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Currents: March 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:
Brunch at the North Hadley Sugar Shack
Tuesday, March 29th, 9-11:30am
Meet at the Windhorse office at 9am to carpool. If you would like to meet us there, the address is 181 River Dr, Hadley, MA 01035.

Board Meeting:
There is a board meeting on Tuesday, March 15th, 5-7:30pm.

Finance Committee:
There is a finance committee meeting on Monday, March 21st, 5-6pm.

For more information, contact

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Report on the Board of Directors meeting on March 15, 2016

The board of four and Dave met March 15th. We welcomed Ken Hamilton who resides in Florida, has a daughter at school in the Berkshires, and lives 20% of his time in Portland. His background is in the information technology business (think Hewlett Packard) and then working on boards in trade associations to bring international standards to energy management for more efficiency. His practice is with a Zen group. His ancestors helped found Northampton!

Aaron, an ‘occupant’ of SLO since late 2011, gave the “Mission Moment”. He talked about his path to recovery through Windhorse. The central theme to his experience he summed up in one word: community. He described not even knowing there were groups in the beginning of his stay to being a catalyzer to new groups in his current community member status.

As part of the strategic plan, the Directors from the three sites met in November and identified goals we all shared, provided to the Board as “over-arching” goals. The Board then discussed what they wanted to see happen, so there are 8 goals for 2016. This meeting they reviewed the goals and thought about the best way to track how we are doing. It was decided that the Directors will figure out a format for their reports from each site that relates to the goals of the organization, the goals of the individual sites, and is consistent. This will make it easier for the Board to know from meeting to meeting how we are doing with the big picture.

Spirit had just received the Finance Committee packet, so reported on February financials. We are all breaking even or better. Portland is on schedule for client, two now and one in April. SLO remains full. Northampton has welcomed Xander and perhaps another client at the end of the month. Expenses are in line with or under budget.

There was a burglary in SLO (their second) and the Board wondered what was in place to interrupt a recurrence. Dimitri reported several strategies underway.

The next meeting is Tuesday, May 17th at 2 pm PT/5 pm ET. Portland will arrange the mission moment.

Reported by Victoria on March 16, 2016

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5 Thursdays in March: A Series of Conversations

During the 5 Thursdays in March, from 3:30-5:00pm, David Stark will be offering free peer education sessions. These classes are open to all current clients and will focus on the experience of “recovery,” which could lead us into an interesting and thought provoking conversation. We may also segue into vocational-related and community-related themes.

If you are an interested client please feel free to drop in, or even come on a shift with your team member.

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An Invitation to Weekly Yoga

Amelia’s yoga classes work with poses (asanas) as moving meditations and breath work (pranayama) to help us become better listeners to our bodies and fully experience life moment to moment. Our bodies are impacted by the world around us and the lives we live. Yoga is a tool to bring the body/mind/spirit into balance as well as to develop strength, flexibility, and resilience in our physical bodies.

Amelia’s creative sequencing and therapeutic approach is inspired by many Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga traditions as well as their dance background. Through teaching in schools, community centers, mental health organizations, studios and private settings Amelia has developed a playful, trauma-informed style of teaching. Every class emphasizes creating a welcoming space for all bodies and abilities.

Wednesdays, 12-1:15pm in the Community Room

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Explore the Pioneer Valley!

With spring being just around the corner, we thought sharing a few ice cream shops that are in the Pioneer Valley would be a fun idea.


Flayvors of Cook Farm, located in Hadley and open 11am-6pm, is a working dairy farm where ice cream is made on site. They also sell raw milk and local grass fed beef.

Flayvors of Cook Farm
129 S Maple St.

Bart’s Homemade, which is in Amherst and open from 1pm-9pm, is an ice cream shop that sources their ingredients from local farmers. They have many interesting flavors like the “Deep Purple Cow,” which is black raspberry ice cream with chunks of white and dark chocolate, or the “Local Peach,” made with peaches from Apex Orchard. They also serve dairy free and gluten free options.

Bart’s Homemade
103 N Pleasant St.


Mt. Tom’s Homemade Ice Cream in Easthampton, open from 12pm-8pm, is an old fashioned ice cream parlor and candy store. They make their ice cream on site and also offer gelato, sorbet, and frozen yogurt. The candy selection is expansive and the ice cream flavors change regularly.

Mt. Tom’s Homemade Ice Cream
34 Cottage St.

As the weather seems like it’s going to warm up again, check out one of these ice cream shops and enjoy a treat!

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New to the Windhorse Library

Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening by Gaylon Ferguson

“Increasingly, we seem to live in a culture of fear, amid threats of terrorism, violence, environmental disasters, and distrust in our leaders. Fear and groundlessness are pervasive, but according to Buddhist teacher Gaylon Ferguson, it is the very potency of this fear that makes it such a powerful tool for personal and cultural transformation. Natural Bravery offers wise and pointed teachings for helping us to look at fear with immediacy and courage, and to engage with it as a path to transform ourselves—and the world. Walking this path, we learn to cultivate fearlessness and to connect more deeply with others and with the natural world.”
—Shambhala Publications



Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry (2007) by Peter Stastny (Editor) and Peter Lehmann (Editor)

“61 therapists, psychiatrists, social scientists, lawyers, relatives and psychiatric (ex-)patients from all continents report about their alternative work, their objectives and successes, their individual and collective experiences. The book highlights alternatives beyond psychiatry, possibilities of self-help for individuals experiencing madness, and strategies toward implementing humane treatment.”
—Peter Lehmann Publishing


Books recently added to the Windhorse Library can be found on Bookcase 11 near Andi’s office.

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  • We welcome Sierra, who will be replacing Paul as Still Point Co-Manager beginning March 26th.

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