The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education has launched the Happiness and Wellness Club, which will meet at St. John's Episcopal Church, 628 Main St., Stamford.

The club is open to all men and women in lower Fairfield County.

The new workshop series is inspired by the Fairfield Happiness Club, which was started by Lionel Ketchian in 2000. The club has been meeting each month since its inception. Today, there are nearly 100 Happiness Clubs around the world. The purpose of the clubs is to enable people to learn to have the peace of mind they need and to experience happiness now. Participants meet wonderful people using happiness in their lives, and everyone's life is enriched by this.

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Each Happiness and Wellness Club workshop will offer self-care therapy, such as meditation, yoga, art therapy and Reiki.

The schedule for the upcoming group sessions is:

Wednesday, Dec. 5: "Mindfulness Meditation," presented by Jim Porter of Stress Stop;

Wednesday, Jan. 2: "What's my Line?" art therapy, presented by Tracy Guglieri, the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education;

Wedneday, Feb. 6: "Reiki: The Peaceful Way to Health & Relaxation," presented by Sonia Sisti, Reiki practitioner.

For information or to register, call 203-348-9346 or email

Serving lower Fairfield County for more than 30 years, the center provides free, 24-hour confidential help to men, women and children who have experienced sexual assault. Additionally, it provides age-appropriate personal safety classes for children ages 4 to 18 to reduce their risk of becoming a victim, and education/awareness programs for the community at large. The center supports Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. "While the center is a nonprofit agency that works with victims of sexual assault," said Guglieri, "this group is open to all community members, including both men and women who want to learn more about happiness. The club meetings are at a neutral space where we all can learn more about the benefits of happiness and learn the tools to living happy lives."