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WEdnesday
June 26th
9:30-10:45am

NEW CLass!
Gentle Yoga
with Sarah Hofschire

New 4-week Series starting June 26th!

My name is Sarah Hofschire and I am excited to start teaching gentle yoga at Open Spirit this summer. I completed 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification in 2015 through The Yoga for Life program created and lead by the exceptional team of Sandra Dennis and Abby Schwab. I have taught classes in several local studios over the years as well as private classes. My teaching style is all-levels/gentle with a focus on increased balance, strength, mobility and mind-body connection with a bit of creative movement added to the mix.

The cost is $80 for the pre-paid 4 class session. Classes will be pro-rated at $25 per class if you pay in advance and tell me what dates you plan to attend.   Drop in classes are $30 —space is not guaranteed, but we’ll do our best to make room.

You may pay via VENMO or personal check. Drop-ins may also pay in cash. VENMO: @sazah16@gmail.com

Open Spirit has everything you need for a comfortable yoga class and you’re welcome to bring your own mat and props as well. I hope you’ll try a class!

 

Contact me with any questions  or to sign up for classes by June 24th at sazah16@gmail.com 

Classes will be held in Edwards Hall.

Monday
July 15th & August 19th
2:00-3:30pm

Spirituality & Poetry;  Grounded in Awe
Monthly Poetry writing Workshop

What stirs in us when we reach for a poem, whether sitting down to write or read the work of a favorite poet? Why do poems stay with us and continue to inform our lives?

 

In this workshop, we’ll approach poetry as a vehicle for living more fully in the present and deepening our humanity. Each month we’ll focus on an element of craft in the context of a particular theme to generate new work.

 

This class is for anyone interested in poetry as a spiritual practice and no previous writing experience is required to enjoy the pleasures of creative expression.

 

Come join us and be inspired!

This class will be held from 2:00-3:30pm in-person at Open Spirit in our Edwards Hall.

RSVPs are appreciated so that we can plan for space and supplies. To RSVP, please click here. 

Suggested donation of $20. Donations may be made in-person by cash or check or mailed to Open Spirit at 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA 01701. 

 

If you prefer to donate via credit card, please visit https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=T9PVD6ESG9M6J

Email info@openspiritcenter.org with any questions.

Saturday
July 13th
6-9pm

Vegan Potluck and game night!

Come share a delicious plant-exclusive meal, followed by laughs, as we play Taboo or Apples to Apples or Charades, or other party games!


Bring a vegan dish to share (no meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin). Please note any allergens for folks who need to see that information.

If you have a particular party game that you love, feel free to bring that too!

Please also bring a place setting, silverware, cloth napkin, and water bottle, so that we can live lightly on the planet. (If you can't, no worries, the space has place settings and a sink to wash them in.)

The potluck will be held in Edwards Hall. 

Suggested donation: $5-10, more if you can, less if you can't.

Sunday 
July 14 & 28th
1-2:30pm

Learning to Listen

Ever wondered how you can improve your ability to truly listen in conversations? Have you found yourself in situations where you're talking, and someone interrupts or seems distracted by their own thoughts? It's a common challenge in our busy world, where attentive listening can be overlooked.

Join us for a two-part workshop focused on developing effective listening skills. Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Karen Nell Smith, who brings over 25 years of experience in teaching deep listening, along with Laura Beck, we'll explore practical techniques to enhance dialogue.

 

Together, we aim to foster a more connected world where everyone feels valued and heard.

Sessions will be held in Edwards Hall. Please plan to attend both sessions. Light refreshments will be served starting at 12:45 pm. RSVPs are appreciated to help us prepare. Please plan to arrive on time, as sessions will begin promptly at 1:00.

 

Click to RSVP 

A suggested donation of $15-20 per session is welcomed, more if you can, less if you can't, payable by cash or check. For credit card payments, please visit https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=WDR6KHBJHHXAJ and note Learning to Listen in message line. 

Let's learn together to create a culture of attentive and empathetic listening.

Tuesdays
June 11th through
July 16th
1-2:30pm

Writing for healing workshop series

Now meeting!

 

Discover the Healing Power of Writing!

Join us for our upcoming Writing for Healing Workshop. Led by Jacqueline Harris, this 6-session workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore the connection between writing and healing.

Writing for Healing is designed to benefit individuals facing serious or chronic illnesses, as well as those dealing with pain, grief, anxiety, or depression. Through structured writing exercises and guided reflection, participants will have the opportunity to observe and process their thoughts and emotions in a supportive group setting.

No writing experience required. All are welcome to join us on this journey of self-discovery and healing.

Suggested donation of  $20. More if you can, less if you can't. Checks and cash accepted in-person. If you prefer to pay via credit card, please click here. 

If interested in participating, please contact Jackie Harris by emailing her at jacquelinehar@gmail.com

These workshops will be held in Edwards Hall.

Wednesdays
10:00am

outdoor qi gong/Tai chi
with Kathleen sakovitz

We are now offering in-person Qi Gong/Tai Chi classes.  Join Kathleen Sakovitz on Wednesday mornings for Qi Gong/Tai Chi at Open Spirit. 

All are welcome. Suitable for beginners.

Weather permitting classes are held outside in the parking lot in from of Edwards Hall. In inclement weather, classes are held in Sue Dickerman Hall located next to Edwards Church. 

 

Suggested donation: $10-$15.
To donate with a credit card via PayPal click here

If you can't make it to our in-person class, Kathleen offers Qi Gong/Tai Chi via Zoom at 8:45am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She is looking to teach Tuesday class as a hybrid class. If you are interested in attending in-person, please email Kathleen.

 

To join one of those sessions via Zoom, click here. 

ongoing

peace flag movement

Open Spirit is proud to collaborate with the PEACE Flag Movement and be distributing free PEACE flags in Sue Dickerman Hall and Edwards Hall.

 

The PEACE Flag Movement works to unite the world in the fight for equity and justice for all people. Stop by one of the halls if you would like to pick up a free flag. To learn more about the PEACE flag movement, click here.

save the date
Saturday
September 21st
5:00-7:00pm

the vmac
Vegan Mac 'n cheese cookoff competition

More information coming soon.

 

Email Laura Beck (ljbVeganMentor@gmail.com) if you are interested in entering as a “chef”.

save the date
Saturday
September 7th
3:00pm

Community Barn Dance!

More details coming soon!

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