Willow Place January 14, 2016 No Comments

Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse in Women

Eating disorders and addiction frequently occur simultaneously – especially in women. This is likely due to a wide range of contributing factors, including certain personality traits that tend to lend themselves towards addictive disorders – such as impulsivity, issues with control, and perfectionism. The addictive nature of both disorders is somewhat similar, thus the underlying […]

Willow Place January 12, 2016 No Comments

Women and The Journey of Addiction Recovery

Despite the fact that just as many women suffer from severe substance dependency disorders as men, the amount of women in recovery pales in comparison to the amount of men in recovery. In fact, only roughly 25% of all American citizens currently seeking treatment for addiction or alcoholism are women. Why is it that a […]

Random Acts of Kindness

Random acts of kindness improve our overall mental health. I recently watched a ‘Ted Talk’ by Orly Wahba, founder of Life Vest Inside, whose mission is to spread kindness. Orly, a middle school teacher, is committed to combating both bullying and depression through random acts of kindness. She built the Life Vest Inside organization in […]

Dixie November 19, 2015 No Comments

The Journey Into Myself

Set-up: We are going on a journey together, all the women in this room. I can’t say where or how we’ll get there, just that we are going. You get to choose all the things you would like to bring along. We’ve plenty of room. There are five categories of things to bring. I’ll walk […]

Dixie November 19, 2015 No Comments

How Yoga Meets the Needs for Wellness as Outlined by SAMHSA

We know what it takes to live healthily, overcome challenges and maximize our potential – eat well, get exercise, have good relationships and find some creative outlet. But a lot of people have unhealthy dietary habits, don’t get their emotional needs met and suffer with chronic diseases. And unfortunately a growing number turn to drugs, alcohol and other […]

Dixie November 12, 2015 No Comments

Venturing to Feel

Dr. Peter Levine’s widely respected and innovative approach to the prevention and healing of trauma, Somatic Experiencing® (SE), is a psychobiological method for addressing physical and emotional trauma, PTSD, overwhelm, and stress-related conditions. Dr. Levine received a PhD in medical and biological physics as well as an independent doctoral degree in psychology.  The SE Approach […]

Dixie November 4, 2015 No Comments

Event: Life

Writing Group Directive: Write for 7 minutes, filling in the form with all the things your Higher Power gives you permission to feel, be, do, etc. Our intention was to explore the possibilities for new life. After sharing this piece with the group, the writer reported that “for the first time” she felt genuinely grateful […]

Dixie November 3, 2015 No Comments

Why Write?

Remember when you were five and the best part of school was art time? You had no idea that your smears of red, green, and yellow weren’t art every bit as much as Monet’s water lilies, right?

Dixie October 23, 2015 No Comments

Welcome to Our New Healing Space in Asheville!

Just recently, we moved to a brand new location in Asheville, North Carolina.  We would love to have you come visit the warm and welcoming environment we have created for our women to heal!    

Dixie January 7, 2015 No Comments

Gratitude and Goals

Many years ago, a very wise woman offered me an opportunity to participate in an exercise for the year’s end and new year’s beginning.  I wrote a gratitude list for the year past, focusing on every facet of my life.  I was grateful for the challenges that taught me lessons of strength, patience and understanding.  […]