Overeaters Anonymous
to Dec 30

Overeaters Anonymous

Mondays 7:00pm-8:00pm
The Bay Center
31 Noblett Drive, Kilmarnock

No matter what your problem with food — compulsive overeating, under-eating, food addiction, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, or overexercising — we have a solution.

The first Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meeting was held in 1960 in Los Angeles, California. Since that time it has grown to about 7,000 meetings in more than 80 countries—about 54,000 members.

OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain or maintenance, obesity or diets. The OA program offers physical, emotional and spiritual recovery for those who suffer from compulsive eating. Members find recovery on all three levels by following a Twelve-Step program patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous. Members who recover through the Twelve Steps find that yoyo dieting is a thing of the past. They no longer wish to return to eating compulsively.

OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine and takes no position on issues outside of its own program. No membership dues or fees are required for participation in OA. The organization is self-supporting through members’ voluntary donations and the sale of OA literature.

In OA, you’ll find members who are morbidly obese, extremely or moderately overweight, average weight or underweight; still maintaining periodic control over their eating behavior; or totally unable to control their compulsive eating. The only requirement for membership in OA is a desire to stop eating compulsively.

Similar to other Twelve Step programs, a key tenet of OA is anonymity, which offers members freedom of expression, equality and safeguards within the OA community. Anonymity at the level of press, radio, television and other media of communication provides assurance that OA membership will not be disclosed. is protects both the individual and OA membership as a whole.

OA members experience many different patterns of food behaviors. These “symptoms” are as varied as our membership. Among them are:

• Obsession with body weight, size and shape
• Eating binges or grazing
• Preoccupation with reducing diets
• Starving
• Laxative or diuretic abuse
• Excessive exercise
• Inducing vomiting after eating
• Chewing and spitting out food
• Use of diet pills, shots and other medical interventions to control weight
• Inability to stop eating certain foods after taking the first bite
• Fantasies about food
• Vulnerability to quick-weight-loss schemes
• Constant preoccupation with food
• Using food as a reward or comfort


Are you a compulsive overeater? Take this short quiz by Overeaters Anonymous to see if this program may be right for you. Click here for the quiz.

If you’d like to hear an inspiring collection of interviews depicting the journeys of several OA members, from despair to recovery and serenity, click here.

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Grief Support
to Sep 24

Grief Support

Grief Resources


Has someone died that is close to you? Would it help to share?

Please join Bay Center for Spiritual Development for support, understanding and acceptance through the grieving process.

There will be 4 ten-week series throughout 2019.

  • Tuesdays from 1-2:30 PM

  • Bay Center, 31 Noblett Lane, Kilmarnock, VA

Informational/1st Session Dates:

  • Jan. 8 - Mar 12

  • Apr. 2 - June 4

  • July 23 - Sept 24 — REGISTER HERE

  • Oct. 15 - Dec.17

Groups will allow participants to explore, within a “trusting, nurturing and confidential environment”, their reactions to loss, learn about the grieving process, develop strategies for coping and begin to integrate this change into their lives in order to move forward.

The support groups will be led by Sally Edwards and/or Lee Archard both Licensed Professional Counselors in private practice, and/or Hal White, also a counselor and retired clergy. The Rev. Karen Woodruff assists.

Each ten week series will use the book, Understanding Your Grief, Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart. The book will be handed out at each of the first sessions.

Suggested Donation: $75 for ten week series, $65 if you have attended another 10-week series (scholarships available through the Lantz Foundation). For more information, please call Lee Archard 804-356-3008 or Sally Edwards 540-226-2054 or Hal White 804-580-9737.

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Carl Jung Workshop
9:00 AM09:00

Carl Jung Workshop

Carl Jung

The Bay Center is sponsoring a 3-hour workshop, led by Carol Jacobs, MSW, LCSW, that will provide an opportunity to explore and lightly step into the world of Carl Jung's theories.  Through teaching, dialogue, journaling and gentle body awareness, participants will have a window for opening into a deeper sense of their own inner world.  Jung's work will be the guiding focus for our explorations and understandings.  

Jung said, "Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart."

Please bring a journal or writing material and feel free to dress comfortably.

Carol Jacobs is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in the Richmond, VA area. With more than 30 years of experience and training, Carol's workshops and retreats create access to the connections between mind, body, soul, and spirit.

WHEN: Saturday, August 24, 2019
TIME: 9:00 am to Noon
COST: $30 (includes a continental breakfast)
Space is limited to 20 participants so register early.

WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock
366 James Wharf Road,
White Stone, Virginia

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Breathwork Under the Stars
6:00 PM18:00

Breathwork Under the Stars

Breathwork Under the Stars

Join us in an evening UNDER THE STARS to experience the magic of Breathwork. This will be an opportunity to heal and awaken the wisdoms of present moment awareness. Breathwork is proven to relieve stress, eliminate pain, alter emotional energies, induce happiness and create freedom.

Enjoy the refreshing wisdom of feeling, breathing, and relaxing as we breathe into the evening to heal, awaken and SHINE. This special evening will be held on the Bay Center lawn.

The Bay Center, 31 Noblett Lane, Kilmarnock, VA 
Corner of Irvington Rd and Noblett Lane

Cost: $30 (partial donation to the Bay Center)

Click here to register!

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Caring & Connecting With Our Community
6:00 PM18:00

Caring & Connecting With Our Community

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An Evening With…
Craig Swainey, MD and Pamela Harrington, RN, BSN

We no longer need to make the long drive to Richmond for chemotherapy or other short-term or long-term infusion therapies. Now we can receive the best in medical treatment and supportive care right here in our own back yard.

The Northern Neck is fortunate to have the new Bon Secours Cancer Institute at RGH in Kilmarnock. Join us for a delightful and informative evening with Dr. Swainey, the new Oncologist, and Pam Harrington, Nurse Manager for the Outpatient Infusion Center.

WHEN: Thursday, June 27th
WHERE: 31 Noblett Lane, Kilmarnock, VA 22482
TIME: 6:00pm-7:30pm
A wine and cheese reception will follow the presentations.

Donations are encouraged and go towards the continued work of the Bay Center for Spiritual Development. We look forward to seeing and connecting with you!

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Helpers and Healers
5:30 PM17:30

Helpers and Healers

You are cordially invited to the 12th Annual Helpers and Healers Gathering – May 10, 2019

Gather on the lawn of the Bay Center to meet and mingle with other helpers and healers in your community- those who provide healthcare, psychological, legal and complementary services in the Northern Neck.

WHEN: Friday, May 10, 2019, 5:00 to 7:00 PM

WHERE: The Bay Center, 31 Noblett Lane, Kilmarnock, VA 
Corner of Irvington Rd and Noblett Lane

RSVP: info@bayspiritualdevelopment.com info@baycenterva.com

PLEASE BRING: A Lawn chair and Business cards

Please share this invitation with others you know who might be interested. In the event of rain, we will move inside. A minimum donation of $10.00 is encouraged to help the work of the Bay Center.

The Bay Center at 31 Noblett Lane in Kilmarnock is hosting their 12th Annual “Helpers and Healers Gathering” on Friday, May 10 from 5:00-7:00. This gathering is for members of our community to meet and mingle with others who hold common interests and clientele – those who provide healthcare, psychological, clerical, legal, and complementary services in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Complementary services include a wide range of caregivers, hospice volunteers, first responders, massage therapists, physical therapists, pharmacists, school counselors, youth leaders, food bank volunteers, etc. (MORE)

Diana Jamison, chair of the Helpers and Healers Gathering committee, board member at The Bay Center and a psychotherapist in practice in Kilmarnock, Jamison says, “The Bay Center anticipates a lawn full of “Helpers and Healers” who will meet and develop contacts and a network within our community for their well-being and that of their neighbors. The Bay Center believes this type of collaboration increases community spirit and promotes their mission of offering hospitality.”

As Diana and the planning committee agreed, “a gathering such as this enhances the outcome of referrals and builds our community by bringing together all those “Helpers and Healers” who offer so many diverse types of services.”

Those who come are asked to bring a lawn chair and business cards to share. Refreshments are provided.

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An Evening with Suzanne Best
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Suzanne Best

An Evening with . . . Suzanne M. Best

Tenets of Yoga: Living a Yogic Life

Suzanne M. Best, IAYT-certified yoga therapist, will present a Yoga philosophy primer on Wednesday, April 24 as part of the Bay Center for Spirituality’s Evening With . . . series. Although the word “yoga” conjures visions of humans twisted into various pretzel shapes, Yoga has more to offer than wearing comfortable yoga togs and performing physical postures. Raja Yoga is considered the science of the mind. Suzanne will concentrate the presentation on concepts of Raja Yoga as derived from the yogic texts The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita.

Suzanne will explore these ancient guidelines and offer some translation to a modern day life. Bring pen and paper for notes and self-study exercises during the lecture.

Suzanne is an International Association of Yoga Therapists certified yoga therapist, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500®, Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider, AFAA certified personal trainer, AFAA certified group exercise instructor, and president of Santosa Studio LLC in Kilmarnock.

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Arbonne Fundraiser
4:30 PM16:30

Arbonne Fundraiser


TIME: 4:30pm-6:30pm
WHEN: APRIL 9th & APRIL 11th


Whitney Lang, Bay Center Board and Arbonne Independent Consultant, is hosting a fundraiser for The Bay Center for Spiritual Development. She will be donating 100% of the proceeds from product sales to The Bay Center. 

Arbonne is healthy living, inside and out. They are a lifestyle company with products ranging from nutrition and wellness to skincare to makeup and bath and body. 

From the beginning, Arbonne has developed pure products with botanically based ingredients in scientifically tested formulas. They combine the best of science and nature to produce formulas that deliver incredible results.Member 

Being Certified Arbonne Clean™ begins with the ingredients that they use, taking the best from nature, and embracing the idea that healthy living starts from the inside out — what they choose to include in a product is just as important as what we choose to put on our skin or in our bodies. They choose carefully, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that they've done the research.

The advantage of Arbonne products is in our promise to deliver a holistic approach to healthy living, inside and out, with cleaner formulas for better skincare results and plant-powered nutrition.

Whitney will be hosting two in-person events at The Bay Center so you can try before you buy. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 9th and Thursday, April 11th. Both events will be from 4:30pm-6:30pm. 

If you don't want to wait, you can purchase right now from her online shop! Visit whitneylang.arbonne.com to shop now. Be sure to select The Bay Center for Spiritual Development as your host when you check out. 

(If you're interested in becoming a Preferred Client, which means you'll receive special offers and 20-40% off all of your orders, you may register here: https://www.arbonne.com/pws/WhitneyLang/tabs/register.aspx)

Contact Whitney directly with any questions. whitney@whitneylang.com or 804.577.7637

*Whitney invites you to host an Arbonne event with your friends to benefit the Bay Center! Schedule an event in the month of April and all proceeds will be donated to the Bay Center. Let's grow this fundraiser and get safer products into the hands of our loved ones!

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An Evening With Hal White
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening With Hal White

Creative Aging in the Last Third of Life

As we face into the last third of our lives, most have opportunities to be creative about how we face what is often called "the golden years." I think we have choices as we move along, choices which can enlighten and enliven.

So come and share with others the touchstones that have given purpose, meaning and joy to you as you move through the last third of your life. Some of those touchstones which have enriched my life have been support groups, spirituality, volunteer opportunites, friendships, gratitude, and generosity and our attitude. What has been significant in your life?

Hal White, married 59 years, parent and grandparent, licensed therapist and retired priest and lover of life.

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Spring Equinox Labyrinth Walk
12:00 PM12:00

Spring Equinox Labyrinth Walk


When: March 20th

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


31 Noblett Ln., Kilmarnock, VA 22482

Come meet us outside at the labyrinth. We will be keeping an eye on the weather and update you with any changes to the event as time gets closer.

A fire pit and good company will be provided!

PLEASE BRING: A lawn chair and your own lunch! Donations are encouraged to help the work of the Bay Center.

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