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Listening is a non-profit center whose mission is to promote wholistic health and wellness for the Central Massachusetts community. The name Listening is inspired by a Chinese acupuncture point. This point helps you to hear outside sounds and your inner, intuitive voice — creating balance between inner and outer, active and quiet. This harmony is the road to health.
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Dates and start times for all upcoming classes, events, and workshops at Listening Wellness Center can be viewed on our interactive Calendar page. The calendar also includes information on each session and the contact information for the teacher/practitioner.


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Essential Practices for Enjoyable Aging with Dr. Josef DellaGrotte

Sunday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m.
First Parish Congregational-Unitarian Church’s Davis Hall
Petersham, MA

The Village Lyceum presents “Essential Practices for Enjoyable Aging” with Dr. Josef DellaGrotte in the Davis Memorial behind the First Parish Congregational-Unitarian in Petersham on Sunday, October 29, 2 p.m.


Posture, balance, alignment and core integration are a few of the topics and exercises covered by Dr. DellaGrotte (LMHC, CFP-physio), who is internationally known for his work on treating difficult body problems and improving movement throughout the aging process. His training experience includes psychology, physical therapy, Feldenkrais, Yoga and Tai Chi Qigong.


According to DellaGrotte, “An increasing highly dependent aging population presents a looming crisis and challenge for all the developed consumer countries. Extending longevity without the means to maintain health and functional abilities is not sustainable economically or socially in any society, anywhere. It has already become a problem-loaded path of degenerative decline with major accompanying psychophysical disorders-pain, immobility, anxiety, worry and depression. No amount of government or private sponsored medical coverage can manage the present looming crisis in health maintenance and long-term care.”


“Core Movement Integration body-mind re-education programs are designed to help you to stay able, well and fit for life. We will introduce these known ways to slow down degeneration of the body and the mind; reverse the negative slide, and even to improve quality of life right up to finality,” he added. Sunday’s presentation includes: Turning around aging concerns; new science-based ways to staying well and fitness for life; mindfulness exercising as well as sit-walk and walking practices.

Dr. DellaGrotte’s program, “Essential Practices for Enjoyable Aging” is free and open to the public, though donations to the Village Lyceum are gratefully accepted and help defray lighting and heating costs. For further information, contact Genevieve Fraser at 978-544-1872.

Freedom of Speech,
Do you know what your rights are?

A public forum & discussion

Wednesday evening, November 8th at 7:00 p.m.

Listening Wellness Center, Quabbin Regional School District and Clark University’s Department of Political Science Law & Society Program bring you a public forum and discussion on Freedom of Speech and your Constitutional Rights.   This event will be held in the Auditorium at Quabbin Regional High School 800 South Street in Barre, MA

FREE and open to the public

Separation / Divorce Support Group for Women

Wednesday Evenings: 6:00pm‑7:00pm
Maureen McGarry, LICSW, Group Facilitator

Changes, loss + support for this major life transition.

You don’t have to face this alone:

  • Ways to get through anniversaries and holidays
  • Navigating the stress and hardship
  • Help dealing with emotions + children, family, friends
  • Supportive members who understand, to calm you
Free first week, then $10 per group session thereafter. Everyone is welcome. You won’t be turned away for financial hardship!
Please contact Maureen McGarry to attend: 774-364-5661

Mindfulness Practices for Uncertain Times
with Éowyn Ahlstrom

Wednesdays January 10, 2018- March 7th, 2018
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Mindfulness Practices for Uncertain Times

Wednesdays 7-8:30pmJanuary 10 – March 7th

Join us this winter at the Listening Wellness Center Yoga Studio for a series of teachings and discussion centered around practicing mindfulness in an uncertain social, environmental, and economic climate. The series will be led by Éowyn Ahlstrom, who teaches here at Listening, is an adjunct faculty member at the UMass Center for Mindfulness, and often leads yoga practice for silent retreats at the Insight Meditation Society.

Each session will begin with a guided meditation practice, followed by teachings and discussion. Practices will include sitting, standing, and gentle mindful yoga. The following questions will be addressed:

  • How can mindfulness practices support us in sane, decent living in challenging times?
  • How can mindfulness practices help us establish a strong peaceful heart from which to act, especially in confusing situations?

Each week the teachings will focus on a theme as follows:

Jan 10Navigating Uncertainty

Jan 17Listening & Speaking with Care

Jan 24: Exploring Truthfulness and Beliefs

Jan 31Riding Waves of Grief

Feb 7Bringing Compassion to Bear

Feb 14Transforming Anger and Fear

Feb 21Accessing Hopefulness

Feb 28Opening to Interconnectedness

March 7Taking Action

All who are interested in practicing mindfulness are welcome to drop in for one or all nine sessions, which Éowyn is offering freely. Donations to the Listening Wellness Center will be accepted from those who wish to contribute.

More about the course teacher, Éowyn Ahlstrom: She first encountered meditation and yoga more than twenty years ago and has been practicing avidly ever since. Éowyn has made mindfulness practice a central priority in her life, attending many silent meditation retreats and yoga practice courses, as well as deeply studying both ancient and modern texts regarding these practices. Éowyn is a registered yoga teacher and a certified mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher, as well as being a licensed massage therapist. She is approaching the completion of her Master’s degree in Education in June 2018.

FREE and open to the public

Health Care Proxy and MOLST forms

An informational session

Date TBA in the Fall of 2017 at Listening Wellness Center

Listening Wellness Center and Barre Family Health Center are partnering together to offer this informational session. Jamie Perez, Certified Medical Assistant working as the Care Coordinator at Barre Family Health Center will be at Listening Wellness Center on Tuesday, May 30th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to discuss these forms, how to fill them out, and why the need for them.

FREE and open to the public


Budgeting for Kids with Kim Dawson

Please email Listening for upcoming session dates.
Kim Dawson

Kids Beginning Budgeting Class (ages 10+)

Babysitting? Cutting grass? Earning an allowance?  This class will discuss what to do with your money: starting with how to balance a checking account, what percentage to save vs. spend, establishing saving and spending goals, and answering the question: is a debit card a good idea for me?

Free and open to the public.
Please contact Listening with any questions or to pre-register 978-355-3501

Budgeting for Adults with Kim Dawson

Interested in learning more about our future dates for this event??? Call Listening
Kim Dawson

I’m working and have a steady income, so how should I budget my money? What are my financial goals? Do I have debt to payoff? Can I save for big purchases, like a car? These questions and more will be answered in a group conversation, and then participants will plot their individual budgets, and make long-term financial goal decisions.  This class is geared for the common, everyday person with common, everyday expenses.

Free and open to the public.
Please contact Listening with any questions or to pre-register 978-355-3501

BioSynchronistics Institute – Quality Physical Therapy

Introduction to BioSynchronistics Course
To register go to
October 13 & 14, 2017 – Long Island, NY – to register please email Theresa at

BioSynchronistics I CourseIntro is pre-requisite
November 3 & 4, 2017

BioSynchronistics Study GroupFor those who have taken the courses
October 28 9-11 am
Both held in Sturbridge, MA
To register go to