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Connecting Across Differences: an Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC)


with Peggy Smith

Calendar Jan 30, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
  1. Would you like to deal with conflict more skillfully?
  2. Be sensitive to others without giving up your own needs?
  3. Deepen intimacy and have more ease within relationships?

The goal of this training is to explore a way of thinking, acting and speaking that builds connection even during times of stress and conflict.  The practical approach of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) assists us in thinking toward sustainable authentic community where everyone matters.  Participants will learn & explore new skills for using conflict as an opportunity to strengthen connection to others.

This interactive workshop will provide direct experience of empathic listening and empathic problem-solving. We have direct experiences of caring deeply for our authentic self at the same time as caring for the authentic other. These skills have the potential to increase harmony and cooperation within our our families, workplace, and the larger community.

You will leave this workshop with practical concepts and skills you can put to immediate use.

Whether you want to improve your relationship with yourself, your family, co­workers or community, your participation in this workshop will open new doors and expand your options.

A full NVC Level 1 workshop is in the planning stages for MDI during 2020.

About the Instructor:

Peggy Smith is a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication, with over four decades of teaching experience. She is at the forefront of bringing empathic thinking and communicating to our region.

Peggy holds a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and was a teacher in public and alternative schools for 32 years before devoting her full time energies to this endeavor. She offers trainings in a wide variety of venues. She has posted online a Courageous Communication curriculum developed over five years with men coming out of incarceration.

She is a co-founder of the Maine NVC Network and leads their monthly newsletter team.


Qi Gong: Mindful Motion


with Monica Johnson

Calendar Mar 10, 2020 at 4:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Did you know that Qigong (chee gong) is the most practiced exercise in the world? However, in the US it’s relatively unknown.

So, what exactly is Qigong? It’s an ancient Chinese exercise & healing art that trains your body & mind to function more effectively, efficiently & cohesively through movement, meditation & intentional breath.

Some of the benefits include: 

- Improves balance, flexibility & muscle strength

- Reduces stiffness, pain & inflammation & injury potential 

- Lowers heart rate to a healthy rhythm, which allows for maximum body healing & increases resiliency, which is the ability to respond to stressors more efficiently 

- Increases clarity, focus, awareness & energy 

- Decreases stress, anxiety & depression

- Improves quality of sleep


No experience or equipment necessary. Just come ready to have fun!

Not sure if you want to commit to the whole class? Come to a class for $10 to try it out! (Please pay at the door). If you end up coming to 5 or 6 sessions, we'll put your payments towards the $43 fee. 

Medicare 101


with EAAA Staff

Calendar Mar 18, 2020 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

This class is specifically designed for those who will be newly eligible for Medicare: eitherpeople who are soon to be age 65 or those who are younger but disabled and who will be eligible for Medicare in the future. The presentation explains the coverage Medicare offers and also will explain other Medicare products such as Medicare D, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplemental insurances, Medicare Savings Programs, and Medicare Fraud.” The Eastern Area Agency on Aging is presenting this class.   SNOW DATE is March 19.

Gardening: Grow Your Own Organic Garden


with Suzanne Morse

Calendar Apr 8, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join this highly popular class offered by MOFGA!

Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden organically. Topics covered: soil science, enriching soil, fundamentals of composting, crop rotation, use of green manures, plant vs week identification, weed control, dealing with pests, etc. The instructor is an experienced farmer or gardener in our area. Free seeds will be provided! All are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques. We will even send you home with free seeds!

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