HEALING CYCLES OF HARM
This 9-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.
Oakland / Ohlone Territory
BIPOC Youth Leaders and Space Holders
9 Tuesdays, March 23 - May 18th
This cohort is for you if:
You want to explore how your own trauma healing can strengthen your leadership work, or
You want to explore what transformative healing and accountability can offer your work in shaping policy, holding space for others, and responding to harm in community - beyond utilizing punitive measures & the carceral system, or
You want to learn how to hold healing space for others impacted by violence and for others who have caused harm in a way that centers compassion, choice, and is culturally responsive, and
You work, build, hold space in, or are a resident of Oakland / unceded Ohlone territory.
Wondering if this is the right experience for you?
Consider these situations:
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.
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 Community 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.
Please note that our work is alive and fluid, and changes with the needs of each cohort.
Session One: Safety and Identity
Exploring Our Edges Around Self-awareness
Developing Cohesion + Models for Communicating
Session Two: Strength Building
Locating our Resilience
Exploring Somatic Memory
Uncovering Wisdom Latent in Emotional Discomfort
Session Three: Speaking to the Wound
Exploring our Protective Responses
Exploring the Impact of Trauma on Self + Community
Deepening Tools for Generative Dialoging with Discomfort
Session Four: 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 Five: Healing
Complicating Our Relationship to Trauma
Softening Our Attachments to Harm
Inscribing New Healing Patterns Into Our Bodies
Session Six: 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 Seven: 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 Eight: Gratitude, Reflections
Charting of Progress
Observing Ingredients of Collective Healing Work
Session Nine: Building Forward, Closing Ceremony
Envisioning and Building a Forward Movement
Taking and Letting Go
"RooT Healing Cycles of Harm circles offered me a sense of hope and clarity around how I can change the patterns of harm I’ve been repeating." (2019)
"Attending Healing Cycle of Harm introduced me to a different way of living. I realized how triggers carried out actions which hurt no one but me. This work has allowed me to understand the cause, accept, and overcome my depression, addiction, anxiety, and discomfort as I can now transform it into true happiness..." (2019)