We serve as a hub for recovery events, gatherings, support, information, and on-line and in person programs and courses for youth, families and communities in Central Oregon.
We offer a variety of programs and services to support mental health, including somatics courses, recovery support groups and programs, and educational workshops.
Join SriPonya Collective Online Recovery Community here and join our weekly Healing Circle beginning January 11, 2024 at 6pm. It's free to join. The SriPonya Collective offers:
Over the past year, we have helped many individuals in our community recover from addiction and substance use disorder and improve their mental health and well-being.
We host a Recovery Podcast weekly entitled SriPonya's "One Breath" Podcast. We also host monthly recovery related films with panels with lived experience to follow each screening. We gather to break bread through community potlucks and gatherings regularly!
In honor of Native American Heritage month, SriPonya teamed up with BendFilm to bring the documentary Gather to the Tin Pan. Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.
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Panel Discussion to Follow!
An epic journey forty years in the making, acclaimed filmmaker, Louie Schwartzberg, the director of Fantastic Fungi, takes us on a transformational, cinematic experience of how to live a more meaningful life full of Gratitude through his intimate conversations with everyday people, thought leaders, and personalities such as Norman Lear, Jack Kornfield, Luisah Teish, Alex Grey and other luminaries.
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A panel to follow!
In an emotional journey based on a true story by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post writer Eli Saslow, 31-year-old Molly begs her estranged mother Deb for help fighting a fierce battle against the demons that have derailed her life. Despite all she has learned over a decade of disappointment, grief and rage, Deb throws herself into one last attempt to save her beloved daughter from the deadly and merciless grip of heroin addiction. Powerhouse performances from Glenn Close and Mila Kunis anchor director Rodrigo García's poignant and unpredictable chronicle of mother and daughter fighting to regain the love and trust that once held them together.
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A panel to follow of local artists in recovery!
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The Creative High follows nine artists in recovery from addictive behaviors who are transformed by the creative process in their tumultuous search for identity and freedom.
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A panel to follow of local artists in recovery!
Join the community discussion and support!
SriPonya is a new nonprofit wellness program in Bend, helping empower people of all ages to recover from addictive patterns or behaviors.
"I gave Jennifer the nickname of Sri, which in Sanskrit means beautiful," Greg Mead, SriPonya's co-founder, told NewsChannel 21 Monday. "She gave me the nickname of Ponya -- it's a take on panda."
"In Swahili, if you pronounce it with a long 'O' (in) Ponya, it means cure or healing. We thought, 'Oh, I like that a lot!' It means 'beautiful healing' or 'beautiful cure," Mead said, explaining the organization's name.
Co-founders, Jennifer and Greg, sat with Sue Matters, the KWSO station manager, for their first SriPonya interview. SriPonya is thrilled to share the interview with you now. The first of many to come.
We are so excited to bring this film to our Central Oregon community at the Tin Pan Theater with the Bethlehem Inn, and BendFilm. We have an amazing panel of individuals who have experienced homelessness afterwards to share experience, strength and hope for recovering together.
"Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives. It shapes the way we live, the way we love and the way we make sense of the world. It is at the root of our deepest wounds. Unaddressed trauma keeps perpetuating painful patterns in our lives." - Gabor Maté
In The Wisdom of Trauma, Dr. Gabor Maté gives us a new vision: a trauma-informed society. A society in which parents, teachers, physicians, policy-makers and judicial personnel are not concerned with fixing behaviors, suppressing symptoms, judging and condemning. Instead, they would seek to understand the sources from which troubling behaviors and diseases spring in the wounded human soul. Let’s work together to break the cycles of trauma and create a more compassionate society!
Three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons struggles with bipolar disorder and addiction. A panel to follow of people who have suffered from bipolar disorder and/or addiction, and are now on the road to recovery.
A suicide attempt left 16-year-old varsity cheerleader, Emma Benoit, paralyzed, but propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope. My Ascension is a feature length documentary that chronicles Emma's inspiring journey and quest to walk again, as she works to bring Hope Squad, a school-based suicide prevention program, to Louisiana. We are so excited to bring this documentary to the Tower Theater this fall with an incredible panel to follow!
In honor of Native American Heritage month, SriPonya teamed up with BendFilm and Out Central Oregon to bring the documentary Gather to the Tin Pan. Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide. We want to thank Jaylyn Suppah of Papalaxsimisha for being on the panel!
What happens when a six-year-old boy in Kenya is abandoned by his family and left to raise himself on the streets? Mully is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale. It’s the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mully sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.
A New High is a documentary featuring an ex-Army Ranger who runs a homeless shelter for addicts in Seattle tries to give them hope by leading them up one of the most treacherous mountains in North America – Mt. Rainier. Will their personal mountains be too steep to overcome?
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a
dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.
Join us to learn about the importance of biodiversity. Panel to follow.
Co-hosted by BendFilm, St Charles Medical Center, High Desert Food & Farm Alliance and Not Bread.
We will start at 2pm with the documentary screening of "Medicating Normal" sponsored by BendFilm. One in five Americans take psychiatric drugs daily, often for a lifetime. MEDICATING NORMAL follows five high-functioning people whose doctors prescribed pills to help with common problems- stress, insomnia, anxiety and grief- with devastating impact on their lives. The film relays critical information for patients and doctors about the potential risks of taking or prescribing psychiatric drugs.
Panel to follow with individuals with lived experience, including, influential mental-health advocate, therapist, and researcher Will Hall.
We will take an hour break from 4pm to 5pm.
At 5pm, Will Hall will facilitate a work-shop entitled "Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Medication" and another workshop on how to run and hold community groups. Will Hall is about "empowering people" and "building communities".
Native Art featured by Artist SpeakThunder Berry.
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How can we liberate ourselves — and truly care for each other?
Will Hall is a counselor and facilitator working with individuals, couples, families and groups via phone and web video (Zoom). He has taught and consulted on mental health, trauma, psychosis, medications, domestic violence, conflict resolution, and organizational development in more than 30 countries, and been widely featured in the media for his advocacy efforts around mental health care. His work and learning arose from his own experiences of recovery from madness, and today he is passionate about new visions of mind and what it means to be human.
For more details, go to www.willhall.net/comingoffmeds