NATIVE WOMEN IN NEED

Native Women In Need Cultural Services

 

NWIN Cultural Services are designed and serviced by Native American credentialed Elders who apply culture to clinical practice.  Services are geared to enrich Native American Women's overall health and wellness with the ultimate goal to inspire women to become independent, free from violence, addictions, sexual abuse, grief and loss, and homelessness. 

Cultural services are delivered onsite by credentialed Elders and Staff with the GOAL to enrich women’s overall health and wellness. All workshops and classes offer CEUs through Northwest Indian College, Bellingham
(Tribal ID required for CEUs).

 Circle of Life Workshop Series
The Circle of Life Workshop Series is a total of 10 workshops designed by Elder Arlene Red Elk, MA with helpers from the mentorship program.  Workshops apply culture to clinical practice with self-actualization exercises for participants in educational awareness on various areas of life with the goal to inspire women to live a full life of enhanced health and wellness
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  Circle of Life Workshop Series # 1 r e a m c a t c h e r 


A gathering of women morning sweatlodge or Talking Circle is offered to build trust, prepare mind, body and spirit.  A traditional nutritious hot meal is offered to feed the body.  Educational therapy topics are presented in Workshop to create a dream catcher with pony beads each representing a milestone ranging from childhood to adult life. Goal is for women to view life in its entirety to learn who they are today to move forward past the stage of onset.  Workshop is closed with a Talking Circle with women sharing their story.  
Facilitator Elder Arlene Red Elk, MA—Jamestown S’Klallam and 1 Helper from Mentorship Program
 

 

Circle of Life Workshop Series #2 - Medicine Wheel

 

A gathering of women's morning sweatlodge or Talking Circle is offered to build trust, prepare mind, body and spirit.  A traditional nutritious hot meal is offered to feed the body.  Workshop offers educational therapy on teachings of the medicine wheel.  Participants chose rocks that appeal to them to build their medicine wheel.  This activity will visualize the four elements of self:  Mental (thinking), Physical (wellness), Emotional (feeling), Culture (values).  Participants build their wheel, make a medicine pouch and present their creation.  Facilitator- Elder Arlene Red Elk, MA Jamestown and two helpers from NWIN Mentorship Program.  


Circle of Life Workshop Series #3 - Dynamics of Anger
 
 

A gathering of women's sweatlodge or Talking Circle is offered to build trust, prepare mind, body and spirit through educational therapy on the dynamics of anger.  Workshop observes the physiological effects anger has on the body due to trauma. Participants do a body drawing identifying seven things that upset them followed by artwork on physiological effects anger has on the body. Effective communication is guided to techniques to redirect anger in a healthy way. Facilitator: Elder Arlene Red Elk, MA Jamestown S’Klallam and two helpers from the NWIN Mentorship Program.

   Circle of Life Workshop Series #4 - Walk A Mile In My Moccasins

 

A gathering of women morning sweatlodge or Talking Circle is offered to build trust, prepare mind, body and spirit through educational therapy on self-actualization on each participant’s individual path of life.  The 7 grandfather Teachings is offered while making a pair of baby moccasins for everyone to take home.  Facilitator: Elder Arlene Red Elk, MA Jamestown S’Klallam and two helpers from the NWIN Mentorship Program. 

Circle of Life Workshop Series #5 - Tree of Life


A gathering of women morning sweatlodge or Talking Circle is offered to build trust, prepare mind, body and spirit through educational therapy on self-actualization on changing the dynamics of historical trauma on Native Women.  The Tree of Life centers on the power of the mind in accepting the things we cannot change and changing the things you can today.   
Facilitator: Elder Arlene Red Elk, MA Jamestown S’Klallam
and two helpers from the NWIN Mentorship Program.   

 

 

Circle of Life Workshop Series #6 - Teachings on the Cradleboard


 

A gathering of women's morning sweatlodge or Talking Circle is offered to prepare mind, body and spirit focusing on parenthood followed by a healthy lunch.  Cradleboard teachings guide parents to discuss how they were parented as a child and parenting today while learning traditional roles within a family while making cradleboards.  Facilitator: Elder Arlene Red Elk, MA Jamestown S’Klallam and two helpers from NWIN Mentorship program.

  

Circle of Life Series #7 - Domestic Violence

 

 

Educational therapy is offered on history and impacts domestic violence has on Native women in all facets of life and Challenges Indigenous women faces at the global level.  A Talking Circle is provided to give participants time to share how domestic violence has impacted their lives. A Gathering of Women sweat follows to release, prepare mind, body and spirit to self-awareness to who they are today.  Facilitator: Elder Arlene Red Elk, MA Jamestown S’Klallam

  Circle of Life Series #8 - Domestic Violence II



 

A second Domestic Violence workshop is offered based on requests by participants to allow additional time to deal with violence in their lives.  A morning sweat or Talking Circle is offered to build trust, prepare mind, body and spirit through educational therapy on self-actualization on domestic violence.  Participants are given up-to-date information on the history and dynamics domestic violence has effected native America women in all facets of life. Facilitator: Elder Arlene Red Elk, MA Jamestown S’Klallam 

  

Circle of Life Series #9 - Silent No More
 

Silent no more cultural workshop provides educational therapy and awareness on sexual victimization of Indian Women.  Women receive educational therapy on adult survivors of sexual violence in Indian Country nurturing cultural responses to sexual violence.  Self-actualization wellness approaches to restore health and balance, learning to think different and healing from the heart.  Workshop is followed by a Gathering of Women sweatlodge to release trauma and prepare mind, body and spirit to restore health and balance and feeling safe.

Circle of Life Series #10 - Angie and the Spirit Animals


 

A Gathering of Women morning sweat or Talking Circle is offered to build trust, prepare mind, body and spirit through educational therapy on self-actualization on the disclosure of sexual abuse. The group is smaller and participants are carefully chosen based on the design of the workshop and sweatldoge and services offered by the Tribe.  Participants perform in a puppet play of a little native girl named Angie with fears of disclosure of sexual abuse and seeks the support of the spirit animals from Bear to Eagle who lets out a cry in the community on the trauma caused to the young child and the importance of disclosure to heal the child and community. Facilitator:  Arlene Red Elk, MA Jamestown S'Klallam


 
 Gathering of Women, Native Young Warrior and Family Sweats


Native Women In Need offers monthly Gathering of Women Sweats in various locations of western Washington.  Based on request, Native  Women In Need also offers Young Warrior sweats for Native Women's young men struggling to say on their path.  We have a volunteer base of male and female cultural services support carrying their teachings and living a drug and alcohol free lifestyle.  Since our inception, we have constructed several sweatlodge sites at local Tribes and off-reserve locations working with Native Youth and Women based on request.    


 
Advocacy Services

Our Advocacy services are in demand covering a wide span from western to eastern Washington.  We provide emotional support, cultural healing and mentorship.  Contact is made through requests and referrals from local and regional agencies and other NWIN affiliates.  Areas we provide support include ICW, Tribal Court, Domestic Violence Court, Housing, employment and training support and scholarship support when entering educational goals.  The emotional support to Native women supports women in their goals in securing housing, shelter, reuniting with family and a voice for them in accessing services and resources.   Advocates with thirty years of work in Indian Country hold life experiences as survivors of violence against women, sexual abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism, homelessness, grief and loss and addictions.  The majority of advocacy services are provided by Native American women and supporters of our cause.  

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship program carries the vision and goals of Native Women In Need.  It allows Elders to share their cultural knowledge and expertise with participants who wish to help others and join the network of NWIN services through accredited training with partners in institutions and internships working directly with our Elders in the Mentorship program.  We have a total of 10 women in our Mentorship Program supporting the cultural and advocacy segment of NWIN services.  



N a t i v e Chemical Dependency Classes

 Native Chemical Dependency Classes offer a variety of teachings to support healthy lifestyles to inspire and educate native participants to overcome challenges and accomplish triumphs sober.   Classes are custom designed to the needs of the participants.  Classes are offered to male and female residing in Recovery Homes or Treatment Centers. 

N a t i v e Talking Circles

 Talking Circles build trust and contribute to the spiritual and emotional wellbeing.  They are the central link to other cultural activities.  Circles are run by an Elder and Staff with offers of guidance and support.  Sacred medicines are provided for smudging with an eagle feather for everyone to share.   Facilitator Ramona Ahto, BA/CDP

 
Stages of Recovery

 

Alcohol takes away from mental, spiritual, physical and emotional. In order to reestablish balance in our lives, no better statement of our need is the serenity prayer.  Participants review the meaning behind the serenity prayer. Native AA is talking about stories.  Participants speak on recovery and what experience they have.

 
Healthy Relationships Start with Me

 

Elder teachings on healthy relationships begin from within.  External relationships impact the relationship with our inner-self from childhood.  Self-actualization exercises identifies self in the center, outer circles represent family, tribe, and nation.  All the circles around us contribute to our development.  What is out of balance?  How can I honor my sacred circle?

 

Family Dynamics

There was a time in our history where we knew our roles in the family and community as Native people when roles were defined and we were able to follow that path.  Elder provides teachings on roles within a chemical dependent family with the goal to guide participants beyond the dysfunction.

 G r i e f   a n d   L o s s

 

 

 We suffer various types of loss in our lives.  As Native Americans, we are born into grief and loss due to historical trauma.  Participants learn and share various types of grief and loss.  History of drug and alcohol use in the native community is provided.  Participants learn the grief cycle and how it impacts their being emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually.  A gathering of women sweatlodge or Talking Circle is offered to cleanse mind, body and spirit

 

Native Women In Recovery House 

 

 

 Native Women In Recovery House is a transitional house located in Seattle, WA for homeless native women suffering from addictions.  NWIN currently offers advocacy, cultural services and oversight to Native Women In Recovery House located in Seattle, Washington in partnership with Catholic Community Services.

 

 

To access Native Women In Need Cultural Services, please contact our office at (206) 715-7514.  All cultural services are custom designed.  Our service area covers several counties across Washington State.   

For additional information, please contact:

Norine Hill, Executive Director
Tel:  (206) 715-7514
Email: 
nhill@nativewomen.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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