Brattleboro Brown Bag lunch series features defeating trauma workshop

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BRATTLEBORO — All Brown Bag Lunch Presentations take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., and are free and open to the public.

On Monday, March 20, In Our Own Voice is an educational and recovery presentation given by trained presenters who are living full and productive lives while personally overcoming the challenges of their mental illness. This program will provide your community or organization with practical, useful information about mental illness. Presenters engage audiences with brave and gripping personal journeys. They touch on the various phases of recovery including Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Coping Skills, and Successes, Hopes, and Dreams.

On Tuesday, join John Penford for a discussion on walls as barriers, followed by a look at the Great Wall of China, Berlin Wall, Israelis Wall, and finally the proposed American Wall. Penford is a retired civil servant with a BA in Ancient and Contemporary History. Presented by the Windham World Affairs Council. Coffee will be served.

On March 22, join Donald Shekel for an introduction to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a non-drug, non-hypnosis psychotherapy procedure which is particularly helpful for trauma and anxiety. The therapist guides the client in concentrating on a troubling memory or emotion while moving the eyes rapidly back and forth (by following the therapist's fingers). This rapid eye movement, which occurs naturally during dreaming, seems to speed the client's movement through the healing process.

On March 23, What is Consciousness? What is Holy Spirit? Shiva C.A.D Shankaran is the author of "A Science of Consciousness: Pneumatology for a New Millennium." He invites us to go on an imaginary journey with him into a new world of implications, possibilities, and powers of human creativity.

On March 24, join Joshua Roberts from Edward Jones to discuss the question "Where Should You Invest in 2017?" "Better Growth but More Uncertainty."

Performers as well as speakers of all kinds are invited to be a part of this series. If interested, please stop at the Stroll office at the River Garden, or call 802-246-0982. Throughout the month of March,the 2D High School art will be at the River Garden Gallery. Artwork created by high school students will be judged by a panel of professional artists. Awards are given for Best of Show in various categories and Special Commendations to many high school student artists. The public also has the opportunity to vote for their favorite pieces in our "People's Choice Awards" as the show continues throughout the month.

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