Pathway to Harmony, Inc.

Uniting Mind, Body, and Spirit to Accomplish Goals - Academic, Professional, and Personal

Pathway to Harmony, Inc., a not for profit created in 2006 to address the issues of stress, apathy, frustration, anger, and violence that have a profoundly negative impact on our communities; and to motivate youth and adults to enhance their quality of life.




Enrollment is on a first come, first enrolled basis and is limited. Pathway to Harmony Aikido Summer Enrichment (P.H.A.S.E.) is a six-week summer character and leadership development program for youth. P.H.A.S.E. is designed to be educational, safe, and fun. Students attend the program 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Participants are exposed to a variety of educational and cultural forums, such as museums, libraries, theaters; as well as, corporations, city, county, state, and federal government sites to learn how politics and business affects their lives. Students engage in structured activities that teach patience, respect, teamwork, nonviolent conflict resolution skills, leadership skills, civic responsibility, nutritional health, and intellectual competitiveness.

The goals of P.H.A.S.E. are to: 

  • Create in students the desire to enhance their quality of life via Academic and Physical Excellence;
  • Provide students with information on alternatives to violence, restorative justice, leadership, nutrition, exercise, strategic thinking, and civic responsibility that will empower them as they work on the mission of enhancing their quality of life; and,
  • Motivate students to become more accountable to themselves for their mental and physical development.

Restorative Justice

In this portion of P.H.A.S.E., participants are introduced to the concept of

restorative justice.They learn that when a perceived injustice, conflict, or, transgression occurs it impacts the victim and perpetrator. Restorative justice emphasizes bringing all parties involved in together to facilitate

the healing process. Participants learn that the consequences of a perceived injustice can sometimes lead to violence and be life changing and long lasting if not addressed in a way that leads to understanding and healing for all parties.

P.H.A.S.E. participants will:

  • Be introduced to peace circles
  • Learn the importance of developing interpersonal skills
  • Learn the importance of being accountable for their actions
  • Learn the importance of looking for "win, win" solutions

Violence Prevention and Stress Management

P.H.A.S.E. participants will receive training in aikido, a self defense art that promotes:

  • Nonviolent conflict resolution,
  • Self-discipline;
  • Mind and body coordination,
  • Respect,
  • Patience, and
  • Being focused on accomplishing goals.

Participants in the program will be introduced to Dr. Martin L. King's principles of nonviolence, a philosophy for resolving conflict and pursuing peaceful solutions to issues; Pathway to Harmony Aikido principles, a philosophy and methodology for learning how to focus and develop self control; and, basic self-defense techniques that enables them to defend themself without becoming the aggressor.

Aikido is not a competitive sport or art, students don't spar and there are no tournaments. It is a life changing and life affirming art that teach students how to be in harmony with themselves and the people they meet. P.H.A.S.E. students learn to respect diversity and develop an appreciation for the sanctity of life.

Students learn how to minimize stress and chaos in their daily life. Our goal is to teach students how to think with a clear mind before they act, and to look for "win, win" solutions to conflict. Participants will learn how to breathe properly to relieve stress, and learn meditation techniques that will enable them to calm themselves and focus their minds. The exercise portion of each class is designed to help students relax, loosen muscles, enhance coordination and balance, develop good posture, breathe correctly and wake up the energy centers of the body. All exercise is done in moderation, with a majority of them being low impact. Aikido exercises are safe and should not prove to be a problem for most students. (It is always advised that you consult with your child's doctor before starting them in a new physical routine.)

Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship

Participants are introduced to the world of banking and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to introduce or familiarize P.H.A.S.E. students with banking and money management concepts that can help them to grow financial wealth. In addition, students will participate in fun activities that include arts, crafts, and games that are designed to teach them about business and entrepreneurship.

P.H.A.S.E. students will learn about:

  • Money - Where it comes from, How its used, and How to make it grow
  • Banking - Checking and Savings accounts, CD's, ATMs, Role of Banks
  • Credit - What it is and isn't, How to get it, and How to keep it
  • Business Plans - What is a business plan and how to develop it

Healthy Eating and Gardening

In this portion of P.H.A.S.E. we collaborate with Advocates for Community Wellness, Inc., a faith-based health promotion and disease prevention organization. Our goal is to motivate participants to prepare and choose more healthy snacks and meals utilizing whole foods, fresh/frozen vegetables, whole grains and minimizing use of prepared packaged foods; to educate youth and increase their awareness regarding good nutrition and the importance of developing healthy eating habits. Participants will develop confidence and skills in the basic understanding of nutrition, the science that studies what food does in the body.

In addition, they will have fun learning and developing:

  • food safety skills;
  • culinary skills such as knife safety;
  • how to read recipes;
  • measuring to modify a recipe
  • how to select and prepare nutritional foods that are healthy alternatives to junk food;
  • about foods that increase their potential for health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease; and
  • how to grow their own vegetables and spices.

Each week P.H.A.S.E. participants will visit an off-site medical facility where they will be educated on nutrition, receive a hands on cooking session, and a gardening component facilitated by a nutritionist, culinary instructor and gardener.

Passion Days
On Passion Days participants are introduced to guest speakers such as business entrepreneurs, corporate managers and leaders, politicians, educators, journalist, artist, musicians, scientist, physicians, and pilots that talk about their careers and passions. Our goal is to expose students to a variety of people with diverse backgrounds, skills, and passions; to open each participants mind to the benefits of having a productive and quality life; and to motivate P.H.A.S.E. students to find their own passions and help them to begin the process of cultivating it.

Pathway to Harmony, Inc. is a sponsored project of the Aikido International Foundation. This partnership allows us to receive tax-deductible donations. The Aikido International Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides leadership, educational opportunities, economic support, and public awareness to promote the principles of Aikido.