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Currents: June 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:
Summer Solstice & Strawberry Shortcake
Thursday, June 21st, 2-4pm, meeting at the Windhorse office.
Check out the flyer for details or This Summer’s Community Events for more info. And contact us at with questions or to RSVP.

The Annual Windhorse Kickball & Pie
Wednesday, July 18th, 5-8pm at Sheldon Field.
Check out the flyer or This Summer’s Community Events for more info. Contact us at for more information.

Community Lunch:
Tuesday, July 10th, 12:30-1:30pm in the Windhorse office kitchen.

Community Education:
Wednesday, July 11th, 9-11am with an optional guided meditation 9-9:30am.

For more information, contact us at

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Development Corner:
It’s Windhorse’s 25th Year!

Dear Windhorse Friends,

2018 is a momentous year for Windhorse.  We are celebrating our 25th anniversary since our founding in 1993 in Northampton, MA.  We have expanded to three locations over the past seven years with the addition of sites in San Luis Obispo, California and in Portland, Oregon.  As we grow, I feel so much gratitude for the vibrancy of connections and the generosity of the people who represent the Windhorse alumni.

As part of our anniversary year, we are collecting stories that represent our approach to supporting individuals in defining their recovery.  We have many ways of describing the aspects of our approach; “people as medicine,” “compassionate and responsive team approach,” and “recovery through relationship,” to name a few. As we say on our website, we believe that “building a meaningful life is central to the work of recovery and not separate from it.”

We invite you to take a moment to share a memory that distills your Windhorse experience.  You are welcome to e-mail, mail, or call directly.  If I am not available by phone, feel free to leave a message or a good time for me to return your call.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you kindly,

Eric Friedland-Kays
Senior Clinician and Coordinator of Development
413-586-0207, ext. 106
211 North Street, Suite 1, Northampton, MA  01060


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Things To Do: It’s Time for Pick-Your-Own 

The weather is warmer, the days are longer, the sun is shining, so now’s the time to start picking your own produce. Get out there and grab some goodies! Not only will you benefit from the vitamin D after a long winter (thank you, sunshine!) but it can be good exercise, and picking your own produce is often cheaper than buying pre-picked items. If you have children in your lives this can be a wonderful activity to get them outside, moving around, and having fun. Who doesn’t like a little treasure hunt? And that’s how it often feels searching for that perfectly plump, ripe, bright red strawberry, just like a treasure hunt.

June is strawberry season and there are plenty of farms that are more than happy to let you gather your own, but don’t stop there. As summer progresses there will be more options, like blueberries and raspberries, and come fall there are apples galore. We’ve collected a list of resources that should help you find a farm in your area, as well as another website that has a harvest calendar for western Mass so you’ll know when things are in season.

CISA’s western MA harvest calendar

Be sure to join us for the Summer Solstice & Strawberry Shortcake community event where we’ll be picking our own strawberries (provided the weather behaves itself)!

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This Summer’s Community Events

This month’s community event will be Summer Solstice & Strawberry Shortcake, facilitated by Katherine (thank you, Katherine!). We will first meet at the office and then drive together to a local pick-your-own farm where we can gather strawberries. After that we will return to the office and enjoy our fresh strawberries along with some homemade shortcake biscuits and whipped cream. We may also celebrate the arrival of the summer solstice with activities, songs, or by simply enjoying our sweet treats outside in the fresh air.

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 (the summer solstice!)  

Time: 2-4pm

Location: meeting at the Windhorse office

RSVPs or questions to:

If possible, please RSVP in advance so that we can plan for transportation to the farm and back. Windhorse will be covering the costs of the event itself, but if you’d like to pick and purchase strawberries to take home with you please note that the cost is approximately $3 per quart. Click here to check out the flyer for this event.


And next month’s community event will be our annual Windhorse Kickball & Pie Event, held at Sheldon Field and facilitated by Bashka and Liz (thanks, Bashka and Liz!). For those who haven’t attended before, Kickball & Pie is a summer tradition for Windhorse. Staff, clients, community members, family members, and friends are all welcome. We get together to enjoy the outdoors, play a few laid-back games of kickball, and treat ourselves with pies of all kinds (both the pizza and the sweet varieties). We hope you’ll join us!

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018  

Time: 5-8pm

Location: Sheldon Field

Questions to:

The fields are just down the road on Bridge Street. Please bring a pizza or pie if you are interested and able. Other refreshments as well as outdoor games are appreciated too. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the email above. Click here to check out the flyer for this event.

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Recipes: Splendiferous Strawberries

So by now you’ve seen our article on picking your own produce in the Pioneer Valley and that it’s strawberry season, and you’ve read that we’re having a strawberry-themed community event in the near future, so this blog post really wouldn’t be complete without a few strawberry recipes. Below is a list of recipes we’ve compiled so that you can take full advantage of your bounty of the county! They range from beginner to a little more involved so hopefully there’s something for everyone. Try one out and let us know what you think in the comments section.

Strawberry Lemonade from Pick Fresh Foods

Vegan Strawberry Creme Chocolate Truffles from The Healthy Family and Home

Homemade Strawberry Pie from Cooking with Ruthie

Strawberry French Toast from Hapa Nom Nom

Or if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, like the ever-popular strawberry shortcake, then check out our post from last June, which has a number of recipes for different versions of that crowd-pleaser.

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A Poem to Share for Solstice

Click below to read a poem by Mary Oliver that, to us, conjures the spirit and embraces the feeling of the summer solstice. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. 

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me

by Mary Oliver
from What Do We Know: Poems and Prose Poems



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[Not Yet] New to the Windhorse Library

Instead of sharing new books from our library, we would like to mention some titles that have caught our eye but that we haven’t yet had a chance to read. Have you read them? What were your impressions? Is there another book that you read recently that you’d recommend? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari

Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking antidepressants when he was a teenager. He was told—like his entire generation—that his problem was caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate this question—and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.
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The Existentialist’s Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic World by Gordon Marino

In The Existentialist’s Survival Guide, Gordon Marino, director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College and boxing correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, recasts the practical takeaways existentialism offers for the twenty-first century. From negotiating angst, depression, despair, and death to practicing faith, morality, and love, Marino dispenses wisdom on how to face existence head-on while keeping our hearts intact, especially when the universe feels like it’s working against us and nothing seems to matter.

What emerges are life-altering and, in some cases, lifesaving epiphanies—existential prescriptions for living with integrity, courage, and authenticity in an increasingly chaotic, uncertain, and inauthentic age.
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Nobody Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers

A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood.
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