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The Resiliency Center: Your Place for Healing, Education & Community in Ambler, PA
The Vital Importance of Our Female Friendships
By Kim Vargas, LCSW
Kim VargasFour years ago, in an effort to provide stimulating and educational experiences for my infant son, I signed us up for a baby music class.  While we still play the music from that class, the real value came from the friendships we developed with another mom and her baby.  Four years later, that mom and I regularly laugh, vent, and advise each other. But most importantly, I feel that she can relate to where I am in my life right now.
In the last several years, there has been a great deal of research that supports the fact that women not only want close relationships with other women; they actually need them. Women with strong friendships report increased satisfaction in many areas of their lives. Studies show that women with close female friendships are significantly more physically healthy, and in research on cancer, women with close female friends survived twice as often as those without close friends.
Unfortunately, today’s society as a whole fails to put a premium on friendships and connectedness. People are more likely to work long hours and to move farther away from high school or college friends. As a result, a common lament among women is a feeling of isolation and lack of close, intimate connections with other women. 

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By Dean Salon

allowing yourself, encouraging yourself, to be sitting quietly and with ease.
allowing the body to be relaxed and open,
your breath natural, your heart easy.

say hi to your self.  say hi to each other.  say hi to me.
say hi to your body.

say hi to sensations...vibrations...perceptions...feelings.

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Featured Events

Beginner's Mindfulness Class Beginning June 13th
Thursdays, Two times offered: 12-2pm and 6-8pm
Cost: $250 for 8 weeks of class, including handouts and practice CDs

Jen Fusco Perry
Mindfulness is the practice of intentionally placing our attention on the present, moment to moment, with openness, curiosity, friendliness and compassion for ourselves and each other. By observing with compassion habitual patterns that cause suffering we hope to ameliorate those patterns and engage with life more fully and authentically. Mindfulness is a skill that can be developed, deepened, and strengthened. 

Over the course of eight weeks we will practice both formal meditation techniques and informal, everyday mindfulness techniques. Special attention will be given to helping students develop a personal mindfulness practice that works in their everyday life.

The class costs $250 and includes handouts and practice CDs. Space is limited, please call (215) 292-5056 or email Jen Fusco Perry at to reserve your seat. 

New Moms Group
6 Mondays, June 10 - July 15, 10:30 am -12:00
Cost: $175 for all 6 sessions
Mothers are invited to bring their babies to the group.

Kim VargasNew motherhood can be both incredibly wonderful, and extremely challenging. It can bring up unexpected thoughts and feelings. This is a group for moms interested in meeting other new mothers in a warm, supportive and nonjudgmental environment to talk about the ups and downs of being a new parent.

Discussions are based on specific needs of the mothers, with topics including expectations of self as a mother, normal feelings ranging from joy to anxiety to frustration, considerations about staying home versus returning to work, taking care of self while taking care of a baby, and relationships with significant others. The cost for all six sessions is $175.

For more information or to register for the group
Please contact Kim Vargas, LCSW at 267-568-7846 or Group is also facilitated by Lynn Unikel, PhD. The group will be running again in the Fall, so please contact Kim to reserve your spot for either session today!

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Upcoming Events & Programs

Infant Massage Educators -
Monthly Practitioner Gathering

4th Sunday of each month, 3:30-5 pm
> Learn more by contacting Brittiney George at 610-389-7866 or
Register online

Restorative Pilates
Tuesdays at 12 pm
(no class on 6/26/13)
> Pre-registration Required
Healthcare Professionals Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, 6/5, 9-10:30 am
Please RSVP on Meetup

The Philadelphia Writer’s Workshop
Tuesdays, 7-10 pm
Summer I Workshop: June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 9
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The Creative Writer’s Group 
2nd Wednesday 6/12, 7 – 9 pm
Please RSVP

Male Sexual Abuse Survivors Group
Thursdays at 1:30 pm
> Pre-group interview required.
> Contact Jeff Katowitz, LMFT, at or Elizabeth Venart, LPC, at to learn more.

Laughter Yoga
Mondays, 10:00 am
Morning Meditation
Mondays, 8:30 - 9:30 am

Evening Meditation
Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Qi Gong Classes
Thursdays, 2:00 and 6:15 pm

Rumi Poetry Reading & Discussion
Wednesday, 6/19, 7:30 pm

EMDR Consultation Group for Therapists
Friday, 6/14, 9:30 – 11:30 am
> Contact Elizabeth Venart, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, at 215-542-5004 or to learn more.

LPC Supervision Group
3rd Wednesday of the month, 4–7 pm
> Contact Elizabeth Venart, LPC, at 215-542-5004 or to learn more.

Knitting Circle
Saturday, 6/10, 10-11:30 am

Quote of the month

Every fear or insecurity you have about yourself is a button waiting to be pushed. The fact that people push these buttons is not at all remarkable. What is remarkable is that you blame them for pushing them.

— An excerpt from “The Silence of the Heart” by Paul Ferrini
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