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Healing Options

Healing can be defined as the process of making or becoming healthy again. At the SARA Office, we believe that healing is part of the recovery process. The healing process is different for each individual, so in an effort to address the diversity of healing processes, the SARA Office now co-sponsors four healing initiatives. Our goal is to offer the student body holistic programs that help reconnect students to the self through mind, spirit, and body.  


Yoga as Healing

Spring Quarter 2019 have begun. Please email cflanery@stanford.edu for more information.

In continued partnership with Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL), and with consultation from Zabie Yamasaki (founder of Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga), SARA has developed a yoga program that is trauma-sensitive for self-identified survivors of sexual and/or relationship violence. FSL and SARA work with a trauma-informed informed instructor and provide all yoga and educational equipment and materials so that participation is not hindered by cost.

[Transparent wood background flyer reads: Yoga as Healing at Stanford, The Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA) and Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) believe in all forms of healing and this program will explore reconnection to the self through mind, body, and spirit. The impact that trauma has on the body’s physiology is far-reaching and SARA and FSL are committed to providing alternative forms of healing for survivors. Trauma-informed yoga provides survivors a means of becoming reacquainted with their bodies, helps them become grounded in the present moment, and allows them to explore the benefits of mindfulness. [image of purple yoga mat rolled up on wood floor] If interested please e-mail Carley Flanery, Director of the SARA Office, at cflanery@stanford.edu, Sponsored by: Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) and Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA)]


SAAM Art & Wellness Workshop

There are not currently any future healing art workshops scheduled. For future opportunities, please check back or join our listserv.

Art & Wellness Workshop flyer

Sexual Assault Awareness Month can stir up a lot of negative feelings, especially for survivors of sexual assault, relationship abuse, and/or domestic violence. This workshop provides a productive space for self-care, self-exploration, and healing through art for anyone who needs some time to check their emotional pulse and slow down in the busy hustle that is Stanford life.

Featuring painting, letter writing (to your future self or others), and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome!


Writing for Healing & Writing for Spirituality

Writing for Spirituality is Thursday, May 9th at 4:00pm. For future opportunities, please check back or join our listserv.

Writing for Healing & Spirituality flyer

[WHITE BACKGROUND FLYER WITH A TRANSPARENT IMAGE OF A HAND WRITING ON A PIECE OF PAPER THAT’S ON A WOODEN SURFACE BEHIND TEXT THAT READS “EXPLORE. HEAL. RENEW.” WRITING BELOW READS: “WRITING FOR HEALING, THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 3:30-5:00 PM, HUME CENTER ROOM 106, WITH DOREE ALLEN, PHD AND SARAH PITTOCK, PHD, LEARN HOW EXPRESSIVE WRITING CAN IMPROVE HEALTH AND EASE EMOTIONAL PAIN; WRITING FOR SPIRITUALITY, THURSDAY, MAY 9, 4:00-5:30 PM, HUME CENTER ROOM 106, WITH REV. ZANDRA L. JORDAN, PHD, LEARN HOW TO USE WRITING TO EXPAND AND DEEPEN YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE.” BELOW THE TEXT LEFT TO RIGHT IS THE SARA OFFICE LOGO, THE ITHRIVE@STANFORD LOGO AND THE HUME CENTER LOGO]

In partnership with the Hume Center for Writing & Speaking and the Office for Religious Life, the SARA Office offers writing workshops. In these workshops, you'll learn how expressive writing can improve health and ease emotional pain, and how to use writing to expand and deepen your spiritual practice.


What if I don’t want to do anything now?

These resources are available for you throughout your time at Stanford. There’s no right or wrong way to access healing options. This includes when you choose to do so.