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

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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, May 27, 12-1:30pm
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Haselwood Family YMCA
Tuesday, May 29, 5:30-7pm
Friday, June 8, 10:30am-12pm
Monday, June 18, 5-6:30pm
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Lakewood Family YMCA
Thursday, June 7, 10-11:30am
Monday, June 18, 5:30-7pm
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Mel Korum Family YMCA
Saturday, May 26, 1-2:15pm 
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Morgan Family YMCA
Wednesday, May 30, 5:30-7pm
Thursday, June 21, 2-3:30pm
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Tacoma Center YMCA 
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Tom Taylor YMCA
Tuesday, June 12, 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: 
Haselwood Family YMCA April 25 - June 13, Wednesdays 6:30 - 8pm
Lakewood Family YMCA May 1 - June 19, Tuesdays 11am - 1pm
Tom Taylor Family YMCA April 27 - June 15, 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. Available at: 
Tom Taylor Family YMCA April 16 - June 11, Mondays 4 - 5:30pm

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. 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. No classes currently available. 

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 May 1 - June 21, Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am - 1pm 

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:

Financial Peace University at Lakewood Family YMCA
Class Information: April 5 - May 31, Thursdays, 6-8pm
Contact: Amy Boheman at or 253-460-8924
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Financial Peace University at Haselwood YMCA
Class Information: April 19 - June 14, Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm
Contact: Amanda Chance at or 360-307-4024
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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.


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

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: Tuesdays, May 1 - June 19, 6:30 - 8:30pm 
Cost: Included in membership   |   $60 for community members
Contact: Amanda Chance at or 360-307-4024 
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Floating Beyond Fear at Lakewood Family YMCA 
Class Information: Sundays, April 15 - June 10, 2 - 3:45pm
Cost: Included in membership  |  $60 for community members
Contact: Amy Boheman at or 253-460-8924


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