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During times such as these, full of stress and unknown, community is more important than ever. However, the current public health practice of “social distancing”, while critical for flattening the curve of this pandemic, is a huge barrier for our community to naturally give and receive the support they need, the very type of support that can transform toxic stress into tolerable stress. 

 

Kitsap Strong is fundamentally focused on helping to make sure that the stress families are facing due to COVID-19 does not become "toxic stress", and we recognize that it absolutely has that potential. This is why we are excited to announce the launch of Kitsap Strong's Virtual Community Center. Our goal is to help our community find connection through “regulation” activities/practices (regulation refers to science-informed activities that help individuals manage stress; art, music, drumming, singing, movement, play, breathing, mindfulness, etc.) all while still practicing social distancing and gathering virtually. 

 

Our Virtual Community Center has launched and will run for approximately two weeks. Information on all available content will be posted to the Kitsap Strong Facebook page via events. Each virtual session will be provided via zoom or previously recorded videos and is all free to our community. We are also exploring other accessible ways to share this content with community who aren’t currently online.

 

Please help us spread the word with all of the families in your life! We look forward to becoming part of their community! Thank you for helping make Kitsap strong!

EVENT LINE UP

Introduction to Mindfulness Part 1, May 5 at 6pm


Session 1 of 2: What is mindfulness? Benefits and science of meditation Grounding - Mindfulness of breath and body Session 2 will be held on Tuesday May 12th Liz Reese, SUDP is a Counselor and began practicing mindfulness in early 2013. She has been facilitating mindfulness groups for the Suquamish Tribe Wellness Center and working within the community for over three years. She is currently participating in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program through the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley. Click here to watch video. Password is: 8i#yHzf2




Music, Movement and Stories with Bonnie Schmidt, May 6 at 12pm


Join Teacher Bonnie Schmidt for a fun filled music and movement session geared for children ages 0 to early elementary (and really the whole family)! We will sing, play household instruments, dance, be silly and get our wiggles out together! Bonnie will end with a special story time reading some of her favorite children's books and send you off with love sparkles! She can't wait to see you soon! Bonnie Schmidt is an early childhood educator who has been joyfully working with children and their families in many different capacities for the last 13 years. Her preschool, Little Rhythms Learning Center, where she LOVES teaching, has been open since 2013. She also has been teaching Music Together classes for children in her area, and now at her preschool, since 2008. She has a deep passion for helping children and their families navigate all the things with love, compassion and kindness. Click here to watch Zoom video.




Restoration and Self-Care, May 6 at 6pm


Holy Yoga Restorative Practice Instructor and Trauma Advocate for the past decade, Victoria Ahlfors brings healing perspectives and tools for personal and collective self-care models that bring wellness to those from all age groups. Breath, meditation and slow movement that increase circulation and invite participants into spaces of emotional and physical healing. Practice built for all body types/movement capabilities. Click here to watch video.




Anchoring Healthy Habits to Support Emotional Health & Well-being, May 7 at 12pm


Quarantine is requiring each of us to answer the question, "Who do you want to be when nobody is looking?" In this talk, we'll be discussing why self-accountability is so important and exactly how to create habits to support your emotional health. You'll learn a simple framework for taking the best care of yourself using The Five Pillars of Foundational Self-Care and how to create a consistent, sustainable self-care plan. Click here to watch video . Password is: 6f*.d8P&




Introduction to Mindfulness Part 2, May 12 at 6pm


Session 2: Mindfulness of thoughts and emotions Resources and ways to develop your practice and keep it going Liz Reese, SUDP is a Counselor and began practicing mindfulness in early 2013. She has been facilitating mindfulness groups for the Suquamish Tribe Wellness Center and working within the community for over three years. She is currently participating in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program through the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California Berkeley. Click here to watch the recorded video. Password: 4E#2*9&5




Music and Movement with Bonnie Schmidt!, May 13 at 12pm


Join Teacher Bonnie Schmidt for a fun filled music and movement session geared for children ages 0 to early elementary (and really the whole family)! We will sing, play household instruments, dance, be silly and get our wiggles out together! Bonnie will end with a special story time reading some of her favorite children's books and send you off with love sparkles! She can't wait to see you soon! Bonnie Schmidt is an early childhood educator who has been joyfully working with children and their families in many different capacities for the last 13 years. Her preschool, Little Rhythms Learning Center, where she LOVES teaching, has been open since 2013. She also has been teaching Music Together classes for children in her area, and now at her preschool, since 2008. She has a deep passion for helping children and their families navigate all the things with love, compassion and kindness. Click here to watch the video!




Navigating Stressful Times During Physical & Social Distancing, May 7 at 6pm


Jason and Lucretia Robertson present ideas to help navigate stressful times while physically and socially distancing. Jason and Lucretia believe in the power of hope to heal and transform communities. They are enthusiastic supporters of the Marvin Williams Center. Watch the video on Facebook here.




Little Frog, May 12 at 12pm


Would you like to be like a little frog, sitting on a log? Come and learn a mindfulness practice that you can share with one of the grownups in your home.

Jane Cornman, a nurse that teaches at University of Washington, will lead you and your child - who can be anywhere from kindergarten to 6th grade in school - in an exercise from Eline Snel's book: Sitting Still Like a Frog. No previous experience necessary. Fun and useful in times of all kind of challenges - whether to ease sadness or help calming at bedtime.
Click here to watch the video. Password: 3v@1@%X%




Clutter Free Life


Chasity Richardson is a Certified Professional Life Coach. Chasity teaches groups and individuals the techniques necessary to discover the reasons for their clutter, and possible steps to live a clutter free life. Click here to watch the video.




Your Story My Story


The community advocates behind #YourStoryMyStory invite you to bring stories to the attention of elected leaders, community organizers, local groups, loved ones, and others by tagging them in your own posts and when you share posts you find. Remember to use the #YourStoryMyStory hashtag whether you're posting, sharing, or searching to find stories.
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Stay tuned to #YourStoryMyStory on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where the community advocates behind this project will soon be sharing news of other, non-Internet ways to participate! Plans are in the works for sharing stories via public access television, phone, and mail. You can also reach out to the #YourStoryMyStory team by emailing YourStoryKitsap@gmail.com.
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This video for the "Virtual Community Center" features some of the #YourStoryMyStory team telling their own stories about how COVID-19 is affecting them and their loved ones. In this recording, you'll see and hear from Karen Vargas, Martitha May, Airen Lydick, Jodie Knowles, Susan Griggs, Katie Curtis, and Peggi Erickson. These community advocates believe that sharing and witnessing stories is important to community well being. You can be in touch with this team through the #YourStoryMyStory project or by connecting with one of the many organizations or grassroots groups with which they are connected, such as: Living Arts Cultural Heritage Project, Kitsap Mesa Redonda, Luminous Minds Project, Kitsap Showing Up for Racial Justice, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, Kitsap ERACE Coalition, Kitsap Advocating for Immigrant Rights and Equality, Civil Survival, Living Life Leadership, and more!
Click here to watch the video!




Heart Intelligence Meditation


This audio video is to help you strengthen your heart intelligence to become more in-tune with yourself, others and environment. This guided meditation will help center your heart and mind into a state of coherence that will naturally relieve stress, anxiety and lessen the sense of fear and uncertainty during this time of COVID-19. Jodie Knowles is the Creator/Educator/Advocate for Luminous Minds Project. Critics have called her 'Intuitively Brilliant' and is a highly sought after female voice throughout the west coast speaking and teaching on important social and emotional issues that is affecting our society today. She provides a fresh perspective on Mental Health issues and Learning Differences. Her speaking subjects include The power of Arts Based Learning, Changing Culture with Trauma Informed Care, The Brilliance of Neuro-Diversity , ACE, Bullying and it's long term effects on the brain. She artfully explains how she found liberation in self healing and learning through 20+ years experience in the performance arts, story telling, community based education, practicing Buddhism and reconnecting to the human experience. She believes that developing Emotional Intelligence is vital for ending the cycle of violence, abuse, addiction and Mental Illness within our families, communities and society. She educates clients, consults with schools, Universities and government agencies to think creatively and humanistically to advance our society. She created the Luminous Minds Project to give back what she has discovered to be the most effective medicine for social/emotional/mental well being. She is a trained Strategic Intervention Coach, Creative Coach and a certified HAP Trainer. Click here to watch the video!




Supporting Children with Trauma-Related Needs


Message from XParenting: Because we know parenting is hard even in less stressful times. Because it takes a village,
And because we have been there...

We're hosting weekly support video calls with seasoned parents and professionals here to help put these tools in place, share successes stories and mistakes, laugh, cry together and learn together! Video recording to come!




Zumba with Ghe’toned Blood Twins


The Marvin Williams Recreation Center presents: Sophia and Craig Randle- the ghe’toned blood twins!

Sophia (8th grade) and Craig (10th grade) are North Kitsap students who have a natural talent and love for dance. Members of the Jagzz Drill Team, their routines are spirited and their choreography is expressive. You are sure to receive a good workout!

Craig, a former Sickle Cell patient, received his sister Sophia's bone marrow donation in a cutting edge transplant in 2016, hence the reference to blood twins.
Click here to view the video!




Family Orientation, May 18th at 12pm


Strategic Intervention Coach Jodie Knowles explains the importance of weekly orientation with family members during quarantine. We can all fall into unconscious patterns of behavior that can feel comfortable but can have negative impacts on the family system social/emotional wellbeing. Learn tools and strategies to reorient yourself and family that feels socially and emotionally clarifying. Jodie Knowles is the Creator/Educator/Advocate for Luminous Minds Project. Critics have called her 'Intuitively Brilliant' and is a highly sought after female voice throughout the west coast speaking and teaching on important social and emotional issues that is affecting our society today. She provides a fresh perspective on Mental Health issues and Learning Differences. Her speaking subjects include The power of Arts Based Learning, Changing Culture with Trauma Informed Care, The Brilliance of Neuro-Diversity , ACE, Bullying and it's long term effects on the brain. She artfully explains how she found liberation in self healing and learning through 20+ years experience in the performance arts, story telling, community based education, practicing Buddhism and reconnecting to the human experience. She believes that developing Emotional Intelligence is vital for ending the cycle of violence, abuse, addiction and Mental Illness within our families, communities and society. She educates clients, consults with schools, Universities and government agencies to think creatively and humanistically to advance our society. She created the Luminous Minds Project to give back what she has discovered to be the most effective medicine for social/emotional/mental well being. She is a trained Strategic Intervention Coach, Creative Coach and a certified HAP Trainer. Click here to view the video!




Staying Connected Through the Crisis, May 18th at 6pm


These are uncharted times for all of us, and as we shelter in our homes to keep ourselves and others safe, many of us are being met with some new challenges- both as spouses and as parents. This talk will cover some of those challenges and how to overcome them so we can stay intimately connected to the people we love most while we make the effort to protect our communities. Christy Little is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at Kitsap Family Wellness in Silverdale. She specializes in treating couples and is the author of The Intimacy Sercret, a relationship health ebook for couples hoping to rekindle their connection. Video is posted to the Facebook event.




Cooking with City Live


Culinary Specialist aboard the USS Carl Vinson and owner of City Live Catering and Events, Javonte' Jackson shares healthy, easy options for one of America's most popular comfort foods! His vision is to incorporate local art and talent with good healthy food choices. Click here to view the video!




How to do a Paper Mosaic on Canvas with Mrs. V


The Marvin Williams Recreation Center presents Venessa Smith! Venessa is a Artist/Creator. She received her BA from the University of Washington Tacoma in Arts, Media, and Culture. She currently is a Spanish Speaking Family Resources Coordinator at Holly Ridge Center in Bremerton. She still finds the time to create and share her love of art through paint and sip classes, retreats, and community events. Click here to view the video!




Ghe'tone with the Ghe'tones


The Marvin Williams Recreation Center presents: Sophia and Craig Randle- the ghe’toned blood twins!

Can't get to the gym? Don't worry! The ghe-tone twins are back (with a couple of friends) to get you ghe'toned!

Sophia (8th grade) and Craig (10th grade) are North Kitsap students who have a natural talent and love for dance. Members of the Jagzz Drill Team, their routines are spirited and their choreography is expressive. You are sure to receive a good workout!

Craig, a former Sickle Cell patient, received his sister Sophia's bone marrow donation in a cutting edge transplant in 2016, hence the reference to blood twins.

Click here to view the video!




Drawing Class with Kyle Wood


Let's get drawing with Kyle Wood! Kyle will lead you step by step through the basics of drawing. Have fun! And don't forget the sound affects :)

Kyle Wood is the owner of and tattoo artist at Woodwork Tattoo & Gallery in the Manette neighborhood of Bremerton!
You can view the video here!





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