Surviving Grief During the Holidays with Gary Sturgis

Saturday, November 18, 2023, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Donation: $10

Gary Sturgis is a Grief Specialist and the author of SURVIVING – Finding Your Way from Grief to Healing.

The holiday season isn’t always as merry as we want it to be and it’s normal to feel apprehensive about it. You’re not alone in feeling that way. Holidays can be a very difficult time for you if you’ve experienced the death of a loved one. Your memories serve as constant reminders of your loss. Watching others celebrate can be painful and overwhelming.
Join Grief Specialist and Author Gary Sturgis for this special event on Surviving Grief – During the Holidays.

The first step in coping with grief at the holidays is to acknowledge that the holiday season is difficult. In this presentation, Gary will offer compassionate and practical tips on how to navigate your way through the maze of grief during the holiday season.

Oil Painting Workshop with a Twist for the Beginner to the Intermediate…(Adults)
Reawaken Your Creative Soul and Learn to Paint

This class is FULL. Please check back for the next oil painting workshop!

Tuesdays 9:00 am -12:00 pm (6-week session)
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Instructor:  Laura Tryon Jennings, CAGs
Registration: This class is FULL. Please check back for the next oil painting workshop!
Fee: $198 (plus $28 supply fee paid to Laura if needed or desired). Please register by September 14, 2023

In case class needs to be canceled, class will be made up on Tuesday, November 7, 9:00-12:00.

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 workshop 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 sometimes 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 # so I can connect with you at least one week before class. (, 781-837-7982 landline)

All supplies will be provided or bring your own supplies if you prefer. There is a 12-student maximum.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For more information contact Hope Floats at 781-585-4221.

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, credits, or pro-rates except for COVID-19 related events. (Given only if the event is cancelled or at the discretion of the Hope Floats Director)

Restorative Yoga

Dates to be announced.

Please check out our calendar for our weekly yoga schedule!

Fee: $25

A restorative yoga practice will invite you to soften, relax, and release, in a way that will restore, renew, rejuvenate, and nourish your whole being and release deeply held tensions. Your body will be supported by blankets, pillows, and or bolsters while using some yogic breathing that calms and soothes you in your center and generally brings a feeling of comfort, and grace while in the supported yoga poses.

Please bring your own mat if you have one and a blanket. Arrive ten minutes early to fill out paper work. We need 3 people minimum to hold the class and limit of 6 people. This class is taught by Claire Manganello.