Workshops & Social Support

Your center definitely pulled me through a rock bottom time....I loved sitting in your comfy ‘living room’, chatting and learning to knit. It was so nice to have a social activity to go to. Sometimes it took all my strength to get myself there - but once there I was always so happy I went....Extremely caring women there.
— TWI client


  • Time: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 5:45 - 7:15 PM

  • Dates: October 14, and 28, November 11, and 25.

  • Location:  The Group Room (TWI Main Office, 1101 East High Street)

  • Facilitators:  Christine Brodmerkel & Linda Cappacchione, LPC

This group offers participants an opportunity to create their own personal Mandalas in a variety of mediums and share their unfolding insights in a supportive atmosphere. Mandalas are images contained within a circle that represent an experience, idea, dream, feeling or conflict. Mandalas have appeared for many years around the world within many cultural and spiritual backgrounds. Similar to meditative journaling with words, mandalas may offer an opportunity for new insights and perspectives. Previous artistic experience is not required or expected. The group will be facilitated by Linda Capacchione, LPC, and Christine Brodmerkel, graduate intern in counseling psychology.

The group will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in October and November from 5:45 to 7:15 pm. at The Women’s Initiative, 1101 East High Street, Suite A. Charlottesville, VA 22902. This event is free, open to public, and is available on a drop-in basis. Pre-registration is requested.

Please contact Kirsten Franke, LCSW if you are interested in joining our next expressive arts group. Email: or phone: 434.872.0047 x 101

CAREER Support Group


A bi-weekly support group begins Tuesday, October 7, 6 pm - 7:30 pm. The group will meet on the first and third Tuesdays through November 18. Final Groups: November 18.

An architect sits down at her computer and draws the lines that will eventually form a solid, beautiful structure. In the same way, you can also sit down and begin to draw the lines that will eventually form the structure of the career you desire to pursue.

You start with a foundation and build your own future by learning:

  • How to effectively search for a job and to find and create your own career path

  • How to build a resume that will be your marketing tool

  • How to become skilled at interviewing

Attendance will be limited to 10 participants, so pre-registration is encouraged. Please contact Kirsten Franke, LCSW, if you are interested in attending or finding out more about this group. Email: phone 434.872.0047 x 101.

Knit Now - Learn How

  • Starting again in September: Tuesday evenings, 5 - 7 and Thursday afternoons, 3 - 5

  • Location: The Living Room (1101 E High St.) 

  • Facilitator: Susan Schiffer

We welcome new or experienced knitters to our group. Knitting help and supplies are available free of charge. Come join us to chat, work quietly or listen to music while creating something fun or beautiful.

Knitting can “help take us through the big steps with little steps” from “The Knitting Goddess” by Deborah Bergman) one stitch at a time.  

Breathe - Silent Hour

  • Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

  • Location: The Living Room (1101 E High)

  • Facilitator:  Kirsten Franke, LCSW

Please join us to sit in quiet contemplation or meditation. In this hour of silence, you can attend for the full hour or fifteen-minute intervals.

Walking Group


Are you searching for a way to kick-start your energy, health, and well-being?  If so, our community partner,  C'ville Walks is kicking off its walking group on Saturday, May 3rd at the Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department on Rose Hill Drive at 8am.  The group will meet each Saturday at various locations around Charlottesville and increase walking distance each week. The Women's Initiative will offer all C'ville Walks participants three wellness consultations focused on developing a personal health plan at no cost.   Hope to see you on Saturday!

C’Ville Walks is sponsored by the UVA Cancer Center, Ragged Mountain Running Shop and the Thomas Jefferson Health District.

For more information

  • Click here for full schedule / dates

  • C'Ville Walks:  Nila Saliba

  • The Women's Initiative:  Eboni Bugg, LCSW



Learn how to cultivate more joy in your life. This workshop is focused on emotional support and healing using open discussion, creative exercises and relaxation techniques. Please contact Eboni Bugg, LCSW if you would like a presentation for your group or agency.