Welcome to New Directions! Now in our 35th Year!

Your premier support group in the Philadelphia area for people with Depression, Bipolar Disorder and their Loved Ones. Call us at 215-659-2366 or email us at [email protected] 

***WHERE helping others is the best way to help yourself!!!***

NEW:  Click to download The Compass, Spring 2019

If you’ve read our online Compass, we’d appreciate your tax-deductible donation.

New Directions, Box 181, Hatboro, PA 19040 OR your PayPal account. THANKS!

NOTE:  We publish new work – poems or opinions – under Online Kaleidoscope. If interested, please email [email protected]

SEE SCHEDULE BELOW … OR ON RIGHT. Team Leaders include: Ada Moss Fleisher, Helen Kirschner, Fontaine Caldwell. Carole and Gregory Hodges run our Loved Ones’ Group.  Photo by Greg Hodges, lower right. Ruth Z Deming, MGPGP, founder/director, in her “Ask me Why I have 3 kidneys T-shirt.” Taking lithium for 16 yrs ruined her kidneys and she had a transplant. Read her Lithium post. For other famous people w/mood disorders click here.

2019 Meetings and Events


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Tuesday, October 1, SPEAKER MEETING at Abington Prez Church, from 7 to 9:15 pm. View below for address. LORI VOLTMER will do yoga with us. Read more about Lori at bottom of page. 

Thursday, October 10, DAYTIME MEETING at the Giant from 10 am to noon. View below for address. 

Tues, EVENING MEETING, Abington Prez Church, October 15, from 7 pm until 9:15 pm

Thursday, DAYTIME MEETING, October 24, at the Giant, from 10 am to noon

Our EVENING MEETINGS are the FIRST and THIRD Tuesdays of the month at Abington Presbyterian Church, 1082 York Road at Susquehanna, Abington PA 19001.

Time is 7 to 9:15 pm. We ask a donation of $5 per person or $8 for entire family.

Our DAYTIME MEETINGS are the SECOND and FOURTH Thursdays at Willow Grove Giant Supermarket, 315 York Road, Willow Grove PA 19090. Time is 10 am until Noon. Enter Giant on right of store, make quick right and take stairs or elevator to second floor. Classroom number will be posted.

NOTE FROM LORI VOLKMER:  Members should  bring water – and perhaps a light blanket for the relaxation. It will be a more talk and exercise, rather than a full yoga session – just so we can all be on the same page. Nothing to be concerned about.

Kundalini is a somewhat strenuous yoga – right up my alley – but I toned it down for Pennypack Trust’s yogi’s and they love it! Asanas not held too long, not much chanting/singing – so I just do what they love. Although, with my recurring students, I do give them more challenging sets!

I took Hatha classes for 8 years or so, but when I took a kundalini class, it just knocked my socks off!  I am a very physical person – love strong workouts – and it just ‘spoke to me’! I actually feel empty when I just do a hatha class – no meditation for one thing.

So, let’s just say it’s a blended yoga class – geared toward a soft workout and a total relaxation!

JULY 13, 2019: Our Annual Arts Fest was a huge success. We plan to host another one before year’s end. 

View previous Arts Fest here.


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