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. 
Upcoming Cohort:
Oakland / Ohlone Territory
BIPOC Youth Leaders and Space Holders
Ages 18-24
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.
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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 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. 

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. 

 Session One: Safety and Identity

Exploring Our Edges Around Self-awareness 

Setting Commitments

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


Participant Commendations

"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)

"Epic. I've been talking about it non-stop. What a revelation to learn what my sadness wants, what my anger wants, the point of a resourcing practice... This has impacted me and my approach to my work as a sexual violence crisis counselor." (2020)

"I feel like it offers practices for people to return to again and again. It supports a healing culture and culture of healing right where you're at. In this way if more people participated in this it would spread these practices and create a community of people who are practiced in these techniques." (2020)

"I felt so much and so changed and better in touch with my healing journey, my body, my trauma. I have been recommending it to all healing seekers that I know who seem ready and interested." (2020)

For support for our 2020 - 2021

labor, we thank:

Special Thanks


Warm thanks to:


Homies Empowerment, 

Roots Community Health Center

for donating physical spaces.

Warm thanks to Northern California No Tax Resistance for support through the People's Life Fund for our Spring 2019 Workshop.






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


Thanks to Oakland Unite and the city of Oakland for supporting a powerhouse cohort of trainees for our Spring 2020 and 2021 sessions!

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