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Check it out: Herbal class, stress reduction & bereavement


Area herbalist and author Ellen Evert Hopman offers a six-month intensive herbal study course beginning Oct. 19.

The class, which meets Saturdays in the Amherst area, covers Western herbs, formula-making, Chinese five-element theory, plant identification, homeopathic first aid, flower essence counseling and more. Certificate upon completion. For more information call (413) 323-4494.


A free support group, Living Fully, Aging Gracefully, and Befriending Death, begins Sept. 30, 6:30-9 p.m., at the South County Senior Center, 67 N. Main St., South Deerfield.

The group meets every other Monday night through April of 2014.

The facilitator is John Berkowitz of Northampton, a retired environmental and economic justice activist and human services worker who has led two similar groups in the past two years.

The group will offer a safe and supportive environment for participants to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences about the joys and challenges of aging, dealing with grief and loss, and reaching a deeper understanding and acceptance of death. Participants also read books and articles and watch videos. They may also share poetry, prose writing and songs. For more information, contact Berkowitz at 413-325-4533 or johnpberk@gmail.com


An eight-week class in mindfulness and stress reduction will be held beginning Sept. 26 at Hadley Yoga Studio.

Facilitator Ruth Folchman says the behavioral health and wellness program teaches participants a range of formal and informal practices that train the mind and support a sense of ease and well-being in everyday life.

A free orientation will be held Sept. 19, 9 to 10:30. For more information call 582-6900.


“Healing The Long Goodbye,” a new, early-intervention bereavement workshop for longterm caregivers consisting of 10 free, weekly sessions, begins today, Sept. 17, and runs through Nov. 19.

Sessions are held from 4 to 6 p.m., at Nonotuck Resource Associates, Conference Suite 103, 40 Main St., (Route 9) Florence. The program is run by The Demential Initiative.

The workshop addresses the grief, exhaustion and frustration caregivers experience while caring for those with diseases such as dementias, ALS and certain cancers. Participants may attend any or all sessions. For a schedule of topics and speakers, and to register, email dementia-initiative@comcast.net

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