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We hope you will join us for a special Day of Spirit
offered outdoors in-person and via Zoom.

Saturday, October 23rd
10:00am-2:45pm

We are offering this event by donation so that all may participate.

Schedule of Workshops

10:00am Keynote address

A Sense of Place - Saxonville
Guest speakers Paul Bakstran and Neela de Zoysa

Location: Tent located in front of Edwards Hall, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA

Live-stream via Zoom will also be available. 

 

 The Open Spirit campus is located on the top of a hill—the second highest spot in Framingham. The hill has a rich history—geological, botanical and anthropological. How does that history shape our campus? How does it shape who we are as a community? Paul and Neela will share their reflections on this place, with a particular focus on the ways it has been shaped by Sudbury River. Neela will discuss the geological history of Saxonville and our campus, and teach us about the wild plants and creatures associated with the river. Paul will focus on the history of the people who have lived here—from Native Americans who fished for salmon to factory owners who built the dam to factory workers who struggled to buy their homes when the factory put them up for auction. 

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Neela de Zoysa has been a member of the Multifaith Collaborative of Open Spirit since its inception. A botanist and natural historian and teaches about the Sudbury River floodplain and wetland plants for the Native Plant Trust in Framingham. She  is associated with Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

Paul Bakstran is a descendant of the Bakstran and Hunter families who lived here from the 19th century onwards.  He is the first born son of five boys of Arthur and Norma Richer Bakstran and has in Framingham for the first 24 years of his life. He is a graduate of Marian High School in Framingham, Boston College, and Bentley College.  A retired CPA, Paul serves on the Board of Sudbury Valley Trustees and served on the Board of the Nature Conservancy for 15 years. His wife Annette is also a CPA; they have one son, a retired Naval Officer, and three grandchildren. Paul's passions are conserving wild lands for the enjoyment of people and wildlife, training his Labrador Retriever, Jake, fly fishing, and travelling with his wife and studying history. 

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11:00am -12:00pm Selection of Morning Workshops

Presence and Place: A MINDFUL YOGA Practice with Kimberly McClure

Location: Tent across from Edwards Hall, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA. 
Live-stream via Zoom will also be available

This class will begin with a foundational practice called Orienting. Orienting ourselves physically helps our body really know where we are, which is naturally calming and settling. This is an all-levels movement class. You will be guided in a way that allows you to discover the individual version of the yoga postures that feel best to you.
If possible, please bring a yoga mat.

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Kimberly is a self-care advocate, and guide who teaches to help others feel resourced, and uplifted. She holds a certificate in Wellness Counseling from Cornell University and is a yoga & mindfulness teacher. Through her own decades-long yoga practice, Kimberly discovered a sweet combination of yoga, mindfulness and self-compassion that became exquisite fuel for self-care. She began working on a holistic model of self-care that she could share with others. Based in the teachings of yoga and mindfulness, Mandala Selfcare is Kimberly’s unique blend of self-care goodness. Kimberly now lives in Newport RI and is a frequent visitor to Metrowest (her home until recently, for 25 years). She offers yoga-based wellness classes and coaching, workshops and retreats. Learn more at https://www.kimberlymcclureyoga.com/

Historic Saxonville Walk with Paul Bakstran

Location: Beginning across from Edwards Hall, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA

Join Paul for a walk through historic Saxonville. Learn about the history of the people who have lived in this village. We will see the dam where native peoples used to catch salmon, the mill, and the historic cemetery. 

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Paul Bakstran is a descendant of the Bakstran and Hunter families who lived here from the 19th century onwards.  He is the first born son of five boys of Arthur and Norma Richer Bakstran and has in Framingham for the first 24 years of his life. He is a graduate of Marian High School in Framingham, Boston College, and Bentley College.  A retired CPA, Paul serves on the Board of Sudbury Vallet Trustees and served on the Board of the Nature Conservancy for 15 years. His wife Annette is also a CPA; they have one son, a retired Naval Officer, and three grandchildren. Paul's passions are conserving wild lands for the enjoyment of people and wildlife, training his Labrador Retriever, Jake, fly fishing, and travelling with his wife and studying history. 

 

Qi Gong/Tai Chi Led by Kathleen Sakovitz

Offered via Zoom

Come experience this ancient form of energy medicine. As practiced in ancient China for centuries, we will use movement, stretches, and slow breathing. Movements are circular and meditative with energy flow like water. We will be in harmony with nature and the Universe, for renewal, strength, focus and balance. Participants may want to have a chair nearby, ideally without arms, and a water bottle. Wear comfortable loose clothing. No yoga mat is needed.

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Kathleen has continued to study, practice and teach qi gong, tai chi, and tai chi fan over the past 20 years. Prior to that she studied Chinese Martial Arts and achieved the status of black belt. She writes, "I am grateful and love to share the energy healing, disciplines, movements which have helped me in my life, and healing." She has performed and taught ballroom for over 30 years.

12:00pm-12:45pm Break for Lunch

During lunchtime relax, take a walk, or enjoy a musical offering.
There will be tables set up outside for those wishing to enjoy lunch on our campus.


This year we are asking everyone to think of recipes that remind you of a special place.
You may submit your recipes
here, and Open Spirit will create a virtual Sense of Place cookbook
to be shared with our community.

1:00pm - 2:00pm Selection of Afternoon Workshops

Journaling Through the River of Life with Michelle Goldhaber

Location: Tent across from Edwards Hall, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA 

Live-stream via Zoom will also be available

In many ways our lives are like rivers – journeying through both peaceful pools and turbulent tides. We can also gain a lot of wisdom from watching the water run in rivers – how does it move around obstacles? How does it respond to its environment? What does it carry with it, and for how long? Join Michelle Goldhaber in exploring these themes and more during a reflective writing workshop as we journal about the river in our lives. No experience necessary! Please bring a pen or pencil and something to write in.

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Michelle Goldhaber, MSW, MDiv has a background in social work, multi-faith ministry, facilitation and peacebuilding, entrepreneurship and experiential education. She has worked in a variety of settings locally and internationally, and is currently a 2nd year rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Newton, MA. Michelle loves nature and the outdoors, especially the ocean, and helping people make meaning in their lives. She has been leading meditation for Open Spirit since the fall of 2020, and is delighted to be a part of the community.

 

Walk Along the Sudbury River with Neela de Zoysa

Location: Beginning in front of Edwards Hall, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA 

Join Neela for a walk along the Sudbury River, exploring the native plants and creatures who
make the river their home.

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Neela has been a member of the Multifaith Collaborative of Open Spirit since its inception. A botanist and natural historian, she teaches about the Sudbury River floodplain and wetland plants for the Native Plant Trust in Framingham. She is associated with Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge.

Meditation: Resting as the River of Life with Katherine McClean

Offered via Zoom

We will begin by doing some simple seated stretches to help us let go of tensions in the body. We'll add some self massage and then join in some breath practice to help all arrive in Presence. Together we'll enjoy a guided meditation which will help us to experience the core of our identity as the eternal River of Life.

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Katherine has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 20 years and has practiced the art of meditation much longer. "Because meditation has been such a supportive and transformational practice for me," she writes, "I'm passionate about sharing it with others." In addition, Katherine is a licensed nutritionist and certified personal trainer.  She offers private supportive sessions which include comprehensive evaluations and tailored strategies to support diet and fitness goals. A graduate of the School of Conscious Healing, she provides transformational counseling sessions and facilitates energetic healings.

2:15pm Closing and Guided Meditation Led by Debbie Clark

               Location: Under tent in front of Edwards Hall and offered via Zoom.     

          

We will gather in person and by Zoom to share in a brief guided meditation, inspired by the experiences of our day.

In this time of uncertainty, we are committed to making this Day of Spirit as safe, inclusive, and connected as possible. We invite you to join us in-person (outdoors) or by Zoom. We will follow the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC and the state to ensure everyone's well-being. Masks will be required indoors. 

In the event of inclement weather, please check the Open Spirit homepage and email. Outdoor events may need to be moved inside Edwards Hall or to Zoom.

Your registration allows you to attend however you are most comfortable. Upon registration you will receive the Zoom links to join us for our live-streamed outdoor workshops or Zoom only workshops.

 *Dial-in audio only is not available for our workshops. A computer, tablet or smartphone is needed to participate via Zoom.