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Sacred Cycle believes in inspiring survivors of sexual trauma through cycling, therapy, and community. Our sacred cycle of recovery empowers survivors to reconnect with their bodies. Healing helps survivors and positively impact their families, friends, and communities. By supporting Sacred Cycle, you support survivors of sexual trauma and better your community of which you live. Unfortunately, 1 in 4 women face a new and unnerving reality following a sexual trauma. At Sacred Cycle, we have made it our goal to help survivors feel reconnected with their emotional, mental and physical worlds.
Sacred Cycle is healing our community by empowering survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault, through therapy and cycling; creating a sacred cycle of recovery.
Sacred Cycle aspires to empower sexually abused and assaulted survivors, residing in Colorado, by providing a safe community to support their healing. Through a combination of therapy and wilderness therapy, clients discover and break through barriers to become more confident in their personal recovery journey. Through this healing cycle, survivors become an empowering force to help other survivors.
Sacred Cycle was founded high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in 2016 as a 501c3 corporation.
Not surprisingly, Sacred Cycle was born on a bike. About half-way through a long mountain bike training ride, Sacred Cycle’s founder, Heather Russell, had the idea to combine the benefits of cycling with other healing modalities to help treat the complexities of sexual trauma and the subsequent side-effects that ensue. As she pedaled, slowly but surely, the program that exists today unfolded.
Why combine the elements of nature, cycling, and trauma work? It’s simple, it worked for Heather and she believed it could help others as well. Through her graduate studies in counseling psychology, her work with sexual trauma survivors, and her personal survivorship, Heather was broken-hearted to learn about the staggering number of survivors. 1 in 4 women experiences sexual assault by the age of 18. (Source: https://www.wingsfound.org.) She recognized the need for more programming to address this often misunderstood epidemic and so Sacred Cycle was born.
Sacred Cycle strives to offer hope and healing to people affected by devastating and life-changing acts of violence.
"Sacred Cycle is irreplaceable in my life. The women of Sacred Cycle carry such power. Each conversation and story brings me hope and connection to the spirit of thriving through survival. There are such layers within each of us and the bond we hold doesn't actually need to be spoken. Your words will ground and guide me through the next place in my journey." ~ Sacred Cycle Participant
"I found the program so helpful and empowering. The equine therapy work was so powerful in reminding me about boundaries and giving me a firsthand experience of how it feels to create and have them respected. The yoga therapy taught me about the power of yoga and breathwork to pull myself out of a possible trigger or stressful situation and also create solid boundaries. " ~Participant
"I'm so grateful for Sacred Cycle. It's really helped me get focused on things I've avoided". -Participant
"It was amazing to see the impact that Community Rides had on our community. #HealingOurCommunity came to life as we were able to see riders at the beginning of the season share their experiences with their friends and bring them to our rides. The relationships and community that were built around the joy of mountain biking, Sacred Cycle's mission, and our community were inspirational. " ~ SC Coach
It is wonderful for me to share and interact with other survivors. I feel validated, empowered, uplifted and inspired hearing about others' stories of struggle and healing through trauma. ~ SC Participant
"My body has been processing a lot of trauma this year. I started to have PTSD symptoms over a trauma that had been shoved down deep. My body was ready to let it go. I have been getting EMDR treatments and it's helping clear it, but I get bad EMDR hangovers. Biking really helped. I was so happy afterward and present at work, so I just kept biking. Last week I biked a total of 28.2 miles! I'm so proud... each time I went, I had less and less PTSD symptoms that day!" ~ SC Participant
"I am astounded, humbled, and ecstatic. Since the retreat, I've been in a very thoughtful place - reflecting on my own progress and struggles in healing. When I got home, I had a huge cry, and I'm still feeling the weight of the unsettled pieces in my history. The retreat reunited me with the strength to continue to push through healing." ~ SC Participant