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. 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 SCHEDULE or see which programs are offered at your local YMCA:

Making Change Stick

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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. 

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.


Bremerton Family YMCA
Thursday, January 10, 5:30-7pm
Tuesday, January 15, 6:30-8pm
Saturday, January 26, 9:30-11:30am
Tuesday, February 5, 5:30-7pm
Tuesday, February 19, 6:30-8pm
Tuesday, March 5, 6-7:30pm
Friday, March 15, 10-11:30am
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Gordon Family YMCA
Sunday, January 13, 12-1:30pm
Sunday, February 17, 12-1:30pm
Sunday, March 24, 12-1:30pm
Sunday, April 28, 12-1:30pm
Wednesday, May 8, 12-1:30pm
Sunday, May 26, 12-1:30pm
Sunday, June 23, 12-1:30pm
Sunday, July 21, 12-1:30pm
Sunday, August 18, 12-1:30pm
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Haselwood Family YMCA
Thursday, January 10, 5-6:30pm
Thursday, January 24, 12:30-2pm
Monday, February 11, 12-1:30pm
Thursday, February 28, 5-6:30pm
Monday, March 11, 12:30-2pm
Thursday, March 28, 5-6:30pm
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Lakewood Family YMCA
Tuesday, January 29, 5:30-7pm
Friday, February 8, 10-11:30am
Tuesday, February 19, 5:30-7pm
Sunday, March 3, 12-1:30pm
Friday, March 15, 10-11:30am
Friday, April 5, 10-11:30am
Tuesday, April 16, 5:30-7pm

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Mel Korum Family YMCA
Monday, January 14, 10:30-11:45am
Monday, January 28, 10:30-11:45am
Wednesday, February 13, 10:30-11:45am
Wednesday, March 13, 10:30-11:45am
Wednesday, April 10, 10:30-11:45am
Wednesday, May 8, 10:30-11:45am
Wednesday, May 22, 10:30-11:45am
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Morgan Family YMCA
Monday, January 14, 10:30am-12pm
Thursday, January 31, 1:30-3pm
Monday, February 11, 3:30-5pm
Monday, February 25, 1-2:30pm
Thursday, March 14, 1:30-3pm
Monday, March 25, 3:30-5pm
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Tacoma Center YMCA 
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Tom Taylor YMCA
Tuesday, January 1, 4:30-6pm
Tuesday, January 15, 4:30-6pm
Tuesday, January 29, 4:30-6pm
Tuesday, February 12, 4:30-6pm
Tuesday, February 26, 4:30-6pm
Tuesday, March 12, 4:30-6pm
Tuesday, March 26, 4:30-6pm
Tuesday, April 9, 4-6:30pm
Tuesday, April 23, 4-6:30pm
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Journey to Freedom

At the Y, we know the health of your spirit and mind are just as important as the health of your body. The everyday stresses and anxieties of life are hard to deal with on your own, but our Journey to Freedom support groups can help you navigate those challenges.

The Journey to Freedom support 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 YMCA of Piece of Kitsap Counties has served over 1,500 participants in these support 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 Family YMCA 
Fridays, February 1-March 29, 6-7:30pm - tailored for teens 
Sundays, February 10-March 31, 12-1:30pm 

Haselwood Family YMCA
Wednesdays, January 23-March 20, 10:30am-12pm

Lakewood Family YMCA 
Tuesdays, January 8-February 26, 12-1:30pm

Mel Korum Family YMCA 
Tuesdays, February 7-March 28, 11am-12:30pm

Morgan Family YMCA
Wednesdays, January 23-March 13, 10:30am-12pm

Tom Taylor Family YMCA 
Tuesdays, January 29-March 19, 10:30am-12pm
Mondays, February 4-March 25, 4:30-6pm

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: 

Gordon Family YMCA
Thursdays, January 21-March 14, 10-11:30am

Haselwood Family YMCA
Fridays, February 15-April 5, 12:30-2pm

Lakewood Family YMCA 
Sundays, February 3-March 31, 4-5:30pm

Morgan Family YMCA
Mondays, January 21-March 11, 5:30-7pm

Tom Taylor Family YMCA 
Thursdays, Feburary 7-March 28, 10:30-12pm

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: 

Haselwood Family YMCA
Mondays and Wednesdays, February 11-April 1, 5:30-7:30pm

Mel Korum Family YMCA 
Wednesdays, February 20-April 10, 5:30-7pm

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.

Haselwood Family YMCA
Thursdays, February 21-April 11, 6-7:30pm

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. 

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.

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

Upcoming classes:

Haselwood Family YMCA 
Tuesdays, January 29-March 26, 6:30-8:30pm

Lakewood Family YMCA 
Thursdays, January 31-March 28, 6-8pm

Mel Korum Family YMCA 
Thursdays, February 21-April 18, 6:30-8:30pm

Tom Taylor Family YMCA 
Wednesdays, January 16-March 13, 6-8pm

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.”


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.


No classes available this quarter. 

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)

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