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Buttonwood Tree Events: 2021

Submitted by Anne-Marie Cannata McEwen.

May Art Exhibition:

A series of paintings by Stefanie Karas

Stefanie Karas was born in Waterbury CT to loving parents Carl and Irena Karas who have been the biggest supporters of her artistic talents. Stefanie’s journey as an artist began when her mom caught her doodling on her notepad at the age of 2. From that moment it was crayons, markers, art supplies, and art programs. Although Stefanie pursued swimming and music during college and the years after, in 2017 she decided to follow through with her art once again only this time, for her career. Currently, Stefanie paints commission pieces, teaches her own painting classes in person and online via Zoom and does face and body paint for kids parties, local events, and even adult private clients. More information about her can be found on her Facebook, her Instagram, @dubstefanoodle, or on her website

Special Events:

Reiki Level 1 Class

Two Parts – May 16th and 23rd | 10 AM – 3:30 PM | $150 Buttonwood Tree Members /$160 Non-members

Through a two-part series of small classes with individualized instruction, you can become a Reiki Practitioner for treatment of self and others.

Concepts taught include Hand Protocol for self, chair, and table sessions with ample practice time, benefits of Reiki Treatment, history of Reiki, and Reiki precepts. CDC protocol is followed. Sign up via

Reiki Level 2 Class

One Part only – June 5th | 10 AM – 4:00 PM | $150 Buttonwood Tree Members /$160 Non-members

For Reiki Level 1 practitioners who want to deepen their practice. Participants will learn the use of the three Usui symbols to use for inpatient or remote treatment.

Participants are required to have a Reiki 1 certificate and 4 months of practice on self or others.

Concepts taught include how to give distant Reiki Treatment and the use of Usui Reiki symbols

A certificate will be awarded upon completion of class. CDC protocol is followed. Sign up via

Regular Events:

CC Arshagra’s The Human Room Open Voice

May 9th | Free/Pay what you can.

Seeds of change are being planted! TBT presents CC Arshagra’s newly launched event, The Human Room Open Voice, available on the 2nd Sunday of the month. This hybrid free-speech platform begins as the familiar structure of the Open-Microphone and expands into a new paradigm of expression, presented online for world-wide participation, all for the good of Humanity. Nonprofits and experimental art forms welcome! Must register to attend.

Laughter Yoga

May 18th | 7 – 8 PM | Free – Donations Appreciated | See for Zoom Access

Hosted on the 3rd Tuesday of the month by local laughter yoga leader, Mylène Claire Poitras. Laughter Yoga is a world-wide phenomenon that began in India by a medical doctor in 1995. It is practiced in 68 countries for a healthier, happier life. It involves child-like play with meditation and breathing exercises and laughing (no yoga mats needed).

Anything Goes Open Mic 

Mondays | 6:30 – 10 PM | $5 – 10 Suggested Donation | See for Zoom Access

Anything Goes Open Mic is exactly what it sounds like… ANYTHING GOES! Read a poem, tell a story, sing a song, or share what you are grateful for! Stop by one of Buttonwood’s most popular events and share a bit of you! Join at 6:30 PM to warm up, get on the list, and adjust your microphone. The open mic will start at 7:00 PM and goes to about 9:30 PM with rotating hosts every week.

Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta

Thursdays | 6:30 – 10:00 PM | $5 | See for Zoom Access

Every Thursday of the month, Bob Gotta hosts an acoustic open mic with sign-up starting at 6:30 PM.

Come play and be heard! All Buttonwood programs include “Moments of Gratitude.”

Aligned with Source: Empowering Workshop for Self-Awareness

Saturdays | 10:30 AM – 12:15pm | $10 – First Class Complimentary | See for Zoom Access

A Spiritual & Holistic Healer from India, Annaita Gandhy is experienced in various healing modalities in a wide range of situations. In these interactive workshops, Annaita seeks to empower, sharing her deep understanding of life, holism and spirituality, enabling you to rise above life’s challenges, live a healthy, fulfilled & confident life. More info write to

Photos provided by Buttonwood Tree.



Sharon Challenger
Sharon Challenger
I am a professional Scenic Artist and have also worked as a Systems Analyst and Senior Programmer Analyst for the Travelers and Yale University. Education: Post University, Wesleyan University and Yale University School of Drama.

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