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Currents: July 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:
Kickball & Pie @ Sheldon Field
Thursday, July 20th, 5-8pm

Community Lunch:
Tuesday, August 1st (please note that it is one week earlier than usual), 12:30-1:30pm in the Windhorse office kitchen.

For more information, contact us at

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The Map’s Edge Workshop on Non-Binary Identity

Last month we mentioned the first in a series of workshops called The Map’s Edge, hosted by Full Kettle Farm. In the words of Greg Disterhoft, the owner of Full Kettle Farm and organizer of these workshops (and also a Team Counselor at Windhorse), The Map’s Edge series is “…an exploration of alternative ways of being, doing, and thinking, in order to navigate the cultural transition we are currently witnessing and birthing together. As we let go of once ubiquitous but now obsolescing modes of relating to each other and the earth, we learn to gain confidence in something new, however clumsily or gracefully we proceed. The Map’s Edge is an invitation to try on a new idea and see how it fits.”

Another workshop in the series will take place in the near future, this one on the topic of non-binary and gender non-conforming identities, entitled “A New Language: Beyond Either/Or”. The workshop will be led by Davis Chandler, a Team Leader at Windhorse, and Lani Blechman of Translate Gender.

Here is a introduction to the topic of the workshop in Davis’ words:

“We live in a world of binary thinking, either/or, good/bad, right/wrong. The gender binary is a fundamental and primary way we organize the world – when a baby is born, a doctor announces either “it’s a boy!” or “it’s a girl!” The reality of our lives is such that there are no clearly demarcated boxes and no person fits into the imaginary boxes we create. Non binary and gender non conforming identities are the new language frontier of gender identity and development that many of us experience. In this workshop we will provide a gender/sex 101, utilize discussion and experiential process to learn about our own gender, and envision a world where we are free from the shackles of binary thinking.”

We hope you will consider taking part in this interesting workshop!

For more details and to register online please go to

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Family Support Group Returns to Windhorse

We’d like to announce the return of Windhorse’s Family Support Group, a place where the families of past and current clients can gather (either in person or remotely) to explore their experiences, feel connected to others, pose questions, learn more about Windhorse, and give and receive support in a welcoming environment. Please see below for all of the details.

Family members of Windhorse clients (past and present), with gentle facilitation by Mary Tibbetts-Cape and Cat Sargent

When: Monday, September 25 from 4 to 5:30pm EST

Where: Windhorse Community Room, 211 North Street, Northampton, MA, or remotely via “Zoom”

How: If you are local to Windhorse Northampton, please join us for light refreshments and a face-to-face gathering at the time and date above. If you are from far away and would like to participate, we will be “beta testing” a new meeting format in which folks may join us via Zoom (a computer-based meeting platform).

Please contact Cat Sargent at the Windhorse office, extention 109, with questions or to sign up.

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Explore the Pioneer Valley: Ice Cream!

Very few things are as satisfying as eating a deliciously cold, sweet, and dripping cone of ice cream or sorbet on a hot summer’s day. Luckily, the Pioneer Valley has an abundance of ice cream options to suit everyone’s needs, even those of us who are vegan, dairy-free, or gluten-free. Here are a few of the options in Northampton and the neighboring towns:

Herrell’s (Northampton)

GoBerry (Northampton)

Flayvors of Cook Farm (Hadley)

Barstow’s Dairy Store (Hadley)

Village Green Ice Cream (Haydenville)

Mt. Tom Homemade Ice Cream & Candy Store (Easthampton)


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Summer Reading

Are you looking for a book or two (or three) to get you through those summer lulls? A page-turner to read in the hammock on a humid day? Maybe some beach reading? Here’s a link to a list compiled by the people behind TED Talks. Even more fun is that along with each book listed is a link to a related TED Talk. Have fun! And if you come across any that shouldn’t be missed, please let us know. We’d love to hear about the books you’ve enjoyed.

101 Books to Dive Into This Summer: A Massive Reading List


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It’s High Harvest Time!

July and August bring warm, humid, New England summer weather, but they also bring a wide variety of locally-harvested produce, available in nearby grocery stores, co-ops, farms stands, and farmers’ markets. Among the many fruits and veggies available in July, here are a few we thought worth mentioning:

Cauliflower  Have you ever tried a cauliflower steak? Here’s your chance! Check out this recipe or just google “cauliflower steaks” and see where it takes you.

Zucchini  Zucchini noodles seem to be everywhere these days, and all it takes to make them is a spiralizer (available for as little as $13 online). Use them in place of traditional noodles for a healthy, low-carb, quick-cooking, gluten-free option. Here’s one recipe to try but there are many more where this came from.

Garlic  This one is a fan favorite around here. It’s so versatile that you can find it in everything from pesto to ice cream (yes, ice cream!). There is even a Garlic & Arts Festival out in Orange, Massachusetts every September. There are loads of garlic-featured recipes online but here’s one to get you started.

Blueberries  Pick your own at a local farm or pick up a pint at the store or the farmers’ market. These tiny treasures are great in everything from oatmeal and yogurt to pancakes and pies, and just about anything in between. Here’s one blueberry muffin recipe that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Raspberries  Great at any meal and any time of day, these little berries pack a punch of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. What’s not to love? Here’s a recipe for the classic Peach Melba sauce that’s delicious over vanilla ice cream or a simple cake.

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New to the Windhorse Library

God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet

San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hôtel-Dieu (God’s Hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves – anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times and needed extended medical care – ended up here. In the relatively low-tech but human-paced environment, these extraordinary patients began to transform the way Victoria Sweet understood her work, evoking an older idea of medicine, one where the body is a garden to be tended, rather than a machine to be fixed. God’s Hotel tells their stories and the story of the hospital itself, which – as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern “health care facility” – revealed its own surprising truths about the essence, cost, and value of caring for body and soul.
-from the back cover

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  • Dianne has been hired as a new housemate.
  • Judy has been hired as temporary support for the front office, admissions, and respite care.

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