Brown Bag Lunches: Walking a labyrinth for self-care

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BRATTLEBORO — All Brown Bag Lunch events 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, Aug. 14, there will be a special extended Brown Bag Lunch to learn about Walking the Labyrinth as a Self-Care and Mindfulness Tool. Sadelle Wiltshire will give a brief introduction to the labyrinth and offer an experiential labyrinth walk as a mindfulness practice using an 18-foot canvas labyrinth. Small finger labyrinths for those who are more comfortable sitting will be available. A short film will also be shown. Sit and reflect after the walk, with papers for journaling or drawing, or share vocally, if you wish. This event will go to 1:30.

On Tuesday, participate in a conversation about race and combating microaggressions. Let's start a longer conversation about race and how it impacts our lives. Christol Long, a recent graduate of Brattleboro Union High School, reflects on her experience living as an African American female living in a predominantly white community. She is passionate about voicing and acting on different social justice issues. Mikaela Simms, the Diversity Coordinator at BUHS, will also present. Join them for a relaxed and courageous conversation.

On Wednesday, come for the next installment of Brown Bag's democracy forum. This week, Tim Kipp and Nick Biddle will discuss current conditions of American democracy, with a focus on the influence of the Koch Brothers and other big money donors. Is there a stealth plan to end democracy and if so how can it be turned back?

On Thursday, discover what you can learn from horses. It's very important to have a good relationship when the other participant weighs ten times more than you do. Participants will discuss what causes aggression and how to deal with fear (yours and others). Gincy Bunker has provided Foundation Teaching to riders of all ages for 70 years. She's published books under the name of Gincy Self Bucklin.

On Friday, meet Jessica Weston, owner of SuperFresh! Cafe on Main St in Brattleboro. She will be discussing her recently published books. More details on this event to come.

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