Caterer + Chef Katie Peterson Talks about Life with Opal Opal leans on so many members of the community to keep our organization running smoothly. Making new business partnerships is something we love to do at Opal and each of them holds a special place in our hearts. We are so glad to have such…

Our Bodies: A Source of Wonder “A mother who radiates self-love and self-acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem.” – Naomi Wolf I have read this quote before, thinking it was a lovely notion, but I didn’t really understand the truth of the message until I experienced The Body Positive leadership training at the…

Client Interview: Family Therapy in Eating Disorder Recovery One of Opal’s hallmarks is our Family + Friends programming and the commitment to including a client’s community (family, friends, roommates, significant others, etc)  in the treatment process. Our Family + Friends program consists of many components: family therapy, family + friends dinner with clients and staff,…

I am in awe of our clients.  Not a day goes by that I don’t find myself inspired by their gutsy work.  Every day, they walk towards what they desperately fear and then show up the next day to do it all again. It is an absolute honor to have a daily bird’s eye view…

Home.  Home is a word that typically evokes images of cozy sofas, a warm fireplace, comfort foods, and loving faces. When most of us think of home, we feel a sense of peace and safety.  Sometimes, though, the places that we call home in certain periods of our lives are far from these idyllic images…

Re-Thinking Exercise & Sport As a former athlete at University of Washington, I was daily influenced by the onslaught of cultural diet and performance messages. I looked up to the senior athletes and quickly followed their “rules” of eating and training in hopes of success and improvement of my times on the track. With the…

One of my side areas of interest is interior design and architecture. You can imagine the thrill of helping to design almost 6000 square feet of wide open space!  We are grateful for design help from Lou Maxon of Maxon Design, Amata Alden of Burgess Design, and Joey Giblin of Interior Management (OK, yeah, she’s…

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