Wellness Wednesdays

Fall 2019 group: Wednesdays September 18 – November 20

Applications now open for the Fall 2019 group.

Wellness Wednesdays is a collection of weekly group-based activities focused around promoting overall health and well-being for adults living with mental health conditions who are served by the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. Groups are located at the UNC Farm at Penny Lane (263 Penny Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312) about 8 miles from Carrboro/Chapel Hill.

Transportation is available from the CVS parking lot/pavilion at Carr Mill Mall and back for each Wednesday, departing at 9:30am and returning at 3:00pm.

Participants are welcome to attend only the groups that interest them; however, transportation is only available at these times and participants will need to find other transportation if they choose to arrive or leave at different times.

Group Schedules and Descriptions:

● Shuttle departs from Carr Mill to the Farm – 9:30am

Yoga & Movement10:00am – 11:00am
Instructor: Amritari Martinez, MA, E-RYT
This group focuses on using yoga therapy techniques to promote wellness and reconnect the mind and body. Sessions may include gentle stretching and twisting, yoga asanas (postures), breathing techniques and guided imagery. The instructor emphasizes listening to yourself, making your own choices and feeling empowered.

Mindfulness Skills – 11:00am – 12:00pm
Facilitators: Amy Wright & Kyra DeKoning
This group focuses on building helpful skills to be more present in the moment as a way of accepting ourselves and making positive changes from there.

Cooking Lessons (meal included) – 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Facilitator(s): Kyra DeKoning & Amy Wright
This group focuses on healthy and delicious cooking instruction and participation on a limited budget. Sessions will include accessible recipes to take home that will be selected by the group. Meals will include produce grown from the Farm at Penny Lane.

● Shuttle departs from the Farm to Carr Mill – 2:30 pm

Individuals should be able and willing to commit to attending a group about 75% of the time. Groups are flexible and students are free to take a break at any time. Tea and water are available throughout the day.

Please register for a group by contacting Matt Ballard at (919) 445-0665 or matthew_ballard@med.unc.edu. You can also register by filling out the Group Registration Form and having your clinician send it in completed.

For programming information or questions, please contact:

Matt Ballard, MSW
Program Manager
(919) 445-0665 Office
(919) 533-9397 Cell