Life University

Group Hero imageYMCA support groups offer hope and provide 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.

Check out our  LIFE UNIVERSITY SPRING 2017 SCHEDULE or see which programs are offered at your local YMCA:

Making Change Stick

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Changing habits can be challenging for many; you are not alone. Designed to offer tools to support life change in spirit, mind, and body, this workshop helps you learn the research-based process of holistic change and the ingredients to achieve sustainable change.

Designed to offer tools to support sustainable life change in spirit, mind, and body, this workshop helps you learn the research-based process of holistic change.
Bremerton Family YMCA Register Now
Tuesday, April 4, 6-7:30pm
Thursday, May 4, 6-7:30pm
Tuesday, May 30, 6-7:30pm
Saturday, June 3, 10-11:30am
Thursday, June 15, 6-7:30pm

Gordon Family YMCA Register Now
Monday, April 3, 10-11:30am
Monday, April 17, 6-7:30pm
Tuesday, May 9, 6-7:30pm
Monday, May 15, 10-11:30am
Tuesday, June 20, 6-7:30pm

Haselwood Family YMCA  Register Now
Thursday, March 30, 10-11:30am
Friday, April 21, 1-2:30pm
Friday, May 5, 1-2:30pm
Friday, May 19, 4-5:30pm
Wednesday, June 14, 10:30-12pm

Lakewood Family YMCA Register Now
Sunday, April 2, 4:30-6pm
Friday, April 21, 10-11:30am
Monday, May 1, 4-5:30pm
Friday, May 19, 10-11:30am
Friday, June 2, 10-11:30am
Tuesday, June 20, 5-6:30pm
Monday, July10, 9:30-11am
Wednesday, August 30, 3:30-5pm
Tuesday, September 5, 6-7:30pm

Mel Korum Family YMCA Register Now
Wednesday, April 12, 10-11:30am AND 6:30-8pm
Wednesday, May 10, 10-11:30am AND 6:30-8pm
Wednesday, June 14, 10-11:30am AND 6:30-8pm
Wednesday, July 12, 10-11:30am AND 6:30-8pm
Wednesday, August 9, 10-11:30am AND 6:30-8pm

Morgan Family YMCA Register Now
Tuesday, April 4, 4-5:30pm (Kelsey Silver)
Monday, April 17, 6-7:30pm (Steve Shawcroft)
Monday, May 1, 12-1:30pm (Kelsey Silver)
Wednesday, May 15, 6-7:30pm (Steve Shawcroft)
Wednesday, June 7, 4:30-6pm (Kelsey Silver)
Monday, June 19, 6-7:30pm (Steve Shawcroft)

Tom Taylor YMCA Register Now
Tuesday, April 18, 4-5:45pm
Tuesday, May 16, 4-5:45pm
Tuesday, June 20, 4-5:45pm
Tuesday, July 18, 4-5:45pm
Tuesday, August 15, 4-5:45pm
Tuesday, September 19, 4-5:45pm
Tuesday, October 17, 4-5:45pm
Tuesday, November 14, 4-5:45pm
Tuesday, December 12, 4-5:45pm

Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom small groups were created by Scott Reall, a former Senior Wellness Director of a YMCA. Over several years, Scott saw that people were coming to the Y looking for a fitness routine and trying to make physical changes in their lives. However, he realized that no wellness plan in the world would work without addressing spiritual and emotional baggage.

The Journey to Freedom small groups are a place for you to come into a healing community which lays the foundation for successful change in your life in a group of 6-10 people. Participants address challenges related to loneliness, food and body image issues, grief, anxiety, destructive habits and much more.

The YMCA of Piece of Kitsap Counties has served over 1,500 participants in these small groups since 2009 and seen many lives transformed. 

Journey to Freedom: Developed for facing life's challenges, this small group led by supportive facilitators serves as a place of hope, healing, and restoration. Available at  Gordon (begins April 24), Haselwood (begins April 19),  Lakewood (begins April 10), and Morgan (begins April 18).

Journey to Living with Courage: Move away from a fear-based life to a life grounded in courage and freedom.  Participants are supported in a positive and nurturing small group environment. Available at  Mel Korum (begins April 27).

Journey to a Life of Significance: Discover purpose and develop a more positive self-image through honest dialogue around improving self-esteem and dealing with feelings of worthlessness, disappointment, and brokenness.  Participants work towards overcoming negative thought patterns through emotional healing, affirmation, and encouragement. Available at  Haselwood (begins April 19).

Journey to a New Beginning After Loss: In a supportive and healing environment, this small group aids those dealing with the pain and disappointment associated with loss of all kinds. Available at  Tom Taylor (begins April 26).

Journey to Healthy Living: Find freedom from food issues, eating disorders, and negative body image. This group provides support to help you achieve peace with your body and lifestyle. Each session includes 30 minutes of instructed moderate physical activity. Available at  Gordon (begins April 25), and  Lakewood (begins April 13).

Financial Peace University

Discover financial freedom by learning to manage personal finances, get control of spending, and set financial goals through the support of trained facilitators in a supportive, resourceful setting. Financial Peace University provides the resources and support needed by using acclaimed materials created by Dave Ramsey.

UPCOMING CLASSES:

Financial Peace University at Lakewood Family YMCA
Class Information: April 2 - June 11, Sundays 4-6pm
Cost: $100 (50% discount for those who qualify for Financial Assistance)
Register Now
For information or to register for any of the groups below visit the Welcome Center or contact Amy Boheman at aboheman@ymcapkc.org or 253-460-89244. 

Financial Peace University at Gordon Family YMCA
Class Information: April 2 - June 11, Sundays 3-5pm
Cost: $100 (50% discount for those who qualify for Financial Assistance)
Register Now
For information or to register for any of the groups below visit the Welcome Center or contact Matt Tricola at mtricola@ymcapkc.org or 253-534-4751.

Financial Peace University at Haselwood Family YMCA
Class Information: April 18 - June 13, Tuesdays 6:30-815pm
Cost: $100 (50% discount for those who qualify for Financial Assistance)
Register Now
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.

Financial Peace University at Morgan Family YMCA
Class Information: April 18 - June 13, Tuesdays 6-7:30pm
Cost: $100 (50% discount for those who qualify for Financial Assistance)
Register Now
For information or to register for any of the groups below visit the Welcome Center or contact Kelsey Silver at ksilver@ymcapkc.org or 253-460-8845.

Financial Peace University at Gordon Family YMCA
Class Information: June 1- August 3, Thursdays 6-8pm
Cost: $100 (50% discount for those who qualify for Financial Assistance)
Register Now
For information or to register for any of the groups below visit the Welcome Center or contact Matt Tricola at mtricola@ymcapkc.org or 253-534-4751.


Financial Peace University Helps the Howards Gain Control of Their Finances

On the surface it seemed like Jessica and Ngoma Howard were living the American dream. They were happily married, owned a house and cars, and had two children. In reality the Howard family was feeling the weight of debt from car payments, a mortgage, student loans, and credit cards.

FPU Howard FamilyTired of feeling stressed and hopeless about making payments, Jessica and Ngoma decided to join Financial Peace University, and offering of Life University. Using acclaimed materials created by Dave Ramsey, participants of Financial Peace University learn how to manage personal finances through the support of trained facilitators in a supportive, resourceful setting.

In just three months Jessica and Ngoma paid off $12,000 of debt. They are selling their home and cars so they can buy more affordable options. “We are finally telling our money what to do instead of letting it run us,” said Jessica. “It feels good to gain control.”

Floating Beyond Fear

This innovative class for adults combines group discussions and pool time designed to address fear of the water. We’ll discuss how your body naturally interacts with water, tools for remaining calm, and floating skills. You’ll be in a supportive environment with others who share and understand your fear. 

Watch this video to find out more: 

Upcoming classes:

Floating Beyond Fear at Lakewood Family YMCA
Class Information: April 4 - May 23, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:15pm
Cost: included in membership ($60 for non-YMCA members)
Register Now
Contact Amy Boheman at aboheman@ymcapkc.org or 253-460-89244 or visit the Welcome Center for more information.

Floating Beyond Fear at Tom Taylor Family YMCA
Class Information: April 15-June 3, Saturdays, 2-3:30pm
Cost: included in membership ($60 for non-YMCA members)
Register Now
Contact Stacy Datin at sdatin@ymcapkc.org or 253-534-7868 or visit the Welcome Center for more information.

Floating Beyond Fear at Mel Korum Family YMCA
Class Information: April 17-June 12, Mondays 11:30am-1pm
Cost: included in membership ($60 for non-YMCA members)
Register Now
Contact Jill Thaut at jthaut@ymcapkc.org or 253-460-8966 or visit the Welcome Center for more information.

Floating Beyond Fear at Haselwood Family YMCA
Class Information: April 20-June 8, Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: included in membership ($60 for non-YMCA members)
Register Now 
For information or to register visit the Welcome Center or contact Hillary Kimsey at hkimsey@ymcapkc.org or 360-307-4024. 

Parenting

2014-06-24_AOF_8098_RGBReceive support and encouragement as you learn how to raise responsible children, have more fun in your parenting role, and build a stronger relationship with your family.


UPCOMING CLASSES:

Parenting the Love and Logic WayTM Gordon YMCA
Class Information: April 6 - May 11, Thursdays, 6-8pm
Cost: $30
Register Now
For information or to register for any of the groups below visit the Welcome Center or contact Matt Tricola at mtricola@ymcapkc.org or 253-534-4751.

Parenting the Love and Logic WayTM at Morgan Family YMCA
Class Information: April 19 - May 24, Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm
Cost: $30
Register Now
For information or to register for any of the groups below visit the Welcome Center or  contact Kelsey Silver at ksilver@ymcapkc.org or 253-460-8845.

Relationship Enrichment

2014-06-25_AOF_12216_RGBCouples (married or not married) gain tools to improve communication, move beyond conflict, understand differences, and experience positive and lasting changes in their relationship.


Upcoming classes:

No classes currently available. Check out our other Life University classes above and find one that works for you. (PDF class schedule)

Stay Up-to-date! 
Contact Kim Cope at kcope@ymcapkc.org to be notified when new classes become available!