Day Camp and Summer Children's Groups


Come to The Healing Center’s 2 summer children’s groups! All ages will meet together and there will be a parent group offered concurrently. Below are the dates offered:

Weds. July 16th from 4:00 – 5:30pm

Weds. August 13th from 4:00 – 5:30pm



We’re also holding summer day camps! They will be held on Wednesday’s from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Check ‘em out:

July 9th    Meet at The Healing Center.  Walk to Greenlake for fun in the park and a swim in the pool.

July 23rd   Explore Volunteer Park and the Asian Art Museum. Group art project followed by tour of conservatory, climbing the stairs of the water tower, and playing at the playground/wading pool.

Aug. 6th    Woodland Park Zoo

Aug. 20th   Visit the EMP (Experience Music Project) for a tour, scavenger hunt, and ice cream.

Registration required. Please contact Jeanne for more information and to register  or call (206) 523-1206.


Top 3 Reasons We Loved The 2014 May Day Walk

On May 4th 2014, The Healing Center celebrated it’s 6th Annual May Day Walk at Gas Works Park with over 60 participants and 25 volunteers. Here are our top 3 reasons why we loved the day and are excited to keep the May Day Walk tradition going for our Healing Center community. Be sure to check out the pictures below.

1. YOU – Nothing makes us happier than seeing our Healing Center friends and families come together. We believe so much benefit comes from meeting others that have shared the experience of walking through grief. While this year it was under more drops of rain than rays of sun, we are so grateful for all who joined us and those who couldn’t make it but supported their friends and family in other ways. You are our inspiration.

2. The chance to remember – Transitional periods can be difficult – even the transition between seasons. As we move swiftly into spring, we enjoyed the opportunity to do some reflection during the art activities during the Walk. We wrote a message to our loved one on a message flag. We considered what we’d say to them in a private message. We contemplated the meaning of short-blooming cherry blossoms during origami folding. We stood with everyone and felt the words of the poem, “We Remember Them”.

3. Support for our programs – With the combined donations from The May Day Walk and GiveBIG two days later, we received $63,053 from our generous supporters. This doesn’t even include the GiveBIG “stretch funds” that will be applied to our GiveBIG donations soon. These funds mean so much to The Healing Center and our community. They keep our doors open, buy pizza for our weekly children’s groups, make healing client retreats possible, and help to train our dedicated volunteers – all contributing to our overall mission of offering a safe, loving place that honors grief, helping you to move through it and heal. We thank those who fund-raised for us, our wonderful donors, and our $5,000 sponsors, Safe Crossings Foundation, Nintendo, and University District Kiwanis. THANK YOU!



Summer Camp 2013!

The purpose of Summer Camp is to provide an opportunity for the children of The Healing Center to remain connected to one another during the summer months when children’s groups are not in session. Camp provides an opportunity for play while recognizing that play may have threads of grief intertwined. Camp is open to all children who will be entering 1st through 8th grade in the Fall of 2013.
Suggested cost for each camp is $20 per child. Swim Camp has an additional cost of $3 for Evans pool. Ferry~IslandWood Camp has an additional cost of $20 to cover the cost of ferry, bus transportation, and ice cream.
All are invited to join us at the end of Beach-Combing Camp for a  BBQ at Golden Gardens Park from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

Back-to-Nature Camp

Date: July 10th
Time: 10:00 to 4:00
Drop off & pick up: The Healing Center
Activities: kite-making, tie-dye bandanas, walk to Ravenna Park, Yoga in-the-Park, nature-art

Swim Camp

Date: July 24th
Time: 10:00 to 4:00
Drop off & pick up: Green Lake Park near Evans Pool
Activities: scavenger hunt, swim, Laughing Yoga, field games

Ferry to IslandWood Camp

Date: August 7th
Time: 10:00 to 4:30
Drop off & pick up: Seattle Ferry Terminal
Activities: Ride a ferry to Bainbridge Island, bus to IslandWood, Circle of Life campfire, forest walk, ice cream at Mora’s, kite-flying on the ferry back to Seattle

Beach-Combing Camp

Date: August 21st
Time: Noon to 5:00 followed by family BBQ 5:30 to 8:00
Drop off & pick up: Golden Gardens Park, Seattle
Activities: beach-combing, frisbee tag, kite-flying, family BBQ


Please register ASAP. You may register for summer camp by clicking HERE.
Once you register you will be receiving more detailed information. If you have any question you may contact Michele Koger at: or call 206-523-1206.


Our beautiful May Day Walk

This last Sunday, May 5th, was our fifth annual May Day Walk. For the last five year we’ve raised funds to keep The Healing Center’s doors open, gathered together as a community, and commemorated the loved ones that we’ve lost. This year we also celebrated an early taste of summer at Gas Works Park, with some of the most beautiful weather we’ve seen all year.

Enough words. I’ll let the pictures tell the story of the day.

Pictures courtesy of Healing Center staff and Andrew Taylor

Volunteer at the May Day Walk!

spring-kids-main_MDW vol post picSunday, May 5th is the magical day!

Spring is in the air and we are gearing up for our 5th Annual May Day Walk. Come one, come all volunteers. There is plenty of room for everyone!

For a list of volunteer opportunities, take a look at our Sign Up Genius page. Most needs do not require pre-training or clinical expertise. Simply click on the “Sign Up” button next to each task or tasks that grab you!

Imagine HUGE balloons, AWESOME crafts, YUMMILICIOUS food, FUN games, WILD tattoos, INSPIRING prayer flags, CHILLIN’ OUT with other volunteers at Gas Works Park, and an opportunity to make this a very special day for our grieving families.

We hope you’ll be willing to support our fun and magical event. We can’t do it without you!

An Ofrenda for Mike (and me)

6 Days till Dia de los Muertos Celebration

We hope you are planning to join us for this wonderful fundraiser for programs and services at The Healing Center.  If you have not purchased tickets or signed up for volunteering, there is still time to do so.  Click here for Tickets and here for Volunteer Sign-up.

For those of you who’ve already registered, consider bringing a photo of your loved ones for our communal ofrenda.  What is an ofrenda you might ask?  Check out the one I made for my Michael at The Healing Center, visit my YouTube Video.  Mike was a river rafting guide and mountain climber so I included postcards he sent me from his adventures, as well as the journal he wrote while climbing Mt. Everest (Mike died on Mt. Everest in May 2005, he was 39 and I was 30.)  I’ve also added two pictures of Mike, his favorite candy, food and water for his journey, a candle, and marigolds to light his way to the celebration we are having on November 2.

The Day of the Dead celebration is very new to me and I enjoy thinking of Mike continuing to celebrate life with me.  Since his death I have felt his presence and guidance in so many ways.  I love the idea of sharing a piece of him with all of you on this celebratory day to benefit new grieving widows and widowers who will walk through our door tomorrow.

3/4 of the money that supports clients and programs at The Healing Center, comes from individuals and events like this fall fundraiser.  Please consider inviting friends, family and co-workers who will help support our life-saving and life-renewing programs.

More info on how to create an ofrenda

Ofrendas are made for the souls of the loved ones who have passed on. Though each altar is unique to each person, the premise is to honor the loved ones and welcome them back to this earth. Ofrendas contain many different items…

  •  Pictures of the loved one who the altar is dedicated to are placed around the table. Mostly, a main picture is placed as a sort of “centerpiece” to the Ofrenda.
  •  Pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, is a traditional food that is placed on most altars. The essence of the bread is said to be eaten by the souls of the dead who return during El Día de los Muertos. Other traditional food items, such as Tamales and Mole, are set out as well. Favorite foods of the dead can also be displayed in order to personalize the altars. (11)
  • Calacas, or skeletons, are placed around the tables as well. These are said to let people in our world see and hold something tangible that can hold the spirit of each loved one. Skulls have been a huge symbol of death and then rebirth for the Meso-Americans and were used to honor the dead during this ritual. Sugar skulls are also a huge part of El Día de los Muertos. They are decorated by children and adults alike, and are set out around the altars and homes of the loved ones. Sugar skulls, though the thought of skulls may seem undesirable, are meant to be decorated in bright colors and symbolize the happiness of this holiday. (9)
  •  Marigolds are an incredibly important part of El Día de los Muertos, especially yellow marigolds. This specific type of flower is known as the sacred flower of the dead. They are hung on crosses and giant arches that are meant to welcome souls home. They are placed around altars and graves, as well as pathways through cemeteries. (4,11)
  • Candles are another major part of El Día de los Muertos. They are placed around not only the Altars but the graves of loved ones, houses, streets, and entire towns in order to light the path back home for the spirits. Certain colors have significance, especially purple, which symbolizes mourning, and also white and pink which symbolize hope and celebration.  In contemporary time, colors may reflect the favorite colors of loved ones or any colors that suit the families. (6)
  •  Grooming items, such as soaps and towels, are put on the altar. It is believed that because the dead have been traveling a long way to arrive back home, they would like to freshen up. (11)
  •  Strong fragrances are also laid out for the dead along with the traditional incense of copal.  Both are supposed to guide the dead to the altar and back home.  Copal was regarded by the Mayans as extremely sacred, and has been a traditional form of incense throughout Aztec and Mexican culture. (7)

El Día de los Muertos is an amazing celebration that has made its way out of just Mayan culture and into the traditions and cultures of people around the world.  The holiday lets people remember those they have lost in a happy and cheerful way, and lets people celebrate and honor the lives of their loved ones. El Día de los Muertos isn’t just a holiday, but a way to cherish everything their loved ones once loved and commemorate the memories they hold dear.

We hope you can join us for our El Día de los Muertos celebration on November 2nd!




Kiwanis Challenge Grant for May Day Walk

We are excited to announce that the May Day Walk 2012 Website has now launched (Registration is Ready), and for the second year in a row, the University Kiwanis Club of Seattle and their foundation is matching the next $5,000 in individual donations.

We thank them for their continued support of The Healing Center, and children’s organizations throughout our community and the world.

The May Day Walk this year will be on Sunday, May 6, 2012, from 1-4pm at Gas Works Park.   Hop on the website:, take a look at the event information, and register as a team or individual walker.  If you need any assistance with registering, please email our May Day Walk Chair and Seattle University Intern, Mattie Bess at, or phone The Healing Center, (206) 523-1206.

Proceeds from this Friend-ask-Friend fundraiser will directly benefit programs at The Healing Center.  Your participation is critical to the next family in need of healing.  Please join us and spread the word about how important The Healing Center is to grieving and healing families.

Can’t wait to see everyone on May 6th!

May Day Walk- Save the Date

We are excited to announce that our annual May Day Walk will be Sunday May 6th, 2012 at Gas Works Park in Seattle.

May Day celebrates the coming of summer and new beginnings.  The Healing Center celebrates this holiday with our community, in an effort to raise funds to support grief services for adults, children and families.

Please save the date for this lovely spring afternoon filled with walking, activities, friends, and food! Stay tunes for registration details.

May Day Walk Tomorrow- Gas Works Park, 2pm

Dear Healing Center Families —

Our May Day Walk is tomorrow!  Staff and Volunteers have put together the final touches for a beautiful afternoon of community activities. We hope you will join us.

While this is a fund-raising opportunity for The Healing Center, the most important aspect of the event is that our entire community comes together to honor our person who has died and to celebrate our Healing Center community.

Parking is available in the Gas Works Park lot and on the streets surrounding the park. For directions to the park, follow this link: Seattle Parks and Recreation-Gas Works Park.

Here’s a little glimpse of what you can expect:

  • Arrive at Gasworks Park at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 1, to smiling familiar faces greeting you and directing you to our Registration Tables.
  • At the Registration Table, you’ll be provided with a Healing Center May Day Walk t-shirt.
  • You will then be directed to the adjacent Coffee Table where coffee and tea will fuel you for the easy and scenic 1.1 mile walk ahead of you.
  • At the Coffee Table, you will also receive your first clue for the Scavenger Hunt. (First Clue: Walk through the Ten Doors. At the end, you will find your own solid unit of minerals!)
  • Additional smiling faces will then direct you to Tent #1 where you’ll receive your next clue.
  • And on it will go, until you reach the top of Kite Hill where your own personal message to your loved one will be added to our Healing Center Kite, soaring hundreds of feet (okay, may fifty feet) above you.

After the walk, you are invited to a catered picnic (courtesy of Dandelions & Olives, a catering company sponsoring the Walk and owned/managed by our very own Dana Jackson. A smorgasbord of deliciousness will be spread before you: sliders, grilled veggie sandwiches, corndog bites, pb&j sandwiches cut into fun shapes, pasta salad, and cornbread salad. Complete your meal with cheesecake bites, chocolate torte bites, rice crispy treats and a fruit plate, while the kids play organized fun games in the adjacent green space.

We are really knocking ourselves out for this one, and you don’t want to miss it!

Please join us! A happy day awaits!

Looking forward to seeing you there, Sunday, May 1!

Dani, Tom and Rebecca