Friends of Arete

You’re not in this alone. But when you’re working toward mental wellness or in recovery, it can feel that way without support and a community of understanding.

Isolation and disconnection from community can exacerbate mental health challenges. Even with individual or group counseling, when a sense of belonging and network is missing, there’s a gap in care for the whole person.

Friends of Arete is a community of women who share a common desire to grow, change and thrive.

A community for healing and growth

Friends of Arete integrates social events and community engagement initiatives as essential components of our programming. Our network builds a sense of belonging, fosters supportive relationships and creates opportunities for meaningful connection.

You are welcome here, and we’re creating welcoming pathways to belong, share experiences and get involved in activities that promote positive mental health. Those include social events, networking mixers, creative expression workshops, yoga and mindfulness, and more.

Social connections

A diverse range of social events are designed to establish lasting friendships, promote relaxation and simply unwind and enjoy time together in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment. Just bring yourself—and an appetite for new experiences with understanding women.

  • Movie nights – Watch screenings of inspiring, empowering films followed by a lively facilitated discussion to explore themes related to women’s experiences, resilience and personal growth. 
  • Yoga and mindfulness workshops – Guided yoga sessions, meditation practices, and mindfulness workshops designed to promote relaxation, stress reduction and emotional balance.
  • Book clubs – Monthly book clubs focusing on literature written by and for women, providing a space for intellectual stimulation, dialogue, and connection through shared reading experiences.
  • Crafting and creative expression – Art therapy sessions, DIY crafting projects, and creative expression workshops aimed at promoting self-discovery, self-expression and therapeutic release.
  • Networking mixers – Social gatherings to facilitate professional networking, mentorship opportunities, and collaboration among women from diverse backgrounds and industries.

Community engagement

Access a network of resources for women’s mental health and well-being through Friends of Arete. We partner with local organizations, businesses and institutions to co-host events and collaborate.

  • Workshops – We align with local wellness practitioners, artists, and educators to co-host workshops and seminars on topics such as self-care, resilience, and empowerment.
  • Outreach – Access free or low-cost mental health screenings, educational seminars, and resource fairs in partnership with community centers, libraries and schools to increase awareness and access to behavioral health services.
  • Volunteer opportunities – Share your time, talent and expertise to support women’s mental health initiatives through mentoring programs, peer support groups and fundraising events.
  • Advocacy and awareness – Participate in local advocacy efforts, awareness campaigns, and community events to promote mental health awareness, reduce stigma, and advocate for policies that support women’s mental health needs.


Arete Women’s Wellness
3455 Strayer Rd.
Maumee, Ohio 43537

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By integrating social events and community engagement initiatives into our programming, Friends of Arete supports and empowers women to prioritize their mental health and well-being. Through shared experiences, mutual support, and collective action, we can create positive change and promote resilience among women in our community.

Contact us at (419) 491-0585, or fill out this simple form and we’ll get in touch with you. Visit Arete Women’s Wellness at 3455 Strayer Rd. in Maumee, Ohio.

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