1/18

9:30am 

monday morning meditation

Start the week off with an opportunity for centering and reflection. This 20-minute session with start with a brief reflection on a theme, followed by a guided meditation and a few minutes for sharing.

 

Visit our Live-Stream Page for the link to join in via Zoom.

Can't make Monday Morning Meditation but want to listen to the meditations? Visit our meditation page.

Six weeks starting1/25

7-8:30pm

Mindful
Anti-Racism

a radical exploration of race and resilience

We are excited to offer this 6-week course for a second time!
Dates of classes 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1.

This program encourages intentional anti-racism work through a multifaceted approach anchored in mindfulness, education, and action. Mindful Anti-racism is rooted in the work of many including Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race. Psychoeducational programming will address a variety of relevant topics such as how racism is ingrained in systems (education, criminal justice) as well as how we can best equip ourselves to do the work of anti-racism in a way that is sustainable and impactful. Educational components will address both theory and practice. Participants will build connection and engage in discussion as part of weekly breakout session. All work will be rooted in self-inquiry, mindfulness practices, embodied movement, and trauma-informed action.

 

This course will be led by Dr. Kelsey Evans-Amalu and Dr. Danielle Rousseau. Both bridge the worlds of academic teaching and research and mindfulness and embodied movement practices. Racial Affinity Groups will be led by trained facilitators and organized based on racial identification.

 

Recommend Text: Mindful of Race, Ruth King. Additional materials will be provided by instructors. 

 

Note: While all are welcome, this program forefronts how those with privilege are called to do the active work of anti-racism. The work is designed to facilitate self-inquiry and action by creating an environment that centers impact over intentionality.

Registration fee of $20. We encourage participants to make an additional donation to support this program, if you are able. Suggested donation of $40-$100. More if you can, less if you can't. Cost should not be a deterrent.

Learn more.

Register here.

1/27

7:00-8:30PM

 A Musical Celebration for Tu B'Shvat

Our Community Partner Hebrew College is offering a musical meditation and celebration for Tu B'Shvat.

Join them for a night of contemplation and melody as they dive into the taste of the seasons and their inner and outer worlds in celebration of the birthday of the trees, Tu B'Shevat.

View flyer and registration information.

2/13
11:30am-1:00pm

Winter walks guided by neela de zoysa

Co-sponsored by Sudbury Valley Trustees!


Fresh air and nature beckon us to the many conservation areas that surround us. Get some respite from the isolation and uncertainties by getting outdoors. Open Spirit member and nature aficionado Neela, will lead us on a series of socially distanced monthly winter walks.

 

Enjoy vistas of the Sudbury River from Weir Hill at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Puffer Pond and World War II bunkers at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Visit Wolbach Farm, Greenways Conservation area and Memorial Forest all of which are properties of Sudbury Valley Trustees. Forests, fields, marshes, ponds and glacial sands are some of the highlights of these walks. 

Enrollment is limited to eight participants. Sign-up here. A surgical or cloth face mask is required. Remember to dress warm, wear comfortable hiking or winter boots and bring your own water. There are no restroom facilities. No dogs please for these organized walks.   

2/13 - Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

3/13 - Memorial Forest

4/17 - Greenways Conservation Area

2/13

5:00PM

Racial Justice Movie Discussion:
The Hate U Give

Open Spirit's Multifaith Collaborative is hosting a moderated discussion of the movie The Hate U Give. Please watch the movie prior to this discussion. It is available on Amazon Prime and through local libraries.

Register to receive the Zoom link to participate in the discussion. 

Upcoming movie discussions will include:

March 14th - Get Up! By the Just Peace Players

April 10th - American Son 

Virtual art gallery

We have launched a new virtual art gallery!

 

We hope you will enjoy our first show titled "Together Alone" featuring brand new works by Samela & Patrick St. Pierre.

all classes now livestreamed

There will be no in-person classes until it is safe to return in-person. However, we still want to connect with you. We will be live-streaming all our regularly scheduled classes and have added some new ones. 

 

Click to view our schedule of classes and Zoom links.

partner program

honoring the elders interview project

We are very excited to be joining Transition Framingham in this project.

The goal of this project is to conduct interviews with Framingham resident elders 65+ to capture stories from an earlier time when energy usage was lower and people had different life skills. By learning from the past, we can learn lost skills to help guide us forward.  

This project provides a great opportunity to connect with someone and deepen your relationship to them and to the Framingham community.

Pay $20 registration fee

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