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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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August  16, 2018 6:30pm-8:30pm
August  23, 2018 6:30pm-8:30pm

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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September :Date and Time 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 1 & Level 2: October Date and time TBD

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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January Date and Time TBD

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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July 10, 2018-  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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.


Trauma – Informed Yoga

Breath. Balance. Be.


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Monday, September 10, 2018: 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Monday, September 17, 2018: 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Monday, September 24, 2018: 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Monday, October 1, 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.