2015 Winter schedule

**weather cancellations, or schedule changes
will be communicated via email
to those who have pre-registered for the program**

 
Mindful Divorce, Mindful Transitions Circle
Welcome to a sacred circle for mindful healing and the rediscovery of basic joy! This workshop is intended for those moving through a divorce process or similar major life transition, and longing to connect with others who can relate to this transformational change. We will create a sacred space for sharing experience and wisdom including verbal sharing within a structured format as well as guided imagery and mind-body experiential exercises. The group experience will promote mindfulness, conscious energy balancing, and increased access to deep Self healing. The group is designed to promote deep witnessing and sharing, rather than as a place to vent details of external stress and provoked anger. While all feelings are welcome in the room, we speak about anger, not from it. And we follow the group process guidelines of WSW including refraining from advice giving, and when one speaks others just listen. Every woman will have space to speak from deep Self about personal experience and her healing journey. Inspirational passages from Tal Ben-Shahar’s book Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness will be offered to spark sharing. Passages from the writings of Pema Chodron, and the poetry of Mary Oliver and others will be offered to foster introspection. A typical meeting will include at least two rounds of sharing in response to readings provided by the facilitator, at least two guided meditation experiences, and time for closure and reflection by each participant in the circle. New participants are asked to arrange brief informational meetings (*See detail below on December office hours) to provide orientation to the workshop, and help determine whether the current configuration of our circle fits with what you are seeking. Participants are asked to commit in advance to attending the full 5 week series to promote cohesion and the creation of safe space for all (including pre-payment). Please join us with an open mind and heart seeking a positive experience of Self healing within a communal safe space. The vision is to continue the group with a new workshop series of six in February, so this circle may foster ongoing spiritual friendships to hold you through life’s transitions. Held at  Women Supporting Women Center, located at 111 Water Street, Exeter, NH. For registration or information, contact 603-772-0799 or click here for registration form.
DATE: 5 Fridays, December 19, 2014; January 2, 9, 16, 23, 2015
TIME: 11:30 am – 1 pm
FEE: $75 members; $100 non-members ($15/20 per session), preceded by one brief informational meeting with Chris (no charge).
LEADER: Dr. Chris Chance, Ph D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Chris has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist working with adults, youth and families for more than 15 years, and a Kripalu YogaDance teacher since 2007. Her workshops are informed by her formal study of psychology; years of deep listening; personal interests in yoga, meditation, music, and the performing arts; and contemplation of the spiritual lessons of her own life transitions. Her vision for this workshop draws from Positive Psychology, Buddhist Philosophy, Internal Family Systems theory, and time-honored mind-body healing concepts borrowed from the practice of yoga.
*  Office hours for women joining this series are available Friday December 12 and Wednesday December 17, 11:30-1:00PM. Please stop by and sign up for a 15-20 minute time on arrival, or by appointment if necessary. Chris’ contact information to ask questions or set up an informational meeting time in advance is: 603-580-1136, or singinonthetrain@gmail.com

Simplify, Purify, and Cleanse
Using Ayurveda’s Pillars of Lifestyle and Diet to Move Gracefully Through Life. The teachings of Ayurveda make us aware of nature around us and nature within us; we try our best to achieve balance by what we do and how we eat. Diet and Lifestyle are keys to moving gracefully through life. As we experience transitions, we are particularly susceptible to having our excesses manifest in our bodies. Thankfully there are ways to ease our journey. Cleansing offers us a way to remove what does not serve us and bring in what does. In this workshop we will discuss how to cleanse our lives with pacifying rituals. We will talk about simplifying our physical and emotional space. We will dwell on the topic of food, how we eat, why we eat, what we eat. The program will culminate with a simple meal provided by Lisa and enjoyed in community. Women and men welcome. Held at Women Supporting Women Center, located at 111 Water Street, Exeter, NH. For registration or information, contact 603-772-0799 or click here for registration form.
DATE: 2 Saturdays, January 10 & 17, 2015
TIME: 10 – 12 noon
FEE:  $35 members; $45 non-members (meal included!)
LEADER: Lisa Boldin, RYT
Lisa is a Kripalu certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and is also part of the Justice Institute’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga program in Brookline, MA.

Taking Care of “The Girls,” Is There Only One Way?
Are you Phluffing in the shower? Do you know which bras are best/worst for breast health? Listen to this holistic nurse share her years of calming, helpful approaches to caring for your breasts, your “girls.” There are other methods to care besides early detection. Come and hear the wisdom and insight of this dedicated practitioner in women’s health. Held at Women Supporting Women Center, located at 111 Water Street, Exeter, NH. For registration or information, contact 603-772-0799 or click here for registration form.
DATE: Thursday, February 12, 2015
TIME: 6:30 –8:30 pm
FEE:  $10 members; $15 non-members
LEADER: Janice S. Anderson RN, HNB-BC, CCTIII
Janice is a board certified holistic RN, certified clinical thermographer-level 3 (trainer) in private practice for more than two decades serving women and those they love with a mind-body-spirit orientation.  
Learn more about Janice at http://www.insideoutthermography.com

Insomnia Solutions - Effective Help for Better Sleep
There is updated information, drawn from research done in the last 10 years, that replaces much of the inaccurate or misleading information about sleep and insomnia that has been repeated for so many years. You don’t actually need 8 hours of sleep. It is normal to wake up during the night. There is also an approach to treating sleep problems without sleep medication that has been proven to be more effective than any sleeping pill available. We will delve into this material, learn the CBT-I approach (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia), and track our progress as we take back a good night’s sleep! This class may be covered by your insurance; contact WSW for more details. Women and men welcome. Held at  Women Supporting Women Center, located at 111 Water Street, Exeter, NH. For registration or information, contact 603-772-0799 or click here for registration form.
DATE: 6 Wednesdays, January 14, 21, 28, February 11, March 4, 18, 2015
TIME: 11 am – 1 pm (bring your own lunch)
FEE: $80 members; $100 non-members
LEADER: Claire Houston, LCMHC
Claire is a licensed  psychotherapist, and the director of WSW.

Is It Collecting, Clutter, or Hoarding?
There can be fine lines between collecting treasures, collecting clutter, and hoarding. Come learn about the differences, and gain insight into what drives each one. Discover ways to recover order, and simplicity, when collecting has gotten out of control. In a mutually supportive, non-judgmental circle we will explore the topic, learn  what role our emotions play, and see a clearer way forward. Held at  Women Supporting Women Center, located at 111 Water Street, Exeter, NH. For registration or information, contact 603-772-0799 or click here for registration form.
DATE: 2 alternating Wednesdays, February 4, 18, 2015
TIME: 11 am – 1 pm (bring your own lunch)
FEE: $60 members; $80 non-members
LEADER: Claire Houston, MS, LCMHC
Claire is a licensed  psychotherapist, and a member of a family with clutter- hoarding history

Healing Diets Study Group
You are what you eat, you do what you eat. Improve the quality of your life by integrating food choices that will make you feel better. Referencing books: The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body by Sarah D. Ballantyne, PhD; The Grain Brain Cookbook, by David Perlmutter, MD, and drawing from other related information, including the Weston A. Price Foundation, GAPS, Specific Carbohydrate Diet, we will explore diets designed to heal the digestive tract.  Lifestyle changes, supporting adrenal health, and other healing protocols will be studied. No prior experience necessary, nor is it necessary to commit to this lifestyle in order to participate. Feel your best! And join others in doing the same. Women and men welcome. Held at  Women Supporting Women Center, located at 111 Water Street, Exeter, NH. For registration or information, contact 603-772-0799 or click here for registration form.
DATE: 4 alternating Wednesdays, March 11, 25, April 8, 22, 2015
TIME: 6:15 – 8 pm
FEE: $60 members; $80 non-members
LEADER: Claire Houston, MS, LCMHC
Claire Houston, LCMHC is a licensed clinical mental health counselor with a special interest in food as chemistry, and its impact on mood and behavior.


Sunday Women’s Spirit Circle
Gathering in this monthly circle, we feed and strengthen our spirits with many different gifts and directions: Prayer, meditation, music and sound, color, the gifts of Nature, positive readings, and, of course, the support of each other! If you yearn for an small, peaceful, nourishing, sacred space in which to worship in a non-denominational way, this monthly gathering is worth experiencing. Enjoy the uplifting effects of shared sacred space. Held at Women Supporting Women Center, located at 111 Water Street, Exeter, NH. For registration or information, contact 603-772-0799 or click here for registration form. I can’t believe the room isn’t filled every month, this time is so wonderful.
DATE:  Sundays, Dec 7, 2014; Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, 2015
TIME:  10 – 11 am
FEE:  Gratitude $ Offering
LEADER:  MaryBeth Stemp & Claire Houston
MaryBeth is a psychotherapist and teacher by profession, a mother, wife and lover of plants, animals, music and color, especially enjoys and appreciates the power of praying, meditating, and sharing in a supportive circle of women. Claire is a psychotherapist, an independently ordained interfaith minister, the founder/director of WSW, and loves sacred space. 






Leadership Skills for a Changing World
Create the kind of community you want to live in. Be an effective,  
authentic, appealing leader, offering the kind of leadership you're  
looking for. Strengthen your own self-worth so you can value others'  
worth. Learn alternatives to sarcasm. Replace self-deprecating humor  
with empowered humor. Distinguish the difference between aggressive  
power and empowered leadership. Practice constructive validation  
rather than "constructive" criticism. Reap what you sow, and enjoy the
more peaceful, alive world you yearn for. 12 CEUs available to mental health professionals through the NH-NASW. Both women and men  
welcome. This class is taught both on and off site. If you would like  
to arrange to bring it to your setting, contact the leader. "When I signed up for this class, I thought I might learn a thing or two. Instead, this class has changed my life." PG, retired psychotherapist. Held at First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter, 12 Elm Street, Exeter, NH. For registration or information, contact 603-772-0799 or click here for registration form.
DATES: To Be Arranged
TIME: 9 – 12 noon
LOCATION: To Be Arranged
FEE: TBA * CFS available
LEADER: Claire Houston, MS, LCMHC
Claire is the founder and director of WSW, a licensed mental health counselor, and has been using & teaching this model of leadership for 20 years.





Leaders in a Changing World: A Support Group For Leaders
Now that you've taken the basic Leadership class, deepen your  
insights and understanding. Come meet with other leaders committed to  
a different approach to leading. Give and receive support, share  
leadership stories of challenges and victories. Explore questions and  
answers. Create the kind of community you want to live in. Be a  
constructive participant, offering the kind of participation you're looking for from others. Be an effective, authentic, appealing leader, offering the kind of leadership you're looking for. Shore up your own self-worth so you can value others' worth. Learn alternatives to sarcasm. Replace self-deprecating humor with empowered humor. Distinguish the difference between aggressive power and empowered leadership; the limitless power of vulnerable leadership. Practice constructive validation rather than  
"constructive" criticism. Reap what you sow, as you enjoy the more  
peaceful, alive world you yearn for. Both women and men welcome. Held  at Women Supporting Women Center, located at 111 Water Street, Exeter, NH. For registration or information, contact 603-772-0799 or click here for registration form.
DATES: TBA
TIME: TBA
FEE: $14 members; $28 non-members per meeting
LEADER: Claire Houston, MS, LCMHC
Claire is the founder and director of WSW and has been using and teaching this model of leadership for 20 years.



* CFS stands for Cooperative Fee System. It means that the fees are posted, but if you would not take the workshop due to inability to pay, you are invited to pay what you can, and go ahead and register. Those who can afford the published fee might be able to pay a little more. By all cooperating, everyone’s needs are met!

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