Organizations to host Women’s Health Forum Saturday

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center and The Laurel Center are hosting a Women’s Health Forum at Samuel’s Public Library at 10 a.m. Saturday.

A panel discussion lead by midwife Samantha Dooley, clinical mental health professional Rebecca Vaughan, Episcopal priest the Rev. Deborah Rutter and cranio-sacral therapist Eka Kapiotis will cover physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and holistic health issues.

Barbara Way, executive director of the resource center, said the forum came up in conversation over five years ago. It was just a matter of finding the right partnership within the Warren County community. Way said when the Laurel Center approached her about working together she was pleased to see her idea come to reality.

“We know, particularly as women, that we are less likely to take care of ourselves,” Way said. “We spend a great portion of our lives taking care of others. That’s just what we do. As we go through life we become the person who has to balance everything – work life, usually. We push ourselves to the side. You forget if you don’t take care of yourself, then you can’t take care of others.” 

Categories for Saturday’s forum and discussions were chosen based off of a self-care wheel, a tool panelist Eka Kapiotis uses in her own practice. The wheel helps its user reflect on her life and find balance. 

“The idea is the women in attendance will have two: one will be filled with various suggestions or ideas and the other blank,” Way said. “During the forum they will fill in their wheels, giving them the opportunity to see where they need to grow within their own lives.”

Objectives or suggestions include learning to play guitar, taking a nightly bubble bath or reading a book.

“Sometimes it’s the smallest thing that can change a person’s perspective and attitude toward life,” Way said.

Leslie Hardesty, sexual assault program coordinator for The Laurel Center, said it’s a good time for community partnership. 

“Also, connecting with women in the community we might not otherwise see,” she said. “We know that self-care is important. But we don’t all care for our whole selves, just bits and pieces and that’s not true balance.”

Way said she hopes the women who attend will walk away feeling inspired to find their own balance within their own busy lives.

Refreshments, door prizes and goodie bags will be offered to those in attendance.

If You Go


When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Samuel’s Public Library,  330 E. Criser Road, Front Royal.

Admission: Free. RSVP required. Seating limited to 30 women. Call 540-631-1554 or 540-667-6160 and ask for Amy.