Archangel Community

A community of women who understand their journey and gather to re-energize and renew their commitment to move beyond abuse and reclaim their lives.

A Gathering of Archangels

The Archangel Community is a group of women who have graduated from Susan Omilian’s My Avenging Angel Workshops™  and continue to meet regularly for support, guidance and encouragement. They learn from each other how to stay connected with the “thriver” energy they each carry inside.

Activities include a monthly follow-up session to check-in on short- and long-term goals, a pot-luck lunch and interactive activities like arts and crafts projects to get the positive energy going again.  Other positive, upbeat activities include summer picnics and holiday parties.

Archangel Community

How the Archangel Community Came to Be

When Susan Omilian began conducting her My Avenging Angel Workshops™ in 2001 in Connecticut, she wanted to lead women who have been abused in two six-hour workshop sessions through a series of writing and focusing exercises to allow them to see the journey they are on – from victim to survivor to “thriver.” She also wanted them to set new goals for themselves that flow from the “thriver” energy so as to move permanently out of the cycle of violence and reclaim their lives.

But one thing Susan didn’t want to do was lose track of these women after the basic, introductory workshop was over. She wanted to form a community of “thrivers” and see what they could accomplish together.

Today Susan’s Archangel Community in Connecticut is alive and thriving! The women have taken the name “Archangel” because they feel they have “graduated” from the Angels in the basic workshop to Archangels, something bigger, better and very special.

I clearly remember the day I found you, Susan, and attended one of your free workshops. I relaxed when I walked through the door knowing that it was a beginning to living well and finding myself again. You encourage people to stay strong. You have made me feel included and for that I thank you. Living well IS the best revenge . . .” - D.L., Connecticut

Free Workshops

Susan provides the My Avenging Angel Workshops™ and the Archangel Community activities free-of-charge. Costs for the weekend retreat (temporarily on hold due to the COVID-19 situation) are underwritten by a sliding-scale scholarship fund. To support and donate to this effort, visit

Susan’s book, Entering the Thriver Zone: A Seven-Step Guide to Thriving After Abuse contains the motivational guidance she has used in the popular My Avenging Angel Workshops™ since 2001.  The book will take you step-by-step through powerful and life-changing exercises, writing prompts and interactive activities that Susan has successfully used in her workshops for the last fifteen years!

Journey to the "real You" Weekend Retreats

The annual Archangel weekend retreat* is a time to reflect, re-energize and renew the commitment to move permanently out of the cycle of violence.

Set at a luxurious beach house on the Connecticut shoreline, the three-day retreat allows women to unwind in a beautiful seaside location and, through writing, interactive exercises, music and dance, connect again with the “Real You,” that part of them untouched by the abuse they have experienced.

With this Archangel Community, women understand their journey and appreciate the triumph of moving beyond abuse to reclaim their lives.

*On hold due to the COVID-19 situation.

Support the workshops

Workshops are supported by the Connecticut Alliance for Victims of Violence and Their Families, Inc. (  so that they can be offered free-of-charge to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Your generous support makes it all possible and it is greatly appreciated and much needed. Please consider making a donation today. And thank you!

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