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Upcoming Events

Here's what's coming up at SARA Roanoke!

Yoga for Survivors
Tuesdays @ 6 pm – 7 pm (Begins Tuesday, June 22, 2021)
FREE (Registration required)

Yoga for Survivors is a free, trauma-informed, accessible-for-all yoga series designed specifically for those who have experienced the trauma of sexual violence. This series offers guided movement and mindfulness techniques taught in a safe and inclusive environment to support your healing and self-awareness journey. Each week, students will have the opportunity to nurture the connection to mind and body while exploring and releasing the impact of trauma through the movement (asana), breath work (pranayama), focus (dharana), and meditation (dhyana) that is both gentle and restorative.

Yoga Nidra for Survivors
Sundays @ 6 pm – 7 pm (Begins Sunday, July 11, 2021)
FREE (Registration required)

Yoga Nidra is a free, trauma-informed, accessible-for-all mindfulness program held weekly on Sundays from 6 pm – 7 pm via Zoom. This program offers guided meditation (dhyana) and community, in a safe and inclusive environment, to help us ground and prepare for the week ahead.

“What If They Think I’m Racist?”: Facing the Fear of Speaking Up
July 27, 2021 @ 12 pm – 1 pm
FREE (Registration required – see below)

Have you ever had an “open mouth and insert foot” moment in a cross-cultural setting? In this time when Black voices are being amplified, it might feel scary to speak up even when you want to be seen as an ally.  Join Dina Hackley-Hunt as she discusses ways to build your skills and stretch your comfort zone as you join the fight for racial justice.

Sexual Assault and Women of Color
August 24, 2021 @ 12 pm – 1 pm
FREE (Registration required – see below)

How do stereotypes and systemic racism impact women of color as they relate to sexual assault? Join the discussion as Dina Hackley-Hunt examines barriers to help seeking for women of color.

Head to Heart: Creating Affirmations for Healing & Care
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
FREE (Tickets required – see below)

How do you handle that critical, negative, and sometimes just plain mean voice in your head? We all know that voice and most of us jump through all kinds of hoops to ignore it, silence it, and appease it. It’s exhausting!

Join SARA Roanoke for this creative, intentional wellness day to turn those hurtful ruminations into empowering, nurturing affirmations! In this free workshop, we’ll work with guided meditation, movement, and prompts to inspire creativity to help you cultivate a personal affirmation to carry with you day to day. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal for writing!

This workshop is part of the SARA Roanoke Wellness Weekend Workshop Series offered monthly on 2nd Saturdays. This series is a trauma-informed program designed with survivors of sexual violence (ages 18+) in mind. Cost is free and registration is required.

Celebrate the Big 10 with SARA!
Friday, October 1st @
12 pm – 6 pm
3034 Brambleton Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA

 

We’re turning 10 years old and we want to celebrate with you! Join us for a drop-in reception at the SARA Roanoke Administrative Office to grab some snacks & refreshments and some fun SARA swag!

Journaling for Beginners
Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
FREE
To register, email dhackleyhunt@sararoanoke.org

jour·nal
/ˈjərnl/
verb: to enter or record daily thoughts, experiences, etc.

Journaling is a wonderful way to get your life organized, express your creativity, work through life’s issues, and reflect on past challenges and triumphs.  If you’re like most of us, you tend to over-think things and having a place to corral those thoughts is a helpful and healthy practice. Participants will be provided with a notebook; however, please feel free to bring your own if you’d like! Space is limited to 12 participants.

This workshop is part of the SARA Roanoke Wellness Weekend Workshop Series offered monthly on 2nd Saturdays. This series is a trauma-informed program designed with survivors of sexual violence (ages 18+) in mind. Cost is free and registration is required.

Restorative Yoga for the Overactive Nervous System
Saturday, November 13, 2021 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
FREE
To register, email lguilliams@sararoanoke.org

When our nervous system is feeling overwhelmed and chaotic, it’s really hard to slow down and get the rest our brains and bodies need. This restorative yoga practice is designed to support the overactive nervous system and provide you with some new tools for finding rest even if only for a few moments.

In this free workshop, we’ll work with guided meditation, movement, and stillness to inspire peace, self-connection, and self-compassion for ourselves no matter how we show up. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing. Yoga mats and props are provided and space is limited to 8 participants.

This workshop is part of the SARA Roanoke Wellness Weekend Workshop Series offered monthly on 2nd Saturdays. This series is a trauma-informed program designed with survivors of sexual violence (ages 18+) in mind. Cost is free and registration is required.