Valley Women's Martial Arts
& Lotus Peace Arts: a creative collaboration
Valley Women's Martial Arts, a not-for-profit school for women & girls founded in 1977, and Lotus Peace Arts, offering integrative arts programs for all genders, form a creative collaboration. VWMA & LPA provide an encouraging and friendly environment for participants -- of any age, gender, ability, skill and fitness level, walk of life -- to learn and practice health-enhancing skills and self-protection strategies. The "Three Jewels" -- education, community, and transformation -- focus on improving the quality of life for all.
VWMA & Lotus Peace Arts offer 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.
How to make a tax-deductible donation to VWMA:
Please help us to continue offering all programs on a full sliding scale basis by making a donation of any amount.
Or by check to VWMA, P.O. Box 1064, Easthampton, MA 01027 Thank You!
Our spacious, well-lit, accessible STUDIO is available to RENT. Reasonable hourly rates -- please inquire.
One Cottage Street #319, in the heart of Easthampton's Cultural District.
INTERTWINING ROOTS: Youth Explore Race Relations through Music & Dance
VWMA & Lotus Peace Arts host Crossing the Waters Youth Ambassadors Program weekly rehearsals and performance.
POETRY & CURIOSITY: Sat. 11:30am-1pm:
Autumn 2016 session #1: Oct. 1, 8, 15
LOVE TO MOVE: Fri. 6:00-7:30pm
(inquire about Autumn 2016 workshop dates)
Improvisation based on martial arts, dance, and healing techniques.
with Shinshii Janet Aalfs, Lotus Peace Arts at VWMA
& guest instructor Victoria Ahrensdorf, Feldenkrais
Introductory and All Levels. Pre-registration required.
Classes ongoing unless otherwise noted.
Click here or in the main menu for descriptions of classes: "What We Offer"
All class and program fees on a full sliding scale basis:
VWMA School Motto:
Courage, Compassion & Generosity Through Movement
VWMA Guiding Principles:
Accountability, Diversity, Collaboration
average monthly dues $50; average per class $15
Annual Membership/ Registration Fee: $50 individual; $75 family
Childcare space available
Consider not wearing scented products/ perfumes
VWMA is a member school of the National Women's Martial Arts Federation.
Click here for a Daily Hampshire Gazette article about us!
Self-Protection, Movement Meditation, Peacemakers Programs, Poetry Workshops, and private/semi-private lessons offered by arrangement at One Cottage St. #319 and at other venues. Please inquire.Contact Us