Events 2019


Tuesday, October 1st, Sorosis Park, The Dalles, 6 – 7:30pm

‘Moais’ are small groups of people who come together over a common purpose. Studies show healthy habits stick when social connection is a top priority. Come connect with community members that are also ready to get moving! Over the following 10 weeks you will get to know each other, catching up on the latest life updates and share fun memories. Oh! All while hitting those fitness goals you’ve been wanting to work on


Wednesday, October 2nd, Hood River Library, 12 – 1pm

Thursday, October 24th, Hood River Library, 6 – 8pm

Learn about the 4 traps of self-doubt: Hesitating, Hiding, Hypercritical & Helplessness. Discover why 3 conclusions you made in your mind have you stuck. Explore how these created your beliefs, behaviors & choices that sabotage the changes you desperately desire. Expand awareness of your mind’s subconscious operating system & ease out of autopilot with the power of your mind. The choice to change is yours.,


Thursday, October 3rd, Hood River Waterfront 6 – 7pm

An intro to walking meditation with Dick Withers, meditation teacher, and one of the organizers of the Columbia Gorge Mindfulness Meetup. Explore slow, silent and leisurely walking meditation practice. Meet at the Riverfront Park in Hood River, on the sidewalk at the beach across from Pfriem. 

“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” -Thich Nhat Hanh


Monday, October 7th, Hood River Library, 6 – 8pm

When we meet our fears with the courage of our hearts, we loosen the grips of doubt, judgment, “I’m not good enough,” and feelings of stuckness.  In this seminar we review the evolutionary psychology of why the human brain is predisposed to over-exaggerate threats, ruminate on disappointments, undervalue our capabilities, and be critical of ourselves and others.  Heightened awareness of our habitual negative tendencies is the first step to then cultivating the power of self-love to reframe and diminish fears. Identify and reframe habitual thought processes that no longer serve you.  Learn some simple mindfulness practices to deepen your ability to be at ease with the inevitable ebbs and flows of life. Workshop by Ellen Donoghue


Tuesday & Wednesday, October 8th & 9th, GOBHI at 401 E 3rd St, The Dalles, 8:30am – 4:30pm

This two day workshop facilitated by Claire Ranit is designed to help people learn neuroscience-based information along with resilience building skills. The information and skills are designed to help individuals, groups, and communities increase their ability to constructively cope with life adversities and use them as catalysts to increase resilience. Click here for more information and to register:


Wednesday, October 9th, Hood River Library, 6pm

Laura Jack teaches compassionate communication and how we can relate to one another more effectively during the challenging moments in life. Her mission is to cultivate a culture of compassion, starting with self. During this talk we will talk about how compassionate communication and self-care will help you live and lead with purpose, connection and compassion.


Thursday, October 10th, Hood River Library, 6 – 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 16th, The Dalles Art Center, 6 – 7:30pm

This experiential training is designed to help supervisors, managers and HR professionals learn how to give effective appreciation. You will leave with a plan for increasing appreciation in your workplace. Coffee & pastries included.


Friday, October 11th, Sublime Balance Taproom in Stevenson, 6 – 7pm

Amy Weissfeld is a Certified Sex Coach & Somatic Sex Educator who will take you through this free talk on the science of happy sex, based on Caffyn Jesse’s work and book. 

Located at the newest taproom in Stevenson ( Cider, beer and snacks will be available for purchase.


Saturday, October 12th, Hood River Farmers Market, 9 -1pm

Join Hood River Hobbies for a bit of fun at the market. They’ll have two great interactive games or any age. Look for the Happiness banner.


Monday, October 14th, Hood River Library, 6pm – 7pm

The workshop educates people how to turn back the clock and return to a youthful body that works for them.  The discussion will focus on the architecture of the body, what to do post rehabilitation, which workouts are best and why; explain how Yoga is only a small piece of the pie and you’re only as fit as your sport.  It’s all about being able to play at the level you want to play, avoiding unnecessary injuries and thriving in the sports that keep us happy.


Tuesday, October 15th, North Shore Café, White Salmon, 6 – 7:30pm 

What do conservatives and liberals have in common?  We decided that answer was too hard! So instead this workshop looks at the differences, how to value them and how to gain a bit more understanding as we live beside each other in the Gorge. All welcome to this 100% non-partisan workshop.


Thursday, Oct 17th, One Community Health, The Dalles

You’re invited to bring a healthy potluck item! Recipe inspiration at ‘Moais’ are small groups of people who come together over a common purpose. Studies show healthy habits stick when social connection is a top priority. Come connect with community members that are also ready to clean up their diet! Over the following 2 months you will get to know each other, catching up on the latest life updates and share fun memories. Oh! All while hitting those food goals you’ve been wanting to work on!

ANCHORING IN YOUR ALIVENESS: An Evening with Ellen Donoghue, PhD and Musician Friends

Friday, Oct 18th, The Ruins, Hood River, 6:30 – 9:30pm (doors open at 6pm)

An evening of inspirational talks, music from local performers, and refreshments intended to embolden in each of us a sense of possibility and empowerment!  “Anchoring in Your Aliveness” means feeling at ease with the ups and the downs of life, while also cultivating inner-strengths to support your wholesome heartfelt aspirations and live life more fully!  Ellen’s energetic talks will be interspersed with fabulous live music. Some of the “take home goodies” of the night include simple mindfulness practices, a musical swing in your step, an uplifting sense of well-being, and community connection.  Please note, small children may have difficulty understanding some of vocabulary in the talks and may get fidgety.


Tuesday, October 22nd, The Dalles Senior Center, 6 – 8pm

People with purpose tend to live longer, happier and more productive lives. Each person has a unique set of strengths and talents that can be used to lead a truly meaningful life. Can you clearly articulate yours? Join us for this session to pause and reflect on life, gain tools to use going forward and finally, identify your life’s next step towards living on purpose.


Wednesday, October 23rd, Hood River Library, 6 – 8pm

We will have a conversation focused on the happiness practice Acts of Kindness.  It is the only one of the three habits that involves others. What makes this habit both hard and easy?  How do we commit ourselves to engaging in kindness to others? We will explore our collective questions, thoughts, ideas and challenges.

Hosted by Lucy Mason, local Whole Person Life Coach


Friday, October 25th, CGCC Library, The Dalles Campus (time TBD)

Local artist Jenny Loughmiller has created a traveling installation and interactive art project on the life changing power of gratitude.  Join her to celebrate and warm her new world headquarters.


Tuesday, October 29th, The Dalles Library, 6 – 7:30pm

Have you attended one of our Purpose Workshops and are ready to go forward? Maybe you are ready more discussion and reflection? Or need to follow-up and refresh what you learned? Perhaps you are ready to connect with community, play a role on someone’s Sounding Board? This “Now What?” session serves to follow-up on life since the workshop and offer space to determine your next steps and also how you may be able to support others with theirs.


Wednesday, Oct 30th, Hood River Library, 6pm

Step into your most powerful self! Keys to intrinsic happiness lie in living out our unique talents and contributions and awareness of our specific needs. Applying your talents helps you consistently act with more confidence, direction and hope. The secret to a more powerful life of ease, confidence and grace are wrapped within experiencing your authentic self. 

This talk will reference the framework of the Clifton Strengthfinder’s assessment for identifying and learning to invest in your unique talents, (but you do not need to have taken it in order to gain value). Melanie McCloskey, WPCC, CCJC has been helping change makers activate their personal power as a Life Coach for professionals for the last ten years locally in Hood River.