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1825 Hurlburt Rd, Suite 13

Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547

850.314.0950

25 E Wright St

Pensacola, FL 32501

850.429.7551

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The mission of North Florida WomannREACH is to build heart-centered connections and community among HIV+ women in North Florida.  

REACH is an acronym for Rural Education in Action for Community Health.

The next WomanREACH gathering is TBA.                      

The cost of this 3 day gathering is only $20 and includes dormitory accomodations, all, meals and activities.                                                 

SPACE IS LIMITED, CALL OASIS AT 850 314-0950 TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Core Values

· We are grass roots and a peer-based community.

· We are inter-generational and cross-cultural.

· We support integrating healthy transformations in ourselves, and our community.

· We are open, respectful and honoring in a safe environment.

· We model stewardship and mentorship.

· We promote health, responsibility, and ownership in a female affirming community.

· We believe in sexuality as a healthy expression of intimacy.

· We support deeper connections among HIV+ women, unaltered by drugs and alcohol.

“Heart-centered”

The term "heart-centered" refers to a presence of mind that allows each of us to honor our feelings and the feelings of others. Such emotional authenticity creates a safe, nurturing environment where women can share their truths. Within this space, each woman can speak openly and honestly, be heard without judgment and enjoy the support of her community. Within this space, each woman has the power to offer and receive unconditional love, wisdom, acceptance, compassion, and healing.

 

The heart-circle has roots in many cultures. It offers a sacred space where men can speak from the heart rather than the intellect. After an opening ceremony, which is used to help focus the group's intention, a talisman is passed around. The person holding the talisman may speak, sit silently or pass it on in a clockwise rotation. While holding the talisman, the speaker is witnessed by a community of listeners. There are no responses, interruptions or side conversations. The heart circle is a place of emotional authenticity, non-judgmental listening, respect and compassion, and it profoundly affected the men who participated in it.

 

Building Community

The excitement that North Florida WomanREACH is generating among HIV+ women throughout north Florida underscores the need for such a gathering.  HIV+ woman have an underlying desire to connect in deeper, longer-lasting ways with others like themselves, but there may be barriers that interfere with this, including unresolved issues resulting from internalized and external stigma of being HIV+, mistreatment and abuse by previous friends, sex partners, and the community-at-large; the isolating and damaging effects of alcohol and other drugs, often as a form of self-medication and/or a reflection of community norms; awkwardness due to lack of experience, low self-esteem and poor body image; and cynicism, born out of defensiveness, doubting that such connections are possible.

 

North Florida WomanREACH offers HIV+ women a support network that has not been available to them before and is helping them build a community where none existed before. WomanREACH embraces the notion that a community-building project can encourage deeper, longer-lasting relationships among rural HIV+ women, with ensuring health benefits, by a combination of strategies, including: immersing men in an environment where such relationships are modeled and expected; providing a supportive environment for men to reveal their difficulties and successes with emotional, spiritual, physical and addictive issues; connecting men with support, treatment and care resources as needed; and supporting men in their recovery and journey toward wellness. It is these principles that will guide North Florida WomanREACH's planning, decision making and growth in the years to come.

 

What women have said about WomanREACH: 

Why did you attend a WomanREACH gathering?

“Us ladies always seem to be left out of things, this seemed like something new and exciting."

"I don't often have the chance to do something just for me."

"I need to know others like me."

What did you enjoy most about this gathering?

"Getting away and meeting others that I can relate to and share with."

"Learning that I am not the only one that struggles sometimes."

"Having the opportunity to do something for me."

"The conversations that never seemed to end."

"My batteries being recharged."

What did you take home from this gathering?

“I am worthy of more than I ever knew.”

“HIV does not make me damaged.”

“More women power.”

“Love, Hope, Sisterhood.”