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Currents: November 2017

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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 info@windhorseimh.org.

Upcoming Events

mark your calendarMark your calendars for community gatherings!

Community Events:
Thanksgiving Gathering Community Event
Thursday, November 23rd, 2:00-5:00pm at Still Point.
See A Thanksgiving Together for more information.

Community Lunch:
Stephanie’s Goodbye Lunch
Tuesday, December 19th, 12:30-1:30pm in the Windhorse office kitchen.
Please note that this is the third Tuesday of the month, which is a week later than is typical for Community Lunch.

For more information, contact us at info@windhorseimh.org.

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A Thanksgiving Together

As in past years, Windhorse will once again host a Thanksgiving gathering and meal, and the Windhorse community is cordially invited to attend. If you are in the area, we hope you will join us for an afternoon of delicious food and merriment. A full menu will be provided and there will be items to accommodate those who are gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan. This year, we are holding a dessert potluck. We encourage guests to bring a dessert. (However, doing so is entirely optional.) If you have a special non-dessert Thanksgiving recipe that you are excited to share bring it along too!

We ask that you please RSVP no later than Monday, November 20th so that Sierra has an accurate headcount of the people planning to attend and can make enough food for all.

Date: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23rd

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Place: Still Point

Questions to: Sierra, SMcDaniel@windhorseimh.org

RSVP to: Sierra or your Team Leader (for current clients), or email the front office at frontoffice@windhorseimh.org

Please RSVP by: Monday. November 20th 

The menu will include: turkey, turkey gravy, traditional dressing, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, lentil & mushroom shepherd’s pie, kale salad, roasted winter vegetables, and cranberry sauce. As stated before, most of these items will be gluten-free, and many are either vegetarian or vegan.

For those of you without transportation, rides will be provided to the event. If you are in need of a ride please be at the Windhorse office by 1:45pm.

On behalf of the entire Windhorse community, we’d like to give a big thank you to Sierra and Virginia for hosting the event at Still Point.

We hope you will consider joining us for this wonderful event and we look forward to seeing you there!

Here is the flyer for the event: Thanksgiving Gathering 2017

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Homemade (or Not) Gifts for the Hostess or Host

The holiday season often prompts invitations to holiday parties and as it is customary to bring something for the host or hostess of the party, we thought we’d supply you with a few ideas for homemade items you could bring.

How about a quick bread? These “breads” are actually more like cakes and use batter rather than dough. They are usually simple to make and can include spices and flavors appropriate to the season, such as pumpkin or cinnamon apple. Here’s a recipe for Caramel Apple Bread that might be worth a try. Feel free to use store-bought caramel in place of the homemade kind, to make the recipe even simpler and faster. Another good option is the holiday standard, Gingerbread. Those warming flavors are a welcome treat on a chilly winter’s night.

If you’re looking for something savory, how about Ratatouille and Cheesy Polenta. This recipe uses a crock pot and jarred tomato sauce to create the ratatouille, making it super easy. If you don’t have a crock pot, or if you want to stick to making a side dish, try just the cheesy polenta. The straightforward recipe will reward you with a rich, comfort-food-like result.

If you’d like to make something that the host/hostess can enjoy for awhile, how about some homemade granola? It’s generally easy to make and can make a very sweet gift when packaged in a ribbon-clad mason jar. Here’s one recipe that looks pretty tasty.

One common worry of people making homemade gifts of foods is possible food allergies of the recipients. It can be hard to find a recipe that is free of allergens, but they are out there. In our experience, chocolate cake is often a safe bet as it can be made without eggs, dairy, gluten, or nuts, and still come out moist and flavorful. A quick internet search for “vegan gluten-free chocolate cake” will give you plenty of recipes to choose from. Or give this recipe a shot (replacing the regular all-purpose flour for a high-quality, gluten-free variety such as Pamela’s Artisan Blend or Bob’s Red Mill) and let us know how it turns out.

If you’re short on time, or just not into the idea of making something, there are plenty of places in the area to pick up great gifts. We like Trader Joe’s in particular, as they have items that are both special and affordable, such as beautifully boxed chocolates. If you’d like to bring one of the aforementioned quick breads, you might find something similar at Atkins Farms or Woodstar Cafe. If you’re looking for something less on the sweet side, River Valley Co-op has a wonderful variety of ready-made dishes.

We hope these recipes and ideas help you to enjoy the holiday season and those holiday parties even more!

 

NVC Group to Begin in 2018

Nonviolent communication is a practice based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. It offers a way of authentically connecting with others through deep listening. The group itself is skills-based and, through exercises and dialogue, teaches the participants the basics of NVC and how to make use of it in their lives. NVC Groups are not new to Windhorse; the practice of nonviolent communication is admired, respected, and used by many people here, and Windhorse has hosted groups in the past.

All of the details of the group’s meetings may be found below. Sign up is required in order to attend. Please note that this group is not limited to just the Windhorse community; it is open to everyone so please invite any interested party to sign up. But please keep in mind that there is a cap of twelve participants.

Date: Wednesdays, beginning January 10th, 2018

Duration: The group will run for 12 weeks, with a possible 13th week reserved in case of a snow day.

Time: 4:00-6:30pm

Size: The group will be capped at 12 people.

Materials: The group will use this book and this workbook.

Want to sign up? Have questions? Please email Katherine at KParker@windhorseimh.org

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Coping With the Holidays

The holiday season can be joyful. It can be full of light,laughter, and opportunities to visit with loved ones. It can also bring with it moments of stress, annoyance, frustration, and overwhelm. How does one handle such moments? We would like to offer these two videos in hopes that they can help with those difficult times. The first video is about the stories that we tell ourselves in our heads, the judgments we make of others and ourselves, and what we can do to interrupt this storytelling before we mistake conjecture for truth. The second video is about how to handle moments of overwhelm, a simple practice that can help you stay in the moment and perhaps calm your anxiety. Both videos are from Maia Duerr and are less than four minutes long. If you have any tools that help you during times of stress, we welcome you to share them with us in the comments section.

Are You Sure?

Just This

Learn more about Maia Duerr here.

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New to the Windhorse Library

Windhorse subscribes to a variety of magazines that we feel may be of interest to our community, and which are available in the office lobby for people to read and enjoy. Here are a few of our offerings:


Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
, a publication about Buddhism in the Western world. It is published on a quarterly basis. This quarter’s issue features articles entitled “The Power of Pausing”, “The Guru Problem”, “Radical Openness”, and “Try a little gratitude”, among others.

tricycle.org

 

 

Mindful: taking time for what matters a magazine created as a voice for the mindfulness community and dedicated to the many benefits of mindfulness. It offers articles, commentary, and instruction relevant to both the seasoned mindfulness practitioner and the novice. It is published monthly. The December issue features articles entitled “Science of Mindfulness”, “Your Guide to Meditation”, “Big Brains, Small Minds”, and “Tough (Self) Love”, among others.

www.mindful.org

Please stop by the office and take a look at these magazines as well as the others we regularly receive.

 

Transitions

  • Piyali has decided to leave her position as a Wellness Nurse.
  • Maya will be joining the staff as a Wellness Nurse later this month.
  • Stephanie will be retiring from her position as a Wellness Nurse and member of the Admissions Team in December.


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