The Women with Wings Foundation


Train the Trainer

Because integrative medicine and whole-patient care are now becoming more prevalent and sought after by patients, we offer The Create to Heal Train-the-Trainer program to hospitals, cancer and chronic pain centers and addiction clinics. The program encourages and empowers medical students, residents, nurses, doctors and other healthcare providers to use their natural instincts and listening abilities while tapping into the principles of The Create To Heal Program. The curriculum is based upon years of working with cancer and chronic pain patients, their families, pain management specialists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists and hospital administrators.  

During these years, Founder Patricia Varga witnessed the power of creativity, how it helps people to heal during the health challenges they face. When people "communicate from the heart," they have the opportunity to their life and the lives of others. The goal of Train-the-trainer is to teach health care providers how to prevent burnout and extend compassionate, holistic care to themselves first, then to their patients and family members.

We often hear that sharing is the best part of the Create to Heal class or workshop. Sharing and listening are both acts of compassion and compassion leads to healing. Healing on any level begins with hope. Create to Heal also respects patients' and their families' religious and spiritual beliefs. These beliefs can have a great impact on one's ability to heal and can influence a patient's ultimate outcome.

By now, some form of Create to Heal has been experienced by thousands of people going through serious illness and disease, chronic pain fear and anxiety. The benefits and results to you the provider are several-fold:

First of all, the program is turnkey. We train your staff to build a healing arts and survivorship program. Create to Heal enhances your standing in the community as a leader in whole patient care.

Other benefits include:

Stress reduction: The overwhelming fear and anxiety of going through cancer, chronic pain or addiction can be drastically reduced through Create to Heal. Now patients are in an optimum mindset to receive treatment and to recover.

Sense of Community: Pain, cancer and addiction can be isolating experiences. Create to Heal offers a consistent and safe place for patients to communicate and express their feelings and emotions with others faced with similar challenges. Another benefit is an ongoing sense of community and belonging. Treatment is over, now what? Patients need a community to return to.

Empowerment: Creativity helps patients regain their sense of power during a time when they feel powerless. They become mindful, tuned in to what they are going through and participate in their healing process. Communication skills are improved, provider and family relationships are improved.

A Shift in Perspective and Outlook: Through the creative process, patients see the good in what they are going through … a positive attitude helps achieve a positive outcome.

The Create to Heal program is also a wonderful way to enhance compassionate care with staff members. Stress and burnout are ongoing topics in medicine. Our simple techniques can easily be integrated into a busy day, offering relief from a fast paced, intense environment. 

If you or your organization is interested in ourTrain-the-Trainer program, please contact The Women with Wings Foundation at (626) 403-7575 or via email click here



The Foundation

The Women with Wings Foundation is a teaching non-profit and 501 (c)(3) recognized organization that bridges the gap between the science and technology of medicine and patient care by offering healing arts programs, products and services that can easily be integrated into a provider's existing protocol. Our products and services use all forms of art to inspire cancer, chronic pain patients and their families to heal emotionally, spiritually and physically. Discovering one's creative instincts brings Joy, Faith and Hope to the healing process. 

Our extended mission includes supporting the efforts of chaplains, hospice and oncology nurses and staff. Stress reduction for the provider is as important as it is for the patient. 

Our goal is to offer the highest respect and compassion to providers and caregivers on the front lines of healthcare and to their patients and families who are dealing with the enormity of a diagnosis that is often challenging, overwhelming and life-threatening. 





Wings Creativity Workshops



Patricia Varga’s Creativity Workshops Help Individuals Meet the Challenges of Career and Life Transitions


A 25-year veteran of publishing and media, Patricia Varga (’79) has worked in sales, marketing, and content development for companies such as Times-Mirror, Tribune Co., Conde Nast, Hachette, Hearst, and The Economist Group. She also has worked for The New Yorker, The Economist/, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Outside Magazine, and The Los Angeles Times in sales and marketing. Currently, she is a partner with Professional Social Networks Inc., a social media company that provides professional social networks for chief information officers ( and chief financial officers ( Patricia helps corporate executives reach out to their peers to solve problems, exchange ideas, and keep up with changing trends.

Patricia is also the founder of A Woman with Wings (, an organization and a social networking website that fosters creativity, compassion, and leadership skills in young girls and women. Wings was originally started to benefit organizations and causes that raise the status of women and children. It has evolved into a community of women for women who use their creativity and compassion to give back. Patricia also works with Haven House, a domestic violence crisis shelter, where she teaches creativity to abused women in transition. Similarly, at the Glendale Adventist Cancer Center, Patricia leads creativity workshops for patients with cancer and their families.

Patricia’s creativity workshop, “The Journey Within,” represents many years of personal research, writing, an witnessing how creativity (writing, drawing, and imaging) helps people heal on many different levels. By exploring a series of exercises, Patricia guides participants to define themselves, their lives, their wishes and dreams, and to move with -- rather than against -- the inevitable challenges that everyone faces at various life stages. The benefits of this workshop to individuals in transition can be great – self-insight, clarity, relief from stress and anxiety. Patricia’s overall goal for the workshop is to help participants feel connected and grounded in a way that allows for the best possible decisions.

Many of the principles that Patricia covers in her workshops at Haven House and Glendale Adventist Cancer Center can assist professional women navigate their career and life choices as well. Patricia says that the simple techniques used with pen and paper are meant to allow the participant to “get beyond the critical mind and ego to that creative and wise place within where they can see themselves and their lives clearly.”

For more information about Patricia’s work, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (626) 403-7575.

Article Source: April 2010 Stanford Professional Women of Los Angeles Newsletter Page 3



Donations to The Women with Wings Foundation

Every donation, regardless of size, helps us to deliver our Create to Heal program to cancer and pain management centers, their patients and families. Please make a one-time donation or join our sustainer program by making an ongoing monthly donation through Pay Pal. To donate, click on the bird below. 

Every $35 donation gifts the Create to Heal book and mindfulness app to one patient in need. 

Every $75 donation gifts two books, the app plus a series of art cards that are also used to inspire the healing process.
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Women with Wings Foundation Website & Mobile App Privacy Policy

Last modified: April 27, 2016

1. Introduction Women with Wings Foundation (the "Foundation" or "We") respects your privacy and is committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy. This policy describes:

a. The types of information we may collect or that you may provide when you purchase, download, install, register with, access or use the Foundation's Mobile App (the "App") or Website (the "Website”); collectively, the "Products."

b. Our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting and disclosing that information.

c. This policy applies to information we collect on the Website, through the App, in e-mail, text and other electronic communications sent through the listed Products, and via any other method.

d. This policy DOES NOT apply to information that you provide or is collected by any third party. These third parties have their own privacy policies, which we encourage you to read before providing information on or through them.

e. Please read this policy carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, do not download, register with or use the Products. By downloading, registering with or using the Products, you agree to this privacy policy. This policy may change from time to time. Your continued use of the Products after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the policy periodically for updates.

f. Our Products are for use by persons who live in the United States. We do not warrant that the Products are appropriate or authorized for use in any other country. If you live outside of the United States, you are responsible for determining whether our privacy policy and the Products comply with the laws that apply to you. If our privacy policy and the Products do not comply with the laws that apply to you, you must not access or use the Products.

2. Children under the Age of 13 The Products are not intended for children under 13 years of age, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

3. Information We Collect and How We Collect It We collect information from and about users of our Products: a. Directly from you when you provide it to us. b. Automatically when you use the Products.

4. Information You Provide to Us

When you download, register with or use the Products, we may ask you to provide information by which you may be personally identified, such as name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and professional credentials ("personal information").This information includes:

a. Information that you provide by filling in forms on the Products. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use the Products and subscribing to the newsletter. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with the Products.

b. Records and copies of your correspondence (including e-mail addresses and phone numbers), if you contact us.

c. Your responses to surveys that we might ask you to complete for research purposes.

d. Your search queries, interactions, or other activity on the Products.

e. Interactions with support content and emails sent by the Foundation.

5. User Contributions

You may provide information to be published or displayed ("Posted") on public areas of the App and Website (collectively, "User Contributions"). Your User Contributions are Posted and transmitted to others at your own risk. Please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable, and that we cannot control the actions of third parties with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Contributions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.

6. Automatic Information Collection And Tracking When you download, access and use the Products, they may use technology to automatically collect:

a. Usage Details. When you access and use the Products, we may automatically collect certain details of your access to and use of the Products, including traffic data, location data, logs and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on or through the Products. b. Device Information. We may collect information about your browser, mobile device, and internet connection, including the device's unique device identifier, IP address, operating system, browser type, mobile network information and the device's telephone number. c. Stored Information and Files. The Products also may access metadata and other information associated with other files stored on your device or computer. This may include, for example, photographs, audio and video clips, personal contacts and address book information. d. Location Information. The App may collect real-time non-identifiable information about the location of devices using the application through third party analytics providers. If you do not want us to collect this information do not download this application on your device. If accessing the Website you may opt out at any time using the Google Analytics opt out located here.

7. Information Collection And Tracking Technologies. The technologies we use for automatic information collection may include:

a. Cookies (or mobile cookies). A cookie is a small file placed on your smartphone. It may be possible to refuse to accept mobile cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your smartphone. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of the App. b. Web Beacons. Pages of the Website, the App, and our e-mails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags and single-pixel gifs) that permit the Foundation, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an e-mail and for other related statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain content and verifying system and server integrity).

8. Third-party Information Collection When you use the Products, certain third parties may use automatic information collection technologies to collect information about you, your computer, or your device. These third parties may include:

a. Social networks such as Facebook. Please see Facebook's Privacy Policy at to learn more about how Facebook gathers and uses your information. b. Analytics companies such as Google Analytics. Please visit Google's Privacy page at for information about how Google uses data when you use its partners' sites or apps. c. Your mobile device manufacturer and mobile service provider. d. These third parties may use tracking technologies to collect information about you when you use the Products. The information they collect may be associated with your personal information or they may collect information, including personal information, about your online activities over time and across different websites, apps and other online services websites. They may use this information to provide you with interest-based (behavioral) advertising or other targeted content. We do not control these third parties' tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly.

9. What are Analytics and how do we use them?

Users of our Products use different operating systems and mobile devices. To make your visits as easy as possible with the technology you use, we use Analytics Tools such as Google Analytics that automatically keep track of information like the operating system (e.g., MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android) you use, your IP address, domain name of your Internet service provider, apps used before and after the App, resources used, and pages viewed and activities on our Products. We also track the total number of users of our Products in an aggregate form to allow us to update and improve them. The information we collect automatically typically does not include personal information (as defined above), but we may maintain it or associate it with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties.

10. How We Use Your Information

We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information, to: a. Provide you with the Products and their contents, and any other information, newsletter, products or services that you request from us. b. Give you notices about your account, including expiration and renewal notices. c. Carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection. d. Notify you when Product updates are available, and of changes to any products or services we offer or provide though it. e. Fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it. The usage information we collect helps us to improve our Products and to deliver a better and more personalized experience by enabling us to: a. Estimate our audience size and usage patterns. b. Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize your interactions with our Products according to your individual interests. c. Speed up your searches. d. Recognize you when you return to the Products. e. Add new features to increase the utility and usability of the product to deliver more value to you, the end user.

11. Disclosure of Your Information

a. We may disclose aggregated information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual or device, without restriction. b. In addition, we retain the right to disclose personal information that we collect or you provide to the following parties. c. To our subsidiaries and affiliates. d. To contractors, service providers and other third parties we use to support our business or improve the Foundation's Products. e. To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or other sale or transfer of some or all of the Foundation's assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by the Foundation about our Product users is among the assets transferred. f. To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it. For example, if you give us an e-mail address to use the "invite colleague" feature of our Website, we will transmit the contents of that e-mail and your e-mail address to the recipients. g. For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information. h. With your consent. i. To comply with any court order, law or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request. j. To enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, and for billing and collection. k. If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of the Foundation, our clients, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

12. Your Choices about Our Collection, Use and Disclosure of Your Information

We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us. This section describes mechanisms we provide for you to control certain uses and disclosures of your information. Tracking Technologies. On your computer, you can set your browser or device to refuse all or some cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If you disable or refuse cookies or block the use of other tracking technologies, some parts of the Products may then be inaccessible or not function properly. If you get a new computer or device, install a new browser, or erase or otherwise alter your computer or device's cookie file or privacy settings, your privacy preferences may not be saved. Location Information. You can choose whether or not to allow the App to collect and use real-time information about your device's location through the device's privacy settings. If you block the use of location information, some parts of the App may then be inaccessible or not function properly. Do Not Track. Without an industry or legal standard for recognizing and responding to Do Not Track signals sent by users' browsers, and without a universal method for turning off tracking at the device level, we do not respond to Do Not Track signals at this time. To learn more about Do Not Track and how to set tracking options on different mobile devices and browsers, please visit If you block the use of trackers on your device, app, or browser, the Products may be inaccessible or not function properly. We do not control third parties' collection or use of your information to serve interest-based advertising. However these third parties may provide you with ways to choose not to have your information collected or used in this way. You can opt out of receiving targeted ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative ("NAI") on the NAI's website at

13. Accessing and Correcting Your Personal Information

a. You can review and change your personal information by logging into the Products and visiting your account profile page. b. You may also send us an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request access to, correct or delete any personal information that you have provided to us. We cannot delete your personal information except by also deleting your user account. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect. c. If you delete your User Contributions from the Products, copies of your User Contributions may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or might have been copied or stored by other Product users.

14. Your California Privacy Rights California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits users of our Products who are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

15. Data Security

a. We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure. All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers behind firewalls. Any payment transactions are processed on a PCI-compliant third party application. b. The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our Products, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone. We urge you to be careful about giving out information in public areas of the Products like message boards. The information you share in public areas may be viewed by any user of the Products. c. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet and mobile platforms is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted through the Products. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures we provide.

16. Changes to Our Privacy Policy

a. We may update our privacy policy from time to time. If we make material changes to how we treat our users' personal information, we will post the new privacy policy on this page. b. The date the privacy policy was last revised is identified at the top of the page. You are responsible for periodically visiting this privacy policy to check for any changes.

17. Contact Information

a. To ask questions or comment about this privacy policy and our privacy practices, contact us at: b. via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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