Listening Wellness Center celebrating 20th year

Published: 11/1/2019 9:37:28 PM
Modified: 11/1/2019 9:37:14 PM

BARRE — The Listening Wellness Center, 35 South St., is celebrating 20 years promoting holistic health in the Barre area. Listening opened its doors to the public in January 2000, following almost five years of visioning and planning.

Dedie King had the original concept of a group of complementary healers working together to serve the local rural communities. In 1998 Bruce Lockhart became a partner and finally Elizabeth Coe formed the third partner, with her generosity and practicality, turning the vision into a reality.

The goal was to have a space for appointments that felt healing as soon as clients walked in the door, and a yoga studio that provided opportunities to stretch and harmonize the body.

Practitioners offered energetic healing for body, mind and spirit through acupuncture, cranial sacral, chiropractic, massage therapy and psychotherapy as well as yoga. At the same time, Ari’s Cafe nurtured the body with lunches, and there was even a bookstore.

Practitioners soon formed their own collective with monthly meetings, while maintaining independent practices under the umbrella of Listening. Listening reached out to the community and provided space for talks and lectures. As Listening perceived community needs, it added more programs, such as after-school and summer programs for kids, senior yoga programs, cooking classes, and many kinds of dance classes.

Listening has changed over these 20 years, but the goal has remained the same: To encourage listening to our bodies, our emotions, and our spirits and to move in the direction of harmony — on our own and with the partnering of helpful practitioners. This harmony includes our inner harmony as well as harmony with nature and community.

So many people have been involved and instrumental in the ongoing running of Listening. Looking back to the beginning, Listening is grateful to the founders, Dedie King, Elizabeth Coe and Bruce Lockhart for their vision and hard work getting the project organized and up and running. Richard Shaw and John Tomasi for their carpentry work; Dave and Karen Davis and Mick Huppert for advice, support, and board membership.

Listening founders, board members, practitioners, and community members will celebrate the 20th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. at Hartman’s Herb Farm in Barre. The public is invited to this fundraiser and celebration. Call (978) 355-3501 for more information about the event, tickets or other Listening services, or find details on Facebook.

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