New Thought Vermont (NTVT) in Weston has been selected as Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Member of the Month for March 2024.

Recognized for their commitment to building connection, NTVT is dedicated to supporting well-being, resilience, meaning and purpose within individuals and the community.

Programs are offered with the goal of building connections through teaching and learning practices of mind, body, and the creative spirit. Through increasing well-being, NTVT is a partner in reducing social isolation and loneliness across the board. Most of their programs offered are free, with a suggested donation or at modest cost.

They offer opportunities (both in-person at their gallery/barn as well as online) to connect and share in a number of ways: through service, creativity, arts experiences and music instruction, meditation, mindfulness and contemplation, movement and sensory awareness, as well as dialogue and discussion.

“Our programs help to build community connections; increase self-awareness; promote self-care and personal growth; encourage mutual care and support; open opportunities for new learning and creative expression; and experience joy and fulfillment in the process of discovery.” -Will Freeman, Executive Director

NTVT provides ongoing events and hosts distinguished presenters, teachers and service providers, community and government representatives and leaders. They partner with local groups and national/international organizations in providing support and inspiration for all with an emphasis on supporting underserved communities, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers.

This winter, they restarted their Weston Friends program — a casual, informal group for individuals with and without disabilities from Weston and neighboring communities (including those who live in or are served by agencies within 45 minutes of Weston). This group now meets monthly and offers a special opportunity for those who want to get together and share time with one another.

Will shares, “It’s based on the idea that all of us are responsible for everyone in our community. Community and family members, as well as providers are welcome.”

From coffee and tea with conversation, to pizza and a movie, concerts, plays, workshops, crafts, movement and outings too, there are many ways to get involved.

William Freeman and Peter Miller

Co-founders and co-leaders of New Thought Vermont

This spring, they will begin to offer retreats for caregivers for individuals with significant disabilities and others who need restorative time while caring for their loved ones. They continue to offer daily online groups in meditation, mindfulness and contemplation, as well as in movement for balance, stability, vitality, strength and expression for those aging in place. They also present special events including forums that highlight specific issues and concerns.

Additionally, they give outreach presentations and workshops that actively engage participants in creative insight and expression in the fields of movement, music, and the expressive arts. Individual and group study, mentoring and personal wellness session appointments are available.

NTVT is a “home-grown,” volunteer led non-profit based on the emerging interests and needs of the communities they serve. From youth to those aging in place, they offer a wide range of experiences that are creative, innovative and inspiring. Will shares, “As a mission-based organization, New Thought Vermont serves all demographics, regardless of age, disability, financial ability, or other conditions of life, including those on the margins of society – no one is turned away due to an inability to pay.”

Donations in support of their efforts are appreciated and always gratefully accepted.  For more information about New Thought Vermont, please visit our website:  newthoughtvermont.com or call 802-824-3810 (Main)