We are so glad you will be joining us at MY VILLAGE!
MY VILLAGE is a place for teens to connect, make friends, be themselves without pressure, and participate in workshops that help them deal with the stresses of everyday life. When selecting workshops, please consider carefully if this is the right fit for you or your child.
Participants in MY VILLAGE must be able to participate and follow instructions independently, be of cognitive ability to understand and process the messages and skills taught in the chosen workshop and communicate with others.
Each workshop will be limited to 15 students.
Time: 1-4 PM
We will have check-in start at 1:00 pm with the workshops starting at 1:15pm promptly. Each workshop will be an hour with a 15-minute break between each workshop.
Location: Horses with Hearts
1952 Files Crossroads, Martinsburg WV 25404
Check-In Opens: 1:00 PM
Ages: 12-17 and/or HS seniors
My Village Dates
April 21, 2024
June 2, 2024
June 23, 2024
July 28, 2024
August 25, 2024
September 22, 2024
October 20, 2024
Equine learning sessions will be ground based (non-riding). It will have experiential learning activities in a setting with human and equine interactions guided by equine specialist and volunteers. Through these interactions, we will learn life skills such as trust, honestly, connection, communication, self-regulation and self-confidence. We will all become strong,
more confident, courageous and independent as we spend this time with the horses.
Aerial allows you to be you, to express yourself whether you choose to float or fly.
The strong, supportive fabric offers you the opportunity to move in any way you
choose, building confidence and promoting body positivity. Moving or restoring in
the swing can provide a deep sensory experience and an opening for you to connect with your body. With aerial, the possibilities are boundless.
Bo Bowman is a retired ER physician who now owns and operates Studio214, a
yoga and aerial studio in downtown Martinsburg. Bo facilitates numerous styles of yoga classes with a focus on Trauma Sensitive Yoga, including volunteering with the Prison Yoga Project, children and teens, and yoga for recovery. Her lived
experiences allow her to bring a deeper understanding of the empowerment of
movement and the resiliency of the human body.
Jeremy Speer, MSW, LGSW is a child/adult therapist with WVU Medicine and
facilitator for the Health Sciences Center Eastern Division at reducing stigma of
substance use disorder. As a social worker, Mr. Speer has worked as a therapist
with children/adolescents in residential treatment and as the WVU MSW extended
campus coordinator in Martinsburg and Keyser, WV. Mr. Speer is U.S. Navy veteran,
serving tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He has completed the 200-hour yoga
instructor training. Over the last several years, Mr. Speer has conducted numerous
presentations throughout West Virginia addressing the topics of trauma, trauma
informed care, ACEs sciences, Military Culture, Social Work Ethics, mindfulness, and burnout/compassion fatigue.
Music is a powerful tool for hope, healing, and change! Come join us as we explore our greatest strengths and resources through a group drumming workshop and other live music therapy experientials. Together, we will find a place to connect, explore our unique abilities, build resilience, and share our hopes and dreams for the future. No music experience is necessary to participate in music therapy sessions, all are welcome in the circle, and we can’t wait to see you there!!!
Erin Bonham, MMT, MT-BC is a board certified music therapist who received her BS in Psychology from Walden University and Master of Music Therapy from Shenandoah University.
Erin has served as an adjunct assistant professor and acute inpatient behavioral health practicum supervisor for Shenandoah University. Currently, she is a full time music therapist on WVU Berkeley Medical Centers' Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit and Crisis Stabilization and Recovery Center where her practice focuses on hope and healing through clinical and evidence-based music therapy interventions that support mental health, brain health, and the human experience.
Each month will be a workshop that focuses on connections and mood management through exercises focusing on 5 senses, games, play, and conversation. Each time students will walk away with resources and tools to lean into strengths.
Megan Simms is a licensed independent clinical social worker who has been a psychotherapist since 2009. She is a graduate of Shepherd University’s Social Work Program and WVU’s MSW program. She began her career in community mental health working with all ages and all mental health diagnoses. In 2012 Megan transitioned into private practice in Martinsburg,WV as a psychotherapist. From 2014-2016 Megan received education from the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington,DC and graduated with a certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Megan now owns a private practice in Martinsburg where she works with children, adults and families who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, PTSD and life transitions. She is trained in PCIT and enjoys working with children and their families to improve the parent/child relationship. Megan enjoys playing and laughing with her husband, son and dog. She enjoys the water and exercising.