*Please note that any scheduled in person events and workshops are subject to change based on any new COVID guidelines and restrictions. Our community's safety is our highest priority. 

Community Night at Hope Floats - Helping Your Child Understand Grief

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 -  6:30 - 8:00 pm

Hope Floats is starting community nights several times a year on different topics of grief. We invite you to our first Community Night which will focus on Children and Grief.

Did you know that children grieve differently than adults? Come join us as we discuss how children’s understanding of grief changes as they transition through the developmental stages of childhood. We will also discuss how to help a grieving child and behaviors that might signal a child needs help.

This workshop will be run by Maureen Walsh, NP, FT.

Maureen is the Education and Outreach Director at Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center in Kingston, MA. She also has a private grief therapy practice at Hope Floats where she sees adults, children and families who are grieving.

Registration is required - REGISTER HERE

Family Night at Hope Floats

Thursday, February 9, 2023 -  5:00 - 6:30 pm

Join us at Hope Floats for family night for children and families grieving the death of a loved one. A pizza dinner will be served, then children and their families are invited to work together on a family art project, making vision boards and dream catchers. Please register all family members that plan on attending. Deadline to register is 2/7/23. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

Registration is required - REGISTER HERE

Fundamentals of Grief for Educators: Helping Individuals Navigate Their Grief Journey

A 10 hour In-Person Professional Development workshop for Educators

Saturday, February 11, 2023 and March 4th, 2023 -  9:00 am - 2:00 pm 

Workshop cost with 10 PDPs: $175 (educators only) - REGISTER HERE

Workshop facilitated by Maureen Walsh, NP, FT and Alice Kearney, LMH

Registration deadline 02/06/23. Cancellations made before 02/03/23 will be fully refunded.
No refunds after 02/03/23. Workshop requires at least 8 participants. Certificates of completion will be mailed to participants after fully attending all ten hours of this workshop and evaluations will be completed in person immediately following the workshop. Please visit our training page for more information.

Oil Painting With a Twist for the Beginner to the Intermediate.. (Adults)

Reawaken Your Creative Soul Learn to Paint, or Just paint…
Instructor: Laura Tryon Jennings, CAGS
Dates: Tuesdays, February 14 - March 21, 2023 (6 week session)
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center, 4 Elm Street, Kingston, MA 02364

Fee: $198 (plus $28 supply fee to be paid to Laura)

Registration is required: call 781-936-8068 or REGISTER HERE

Tap into an extraordinary resource: the vibrant, vital force of your own creative character in a nurturing, encouraging, and safe environment and discover your distinctive path to oil painting. You only need bring the willingness to give up any attachment to feeling you have no talent or creativity. The focus of this class is to enjoy the creative experience and self-nurturing qualities oil painting can provide to your soul. It offers a unique blend of learning the basics of oil painting materials, foundations of color theory, color mixing, composition and working with the flow of the creative process to awaken creative spirit, remember playfulness, and open a fuller expression of authentic self by nurturing your essence. Artist Jennings approaches teaching each student individually, so they can paint freely, at their own level, and paint a subject (landscape, still life, portrait, abstract, interior, etc. from life and/or from a photograph) befitting their skills and needs. The workshop can be used as a vehicle for expression, playing with paint, learning the techniques of oil painting, and/or to have instructional oil painting, which means you truly can be a beginner, intermediate, or simply get a feel for oil painting. All supplies will be provided or bring your own supplies if you prefer.

For students who have absolutely no background in painting and desire instructional painting, I recommend one or two private classes with me before jumping into a six-week session. If this isn't feasible, I ask for patience, particularly on the first day, and encourage you to contact me with your email and phone number so I can connect with you at least one week before class. (, 781-837-7982 landline)

Make-up classes will be scheduled by the instructor only in the event they are cancelled due to weather or if the instructor cancels. No refunds will be made after one week of classes. Classes cannot be pro-rated except for COVID-19 related events.

Vaccines recommended. Be aware the class will be following state COVID-19 guidelines. Thank you for your patience while navigating this fluid situation.