Impact Report 2017-2019
As we reflect on Sacred Cycle’s history, learn what we are committed to and what impact we have made. Looking at data and seeking insights, we look forward to focusing our programming, identifying our unique impact for survivors, and growing our services for future cohorts of Sacred Cycle participants.
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 uses a combination of program and individual assessments. PCL5 and HRSQ assessments are used intermediately to track individual impact and growth throughout the program. Qualitative data is collected from participants by the assigned client coordinator and bike coach. Sacred Cycle also maintains relationships with alumni and continues to receive feedback on program impact in each individual’s life. Should a lapse of recovery occur, alumni are able to seek services again.
- We provide adult Colorado women therapy, bike riding training and behavioral strategies to heal from sexual trauma and keep the engaged currently and thriving in the future.
- We create a positive physical and social experience which provides a place to process emotions safely and effectively.
- We provide a toolbox of coping mechanisms which the participant can then rely on to create their own path of healing.
- We encourage and teach being present, confident and knowledge that community provides health and camaraderie.
- We play a role in ensuring our participants don’t drop out of society (depression, suicide, isolation) and can maintain a job and home independently.
Sacred Cycle operates with a board of eight across three time zones with members in Utah, Colorado, Illinois, and North Carolina. Sacred Cycle also utilizes specialized advisors and is supported by committees of passionate volunteers! Our compassionate team boasts professional experience spanning mental health, healthcare, coaching, community development, finance, marketing, and law that is used to support and enhance Sacred Cycle’s impact. Board meetings are held monthly.
What We Do
As a responsible and resourceful organization, Sacred Cycle utilizes the unique wilderness of Colorado, along with the vast community of recreation partners to offer a unique and effective alternative to traditional and sometimes stigmatized psychotherapies. According to the Colorado Department of Criminal Justice and Public Safety Database, Sacred Cycle recognizes that in order to increase impact and generate positive outcomes, clear channels of program feedback from community partners and program participants is critical to continued success.
Sacred Cycle provides an opportunity for female Colorado residents to participate in mountain biking as therapeutic recreation jointly with one on one and group therapy sessions. Our program participants would not normally be able to participate due to barriers of economic of equipment and the ability to pay for coaching and therapeutic serviced.
Our alumni are recommended to return to the program to mentor active participants as giving back and supporting other survivors is proven to assist in one’s own healing.
How We Do It
The original signature Sacred Cycle program, now named “Frame,” includes the following components:
- A consistent participant clinical coordinator for the duration of the program who manages and executes regular check-ins and assists with scheduling.
- Online client touchpoint programming from mental health talks, group team-building sessions, and facilitator-led sessions.
- A counseling program for ongoing evidence-based trauma with a therapist, totaling two sessions a month for five months.
- A biking coach for individual instruction, group rides, and individual skill development – from beginner to advanced, available every week for five months.
- Weekly and monthly group and community rides open to active and alumni participants.
- Athletic goods: Bike, helmet, shoes, soft goods and assorted accessories.
- End of program retreat and a culminating event.
Who We Serve
Sacred Cycle serves Pitkin, Eagle, Summit, Park and Denver Counties and services are open to any female-identifying individual seeking supportive mental health services for anxiety, depression, and PTSD, etc. derived from the experience of sexual violence.
The cost of participant services is based on household income, on a sliding scale, which reduces the financial impact of care on an individual. To survivors, this little to no cost recovery program is essential across our service area, especially when personal economic resilience can be an additional barrier to survivors of sexual violence.
Sacred Cycle provides exceptional treatment and an equitable access route to mountain biking as a healing form of recreation and leisure. Sacred Cycle’s Frame Program reduces or eliminates the financial barrier to accessing mental health services and provides a mountain bike and equipment to participants, increasing the likelihood of continued health and wellness after program completion. It is important for the organization to build bridges and fill gaps when it comes to economic disparities and access to equipment and opportunities to be empowered to engage in positive life- long recreational habits.
Sacred Cycle provides an essential service to survivors of sexual violence at little to no cost. We believe that traditional psychotherapy is not always the most effective treatment tool for every survivor of sexual violence. Sacred Cycle works to individualize mental health programming and provides an alternative exercise-based and peer-to-peer-based model to achieve health equity in our community.
Sacred cycle views their role in Colorado’s mental health services as helping to fill the gap between traditional or stigmatized therapeutic practices with alternative and individualized mental health access, unique to vulnerable survivors of sexual trauma. Specifically, Sacred Cycle’s programming uses trauma-informed practices and the medium of a mountain bike to create a holistic cycle of healing designed to help prevent poor health outcomes, higher rates of chronic illness, chronic PTSD, and increased rates of substance dependence.
Sacred Cycle’s efforts impact the health of the Colorado community as a whole by decreasing the negative consequences of unaddressed and unmanaged mental stressors carried by survivors. These include, but are not limited to, unhealthy and strained relationships and higher rates of health care utilization including emergency room visits.
Recruitment and marketing for 2021 participants is ongoing. Programming gets rolling on May 1 and crosses the finish line with a statewide all-participant retreat on October 1. By the end of the 5-month program, participants will be able to:
- Access 12 trauma-informed individual counseling sessions,
- Participate in 3 trauma-informed group therapy sessions, and
- Will participate in one therapeutic retreat with fellow participants and alumni.
The Participant Coordinator also remains in contact with Alumni of the program to monitor wellness status and to offer supportive direction in the case of a lapsed recovery. The ultimate goal for each Frame Program participant is to re-connect the synapses between mind and body, to develop a toolkit for navigating daily stressors in a helpful and constructive way, and to feel confident and supported by their biking community.
New for our 2020 season, we now include evidence-based assessments of key indicators of both trauma and other mental health concerns and resiliency in our intake paperwork. By gathering this data both pre- and post-program, we hope to identify the specific ways in which Sacred Cycle works to cultivate healing. The PCL-5 and HRSQ assessments will allow us to focus our programming, identify our unique impact for survivors, and grow our services for future cohorts of Sacred Cycle participants.
In addition to quantitative assessments, we ask for our participant’s feedback both during and after the program. Throughout the season, participants have weekly check-ins with their Participant Coordinator where they can express any concerns or needs that we can respond to in real-time. Following completion of the program, we ask participants to offer their valuable feedback so we can cultivate what works and grow in areas that need attention.