Classes & Events

We’re Celebrating Non-GMO Month!
Are you among the 90% of Americans who want foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) to be labeled? If so, join New Morning’s month-long celebration of transparency in food labeling! As a supporting retailer of the Non-GMO Project, an independent third-party verifier, we’re offering great deals on non-GMO certified products plus educational fun for the whole family. Stop by the registers to pick up coloring pages for our non-GMO coloring contest, and mark your calendar for our screening of GMO OMG on October 10th—complete with non-GMO snacks and a panel discussion. Interested in learning more about GMOs and food? Read our latest article.

Rock Wrappin’ (Jewelry Making Class)
Friday, October 20, 6pm – 7:30 pm
Christine Jewell
Learn simple techniques for making unique pieces of original jewelry. Wire-wrapping stones requires nothing technical, just a few supplies and your own imagination!  Wearing special rocks, tumbled stones or even shells can connect us to the earth and help keep us grounded. Discussions on the properties of various stones and their care will also be shared. You will leave with a new set of skills to create your own pendants or special gifts. The second session will continue with wrapping and will also include time for beadwork to create necklaces for your pendants.

Bring your own favorite stone (it should be as flat as possible) or select from the class supplies. Supplies are provided, but please bring round and needle-nose pliers, if you have them.  Tickets $25.00 (per session click on date of class to register)

Permaculture and Regenerative Living for All of Us
Saturday October 21st 3:30-5:00
Raye Hodgson
Is the word Permaculture familiar to you?  What about regenerative living?  Understanding the basics and incorporating the practices into your life will be good for you, your family and your neighbors.  It can pay dividends, both financially and in quality of life.  Raye Hodgson is offering this free presentation on the basics of Permaculture and regenerative living.  Bring questions you may have on getting started (or taking the next steps) in your own life.

This presentation will cover Permaculture concepts, and also include examples of the concepts from her personal experience. (Expect a few duck stories!).  Please bring a notepad and pen or pencil, or a drawing tablet and crayons…whatever tools you may find helpful for taking notes, jotting down your own ideas, sketching the beginnings of your own project!  There will be time for some brainstorming and sharing from your lives as well.

Admission is free, but please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly, and contact you in case of unanticipated changes.

Raye loves all things green and growing. She loves learning and sharing knowledge about them as individuals, and within ecosystems.  Among her numerous trainings, coursework and practicums she holds a certificate in Permaculture Design, and has a B.S. degree in Renewable Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut.   She was certified in conservation planning while working with NRCS as an agricultural conservationist. She has taught informally, both large group presentations (300 is the record), small groups as a naturalist/interpreter and one on one, with youngsters and adults.  Her own gardens include garlic, apples, rhubarb, raspberries, blueberries, herbs, asparagus, sunroot (Helianthus tuberosus), hopniss (Apios americana), annual vegetables, and a variety of other native and non-native plants that contribute to the health of the whole system. Register Here

Spotty Dog Bottle Drive
Saturday October 21st-Sunday October 22nd
Save up your returnable bottles and cans! Spotty Dog Rescue will be here at New Morning raising awareness and excepting donations to help sweet pups in need. Spotty Dog Rescue is a local small foster-based organization that rescues dogs from local shelters, the Virgin Islands, Grand Cayman and other Islands where the euthanasia rate is 80% and there are few if any rescue groups.  Stop in and meet some adorable dogs that will be available for adoption.

Release the Heat with Ayurveda & Yoga
Sunday October 22nd  2:00-4:00
Sondra Martinez Ayurvedic Health Counselor & Nutritionist
Ann DiLorenzo Certified Yoga Teacher, RYT, BS, MS in Health Education
This is a part two series, follow up from the “Beat The Heat” workshop hosted at Act Natural in Torrington, Ct this past summer.  This workshop will allow individuals to release the heat from the summer months as we transition into winter.  By releasing built up summer heat in the fall, through seasonal eating and lifestyle modification, our bodies prepare to sustain throughout the winter months without adverse side effects caused by excess heat in the body such as fatigue, aches, dry skin, irritations, etc.  Tickets $30.00

Guided Meditation and Sound Healing
October 25th 6:30-7:30pm
Morgan Leever, MEd
Meditation can be a great stress reliever, can help boost the immune system and can help you sleep better, so why not give it a try? During this class you will be guided through a progressive relaxation and then take a journey to release pain and fear. Great for both beginners or for the more experienced.  We will conclude this class with 15 minutes of further relaxation with the sounds of the Tibetan singing bowls and gong.   Tickets: $15.00

Tru Elements Essence Meditation
Friday October 27th 7:00-8:30
John Odlum
John is a brilliant inspirational speaker, teacher, and healer with a profound sensitivity about plant consciousness. Join John and intuitive Sachin Hazen for an evening synthesizing pure medicinal essential oils, music, and a deep guided meditation. See

Medicinal-grade essences carry the sacred message of the Plant and Tree kingdoms. The combination of scent, energy and consciousness of these pure oils is a great aid in helping us remember our interconnectedness with all of Nature. Every single thing from thoughts to emotions, the physical body, every cell in our bodies, water and all the elements, and every living organism are made of pure vibration. This beautiful journey will help you access profound inner wisdom and integrate that knowledge to become more empowered and fulfilled in your life.

John will answer any questions you may have regarding aromatherapy  to help deepen your experience. Several essences will be applied during the evening. There will be time for sharing and discussion.  Please keep in mind that you will be lying on your back during the meditation. Bring blankets, pillows and anything else you might need to make it as comfortable an experience as possible. It is always beautiful and transforming.  This event, in a circle format, is part of holistic psychotherapist Sachin Hazen’s Living as Gods series.  Tickets $20.00

Singer Songwriter Series
Saturday October 28th 7:00 p.m.
Come join us for another incredible evening of music with 4 local singer songwriters performing original music upstairs in the handicapped accessible Community Room. Doors open at 7 pm. Snacks will be available for purchase and donations for the performance are graciously accepted.  Info:  Doug Mahard at 203-266-6688.

Fall Celebration Day
Sunday October 29th 3-6
Join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family.  We will have an afternoon of fall themed events starting with a children’s fall themed story time at 3:30 and face painting until 4.  The community room will be set with supplies to decorate an amazing fall pumpkin which will be displayed later that evening.  There will also be live music and sampling.  Halloween costumes encouraged.

FREE Holiday Indulgence
Friday November 3rd  6-8
Join us for holiday dinner sampling including all the sides, organic wine, desserts and more.

Mental Health First Aid
Saturdays October 28th & November 4th 9-1 p.m.
Valerie English-Cooper
Community Educator, Mental Health CT, INC
Free Mental Health First Aid Training Understand Mental Illness, Support Timely Intervention, Save a Life Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorder.  FREE REGISTER HERE

Pet Portrait Painting
Sunday November 5th  6-8 p.m.
Join Emelle’s ART & SOUL for a fun alternative- PAINT YOUR PET!
We will provide a pre-sketched canvas created from your pet’s photo, as well as paint, brushes and excellent individual instruction to guide you in creating your own personal masterpiece. No experience necessary- makes a GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT!  Light refreshments will be served.Email your pet’s photo to by10/31. Registration by 10/31 required. Tickets $40.00

Box of Power
Sunday November 5th 2p.m.
Cathy Denault
“Inside the BOX – Protecting your Power” is a 2 hour Women’s Empowerment workshop that is geared towards helping participants learn when in life, we give away our power, whether through interpersonal relationships including; marriage, family or dating situations and work relationships, and how giving away your power can hold you back in life. Participants will learn to identify those times and be gain knowledge to ensure that their personal power is protected and ways to feel strong and positive!  Come prepared to learn: Differences in communications styles between men and women, How this differences can silence our “voice”, Awareness of the BOX, How to reclaim your power and protect your BOX,  Maximizing your BOX, Create your own BOX of Power!  Attendees will participate in an interactive exercise and create their own “Box of Power” to take home! Tickets $20.00

Guided Reiki Meditation
Wednesday November 8th , 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
6:30-6:45 introduction 6:45-7:45 meditation
Lea joy Pearson
Reiki is a touch healing system that uses “Universal Life Force Energy” or “Universal Love Energy” which clears out your personal energy field (Chakra’s and Aura) of blocks, dis-ease and negative energy.  Combining Reiki with guided meditation brings you to a deep state of rest, repair and rejuvenation. Tickets $15.00

Dancing Inside Book Signing
Deborah Dayal and Rose Petruzzi
Saturday November 18th 1:30-3
Dancing Inside is a creative collaboration of verses and images expressing personal and collective awakening     FREE

Creating a Vibrant Longevity
Tuesday November 7th 12p.m.
Sunday November 19th 10 a.m.
Jodi Schnieder Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
We live in an extreme world with constant stress and stimulation.  Stress causes a negative impact on your well-being.  Excessive stress will cause premature aging and the onset of disease.  It is essential to restore a sense of calm and peace to maintain a vibrant mind and body.  We must integrate the techniques that provide restoration and a relaxed state in our lives.  With proper guidance and gradual changes, you can release the stress and emotional weight you may be carrying within your body for a renewed, clear-thinking energy and passion for life.  Please wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Tickets$15.00 click on date of class to register

Medical Marijuana
Tuesday November 7th  6pm
Colleen Higgins
Registered pharmacist Colleen Higgins will speak on the clinical uses of medical marijuana.  She has been one of the two pharmacists at Waterbury’s Caring Nature Dispensary since the beginning of Connecticut’s medicinal cannabis program.  This event is part of holistic psychotherapist Sachin Hazen’s Living as Gods series.   Tickets $15.00

FREE Introduction to Qigong: Complete Mind/Body Practice
Wednesday November 8 5:00-6:30pm
Greg Miller
Explore this ancient Healing Art for Optimum Health and Well-being. Rejuvenate and learn methods of lowering pain, reducing stress, and bringing more focus within your life!  Real medicine is made within the human body. Qigong helps to activate the optimal healing capacity by strengthening, restoring, and nurturing all systems of the body bringing it into healthy balance.

Meditate with the Violet Flame to Purge Your Aura
Wednesday November 15th 6:30
Linda Czaplinski
Our energy field, or aura, can take on the positive and negative activity around us, impacting our moods and emotions.  Would you like to feel more happiness and less negativity? Invoke the Violet Flame.  Violet has the highest frequency in the color spectrum.  We will direct it to transmute negative records.  Re-qualifying energy clears the way to greater contentment and balance.  Improving our personal world sparks a ripple effect that improves the world at large.  Read more at What’s stuck in your Aura?   

Linda Czaplinski is ordained in a non-sectarian spiritual order. As a Spiritual Alchemist, she uses the Science of the Spoken Word to create positive change for the Earth body and all who inhabit it. Tickets$20.00

LIVING as GODS – Spirit Development Circle
Friday November 24th  6pm
Sachin Hazen
A series of presentations/discussions/circles led by holistic psychotherapist and intuitive Sachin Hazen.  Our thoughts and beliefs create our reality, our experience of life.  This is a god-like quality.  Our task is to do this consciously, as opposed to unconsciously.  We must create a life we want, not one based on unconscious beliefs and fears. We will support each other to grow, develop, and become as we were designed to be:  conscious aware kind wise intelligent prosperous joyful blissful beautiful excellent fearless strong powerful insightful.  We will raise our vibration, releasing limiting beliefs, manifesting what we want.  Music, meditation, and essential oils are part of each session.   Tickets $15.00

Singer Songwriter Series
Saturday November 25th 7:30 p.m.
Come join us for another incredible evening of music with 4 local singer songwriters performing original music upstairs in the handicapped accessible Community Room. Doors open at 7 pm. Snacks will be available for purchase and donations for the performance are graciously accepted.  Info:  Doug Mahard at 203-266-6688.

Physical Therapy for Self Care and Home Exercise
Tuesday November 28th 6:00 p.m.
Roger Swiderski, MS
Join us for a workshop where self care activities will be demonstrated and taught using various props and tools.  Participants will be able to use what they learn in class to perform these activities on their own.  A variety of PT and orthopedic problems will be discussed in this informative class.

Roger Swiderski has been practicing physical therapy for over 43 years and has owned and operated 13 outpatient centers and dealt with thousands of orthopedic clients and sports medicine injuries.  He specializes in alternative therapies such as myofacial release and craniosacral therapy and is a graduate of the Polestar Pilates Pilates Rehabilitation Program. Tickets $20.00

Monthly Meditation and Sound Healing
Wednesday November 29th 6:30
Morgan Leever, MEd
Come experience an hour of guided meditation and sound healing aimed to help you release tension, sleep better, and cultivate overall happiness. No prior experience necessary! Beginners welcome and encouraged! For this class we will focus on how an attitude of gratitude can make a difference in your life. The last 15 minutes of class we will relax even further with the sounds of Tibetan singing bowls and gong.  Tickets: $15.00

Handmade Market
Saturday December 2nd
Early Bird Market 9a-12p
Night Owl Market 5p-8p
2 markets in 1 day….and each market will feature a different group of CT-based artisans and makers offering their hand-crafted wares.  Support local and small businesses this holiday season.  FREE


Naturopathic Physician & Acupuncture
Shawn Carney N.D.
Fridays 9-1 and every 3rd Saturday Call to schedule: 800-723-2962

Nutritionist and Clinical Herbalist
Alison Birks, MS (AHG) CNS.
Call to schedule: 203-263-0673 ext. 355 OR Email:

EFT & Holistic Therapy
Dawyn Cloud-Alter, B.S., M.S.M.F.T., C.F.H., E.F.T. Call Dawyn to schedule: 203-297-4193

Massage Therapy with Alyssa Miller
Call Alyssa to schedule: 203-997-2933

Healing Yourself with Qigong with Greg Miller
Monday’s and Thursdays 9-10 & 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Wednesdays 5-6 p.m.
Simple and practical exercise focused on the Breath, Movement, Massage, and Meditation to unlock Internal Medicine! No Experience Required No Registration Necessary – $10.00 per class

Kundalini Yoga Classes – Anne Novak
Mon & Thurs 6:00pm/Tues & Fri 9:00am
A dynamic combination of movement, postures, breath work practices, meditation, and sound healing with the gong which strengthens the flow of healing energy through the body, improving physical health and fitness, relieving stress and allowing us to deeply relax and enjoy life. Appropriate for all levels of experience and fitness.
Info:  No registration required!