May 1, 2014 in Artists, Events, Level 1 Trauma, Media, News, Recovery, Stories

Dear AFT Friends, Partners and Student Artists!

At a recent AFT workshop held on April 4th, we presented our second “learn and lunch” session on sculpting our energy through healthy and delicious eating entitled Body Balancing with Food.

We want to give a BIG THANK YOU to  Next Step Fitness in Lawndale, CA  for hosting this tasty treat and an appreciative thank you to all attendees.

BIG THANKS to AMY KAN, Integrative Nutrition Coach at My Fit Foods in Hermosa Beach for demonstrating how to prepare highly nutritious and flavorful foods that help us FEEL and BE our best! The menu focused on combining food colors and textures to execrate optimal energy and positive well being!

We tasted our way through a rainbow of culinary selections that left us feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the day AND night :)  

We hope you all enjoyed the gorgeous and delicious food samples and for those of you who didn’t join us, please stay closely connected as we will keep you updated on AFT future dates and events.

Here are some pictures from the afternoon — the food was so beautiful and yummy, we ate it all!

Remember…YOU SCULPT ENERGY by what and how you eat!

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Laura Sharpe of AFT and Amy Kan of My Fit Foods tag teaming on the AFT workshop presentation.


Easy and Fun Flower Design and Arranging Event

April 28, 2014 in News

Are you a military or civilian trauma survivor? Do you work with military and civilian trauma survivors?

If so… THIS FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014… ALL are welcome to join in the next Artists for Trauma healing through art group workshop with NextStep Fitness in Lawndale, CA. See digital flyer below and RSVP to Linnea as soon as possible.


Body Balancing with Food Session with Next Step Fitness

April 1, 2014 in Events


Join Artists for Trauma as we present a second session led by My Fit Foods on body balancing with food at our next session with Next Step Fitness.

Learn about preparing delicious, nutritious food that will help you feel and be your best.

All our sessions at Next Step Fitness are free and open to Next Step and Artists for Trauma members and friends.

We hope you can join us!

Los Angeles County Lifeguard Stories “Alternating Currents”

March 27, 2014 in Media, Stories

Laura Sharpe on Episode #3, Sipping Saline series by Joshua Enoch William

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Laura is Now a Regular Contributor to Parade eMagazine!

March 24, 2014 in Media, News

Partnering with the Triumph Foundation to bring Creative Healing Workshops to their Members

February 18, 2014 in Artists, Events, Level 1 Trauma, News, Recovery

Artists for Trauma is pleased to begin partnering with the Triumph Foundation to bring healing through art workshops to their members around Southern California.

Our first workshops launch this month with informal painting workshops in Santa Barbara and Northridge!

Our workshop in Santa Barbara is in partnership with Cottage Rehab Center and runs from 5:30-7:00 PM on February 20th.

Our workshop in Northridge is in partnership with C.O.R.E. Centers and runs from 7:00-9:00 PM on February 25th.

All workshops are free and are guided by AFT Volunteer Artists.

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Sacred Sounds with Willkasara at NextStep Fitness

February 18, 2014 in Artists, Events, News


Friday, February 7, 2014, in Lawndale, California…Artists for Trauma, in partnership with NextStep Fitness, shared ancient Incan tradition of manifesting Sacred Sound with the Peruvian artist group, Willkasara.

Wachan, Martika and Sriwarkenty of Willkasara split their time between Arizona, California, South America and wherever else the Universe calls them.  AFT was honoured to share the power of this ancient Incan tradition of beautiful, haunting yet healing music, and we encouraged attendees to bring their own drums or percussion instrument to join in.

Wachan and Martika made a short presentation on the sacred music of the Andes, followed by everyone joining in and participating in a drum circle.  They enlightened us by re-minding us that the first instrument of sacred sound we hear as human beings is the beating of our own hearts when we are born.

Willkasara’s divine music resonates with Love and Spirit and resonated deeply with all participants.  AFT thanks everyone for the wonderful feedback of appreciation and enjoyment of the Sacred Sound healing workshop.

We are in the post-production process and will soon share a brief video of this sacred experience so you may also benefit from their healing music!

Join our Healing Drum Circle with Willkasara

January 28, 2014 in Artists, Events, News

We are excited to bring the healing sounds of Willkasara to Next Step Fitness on Friday, February 7th.

All friends and members of Artists for Trauma and Next Step Fitness are invited to attend and to bring an instrument (or something instrument-like) to join in the music!  We do ask you to RSVP to Linnea at Next Step Fitness, but we hope to see you there!


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Connecting with the Triumph Foundation

January 7, 2014 in Events, News, Recovery

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We recently became acquainted with the Triumph Foundation through Melissa Allensworth, also a Next Step Fitness member.

We have been delighted to become fast friends with the Triumph Foundation founder, Andrew Skinner.  Triumph Foundation is giving back so much to those with spinal cord injuries through their organization.

It was wonderful to be invited to their private tour of the Rose Parade floats at the end of December 2013.  Approximately 100 of their members attended.  It was really great to see such enthusiasm and participation!  I felt lucky to join them and take part in this exclusive tour.

Artists for Trauma is now featured as a resource in the care baskets they offer to newly hospitalized spinal cord injury patients.

AFT and Triumph are exploring ways we can partner together even more closely in 2014. We’re looking forward to it!

To find out more about the Triumph organization, visit their website.

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Thank You to Girl Scout Troop #2168 for their Art Supply Drive

December 19, 2013 in Events, Level 1 Trauma, Media, News


    Artists for Trauma is very grateful to the Junior Girl Scouts Troop  # 2168 of Tustin, California!  These young ladies organized an art supply drive to benefit the many military and civilian Student Artists in the Artists for Trauma programs.

    On Saturday, December 14, 2013, Laura Sharpe attended their Art Supply Drive and Annual Holiday Bazaar and was greeted by hundreds of Girl Scouts who collected an incredible amount of art materials for  AFT.  The troop even had a special “Art Supply Drive” patch created!

    Below is Laura’s thank you letter to the wonderful young ladies of Girl Scout Troop #2168. Please join AFT in thanking them for their hard work and leadership!


    Dear Kaitlin and Junior Girl Scouts of Troop# 2168,

    Artists for Trauma and I are so very grateful to all of you young ladies for your hearts of service displayed at last Saturday’s 2013 Holiday Bazaar and Art Supply Drive in Tustin, California.

    The leadership you displayed in your well-thought out  planning, collecting and organizing of art supplies for Artists for Trauma’s healing through art services to veteran and civilian trauma survivors was outstanding!

    Not only did you collect an amazing amount of art supplies for AFT but you designed and produced a fantastic Girl Scout patch for your fellow Girl Scouts to earn when they collect art supplies for needing individuals and non profit organizations.   Artists for Trauma is  honored to be the inspiration for this Art Supply Drive patch and part of the Girl Scout Bronze Award process.

    Each and every one of you was a delight to work with on Saturday.   You worked so joyously and beautifully together with great attitude, team spirit and support for each other and as a troop!  You created an amazing result for your Bronze Award efforts.  Congratulations!

    Your results were very impressive and Artists for Trauma thanks you so very much!   AFT will be counting all the art supplies you collected and will send you the list of inventory for your records.  Additionally, I forwarded several photos to Mrs. Lee of some of our trauma survivors (Student Artists) from the Artists for Trauma program working with donated art supplies just like yours at one of our recent special program locations.

    We want you to see these wonderful people that AFT works with so that you can actually know some of those people whose lives you helped with the art supplies you collected. Those photos are just one example of the many wonderful people AFT creates empowering environments for in this healing through art process.  We will be forwarding you more information and photos of the different individuals and groups who will receive the art supplies you gathered.

    You made a real, positive and healing difference in your community on Saturday.  Artists for Trauma is very proud to know and work with such fine young ladies.  You truly are great examples for leadership in your families and communities.

    God Bless!
    Laura Sharpe

    Artists for Trauma