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Collective Wellness and Accountability Fellowship

We believe that medicine belongs to the people. We recognize that there are talented folks who hold space for people impacted by interpersonal and institutional violence who are furthest from access, whose work is largely unsupported, underfunded, and unrecognized. These barriers come up especially when their work is not aligned with institutional recognition due to lack of access and/or the use of unconventional yet culturally responsive and effective methods of holding space. 


Our goal is to support those who are holding space for communities impacted by violence (as survivors, enablers, and enactors) that have been at the margins of economic, institutional, and political access, especially in ways that impact their ability to engage in mental health practices and care that feels safe and effective for them. 


Fellows will be supported in leading their own collective wellness and accountability circle in the following ways:

  • Receiving the benefits, firsthand, of our collective wellness and accountability work

  • Engage in the work of curriculum shaping and revision as needs arise for the cohort 

  • Training and affirming support via space holding to reflect on and ground each fellow’s growth  as facilitator and leader in this work

  • Support building or fine-tuning administrative and technical needs and structures prior to leading a collective wellness and accountability circle

  • Support with grant-seeking and editing 

  • Receive coaching throughout fellows’ experience in running their own collective accountability circle 

  • A $5000 mini-grant to support the labor of fellows as facilitators


Who are we seeking?

We’re looking for those who hold space for communities beyond RooT’s current reach. We’re interested in exploring the shape our collective accountability and wellness circles might take when engaging a spectrum of communities furthest from access, including (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • systems impacted (including currently and formerly incarcerated) people, men and masculine-identified people, houseless individuals, people impacted by sex and labor trafficking, cult survivors, etc. 

You can learn more about who we have served in our recent Impact Report:



  • Having first-hand experience as a participant in our Healing Cycles of Harm workshop series, preferably with additional experience as a trainee

  • Actively engaged in space-holding work with access to potential participants. This does not have to be connected to any institution, but the expectation is that you have a population of folks you’re connected to via trust and practice that you’re ready to work with. Outreach should not be a barrier. 

  • Experience (formal or informal) with curriculum development and leadership, meaning you’re able to plan a dynamic and engaging experience for a group and execute that plan, adjusting for changes as needs arise on the spot

  • At least one other facilitator who will hold space with you, preferably someone who has also participated in our Healing Cycles of Harm series. 

  • You identify as being a part of the population you hold space with. 



  • Engagement with 10 weeks of our Healing Cycles of Harm workshop as a participant. If this requirement has been met in prior cohorts, we strongly encourage interested applicants to engage as a trainee in a new cohort. 

  • Expectation and readiness to lead a collective accountability circle before the completion of this year (2023)

  • Attending at least 2 (approx 2.5 hours each) workshops/trainings before the start of your collective accountability series

  • Attending scheduled coaching sessions (approx. 6 hours total) to support the planning and execution of fellows’ collective accountability series


Q & A

Q. Do I need to be linked to an institution or organization as part of my work of holding space? 

A. No. We believe that people without structural access and/or licensing are capable of holding space for people impacted by violence, and have been doing so effectively for many generations.


Q. I need help with outreach and getting participants to attend the work I want to offer. Will you help with this?

A. No. This fellowship is intended for folks already offering support to a specific group or community. Our goal is to offer additional tools and support to grow the work that folks are doing that is generally not recognized and is often underfunded.


Q. Does the work I lead need to look exactly like the Healing Cycles of Harm curriculum?

A. No. You can certainly choose to use a version of our full curriculum, but if your group is best served by experiencing our modalities in part or in some other format, we welcome this. We recognize that there are many ways to integrate horizontally led, somatic-informed, and compassion-driven wellness and accountability spaces. 




Questions about this opportunity can be directed to Rosa Giselle Cabrera at More information about our work: Follow us on Instagram at: @healingcyclesofharm. Join our newsletter or follow us for updates.



Application is open until June 26, 2023.

A PDF copy of our application is available here for reference only:

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