Upcoming Groups & Workshops:
Journaling Without Lines: An arts-based workshop series for survivors
– Tuesday, Sept. 20 – Quotes
– Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Poetry
– Tuesday, Nov. 15 – Music
The Center and HappymessART Studios are jointly offering a three-part art journaling workshop series for survivors of sexual violence and abuse. Each month we will combine visual art activities with writing prompts that promote healing and self-care. This is an opportunity to express yourself and explore your inner artist in a safe space. Participants are welcome to join one or more sessions. These workshops are for people of all gender identities and expressions. All levels of artistic and writing ability welcome.
Contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at email@example.com or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.
Monthly Self-Care Workshops for Survivors
When: Every 3rd Sunday of the month
Each month focuses on a different tool for self-care or self-exploration to help you on your healing journey. The goal of these workshops is to provide an opportunity to learn and practice self-care skills together. Survivors of all genders are welcome to attend.
Fall 2016 Workshop Schedule:
August 21 | Meditation & Mindfulness
Stress is a normal part of life, and when we experience a trauma our stress levels often increase and become more difficult to cope with. Meditation is a tool that we can use to transform stress into learning, resilience, self-confidence, and, ultimately, inner peace. In this workshop Ethan will teach participants traditional principles and techniques of meditating on the breath and meditating on positive states of mind. We will also discuss ways to practice mindfulness, patience, and compassion in our daily activities. All levels of experience with meditation are welcome. Space is limited, so please register ASAP!
September 18 | Let’s Talk Self-Care
What is “self-care”? What does self-care look like in your life? What are you doing and what would you like to be doing? What prevents you from taking the time to care for YOU? In this workshop we will dig deeper into the concept of self-care. Participants will have a chance to discuss, make customized self-care plans, and re-commit themselves to personal mental health.
October 16 | An Afternoon with Pups
Join us for a laid-back afternoon of puppy petting, play, and canine companionship. Volunteers with UNC PAWS will be bringing puppies to OCRCC from the Puppy Development Center, where they train to become service dogs. Spending time with dogs has been shown to decrease trauma survivor’s anxiety, improve their sleep, and decrease loneliness. Don’t miss this opportunity for some canine attention! Space is limited, so register ASAP! This workshop is not recommended for people with dog allergies or sensitivities.
November 20 | Zen Meditation
This trauma-informed meditation workshop will introduce novices to the practice of being in the moment with their thoughts and offer veterans a chance to practice with other survivors. Kye will guide participants through seated and walking meditations, grounded in Zen practice. Participants are welcome (not required) to bring cushions, blankets, etc. Space is limited, so register ASAP!
Pre-registration is required for each workshop. Space is limited. Please contact Client Services Director Bethany Wichman-Buescher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-968-4647 for more info or to register.