The Journey To Wellness Workshops Launch In Santa Barbara

Anxiety Focused Seminar Kicks Off  Wellness Workshops in Santa Barbara

The Journey to Wellness Workshops (JTWW), a community resource that provides psycho-educational seminars, launches its first virtual workshop on September 25, from 9am to 2pm.  This is the first of a series that will feature topical experts and community leaders who will inform and empower attendees with resources to facilitate and optimize their personal wellness journey.  

These workshops offer timely guidance as people navigate the evolving COVID-19 strains and regulations. According to the CDC, in June 2020 40% of adults reported struggle with mental health or substance abuse.  JTWW Founders, Gina and Martin Bell, believe in the power of education to manage these struggles. Gina herself is an educator who has taught at Santa Barbara City College and Antioch University. She created JTWW in order to bring together the myriad of available community and educational resources and create a pathway to manage the stressors that affect so many.  

After Gina’s personal experiences with multiple life challenges, she realized that mental health impacts stem beyond just the individual but also to family and friends.  The Journey to Wellness Workshops will provide a forum to address not only the individual, but also the people who support them. Gina shares, “The Journey to Wellness Workshops were created from a lifelong dream of mine to make a difference in the lives of people who have gone through similar experiences. The world is facing a mental health crisis that has never been seen before, and it is my goal to use my expertise as well as that of my colleagues to provide relief and education during difficult times.” 

The first workshop, I Feel So Alone In My Anxiety, features Kirsty Kenny, AMFT and yoga instructor, Holly Rushing. This event will be held virtually on September 25, from 9:00a to 2:00pm. To register, visit https://thejourneytowellnessworkshops.com/ or call 805.721.6540 for more information. 

The Journey to Wellness Workshops are presented by well respected speakers and community leaders, providing insight into a variety of psycho-educational topics. All 2021 Workshops will be presented through Zoom. Registration is currently open online. In person workshops will be evaluated as circumstances permit.

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Release of Liability

The individual named below (referred to as “I” or “me”) desires to participate in educational workshops (collectively, the “Workshop”) provided or sponsored by The Journey to Wellness LLC, a California limited lability company (the “Company”). In consideration of being permitted by the Company to participate in the Workshop and in recognition of the Company’s reliance hereon, I agree to all the terms and conditions set forth in this instrument (this “Release”).

I am aware and understand that the Workshop involves, among other things, issues, information, and content regarding mental and physical health and wellness.

I acknowledge and agree that the information and content available in the Workshop is not intended to be used as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any mental, physical, or medical condition or health problem, and I should seek all such medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from my physician or mental health professional. My participation in the Workshop does not create an express or implied physician-patient relationship or counselor-patient relationship between me and the Company or its agents. The Company makes no warranties whatsoever, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or usefulness of any information or content available in the Workshop. The Company does not assume any risk whatsoever for my use of such information or content. In participating in the Workshop, I agree that the Company shall not be liable or otherwise responsible for any decision made or any action taken or any action not taken due to my use of the information or content available in the Workshop. The Company does not assume any responsibility for any mental, physical, or medical treatment that I make or obtain using the information or content available in the Workshop. I assume the risk of the limitations inherent in the information and content available in the Workshop and understand that no warranty or guarantee is made concerning any particular result.

I hereby expressly waive and release any and all claims which I may have, or which I may hereafter have, whether known or unknown, against the Company, and its officers, managers, members, employees, agents (including, without limitation, presenters, lecturers, or others involved in the Workshop), affiliates, successors, and assigns (collectively, “Releasees”), arising out of or attributable to my participation in the Workshop, whether arising out of the ordinary negligence of the Company or any Releasees or otherwise. I covenant not to make or bring any such claim against the Company or any other Releasee, and forever release and discharge the Company and all other Releasees from liability under such claims. This waiver and release does not extend to claims for gross negligence, intentional or reckless misconduct, or any other liabilities that California law does not permit to be released by agreement.

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“A general release does not extend to claims that the creditor or releasing party does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor at the time of executing the release and that, if known by him or her, would have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor or released party.”

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