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Classes and workshops

Connect with self and others through Focusing

Date & Time: 
Jul 22 2017 - 10:00am - 4:30pm

Spend the day on a peaceful bend in the Connecticut River, listening to your heart. You'll come away with more self-understanding and increased ability to listen deeply to others.

Facilitator BeatriceBlake, originally trained as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, has been a
Certified Focusing Trainer since 2000. She has studied Focusing and Thinking at
the Edge with its developer, philosopher/psychologist Dr. Eugene Gendlin, and
teaches in New England and internationally.

The workshop venue is a private home inWestmoreland, NH, half an hour northeast of Brattleboro. Directions given at
time of registration.
Early bird price: $60 until July 15
$75 for sign-ups after July 15

Beatrice Blake, Focusing Trainer
Possibility Space LLC
802 579-1174

Whole Children Summer Session in Hadley

Date & Time: 
Jul 10 2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Calling children of all ages and abilities! Join us for plenty of fun and games during Whole Children's summer session beginning July 10 at the Inclusive Community Center in Hadley. Register online at or call 413-585-8010.

Herbal Tincture Making: Make Perfect Tinctures Every Time!

Date & Time: 
Jun 17 2017 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

The Science of Solubility: Making Reliably Great Tinctures
Saturday, June 17, 11 AM to 3 PM in our forest classroom

Learn the secrets of making perfect weight-to-volume tinctures! We'll also discuss some foundational principles of herbal medicine, do a plant walk and harvesting, and more. There are four seats left in this class--hope to see you there!

Tuition $60, or join the Home Medicine Maker Course for $175 (work-trade is available)

More details at under the "School of Plant Medicine" tab.

Latin & Caribbean Percussion Class

Date & Time: 
Repeats every week until Thu Aug 31 2017 except Thu Jul 13 2017, Thu Jul 20 2017, Thu Aug 10 2017.
Jun 8 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Jun 15 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Jun 22 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Jun 29 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Jul 6 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Jul 27 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Aug 3 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Aug 17 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Aug 24 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Aug 31 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Drums and songs of Cuba, Brazil, and elsewhere in the African Diaspora. Rhythmic skills and creativity. Instruments include conga, bongo, shekere, bells, guiro, claves, surdo, tamborim, and more. Traditional rhythms such as rumba, bembe, and samba de roda; band styles including son, salsa, samba, soca, zouk. Julian Gerstin has taught percussion for over 30 years. He leads the jazz group Julian Gerstin Sextet, performs with Afrocuban folkloric ensemble Iroko Nuevo, and others. Class meets at the Vermont Jazz Center, Cotton Mill Hill building, Brattleboro. Instruments provided. Beginners to advanced; adults and mature teens; no children. $15. For more info contact

Mushrooms for the Body, Mind & Heart

Date & Time: 
Jun 29 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Class will begin with a review of how mushrooms support immune function, then progress to discussion about the various body systems which respond well to mushroom supplementation. Learn about Cordyceps and its impact on lung function and athletic performance, Lion’s Mane and its support of the brain and nervous system, Chaga as an antioxidant and support for epithelial tissue, and Reishi’s tonifying effects on the cardiovascular system and body.
Presenters: Tom Dadant and Jerry Angelini
Cost: Free Presentation by Host Defense, Registration Required

Next Stage Cooks: Middle Eastern Cooking

Date & Time: 
Jun 19 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Stage is excited to begin offering cooking classes in our new

commercial kitchen. Please join us for an evening of Middle
Eastern Cooking

with Linda Stavely. Linda helped start the Common Ground
restaurant in

Brattleboro, she started and ran The Portable Feast at the
Colony Mill

Marketplace in Keene, and has been teaching cooking classes
in the Keene

area for many years. Her classes are fun and informative!

is a hands-on class, making a delicious Middle Eastern dinner. The class

will cook and dine together -- wine included! (See
website for menu.)

$65 -- Class
size limited to 12.

Therapeutic Yoga for ALL

Date & Time: 
Repeats every week until Wed Aug 02 2017 .
Apr 26 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
May 3 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
May 10 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
May 17 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
May 24 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
May 31 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Jun 7 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Jun 14 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Jun 21 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Jun 28 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Jul 5 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Jul 12 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Jul 19 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Jul 26 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Aug 2 2017 - 9:00am - 10:30am

9:15-10:30 AM Wednesdays:

This 75 minute therapeutic yoga class begins with a gentle warm up focusing on loosening up the joints and connecting to our breath. We continue through a series of strengthening poses, sprinkled with opportunities to improve balance and flexibility. Finally, the practice concludes with a series of restorative poses and guided meditation. You are sure to float out the door with the newfound space and energy you will feel. Bring your body with all of its challenges; Emily is an expert at modifying and making every pose safe and accessible. NO yoga experience necessary.

Free Spanish Class Demo

Date & Time: 
Apr 26 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Come experience a ridiculously fun and effective way of acquiring language! Express Fluency is offering a free intro class Wednesday, April 26th from 7-8pm. Whether you are interested in learning Spanish or another language, this class will help you know what to look for in a language program. Please contact Elissa McLean with any questions., 802-275-2694.

Cooking Class: An Evening in Tuscany

Date & Time: 
Apr 25 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

NEXT STAGE COOKING CLASS - April 25th  6:00pm-8:30pm

 Next Stage is excited to begin offering cooking classes in our new commercial kitchen.  Please join us for An Evening in Tuscany with Linda Stavely.  Linda helped start the Common Ground restaurant in Brattleboro, she started and ran The Portable Feast in Keene at the Colony Mill Marketplace, and has been teaching cooking classes in the Keene area for over 20 years.  Her classes are fun and informative!

Make Your Own Lip Balm, Free Class for Adults

Date & Time: 
Apr 27 2017 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

What is lip balm made of? Susan Stanton, Master Herbalist will teach us about the ingredients and do the whole thing from scratch! Each participant will get to bring home a tube and a tin of lip balm in a flavor they choose.

Free, Registration Required

Home Herbalist Course

Date & Time: 
May 21 2017 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Learn uses of herbs, how they work in the body, basic physiology and disease process, how body systems work together, contraindications, and more. Much more info on the website.

1 Sunday per month from May through September, from 11 AM to 3 PM, in our beautiful forest classroom. Tuition is $248 before April 1 (10% discount), and $275 after April 1. Single-class registrants will be accepted on a case-by-case basis, $65 class fee. This course is more effective when taken as a whole, so single-class registrants will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Home Herbalism & Spring Tonics

Date & Time: 
May 20 2017 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Learn to make safe, effective herbal remedies at home for the whole family, including tinctures, salves, honeys, syrups, elixirs, and vinegars. Plant walks, group harvesting, & hands-on practice form a core of this course. Much more information on the website.

One Saturday a month from May through August in our beautiful forest classroom. Tuition for all classes and materials is $194 before April 1 (10% discount), and $215 after April 1. You can also sign up to take individual sections of the course for $60, provided there’s space in the class. Work-trade is available; see the work-trade policy for details.

Look Good Feel Better

Date & Time: 
Apr 20 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Look Good Feel Better(R) is a
non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty
techniques to women with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side
effects of cancer treatment. The program includes lessons on skin and nail care,
cosmetics, wigs and turbans, accessories and styling, helping people with
cancer to find some normalcy in a life that is by no means normal.

Ukulele-in-a-Day! 1-Day Quick-Start Workshop for Beginners

Date & Time: 
Apr 9 2017 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Back by popular demand, Ukulele-in-a-Day, a 1-Day Quick-Start Workshop for anyone wanting to get started on the ukulele, comes to Next Stage Arts in Putney, VT, on Sunday, April 9.

Taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick, students will learn: How to tune, How to strum, proper positioning, easy powerful chords that work magic together, how to make smooth chord transitions, and all the skills they'll need to be able to play lots of fun and easy songs.

No musical background is required. A take-home handbook is included, with all info from the class, plus many songs to play. Ukuleles will be available to use for the day, or purchase. 

Circus Workshop Weekend

Date & Time: 
Repeats every day until Sun Apr 23 2017 .
Apr 21 2017 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Apr 22 2017 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Apr 23 2017 - 8:00am - 5:00pm

NECCA's 20th Circus Workshop Weekend is April 21-23 with a Showcase of Circus Show on Saturday, April 22. Workshops range from Tumbling to Trapeze to Tippy Lyra, and so much more! New this year, CWW for KIDS ages 8 and up plus a pizza party, too!

Try something you've never done before, or get advanced training in a specialty area. Many guest instructors in addition to NECCA's seasoned faculty. Apply to perform and showcase an act you've working on or bring the family to see the show! Learn more on our website.

Beginners' Tai Chi Class Begins

Date & Time: 
Repeats every week until Sun Apr 30 2017 .
Apr 3 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Apr 10 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Apr 17 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Apr 24 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Wolfe Lowenthal is widely acknowledged to be one of the foremost teachers of “Cheng style” Tai chi chuan. A student since 1967 and assistant to the legendary Cheng
Man-ching, he is the author of three classic works on Taichi practice and philosophy, There Are No Secrets and Gateway to the Miraculous from NorthAtlantic Books, and Like A Long River from Long River Tai Chi Press.

Online Sign Up Now Open for Spring Classes

Date & Time: 
Mar 3 2017 - 5:00pm

Morning through night, weekday or weekend, we offer classes in acrobatics, aerial arts, dance, clowning, flexibility, juggling, inversions, wheel, pole, mini tramp, parkour and circus fitness. With options for tots to teens to grandparents and everyone in between, we have so many ways to have fun, get fit or expand your skills in the circus arts. Sign up today! Receive a discount for signing up for multiple classes.

Medicinal Herbs in the Vegetable Garden Intensive

Date & Time: 
Apr 8 2017 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Just in time to plan your gardens! This all-day intensive provides an in-depth discussion of growing medicinal plants in the home garden. We will focus particularly on using medicinals as companion plants in the vegetable garden, as well as creating microclimates for optimal cultural conditions and on spring and fall maintenance of perennials. Other relevant topics will also be covered. Sign up period for this class closes April 3. April 8, 11 AM-3 PM, $80.

Tai Chi Beginners' Class Begins

Date & Time: 
Mar 7 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Wolfe Lowenthal is widely acknowledged to be one of the foremost teachers of “Cheng style” Tai chi chuan. A student since 1967 and assistant to the legendary Cheng Man-ching, he is the author of three classic works on Taichi practice and philosophy, There Are No Secrets and Gateway to the Miraculous from NorthAtlantic Books, and Like
A Long River from Long River Tai Chi Press.

The beginners' course lasts for a year and will be taught by Patrick Cavanaugh, Wolfe assistant and a senior instructor at Long River Tai Chi Circle. After a student finishes the beginners' course, there are a number of advanced classes available with Wolfe and senior instructors.

Registration will remain open through April 24th.

Cost: $75 per month

Call 802-490-6405
for more information

Lead Certification For Landlords And Contractors Offered

Date & Time: 
Mar 7 2017 - 8:00am - 5:00pm



Contact: Denice Brown
Lead Safe & Healthy Homes 1-802-463-9927 ext 107


BRATTLEBORO - Lead Safe & Healthy Homes is offering federal lead paint safety courses for contractors, landlords, and others interested in using lead-safe renovation techniques. The federal Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Certification offered in 2012 is nearing expiration. Renovators that do not take the Refresher course before their current certification expires will be required to retake the eight-hour initial course.

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