The Natural Path

A learning environment where common sense can come alive.

  • For those seeking natural tools for recovery from mental illnesses, addictions and other life challenges.

  • For those pursuing a career in peer support or wellness and seeking to become an Alaska trained Peer Support Specialist or Wellness Coach.

  • For those wanting to learn more about naturally maintaining health and wellness.




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Held quarterly at The Spot in Kenai (see calendar for dates)

$25 class fee

WRAP is a 20 hour self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. Developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to

overcome their mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals, it is now used extensively by healthcare systems, and people in all kinds of circumstances, to address all kinds of physical, mental health and

life issues.  WRAP has been studied extensively in rigorous research projects and is an Evidence- based Program and Practice.





Held at Kenai Peninsula College, Monday & Wednesday afternoons January – April, and, available via (live) distance learning at other UAA campus’. (See calendar for dates and times)

3 credits: $646 paid in full through UAA  (inquire about scholarship opportunities)


Course Description:

Participants will learn peer to peer and self help behavioral health approaches which support recovery and successful prevention of relapse. Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other – when they inspire and empower each other.   Peer Support skills and methods taught in this class include Hope, Mutuality & Being With, Choice & Empowerment, Solutions-based Planning, Intentional Listening, Ethics and Boundaries. Students will learn best practices in alignment with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s Peer Support Core Competencies. These approaches can help create healthy, respectful peer relationships and a developed sense of empathy which prevent bullying behavior and discrimination, and increase a sense of belonging and positive mental health. We will also study renown models of peer support from around the world.

This course is co-taught by people in successful recovery from behavioral health issues, and is offered especially for people who have personally experienced traumas, mental illness and/or addiction in their families, with friends or themselves – as well as all students of behavioral health.





Held at Kenai Peninsula College, and the Ionia Community Center in Kasilof,  Monday evenings January – April. (See calendar for dates and times.)

2 credits: $424 paid in full through UAA (inquire about scholarship opportunities)


Course Description:

Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth, an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Students will learn about the factors which impact ones’ wellness, as well as basics for twelve different disciplines which support naturally maintaining joy, health and well being. These include: energetics of food and health, delicious plant-based macrobiotic cooking, mindfulness practices, movement and nature, plant medicine, peer support co-counseling, psychoactive substances, massage and body rub, aromatherapy & homeopathy. We will also study renown centers for wellness from around the world.

This class is co-taught by experts with years of experience in natural wellness disciplines. It is offered both for students who have a personal interest in living more healthfully and joyfully, as well as those who want to pursue a career as a wellness coach or alternative health practitioner.






Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course in February that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

Brought to you by IONIA, the Alaska Training Cooperative and Kenai Peninsula College – see calendar for dates.






for youth ages 13-17

Held at Ionia in Kasilof on September 22-23

Cost: free


In these modern more fragmented times, corporate financial concerns often supersede more grounded common sense priorities about food, social structures and daily activities. This can create a kind of modern cultural trauma. The prevalence of refined, addictive and chemicalized foods eaten by the last few generations, combined with the aloneness and lack of physical activity in the modern lifestyle, have led to dramatic increases in obesity and diabetes, heart disease, hyper-tension, alcoholism and behavioral illnesses, including domestic violence and suicide. To address these modern cultural ills, Ionia, in partnership with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, is hosting an annual retreat camp for teens, called Healing Our Future.

This weekend is designed to immerse participants in natural plant based foods, new wholesome friendships, mindful adventures in nature, and traditional crafts. Featuring Guest teachers Doug, Amy and Charlie Modig, and Lee Corey Ludden.





Inspiring and thought provoking films about wellness, community, recovery and peer support, held on Friday evenings in December and January at the Soldotna Community Library.

(Includes healthy snacks and drinks)

Cost: free


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