**Tuesday Restoring Balance Luncheon

$5 Bring your own brown bag lunch, beverages and cookies provided Reserve a box lunch by registering by 12 noon the Monday prior to each luncheon.
Is it possible to restore life balance over lunch? We'd like to think that such mindful changes can happen in small moments, so why not at lunch?


Essential Oils 101

Feb 20 (W) 12noon-1pm $35 (Includes lunch. Includes free essential oil samples. Pre-registration required.)

“As many people look for natural and safe remedies, essential oils are surging in popularity. Experts at the Mayo Clinic sometimes suggest essential oil for headaches, mental fatigue, restlessness, anxiety, nausea and sleep.” -The Mayo Clinic
In this introductory class, you will learn the definition of an essential oil, and the benefits and safe use of essential oils. We will share current research information and how some hospital systems have incorporated essential oils into practice. Participants will also receive free essential oil samples to begin experiencing the benefits.
Lisa Votti, RN, MSN & Amanda Porter

Healing the Brain: Say Goodbye to Depression, Anxiety, Brain Fog & Cognitive Decline (Without Medication)

Feb 28 (Th) 12noon-1:30pm $40 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)

Join Dr. Keith Kesler and Davida Dragon for a round table discussion about Cognitive Health and a psychiatric Functional Medicine Approach to health and wellness. In this discussion we will address nutrition and its effect on intestinal micro flora (micro biome) specifically as it pertains to mental health. We will look at the ways imbalance in core nutrition can contribute to emotions and behaviors that become pathologized or masquerade as illness or disease processes. Additionally, by examining and identifying sources of chronic inflammation we will demonstrate how to minimize the effects of chronic long-term inflammation and highlight the role of our micro biome as central to the development of strong cognitive function and balanced mental health. With this understanding we will look at the links between the gut and the brain, and explore the ways diet and lifestyle change can become core treatment modalities.
Dr. Keith Kessler, D.O. & Davida Dragon, LMT

Judgment Detox: How to Stop Judging and Start Living

Mar 27 (W) 12noon-1:30pm $40 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)

Judgment, quite simply, is separation from love. When we accept this we can then see how our daily judgmental beliefs and the associated language and actions can stand in our way. Judging is something we reflexively mistake for self-defense, but what it really does is separate us from the people and things we desire—making us more vulnerable, lonely and unhappy.
"Bad,” “wrong,” “stupid.” These are words we may hear in our daily thoughts about other people and even about ourselves. How often do we stop and question the motivation behind these extreme descriptions? One problem with binary descriptions like these is that they are based on a binary logic which is far too simplistic to be realistic. The other problem is that this judgmental language is an attempt to deny the intrinsic connection we all share. In short, these words we use regularly are a lie that we blindly accept as truth.
In this program we will examine our judgmental thoughts and words. We will explore their origins and put in place systems for recognizing them and exchanging them for something greater and closer to the truth. While we probably can’t abolish all of these judgmental thoughts, that doesn’t mean we have to believe them!
Join Daniel Hope for this workshop on overcoming the judgments that are blocking us from the abundance, joy and love we wish to see in  ourselves and in the world. This program is based on Gabrielle Bernstein’s bestselling book Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living a Better Life, available in the Seton Cove bookstore.
Daniel Hope, MA

Lunch with the Author: Clay Boykin, Circles of Men

Feb 22 (F) 12noon-1pm $35 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.)

“The world needs more spiritual men.” -Clay Boykin
What is in a man’s heart? As a man, you are the only person who truly knows, and the likelihood is that you protect what’s at your very core from other men and perhaps the woman or partner in your life. But it is within your heart where your deepest questions are left unanswered. Fear of being vulnerable or shame keeps us from connecting with another man, yet it is only when we open our heart that these questions get answered. Circles of Men synthesizes, in an easy and down to earth way, what we have learned over a period of six years and more than 20,000 collective man-hours spent connecting with one another in a non-judgmental, safe, and contemplative environment. We draw from the life experiences of academics and tradesmen, gay and straight, married and divorced, men in their eighties and men in their twenties, men of all colors and nationalities, and men from all religious, non-religious and spiritual traditions. In Circles of Men, you will find insights on how we have come together—what we refer to as the Twelve Secrets—practical suggestions, thoughts on leadership, a robust list of unique topics, and much more, all so that you will be able to start a circle of your own.
Clay Boykin

Portal to the Soul: A 3-Part Dreamwork Series with Jungian Analyst, Nancy Dougherty, LCSW, JA

Mar 15, 22, 29 (F) 12noon–1:30pm $115 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration required.) Space limited

“We have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions. Dreams are invariably seeking to express something that the ego does not know and does not understand.” -C. G. Jung
Dreams speak in the language of the symbol and can be used to identify our defenses and connect us to deeper sources within. Carl Jung writes about the “teleological function of our dreams.” Like a telescope, they can lead us. In this lunchtime series, we will consider how dreams reflect our personal psychology and our spirituality. We’ll explore the structures of our psyches and how they appear in our dreams. Participants will have opportunities to share their dreams, learn to work with them, and receive insights from Nancy and the group.
Nancy Dougherty, LCSW, JA

Wellness Wednesday Meditations: Awaken Your Heart, Heal the World

Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 13 (W) 12noon-1pm in the Meditation Room (located in the back building) No cost (No registration required.)
“Silence is our deepest nature, our home, our common ground, our peace. Silence reveals. Silence heals. We yearn to be there. We yearn to share it with others.”
-Gunilla Norris, Sharing Silence: Meditation Practice and Mindful Living

In addition to our other Wellness Wednesday offerings this month—which include luncheons by Dr. Julie Reardon, Daniel Hope, Will Fiorello, MA, and Dr. Tom Caven; and an evening program by Dr. Shelly Sethi —The Seton Cove is happy to provide no-cost group contemplative prayer/meditation sessions on the second Wednesday of each month.
Feel free to drop in and out at your convenience anytime between 12noon-1pm to promote peace,
love, wholeness, and right relationships. Short readings and walking meditation will also be provided.