Wellness Series

PAAR is offering Trauma-Informed Workshops for survivors of sexual violence. The six wellness workshops include: Cross-Stitch, Nutrition, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Empowerment-Based Self Defense, Creative Writing, and Art Expression. Please see below for details, dates and times for each group.

Stitch Your Strength

Stitch Together. Learn Together. Grow Together.

Part 1: Thursday, July 13th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Part 2: Thursday, July 20th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Stitch Your Strength is a cross-stitch workshop for women who are survivors of sexual abuse. 

  • Explore your creative side to build confidence and to gain a new skill.
  • Create a unique piece, incorporating your own style (a stitching kit will be provided).

The workshop is taught by Nicole Barczak, a registered nurse, entrepreneur, and stitch artist.

Finding Balance Through Nutrition

Eat Healthy. Live Well. Stay Strong.

Part 1:  Tuesday, August 1st from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Part 2:  Tuesday, August 8th from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Finding Balance through Nutrition is a perfect opportunity to learn about nutrition and your health.  

  • Learn ways to eat healthfully that meet your individual needs!
  • Feel safe to talk about your eating challenges and ask questions about your nutrition.
  • Explore food labels and what to look for (bring in the packaging of your favorite food/beverage if you are curious to learn more about it). *Healthy snacks will be provided.

The workshop is taught by Mim Seidel, MS, RDN, an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Chatham University, Falk School of Sustainability. 

Trauma – Informed Yoga

Breath. Balance. Be.

Class: Monday, September 11th from 6:30 pm-7:45 pm

Class: Monday, September 18th from 6:30 pm-7:45 pm

Class: Monday, September 25th from 6:30 pm-7:45 pm

Class: Monday, October 2nd from 6:30 pm-7:45 pm

These yoga classes are unique and empowering because they are designed to help survivors of trauma through the healing process.

This workshop:

  • Provides a safe place and reparative experience through breathing, moving, strengthening, stretching and resting.
  • Allows for the connection between mind and body.

Classes are taught by Kristie Lindblom, Yoga Educator with an extensive experience in therapeutic yoga. 

Empowerment-Based Self Defense

Believe in Our Strengths, Defend What We Value.

Level 1:  Thursday, October 12th from 5:00pm-7:30pm (must complete Level 1 to attend Level 2)

Level 2:  Thursday, October 19th from 5:00pm- 7:30pm 

These Self-Defense workshops are high-energy focusing on Situational Awareness, Boundary Setting, De-escalation tactics and Physical Self Defense Choices and Skills through physical activity.

  • SETpoint offers training that combines the physical resistance skills of traditional self-defense with confidence-building empowerment training.
  • You will learn physical movements, common-sense and practical discussion on personal safety! 

 Optional:  If interested there is a $5.00 fee to purchase a Munio key-ring self-defense tool. 

The workshop will be taught by SETpoint:  Strength & Empowerment Training. SETpoint’s mission is to reduce sexual and physical assault particularly among people who are at a higher risk of victimization such as women and the LGBTQ population. The instructors are Lisa Nakamura and Michele Colvard, with core team support from Megan Block. 

Creative Writing 

Express. Collaborate. Reclaim.

November, 2017-  date and time TBD

In this workshop we will examine the work of poet Nayyirah Waheed as a lens to play with perspective, collaboration, and coping. We will utilize a variety of creative writing exercises, including somatic ritual, bibliomancy, and reduction as we navigate our past and present selves on the page and create a trajectory of self-discovery and empowerment.

Brenna Lee, BA, MFA, has taught writing in numerous settings, including public libraries, healing arts centers, prisons, and universities. She is an Editor of Gesture: Press and Journal. Her work has recently appeared in Bone Bouquet, Belladonna* Chaplet 189, and Interkors Magazine. She is currently an Advocate with PAAR.

Art Expression

Create. Explore. De-Stress.

December, 2017-  date and time TBD

This art workshop will focus on creating a calm/safe place where participants can explore their creative side.  

  • Creating a Comfort box of objects that can be used as coping tools to manage PTSD symptoms, reduce stress and promote relaxation.
  • Decorate a comfort box, develop a calm/safe place,  go through a guided meditation, create a meditation stone , practice a grounding activity and make a de-stress jar.
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