Talk on the Power of Divine Love to Heal

MONTPELIER — Can divine love bring not only comfort but physical cure? If so, how do we tap into it? These are questions that will be explored at a special event on Thursday evening, June 23 at Christ Church in Montpelier. Sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, 145 State Street, the talk will be given by Nate Frederick of Boothbay, Maine, and is titled, “Learn to Pray and Heal: a spiritual adventure.”

Frederick studied Perennial religion in college, looking for universal truth. But beyond academics, Frederick yearned to find a spiritual practice that would enable him to experience god in a tangible way and bring healing to people’s lives. He found this in Christian Science and now has a full-time Christian healing practice. His background includes extensive hiking in the Himalayas, and he thinks of spiritual discovery as an adventure that anyone can embark on. He has lectured on this topic around the world, and people have often found healing during and after his talks. Weather permitting, the talk will be held on the lawn of Christ Church, 64 State Street, at 7 p.m. All are welcome. The public is also invited to a complimentary supper preceding the talk, beginning at 6 p.m. In case of rain, both will be held inside Christ Church. For more information please call 888-7422.


Participants Sought For Fall Water Celebration

MONTPELIER — Margaret Blanchard, writer and retired professor, is embarking on a project to honor the memory of Jackie Bookner, an environmental artist who designed projects all around the world to reclaim and celebrate water.

Blanchard asks potential participants to envision a community-wide celebration of water during the month of September through images — photography, art, film; movement — dance, drama; words — poetry, fiction, essays, and music — water music of all kinds), with an educational focus on the properties, mysteries and power of water and how it is essential for all life. Activities could include rituals and outdoor activities. Also possible are an assemblage of panels featuring and discussing actions which have stopped the privatization of a spring in East Montpelier, the protection of Berlin Pond (Montpelier’s water source), Friends of the Winooski and other river cleanup projects, as well as explorations of water as energy — focused on the five rivers which converge in Montpelier: the Winooski, Kingsbury Branch, Stevens Branch, North Branch, and the Dog River, their sources (Cabot, Woodbury, Williamstown, Elmore and Roxbury) through Plainfield, East Montpelier, Barre, Worcester and Northfield.).

Vermont, with its abundance of fresh water, is a likely target for exploitation.Whether around the issue of privatization of the commons or pollution of water sources, we need to protect our water. Clean water, like sunlight and fresh air, should be available to all, including animals and plants. Like food, clothing and shelter, water should be one of our basic human rights: “life,” along with liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Although celebratory, this project could be educational as well as a way of connecting diverse sources into a fuller, united movement toward sustainability. It could also channel varied modes of expression and action into one shared purpose, a model for wider movement.

Such an event would be inspiring and informative for Montpelier residents and foliage visitors, while highlighting Montpelier’s environmental consciousness and unique geographical location, promoting this area as a center for creative and sustainable communal living.

To participate, contact: margaretmooreblanchard@gmail.com.


Didgeridoo Studio Coming To Town

MONTPELIER — Vermonter and didgeridoo educator, performer and instrument builder Pitz Quattrone is moving towards opening his Didgeridoo Vibroacoustic Experience studio in Montpelier.

Quattrone has been sharing the health benefits of listening, playing and absorbing the healing vibrations of the didgeridoo. His work has included teaching sleep apnea patients how to play Didgeridoo to strengthen lower throat muscles to reduce apnea episodes. He’s also been working in sound clinics at the Samara Healing Center in Maryland incorporating the Didgeridoo in vibroacoustic sound-table sessions and performing with the meditation ensemble, Sounds of Spirit. These various forms of helping people with the Didgeridoo have become increasingly important in his ever evolving career.

Quattrone will offer his Didgeridoo Vibroacoustic Experience on a specifically designed vibrating sound-table. People lie down to hear and feel a mix of specifically produced recorded music, gathered nature sounds and roaming live didgeridoo. These sessions will create a new soundscape giving participant a stress relieving experience. Also at the new studio, he’ll be teaching how to play the instrument.

Vibroacoustic therapy is heard and deeply felt, healing sound vibrations. Studies show Vibroacoustic therapy offers relief for; insomnia, chronic back and neck pain, arthritis, addiction, headaches, ADD/ADHD, Parkinson’s disease, depression, multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, post stroke rehabilitation, asthma and autism.

Below is a link to a short video laying out Quattrone’s vision for the new studio and additional information visit https://goo.gl/QVZgir.


Doiron Appointed Senior VP,  Chief Investment Officer

MONTPELIER — Jason Doiron has been promoted to chief investment officer and senior vice president at National Life Group.

Doiron will be responsible for managing the general account portfolios of National Life’s insurance companies.

He joined Sentinel Investments eight years ago. “Since that time, Jason has done an outstanding job building the fixed income team and enhancing our capabilities in managing fixed income portfolios for all of our clients,” said Thomas Brownell, Sentinel’s president and CEO. Sentinel’s commercial real estate, alternative investments, credit research, and quantitative research and investment teams will all report to Doiron.

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