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
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Gordon Family YMCA
Sunday, October 28, 12-1:30pm
Sunday, November 18, 12-1:30pm
Sunday, December 9, 12-1:30pm
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Haselwood Family YMCA
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Lakewood Family YMCA
Friday, October 5, 10-11:30am
Sunday, October 14, 1-2:30pm
Friday, November 2, 10-11:30am
Monday, November 12, 5-6:30pm
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Mel Korum Family YMCA
Thursday, October 4, 1:15-2:30pm
Thursday, October 24, 12-1:15pm
Wednesday, November 7, 10-11:15am
Wednesday, November 28, 10-11:15am
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Morgan Family YMCA
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Tacoma Center YMCA 
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Tom Taylor YMCA
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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 
Sundays, October 21-December 9
12:30-2pm

Lakewood Family YMCA 
Tuesdays, September 18-November 8
6-8pm

Mel Korum Family YMCA 
Tuesdays, October 4-November 29
6:30-8pm 

Tom Taylor Family YMCA 
Sundays, October 14-December 2
4-5:30pm

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: 

Lakewood Family YMCA 
Mondays, November 12-December 31
2:30-4pm

Mel Korum Family YMCA 
Thursdays, October 4-November 29
11-12:30pm

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: 

Lakewood Family YMCA
Thursdays, September 20-November 8
6-8pm

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.  

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 
Thursdays, September 20-November 15
6:30-8:30pm

Lakewood Family YMCA 
Thursdays, October 4-December 6
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.”

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:

Haselwood Family YMCA 
Tuesdays, October 2-November 20
6:30-8:30pm

Lakewood Family YMCA
Sundays, September 9-October 28
9-10:45am​

Morgan Family YMCA
Tuesdays, September 18-November 6
1-3pm

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:

Gordon Family YMCA 
Tuesdays, September 18-October 23
6-8pm

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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