Upcoming Programs

Winter/Spring 2018 Workshops


Celebrating Seasonal Rituals ~ Temple Space for Women • Spring Equinox

Gathering in this quarterly circle, we honor ancient holy days that women have celebrated for millenia. We feed and strengthen our spirits with many different gifts and directions: Meditation; music and sound; anointing our energy fields with Aura-Soma; color considerations; the gifts of Nature; positive readings; and, of course, the support of each other! If you yearn for a small, peaceful, sacred space in which your soul can be fed, this quarterly gathering is worth experiencing. Enjoy the uplifting effects of shared sacred ritual. The element we will be focusing on is fire. The Aura-Soma color is Emerald Green. Bring a small, sacred object to add to the altar we co-create, if you’d like.
Sunday, March 11 • 10–11:30 am $10 members/$15 non-members • MaryBeth Stemp & Claire Houston; MaryBeth is a psychotherapist and teacher by profession. Claire is a psychotherapist, an interfaith minister, the founder/director of WSW, and loves sacred space. 


Sharing Our Lives (Mar 8 cancelled due to snow)

As women of all ages and from different walks of life, there’s much to talk about, such as who are we, 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 daily life, getting a chance to share and hear the wisdom from within ourselves and each other. As we share our joys and concerns, we can count on mutual support and confidentiality. Each meeting will be guided by a theme for that session and set of questions designed to use as a springboard for sharing. New participants invited to join these monthly meetings at any time.
Thursdays March 8; April 12 $10 members/$15 non-members per session • 12:30–1:30 pm • Claire Houston, LCMHC  is a licensed psychotherapist, and the director of WSW, and MaryBeth Stemp, LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist, and teacher of holistic healing methods-sound, color, and meditation.

Stories Within [WILL NOW MEET March 21st]

Small group of women who would like to be in a Circle together, sharing and listening as each weaves a short (up to 5 minute) story of herself. Winter Story theme: From There To Here. Spring theme: Fresh Vision. Space limited. No experience necessary, just the interest to hear others’ stories, and to bring out your own. Future dates TBA seasonally.
Wednesday, January 17, February 7 March 21 • 6–8:30 pm • $25 members/$30 non-members • Sofia Haffenreffer & Claire Houstoncome together as peer leaders, drawing from their many years of women’s circles, knowing that we all have many stories inside us and would like to make a space for these stories to be told. Inspired by the “The Moth Story Hour.”

Learn to Taste Chocolate

Did you know I used to work for a Wine School in NYC? It’s true. Chocolate is also a fermented product. Many of the same flavor nodes in wine are also present in chocolate. I want to train my tastebuds to discern the differences in chocolate. Would you like to learn with me? With wine it’s See, Swirl, Smell, and Sip (Slurp, if you’re not in polite company, to aerate the wine in your mouth, further bringing out the flavors before you) Swallow. With chocolate tasting, you Look, Listen, Smell, Taste, and Feel. Let’s learn about this fabulous thing called chocolate, its long history (as far back as 1400 BCE), its many preparations and uses in history (beverage, sacred rituals, even as currency), and best of all, let’s taste it! No experience necessary!    Tuesday, May 8 • 6–8 pm • $20 members/$25 non-members • Claire Houston was the administrator of The Windows on the World Wine School on the 107th Floor of One World Trade Center in the early 1980s. She assisted in the development and evolution of this public training class, continuing to be taught by Kevin Zraly to this day. After developing an intolerance to wine, and coffee, she has found chocolate to be her happy pleasure.