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Wellness Series

PAAR is offering Trauma-Informed Wellness Workshops for survivors of sexual violence at no cost.

The wellness workshops include:

 

  • Trauma-Informed Yoga – June
  • Cross-Stitch (Stitch Your Strength) – July
  • Empowerment-Based Self Defense – August
  • Mindful Knitting – September
  • Art Expression – October
  • Dancing Your Emotions – November
  • Empowerment-Based Movement – December

These Wellness Series Workshops welcome people of any gender identification who are survivors of sexual violence over the age of 18. These workshops are meant to be a place to explore different self-care practices while connecting to others in a safe environment.
Please feel free to bring a friend for support. They are more than welcome to participate in the workshop or there is a waiting space available.
There will always be a PAAR Therapist present to provide extra support during these workshops.

Please do not hesitate to email/call Lea Tambellini, Supervisor of Clinical Services, with any questions or feedback at leat@paar.net / 412-431-5665 ext. 1154.

See below for details, dates and times for each group:

Trauma – Informed Yoga

Breath. Balance. Be.

 

Stitch Your Strength

Stitch Together. Learn Together. Grow Together.

 

Empowerment-Based Self Defense

Believe in Our Strengths, Defend What We Value.

 

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Thursday, June 13th – 5:30-6:30pm

 Thursday, June 27th – 5:30-6:30pm

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.

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Thursday, July 18th – 5:30-7:30pm

Thursday, July 25th – 5:30-7:30pm

Stitch Your Strength is a cross-stitch workshop for survivors of sexual trauma.

  • 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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August – Dates & Times TBD

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 a PAAR counselor will be present at all times for support.  

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”.

 

Mindful Knitting

Relax. Refocus. Repair.

 

Art Expression

Create. Explore. De-Stress.

 

Dancing Your Emotions

Mindfulness. Music. Movement.

 

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Thursday, September 12th – 5:30-7:30pm

Thursday, September 19th – 5:30-7:30pm

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

Join us 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

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October – Dates & Times 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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November – Dates & Times TBD

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.

Empowerment-Based Movement

Together, learn how to, discover why to.

 

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December – Dates & Times 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.