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Wellness Series

PAAR is offering Trauma-Informed Workshops for survivors of sexual violence.

The wellness workshops include:

  • Cross-Stitch
  • Dancing Your Emotions
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga
  • Empowerment-Based Self Defense
  • Knitting
  • Art Expression

Please see below for details, dates and times for each group.

Stitch Your Strength

Stitch Together. Learn Together. Grow Together.


Dancing Your Emotions

Mindfulness. Music. Movement.


Mindful Knitting

Relax. Refocus. Repair.


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February 21, 2019 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
February 28, 2019 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

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March 21, 2019 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This movement workshop will teach you the principals of mindfulness and incorporate music and movement with a non-judgmental attitude.

This group focuses on being aware of your breath, sound, body, mind, spirit and story through the use of music and dance (no dance experience required/for all physical abilities).
This workshop is taught by Melissa Moore, LPC, Certified Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator.

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Part 1: January 9, 2019 5:30 pm -7:00 pm
Part 2: January 16, 2019 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

Knitting is more than just a hobby. It has been used in a variety of healing ways including stress relief, grounding and mindfulness.

Join Ashley Bright, PAAR Staff and knitter, to learn the basics of knitting, gain a new skill to help cope with daily stressors and leave with a beautiful new scarf!

This workshop is a two-part series. No knitting experience required. All materials will be provided

Art Expression

Create. Explore. De-Stress.


Empowerment-Based Self Defense

Believe in Our Strengths, Defend What We Value.


Trauma – Informed Yoga

Breath. Balance. Be.


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April Date and Time TBD

A’round’ the Center: A Workshop Exploring Mandalas for Centering, Grounding and Self- Exploration

This art workshop will focus on introducing the technique of creating mandalas (color, shapes, and lines drawn within a circle) as a tool for calming, centering, grounding as well as self-exploration & expression. Participants will be instructed on creating a mandala using color, simple shapes and lines in a unique way. Participants will also receive tools to encourage ongoing use and exploration with this powerful method of finding wholeness.

No formal art training or ability is necessary to participate.


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May 2, 2019 – Awareness session 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
May 9, 2019 –  Experiential session 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

SETpoint offers Empowerment-Based Self Defense coaching that combines the physical resistance skills of traditional self-defense with confidence-building empowerment training.  This training is trauma-informed and taught BY women FOR women.  A PAAR Counselor will be present at all times.

Level 1 is a discussion-group style session in which SETpoint coaches will explain and demonstrate core principles around Situational Awareness as a tool to maximize our reaction time; Boundary Setting and De-Escalation with focus on body position, voice and eye contact; Physical Self Defense choices and tools that maximize our body’s own strength; and common items that can be used as a self defense tool.  Participants will receive a summary sheet of all topics discussed as well as information on advocacy and support services.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice these skills in a follow up Level 2 session the following week (see description below).

Level 2 focuses on personal practice in Situational Awareness, Boundary Setting and De-Escalation, and Physical Self-Defense choices and skills.  The Level 2 workshop is a combination of discussion, simulation and hands-on application.  Attendees can join in the hands-on activities to the level comfortable.  A Munio key ring self-defense tool will be provided for all participants as well as a summary sheet of topics discussed.  As one participant said following a session at PAAR, “I’ve taken these types of courses before, but they were taught by men and there were other men in the room.  I never believed I could do this … It was good to have just women in here”.


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June 2019 Date and Time TBD

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 Erin Kelly, Yoga Educator and PAAR Therapist.

Empowerment-Based Movement

Together, learn how to, discover why to.


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July Date and Time TBD

These movement groups are focused on learning how to work out without a gym or equipment, using only your amazing self and your natural strength.

This workshop provides:

-A safe, slow paced, and judgmental free space to learn work out moves, routines, and stretching for all levels.
-Includes discussion about the connection between the mind and body, combining enjoyable physical activity and mindfulness.
-Education on pre- and post-work out hydration and food, including an post-work out snack!

 No previous experience is necessary to participate. Groups are ran by Susie Balcom, Crisis Intervention Advocate.