Sarah P: I drive 50 minutes in snow and sun to get to classes at VWMA. The leader is incredibly respectful of each participant. I find that I can relax and gain not only physical well being, but a feeling of community nurturance. If a new person attends, right away she finds a way to meet them where they are while at the same time meet the needs of experienced practitioners. VWMA is dedicated to a deeper level of meaning within martial arts. I have studied chi gong for forty years, and VWMA is where I like to learn.
Learn and practice health-enhancing skills and self-protection strategies
For 40+ years VWMA & Lotus Peace Arts have been offering introductory and ongoing instruction in movement arts, poetry, healing methods, and self-protection skills to participants of any gender, physical/mental ability, race, creed, ethnicity, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, and body size, regardless of ability to pay.
Experienced black belts and advanced student teachers conduct classes, workshops, and special events at schools, social service agencies, community centers, medical facilities, and other organizations. These programs focus on safety strategies, empowerment skills, creative expression, healing, violence-prevention, feminist social justice issues, and positive actions for change and transformation.
Robert S., Power Girls parent: "We attended yesterday's Power Girls session and our daughters had an absolutely wonderful time! We are definitely returning next week. You have created an amazing and important program and community for the Pioneer Valley."
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