Events

To our Hope Floats community,

We are excited to share that we will be offering workshops once again! Please check this page or our calendar for updated information. We hope to see you, whether in person or virtually, soon.

Most Hope Floats support groups continue to be online using Zoom videoconferencing.

We wish each of you and your loved ones continued health and safety.

Denise and Ken Brack

Guided Meditation (Virtual)

Thursday, May 20, 7:00-7:30pm. Fee: $5 ~REGISTER HERE

Join yoga instructor Tori Best for a guided meditation incorporating various techniques designed to help you uncover and discover pocketfuls of peace and relaxation. No experience necessary.

About the facilitator: Tori has been teaching trauma-informed yoga , mindfulness and meditation since 2017. She is the co-creator and facilitator of Meditation Mondays with the National Brain Tumor Society and teaches weekly yoga classes.

 

Summer Solstice Labyrinth Harp Meditation

Friday, June 18, 5:30-6:30pm. Fee: $10 donation to Hope Floats ~REGISTER HERE

Welcome summer with this special labyrinth walk accompanied by live harp music. Come any time between 5:30 and 6:30pm. Walk at your own pace (please wear mask) and bring a blanket or chair to relax afterwards on the beautiful grounds and listen to the soothing music.

Sound Meditation for Well Being (virtual)

Tuesday, June 22, 7-8pm. Fee: $10 ~REGISTER HERE

Join author, speaker and sound meditation guide Andrea Courey for this wonderfully relaxing virtual workshop. Sound Meditation sessions combine instruments such as crystal bowls, chimes, rattles and drums and recorded vibrational music with Andrea’s gentle facilitation and guidance. Participants receive the immediate benefit of the music and frequencies as well as an hour of deep, peaceful guided meditation. Positive effects may include reduction of insomnia and anxiety, increased energy and sense of well-being and more. You will be sent a zoom link prior to class.

Please join us for our Hope Floats Author Day

Sunday, June 6th at 1pm

We are so proud to say we have five authors among our Hope Floats community! On Sunday, June 6th, each author will give a short reading and talk about their book. Copies will be available for purchase and our authors will be happy to autograph them for you!
Seats are limited and registration is required for this event.
We will not be able to accommodate walk-ins.
This event will be in person and we are following the
Massachusetts COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor events.
Tuck Meets a Dragonfly
Maureen Walsh
(pen name, Frances Charles)
This delightfully illustrated and heartwarming book tells the story of a young turtle named Tuck who is struggling after the death of his Mom. Tuck’s best friend, Padraic, embarks on a quest to find the answer to Tuck’s questions, “Is there a Turtle Heaven?” And “Is my Mom there?” Padraic seeks the help of Old Naughton, a turtle elder, who in turn asks the help of the dragonflies, Queen Emily and Katarina. Together the group brings the answers Tuck needs to begin his healing.
Written by a grief therapist and educator, this uplifting story highlights ways to help grieving children. Suggestions are offered on using the story to broach the topics of grief and loss, “what happens next,” and how love and friendship can heal the pain of grief.
I'm An Earth Angel
Erin Hourahan
Join the kids at the Healing Grace School as they come together to learn, grow and have fun with the help of their loved ones who have crossed over. Help your Earth Angel learn the power of healing after the loss of a loved one through this simple and imaginative story. I’m An Earth Angel helps children recognize that the strength of love never dies. Whether it is the loss of a person or pet, children can feel the comfort and strength in knowing that their loved one is always with them.
The Bounce Box
Alice Kearney
The Bounce Box is part of the Parent’s Tackle Box series aimed to provide tools, tricks, and strategies for calming your children. In the Bounce Box, you’ll find a step-by-step system that is designed to help your child learn to bounce back from stressful situations.
Developed by child therapist, Alice Kearney, the thought process behind the system is to Educate, Collaborate, Initiate and Change. She has over 25 years of experience as a licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist. Upon receiving her Masters, Alice spent 10 years at SSMH, working in various mental health programs and assisting in their Quincy early intervention program. In 2001, she began working for Brockton Area Multi-services treating children, families, and adults. In 2007, Alice opened her own private practice. In 2013 she began leading Mike’s Club children’s groups at Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center. Today, Alice is thrilled to move her positive, creative and strength-based counseling services to Hope Floats and be apart of the Hope Floats' team full time.
Surviving - Finding Your Way from Grief to Healing
GRIEF - Hope in the Aftermath
Gary Sturgis
After the death of his spouse, Gary Sturgis thought there was no possibility of ever feeling joyful or happy again. His life had changed, and he was in a very dark place. But over time he progressed through his grief journey and eventually began to experience light and happy moments. He was healing, and today he is a survivor. You can be a survivor also. Gary throws you a “life preserver” if you are drowning in your grief. He knows first-hand the intense feelings of pain and sadness after the death of a loved one. Throughout his book, Gary uses his own path to healing as a reference together with lessons learned as a health care professional and volunteer grief counselor helping others. He shares personal stories and special memories to explain the tools he used to mend and move forward. He offers you helpful advice and reassuring guidance so you can progress through your grief journey too.
Gary survived the greatest loss of his life and now works as a Bereavement Facilitator guiding and supporting others in their struggle with grief. Facilitating both support groups and workshops, he finds it a gift to be able to help others navigate their way through the maze of grief in a very personal and meaningful way.
Meet You In The Stars
Donald A. Quindley
During cool summer nights, whether camping, while listening to waves on a beach, or driving together at night, a Dad and his son often gaze at the stars together, promising to meet there if one of them is ever away. As young Jack picks out constellations and animals, his Dad marvels at both his son’s promise and their shared moments. Vividly illustrated, this story offers hope and comfort in their connections and through a Dad’s enduring love.

Writing for Stress Relief and Wellness

Aine Greaney, Thursdays, September 9 & 23, 7-8:15pm. Fee: $40 ~REGISTER HERE

Hope Floats is thrilled to host author Aine Greaney for this 2-part, virtual workshop! This workshop will inspire you to get and keep writing for your everyday wellness, recovery and self-empowerment.

Emotional or expressive writing is not about being a “good” or “clever” writer. Instead, it’s about using writing as part of your self-care toolbox. Since the early 1980’s, over 300 clinical studies have shown the psychological and physical benefits of emotional or expressive writing.

The sessions will include brief, opening meditations, teaching and discussion, fun writing prompts, in session writing exercises and optional sharing. Between sessions, participants will be given guidelines for starting their practice.

Perfect for beginners, reluctant writers and anyone who wants to explore writing and journaling as a route to self-reflection and `connection or as a way to plan for next life steps.
*Please note, workshop offered via zoom.

Virtual Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra

Claire Manganello,  Investment: $15  next date TBA

Join Yoga Instructor Claire Manganello from the comfort of your own home and de-stress from the week. Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that systematically guides and relaxes you at every level of being including your physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual layers (called five koshas). Through the use of breath awareness, body scanning, healing music and nature imagery. Divine Sleep invites you to become aware of each layer of being without needing to change or fix anything. This is true meditation where there is nothing to do but to “notice” – supporting you in feeling empowered just as you are. This contemporary practice is based on ancient yogic wisdom and meditation to make a powerful tool for modern day life.