Currents: November 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 Events:
Pre-Thanksgiving Baking Event at Still Point
Tuesday, November 22nd, 1-4pm.

Thanksgiving Gathering at Still Point
Thursday, November 24th, 2-5pm. Potluck optional.

Holiday Potluck & Party
Wednesday, December 14th, time and place to be determined.

Community Lunch:
Tuesday, December 6th, 12:30-1:30pm in the Windhorse office kitchen.
*Please note that this is a week earlier than is typical.*

For more information, contact us at

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Board Meeting Report from November 15, 2016

The five board members, the directors from the three sites, and the scribe met together for ninety minutes to review and discuss several agenda items.  First, P. from Northampton shared his perspective as a Windhorse client.  This “mission moment” was powerful and appreciated by the board members who use these ten-minute sharings to glimpse the fullness of the Windhorse approach.

After this, a draft of the October financials was reported upon by Spirit, the Treasurer.  Looking at the balance sheet, the board determined the cash available for investment.  There was a request for some graphical reporting around census trends or projections.

The Portland site proposed an exciting development, the purchase of their Still Point house.  The house is in a great location and the owners are planning to sell.  After some discussion, the purchase, sale, and banking details were approved by the Board.

In addition, the combined site budgets were ratified by the Board.  Andi presented the updates to the employee handbook, mostly in response to changes in federal legislation.  In the handbook she is using what is true for all three sites, which suggests that a site-specific orientation addendum would be helpful.

The Board went into Executive Session (open only to voting board members) for ten minutes at the end of the meeting.  The next Finance Committee meeting is Tuesday, December 13th.  The next combined Board and Finance Committee meeting is Tuesday, January 31st, during which we will be looking at a draft of the 2016 year-end financial reports.

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Introducing the New Windhorse Website!

We are pleased to introduce our new website at  It was thoughtfully redesigned to bring a clearer vision to the incredible work done by all three Windhorse locations (Northampton, Portland and San Luis Obispo) on behalf of our clients, their families, and the peer and broader mindful mental health communities.

The new site highlights our intentions for 2017 to further empower our supporters and staff, and to impress upon peers and families in need the effectiveness and beauty of our unique approach towards mental health. Ultimately, we believe that this website belongs to the Windhorse community, and it represents and reflects all that we have experienced together and hope to share with others.

The site is brand new and open to growth. Come 2017 and our newsletters will provide a growing depth of shareable information around our approach and its use of authentic relationships and communities as hosts for healing.

We would love to receive any initial feedback from our Currents community via a quick 5-question survey. We thank you in advance for your participation. The survey can be found here.

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New to the Windhorse Library

Mindfulness in Action: Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness 
by Chögyam Trungpa

“With simplicity and warm-hearted wisdom Chögyam Trungpa invites you to discover your own mindful dignity and presence. These earthy and profound meditation instructions give you courage… encouragement to step beyond your habitual self to discover spacious awareness and embodied compassion.” – Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart

“From one of the great spiritual teachers of all times, a book on mindfulness that inspires a fresh and open engagement with our inner and outer world. This guide to meditation has psychological depth, humor, and above all, an illuminating wisdom that dances through every page.” – Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge


imgres3Radical Dharma: Talking Race, love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, with Jasmine Syedullah, PhD

“A book to grow on, to deepen over, to partner with. We are on a magnificent journey of liberation, every moment we are alive in this odd place that has yet to awaken to itself. And we are always, generation to generation, ready to travel.. How cool is this?” – Alice Walker, American novelist and poet

Igniting a long-overdue dialogue about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out in society at large and Buddhist communities in particular, this urgent call to action outlines a new dharma that takes into account the ways that racism and privilege prevent our collective awakening. – from the back cover

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  • Liz C. is now using the first name Davis.

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