Poetry & Life Transitions Group

Sundays 3:00 pm -4:30 pm, (July 21, July 24, Aug 4, Aug 18)

Join like-minded others to explore your life transitions through poetry.  Explore the works of Maya Angelou, Mary Oliver, John O'Donohue, David Whyte, Audre Lorde, Langston Hughes, and your favorite poets in a casual, relaxed setting that invites you to dive deep into shared experiences of joy, sorrow, and the inevitable changes of life. Enjoy the poets' wisdom and the support of others.  Co-facilitated with Heather Pizzanello, Ph.D., LCSW and held at Contemplative Insights, LLC located at Mercy by the Sea. To register, please email, or call Dana at (203) 738-9096. Cost is $200 for the series.

Heather holds an MSW from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and a Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from Smith College.  She has been a practicing clinical social worker for fifteen years and has taught for several years in the Social Work Department at Southern Connecticut State University.  Heather first fell in love with literature and poetry as a high school student where it awakened her consciousness surrounding issues related to the human condition and social justice.  It was this love of literature that compelled her to double major in psychology and literature as an undergraduate student at Wheaton College (MA).  Heather's passion for literature and poetry continues to sustain her and influence her in all that she does and served as the impetus for her desire to co-facilitate this poetry discussion group.

Spring Flowers

Day of Mindfulness for Teachers and School Staff

Sunday, September 15, 2019    9:00 am- 4:00 pm   $30, includes lunch

In this challenging time the school setting is often stressful for teachers and staff. Join us to experience mindfulness practices designed to reduce your stress and anxiety, and promote overall well-being and health. Learn how to develop a personal mindfulness practice, or deepen your existing practice. There will be periods of silence, poetry, reflections, mindful dialogue, guided kindness and compassion practices, and listening deeply to the wisdom in the room. This is an opportunity to log onto your “inner net” in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere with other teachers and staff. No experience necessary. 

To register, visit:

This program is offered in collaboration with Jerry Silbert, MD.  Jerry is a physician trained at the Harvard Mind Body Medical Institute, and with Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center For Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  He has been facilitating mindfulness retreats for over 22 years.  He is currently the executive director of the environmental and health non-profit The Watershed Partnership.

Writing Support Group


Monthly group for professionals seeking inspiration, support, and accountability with their writing projects.  Meetings will held at Contemplative Insights, LLC located at Mercy by the Sea in Madison, CT.  Six session commitment requested.  Fee is $180 for 6 sessions. To register, email

Mentoring Circles


A Mentoring Circle is an intentional space in which a small group gathers to inspire, support and guide one another to meet individual objectives.  Now forming Mentoring Circles for individuals seeking professional development support in a group setting.  Monthly sessions will be held at Contemplative Insights, LLC located at Mercy by the Sea in Madison, CT. Six session commitment requested.  Fee is $150 for 6 sessions, with sliding fee scale available. To express interest, please email

Contemplative Insights, llc