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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 culturally relevant, somatic healing arts to address 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 use a democratic, non-hierarchical model that acknowledges that everyone is the expert of their own healing.

Reflective journaling, dialogue, movement, visual representation, care work as home work, and psycho / political education are some of the tools we will use throughout this journey.
We interrogate the notion that vulnerability is a state of weakness,and remember it as a source of powerful strength.
This is a confidential and consensual group.
Participants are supported through risk-taking without disclosing the details of harm caused, witnessed, or survived.
Our facilitators are not mandated reporters.

Statement on Affinity-Shaped Wellness Work and Access


We recognize that because we are all impacted by a culture of violence, all people can benefit from versions of the politicized wellness work we have to offer, regardless of access to political, economic, or institutional power. 


We also recognize that because of lack of access, not all demographic groups are equitably afforded the spaces and resources necessary to access wellness work designed for them. 


Our purpose in creating affinity spaces for growth and wellness is in response to this inequity. We ask that potential applicants assess where they are on that gradient of access to power, privilege, and systemic support and use this assessment to discern whether their liberatory work should involve leaving space for those with least access to practice with us. 

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Growing Collective Accountability Facilitators
As part of this work, we train 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 during our pilot 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 are listed in each application. 
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Learn more about our facilitators and curriculum developers in our
"who we are" section.

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."


Common Questions

Q: If this is not a traditional “class,” what should I expect?

A: Expect your participation to be requested. This means participants are invited to share reflections, engage in physical movement (access accommodations available), journal, draw, and work in pairs or small groups. We utilize a variety of ways for folks to engage. This is not a space where facilitators will be “talking at” the group for an extended amount of time. 


Q: Will there be reading assignments or homework?

A. We do not assign required readings, but we sometimes offer “self-care” work that should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete between some sessions. We may also share suggested videos or readings, but none of these are required. We’re well aware that the 3 workshop hours per week is a big time investment already. We want to make this experience as accessible as possible for those who have a lot of responsibilities (parents, caretakers, etc.) in other parts of their lives. 


Q. Can I show up late or leave early? 

A. Maintaining consistent attendance is important to secure the level of safety the group needs to do some brave work. If the workshop hours and times conflict with other things you need to be present for, please look out for the next workshop series that offers the spaciousness needed for us to enjoy the gift of your full presence. This workshop is an invitation to slow down and dedicate 3 hours a week to yourself. 


Q. Will workshops be recorded?

A. Because people share sensitive content and because we do not want to create barriers to openness and connection, we do not record our sessions. We do share a folder with all of our slides and live notes kept (without people’s names or identifying information attached) for you to review throughout the series and after the series. Please note that these notes are not a replacement for the live experience needed to really drop into our work and experience the benefits. 


Q. I am brand new to healing and growth work. Is this okay?

A. This series welcomes people brand new to the language and work of healing and growth and those with experience with this work looking for a space to practice holistic, nonhierarchical, and collective healing work. We work to use language that is easy for everyone to understand. We love hearing clarifying questions throughout.


Q. What do I need in order to participate?

A. For online workshops, you’ll need a device that allows you to view people and slideshows on Zoom. A laptop, computer, or tablet could work. Phones make it hard to be able to see everyone and engage with ease. If you have trouble accessing devices, reach out to us so we can find one for you. Something to write with (pencil, pen) and write on (paper, notebook) will be requested. If drawing is accessible, we’ll also encourage you to use markers, crayons, etc. on paper or other drawing surfaces for some activities. Each person is also sent a care package with scent-free candles, healing herbs, and other goodies!


Q. I would love for my sibling, partner, or best friend to do this work with me. Should I ask them to apply to the same cohort as mine? 

A. We strongly recommend that you engage in a way that will allow you the space needed to take consensual risks. Sometimes we don’t expect what surfaces, and we won’t know if someone we have history with will cause us to censor (intentionally or unintentionally) what comes out. We recommend you ask your loved ones to have their own spaces for practice - after you’ve experienced this journey for yourself.  


Q. How do I know if I’m ready for an experience like this?

A. Follow your intuition. It's okay to consult people you trust, but nobody will know if you’re ready better than you. It is a good idea to have a support system lined up for emotionally challenging things that might surface. A support system might look like confiding in your closest homies, talking to a therapist or a spiritual leader you trust, or sharing with a relative you lean onto for support. If you struggle with suicidal ideation or self-harm, we require that you let at least one person you trust know that you are taking this workshop. If you want to try a sampling of our work, look out for our yearly People’s Healing Conference and Clinic where we offer single-day, one-off workshops on various topics. Please note that facilitators are not licensed therapists and that this workshop isn’t considered therapy. 

Want to know more about the impact of our work on participants over time?
Check out our 2018-2021 Participant Led Impact Report

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

Session One: Blooming

Intro to Mindfulness and Regulation

Agreements + Communication

Getting to Know Us

Setting the Container

Session Two: Safety and Identity

Exploring Our Edges Around Self-awareness 

Setting Commitments

Framing Our Healing + Growth Work


Session Three: Strength Building

​Locating our Transformative Resilience

Exploring Somatic Memory + Communication

Uncovering Wisdom Within 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 Threats

Releasing Shame + Inviting Compassion and Accountability

Observing Our Cycles of Inner and Outer Harm

Session Six: Healing

Examining Our Relationship to Trauma

Exploring Ourselves Beyond the Victim/Perpetrator Binary

Inscribing New Healing Patterns Into Our Bodies

Session Seven: Compassion, Acceptance, Accountability

Defining Accountability

Compassion: A Key Ingredient in Effective Accountability Work

Practice: Showing up During Conflict


Session Eight: Values, Intentions,  Commitments

Fortifying Our Commitment to Self-Accountability and Healing

Setting the Conditions for Continued Growth

Healing Our Relationship to Boundary Practices

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

Prior Cohorts

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For support for our 2023 labor we thank:

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Department of Violence Prevention

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