better perspective on extreme mind states through original material and curation of a resources page.

Lisa and Victoria had prepared a five-year view of “development” at Windhorse.  The next steps are to rough it out on a timeline and with costs, including the limited resource of staff time.  Rolled in to most of the initiatives was the concept of accessibility to the approach.  Scholarships may not be the only way for people without a great deal of money to receive our services.

As we accrue a financial buffer and don’t have another start-up site in mind, the board wonders at investing or using our capital.  It is a new and wonderful problem for WIMH.  It could reduce future expenses (buy our Still Point houses or offices), create a scholarship structure for reinvesting our profits in helping clients come or stay longer, new projects, such an intensive training or sharing basic attendance with various care-providers, or building a hospice-like pool of BA volunteers…  Any long term initiatives that seed or start in 2017 will be integrated in the operating planning/budget process.

Once every site has more than one board member, there is a desire to have regional committees.  That will allow the full board to meet four times a year and for there still to be communication and information flowing in between meetings.  Right now, Ken (PDX) has joined the finance committee, which meets monthly.  The next board meeting is the second Tuesday in September, the thirteenth, at 5 pm ET.

Reported by Victoria Yoshen

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Still Point has Moved!

With the selling of the Bright Street house this summer we have moved the location of StillPoint further down King Street. The new co-managers of StillPoint are Sierra and Virginia. The new location has a big back yard and patio area as well as large windows that let in a lot of beautiful light. Windhorse is excited about this new change and looks forward to the next pot luck or get together.

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Explore the Pioneer Valley!

NewEnglandAirMuseumThe New England Air Museum’s annual Soar into Summer Fun programming will begin on Sunday June 26th. Join in for eight weeks of interactive activities for aviation enthusiasts. Daily programs include climb aboard experiences in real aircraft and trying out a flight simulator. Located at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut this program runs June 26th-Aug 21st.


The_Summit_House_at_Skinner_State_Park,_South_Hadley_MAThe J.A. Skinner State Park is running some weekly hikes and tours this summer. For a chance to get outside while learning something new about your surroundings check out the ‘Trepidation on the Tramway’, where you will learn about the tramway and how those in the 19th century felt about riding it. This group meets on Fridays at 3:00pm. There is also a Geology Hike that meets on Fridays at 9:30am. The hike is about 2 hours long covering 4 miles of moderate to steep terrain. You will be able to hear how the Mount Holyoke Range was formed and see evidence left behind in its creation. Both of these groups meet on the Summit House deck. Located at 10 Skinner State Park Rd. (off of Route 47) in Hadley.

magic-wingsThe Magic  Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens is now open for the summer. The new summer hours are from 9:00am-6:00pm, 7 days a week and the cost is $14.00 for admission. Magic Wings features an 8,000 square foot indoor conservatory home to nearly 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies in a tropical environment. It is located at 281 Greenfield Road in South Deerfield.




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New to the Windhorse Library

imgresSmile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery by Chögyam Trungpa

“The teachings presented in this book are transformational—and especially relevant today, when so many of us are facing uncertainty and anxiety. Chögyam Trungpa shows us how to uncover our innate strength, confidence, and joy under any circumstances. I strongly recommend this book to all those seeking awakening and freedom.” – Pema Chödrön

“There is no one better than Chögyam Trungpa to show us how to be fearless. He overcame great difficulties while remaining true to his principles—bravery, compassion, and gentleness. These are the qualities of a Shambhala warrior, which shine through brilliantly in this book.” –Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


imgresBreath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation by Larry Rosenberg with David Guy

“A book of delicious simplicity and revolutionary wisdom. These are some of the clearest teachings on mindfulness you will find.” –Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

“Reading this book is like having a warm, wise friend take you by the hand to guide you through the Buddha’s classical instructions, making them truly accessible. It is a treasure for both beginning and advanced students.” –Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Faith


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  • Astrid has left the position of Administrative Assistant.
  • Liz A. has begun working at Windhorse as the Administrative Assistant.
  • Virginia is the new Still Point Co-Manager.
  • Hope has left the position of housemate.

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