Calendar: Spring 2016


 Reiki/Shamanic Healing Clinics

Thursdays: April 21, June 16; 6-8:30 pm
Jennie, Michael, and Guests
This monthly clinic, open to the public, is staffed by Michael, Jennie and other practitioners of Reiki, or Shamanic healing. This is a wonderful way to get to know about energy work, shamanism and to receive support. Sessions run from 15 minutes to a half-hour. Practitioners may work individually or as a group, while the person requesting aid lies, fully clothed, on a massage table or sits in a chair. Clinic sessions may be used alone, or as preparation for more intensive work. By Appointment. By Donation.

Reiki Share
April 14, May 12; 6:30-9pm
Led by Jennie
This is a wonderful way to share Reiki, both for Self and others, by giving and receiving Reiki from each other. Learn from others how they are using Reiki, and have a place to rest and be rejuvenated. End by sending energy out to the world and to those who request energy but are not able to come. Light refreshments will be offered. Feel free to invite other Reiki practitioners that you know! All levels of Reiki are invited. RSVPs please. Free

Touch Drawing
April 23 and 30; 9:00-12:30 pm
Led by Jennie
Saturdays April 23 and 30th- 9:00-12:30pm Learn the intuitive art of Touch Drawing, a form of printmaking on tissue paper using your fingertips. Touch drawings are powerful in their simplicity. They allow us to move beyond conditioned patterns and allow subconscious images to emerge. By creating a series of touch drawings one works deeper into the process, exploring our inner and outer worlds. Touch drawings can be added to using other art media to enhance the image. In this class, participants will be able to create, and then work into, a series of touch drawings. No artistic experience is necessary. All materials included. Preregistration is necessary.
Please wear comfortable clothing that might get artistically enhanced. No artistic experience is necessary. All materials included.
Preregistration Required.
$30.00 each session. (Sliding scale available.)
Salon: “Art? or Life?”
Saturday, April 30; 6-9 pm
Join us for an evening Salon touching on the intersection between art and life. In the spirit of Charlotte Salomon,(1917-1943) we will explore our experience as artists living in a difficult time. Whether you are a visual artist, performance artist, theatre maker, writer, musician, or other, we invite you to come and share your work. We will provide a PC and a video projector. Bring vegetarian food to share. Unfortunately, we have no way to warm dishes. RSVP please!
Reiki 1 Training
May 6, 7-9 pm, and 7, 9-5
Led by Jennie
Reiki (pronounced ray-ki) is an ancient form of healing that originated in Tibet then brought to Japan, where the form was further developed by Master Mikao Usui. Reiki is a universal Life Energy that connects all living beings., Reiki is passed down and taught as a gentle but powerful form of healing for the body, mind and soul.
Many people learn Reiki for self-healing. The desire to learn is often a deeply personal one. With a Reiki I certificate, a person can do Reiki for themselves, family, friends and pets. Reiki can also be used alone or in conjunction with other healing arts. Students will learn the history of Reiki, and develop their personal connection with Reiki. They will be given Reiki I attunements and taught how to do a healing, and hand positions and lots of time to practice the hand positions on each other.
Please wear comfortable clothing.
Preregistration required. $150.00.
Using Toy Theatre to Explore Our Lives
May 14, 9am-1pm
Led by Jennie and Michael
Puppetry has long been a vehicle for critiquing the status quo and suggesting positive routes for social change. This four hour workshop begins with performance by Michael and Jennie. Participants will use action and expressive arts methods to explore some of the forces (such as substance abuse, disability, racism, and gender bias) that attempt to influence or exert control over our lives. Through individual work, and small and large group collaboration, participants will identify some of the forces at work in their lives, and learn creative tools that may be used to understand, and challenge the authority of those forces. Please bring 3-5 small toys/objects. Preregistration Required. $35. Sliding fees available.
Summer Solstice Gathering and Ceremony
Sunday, June 20, 6-8 p.m.
Please join us for our annual Summer Solstice Gathering and Ceremony, Sunday, June 20th at 6 p.m., at our home. Bring a vegetarian food or drink to share, and flowers or other gifts for the altar or fire. Weather permitting we will be outdoors at the Medicine Wheel. We will have insect repellent and feel free to bring your own.
RSVP , “Yeses”, are greatly appreciated so we can plan. E-mail or phone for directions. 860-6203; Free!

Past Events and Workshops

Opening to Winter: A Group for Writers and Artists
Thursdays: Jan 7, February 4, March 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Led by Jennie and Michael
Winter is the “turning inside time.” Yet it is also the time to tell sacred stories. In this group we will journey into winter together, opening to the healing possibilities of turning within, exploring the many nuances of this sacred, dark time, and sharing our art, writing, or music.
Preregistration required. $15 per session.

Make Your Own Envelopes and Cards!!
January 19 6:30-9 pm
Led by Jennie
Not sure what to do with your 2015 calendars but don’t want to throw them away because of their art? Upcycle them! In this free workshop, Jennie will teach you to make envelopes from old calendars. A fun way to recycle and to share memories of 2015. Bring your old calendars – glues, templates and refreshments will be provided. Free!!(RSVPs gratefully appreciated).

A 3 Day Experiential Workshop with Meg Ruby
Fri. Jan. 22nd, 7 – 9pm; Sat. Jan. 23rd, 9 am – 4:00 pm; Sun. Jan. 24th, 9 am – 1:00 pm
Expressive Arts Burlington, 200 Main St., Suite 9, Burlington, VT
Sound can heal, enliven, and nurture us. Through exploring
sound, we can uncover fresh possibilities within ourselves, in our
connections with others, our communities, and our earth.
You will learn:
-Vocal toning for health and wellness
-How to use sound to facilitate movement/yoga
-How to balance chakras with sound
-Open areas of the body/mind that have been stuck or are in need of release.
-How sound affects our physiology and psychology
-How to use music consciously to affect your mood
Cost: 175

Learning to Fly: A Shamanic Approach to Working with Trauma.
Saturday, February 13, 9 am to 12:30 pm
Led by Michael

Learning to focus and honor one’s travels through inner landscapes is at the root of many shamanic traditions. Developing, and maintaining, compassionate intention is an essential skill for the inner traveler. These can be challenging skills for those who have faced trauma. In this workshop, we will explore the inner journey, and practice skills for exploring inner worlds with safety and compassion. Preregistration is necessary. By Donation.

Many Worlds: The Inner journey As a Source of Hope
Saturday, February 27, 9 am to 12:30 pm
Led by Michael
The vast worlds of the interior imaginal landscape are filled with challenge, possibility, and hope. Traveling inward offers us the opportunity to explore many realms, and feel more connected to our lives and the marvelous planet within whom we live. It can also be a deeply healing balm in times of illness and suffering. In this workshop, participants will learn skills for the inner journey. Preregistration is necessary. By Donation.

Shamanic Approaches to a Suffering World
Saturday, March 12, 9 am to 12:30 pm
Led by Michael
The shaman’s world is one of service and caring, rather than escape or a focus on the self. In a world where there is so much suffering, this can seem daunting. In this workshop we will explore self care, creativity, and joy as essential tools for healers, and others who care passionately about the world. Preregistration is necessary. By Donation.

A Turn of the Circle: Time with the Mandala
March 8, 15, 22; 6:30-9 p.m.

Led by Jennie
“Mandala” means “Sacred Circle” and is another way to discover new things about yourself which may be helpful to you on your life’s journey. We are surrounded by mandalas, inside and out, from water molecules to sacred window geometry. Traditionally it consists of the drawing of a circle, then drawing, or writing inside the circle. In this class after centering through a meditation we will use gesture and movement and then allowing your hands to write or draw while being guided by your heart. This practice can be very calming and helps to focus thoughts and energy. It is a very creative way to discover some things about yourself. You do not have to be an “artist”, just willing to be open to a new experience. $15.00

Preregistration Required.
$30.00 each session. (Sliding scale available.)

Spring Equinox Gathering and Ceremony
Monday, March 21, 6 p.m.
Join us, at our home, for ceremony and social time as we acknowledge the Equinox, and the turning year. As we move into the East, we also acknowledge the Air, who gives us life. Bring feathers, flowers, or other gifts for the altar. Bring vegetarian food or drink to share. The ceremony will be at our home. Please contact us for directions.
RSVP , “Yeses”, are greatly appreciated so we can plan. E-mail or phone for directions. 860-6203; Free!

Tracing the Way: Reading Race and Culture Across the American Landscape
Saturday, April 2, 9am to 12:30 pm
Led by Michael
Often the dominant culture defines what artifacts and experiences are valuable, in the process erasing any presence of the lives of other peoples in the landscape. In this workshop participants will learn to recognize, share, and honor their own histories in our country’s contested landscapes. Preregistration is necessary. By Donation.

Playback Theatre: Storytelling In Action

Playback Theatre: Storytelling In Action
Mondays, November 16, 30,
December 7, 14, 6-9 pm

Participants will learn how to use Playback Theatre, a form of theatre used around the world in a wide variety of settings, to transform personal stories told by workshop participants into theatre pieces on the spot, using movement, ritual, music and spoken improvisation. Participants will share their stories and learn to bring these stories to life through Playback and other creative theater techniques. Learn as well how to bring this form into the community and to use it in differing ways in education, healthcare and grass-roots initiatives. This workshop is recommended for performers, teachers, educators, social activists, social workers, and policy makers. Please wear loose clothing and prepare for meaningful fun.

Preregistration Required. $65 for series Scholarships available
To Register:, or call: 802-860-6203
About Jennie: Jennie is an accredited Playback Theatre Trainer. Jennie has used, performed and taught Playback Theatre for over 25 years. She was the Artistic Director of Vermont Playback Theatre, a troupe that performed for 12 years around the state of Vermont. Currently she offers workshops and trainings internationally.

Energy Medicine Workshop

We are happy to announce an Energy Medicine workshop with Suzanne Scannell!

Sunday, June 7th, 1 -2:30 p.m.

indexEnergy Medicine awakens energies that bring resilience, joy, and enthusiasm to your life – and greater vitality to your body, mind, and spirit! Balancing your energies balances your body’s chemistry, regulates your hormones, helps you feel think better and feel better. It has been called the self-care and development path of the future, but it empowers you NOW to adapt to the challenges of the 21st century and to thrive within them.

Energy Medicine utilizes techniques from time-honored traditions such as acupuncture, yoga, kinesiology, and qi gong. Flow, balance, and harmony can be non-invasively restored and maintained within an energy system by tapping, massaging, connecting specific energy points (acupoints) on the skin; by tracing on or above the skin along specific energy pathways..

During a session, I support your body’s natural energy flow by crossing your energies from left brain to right brain and following energetic patterns with a variety of light acupressure holds. I do a series of protocols to clear energy blockages and make space within your body, your auric field and your chakras. These protocols and acupressure points calm your nervous system allowing restoration to your cells, organs and tissues.


Participants will:
* Learn and leave with the tools to practice a daily energy routine to balance and maintain your own energetic pathways.
* Trace your own meridians.
* Practice simple neurovascular holds to calm the entire nervous system

 Preregistration Required

Fee $50.00

About Susan:

Suzanne Scannell is a Master-level educator, counselor and healer. She is a graduate of EEM-CP and holds certifications in EFT & Reiki. Through a variety of techniques and time-honored modalities, she empowers you to find your intrinsic healer and be well. She offers individual sessions and group workshops to reduce pain and stress, restore energy, and revitalize you to shine and thrive. She spends her time in Burlington, VT and Cape Cod, MA.

Strong Beings


Thursday, April 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Led by Michael

Shamanism and Narrative Therapy share the understanding that intrusive and disruptive feelings, addictions, many forms of violence, and other experiences that disrupt our lives may be understood to be power external entities or forces. These entities are perceived to be aware and calculating in their desire to maintain their influence in our lives. In this introductory workshop we will explore some of the ways these Strong Beings shape our lives, and some of the suggestions shamans and Narrative Therapists make for taking our lives back from them.
Led by Michael
Fee: By Donation. Preregistration Required

The Healers’ Refuge


Thursday, June 4, 6:30-9 p.m.

Led By Michael

Being sensitive to suffering can be challenging, especially in difficult times. In this brief workshop participants will have the opportunity to connect to the web of comfort, teaching, and support created by generations of healers, and available to all people of good heart.

By Donation. Pre-registration Required. 


Advanced Reiki Training


June 6, 2015,  9:30-6pm

Led by Jennie

There are many avenues for offering Reiki. Dr. Usui, Dr. Chiriso Hayashi worked together to develop clear guidelines for utilizing Reiki, and Dr. Hayashi continued this work after Dr Usui crossed over.

In this one day training, we will explore specific techniques that Drs Usui and Hayashi used to complement, and further, their understanding of Reiki. Students in this training will learn to:
• Develop their intuition of where Reiki energy is needed
• Learn 3 techniques to work with empowering energy
• Learn 3 techniques for removing unnecessary or negative energies
• Examine the role of using crystals for healing
This training is applicable for Reiki II practitioners and may be applied toward receiving Master certification. Certificates of attendance will be given.

Fee: $95. Pre-registration is required.