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.
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.
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
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
"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."