This 10 week healing workshop is geared towards those who have been impacted by violence, caused harm, enabled harm, and those who find themselves in cycles of physical and emotional harm who want to explore their participation in such cycles. Our work as facilitators engages our first-hand experiences in being impacted by harm as people who have caused, enabled, and survived it.
  • We provide a brave, compassionate, and structured space to address and heal what enables and gives rise to acts of harm.
  • We utilize somatic healing arts which addresses how the body, impacted by violence, records that violence, and externalizes it onto others and onto the self.
  • We utilize creative arts to get around our logical exterior and guide ourselves to act, move, and respond from the heart.
  • We interrogate the notion that vulnerability is a state of weakness, and remember it as a source of powerful strength.
  • Individual journaling, paired and group work, movement, visual art, reflective homework, and psycho- / political education are some of the tools we will use throughout this journey.
  • This is a confidential and consensual group. While participants will be supported through risk-taking, participants will share according to their needs for safety.
  • Our facilitators are not mandated reporters and are not legally required to report acts of harm to authorities. 

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A Transformative Healing Circle 
Our curriculum was initially intended to create a supportive healing and accountability space for those who have caused harm, as an alternative to punitive responses to violence. We quickly recognized that this work is valuable to all of those impacted by violence: victims, people who cause harm, and those who fall outside of and in between these two experiences. In addition, our work is deeply intersectional, exploring relationships between gendered violence and other oppressive dynamics such as racism, heteronormativity, and transphobia.
Our Approach
Utilizing culturally relevant, somatic (body-based) and expressive arts healing modalities, participants will gain knowledge, experiences, and tools that they can use to support their own healing and, subsequently, to help others to heal in their communities.

Democratic Collective Healing

We use a democratic, non-hierarchical model that acknowledges that everyone is the expert of their own healing.

Calling Commun ity Healers
As part of this work we select individuals interested in leading this work as they receive the benefits of this work. People trust those they know with their intimate stories, pain, and desires for personal growth. We want to give existing local leaders additional tools to address individual and collective trauma and violence, and therefore build the capacity for more communities to create a culture of accountability and compassion. Our participant-researcher model has resulted in prior participants co-facilitating future sessions. We are interested in training individuals who have the most capacity to lead this work forward in their own communities. Questions for those interested listed in the application. 

Learn more about our facilitators and curriculum developers in our "who we are" section.

Please note that our work is alive and fluid, and changes with the needs of each cohort. 

 Sessions One + Two: Safety and Identity

Exploring Our Edges Around Self-awareness 

Setting Commitments

Developing Cohesion + Models for Communicating


Session Three: Strength Building

​Locating our Resilience

Exploring Somatic Memory

Uncovering Wisdom Latent in Emotional Discomfort


Session Four: Speaking to the Wound

Exploring our Protective Responses

Exploring the Impact of Trauma on Self + Community

Deepening Tools for Generative Dialoging with Discomfort

Session Five: Cycles of Harm

Embodying Compassion in the Face of Real + Perceived Threat

Examining Intergenerational Responses to Harm

Observing Our Cycles of Inner and Outer Harm

Exploring Our Relationship to a Culture of Violence

Session Six: Healing

Complicating Our Relationship to Trauma

Softening Our Attachments to Harm

Inscribing New Healing Patterns Into Our Bodies

Session Seven: Compassion, Acceptance, Accountability

Defining Self, Interpersonal, and Community Accountability

Compassion: A Key Ingredient in Effective Accountability Work

Emotional First Aid + Self Regulation In the Face of Conflict


Session Eight: Values, Intentions,  Commitments

Fortifying Our Commitment to Self-Accountability and Healing

Setting the Conditions for Continued Growth

Calling Up Our Internal and External Resources

Session Nine: Cohort-Specific Topic

Trainee designed and cofacilitated session developed in response to the needs of each cohort

Session Ten: Building Forward, Closing Ceremony

Envisioning and Building a Forward Movement

Taking and Letting Go


Participant Commendations

"It definitely has supported my healing journey in so many ways. I found the meaning of life again and you guys have given me the encouragement and bravery to live my life to the fullest. Thank you so much for making me feel reborn again."


For support for our 2022
labor, we thank:


Also, warm thanks to Healing Together for breathing life into and offering material support to this important work.


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Prior Cohorts

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