Tag Archive for: mental-health


WINC (Winona in Nature & Community) Retreat

Join the Winona in Nature Community Project (WINC) on Sunday, October 1st from 1-4PM for a nature & well-being retreat at the beautiful Holzinger Lodge (925 W Lake Blvd, Winona).  This retreat is open to all ages 16 years and older and will provide connection with nature, conversation, education and helpful tips about mental wellbeing.  Trained mental health care providers and nature enthusiasts will lead interactive mindfulness practices, movement, hiking, art, play and ideas about how to stay engaged with nature all year long.  Hot tea and light snacks will be provided. Registration is required.

The WINC Project, led by Winona’s Dharma River organization, is made possible by generous funding from the Winona Community Foundation and these strolls are done in partnership with the Winona Public Library the Driftless Regional Read.

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Driftless Regional Read book

Driftless Regional Read 2023

The Winona Public Library along with the La Crescent, La Crosse County, La Crosse Public Libraries and several other partners are, again, participating in a regional read, the Driftless Regional Read.

Community members are tasked with reading What Happened to You by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey. “Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” – from the publisher.

What Happened to You will be available in a Little Free Library near you and the Winona Public Library beginning Tuesday, September 5th.  The Library’s Regional Read book discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 4th from 2-3 PM.

For information on various events happening between the bluffs, see the Driftless Regional Read Website at driftlessregionalread.com.


Mental Health Resource Fair

Learn about all the resources available in the Winona Area Community during the Mental Health Resource Fair at the Winona Public Library on Saturday, October 7th from 10AM-12PM.  At 10:30AM, there will be a Behavior Modification Activity offered by Winona Health’s Kattie Tibbs, LPCC.  The activity demonstrates the challenge of making changes and the importance of vulnerability and mental health.

Vendors can register for a table using the link below.

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Brain Stuff: How to Make Friends with Your Nervous System

On Tuesday, October 17th at 4:30pm in the Library’s Bell Art Room teens ages 13-18 are welcome to meet with the Joy Labs’ Sarah Johnson to discuss brain stuff. Our nervous system is designed to keep us alive–which sometimes is at odds with our ability to take in new information. Dr Dan Siegel developed the concept of the Window of Tolerance to help us be more aware of and effective in responding to our internal states. In this interactive session, we will learn a bit about our nervous system and how to respond when we’re out of our Window. There will also be time for art and mini-murals. Registration is required.

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Brain Architect Game & Film Showing of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

On Thursday, October 19th from 4-6pm, play a game and watch a film at the Winona Public Library. The Brain Architect Game helps us understand what happens when the brain is built and how we can understand what makes a strong base, and what things can build it up. The game is played using cards describing various life experiences and are drawn to determine which materials are used to construct model brains. Players gain a pipe cleaner and a straw for each positive experience, while just a pipe cleaner is earned for every negative experience.

Following the game, the film, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope, will be shown. The film shows how stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death.