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Currents: June 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:
June Community Council
Date to be determined, 5:30-8pm in the Windhorse office

Community Lunch:
Tuesday, June 13th, 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 Basic Attendance

This Sunday, June 11th, is the first workshop in a series called the Map’s Edge, hosted by Full Kettle Farm. This series is an exploration of alternative ways of being, doing, and thinking, in order to navigate the cultural transtition 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. We hope you join us!

This first Map’s Edge class is taught by Jeremy Andersen of Windhorse Integrative Mental Health. This interactive workshop will be on the Basic Attendance, an informal practice used in the Windhorse model, which can translate directly into our personal lives and relationships. Below is a description of the workshop, in Jeremy’s words:

“This workshop will explore the Windhorse practice of Basic Attendance—a contemplative approach to being with another person in a mindful, attuned, and responsive way. In Basic Attendance, one attends to one’s own mind and body, to the other person, and to the relational and physical environment as a whole. This informal mindfulness practice is supported and deepened by one’s formal mindfulness practice. By mindfully connecting with our own immediate experience, while relaxing our preconceptions and fixed ideas, we can cultivate a spacious presence that is grounded, connected, and open to others as they are.”

Please register online at the

You can also check out the Facebook page for the workshop series by clicking here.

Written by Greg D., a Team Counselor at Windhorse and owner/farmer of Full Kettle Farm.

Things To Do: Pick-Your-Own Produce Season Has Begun

As the summer season sets in, it brings with it the chance to pick your own produce. Several fruits and vegetables are available over the course of the summer, but June is high season for strawberries. There are many farms in the Pioneer Valley that offer the public the opportunity to pick their own strawberries. If you haven’t tried it, perhaps this is your year to harvest a pint or two of these tasty, heart-shaped morsels of goodness. There are few activities that signify summer more than picking your own strawberries on a warm, breezy, June day.

For a list of the farms in the area that offer pick-your-own strawberries, click here.

And if you’d like to celebrate the fruits of your labor (pun intended) and do more with your strawberries than just eat them as is, may we suggest making strawberry shortcake? Traditional recipes are light and refreshing, so as not to weigh you down on a hot day, yet satisfyingly sweet and a tasty way to end a meal.

Here’s a recipe for a traditional strawberry shortcake:

And if you’re looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, you could try one of the variations on strawberry shortcake:

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Explore the Pioneer Valley: Reuse and Recycle!

There’s something about spring and summer that often drives people to go through their belongings and pare down, but what to do with all of the items being disposed of? Well, there are a number of places in the Valley that accept such items. These places can be an excellent resource both for people trying to get rid of things, and for people who are in need of an item but don’t wish to spend a lot of money on something new.

One such resource is the Northampton Department of Public Works website. They have a page devoted to reduce-reuse-recycle, and it contains a wealth of information. Check it out here. There is also an online published guide with tons of info on composting, recycling (including textiles), and hazardous waste collection days, just to name a few. You can check out the online guide here or stop by the Northampton Dept. of Public Works for a hard copy of this year’s and/or last year’s guide. It’s located at 125 Locust Street in Northampton.

Do you have a lot of extra clothes that you no longer wear? How about donating them? We have a Salvation Army and a Goodwill in the area, as well as the Hospice Shops (a group of thrift stores whose proceeds benefit Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice), and the Cancer Connection’s thrift shop (an organization that provides support to people living with cancer, as well as their loved ones). Are you in need of clothes? Why not also check out these stores to purchase some gently worn items for yourself?

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Watch Out for Ticks This Summer

With warmer weather comes the dreaded tick, the bane of every hiker and outdoor enthusiast in New England. Besides the sheer annoyance of these critters is the fear of the diseases they carry, a few of which can be serious, particularly if left untreated. With this in mind, we suggest that you use insect repellent (one designed to repel ticks) whenever you spend time in fields, woods, or other areas where ticks may live. Also, be sure to give yourself (and your pets if they spend time outdoors) a thorough check whenever you return from such an outing. If you want to be really careful, you could wear light-colored long pants, socks, and long-sleeved shirts; not only do these clothes make it harder for a tick to find a place to attach, but it also makes it easier to find any that may be crawling on you. Check out the CDC’s page on ticks for information about how to prevent bites, how to remove ticks once they are attached, and the symptoms of tick-borne illnesses. Or check out’s website for detailed information on protection from ticks and tick removal.

The Ticks
Not gigan-tic.
Not roman-tic.
Not artis-tic.
Not majes-tic.
Not magne-tic.
Nor aesthe-tic.
Ticks are strictly parasi-tic.

Click here to see a video of the poet talking about ticks and then reading the poem.


New to the Windhorse Library

Billionaire Buddha by Rivera Sun

The price of enlightenment may bankrupt billionaire David Grant. Emotionally destitute in the prime of his career, he searches for love and collides with Joan Hathaway. The encounter rattles his soul and unravels his world. Capitalism, property, wealth, mansions: his notions of success crumble into dust. From toasting champagne on top of the world to swigging whiskey with bums in the gutter, the journey of the Billionaire Buddha is an unforgettable ride.
~from the back cover



Subliminal: The Revolution of the New Unconscious and What It Teaches Us About Ourselves by Leonard Mlodinow

“Leonard Mlodinow never fails to make science both accessible and entertaining.” – Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time

“Think you know the whys and hows of your choices? Think again. Follow Mlodinow on a gorgeous journey into the enormous mental backstage behind the curtain of consciousness.” – David Eagleman, author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain


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