Empowering women and girls on the Olympic Peninsula to live vital, joyful, abundant lives.
What does it mean to Thrive?
1. to prosper, be fortunate, or successful.
2. to grow or develop vigorously; flourish
At Thriving on the Olympic Peninsula, we believe that a thriving Olympic Peninsula means more than simply economic success, good eateries and fun things to do.
We believe the components of a thriving community include body / mind / spirit health, a deep and lasting appreciation for and connection to Earth, and a n abundant life.)
October 1st - 31st
New class starts October 20th:
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2015 Compassion Games - Survival of the Kindest
starts September 11th
2015 is the fourth year I have celebrated and invited my community to join me in Compassion Games - Survival of the Kindest.
Compassion Games runs from September 11th through September 21st, the International Day of Peace.
I invite you to join me this year as I offer this Challenge for the Earth.
Suicide Loss Drop-In Support Group starts September 21st
“Thriving on the Olympic Peninsula” is starting a professionally facilitated Suicide Loss Support Group.
The suicide of a loved one can have a profound and sometimes devastating impact on those left behind (often referred to as “suicide survivors”). Grief after suicide may result in high levels of guilt, regret, anger, and even trauma. Survivors sometimes also find their relationships with other people changed, as they struggle with social stigma and altered family relationships affected by the feelings of guilt, blame, and responsibility that suicide may produce. Survivors may also be at risk for elevated rates of complicated grief and future suicide themselves. All of this makes surviving the suicide of a loved one a potentially life-transforming experience that requires a level of support that often goes beyond traditional grief counseling.
The first drop-in session for the Suicide Loss Support Group for Adults starts September 21st, and will be held in the Raymond Carver Room of the Port Angeles branch of the North Olympic Library System at 6:00 pm. If there is enough interest, the support group will meet regularly on a drop-in basis. “My goal,” Halberg said, “is to create a safe place for survivors to share challenges, offer support, and simply be with others facing the same challenges without the pressure of the outside world. Feeling a sense of community is important to our [humans] overall wellness, especially during times of deep crisis.”
The drop-in sessions for the Suicide Loss Support Group for Teens are held at TAFY, (The Answer for Youth) on the corner of 2nd and Francis Streets in Port Angeles, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm every Friday, starting September 12.
The support groups will be facilitated by Kristin Halberg and Alayne Fellows. “All the suicides sadden me, but my heart broke when I learned about the 74 year old woman who leaped to her death this summer. I felt it was time to step up and start a survivor’s support group. As someone trained in Suicide Prevention, I know that being a friend or family member of someone who commits suicide adds an additional layer of suicide risk. Alayne and I began communicating after a conversation on the Port Angeles FaceBook group over the summer....”
Halberg is a Wellness Coach located in Port Angeles, but was a volunteer on the King County Crisis Clinic for over eight years before moving home. She is trained in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Halberg is also a Licensed HeartMath® Coach trained in mitigating stress, anxiety, anger and depression using simple but powerful and easy-to-learn techniques that are used successfully with various high risk groups, including soldiers heading to and returning from combat. Halberg specializes in coaching her clients to reclaim the important connection between body, mind & spirit to optimize their wellness.
Fellows was a grief counselor at The Dougy Center for over five years in Portland, and also organized and ran a teen support group for eight years, and worked at the Janis Youth home shelters to assist street youth to transition from street living. She is currently volunteering her time at TAFY.
Thriving on the Olympic Peninsula was founded in 2012 by three life coaches wanting to make a larger difference in the community by collaborating on projects. Thriving on the Olympic Peninsula is responsible for the Port Angeles Love Letter project, Port Angeles Compassion Games, and various smaller projects designed to bring joy to the community.
For more information on the Suicide Loss Support Groups, or Thriving on the Olympic Peninsula’s other projects, you can visit Thriving on the Olympic Peninsula’s website: www.thrivingontheolympicpeninsula.com or call Halberg at 425-343-2374 or Fellows at 503-804-9422.