Upcoming Programs

Winter 2019 Workshops

Sharing Our Lives 

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 January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9 • $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 

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: Role Models Lighting My Journey. Space limited. No experience necessary, just the interest to hear others’ stories, and to bring out your own. Future dates TBA seasonally.
Wednesday, January 23 • 6–8 pm • $20 members/$25 non-members • Sofia Haffenreffer & Claire Houston come 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.”


Best Support For Friend Whose Child Has Died

When a child dies, a parent’s fear that their child will be forgotten is paramount to most of the other fears and nightmares they will suffer. Additionally, friends often just don’t know what to say and fear saying the wrong thing. Learn from a bereaved parent how to truly support your friend and keep their child’s memory alive with your lifelong friendship.
Wednesday, February 13  7–9 pm • $15 members/$20 non-members •Caryl Dow has lived her whole life with death starting at age 4, then 12, 23. Then at age 45, Caryl’s middle son was killed in a car accident. Caryl is a Certified Bereavement Caregiver, models good grief and forgiveness, owns Good Grief Parents, and facilitates a monthly grief group for parents whose children have died.

Considering Divorce; Legal Aspects

Perhaps you’re wondering what is involved with getting divorced. Is it a feasible step for you? Or, maybe a divorce has been sprung on you, and you’re scrambling to learn what you need to in order to make sound choices. Or a loved one is interested in knowing more about how to plan for a divorce. In this informational session Angela will give an overview of what to think about, what to plan, how to find the right lawyer, and help you think about what your next steps might be.
Thursday, March 7 • 6:30–8:30 pm • $20 members/$25 non-members • Angela Hayden, Esqis the owner of Sage Legal, Innovative Counsel for Mindful Clients, in Exeter, NH. I look forward to learning your story, hearing what matters to you, and helping you to discover what’s actually needed to keep your loved ones out of court and out of conflict – or what to expect when court is unavoidable – when something happens to you (or them). We offer mindful business and estate planning to achieve your goals.


Inviting Silence ~ Beginning to Meditate

The book, Inviting Silence, by Gunilla Norris, is a wonderful introduction into beginning a meditation practice. She writes beautifully, and is so understanding and compassionate. As a group, we will read the book together (please get your own copy before the 1st meeting), and we will try different meditation approaches together. We will learn together, practice alone between meetings, and discuss together the challenges and victories we are having. Please begin reading the book before the 1st meeting; at least the first chapter, but more if you’d like. Any experience level is welcome.
Saturdays February 2, 9, 16, 23  • 8 am – 9:30 am $15 members/$20 non-members per session • Claire Houston, LCMHC is a licensed psychotherapist, the director of WSW, and has been practicing meditation for 15 years. 

Healing Foods ~ Pot Luck & Information Sharing Group

Are you interested in joining in? We meet periodically, at WSW, and each bring a dish to share that is “Real Food” oriented, and healthful. If you would like to learn about the next date, please contact the Center and you will be put on the list!
Dates TBA  • 6:15 pm – 8 pm $15 members/$20 non-members per session • Claire Houston, LCMHC is a licensed psychotherapist, the director of WSW, andhas a special interest in food as medicine, and its impact on mood and behavior.

Celebrating Seasonal Rituals • 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 water. The Aura-Soma color is blue for the year, and another color for this particular circle, TBA. Bring a small, sacred object to add to the altar we co-create, if you’d like. 
Sunday, March 10 • 10 am–11:30 am $15 members/$20 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.