Join us as we celebrate National Wellness Week! This first ever National Wellness Week takes place from September 19-25, 2011. Launched by SAMHSA as part of National Recovery Month, the goal is “to inspire individuals and organizations to get involved and take one step for wellness”. This year’s theme is “Living Wellness”.
At SpiritWorks we have used this week to begin a new initiative, “The 10,000 Club”, and launch our new Wellness Compass: Achieving Wellness Through Positive Self Care. We are excited to be one of the premier organizations in the country helping individuals improve their health and wellness. The 10,000 Club is an initiative designed to get people to move more. We have distributed a limited amount of pedometers and are encouraging people to take 10,000 steps per day. We hope to expand the distribution of pedometers with additional funding and get more people moving.
The Wellness Compass designed and produced by SpiritWorks Foundation takes the dimensions of wellness and incorporates goals, values, and time management principles to help individuals get and stay well. It is an expansion of the SpiritWorks Foundation Recovery Compass as it includes 2 additional dimension, Vocational and Financial.
We are thrilled to be rolling out these two new Center offerings and hope you will join us and benefit from their use.
Please contact me with any questions or if you need more information.
LET’S GET IN SHAPE!
Until next time…
SpiritWorks Foundation joins The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place in sponsoring, Lost in Woonsocket. The film is about two alcoholics who are missing for years and discovered living together in the back woods of Woonsocket R.I. Through a series of events the two are able to reunite with their families, go to treatment, experience recovery and achieve redemption. See what’s next for them and others like them following the screening of the film. A Q & A Panel Discussion follows which includes professionals and members of the recovery community. Tickets are available at the door for a cost of $10.00. The screening takes place on Friday, October 14, 2011 at the Williamsburg Regional Library at 6 pm.
I hope to see you there.
Until next time…
Many of you might ask, “where did it go?” . Yes summer is over my friends and it’s time again to slow down and settle in for fall and winter. We have had a great summer here. We are coming off of our annual SpiritWorks Summer Camp which was a tremendous success. And, a fabulous pre hurricane Irene 5K race, the Recovery Rocks Race. I am grateful to all who participated in both events. I am even more grateful to those who helped and supported those events. We could not have done it without you.
We have also been busy creating trainings, welcoming our new employee Tim, putting final touches on the Barn and preparing new programs. Fall will be an exciting Fall for us as well. I hope that you will find a way to connect with us by either stopping by, sending an email, giving us a call or posting a comment on my blog.
Until next time,
Did you know? Alcohol is the leading known preventable cause of mental and physical birth defects in the United States.
I write this to bring you awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day. Held the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the purpose is for the world to remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol. On this day people all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
I have witnessed the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome on several children and youth who now have lasting and permanent effects. It is devastating to the families, the communities and ultimately the whole of society.
For more information on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome visit www.fasday.com or http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/brain/fas.html#.
I’m recovering from a wonderful week of camp. Twenty children and youth descended upon Airfield 4H camp in Wakefield, VA for the 3rd Annual SpiritWorks Summer Camp. The beginning of the week started with horses from Rocky Hill Stables. The animals were massive, some up to 1500 pounds which caused me a bit of trepidation for my little guys and girls some who weighed less than 70 pounds. Barbara and her crew were great with the campers many of whom had never been around horses.
As I watched the relationships forming between the campers and the horses I was amazed at how they came about. Starting with grooming and ending with washing the horses each encounter seemed to build upon the previous one. Watching our younger campers lead Star through the obstacle course and one of our new campers fall in love with Bo was incredible. Being a witness to children painting their mandala drawings on the horses was beautiful. It is an experience that will stay with me forever. More to follow… Peace, Jan
I just wanted to make sure you knew about our upcoming 5K race. It is being held August 28, 2010 at York River State Park. This is our third annual race and we are excited to be sponsoring it with the Friends of York River State Park. Download and print your entry form. Recovery Rocks 5K, SpiritWorks Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia
See you there!
We are starting to get very excited about the upcoming SpiritWorks Summer Camp, August 23-27th. This will be our third year of camp and several of our campers will be returning again, many for the third time. This year promises to be as wonderful an experience as all of the others as this year the camp will feature HALT (Horse Assisted Leadership Training). The HALT program is experiential in nature with the horses being our assistant teachers. It will allow our campers to connect with their unique talents, gifts, skills, and personality. Since horses are used for emotional growth and learning the experience will require the children and youth to be emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally and socially engaged with the horses and themselves. It’s challenging for me to imagine what the experience will be like so stay tuned, I’m sure I will have lots to say about it, as will the children and youth.
We still have space in the camp for additional children and youth who are interested in attending. Visit the SpiritWorks Children and Youth page at www.spiritworksfoundation.org/?page_id=61 for more information and download the brochure.
And of course, stay tuned for updates, photos and additional information.