Join our year round educational peer support and wellness circle and be immersed into peer support skills, wellness studies, food for health practice, methods toward emotional balance and harm reduction approaches to addiction, trauma, and madness.
For people who are beginning down their path of recovery from extreme emotional storms, trauma or addiction, as well as family and caregivers, the Natural Path is a weekly gathering which includes classes and activities in the natural world, held throughout the four seasons.
By creating a middle step between personal jeopardy and positive societal interaction, peer support has been shown again and again to lead toward self-discovery, strengths-based connections, and hope. The Natural Path curriculum encompasses the basics of peer-to-peer support skills, including language which enhances recovery, working successfully and safely with extreme distress and trauma, emotional intelligence, tolerant harm reduction approaches, dialoguing with inner and outer voices, traditional Native Alaskan talking circles and healing rituals, and learning from alternative therapy methods Open Dialog and WRAP. We practice mindful meditations and listening circles. We garden together, cook together and learn together. The Natural Path includes knowledge about whole foods for whole health, and builds upon the interconnecting influences of nature and community.
We provide a shuttle service for those without rides. Participation is free.
Ionia thanks the Kenai Community Foundation for funding the Natural Path course manuals and Ionia Community recipe Booklets for all participants!