Learning Circles

Learning circles are opportunities for people to connect and build relationships through a variety of wellness activities. They are a core part of upholding Southcentral Foundation’s mission of working together with the Native Community to achieve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Learning circles bring small groups of people with similar needs together to talk, share story, and learn from each other. Customer-owners and employees are encouraged to attend learning circles.

There are a variety of learning circle opportunities:

Cultural Activities

Relates to both contemporary and long-established Alaska Native practices reflecting our diverse traditions, including:

  • Art
  • Food
  • Drumming
  • Dancing
  • Songs
  • Beading

Emotional Support

  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Stress management
  • Coping skills

Healthy Families, Healthy Relationships

  • Healthy activities and eating habits
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Growing fresh vegetables
  • Cooking classes
  • Engaging youth at meal times
  • Toddler activities
  • Spirituality
  • Understanding healthy boundaries

Chronic Conditions

Get help with managing continuing or lifelong conditions including:

  • Diabetes
  • Pain management
  • Providing care for someone in pain
  • Self-manage symptoms of chronic health conditions

Men’s Activities

Support and strategies for Alaska Native and American Indian men, including:

  • Finding a balance between contemporary and mainstream cultural roles
  • Continuing traditional cultural practices

Nutrition & Fitness

Education about:

  • Meal preparation
  • Planning and prevention strategies
  • Exercise and healthy habits

Parenting

For families coping with issues such as:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Children with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Pregnancy

  • Prenatal care
  • Obstetrics
  • Breastfeeding
  • Baby food
  • Childbirth
  • Wellness during pregnancy

Recovery & Addictions

Centered on recovery support that is culturally appropriate, including:

  • Peer-driven and addresses various behavioral triggers
  • Practical ways to deal with emotions and/or mental illnesses

Vocational & Life Skills

  • Improve communication skills
  • Developing soft skills necessary to function successfully as an adult
  • Finding meaningful and sustainable employment
  • Life management
  • Academic skills