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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
  • Music and the Mind
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga
  • Empowerment-Based Self Defense
  • Creative Writing
  • 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.


Music and the Mind

Listen. Feel. Create.

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Part 1: Date TBD

Part 2: Date TBD

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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Date 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.

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Date TBD

This wellness workshop will explore the incredible healing capabilities of the mind by engaging mindfully in music meditation and other forms of art.

  • This group will allow participants to engage in radical artistry- seeing your life as a work of art and putting You in charge of being the creator.
  • This workshop is taught by Kai Smith, an Advocate at PAAR, social work student at Carlow University, and an Indie musician.

Empowerment-Based Self Defense

Believe in Our Strengths, Defend What We Value.


Creative Writing

Express. Collaborate. Reclaim.


Art Expression

Create. Explore. De-Stress.


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Level 2:  RESCHEDULED Thursday, May 3 from 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm

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 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.

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2018   6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This workshop provides a creative writing foundation through exercises and prompts that can provide coping and grounding skills, as well as creating a sense of empowerment and community.

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June, 2018-  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.

Trauma – Informed Yoga

Breath. Balance. Be.


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Monday, March 5, 2018: 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Monday, March 12, 2018: 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Monday, March 19, 2018: 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Monday, March 26, 2018: 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.