2015 spring 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. New participants are asked to arrange brief informational meetings (See detail below on 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 series to promote cohesion and the creation of safe space for all. Please join us with an open mind and heart seeking a positive experience of Self healing within a communal safe space, and enjoy new 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: 10 Fridays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22
TIME: 11 am – 12:30 pm
FEE: $15 per meeting for WSW members; $20 per meeting for non-members, 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.
* New members to the group:  Contact Chris to set up an informational meeting time in advance: 603-580-1136, or singinonthetrain@gmail.com

Sharing Our Lives
As women of all ages and from different walks of life, there’s much to talk about. Such as who and where are we in our lives? This is a time to  mull over with each other the issues and questions that come up for us in day to day life, getting a chance to share and hear the wisdom from within ourselves and each other. Of course, as we share our joys and concerns, we can count on mutual support and confidentiality. Each meeting will guided by a theme for that session, and a set of questions designed to use a springboard for sharing. 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 Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21,28
TIME: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
FEE:  $10 per meeting for WSW members; $12 per meeting for  non-members
LEADER: MaryBeth Stemp & Claire Houston
MaryBeth Stemp is a psychotherapist, and teacher of holistic healing methods - sound, color, and meditation. Claire is a psychotherapist, and the founder/director of WSW.

Healing Diets Study Group
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, manage adrenal fatigue, stabilize blood sugar, and more. 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. 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, March 8, April 19, May 17, 2015 (no summer sessions)
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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