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Classes and workshops

Field and Garden Herbal Apprenticship Begins

Date & Time: 
May 7 2018 - 11:00am


Calling in all green witches, plant whisperers and worshippers, horticulturalists, herb nerds, lovers of dirt, food as medicine folk, wild crafters extraordinaire, learners of all types and curiosities!

Join herbalist and farmer Chris Siegriest in a season filled with cultivating and wild crafting local medicinal plants, making herbal compost teas, utilizing cover crops as medicine, fermentation galore, learning about and eating wild foods, making medicine from the land, tree lore and i.d, and of course singing to and and praying with the plants, our primary teachers.

Tai Chi Beginners' Class Begins

Date & Time: 
Apr 2 2018 - 7:00pm
Long River Tai Chi Circle is the school of
Wolfe Lowenthal, student of Professor Cheng Man-ching and author of three classic works on Taichichuan.
Patrick Cavanaugh, a long time student of Wolfe's and instructor at Long River Tai Chi Circle in Vermont and New Hampshire, will be teaching the beginners' class in Brattleboro. 

Pediatric Chinese Medicine Series

Date & Time: 
Repeats every week until Sun Apr 01 2018 .
Mar 17 2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Mar 24 2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Mar 31 2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

March 17, 24, 31 (Saturdays) 10am-Noon
Join Licensed Acupuncturist Michaela Wood for this FREE, 3-part series on Chinese Medicine and Pediatrics.
Class #1 This class will focus on Herbal and Dietary Strategies to support kids’ digestive and immune systems.
Class #2 This class will focus on the 5 Element Theory and how these are reflected in kids’ personalities, behaviors and health.
Class #3 This class will focus on cooking with the Elements and making her recipes for teas, broths and nourishing foods.
Instructor: Michaela Wood, L. Ac, M.Ac. DiplOM practices at Two Trees Healing Center in Brattleboro. This class is free but you must register: call 802-246-2821 or email shareholders@brattleborofoodcoop.coop

Move and Connect- Free

Date & Time: 
Feb 23 2018 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Windham Movement Apparel is excited to host a series of movement explorations every Friday evening. Get your body moving in a fun, judgement-free zone. New instructors and styles each week. Check the info link for details. Classes are free and open to the public. No experience necessary. Bring a friend and share the gift of movement.

If you are interested in teaching, contact Francesca by calling (802)246-1223, or emailing francesca@wmavt.com

Neighbors Hall Yoga

Date & Time: 
Feb 10 2018 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Try out this gentle yoga class for anyone with any previous yoga experience. Mats and props are available. Pay by donation, with suggested donation of $10; but pay what you can while giving yourself the enormous benefits of yoga.
Teta Hilsdon teaches gentle seated warm-ups, standing warm ups, a balance pose, core work, a short vinyasa (series of strengthening poses), a very gentle inversion, and final Savasana (resting meditation). You'll get plenty of encouragement and modeling for using props and doing poses safely and comfortably for your own body. No one needs to hurt to get the benefits of yoga. While working on poses we practice awareness of how far our own bodies wish to go.

Photojournalism: Take Better Pictures Today!

Date & Time: 
Feb 28 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

all know that good picture gives a news story more impact, and a
picture is worth a thousand words. But consider these questions:

How does one think visually to come up with images to complement your words?
What kind of photos are editors looking for?
What are the elements of an effective news photo?

Join Randolph T Holhut here at Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday,
February 28th, at 7 pm for a FREE seminar that will cover the basics of
news photography from the perspective of someone who takes pictures and
selects them for the printed page. If you take photos for publication —
or even want to take better photos for your own album — this workshop is

Pruning & Grafting Workshop for Backyard Fruit Growers at Scott Farm Orchard

Date & Time: 
Mar 24 2018 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Join Orchardist Zeke Goodband to receive instruction on
pruning a variety of old and young fruit trees from 9-11 and grafting apple
trees from 11-12.  In this workshop he will
discuss caring for your trees, the proper tools to use, and give you the
knowledge, confidence and skills needed to work on your own fruit trees at
home. Cost is $40 and reservations are required.

For more information and directions visit the website or contact Kelly at 802-254-6868. Registration available online. 

Toymaking with Amber Paris

Date & Time: 
Feb 4 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Come join local artist and toymaker, Amber Paris, for an afternoon of all natural toymaking. We will work together to craft 100% wool pears and carrots in this workshop. All materials and patterns* will be included. Amber has sold her play food creations at locals stores and markets for the last 8 years. More images and about her at: amberparis.net
February 4, 2:00-4:00
Ages 10 - adult
pre-registration required: amberlparis@gmail.com
*patterns for personal use only

Brooks Memorial Library Hosts a Wikipedia Library Event– #1Lib1Ref

Date & Time: 
Jan 17 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Do you use Wikipedia to start your research? You too can add footnotes to Wikipedia to help verify that the information is correct! On Wednesday, January 17 from 6:30-8 pm, Brooks Memorial Library will host a session for librarians and information seekers to learn how to add references to Wikipedia, and to discuss the role of Wikipedia in research. 

Navigate the Online Portal for New England Genealogical Research with Jerry Carbone: AmericanAncestors.org

Date & Time: 
Dec 11 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

On Monday, December 11, at 6:30 PM, genealogist Jerry Carbone will discuss the genealogical treasures of the online content of Americanancestors.org, in his talk, "Navigating the Online Portal for New England Genealogical Research, AmericanAncestors.org,” in the Brooks Memorial Library meeting room, beginning at 6:30 PM.

Irish Language Class Series Begins

Date & Time: 
Jan 8 2018 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm


(Irish version below)

A beginner’s Irish language class is being offered in
Brattleboro, starting in January.  It has been several years since we’ve
had an entry-level class and, unlike other times, there is an active Irish
language community ready to welcome new students, so this is a unique and rare

The class will be on Monday evenings, beginning at 5:00 pm
and will run for 12 weeks.  Each evening will include a short period of
overlap with the advanced class, giving new students a chance to interact with
more fluent speakers and for all of us to learn from one another.

Culinary Class: Indian Spice Blends

Date & Time: 
Nov 30 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join Lini Mazumdar for a fun, hands-on class on blending and using Indian spices. Together we will make dry and fresh spice blends including Garam Masala and Panch Phuran (a fresh, basic, must-have spice blend). We will also learn how to make Ghee and an Ayurvedic Milk recipe for restful sleep. Lini will talk about how to use all of these ingredients in different recipes, as well as their health benefits from an Ayurvedic perspective.

$25 class fee. Participants will receive recipes and spices to take home. Class size is limited!


Yin Yoga class

Date & Time: 
Nov 1 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Healixyoga is thrilled to introduce Heather Franchino who will be offering a weekly yin yoga style practice on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45PM. Balance your internal energies with this gentle, meditative practice which is completely accessible to all. Poses are passive and held for 1-5 minutes, with the intention of softening and melting. Many poses use props for added comfort and ease in letting go. Embrace the cool stillness of your yin in this sweet reflective, meditative style of yoga practice. This is the perfect class to complement other elements in your personal fitness routines, as well as, standing alone as a restorative and stress relieving weekly practice. No experience is necessary.

Gallery Walk Jewelry Demonstrations at Borter’s studio

Date & Time: 
Nov 3 2017 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

BRATTLEBORO: Borter’s Jewelry Studio on High Street announces its winter/spring schedule of beginner- and intermediate-level metalsmithing workshops and invites the public to preview the classes at an open house during November’s Gallery Walk.
From 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3, Bob Borter, who has been making and selling his jewelry in Brattleboro for more than 30 years, will be joined by fellow silversmiths Susanna Haas (susannahaasjewelry.com) and Chris Lann (chrislanndesigns.com) to demonstrate key techniques that students will learn in the workshops, such as forging, stamping and pouring molten silver. Visitors to the studio at 22 High St., Suite 202, will have the chance to enjoy a snack, sign up for classes and even try their hand at working some metal.

Drawing From Life Art Class at Boys & Girls Club

Date & Time: 
Repeats every week until Thu Nov 16 2017 .
Oct 12 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Oct 19 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Oct 26 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Nov 2 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Nov 9 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Nov 16 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Drawing From Life Professional Drawing Course for ages 12-16

Hosted by The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro

Created and funded by the Elaine Raphael Arts Fund

Thursdays 4-5:15

6 weeks

Class is free and includes materials artists can keep.

To register, call Gabriel at the Boys & Girls Club: 802 254 5990 Ext. 102

Using Social Media To Promote Your Message (The Right Way!)

Date & Time: 
Oct 11 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Whether you're trying to promote a personal or professional blog, it isn't easy making your voice heard. Learn the in's and out's of social media promotion tactics in this workshop — you'll get the basics of running a professional Facebook page for your blog or organization, learn how to promote your own blog post content, and learn the best ways to get involved in the conversation on Twitter. We'll also cover Facebook algorithms, censorship on social media, and how to know what "real news" is.

Workshop presenter, Bernie Smigel, is a Content Creator at Mondo Mediaworks, a Brattleboro-based digital marketing agency that specializes in content development. He publishes blog posts, website content, and manages multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts to build brand awareness for clients.

Next Stage Cooks – Thai Cooking Class

Date & Time: 
Oct 23 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

We are delighted to offer a final Thai Cooking
taught by locally renowned Thai Cook Aew Ladd. Aew is well known for her
delicious Thai food served at the Putney Farmer’s market each week, as well as
her catering. After living here for 27 years, Aew will be returning to Thailand
as soon as her house sells. We will miss her!

This is a hands-on class where we will cook,
dine, and have fun together.


Restorative Yoga and Gong Bath

Date & Time: 
Oct 15 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Local Gong specialist Stephan Brandstatter will join us for a series of Sunday afternoon restorative meditation practices. Emily will provide a brief and gentle yoga warm up to prepare the body for a series of three 15-minute meditation sequences in a variety of restorative poses while Stephan fills our sacred space with the positive vibrations of sound. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

Class cards and the regular drop in fee will be honored for this workshop. First time students at healixyoga are FREE! A suggested donation ($5-$15) will be humbly and graciously accepted for our gong specialist, Stephan.

Love Your Feet!

Date & Time: 
Oct 15 2017 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Join me for 60 minutes of focused attention on your feet. We could all give our feet a little more attention and love. The truth is, our feet provide us with our very foundation. If our feet are not happy, the rest of us won't be happy. We will spend the bulk of the time learning foot strengthening exercises, important acupressure points, and how we can engage our feet more completely in our yoga practice. Too often we ignore our feet and the discomfort we feel there. Let's start from the ground up, beginning with our very foundation, and focus some well deserved attention to our feet. No experience necessary. First time students at healixyoga are FREE!

Exploring Your Chakras

Date & Time: 
Oct 15 2017 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

Recognizing the role of the energy centers in our body is an essential part of our yogic journey. The seven chakras found along our spinal cord and up into our skull are an integral part of the healthy functions of our body. If those energy centers (like filters) get "gummed up" with unnecessary energetic residue from the inevitable stresses of life experience, a feeling of dis-ease and often physical manifestations ensue over time. This monthly exploration into the chakras, in collaboration with Jessie McAllister, will be filled with asana, pranayama, mantra and purposeful energy clearing. Our intention will be to find connection to our chakras and our role in clearing and balancing them for optimum health. ​No experience necessary. First class at healixyoga is FREE.

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