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:

Bremerton Family YMCA 2261 Homer Jones Dr, Bremerton, WA 98310
Gordon Family YMCA 16101 64th St E, Sumner, WA 98390
Haselwood Family YMCA 3909 NW Randall Way, Silverdale, WA 98383
Lakewood Family YMCA 9715 Lakewood Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
Mel Korum Family YMCA 302 43rd Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98374
Morgan Family YMCA 1002 S Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98465
Tacoma Center YMCA 1144 Market St, Tacoma, WA 98402
Tom Taylor Family YMCA 10550 Harbor Hill Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Making Change Stick

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. 

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, December 28, 12-1:30pm
Tuesday, January 30, 12-1:30pm
Tuesday, January 30, 6:30-8pm
Tuesday, February 13, 6:30-8pm
Tuesday, February 27, 12-1:30pm
Tuesday, February 27, 6:30-8pm
Tuesday, March 20, 12-1:30pm
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Gordon Family YMCA
Sunday, February 4, 12-1:30pm
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Haselwood Family YMCA
Wednesday, January 10, 12-1:30pm
Wednesday, February 7, 12-1:30pm
Wednesday, February 21, 12-1:30pm
Thursday, March 8, 10:30-12pm
Wednesday, March 21, 5:30-7pm
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Lakewood Family YMCA
Tuesday, ​December 26, 5-6:30pm
Friday, January 5, 10-11:30am
Tuesday, January 16, 5-6:30pm
Friday, February 9, 10-11:30am
Monday, February 19, 4-5:30pm
Friday, March 9, 10-11:30am
Monday, March 19, 4:30-6pm
Friday, April 13, 10-11:30am
Monday, April 30, 6:30-8pm 
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Mel Korum Family YMCA
Wednesday, January 10, 10:30-11:45am
Tuesday, February 6, 10-11:30am
Saturday, February 24, 1-2:15pm
Thursday, March 1, 9-10:15am
Saturday, March 24, 1-2:15pm
Wednesday, April 4, 3-4:15pm
Tuesday, April 24, 9:30-10:45am
Tuesday, May 8, 11-12:15pm
Saturday, May 26, 1-2:15pm 
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Tacoma Center YMCA 
Monday, February 19, 5:30-6:30pm
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Tom Taylor YMCA
Tuesday, January 16, 5-6:45pm
Tuesday, February 20, 5-6:45pm
Tuesday, March 20, 5-6:45pm
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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 Family YMCA February 1-March 29, Thursdays 6-7:30pm
Lakewood Family YMCA January 30-March 20, Tuesdays 6-8pm 
Tom Taylor Family YMCA February 2-March 23, Fridays 4:30-6pm

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. No classes currently available.

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. No classes currently available.  

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:
Haselwood Family YMCA February 6-March 27, Tuesdays 5:30-7pm
Tom Taylor Family YMCA February 13-April 3, Tuesdays 1-2:30pm 

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 February 5-March 28, Mondays and Wednesdays 5-7pm 
Lakewood Family YMCA January 30-March 22, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8pm 

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 Morgan Family YMCA
Class Information: January 22-March 19, Mondays 6-7:30pm
Cost: $100  |  50% discount for those who qualify for Financial Assistance
Contact: Kelsey Silver at or 253-460-8845
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Financial Peace University at Lakewood Family YMCA
Class Information: January 26-March 23, Fridays, 6-8pm
Cost: $100  |  50% discount for those who qualify for Financial Assistance
Contact: Amy Boheman at or 253-460-8924
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Financial Peace University at Haselwood YMCA
Class Information: January 18-March 15, Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: $100  |  50% discount for those who qualify for Financial Assistance
Contact: Amanda Chance at or 360-307-4024
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Financial Peace University at Mel Korum YMCA
Class Information: February 15-April 12, Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm 
Cost: $100  |  50% discount for those who qualify for Financial Assistance
Contact: Jill Thaut at or 253-460-8966
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Financial Peace University at Tom Taylor YMCA 
Class Information: February 7-April 4, Wednesdays 6-8pm
Cost: $100  |  50% discount for those who qualify for Financial Assistance
Contact: Stacy Datin at or 253-534-7868
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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.


Parenting the Love and Logic WayTM at Morgan Family YMCA
Class Information: February 8 - March 22, Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm
Cost: $30
Contact: Kelsey Silver at or 253-460-8845
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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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Contact Kim Cope at to be notified when new classes become available! 

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 Haselwood Family YMCA 
Class Information: February 6-March 27, Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm 
Cost: Included in membership   |   $60 for community members
Contact: Amanda Chance at or 360-307-4024 
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