Tag: Workshop Wednesday

Serenity Scramble

It’s that time of year again! Jaywalker Lodge is hosting the 6th Annual Jaywalker Lodge Serenity Scramble on Saturday, September 28, at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale, CO.  All proceeds benefit two local non-profits: A Way Out and Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention.  The shotgun start will kick off at 8:30 AM sharp, followed by an awards luncheon with lunch, a raffle, lots of great prizes, and awards for 1st and 2nd place; longest drive; closest to pin; and best dressed team.   To register, or for more information, please visit www.jaywalkergolfopen.com, or contact Kortney Hartman at khartman@jaywalkerlodge.com, or (970) 704-9292.

What’s our purpose?

Last week Johann Aberger, local success coach, brought a workshop to the Jaywalker U students and staff on how to effectively be the person that we want to be. Our whole lives we have been trying to find our purpose in life and somewhere along the way our addiction took that away; now we have been given a second chance to find what our true purpose is. Who do we want to be? What do we want to do? Who are we? These are all questions we have asked ourselves over and over again but never had an answer for. Last week Johann showed us how to answer these questions and how to stay in contact with our purpose on a daily basis. We found that all of us here at Jaywalker U have wanted to do big things with our lives but tend to lose the motivation to do so….

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What is a man?

This week Dave Landers (pictured left), Ph. D. in educational counseling, brought a workshop to the men of Jaywalker on how their fathers influenced their view of what a man is and how we would like our future children to view us. Through recovery many of us have learned that sometimes our thinking can be wrong, and this was exactly what this workshop was about. Growing up, whether we liked it or not, we were directly influenced by our fathers. This was not a workshop to blame our fathers, or men for that matter, but more of a workshop to show us where a lot of our thinking came from. Like me, a lot of the men grew up thinking that a man should never show certain emotions, should have all the answers, and be able to fix anything. While this is sometimes what society shows us, that doesn’t always make it…

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What’s in your backpack?

What’s in your backpack?  Craig Farnum, the academic counselor from CMC in Carbondale, facilitated two workshops and also presented during Workshop Wednesdays at Jaywalker U today.  His first workshop encouraged the participants to look at the effect their beliefs, values, and attitudes have on their behavior. Our beliefs, values, and attitudes are the things we carry around in our backpacks.  Craig challenged the participants to think about what they, personally, carried around in their invisible backpack.  The clients from the Landing and Jaywalker U openly discussed the negative beliefs they held about themselves while they were using, and often times, prior to their using, and the effect it had on their using behavior.  They also talked about how in recovery they need to change their beliefs about themselves, especially shame and low self-esteem—in other words, change what is in their backpacks.  During Craig’s second workshop, he talked about systems, and…

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Mindfulness Meditation

This Week Tim Harrington, founder of Sustainable Recovery based here in Carbondale, Co. brought a workshop to the students of Jaywalker “U” on mindfulness in recovery. Joined by some of the newest clients at Jaywalker Lodge, the “U” students were shown some new and practical skills to stay present for their new life. At Jaywalker we believe that while complete abstinence from drugs and alcohol essential in recovery, the ultimate goal of sobriety is to live a life of joy, abundance and meaning. Tim introduced the men to the concept that life does not have to keep going by faster and faster year after year, and it is up to us to slow down and pay attention so we can truly enjoy that abundance. Sighting Viktor Frankl and A Man’s Search for Meaning, he gave us all practical ways to slow down our overactive minds while honoring the thoughts we…

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Working together

Wednesday Workshop has become a huge part of the education given here at Jaywalker U. This week’s class was held by local life-skills coaching center, A New Path. A New Path was developed by two Jaywalker alumni, Frankie G and Rob M, to help individuals transition from treatment to sustainable long-term success. The workshop was a highly engaging and interactive class where all of the students were encouraged to contribute. Most of the class was spent personally developing schedules for the men that would help balance a manageable life. Jaywalker U student, Brian B. said, “The life skills we learned today were essential to maintaining a balance between recovery, school, and our social lives.” Brian went on to state, “before getting sober I struggled with scheduling my time and how to do it effectively, JWU and A New Path, have showed me a way to have fun while still doing…

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Workshop Wednesday

We kicked off our second JWU workshop yesterday. This was another opportunity for the students, staff, and members of the community to learn more about how everyday life and communication can be tied into addiction. Patty English, Dr. of Communication Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, helped us explore new ways of journaling, skill building, and different forms of communication. This was a great opportunity for some of the students to learn more about their addiction and communication. Many of the students this semester are taking Interpersonal Communication, this was a great way for them to get a head start on the semester and learn some things about themselves. We have learned that it is much easier to understand and be passionate about a subject when it has a direct effect on us, and this is exactly what Patty showed us yesterday. Everyone at Jaywalker would like to thank Patty for…

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Workshop Wednesday

Today was Jaywalker U’s first Wednesday Workshop. Wednesday Workshops provide the JWU students and anyone who is interested with opportunities to explore the question, “How do I want to be in the world?” Men from Solutions, JWU, The Landing, CMC staff, and Jaywalker staff all gathered together to listen to Peg O’Connor, international speaker on Philosophy and Addiction, talk about ethical awareness, the meaning of life, and philosophy and addiction. Many of the guests today have taken a Philosophy course over the years but today’s class was a good way to tie philosophy ideas with the disease of addiction. Mike F, student at JWU, said, “I have a lot of knowledge about philosophers such as Socrates, Aristotle, and Kierkegaard but had never thought about their ideas in comparison to the disease of addiction. It was very informative and something I plan to pursue through the rest of my education.” One…

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