Wellness and Health Go Together
CAMP Rehoboth offers many programs, support groups, and entertaining activities to promote wellness. In addition to some of the offerings listed here, there are also AA meetings, HIV testing services (here and at satellite locations) and more. Below are some of the things on tap over the next three months and an introduction to the people who facilitate these activities. These programs fulfill a vital part of CAMP Rehoboth’s core mission and are open to everyone.
Check the CAMP calendar on the website for daily listings of all programs and services.
Coping with the Holidays
The holidays can be a time of stress for everyone, with many people experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression. CAMP Rehoboth will run a six-week group for people seeking better ways to cope with grief and loss during the holidays. The group will meet Thursdays, November 29, 2018 through January 3, 2019, from 6-7 p.m. The group has been led for the past two years by Harry Hiltner, MAMS, of Bayada Hospice and is open to all. Harry, who has been a hospice chaplain for the past 12 years, is currently serving as the Spiritual Care and Bereavement Coordinator for Bayada Hospice.
CAMP Rehoboth’s newest group formed in the summer of 2018. Broga is a yoga class geared for men of all shapes and sizes and where it’s okay if you can’t touch your toes. Broga meets twice a month on Saturday mornings at the community center.
The mission of these classes is to offer men real tools for coping with daily stresses and demands through an accessible yoga-based fitness program taught from a man’s point of view.
Broga is for every “body,” from the beginner yogi to the professional athlete. Ken Yazge, owner/founder of Fitness Generation in Bethesda, MD, is the instructor. Ken is an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Certified Health Coach.
Alzheimer's Caregivers Support and Discussion Group
Going strong for three years, the Alzheimer's caregivers support group is a place for community members who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or a related disorder to gather for mutual support and sharing of information on Wednesday evenings.
The group is facilitated by an Alzheimer's specialist, Ruth Pryor, who is a retired geriatric social worker. Ruth, who has a master's degree in gerontology, lost her mother to AD in 2005. Ruth’s goal is to help caregivers understand and cope with the journey by providing emotional support as well as knowledge about the disease progression and resources available. Ruth has been with the Alzheimer's Association since 2009 and is part of their speakers bureau.
Monthly Grief Group
There is a notion that people should be able to ‘just get over’ their grief, when the reality is that grief is a complicated process for most everyone and the only path forward is by going through it. These one-hour sessions provide a safe and healing place for those struggling with grief.
Among other things, the group offers people who are grieving the opportunity to be with others who also are on the grief journey. Attendees are likely to meet people who are genuinely understanding and sympathetic.
Kevin J. Bliss, leader of the group, is trained and certified as an End-of-Life Coach by Coaching at the End of Life. Coaching is an ideal methodology for working with those who are grieving, as it is designed to meet people exactly where they are on their journey and assist them in finding their own path forward.
Parents’ Group of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children
Since 2016, this parents’ group has been providing networking opportunities for families going through similar experiences while raising a transgender or gender nonconforming child.
Meeting the last Tuesday of the month, the goal of the group is to provide parents a safe space where they can discuss what issues are important to them. There is the opportunity to raise questions, share resources, network, and listen to the experiences of other parents whose children are gender diverse. Issues explored have included school, legal matters, privacy, siblings, extended family, and medical issues. Tara Sheldon and Salvatore Seeley facilitate this group.
Going into its second year, the Tai Chi program runs from September to May on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. Silvia and Maryann are the instructors and are both certified in the Yang Style 24 Form and Level 1 Qigong through the Silver Lotus Training Institute.
Silvia's love for Tai Chi started with a few play sessions and has become her passion. She is continuing her studies and wants to spread the benefits of well-being of body and mind through Qigong/Tai Chi for Health.
Maryann is a retired middle school teacher who relocated to the Lewes area in 2011. She attended classes for Tai Chi for Health with well-known instructor Susan Hamadock and discovered a health and wellness program that fit her lifestyle.
Running eight years strong, CAMP Families is a social networking group for LGBTQ families. The group meets on the 3rd Friday of the month for Parent's Night Out at the YMCA. Parents drop off the kids for hours of fun while they have a date night or enjoy socializing with other parents over dinner. Planning is underway for CAMP Families Pride weekend, tentatively scheduled for the last weekend in June 2019.
CAMP Families is organized by Tara Sheldon, mama to Em, who is 10 years old and is in 5th grade. Follow CAMP Families on MeetUp.org for ongoing events. Suggestions are welcome and encouraged.
CAMP Rehoboth Men's Group
This is CAMP Rehoboth’s longest running group, meeting every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. Since 2004 it has served as a place for gay and bisexual men to network and discuss important issues. Group members support one another, helping to promote a healthier environment for all gay men. Salvatore Seeley, CAMP Rehoboth Health and Wellness Program Director, has been running this group from the start.
Women's Coffee Talk
Coffee Talk is a positive-topic group for women that has been meeting at CAMP Rehoboth for the past four years. The group offers women a place to come together in a positive, non-judgmental atmosphere to share perspectives on a topic. It’s a great place to make new friends and become part of a community. Everyone is welcome for Coffee Talk, which takes place the first and third Saturday each month at 10 a.m. at CAMP Rehoboth Community Center.
Facilitator and creator of this group, Mary Brett, calls herself is a free-thinking authentic artist of life. She has been giving her gifts back to the community for over eight years.
Navigating The Male Experience:A Transman Discussion and Support Group
This is a new discussion and networking group for transgender men on Thursday evenings. The group facilitators bring topics of discussion while leaving plenty of space for group members to steer the conversation where they would like it to go. This group also serves as a social gathering space and casual social interaction is integrated with more structured discussion. This will be a monthly group facilitated by Marc Messner.
Meeting monthly since 2016, this group is for all community members aged 50+. Members gather for a “lunch and learn” at CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. Discussion and socializing bring community members together for a relaxing afternoon. The group meets the last Wednesday of the month. Salvatore Seeley of CAMP Rehoboth facilitates this group. ▼