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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Personal Social Services

Mission: To offer a safe and healing place where people are empowered to live with joy and personal freedom, rekindle a loving relationship with their true spirit, and foster an attitude of kindness, grace and service to others.

Results: Hundreds of men and women have participated in Soltura’s life-changing workshops, reconnecting with the joy of being free to be themselves, enriching their relationships with family and friends, and learning to be of service to others in everyday pursuits.

Target demographics: Soltura workshop participants include individuals of all ages looking for a different way to experience their lives or seeking a new understanding of their inner self. Programs are geared to anyone who has the desire to change their personal perspective and experience personal freedom. While the motivations to participate in the workshop trilogy are varied and unique to each participant, some reasons may include: —Navigating one of life’s transitions following a loss of a parent, a child, a marriage, a job or other form of emptiness; —Understanding self-defeating behaviors; -- Improving one’s relationship with self, family and friends; —Difficulty juggling life’s daily stresses that challenge quality of life; —Moving beyond a co-dependent relationship with a spouse or partner who is struggling with alcohol abuse; —Gaining perspective on compulsive or addictive behaviors. Participants are asked to complete a brief health history questionnaire during the registration process to ensure that they are sufficiently fit both physically and emotionally to complete the workshops.

Geographic areas served: United States, Canada

Programs: Utilizing the principles of experiential education and attitudinal healing, Soltura workshops are designed using parables in which hidden truths and life lessons are cleverly disguised within simple stories. For men and adolescent boys we offer a program series based on The Knight in Rusty Armor, a book by Robert Fisher. Women and adolescent girls take their journey down the Yellow Brick Road in a series of workshops based on the well-known story, The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. These programs offer a combination of educational and experiential exercises offered in group, individual, and community settings – utilizing music, art, drama, humor, writing, and guided imagery techniques – to create a dynamic and personally enriching experience. The series of personal growth workshops facilitates awareness of: -- Value of slowing down, -- Choice between conflict and peace of mind, -- How inner battles complicate life, -- Influence of fears and doubts, -- Using your authentic voice, -- Personal beliefs, judgments and conviction, -- Honoring yourself through honoring others, -- Freedom in taking responsibility for yourself.

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Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

In addition to being a client served I am also a professional in this field. I am a professional counselor who heals with words. I help people tell their stories and find their way to peace and wholeness. But sometimes words aren't enough. They aren't enough for those I help, nor were they enough for me. Soltura taught me other ways to let go of the things that have wounded me, weighefd me down, and that have extinguished my light. Soltura gave me the ability to connect again with others and with myself. Soltura gave me 7 sisters who will always be there, both within me and outside of me, as well as a connection with a community to whom I may always return and feel at home. I am shining bright again. And with my light I have found the capacity to touch those I serve more deeply. The ripple effect in both my personal and professional connections has been far greater than I anticipated. The journey I started in Gig Harbor will influence those who enter my life and office for many years to come. Thank you Carole, Tasha, Cheryl, Crystal and my sisters....with love and light again. Missy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My participation in the Caught in a Twister workshop at Soltura was one of the most powerful and transformative experiences of my life. Going in, I had some apprehensions about what to expect, but the facilitators put me at ease and earned my trust immediately. The process was challenging, to be sure, but also incredibly fulfilling and rewarding in ways I could never have imagined. The facilities are gorgeous, the food is fantastic, and Carole and her crew are phenomenal! Though I didn't have a particular issue or life event that spurred my decision to attend the workshop, I was discouraged and conflicted about the lack of direction and purpose that characterized my life. I now have a sense of self-acceptance, peace and clarity, and I am more comfortable facing and overcoming the challenges that inevitably arise. I was so moved by my own experience that I've recommended Soltura to numerous friends and family members. In fact, my husband just completed the first session in the men's trilogy and found his experience equally gratifying. If you're considering attending a personal development workshop, do yourself a favor and choose Soltura!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't put into words how amazing this workshop is. It changed my life. I would do it over again in a heart-beat. I've never experienced anything quite like Soltura. I feel like i finally know who I am. I recommend this to everyone, even if you don't think you need it. It could influence everyone in such a positive way, don't turn down the opportunity. It's worth it!

Michele C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to Soltura at the urging of a close friend, as I was in one of the most confusing times of my life. Entering into a divorce and facing some family and childhood trauma, I was at a very low place and felt emotionally crippled. I went to Soltura with some fear but also with excitement in knowing I was going to get away and focus on me for a few days. Being a busy mother of three children, there was very little time to deal with the problems that i felt engulfed by everyday. The workshop is like diving into a pool of oxygen and love. I could finally breathe, I found my voice and clarity about many things in my life finally came about....from childhood to present! I left with a sense of empowerment like I've never known and I still carry it with me, along with tools Soltura gave me for living my life each day in the most conscious and loving way. This shines on everyone around me and I now see, months after leaving the workshop, that seeds were planted during those amazing 4 days that are now beginning to blossom! I now have a new & sacred understanding and connection with myself that was unknown before Soltura. I am excited to be sending my teenage daughter to Part 1 this summer and I will be heading for Part 2! Soltura is years worth of therapy rolled up into just a few days - it is the sweetest gift and the smallest sacrifice I ever gave myself! The time spent there has changed me and my life forever.

Theresa D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My whole family had participated in Soltura workshops and I was one of the last ones to go. My cousin who is a participant and a fascilitator asked if I was ready to take the journey and I felt it in my heart that I was. There were alot of things in my life that were holding me down and I had carried them around long enough! So I decided to go. Well when I got there I was very closed off and holding on tight to the bad "stuff" in my life. I wasnt sure who I was without it, I had carried it for so very long, and letting go seemed to be to scary and seemed like it was too far away and simply impossible. I thought to myself - is this gunna work? am I worth it? I decided to give it a shot and fight for myself and for who I knew I could be. All my life I never let anyone get to close to me cause I didnt trust anyone and I never thought they would truely love me anyways. Well, after this workshop I now know that this is very far from the truth I now know that I am truely loved and I know who truly loves and supports me. But most importantly I love me and Im okay with me!!!! I have found my truth and I love living it! I can truly say from the bottom of my heart I experienced true unconditional love at Soltura and no one can take that away from me! Its mine forever and It is something I hold very dear to my heart !! The only way I can describe Soltura with words is to say that it is truly a GIFT ! a gift of life and recognition and for me ..... love !!! I often say that Soltura should be manditory in life, everyone ahould have to experience it so they can live their lives free and to the fullest. I cant wait to go back and continue my journey! I will be forever grateful for the gifts Soltura has given me !!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

How does one express in words such an amazing experience filled with discoveries, realizations and miracles. For so many years I covered, hide and sheltered so many poisonous thoughts and beliefs about myself and my life. Upon the completion of my first workshop I began to uncover and address these feelings and thoughts with even more defined discoveries to follow in the final 2 workshops.
It has been a number of years since I completed the Trilogy and I am still learning so much. Having been given tools to deal with anything that is sent my way and knowing that it is in my hands on how it will affect my life I am living my best life. These workshops are so powerful that I not only learned and experienced amazing insights during and shortly after they are complete but I believe I have learned so much in the years that have followed.
These workshops are truly the best gift a person could give to ones self and the life that follows is so much more than I ever expected. Thank you to all the amazing facilitators, new found friends and to myself for believing in me!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Soltura experience offers life changing personal freedom to participants along with the tools top help maintain the newly attained state. My burdens of the past have been removed thus allowing great clarity in my life. It has and will continue to help open doors of opportunity in my life. I highly recommend this workshop to all.

Alix Baldwin Buckley

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's been several years since I completed my Soltura workshops. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't draw on my experiences/awareness to help guide me as I move through my very "real" life. I am grateful beyond measure.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of participating in the Soltura workshop trilogy and I cannot describe with words the changes it has allowed me to make in my life. I have been so empowered to see that I have a voice and choice and that I can live my life from a place of love rather than from a place of fear. Prior to the workshops I was scared, shut down, and quick to give everybody else the key to my happiness, but not anymore. Now even when I have difficult days I know I have the tools to make a change for myself. I am so incredibly grateful for Carole and all of the beautiful Soltura facilitators and participants, without whom I would not know myself to be the bold, courageous, loving woman I am today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It took me two years to finally submit that registration for the Soltura workshop. It was out of fear of the unknown but one day, I knew I needed help, I needed the tools to cope and work on very deep issues I have held in too long. This workshop, Carole, Tara, Jayleen, and Tasha has helped me tremendously. If I would have just done this sooner, I would have save my self a lot of time and money in my search for the right counseling or therapist. Thank you Soltura Foundation for making it all possible for me to stay tight in my shoes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well I have started this so many times - how does one put into words the miraculous changes that occurred to my core? How to describe what this journey has done for me and my life? I signed up for my Soltura workshop because a friend had recommended it; she thought I would benefit from it. I truly had no idea what to expect - a heroic journey of personal growth is what the site said. Soltura is definately that and so much more. During the first day & a half I was angry at my friend for suggesting I needed this - they pushed and pushed me - and thank god for that- as the facilitors seem to have an amazing insight. They pushed me through all of my barriers that I have spent my entire life buidling - I was so GRATEFUL that I stayed. My journey that weekend was the hardest thing I have ever done for me and the most rewarding. Soltura is life changing. I let go of things that I did not realize I was even hanging on to. I was able to see how I carried the lies that shaped me my whole life, I was able to see the beautiful woman god created me to be and for once in my life to be truly 100% complete. I not only learned but I KNOW that I am enough - all by myself - perfectly me - there is a true freedom in that. There is so much more I could say but I will end with this - if you want to give yourself an amazing gift that will change your life - sign up - you are worth it and your heart will sing with joy!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having finally overcome the biggest dissappointment of my life; alcholism, I found that it had destroyed me in more ways than I could ever have imagined. Becoming sober wasn't the cureall I thought it would be. The demons that haunted me were still there and it was time to come to terms with them. I felt my life was a blank page filled with question marks that needed answering. I wanted to feel again and know in my heart I was not this pathetic person that my addiction lead me to believe I was. I came to this first workshop with mixed feelings wondering how 3.5 days could repair the mental and emotional battle I have been going through for the last 36+ years. To my amazement Soltura helped me open my mind to what was truely tormenting me and taught me the tools I lacked in my journey of self appreciation and awareness. I know I have a long way to go still and I am so very happy there are more workshops I can attend that will help me achieve my ultimate goal, to love and believe in myself again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I believed I would get out of life what I put into it, but lately I had begun questioning the effort and energy it took to put life into my life. I was ready to grow and change as I began the second half of my life, but how. My children are teenagers and my husband and I have been married for 27 years. Great kids and an even better marriage, but somewhere along the way, caring for and about them, I lost myself. I was having trouble finding myself on my own and I wasn't sure if "me" was worth the effort. The opportunity to attend Soltura was serendipitous beyond belief. The workshop brought me back to the core of who I am. It was work and I am worth it. The experience was meaningful, challenging and exhilarating. The depth of awareness and feelings of peace that are a part of me and my life now can't be explained with words. I have my truth and I live by that truth to the very best of my ability every moment, everyday. Some would use the words "life changing"...I would add "and so much more." My hope for you is that you sign up for the workshop, you experience the process and you gain the gift of YOU.

Marjorie C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't begin to tell you how Soltura changed my life... I live in freedom from my demons and greet each day quietly with myself preparing for what the world has to offer. Before my first workshop I felt lost, as if there was a hole in my soul but couldnt for the life of me figure out how to fill it. A friend turned me on to Soltura and it was exactly what i needed. I needed to rediscover "me" and when I did, my soul was filled with the love and joy and peace I had given away. I now recognize the self inflicted pain I was living in and have replaced it with the strength and courage I needed to regain the keys to my soul. I'm happy and free - what a beautiful feeling!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mother who has a beloved teenage son whose life has been affected by addiction. His teenage sister, father and I rode the nightmare roller coaster for years. Through Soltura, I was empowered to get off the roller coaster and live life again. In turn, this empowered my teenage daughter to do the same - no matter what her brother's journey was/is. My son saw the change in us and was inspired to attend a Soltura workshop. He was clean and experienced the freedom to laugh, cry and feel fully. Come what may, the purity of our experience refreshes our lives daily.

Client Served

Rating: 5

To be perfectly honest, I had no clue what I was getting myself into when I committed to doing my first workshop. What I've since unearthed is that Soltura is a way of being, succeeding in its incredible ability to empower the individual. One discovers themselves and by extension what it truly means to be alive and an active and integral part of the world at large. I'm flooded with an expansive sense of inner-peace and fulfillment, melting into the flow of my collective life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Soltura is a program that changed my life. It has made a lasting impression on my heart. I wish everyone would experience Soltura! It made me who I want to be.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soltura is magic. Pure magic. It is an experience that every person needs to undergo at some point in their life. My experience is one that I remember every day of my life and has enriched me in ways that I cannot hope to even explain. Because of Soltura, I am fully aware of my intrinsic value as a human being and the highest potential that everyone has in them to make the world a better place. Because of Soltura, I am in love with life and all that it has to offer. This five day experience has taught me more about life and myself than any school or college could ever hope to teach. Recently, my boyfriend did a Soltura workshop and there are simply no words to describe how it feels to see someone that you love understand themselves and others. Honestly, words escape me when it comes to Soltura because three months later, I am still in awe. All I can say is thank you to Carole and all the other Soltura facilitators. This has been such a gift.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came to the Soltura program with a healthy dose of skepticism that any 3 day work shop could put much of a dent in helping me battle my personal demons. I left the first workshop amazed at how effective the program was at helping me face and do away with those demons. It feels as if a heavy weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I have a whole new perspective on life and the relationships I for so long have taken for granted. I have Soltura to thank for that

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so very grateful for my experiences at Soltura. I was very 'broken' before attending my first workshop and felt that no one could understand me. I felt I was alone and would always feel the deep pain of my past...and I believed that I could never forgive. Attending my first workshop was scary, but the facilitators make you feel at peace and every step of the way, there is someone there to guide you, to push you, to listen to you....to just BE there for you with NO judgement. ...you don't understand how, but they just know what to do and when exactly to do it. My life changed so much after the first workshop, I continued to go back to do the others and with each lesson I learnt, and each tool I now had...I felt myself breaking open more and more. I learnt at Soltura that I could make choices in my life to change what I felt... and that I deserved more in life than what I was giving to myself. I learnt to give myself grace. I continue to use the tools I leart every single day of my life, and I see miracles each new step that I take. I find it hard to explain in words how Soltura has changed my life, but as I sit here typing, I feel the emotions and am wiping my tears. I am forever grateful to the Soltura Foundation, and to all of the volunteer facilitators and to the wonderful people I have met along my journey. I am also so very grateful for the new me, and for the inner peace and true JOY that I now feel.

1 Crystal V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The impact of the Soltura experience on my life has been huge. Before Soltura, my life was very dark with depression, addiction and pain. I’ve been addicted to drugs, food and actually, misery for many, many years. I thought I was doing these things to avoid or distract myself from pain, however, what I was really doing was choosing to relive this cycle over and over. I dreaded each morning, but, I would get up each day and dress up, put on a pretty face and pretend my way through life. It was exhausting. Nobody knew my struggles, my sorrow, my profound loneliness, including those closest to me. I had no idea what was on the other side of all of that pain. Soltura guided me through the process of finding out. The Joy, light and freedom that is on the other side is phenomenal. I now live life! I was introduced to who I really am but never allowed myself to be. I now live authentically, with honesty, grace, gratitude and forgiveness for myself and those who I have been hurt by. I see miracles in everyday life that were always there, but I had been missing them. I know my truth and I believe in myself again and people know it! Therefore, every relationship in my life has changed for the better, even those I chose to let go of. Make no mistake, Soltura is a difficult journey that takes courage to go through. However, the changes in my life have been drastic, profound, humbling, enlightening and permanent. I never could have dreamed of the possibilities, now I live them! The amazing location, group support and love/support/experience from Carole and the facilitators is all part of the atmosphere that guides you through this extraordinary journey.

Shea C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have come alive. For the first time in my adult life I now love who I am. Just writing this review about Soltura brings me great tears of joy. You see I have learned to love myself. With that love it is easy to love others, to participate in my life, to be inspired for each and everyday. I recently completed Part 3 of the men's workshops. To put the experience in words is difficult. Through all of the workshops I always felt safe, loved (sometimes tough love) and motivated to push forward. The program director and her facilitators are dedicated to help each participant find their own path, their own love for themselves. The facilities are first class. The food is very good. The location of Soltura is inspiring and peaceful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Soltura was, and continues to be, the most revealing, challenging and best of all, rewarding experience of my life. The love and patience of Carole and her facilitators created an environment where I felt safe to break down my walls and learn to breathe again without judgement. Without a doubt, Soltura has changed the world I survived in to a place I feel alive in. If I could, I'd give Soltura a rating that exceeds all the stars in the sky!

Tara D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

4 years ago I began my journey through MY life with Soltura. Looking for something more in my life, feeling lost and not comfortable in my skin, I was presented with an opportunity to do a Soltura workshop. The gifts and experiences that I have had through Soltura has been life changing for me. I have learnt so much about who I am through out this journey and continue to pave my path. With the tools I was given in the workshop I was able to carry those out into my life and practice living my life in my truth. I feel so grateful for this foundation as I really feel that I would not be where I am today with out having participated in the workshops. I continue to grow into the very best I can be with the solid foundation of knowing who I am. With Warmth, Tara Duckworth

Laura S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in my first workshop four years ago and the benefits at the time were immediate and incredible. I didn't see how the experience could get any better, but each of the next three workshop were also life-changing in their own way and I continue to be amazed at the personal growth they can produce. Soltura workshops give you the opportunity to listen to yourself, discover your own best answers, and develop a more solid understanding of who you are. The friends that I have met through these workshops continue to enrich my life each day. I am so thankful for Soltura and highly recommend their workshops.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I began the Soltura workshop program in August 2010 and from the moment it began I knew my life was going to change. The facilitators and volunteers showed me from the very start that I was valued and that they truly wanted to help me along my journey of self discovery. In my experience I found that this program not only presented ideas to explore but it got my mind working in directions I had never considered. The result was that I truly began to understand the many facets of who I am. I truly felt that I was being guided on a journey by people who truly cared about me making progress. The program truly made me feel so much better about who I am and where I am going. The other thing I found interesting was that the age range during my first workshop showed how wide a variety of people this program can help. No two people are alike in this world and we all learned from each other, which is a gift I had never been provided before. I also reconized that without the help of the Soltura program, I would not have such a positive view about my future. I will be following the entire series of workshops and am completely confident that the rest of this journey will be just as enlightening and valuable to me. My sincere thanks to the entire Soltura organization; I am so very blessed to be part of your success story.

JohnDrew2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fear imprisons our dreams, hijacks our joy, impedes our peace. Soltura is about learning to relinquish lifelong fears. There is only one thing in life over which we truly have control. That is the way we react to people, events, situations. And in that, we have only one choice: react in fear or react with love. All other control is purely illusory. Soltura gave me the keys to unlock fears that had long imprisoned my dreams, my joy, my peace, my capacity to love unconditionally... the most extraordinary gift I ever allowed myself to receive... and the lessons I learned abide with me as I take each step.

Ramona P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended SOLTURA September 2009. I have attended many Retreats and Workshops but I have never had a break through to what I was searching for in my life.It was this program or the methods of Soltura that truly opened my eyes as to what I was searching for. The workshop was the beginning of my new "Transformation in a very positive way" I would have continued the stage 2 and 3 of Soltura workshop but the distance was a big factor. I wish there is a branch in the Eastcoast. Soltura will be in my heart for as long as I live.

Paul S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a Soltura workshop last October, and it exceeded my expectations in all aspects. The sessions were intense, well organized and incredibly effective in peeling back the layers of my armor and allowing me to see the real me. Carol gave 110% to each session and I found the environment to be so safe that I could open up in ways I never thought possible. It was a terrific experience and has helped me strengthen my relationship with my wife and children and for that I am foreever grateful. The house, location are beautiful and even the food was very good. THANK YOU SOLTURA

1 ResourcesNOW

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with therapeutic and personal growth organizations for almost 40 years, and the Soltura personal growth workshops are the best I've found. Working closely with the organization for the past six years, I am throughly familiar with the nature and quality of its services. The primary facilitator is truly gifted in her ability to instinctively reach people and know how to guide them through their own self-exploration. Support facilitators are former participants who were so impacted by their journey through the Soltura workshops that they volunteer to help facilitate and support new participants. These workshops are not the typical seminar where you are given 10 principles or 7 steps to follow. Soltura workshops include EXPERIENTIAL exercises that require participants to find their own answers inside themselves. This is often hard work but the change in participants is remarkable. Many organizations claim to provide life-changing experiences but this is the first one where clients almost universally describe their experience in those terms. Recommend the workshop trilogy to anyone struggling with a life transition/issue or simply looking for something more out of life. You won't regret it!

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Soltura Foundation 09/19/2010

Thanks for your support, Sam! We appreciate all the work you have done for Soltura. Our supporters are the best...we could not do what we do without them.