The 11 Challenges© is a 12-week, step-by-step program of self-examination providing a deeper understanding of why being a victim of violence can be cyclical and difficult to overcome. The program, broken into two sessions of six weeks, addresses one Challenge a week using Creative Art-and Dance/Movement Therapy. These creative outlets access the root of trauma caused by violent and abusive experiences and foster incremental healing and growth, allowing participants to restore their sense of self and resilience.
Week 1. WILLINGNESS
Do we have the willingness and desire to change the patterns and beliefs that we feel are limiting us?
Week 2. VOICES
Can we hear the external and internal voices in our minds and begin to understand how they are defining us?
Week 3. SHIFTING
Is it possible to realize that our fears of the unknown are often not real?
Week 4. OPENING
Can we observe the negative feelings we hold about ourselves and become open to releasing them?
Week 5. STEPPING OUT
Can we envision a new self and life path that is not defined by our past?
Week 6. CHOICE
Can we welcome the capacity to make our own choices as we navigate the circumstances in our lives?
Week 7. EMOTIONAL AWARENESS
Can we notice when we are disregarding our true emotions or desires?
Week 8. VULNERABILITY
Can we risk coming out of our inner isolation into vulnerability and resilience, reconnecting with our selves and others in new safe ways?
Week 9. ACCEPTANCE
Is it possible to discover a more peaceful, vibrant and joyful state of mind and body as we begin to accept our past and ourselves?
Week 10. SUPPORT
Can we gather and allow support from the universe - nature, spirituality, or whatever feels right to us?
Week 11. SELF LOVE
After having done this thorough work with great care, can we practice bringing self-love, meeting our own needs, setting healthy boundaries and being mindful of protecting ourselves into our daily lives?