Life University

Group Hero imageYMCA support groups offer hope and provides a place for genuine relationships. Our groups, workshops, and seminars are based on research and Christian principles. People of diverse faiths or no faith are welcome and assured spiritual safety. Find help in navigating some of the most challenging and joyful aspects of life. 

Life University classes might be right for you if:

  • There’s an area of your life that you wish you could change.
  • You’re struggling with a relationship.
  • You’re having a hard time finding meaning in your life.
  • You’re in a challenging situation.
  • Your life isn’t where you want it to be.

Making Change Stick Workshops

Making change stick (orange)If you struggle to break old habits, feel stuck in a cycle of behavior or are contemplating change, the Making Change Stick Workshop is a great place to begin.

This hour and a half workshop helps you learn the research-based process of holistic change and gives you direction on where and how to start. Leave with the tools you need to make the change you’ve always wanted.

Cost:
No cost to YMCA members or community members
 
Class Information: 
Friday, May 19, 4-5:30pm
Wednesday, June 14, 10:30am-12pm
Thursday, June 29, 12-1:30pm
Monday, July 10, 5:30-7pm
 
For information or to register visit the Welcome Center or contact Hillary Kimsey at hkimsey@ymcapkc.org or 360-307-4024. 

Journey to Healthy Living

If you are struggling with your relationship to food and your body, Journey to Healthy Living provides support to help you achieve peace with your body and lifestyle. 

This eight-week class meets twice a week and includes moderate physical activity, book discussion, journaling, and food education within a supportive environment. This group presents a new way of thinking about the way food and body image interact with your mental, emotional, and spiritual health.  

Cost:
$50 YMCA Member
$65 Community Member

Class Information: 
July 10-August 30
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm

For information or to register visit the Welcome Center or contact Hillary Kimsey at hkimsey@ymcapkc.org or 360-307-4024. 

JACQUIE FINDS ENCOURAGEMENT THROUGH JOURNEY TO HEALTHY LIVING

For most of her life, JacQuie struggled with her feelings of self-worth, and relied on eating as a form of control. Recognizing that she needed help breaking unhealthy habits, she decided to participate in Journey to Freedom Healthy Living.

Journey to Healthy Living_2015_JacQuie Blake“I had a place to go where we were all safe to talk,” said JacQuie. “Everyone could say their thoughts and feelings uninterrupted and unchallenged, and that was encouraging.”

Journey to Healthy Living provides group support for those searching to find freedom from food issues, eating disorders, and negative body image.

This small group guides participants to achieve peace with their bodies and lifestyle.Since completing Journey to Freedom, JacQuie has been able to take control of her eating and enjoys making disciplined choices for nourishment. She has even begun taking care of her brother to help him make healthy eating choices.

“I am a different person now,” said JacQuie. “I get such happiness when I say no to unhealthy choices, and yes to healthy ones. Now that’s empowerment!”

Financial Peace University

If you are stressed about money or need a new plan to budget or manage your finances, Financial Peace University provides you with the tools to handle your money.

In Financial Peace University, join others in the common struggle of learning to manage personal finances, getting control of spending, and setting financial goals.  Trained facilitators provide a supportive environment, using materials created by Dave Ramsey. 

Cost:
$100 
50% discount for those who qualify for Financial Assistance

Class Information: 
No classes currently available at the Haselwood Y. Find other Journey to Freedom classes at another YMCA branches near you. (PDF class schedule)

Stay Up-to-date! 
Contact Hillary Kimsey at hkimsey@ymcapkc.org or 360-307-4024 to be notified when new classes become available. 

Journey to a Life of Significance

If you are struggling with self-esteem or dealing with feelings of worthlessness, disappointment, or brokenness, Journey to a Life of Significance will help you discover your value and self-worth.

Journey to a Life of Significance is a small group of six to ten people led by supportive facilitators who encourage honest dialogue around improving self-esteem. Work towards overcoming negative thought patterns through emotional healing, affirmation, and encouragement.

Cost:
$30 YMCA member
$45 Community member

Class Information: 
No classes currently available at the Haselwood Y. Find other Journey to Freedom classes at another YMCA branches near you. (PDF class schedule)

Stay Up-to-date! 
Contact Hillary Kimsey at hkimsey@ymcapkc.org or 360-307-4024 to be notified when new classes become available. 

Floating Beyond Fear

If you often miss out on water-based activities because of fear, discomfort or avoidance, Floating Beyond Fear provides a safe and supporting environment to address your fear of water. 

Floating Beyond Fear is a small group class led by facilitators who respect your process, personal story, and boundaries. It combines pool time with group discussions on how your body naturally interacts with water, tools for remaining calm, and floating skills. With the support and encouragement of those who understand your fear, you will work towards becoming confident around water.

Cost:
This class in included with membership.
$60 Community Members

Class Information: 
No classes currently available at the Haselwood Y. Find other Journey to Freedom classes at another YMCA branches near you. (PDF class schedule)

Stay Up-to-date! 
Contact Hillary Kimsey at hkimsey@ymcapkc.org or 360-307-4024 to be notified when new classes become available. 


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Journey to Freedom

If you need an inspiring and practical vision for change and self-improvement in your life, Journey to Freedom may be your first step.

Journey to Freedom offers a safe environment to explore improving your life, restoring hope and rebuilding your circle of encouragement. Become more self-aware and prepare for positive change in a small group of six to ten people led by supportive facilitators.

Cost:
$35 YMCA Member
$45 Community Member

Class Information: 
No classes currently available at the Haselwood Y. Find other Journey to Freedom classes at another YMCA branches near you. (PDF class schedule)

Stay Up-to-date! 
Contact Hillary Kimsey at hkimsey@ymcapkc.org or 360-307-4024 to be notified when new classes become available. 

Journey to a Life of Courage

If you are stuck or paralyzed by worry, stress, or anxiety, Journey to Living with Courage will help you face the fears in your life. In a safe setting, you will move away from a fear-based life, to a life grounded in courage and freedom.

You will be encouraged to acknowledge and face your personal fears, to live boldly as your true self, and to build a life of trust and courage.

Cost:
$35 YMCA Member
$45 Community Member

Class Information: 
No classes currently available at the Haselwood Y. Find other Journey to Freedom classes at another YMCA branches near you. (PDF class schedule)

Stay Up-to-date! 
Contact Hillary Kimsey at hkimsey@ymcapkc.org or 360-307-4024 to be notified when new classes become available. 

Journey to a New Beginning After Loss

If you have experienced loss of any kind, whether of a person you loved or something else, such as a relationship, financial security, dream or expectation, Journey to a New Beginning after Loss offers a caring place to work through the grief of any major life change.

In a small group of six to ten people, Journey to a New Beginning after Loss will help you walk through the pain of loss and work through the stages of grief.

Cost:
$35 YMCA Member
$45 Community Member

Class Information: 
No classes currently available at the Haselwood Y. Find other Journey to Freedom classes at another YMCA branches near you. (PDF class schedule)

Stay Up-to-date! 
Contact Hillary Kimsey at hkimsey@ymcapkc.org or 360-307-4024 to be notified when new classes become available. 


For information or to register for any of the groups below visit the Welcome Center or contact Hillary Kimsey at hkimsey@ymcapkc.org or 360-307-4024. Find out about other Life University classes at the YMCA.


Community members are welcome to participate in all Life University classes and are required to sign our guest waiver and present Photo ID upon entering our facilities. Additional fees may apply. 

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