Healing from Sexual Assault through Mindfulness, Writing and Yoga

January 24, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Body Electric
685 30th Ave N
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
The Body Electric

Dates: Tuesdays, January 24 and 31; February 7, 14, 21, and 28; March 7, 14, and 21
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Cost: $200 for 9 weeks of 90 minute sessions. Group members must purchase entire course; cannot purchase days individually.

What: Nine week healing group for women seeking to heal from sexual abuse/assault.

Who: Women (or people who identify as women) ages 18+ who would like to engage in active healing from sexual abuse/assault. Maximum of 10 in group. This is a closed group; new members will not be invited to join after the first class.

Why: Research shows that mindfulness meditation, yoga, narrative writing/storytelling and safe relationships (like those that will be fostered in the group) are keys to healing negative symptoms of sexual abuse/assault.

Course Description:
Research from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center identifies that 1 in 5 women will survive a sexual assault during her lifetime. For many, healing can be a lifelong process. Whether you are at the beginning, middle or end of your healing process, writing, deep sharing, mindfulness and yoga have been scientifically shown to help survivors of assault to reclaim their bodies, minds and emotions. This nine week group is designed to help those on the spectrum of healing through guided meditation and yoga, narrative and creative writing, deep sharing and reflection. Hosted by Ashley D. Sweet, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (IMH 13314) of Life Adventures Counseling and Consulting & Keep St. Pete Lit, and Dani Mae Miller of The Body Electric Yoga Company, this group is a safe space for healing.

Additional Sign Up Information:
All group members will first meet with Ashley 1:1 to discuss their goals for participation and to review informed consent. Those interested in this group will register online through MINDBODY, and will then be contacted by Ashley to set a time for the first meeting. Payment will be made after this meeting.

Ashley Sweet, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (IMH 13314) received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida (’14) and was trained as a rape crisis counselor and sexual assault victim advocate. Ashley spent almost two years helping her patients transition from victims to survivors in a community mental health rape crisis center, and found great healing through mindfulness meditation, writing, and yoga. Ashley has been a reproductive rights activist for nearly ten years, and has worked in sexual healthcare since 2008. Ashley is also a writing teacher through Keep St. Pete Lit, where she specializes in Nonsense Writing for creative insight.

Dani Mae Miller has devoted the past decade of her life to the practice and science of yoga. She has completed over 500 hours of trainings concentrating on Hatha and Vinyasa styles with an extended focus on Anusara. While attending USF for her BA in Professional Writing, she found yoga as an indispensable tool to ease panic attacks and anxiety. Dani subscribes to the philosophy that we are all capable of healing our hurt hearts through intentional meditation, yoga and self-loving practices. Her instruction comes from a place of playfulness, gratitude and complete self-acceptance.

Community Sponsors: Life Adventures Counseling & Consulting, Keep St Pete Lit, The Body Electric Yoga Company

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