Wellness Workshops

COVID Support VT offers wellness workshops and workshops are available upon request.

Tips and strategies for a better you. A variety of topics, times and days offered.
Register today. If you have questions about any of our workshops call 2-1-1, option #2.

Healthy Vermonters Workshops

COVID Recovery: Wellness Through Meditation | Every other Friday beginning October 1st

Are you interested in developing healthy practices to improve your mental, emotional and physical well-being while managing the pandemic? Research has consistently supported the benefits of meditation in regard to many different aspects of life and wellness. Join us for this one hour workshop to explore different meditation techniques that may be helpful for you in your own wellness journey. Facilitators will lead guided meditations, provide support, encouragement and opportunities for interaction to promote wellness and recovery through meditation.

Every other Friday beginning October 1st at 1:30pm

Wellness Through Art | Wednesday, October 13th

Do you find art and creative projects to be a helpful outlet for managing stress? Would you like to learn some simple ways to practice art in your daily life as a way to practice wellness?

Many people report artistic and creative activities to be beneficial for their mental, emotional and even physical wellness.

Join COVID Support VT staff and special guest facilitator, Jen Berger, for a unique workshop on exploring wellness through art. No prior experience or special materials needed! Guidance and encouragement will be provided for individuals interested in finding creative ways to practice wellness during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Jen Berger, the founder and owner of At the Root, comes from 20+ years of working in social movements and creative practices. She has networks throughout the state of Vermont, as well as being connected to social justice networks throughout the country.

Wednesday, October 13th at 6:00pm

Nutrition, Gut Health, & Mental Wellness | Wednesday, October 20th

Would you like to know how you can improve your mental and overall wellness through healthy dietary practices, without “breaking the bank?”

Join COVID Support VT staff and special guest dietitian and facilitator, Susie Polgreen for this exclusive presentation. You will learn about the link between the gut and the brain, how poor gut health can affect mental health, and practical ways you can improve your own gut health. A brief tutorial on ‘wellness on a budget’ will be provided at the end of the presentation as well!

Wednesday, October 20th at 4:00pm

Vermont 3Squares Community Training | Wednesday, October 27th
Want to learn more about the most effective and dignified hunger relief program in Vermont?

Join COVID Support VT for a community workshop featuring Hunger Free Vermont’s Food Security Team to learn more about 3SquaresVT, a statewide program that gives people money every month to buy groceries.

Community members and direct service providers are invited to attend to learn more about the program’s parameters and how to positively and appropriately share this valuable resource with those who would benefit.

Wednesday, October 27th, 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Coping with COVID: Open Debrief & Re-entry Support Group | Mondays

Would you like some time to debrief your experience over the course of the pandemic and discuss wellness strategies? Do you feel frustrated that people around you are focusing on “reopening” when you are still managing the effects of COVID in your day to day life?  Maybe you learned about the pandemic stress and how it affects your mental health, but want to learn more about how to manage your unique response? Join this facilitated discussion to share and learn from your peers about how best to manage during this time.  COVID Support VT staff will provide a structured environment for discussion and tips for coping and wellness.

Every Monday at 3:30pm 

Coping with COVID: Managing Re-entry Anxiety | Every other Tuesday

With an end in sight to the restrictions of the COVID pandemic, the re-entry back into “normalcy” has been a surprising source of worry for many. According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 50% of Americans feel anxious about resuming in-person contact, regardless of vaccination status. Join us to explore techniques to manage stress and engage in discussion and support as a group to share experiences and explore coping strategies.

Every other Tuesday at 11:30am

COVID Recovery: Wellness Through Gratitude | Every other Tuesday

Are you interested in developing a healthier and more meaningful life while managing the pandemic? Research has consistently supported the benefits of practicing gratitude in enhancing mental, emotional and physical well-being. Join us for this one hour workshop to explore ways that you can develop and integrate a gratitude practice into your daily life. Facilitators will provide support, encouragement and opportunities for interaction in finding ways to promote wellness and recovery through gratitude.

Every other Tuesday at 3pm

COVID Recovery Through Wellness | Tuesdays and Thursdays

Are you interested in developing a healthier and more meaningful life while managing the COVID 19 pandemic? Join the COVID Support VT staff for exploration of the 8 components of wellness and balance.

Tuesdays at 1pm | Thursdays at 4pm

Grupo de Actividades: Juegos y Tiempo Social | Los Jueves

Activity Group: Games and Social Time for Spanish Speakers

¿Disfrutas de los juegos y las actividades? ¿Vives solo y quieres divertirte con otras personas que también están manejando la vida solos durante la pandemia? Únase a un grupo semanal para juegos interactivos virtuales y otras actividades divertidas que promueven la conexión y las habilidades de afrontamiento. Incluso puede invitar a sus amigos y con gusto los ayudaremos a conectarse para este tiempo divertido.

Los Jueves a las 11:00am, a partir del 26 de Agosto
(Every Thursday at 11am, beginning August 26th)

Activity Group: Games and Social Time | Wednesdays

Do you enjoy games and activities? Are you living alone and want to have fun with others who are also managing life alone during the pandemic? Join a weekly group for virtual interactive games and other fun activities that promote connection and coping skills. You can even invite your friends and we will happily help them connect for this interactive time.

Wednesdays at 2:00pm

Skills for the Job Search | Wednesdays

Do you dread the thought of finding a new job? You’re not alone! The job search can be a stressful process, especially in an unpredictable job market. This four-part workshop series explores the basics of the job search cycle with a focus on your interests and wellbeing. Whether you’re brand new to the workforce or just looking to brush up on your skills, this workshop is for you!

  • 1st Wednesday of the month: The Job Search Mindset
  • 2nd Wednesday of the month: Resume/Cover Letter Building & Applications
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month: Interview Skills & Next Steps
  • 4th Wednesday: General Job Search Discussion

Wednesdays at 12:00pm starting September 1st

Job Search Open Support Group | Fridays

Are you searching for new work? Join this weekly discussion and support group facilitated by COVID Support VT staff to learn from others and find success with finding employment.

Fridays at 11:00am starting September 3rd

Writing Through COVID | Fridays

Join COVID Support Vermont in an hour of journaling prompts and free writes to process and understand how we as individuals and a community are making our way through the COVID-19 pandemic here in Vermont.

Fridays at 3pm

Workshops Available Upon Request

We can work with you to craft a workshop that fits your group’s needs. COVID Support VT staff provide workshops upon request to help you cope during COVID. Topics include re-entry anxiety, wellness and recovery, compassion fatigue, supporting staff through COVID, grief and loss, activity and conversation groups and more.

Having trouble accessing a Workshop? Can’t find the Zoom link?

  • First check your email promotions, spam and junk folders. Sometimes your Eventbrite event confirmation with the Zoom link ends up there.
  • More information about the registration process and solutions on finding the Zoom link can be found on our problem-solving page.

Watch Mini-workshops Online

Supporting Staff Through COVID-19

Do you manage a group of staff or providers?  Are you noticing that they are struggling at work and wonder what you can do to be supportive?  Join this 30 minute interactive workshop to learn more about the effects of the pandemic upon the workplace and ways that you, as a caring manager, can support your staff during this time.

View, download or print:
Information and Discussion Guide

Managing Compassion Fatigue Through COVID-19

Feeling overwhelmed by your job helping others? Worrying that you are becoming numb to the difficulties of others you are trying to support through the pandemic. You may be developing compassion fatigue. Join this interactive workshop to learn about compassion fatigue, how it may affect you, and how you can prevent and manage it should it occur.

View, download or print:
Information and Discussion Guide

Managing Grief and Loss Through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences has caused significant losses, including lives, livelihoods, connections, ways of life, and our traditions for how we understand and manage death and mourning. Join COVID Support VT staff to learn more about the consequences of grief, common reactions, and ways to manage the grief process.

View, download or print:
Information and Discussion Guide

Skills for Wellness and Coping

Learn about the pandemic’s impacts upon our mental health, what we can do to cope and recover in healthy ways, and support provided by COVID Support VT to individuals, programs and communities.

View, download or print:
Participant Guide

Previous Workshops

We Can Do This! Helping Parents & Kids Have a Great Start This School Year

Workshop held September 1, 2021

Are you excited but also concerned about your kids returning to school?  Are your kids worried about going to school in person?  Join COVID Support VT to learn about common reactions for parents, caregivers and kids to the start of school this fall.  Participants will leave with information about what to watch for and  strategies to help everyone have a great and safe start to the school year.

Workshop Resourses:

Managing the return to school PDF

So the World’s Open Again, Now What? Re-entry Workshop for College Students

Workshop held August 27, 2021

Are you getting ready to go back to school and finding yourself feeling stressed out in a world of uncertainty?  Did you decide not to go to college or to take a gap year because of the pandemic and, now, are feeling worried? Are you concerned about how to manage the social scene during COVID, that you are out of practice, or that you or ones you care about might get sick? Do you want to learn how to support your mental wellness as well as the mental health of your friends and family? You are not alone! Join us for this interactive workshop with other college students to learn more about skills for managing this confusing time.

Workshop Resourses:

Coping with returning/demobilizing after COVID 9 PDF

May 2021 Town Hall Event

Coffee mug with the words

Returning to the Workforce? Town Hall with Mercy Connections

Free Town Hall / Webinar • Held on May 24

Webinar Resources:

Event Recording | Event Slides

As you look toward entering or returning to the workforce during the pandemic, take time in this town hall to connect with your strengths and bring positivity into your efforts. Mercy Connections, known for their engaging “Self-Development” programming, will lead this 1.5 hour session where participants will learn how to apply a strengths-based perspective to planning their next steps for returning to work.

You will:

  • Learn strategies for overcoming perceived barriers to entering the workplace through reframing with strengths
  • Review the “Flow State Scale” and apply the idea of flow to personal or work experiences
  • Review “Character Strengths” and identify which were present during satisfying work

Contributing Partner:

Mercy Connections logo

April 2021 Town Hall Event

Father outside hiking with young daughter

Let’s Get Outside: Recreational Opportunities in VT

Free Town Hall / Webinar • Held on April 27

Webinar Resources:

Event Recording | Event Slides

The third session of our educational Town Hall series, highlighting the many outdoor and recreational opportunities that the beautiful state of Vermont has to offer, as well as the benefit that these activities have for your overall wellness!

We heard from organizations across the state who shared valuable information to help you and your family get outdoors safely and enjoyably as the weather gets warmer!

Contributing Partners:

Stowe Vermont logoGreen Mountain Club LogoCenter for Community Geographic Information System
Vermont Forest, Parks & Recreation logoTrail Finder logoUpper Valley Trails Alliance logo Kidsvt.com logo

March 2021 Town Hall Event

Children gardening

Photo: Green Mountain Farm to School

Northeast Kingdom Food Access

Free Town Hall / Webinar • Held on March 25th

Webinar Resources:

Event Recording

Northeast Kingdom Food Access Town Hall Slides | PDF
Local Food Access at Green Mountain Farm-to-School Slides | PDF
Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging Slides | PDF
Everyone Eats: Find a Meal in the Northeast Kingdom | PNG
Northeast Kingdom Community Action Food Shelf Locations and Hours | PDF
Town Hall Poster |  PDF

The second session of our educational Town Hall series to deepen your understanding of the various food access programs across the Northeast Kingdom of Caledonia, Essex and Orleans Counties.

We heard from the leading local organizations that support food access to youth, families and the community at-large during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

Contributing Partners:

Barton Public Library Seed Exchange

Green Mountain Farm to School logoHunger Free Vermont logoNortheast Kingdom Council on Aging logoCommunity Action NEKCA logoCenter for an Agricultural Economy logoUnited Church of Newport logo

February 2021 Town Hall Event

Rural Vermont Housing

Chittenden County Housing Assistance

Free Town Hall / Webinar • Held on February 4th

Webinar Resources:

Event Recording

When to Refer to Vermont Legal Aid | PDF
Reasonable Accommodations | PDF
Chittenden County Housing Assistance Town Hall Hotline Resources | PDF

Discussion about housing assistance programs with leading local organizations in Chittenden County that provide shelter, safe-housing and rental assistance.

The event kicked off with a workshop hosted by Vermont Legal Aid on the topic of “Housing Discrimination Protections: Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications”.

This event provided information about housing protections and resources available to our most vulnerable community members.

Contributing Partners:
Economic Services, Vermont Legal Aid, CVOEO, ANEW Place, Pathways, and Steps to End Domestic Violence

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COVID Support VT helps people cope with the pandemic through education, emotional support and connections to community services that promote resilience, empowerment and recovery.

Supporting Vermonters to lead healthy and satisfying lives community by community.

EMAIL: Info@COVIDSupportVT.org

OFFICE: 802.828.7368

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