Circle Calendar 2017/18

2017/18 classes will be held at at the Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River Campus.

 

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
Ionia is partnering with the Kenai Peninsula Reentry Coalition to bring us a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) workshop. The WRAP system focuses on strength based planning to overcome any life challenge. The goal is to empower ourselves to take on positive change and build a plan for how to create the life we want.

on September 18 & 19, 9 am – 4:30 pm

 

 

NATURAL PATH INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME
We will set the course for the year of support and learning together with some shared storytelling and mindful meditation as well as logistics for rides, questions and introduction.
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PEER TO PEER CO-COUNSELING
Co-counseling is a grassroots method of personal change based on reciprocal peer counseling. It uses simple methods. Time is shared equally and the essential requirement of the person taking their turn in the role of counselor is to learn to listen and give their full attention to the other person.

October 12 &13,  26 & 27, 12:30 – 5 pm 

 

 

FOOD FOR HEALTH: FOUNDATION of RESILIENCE
We will talk about relevant personal health issues with a holistic approach, including The Spirit of Recovery, Menu Planning Made Easy, The Kidneys: Key to Our Vitality & Ten Steps to Strengthening Health.

November  16 & 17,  12:30 – 5 pm

 

 

COOKING CLASS CIRCLE
Learn with the Ionia cooks to create delicious grains and vegetables in a balanced approach. If you need practical help purchasing, planning, cooking, serving and saving good food, then come learn with us.

December  7-8, 12:30 – 5 pm

 
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Most people have heard of First Aid and CPR to address physical distress, but what happens when someone is exhibiting signs of emotional or mental distress? This training will helps participants identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. We will learn about the risk factors and warning signs, and how to respond appropriately in a variety of situations such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed. Just as CPR training helps a layperson with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, this training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate professional help arrives.

January 11-12, 12:30 – 5 pm

 

 

STUDY/SUPPORT CIRCLE

Time to check in, review, practice.  January 25, 6-9 pm 

 

 

HARM REDUCTION APPROACH TO MADNESS,ADDICTION AND TRAUMA
including negotiating with harmful habits, alternative views on madness, and interpreting yes, no and maybe signals in ones body.

February 22-23, 12:30 – 5 pm

 

 
FINDING SUCCESS WITH PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES
Peer to peer straight talk about medications, marijuana, alcohol, herbs, nicotine, caffeine, sugars and other mind altering drugs. How can they hurt us? How can they help us?
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LEARNING FROM SUCCESS: RECOVERY MODELS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
Let’s get a introduction to what’s working in behavioral health practices in parts of America and other countries in these modern times.

March 1-2, 12:30 – 5 pm

 

 

INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA & TRADITIONAL PLANT MEDICINE
Addictions, alcoholism as well as emotional imbalances may have their root in our grandparents’ generation. We will explore epigenetic trauma and how events from our historical past may be effecting us today. Plants too have long memories and can be  powerful medicine. Most modern pharmaceuticals are extracted from, and are based in, traditional plant based therapies, used for thousands of years by indigenous peoples. We will explore the latest knowledge on how best to use botanicals for recovery and stability.

March 22-23, 12:30 – 5 pm

 

 

WELLNESS RECOVERY ACTION PLAN
WRAP was developed in by people in Vermont in 1977 who had been living with a variety of mental health challenges and addictions who were working hard to feel better and get on with their lives. A key leader among those brave pioneers was Mary Ellen Copeland, a woman who had been struggling with anxiety, depression, and extreme mood swings that had caused her to experience social isolation, economic hardship, and repeated hospitalizations. Seeking to restore her health and reclaim her life, she began her own journey to find strategies for recovery by conducting a survey of her peers on the subject. From the 125 survey responses she received, Mary Ellen identified five key concepts to recovery – Hope, Personal Responsibility, Education, Self-Advocacy and Support – along with “tricks” for feeling better, which would later be called wellness tools. Mary Ellen and a colleague, Jane Winterling, worked together to develop a simple system for organizing a personal “wellness recovery action plan.”

April 12-13, 9 am – 4:30 pm

 

 

STUDY/SUPPORT CIRCLE
Time to check in, review, practice.  April 26, 6-9 pm

 

 

NOTES FROM MEDICAL SCHOOL:
We will examine evidence for diet and nutrition, physical activity and mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral approaches, as well as exposure to nature in the prevention and treatment of neuro-psychiatric disorders. We will learn about  the impact of diet on the mind; the impact of exercise on the mind; and the impact of the mind on the mind.

May 10-11, 12:30 – 5 pm

 

 

STUDY/SUPPORT CIRCLE
Time to check in, review, practice.  May 24, 2-5 pm

 

 

THE HEALING POWER OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
We will navigate the conscious and subconscious minds and how they work as antagonistic and complementary opposites – the yin and yang of perception. Whether you struggle with blocks from the past, or would just like to pay more attention, come to this class to find out how to mobilize more of your power.
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COOKING FOR VIRILITY AND VITALITY
If you feel baffled (or bored) by whole plant foods and feel maybe you need to eat animals to feel like a real man or woman, this is the class for you. We will go into the benefits of powerful plant foods for your romantic life, your ability to perform and persist, and, yes, your sexiness quotient. You will leave class confident and excited to hit the kitchen.

June 14-15, 12:30 – 5 pm

 
CLOSING CIRCLE
Let’s check in, review, and celebrate our successes together. June 28, 2-5 pm