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Creating a Global Healing Movement
Emerging Trends in Collective Trauma Work
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About the Collective Trauma Summit 2022
Sept 28 – Oct 6
Experience 50+ Speaker Talks Plus 4 LIVE Events Exploring Emergent Solutions for Collective Trauma in Our World Today
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Our fourth annual online event included expert presentations, talks, poetry readings, movement sessions, guided meditations, and panel discussions delving into the theme Creating a Global Healing Movement.
Join over 100,000+ souls for our fourth annual online event with expert presentations, talks, poetry readings, movement sessions, guided meditations, and panel discussions where we will delve into this year’s theme of Creating a Global Healing Movement.
The Pocket Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to healing collective trauma and reducing its effects on our global culture.
Healing Collective Trauma
A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds
When you register for the Summit you’ll also receive instant access to a free chapter of this groundbreaking book with new methods for healing collective trauma to help us resolve wounds of the past and activate the evolutionary intelligence of humanity.
Author, Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma, and Trauma and Memory
The Collective Trauma Summit Creating a Global Healing Movement
Join us for the Collective Trauma Summit Creating a Global Healing Movement
LEARN FROM OVER 50 SPEAKERS ON HOW TO ADDRESS COLLECTIVE TRAUMA IN INDIVIDUALS, COMMUNITIES, AND SOCIETY
Dr. Gabor Maté
Physician and Author of The Myth of Normal
The Undeniable Link of Illness and Wellbeing to Our Collective EcosystemRead Bio
Dr. Gabor Maté
A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress, and childhood development. Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It, and has coauthored Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His works have been published internationally in nearly thirty languages.
Learn more at drgabormate.com.
Author, Humanitarian, Founder of Women for Women, and Co-Founder of Daughters for Earth
The Essential Role of Self-Kindness in Humanitarian and Climate WorkRead Bio
Zainab is co-founder of DaughtersforEarth.org, Chief Awareness Officer at FindCenter.com, and host of the Redefined podcast that explores what happens when life’s biggest challenges lead us on a transformative search for what matters most.
Zainab is the author of four books, including the national bestseller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, and her latest, Freedom Is an Inside Job: Owning Our Darkness and Our Light To Heal Ourselves and The World. She is the creator and host of several shows, including #MeToo, Now What? on PBS, and Through Her Eyes with Zainab Salbi at Yahoo News.
At the age of 23, Zainab founded Women for Women International, a humanitarian development non-profit dedicated to serving women survivors of war by offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. From initially helping 30 women, the organization has grown to help over 519,000 women from 8 conflict zones. While CEO, Zainab also distributed $146 million dollars in aid and micro-loans for these women and their families to rebuild their lives.
People Magazine named her as one of the “25 Women Changing The World,” and Foreign Policy Magazine named her one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers.”
You can learn more about her work at zainabsalbi.com.
Co-host of the Climate Podcast Outrage and Optimism and Former UN Climate Chief
Climate Change as a Journey to the HeartRead Bio
Christiana Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on climate change. She was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016, where she oversaw the delivery of the historic Paris Agreement. Today she is the co-founder of Global Optimism, co-host of the podcast Outrage & Optimism, and is the co-author of the recently published book, The Future We Choose.
Learn more about Christiana and her work at outrageandoptimism.org/.
Bayo Akomolafe, PhD
Author, Teacher, and Trans-public Intellectual
Disrupting Conventional Approaches to Healing and JusticeRead Bio
Bayo Akomolafe, PhD
Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) rooted with the Yoruba people in a more-than-human world, is the father to Alethea and Kyah, the grateful life partner to Ije, son, and brother. A widely celebrated international speaker, posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, public intellectual, essayist, and author of two books, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home (North Atlantic Books,) and We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak. Bayo is the visionary founder of The Emergence Network and host of the online post-activist course, ‘We Will dance with Mountains.”
Founder and Director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation
Cultivating Sacred Hospitality to Heal Trauma and to Go Beyond What We KnowRead Bio
Orland Bishop is the founder and director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, where he has pioneered approaches to urban truces and mentoring at-risk youth that combine new ideas with traditional ways of knowledge. ShadeTree serves as an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers, and advocates for the healthy development of children and youth. Orland’s work in healing and human development is framed by an extensive study of medicine, naturopathy, psychology, and Indigenous cosmologies, primarily those of South and West Africa.
V (Formerly Eve Ensler)
Author, Playwright, Activist, and Performer
Wound as a Portal Into a New WorldRead Bio
V (Formally Eve Ensler)
V (formerly Eve Ensler) is the Tony award-winning playwright and author of the theatrical phenomenon, The Vagina Monologues. She is the author of books including The Apology and In the Body of the World, as well as The New York Times best-seller I am an Emotional Creature. She helped create the play That Kindness: Nurses in Their Own Words presented by BAM. She’s the founder of V-Day, a global activist movement that has raised over 120 million dollars to end violence against all women (cisgender and transgender,) those who hold fluid identities, nonbinary people, girls, and the planet—and the founder of One Billion Rising, the largest global mass action to end gender-based violence in over 200 countries, as well as a co-founder of City of Joy. She writes regularly for The Guardian.
Learn more about Eve and her work at eveensler.org.
Rev. angel Kyodo williams
Zen Teacher, Author, and Social Justice Activist
Racial Healing and the Yearning to Be SeenRead Bio
Rev. angel Kyodo williams
Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams was made for these times. She has been bridging the worlds of transformation and justice since her critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace, was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker, and “a classic” by Buddhist pioneer Jack Kornfield.
Her work, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love & Liberation, is igniting communities to have conversations necessary to become more awake and aware of what hinders the liberation of self and society. Rev. angel applies wisdom teachings and embodied practice, and is a leading voice for Transformative Social Change. Known for her willingness to sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love, Rev. angel notes, “Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters”.
Learn more about her and her work at revangel.com
Terry Real, LICSW
NY Times Best Selling Author and Family Therapist
Discovering the Heroic Courage to Heal Transgenerational Trauma Through Our RelationshipsRead Bio
Terry Real, LICSW
Terry Real is a nationally recognized family therapist, author, and teacher. He is particularly known for his groundbreaking work on men and male psychology as well as his work on gender and couples; he has been in private practice for over thirty years. Terry has appeared often as the relationship expert for Good Morning America and ABC News. His work has been featured in numerous academic articles as well as media venues such as Oprah, 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, and many others.
In 1997 he published the national bestseller I Don’t Want To Talk About It, the first book ever written on the topic of male depression. That was followed by two more successful books on relationships offering practical guides for couples and couples therapists, and most recently, his New York Times Bestseller Us: Getting Past You & Me to Build a More Loving Relationship. Terry founded The Relational Life Institute. The Institute offers a training program for therapists as well as workshops for couples and individuals.
Terry Tempest Williams
Award-Winning Author, Environmentalist, and Activist
Finding Beauty in a Broken WorldRead Bio
Terry Tempest Williams
Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses, and worked as “a barefoot artist” in Rwanda.
Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; When Women Were Birds; and Erosion: Essays of Undoing, a collection of wide-ranging essays that explore the many forms of erosion we face: of democracy, science, compassion, and trust.
She also wrote The Story of My Heart by Richard Jeffries, as rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams, in which she and Brooke Williams expand upon the 1883 book by Richard Jeffries. Her book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, honored the centennial of the National Park Service, was a New York Times bestseller, and also won the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association 2016 Reading the West Book Award. She is a columnist for the magazine The Progressive.
In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2009, Terry Tempest Williams was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS series on national parks. In 2014, on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Ms. Williams received the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award honoring a distinguished record of leadership in American conservation. Williams also received the 2017 Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing.
In 2019 Terry Tempest Williams was given The Robert Kirsch Award, a lifetime achievement prize given to a writer with a substantial connection to the American West, and was also elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Terry Tempest Williams has served as the Annie Clark Tanner Fellow in the University of Utah’s Environmental Humanities Graduate Program which she co-founded in 2004 and was the Provostial Scholar at Dartmouth College, serving as a Montgomery Fellow twice. Williams is currently writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. She divides her time between Castle Valley, Utah, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Learn more at www.coyoteclan.com.
Restorative Justice Facilitator and Public Speaker
Restorative Justice: From the Paradigm of Punishment to Ecosystems of HealingRead Bio
sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to people who’ve experienced and caused harm and violence. A former victim advocate and public defender, sujatha is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences about her decades of restorative justice work. She also speaks publicly and inside prisons about her own experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her path to forgiveness. Her personal and research interests include the forgiveness of seemingly unforgivable acts, survivor-led movements, restorative justice’s potential impact on racial disparities in our legal systems, and Buddhist approaches to conflict transformation. She’s a member of the Gyuto Foundation in Richmond, CA, where she leads meditation on Monday nights. She was named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow.
Learn more about sujatha and her work at www.sujathabaliga.com.
Stephen Porges, PhD
Distinguished University Scientist, Traumatic Stress Research Consortium Founding Director, and Professor of Psychiatry
Creating Environments of Safety and Trust Through Polyvagal TheoryRead Bio
Dr. Stephen Porges
Dr. Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines and holds several patents involved in monitoring and regulating autonomic state. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences.
He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe (Norton, 2017), and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018). He is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™ , which currently is used by more than 1,500 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.
Learn more about Stephen and his work at www.stephenporges.com/.
Dr. Diane Poole Heller
Speaker, Author, and Expert in the Field of Attachment Theory and Trauma Resolution
Healing Attachment Trauma Through Neuroscience and Human ConnectionRead Bio
Dr. Diane Poole Heller
Diane Poole Heller, PhD is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and expert in the field of attachment theory and trauma resolution. She developed a signature series on adult attachment called DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience) that provides therapists and individuals with the skills and tools they need to facilitate healing from trauma and create more fulfilling adult relationships. In 1989, she began working with Dr. Peter Levine, teaching for 25 years for SEI. She is the author of three books: Crash Course, on auto accident trauma; Healing Your Attachment Wounds: How to Create Deep and Lasting Relationships; and The Power of Attachment: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships. Her film, “Surviving Columbine,” supported community healing after the Columbine high school shootings.
Learn more at www.dianepooleheller.com.
Roshi Joan Halifax
Founder of the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Meeting a World of Suffering With Compassion and ResilienceRead Bio
Roshi Joan Halifax
Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, author, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 and has taught on the subject of death and dying at many academic and medical institutions around the world. Much of her work and practice for more than four decades has focused on Engaged Buddhism where she’s founded and directed many projects including the Project on Being with Dying, the Upaya Prison Project, the Prajna Mountain Buddhist Order, and the Nomads Clinic in Nepal.
Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); The Fruitful Darkness, A Journey Through Buddhist Practice; Simplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in America; Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death; Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet; and a children’s book; Sophie Learns to Be Brave.
Learn more at www.upaya.org
Dr. Richard Schwartz
Founder of Internal Family Systems Therapy
Healing Transgenerational Legacy Burdens Through Internal Family Systems WorkRead Bio
Richard C. Schwartz, PhD
Dr. Richard Schwartz began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief, and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called “parts.” These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationships that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence, and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients.
From these explorations, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s. IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms. In 2013 Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA where he is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Learn more at ifs-institute.com.
Dr. Sará King
Neuroscientist, Political and Learning Scientist, Speaker, and Founder of MindHeart Consulting
The Science and Healing Power of InterdependenceRead Bio
Dr. Sará King
Dr. Sará King is a neuroscientist, political and learning scientist, education philosopher, social-entrepreneur, public speaker, and certified yoga and mindfulness meditation instructor. She has over 20 years of experience as a research scientist and specializes in the study of the relationship between mindfulness, art, complementary alternative medicine, community health, and social justice. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow in Neurology at OHSU (Oregon Health Science University) in the Oregon Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders, a Garrison Institute Fellow and Society for Neuroscience Associate, and a member of Google’s well-being think tank “Vitality Lab”. She is also the founder of MindHeart Consulting, a scientific consulting firm through which she offers up “The Science of Social Justice” framework and the “Systems Based Awareness Map” (SBAM) which she created to explore our capacity to heal intergenerational trauma and promote the well-being of “collective nervous systems”. She is currently partnered with the Museum of Modern Art in N.Y. to bring her applied neuroscience research on the (SBAM) to the world as a part of their “Artful Practice For Well-Being” Initiative. She has been invited to create trauma healing circles, curated meditations, keynote speeches, and scientific lectures for Nike, the Jordan Brand, Google, Mobius, Dr. Dan Siegel’s The Mindsight Institute, UCLA, OHSU, UCSF, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley and Harvard Medical School, among many others. She has been featured in Mindful Magazine, Yoga Journal, Yoga International, and Voyage LA Magazine.
Learn more at mindheartconsulting.com.
Otto Scharmer, PhD
Co-Founder of Presencing Institute and Sr. Lecturer at MIT
Systems Sensing for a New CivilizationRead Bio
Otto Scharmer, PhD
Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation and introduced the concept of “presencing” — learning from the emerging future. He is the author or co-author of the books Theory U, Presence, and The Essentials of Theory U. In 2015, he co-founded the MITx u.lab and the GAIA journey (Global Activation of Intention and Action), both of which promote a worldwide ecosystem of transformational change. Most recently he and his colleagues co-hosted the United Nations Global Dialogues on Transforming Systems and co-created the Action Learning Lab and numerous SDG Leadership Labs. Otto earned his PhD in economics from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He is a member of the UN Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda, the World Future Council, and the Club of Rome’s High-Level 21st Century Transformational Economics Commission. He won the Jamieson Prize for Teaching Excellence at MIT and the European Leonardo Corporate Learning Award. In 2021 he received the Elevating Humanity Award from the Organizational Development Network.
Learn more at www.ottoscharmer.com
Maria Leister, JD
Faculty and Co-Director of Harvard’s Global Mental Health and Trauma Programs and Consultant
The Power of Community to Heal Trauma and Restore DignityRead Bio
Maria Leister, JD
Maria Leister, JD is a human rights advocate and speaker, dedicated to leveraging interdisciplinary human rights scholarship and frameworks to facilitate healing from trauma and creating just societies. The focus of her work is on investigating how dehumanization impacts the most vulnerable populations, and the importance of supporting principles around human dignity, which she believes is a foundational pillar underlying all human rights advocacy and justice efforts. Maria is a faculty member and co-director of Harvard Medical School’s Global Mental Health trauma and recovery course, which educates hundreds of healthcare and mental health providers from around the globe each year. At Kotter International, Maria leads the business development of the leadership development practice for clients seeking skills and support to lead change initiatives. Maria received her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington and was a fellow of Harvard University’s Administrative Fellows Program.
Learn more at hprt-cambridge.org/education/gmh/location
Dr. Dan Siegel
Executive Director, Mindsight Institute
The Neuroscience of BelongingRead Bio
Dr. Dan Siegel
Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, and teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families, and communities.
Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both professional and lay audiences. His five New York Times bestsellers are: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence; Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human; Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain; and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child; and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: IntraConnected (coming November 2022;) The Developing Mind; The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology; Mindsight; The Mindful Brain; The Mindful Therapist; and Becoming Aware. He has also written The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which currently contains over eighty textbooks.
Host of Finding Our Way, Writer, and Embodiment Teacher/Facilitator
The Story Being Told Through Our Collective BodyRead Bio
Prentis Hemphill is a writer, embodiment facilitator, political organizer, and therapist. They are the Founder and Director of The Embodiment Institute and The Black Embodiment Initiative, and the host of the acclaimed podcast, Finding Our Way. For the last ten years, Prentis has practiced and taught somatics in social movement organizations and offered embodied practice during moments of social unrest and organizational upheaval. They have taught embodied leadership and generative somatics with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, and served as the Healing Justice Director of Black Lives Matter Global Network from 2016 to 2019. Their work and writing have appeared in the New York Times, and the Huffington Post. They are a contributor to You Are Your Best Thing, edited by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown, Holding Change by Adrienne Maree Brown, and The Politics of Trauma by Staci Haines. They live in North Carolina on a small farm with their partner, child, two dogs, and two chickens while working on an upcoming book on healing justice.
Learn more at prentishemphill.com.
A. H. Almaas
Founder, Diamond Approach to Self-realization
Presence and Trauma Healing on the Spiritual PathRead Bio
A. H. Almaas
A. Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) was born in Kuwait in 1944. At the age of eighteen, he moved to the US to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his PhD in physics when he reached a turning point in his life and destiny that led him to inquire into the psychological and spiritual aspects of human nature rather than the physical nature of the universe.
He left the academic world to pursue an in-depth journey of inner discovery, applying his scientific precision and discipline to personal, experiential research. This included training with teachers, extensive reading, and continuous study of his own consciousness in an effort to understand the essential nature of human experience and qualitative aspects and dimensions of reality that can be embodied by human beings, such as compassion, strength, will, joy, and peace.
Hameed’s process of exploration led to the creation of the Ridhwan School and, with his colleague Karen Johnson, resulted in the founding and unfoldment of the Diamond Approach. He is an author of 20 books, including Keys to the Enneagram: How to Unlock the Highest Potential of Every Personality Type; Love Unveiled: Discovering the Essence of the Awakened Heart; and The Unfolding Now: Realizing Your True Nature through the Practice of Presence.
Learn more at www.diamondapproach.org.
Acclaimed Poets and Musicians
Readings, conversations, and performances
Poet, Essayist, Translator, and Teacher
Gestures of LiberationRead Bio
Jane Hirshfield is among American poetry’s central spokespersons for concerns of the biosphere. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the founder of Poets For Science, Hirshfield is the author of nine collections of poetry, including most recently Ledger (Knopf, 2020). Her books have received the Poetry Center Book Award and the California Book Award; The Beauty (2015), was long-listed for the National Book Award and Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The author as well of two now-classic collections of essays on poetry’s – and the psyche’s – infrastructure and craft, Nine Gates and Ten Windows, Hirshfield has also edited and co-translated four books presenting the work of world poets from the deep past. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The TLS, Poetry, and ten editions of The Best American Poetry. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages. In 2019, she was elected into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Learn more at barclayagency.com.
The World We Want is Waiting for Us to Speak It Into ExistenceRead Bio
Danez Smith is the author of three collections including Homie and Don’t Call Us Dead. They have won the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and have been a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in Poetry, the National Book Critic Circle Award, and the National Book Award.
Danez’s poetry and prose has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, Best American Poetry and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective. Former co-host of the Webby nominated podcast VS (Versus), they live in Minneapolis near their people.Learn more at www.danezsmithpoet.com
Weaving Intergenerational NarrativesRead Bio
Monica Sok is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). She has received fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Hedgebrook, Jerome Foundation, Kundiman, MacDowell, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, and others.
Her poems appear, or are forthcoming, in American Poetry Review, Paris Review, POETRY Magazine, Kenyon Review, New Republic, and others. She has taught poetry at Stanford University, and the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oakland, California.
Learn more at www.monicasok.com.
Poet, Author, and Philosopher
The Vulnerable Choice of Breaking Our Hearts OpenRead Bio
David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
The author of eleven books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.
His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership.
David Whyte is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies. He is the recipient of two honorary degrees: from Neumann College in Pennsylvania and Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia.
Learn more at davidwhyte.com
The Poet as a Witness: Living and Creating Through TragedyRead Bio
Ilya Kaminsky is the author of the widely acclaimed Deaf Republic (Graywolf, 2019), which Kevin Young, writing in The New Yorker, called a work of “profound imagination.” Poems from Deaf Republic were awarded Poetry Magazine‘s Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. He is also the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), and Musica Humana (Chapiteau Press, 2002). Kaminsky has won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and The Foreword magazine’s Best Poetry Book of the Year award. Recently, he was on the short-list for the Neusdadt International Literature Prize.
His poems have been translated into numerous languages and his books have been published in many countries including Turkey, Holland, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain, and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize. His poems have been compared to work by Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, and Marina Tsvetaeva.
Learn more at www.ilyakaminsky.com
Poet, Teacher, and Community Holder
Writing as AlchemyRead Bio
Danusha Laméris was raised in Northern California, born to a Dutch father and a Barbadian mother. Her first book, The Moons of August (Autumn House, 2014), was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Award. She’s also the author of Bonfire Opera, (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), was a finalist for the 2021 Paterson Poetry Prize, and a recipient of the Northern California Book Award. Some of her work has been published in The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, The American Scholar, and Orion. Winner of the 2020 Lucille Clifton Legacy Award, she is a Poet Laureate emeritus of Santa Cruz, California, co-leads the Poetry of Resilience webinars and Hearthfire Writing Community with James Crews, and is on the faculty of Pacific University’s Low-Residency MFA Program.
Learn more at danushalameris.com.
Author, English Professor, and Narrative Poet
The Gift of Finding Dignity in the Face of PainRead Bio
Martín Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist, and translator. His latest book of poems is called Floaters, winner of the 2021 National Book Award and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other books of poems include Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016), The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003) and Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996). He is the editor of What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (2019).
He has received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship, a Letras Boricuas Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays and poems, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Learn more at martinespada.net.
Poet and Political Communications Strategist
Poetry as World BuildingRead Bio
Camonghne Felix, poet and essayist, is the author of Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books, 2019) which was long-listed for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry, shortlisted for the PEN/Open Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Awards. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets, Harvard Review, LitHub, The New Yorker, PEN America, Poetry Magazine, Freeman’s, and elsewhere. Felix’s next book, Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation, is forthcoming in February 2023 from One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Learn more about Camonghne and her work at tuesdayagency.com.
Poet, Teacher, Founder of the S.H.E. (Safe House Education) Fund
Poetry and Music at Live EventsRead Bio
Kim Rosen, M.F.A., has awakened listeners around the world to the power of poetry to heal and transform individuals and communities. She is a poet, spoken word artist, ritualist, teacher and the author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words. Co-creator of four CDs of poetry and music, her latest, Feast of Losses: Poetry and Music on aging, Death and Letting Go will be released in the fall, 2022. Her writing has been published in The Sun Magazine, O Magazine, and Spirituality and Health among others. She is also the founder and director of the Safe House Education (S.H.E.) Fund. To learn more visit www.kimrosen.net
Singer-Songwriter, Lyrical Guitarist, and Composer
Musical PerformanceRead Bio
Singer and Songwriter
Musical PerformanceRead Bio
American singer-songwriter and author David Berkeley’s greatest gift is in finding words and melodies that express the beauty and tragedy of the human condition. His songs heal the heart, reminding us that we are not alone. He has been called a “musical poet” by The San Francisco Chronicle and praised for his “lustrous, melancholy voice with shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake” by the New York Times. He has been a guest on This American Life and has won many songwriting awards and honors including ASCAPs Johnny Mercer Songwriting Award. Berkeley has released seven albums and authored two books. His latest album is his most intimate and profound to date, Oh Quiet World, written during the lockdown after his family escaped Spain due to Corona. The album finds the light within the darkness of the pandemic.
In 2018, he released a set of political love songs, if such a genre can exist, called The Faded Red and Blue, which has only increased in relevance as the nation becomes more divided. And Berkeley’s 2017 release was a never-before tried concept: a novella comprising ten intertwining stories and an album of ten accompanying songs (one for each story’s main character). He has opened for or toured with Dido, Don McLean, Ben Folds, Billy Bragg, Ray Lamontagne, Nickel Creek and many more. He was a Kerrville New Folk winner, and a New Song and Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Finalist. He’s performed on Mountain Stage, The World Café, the Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest, XM Loft Sessions, and Acoustic Café, to name a few. Berkeley is also one half of the wildly creative Trans-Atlantic costumed duo Son of Town Hall, which tours extensively in Europe and the UK. David lives in Santa Fe, NM with his wife and two young boys.
Learn more at davidberkeley.com
Sonic Health Practitioners
Musical PerformanceRead Bio
Wholeheartedly fed by the folk and gospel traditions, MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker) create uplifting music to inspire the world into thriving. Interweaving brilliant and haunting harmony with lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence, MaMuse invokes a musical presence that inspires the opening of the heart. Playing a family of varied acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolins, ukulele, and flutes, these two powerful women embody a love for all life. The synergy that is created through this musical connection is palpable and truly moving to witness.
With 13 delicious years of co-creation and 7 albums under their belts, MaMuse keep their hearts tuned to the creation of music for the health of ALL BEINGS.
Co-Founder and President, Center for Humane Technology
Humane Technology Sourced From an Integrated SocietyRead Bio
Tristan Harris has spent his career studying how today’s major technology platforms have increasingly become the social fabric by which we live and think, wielding dangerous power over our ability to make sense of the world. Named to the TIME 100 “Next Leaders Shaping the Future” and Rolling Stone Magazine’s “25 People Shaping the World,” Tristan is Co-Founder & President of the Center for Humane Technology, which is catalyzing a comprehensive shift toward humane technology that operates for the common good, strengthening our capacity to tackle our biggest global challenges. He is the Co-Host of “Your Undivided Attention,” consistently among the top ten technology podcasts on Apple Podcasts, which explores how social media’s race for attention is destabilizing society and the vital insights we need to envision solutions. Tristan was also the primary subject of the acclaimed Netflix documentary, “The Social Dilemma,” which unveiled the hidden machinations behind social media and has reached an estimated 100 million people worldwide, streaming in 190 countries in 30 languages. He has briefed heads of state, technology company CEOs, and members of the US Congress, in addition to mobilizing millions of people around the world through mainstream media campaigns.
From his childhood as a magician, to his coursework in Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab and later as a Design Ethicist at Google, Tristan has explored the influences that hijack human attitudes, behaviors and beliefs. Following his 2013 viral internal presentation at Google, “A Call to Minimize Distraction & Respect Users’ Attention,” which sounded the alarm on the harms posed by the attention economy, Tristan began to surface these issues in public conversation via 60 Minutes and a TED Talk in 2017. The deep resonance of the ideas led to the Time Well Spent movement, which sparked product changes at Facebook, Apple, and Google, and laid the groundwork for the launch of the Center for Humane Technology as an independent nonprofit in 2018. Learn more at www.humanetech.com/.
Radio Producer, Writer, and Author of What My Bones Know
Humanizing Complex PTSD Through Journalism and StorytellingRead Bio
Stephanie Foo is the author of What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma. She has written for Vox, The New York Times, and The Atlantic. She worked as a radio producer for This American Life and Snap Judgment, and her stories aired on Reply All, 99% Invisible, and Radiolab. A noted speaker and instructor, she has taught at Columbia University, and has spoken at venues from Sundance Film Festival, to the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Learn more at www.stephaniefoo.me
Host, Teacher, Author of Healing Collective Trauma, and Founder of the Academy of Inner Science
Strengthening Our Global Immune System by Healing Collective TraumaRead Bio
Thomas Hübl is a teacher, author, and international facilitator whose lifelong work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions and mysticism with the discoveries of science. Since the early 2000s, he has been leading large-scale events and courses that focus on the healing and integration of trauma, with a special focus on the shared history of Israelis and Germans. Over the last decade, he has facilitated dialogue with thousands of people around healing the collective traumas of racism, oppression, colonialism, and genocides in the U.S., Israel, Germany, Spain, and Argentina. He has been teaching workshops and presenting trainings for Harvard Medical School since 2019. Hübl received a PhD in Wisdom Studies from Ubiquity University in 2022.
His non-profit organization, the Pocket Project, works to support the healing of collective trauma throughout the world. He is the author of the book Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds. Learn more online at thomashuebl.com.
Nkem Ndefo, MSN, CNM, RN
Founder of Lumos Transforms and Creator of The Resilience Toolkit
The Power of Antiracist and Relational Healing Work to Unlock PotentialRead Bio
Nkem Ndefo, MSN, CNM, RN
Nkem Ndefo, MSN, CNM, RN, is the founder of Lumos Transforms and the creator of The Resilience Toolkit. She is a skilled practitioner, dynamic speaker, and valued strategist. She is known for her unique ability to connect with people of all types by holding powerful healing spaces, weaving complex concepts into accessible narratives, and creating synergistic and collaborative learning communities that nourish people’s innate capacity for healing, wellness, and connection.
Learn more at www.lumostransforms.com/.
Magogodi oaMphela Makhene
Founder and CEO of Love as a Kind of Cure
Ancestral Resiliency as a Blueprint for Dismantling White SupremacyRead Bio
Magogodi oaMphela Makhene
Magogodi oaMphela Makhene is a writer and social entrepreneur. She leads Love As A Kind of Cure, a social enterprise that dismantles white supremacy through live events and immersive learning. Since their 2020 birthday bash for Toni Morrison at the Brooklyn Museum, Love As a Kind of Cure has galvanized women like Arundhati Roy, Nikki Giovanni, Krista Tippett, and Joy Harjo in this work. Magogodi has been featured in The BBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, and Harvard Review. And received fancy pants awards from luminaries like Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel. Get her antiracist shouts, raves, and raucous asides delivered to your inbox every Thursday—side effects have been known to include epic dance moves, loud laughs, and giving a damn. Magogodi is a proudly Soweto-made soul.
Learn more at www.lovekindcure.com.
Fleet Maull, PhD
Dharma Teacher, Founder of Heart Mind Institute & Prison Mindfulness Institute, and Author of Radical Responsibility
Integrated Approaches to Healing Collective WoundingRead Bio
Fleet Maull, PhD
Fleet Maull, PhD is an author, meditation teacher, mindset coach, social entrepreneur, and peacemaker who works at the intersection of personal and social transformation. He founded Prison Mindfulness Institute and National Prison Hospice Association, catalyzing two national movements, while serving a 14-year mandatory-minimum federal drug sentence, from 1985 to 1999.
He also founded the transformational education platform Heart Mind Institute and co-founded the Engaged Mindfulness Institute where he trains trauma-informed mindfulness teachers who work with individuals and communities impacted by trauma and marginalization. He has served on the leadership team for the annual Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat for more than 20 years. He co-founded the Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreat and has trained genocide survivors as volunteer trauma para-counselors working in villages throughout Rwanda.
He is a Roshi (Zen master/senior teacher) in the Zen Peacemaker Community, a senior Dharma teacher in the Shambhala-Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and leads meditation retreats worldwide. He developed Neuro-Somatic Mindfulness or (NSM)®, a deeply embodied, neuroscience and trauma-informed approach to mindfulness & awareness meditation practice that facilitates self-healing, self-regulation, and awakening. He founded both the Global Resilience Summit and the Global First Responder Resilience Summit and co-founded The Best Year of Your Life, SummitPalooza, and The Self-Care Summit.
Dr. Maull is the author of Radical Responsibility: How to Move Beyond Blame, Live Your Highest Purpose and Become an Unstoppable Force for Good; Dharma in Hell: The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull, and The Resilient C.O.: Mindfulness-Based Wellness & Resiliency for Corrections Professionals.
Mayan Elder, Curandera, Universal Healer, Visionary, and Founder of The Path
Receiving Messages Along the Sacred Path of LifeRead Bio
Born the youngest of 15 children in the highlands of Central America, Grandmother Flordemayo was found at an early age – like others in her family – to have the gift of Sight. By age four, she was being trained in the art of Curanderismo, which had been handed down from mother to daughter for many generations. Flordemayo’s mother was a midwife and healer and taught her daughters in the use of herbs, women’s medicine, and how women are to honor and care for our Mother Earth. Flordemayo now lives in New Mexico.
Currently, in addition to her independent work as a Universal Healer, featured speaker, and woman of prayer, she is the Founder of The Path, a 501(c)3 dedicated to the preservation of traditional knowledge and heritage seeds. Through her work with The Path, Flordemayo maintains a seed bank and holds gatherings to further educate and raise awareness of the importance of seeds. For without these seeds of the Earth in the hands of the people our future would be threatened. Flordemayo travels our beautiful Mother Earth to share her teachings and healing gifts, inspiring and fostering more spiritual understanding among people, so that all people may unite as one. Flordemayo is now formally recognized as the keeper of her family’s sacred staff which has been passed down for 12 generations. She works as a healer/curandera and considers her Mayan heritage a keystone of her work.
Learn more at grandmotherflordemayo.com.
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
Author and Scholar in Residence at National Council of Jewish Women
Applying Traditional Jewish Wisdom to Modern Cultural HarmsRead Bio
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is an award-winning author and writer. She was named by Newsweek as a “rabbi to watch,” a “faith leader to watch” by the Center for American Progress, and has been a Washington Post Sunday crossword clue (83 Down). Her newest book, On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World has been hailed by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley as “A must-read for anyone navigating the work of justice and healing.” and by the author Rebecca Solnit as “brilliant.” She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Salon, Time, and many other publications.
Some of her seven other books include Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration; Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting; Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion; The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism. She serves as Scholar in Residence at the National Council of Jewish Women, where she organizes the Jewish community to fight for a more just world for everyone, particularly around reproductive freedom.
Learn more at www.danyaruttenberg.net.
Andrea Pennington, MD, C.Ac.
Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Facilitator, Creator of The Cornerstone Process and the Attunement Meditation
Integrated Approaches to Healing Collective WoundingRead Bio
Andrea Pennington, MD, C.Ac.
Dr. Andrea Pennington is an integrative physician, acupuncturist, and bestselling author. She is the founder of the online holistic health platform, In8Vitality, which integrates ancient wisdom with modern neuroscience and conscious media. With over two decades of medical practice specializing in trauma recovery, addiction medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and acupuncture, Dr. Andrea has provided medical services, workshops, and retreats to help thousands of people build resilience, reclaim vitality after burnout, recover from Adverse Childhood Experiences and nurture real self-love in order to thrive in all areas of life.
After years of running a successful Intensive Outpatient Program for binge eating disorder, Dr. Andrea developed The Cornerstone Process, a proven bio-psycho-social-spiritual model for healing trauma and facilitating conscious evolution. This 5-step holistic framework, which has been taught all around the world, provides a process for self-guided or group-led recovery from developmental and intergenerational trauma and adverse childhood experiences. It serves as the foundation for building resilience and integrating insights gleaned from sacred ceremonies, psychotherapy, and personal development work.
The Cornerstone Process is used in Dr. Andrea’s Psychedelic Assisted Therapy preparation and integration programs, which she offers in person and online in the HERO Collective, along with her signature LifeWriting program which empowers you to heal your inner child, reprogram your subconscious mind, transform from victim to hero, and rewrite your life story.
As a sought-after media personality for over twenty years, Dr. Andrea has shared her empowering wellness advice on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Dr. Oz Show, iTV This Morning, CNN, the Today Show, LUXE-TV, Thrive Global, and as a news anchor for Discovery Health Channel.
Dr. Andrea’s most recent TEDx explores the winding path she took to escape depression and arrive at unconditional self-acceptance, featuring her performance of an original song, “I Love You, Me”.
Artistic Director, Theater of War Productions
Greek Theater as a Radical Forum for Communalizing and Healing TraumaRead Bio
Bryan Doerries is a New York-based writer, director, and translator who currently serves as Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions, a company that presents dramatic readings of seminal plays and texts to frame community conversations about pressing issues of public health and social justice.
A self-described evangelist for ancient stories and their relevance to our lives today, Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal from trauma and loss. Doerries’ books include The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today, The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan, All That You’ve Seen Here is God, and Oedipus Trilogy.
Among his awards, he has received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Kenyon College, was named Public Artist in Residence for the City of New York, and was recently elected a Hastings Center Fellow.
For more information about his work, please visit: www.theaterofwar.com.
Co-Founder, Re-Earth Initiative
Collective Action, Youth Movements, and Anti-Colonial Activism in the Fight Against Climate ChangeRead Bio
Xiye Bastida is a climate justice activist who advocates for the centering of frontline communities in climate policy. She is an organizer for Fridays For Future NYC and during the 2019 climate strikes, she helped mobilize up to 300,000 people. In 2020, she co-founded Re-Earth Initiative, a youth-led climate justice education organization. As a public speaker and writer, she advocates for youth and Indigenous rights, and highlights the intersectionality of the climate crisis. She currently attends the University of Pennsylvania where she is pursuing a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in policy.
Learn more about Xiye and her work at xiyebeara.com.
Dr. Malvika Iyer
Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer, President Awardee, Activist, and Model
Disability Rights Activism: Recovery, Resilience, and HopeRead Bio
Dr. Malvika Iyer
Dr. Malvika Iyer is an award-winning disability rights activist with a doctorate in social work. She is the recipient of the highest civilian honor for women from the President of India.
Dr. Iyer’s powerful and uplifting speeches and her pioneering work have bought her numerous accolades and acclaim across the globe, including a standing ovation for her motivational talk at the United Nations, the “Women in the World” Emerging Leaders Award in association with The New York Times, and she’s co-chair of the World Economic Forum India Economic Summit.
Her story is one of courage and determination. She has come a long way from surviving a gruesome bomb blast at the age of 13 that blew off her arms and severely damaged her legs, to inspiring millions of people to forget their limitations and take on the world with confidence and hope.
She has been the subject of over 300 international newspaper articles, TV interviews, books and magazines, earning her a spot among the 100 Change Agents and Newsmakers of the Decade.
She has given keynote speeches and TED talks, and conducted workshops and seminars on resilience, breaking barriers, growth mindset, positive self-talk, body positivity, and overcoming adversity.
Learn more about Dr. Malvika and her work at malvikaiyer.com.
Anyieth M. D’Awol, LLM
Founder and Director of the Roots Project and Faculty at the Centre for Mind Body Medicine
The Roots Project: Lessons From the Conflict Trauma of South SudanRead Bio
Anyieth M. D’Awol, LLM
Anyieth D’Awol is a human rights lawyer from South Sudan. She worked with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan as a Human Rights officer and a Policy Officer on Rule of Law and Security Sector Reform with a donor consortium between 2005-2009. In 2009, she founded the Roots Project, a women’s non-profit with three missions; income generation for women through the preservation of traditional beadwork to foster peaceful relations amongst South Sudanese tribal groups. The organization continues to support 120 women from 22 ethnic groups. In 2014, Anyieth joined a coalition of women’s rights activists and is a founding member of the ‘Every Woman Treaty’ advocating for a treaty on violence against women. Anyieth is the co-founder and Director of Trauma Healing with the ‘Remembering the Ones We Lost’ (ROWL) initiative that documents the names of victims of South Sudan’s conflicts since 1955 in an online database. She is a Faculty Member with the CMBM. Through CMBM, she has trained groups and individuals on self-awareness and trauma reduction in Central Asia, Kenya, South Sudan, Mozambique, Ukraine, and the US.
Learn more at rootsofsouthsudan.org.
Elana Newman, PhD
McFarlin Professor of Psychology, University of Tulsa, Research Director Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Addressing Trauma at the Systemic Level in JournalismRead Bio
Elana Newman, PhD
Elana Newman, PhD is the McFarlin Professor of Psychology at The University of Tulsa, Research Director at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and Co-Director of The University of Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity, and Injustice. She is a journalist ally and PTSD/traumatic stress expert. She has researched a variety of topics throughout her career bringing breadth and depth to all her work. Her past work has examined the physical and psychological effects of trauma exposure upon adults and children (including the meaning of such events,) research ethics in studying trauma survivors, and the developmental impact of prenatal substance abuse exposure. Currently, her research examines journalists’ occupational health, the framing of news, and disaster interventions for children. She is also a skilled clinician and trainer in a wide range of trauma-related therapies and disaster interventions across the lifespan, and co-editor of the book Trauma Therapy in Context.
Currently, she provides training about trauma science, interviewing survivors, self-care, resilience, interpersonal violence, disaster mental health, occupational health, online harassment, and trauma-related newsroom practices to journalists. Newman is a past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.
Co-Founder of Combatants for Peace and Middle East Initiatives, Peace Activist, Public Speaker, and Author
Bridge Building and the Power of Storytelling for ChangeRead Bio
Sulaiman Khatib was born in Hizmeh, just outside Jerusalem, and currently lives in Ramallah. He is a Board Member of the Middle East Initiatives and is a Co-Founder and former Co-Director of Combatants for Peace (CfP).
Sulaiman was the Founder and General Director of Al-Qud’s Association for Democracy and Dialogue, which he founded with fellow Palestinian peace activists in 2005. Al-Qud’s worked with youth in order to create effective and sustainable programming focused on the promotion of peace, democracy, dialogue, and civic participation in the Palestinian Territories.
At the age of 14, Sulaiman was sentenced to 15 years in prison and served a term of 10.5 years. He spent his time in jail learning about history, Hebrew, English, and about other world conflicts and peace activists. He is a committed advocate for peace in the Middle East, and an active member of various programs aiming to promote a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Sulaiman and Chen Alon, another co-founder of CfP, were nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 and 2018. Sulaiman starred alongside fellow CfP activists in “Disturbing the Peace,” an award-winning film detailing the origins of the Combatants for Peace movement, released in 2016.
Sulaiman is the author of In This Place Together: A Palestinian’s Journey to Collective Liberation, alongside co-author Penina Eilberg-Schwartz. The work chronicles the powerful experiences that led him to dedicate his life to joint nonviolence, through encountering the deep injustice of torture, witnessing the power of hunger strikes, and studying Jewish history.
Learn more about Sulaiman and his work at cfpeace.org/sulaiman-khatib.
Co-Founder of Visioning XRUK, Co Liberation, and Being the Change
Catalyzing Collective Healing Through Climate Activism: Lessons From the Extinction Rebellion MovementRead Bio
Skeena is of Sufi Kashmiri lineage. She’s a mother of 3 girls and married into a Jewish family. Her Father introduced her to community organizing at the age of 9. At 15 she found racial and social justice work and at 17 she stood for her first election for political office. In the endeavor for understanding what is breaking our hearts (OPEN) she holds 18 qualifications in psycho-sensory and neuro-developmental healing and trauma integration. She sits as Global Chair of Activism for The Restorative Practices Alliance. She is the Co-Founder of the Vision and Guardianship of Extinction Rebellion and the Co-Founder of Co Liberation – becoming free together and Being The Change. Her present moment call is “For the mothering principle in heart coherence to guide a paradigmatic shift in; relationship, activating; repair, resistance, adaptation and earth democracy towards ‘great healings’ and ‘great reconciliations’ of our mother earth and all that she has born in beauty and unconditional love including the human family.
Anti-Racism Trainer and Advisor, Author, and Podcaster
Confronting the Individual, Transgenerational, and Collective Trauma of RacismRead Bio
Tupoka Ogette was born in Leipzig in 1980, the daughter of a Tanzanian student of agriculture and a German student of mathematics. Shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, her mother emigrated with her to West Berlin, where she lived until she graduated from high school. She holds a master’s degree in African Studies and German as a Foreign Language from the University of Leipzig and a master’s degree in International Business from the Graduate School of Grenoble. Since 2012, Tupoka has worked nationwide as a consultant and trainer in the field of racism critique. In this capacity, she leads workshops and trainings in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, appears as a speaker, and advises teams and organizations. Her manual published in March 2017 “exit RACISM. Learning to Think Critically of Racism” is a SPIEGEL bestseller. In 2019, Tupoka was named one of the 25 most influential women of the year by Edition F magazine. SPIEGEL Online included her as one of ten women in its educational canon on theory and politics. In 2021, About You named her “Idol of The Year.” She lives in Berlin with her husband; artist and sculptor Stephen Lawson, and their children. Most recently, she published her book “And Now You. Living Critically of Racism.”
Learn more about Tupoka and her work at tupoka.de.
Celina de Sola
Co-founder and President of Glasswing
Building Trauma Sensitive Communities of Emotional WellbeingRead Bio
Celina de Sola
Celina is co-founder of Glasswing, a Salvadoran organization that addresses the root causes and consequences of poverty, violence, and trauma, through public education, health, and community empowerment initiatives in 10 countries. Glasswing catalyzes unlikely collaborations between government, business, and community groups – building a new culture of shared responsibility and fostering long-term sustainable change. Celina has over 25 years of experience in international development and social change. She’s worked as a crisis interventionist for Latino immigrants in the US, has been a consultant for international organizations, and spent almost 6 years leading responses to complex humanitarian emergencies including Liberia, Darfur, Afghanistan, Iraq, as well as the tsunami in Indonesia. She is an Audacious Project and Skoll Awardee, a Fellow of the Obama Foundation and Ashoka, a Tallberg Global Leader, and recently did a TED Talk. She serves on the Advisory Council of the InterAmerican Foundation, on the Boards of several Latin American foundations, and holds master’s degrees in public health and social work.
Learn more at www.glasswing.org.
Author, Workplace Mental Health Expert, Public Speaker, and Journalist
Navigating Trauma and Moral Injury in an Unforgiving Media LandscapeRead Bio
Dean is a no-nonsense old journalist. He’s just finished writing a book about healing from PTSD and moral injury. It’s set around Ward 17, a Melbourne psych unit that treats veterans and first responders. Pan Macmillan Australia will publish the book in 2023. In the meantime, Dean has launched the next stage of his New Narrative: putting into practice what he’s learned from six years of writing the book; three Ward 17 admissions; three years as head of mental health at Reuters, and two decades as a foreign correspondent for the company.
Before the mental health role, Dean was a journalist, bureau chief, and senior editor at Reuters for 23 years, covering the Bali bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami in Indonesia’s Aceh province. He was bureau chief in Iraq when a U.S. Apache gunship killed two Reuters journalists in Baghdad on July 12, 2007. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange published footage of that attack in April 2010, shocking millions around the world.
Dean lives in the village of Evandale in Tasmania with his life partner Mary and their three children; Patrick, Belle, and Harry, and a motley bunch of pets: three dogs, three cats, seven sheep, two goats, and 10 chooks.
Learn more at deanyates.com.au/.
Tamala Floyd, LCSW-BACS
Psychotherapist, Internal Family Systems Trainer, and Consultant
Healing Transgenerational Legacy Burdens Through Internal Family Systems WorkRead Bio
Tamala Floyd, LCSW-BACS has over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist working with children, families, and women with trauma histories. She has expertise in childhood sexual abuse, women’s sexual trauma, and domestic violence. Tamala has worked in various settings including schools, criminal justice, hospitals, mental health agencies, and private practice. She is an Internal Family Systems trainer and consultant. Tamala also provides business coaching to women entrepreneurs and therapists to assist in building successful businesses and practices by overcoming mindset blocks. She has authored a chapter in “Fiercely Speaking,” entitled “Healing the Wounded Mother,” and a chapter in an upcoming book entitled, “Internal Family Systems Therapy: Supervision and Consultation.” The chapter focuses on IFS consultation with BIPOC therapists.
Founder of Sounds True, Author of Being True: What Matters Most in Work, Life, and Love
Work as a Form of Ministry: Sounds True and the Conscious Business MovementRead Bio
In 1985, at 22 years of age, Tami Simon founded Sounds True, a multi-media publishing company dedicated to disseminating spiritual wisdom. As a pioneer in mindful living and the conscious business movement, she focuses on leading with authenticity and heart. Tami hosts a popular weekly podcast called “Insights at the Edge,” where she has interviewed many of today’s leading spiritual teachers, delving deeply into their discoveries and personal experiences on their own journeys. With Sounds True, she has released the audio program Being True: What Matters Most in Work, Life, and Love. Tami lives with her wife of nearly twenty years, Julie M. Kramer, and their two spoodles, Raspberry and Bula, in Boulder Colorado.
Learn more about Tami and her work at soundstrue.com.
Dr. Gail Bradbrook
Co-Founder of Extinction Rebellion
Dr. Gail Bradbrook
Dr. Gail Bradbrook has been researching, planning and training for mass civil disobedience since 2010 and is a co-founder of the social movement Extinction Rebellion (XR), which has spread internationally since its launch in October 2018: there are more than 1150 XR groups in 75 countries. Gail has been arrested several times for acts of civil disobedience, and for these actions she faces a potential jail sentence of up to 10 years. She has trained in molecular biophysics, and her talk on the science of the ecological crisis, the psychology of active participation, and the need for civil disobedience has gone viral and inspired many to join XR. She is from Yorkshire, the mother of two boys, the daughter of a coal miner, and was named by GQ as one of the top 50 influencers in the UK, and honoured in a Women’s Hour Power list for her part in instigating a rebellion against the British Government. Learn more at extinctionrebellion.uk/.
Musician, Human Rights Activist, and Founder of Cambodian Living Arts
Cambodian Living Arts and the Power of Music to Teach, Unify, and HealRead Bio
Born into a family of arts, Arn grew up in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime. Sent to a child labor camp and forced to play propaganda music during that period, he was later adopted by Reverend Peter Pond and moved to Vermont, USA. In the 1990s, he returned to Cambodia to be a part of the movement of rebuilding the country. One of the projects he started was to support master artists who had survived the Khmer Rouge regime to start teaching music in their communities. This small project has grown to become Cambodian Living Arts, which more than 20 years later is one of the leading arts organizations in Cambodia.
Learn more at www.cambodianlivingarts.org.
International Artist and Professor at Bezalel Academy
Navigating the Shadows of Collective Trauma Within Artistic ExpressionRead Bio
Yehudit Sasportas is one of the most prominent and prolific Israeli artists working in the local and international art scene today. Her work is focused on site-specific installations, which include sculptures, drawings, video, and sound works, and calls for an intense and overwhelming sensory experience. Her installations have gone through a process of adapting and responding to the architecture of various museum spaces while forming into artworks that present a new way of reading architecture itself, as well as the wider cultural context it was created in.
Her sculptural installations deal with a fascinating correspondence taking place between subconscious materials, unspoken and unseen, and the way these layers of information activate conscious areas across the surface. Sasportas’ Active Consciousness films, which were made over the course of more than seven years, present relatively simple actions, yet such that provoke a deep and condensed discussion about the manner in which we experience, understand, and project our own personal stories onto reality. This series as well as others have brought Sasportas’ works to receive meaningful recognition as an artist with clear political relevance.
Sasportas represented Israel in the 2007 Venice Biennial and has presented more than ten international museum solo exhibitions during the last decade, in venues such as The Arter Museum, Istanbul, The Kunsthalle Basel, The Berkley Museum of Art, San Francisco, The Kunstverein Braunschweig, DA2 Domus Atrium, Salamanca, and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
Sasportas is a senior professor at the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem. She works in Tel Aviv and Berlin and is also a lecturer at the International Academy of Consciousness and Evolution (Germany and the US.)
Writer, Mindfulness Teacher, and Performance Artist
Climate Grief as an Invitation to Meet the SacredRead Bio
Nico Cary (he/him) is a dharma and medicine path practitioner, mindfulness teacher, writer, and performance artist. He received his BA from UC Berkeley’s Interdisciplinary Studies Field School, specializing in cognitive linguistics. He is a Garrison Institute Fellow, and currently his multimedia installations on collective grieving processes have been featured at the Smithsonian and as a part of The Healing Project at Yerba Center for the Arts in San Francisco. While engaged in a deeply fulfilling artistic career, Nico also proudly serves as a mindfulness facilitator for InsightLA. He is interested in the many different vocabularies of healing and the holding capacity of mindfulness, particularly as it relates to embodied activism and creative ecosystems.
Falling and Folding: Grounding the Ghost of Disembodied InformationRead Bio
Katja Strunz (*1970, Germany) is an international artist who lives and works in Berlin. Her work revolves around the intertwining of time, space, and movement. Memory and trauma play a central role, as well as the idea of pausing to perceive oneself – physically and psychologically. The phenomenon of folding runs through all her genres and stands metaphorically for a kind of post-traumatic compression of space and time, the collapse of here and there, of now and then. Constructed splinters and corners, fallen, folded triangles and spaces seem like fragments blown out by force. However, her work suggests a dual metaphor of blindness encompassing both: the negative connotation of lost vision and a potentially new way of seeing and unfolding process. This approach manifests in her three-dimensional sculptural works and installations, and in her works on paper, which include collages and pulp paintings.
Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at venues such as the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Camden Arts Centre in London, and the Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld. She participated in the 30th. Sao Paulo Biennale; the 55th. Carnegie International in Pittsburgh and in numerous group exhibitions at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; Guangong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Kunsthalle Basel; among others.
Learn more at www.katjastrunz.com/.
Being a Good Ancestor: Accessing the Courage to Follow a Path of Joy and BeautyRead Bio
Camille Seaman (Shinnecock, born 1969, Huntington, New York) makes photographs with a concentration on the fragile and fleeting Polar regions, creating landscape photography on the verge of portraiture as each iceberg appears to have its own spirit and personality. These stunning and intimate images break down any notions of separation between humans and nature. Born to a Native American father and African American mother, Camille’s sense of connection with landscape stems from growing up on Long Island and in New York City, not far from the Shinnecock Indian Nation. Her grandfather taught her how the Shinnecock saw the natural world, a knowledge and reverence vital to her international practice. Of her polar work, Seaman says, “I’m just there to press the shutter. I understand that it’s a calling. Sometimes I’m weeping as I take the picture because I feel like this is all I can do: push this button.”
Learn more about Camille and her work at camilleseaman.com.
Consultant and Faculty, Wolf Willow Institute for Systems Learning
Systems Sensing for a New CivilizationRead Bio
Melanie is Anishinaabe (Ojibway), moose clan, from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and Ketetgaunseebee First Nations. She is a systems and complexity scholar using a relational systems thinking approach at the nexus of multiple worldviews.
Learn more at melaniegoodchild.com.
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, PhD
Author and Educator
Racial Literacy and the Humility to See the World DifferentlyRead Bio
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, PhD
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, PhD is an Associate Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research has appeared in several top-tier academic journals. She is co-editor of four books and is co-author of Advancing Racial Literacies in Teacher Education: Activism for Equity in Digital Spaces where she examines her concept of “Archeology of Self” in education. At Teachers College, she is founder of the Racial Literacy Roundtables Series where for twelve years national scholars, teachers, and students facilitate conversations around race and other issues involving diversity.
Yolanda appeared in Spike Lee’s “2 Fists Up: We Gon’ Be Alright” (2016,) a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Love from the Vortex & Other Poems, was published in March 2020. Her sophomore book of poetry, The Peace Chronicles, was published in July, 2021.
Learn more at yolandasealeyruiz.com
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Epigenetics and the Need for Trauma Education in JournalismRead Bio
Professor Feinstein’s research relates to the study of journalists in conflict situations. He has published a series of studies exploring the psychological effects of conflict on journalists covering the Balkans, Iraq, Mexico, Syria, Kenya, Iran, Afghanistan, the refugee crisis in Europe, and the aftermath of the 9/11 attack on New York City.
He is the author of In Conflict (New Namibia Books, 1998), Dangerous Lives: War and the Men and Women Who Report it (Thomas Allen, Toronto 2003), Journalists Under Fire: the Psychological Hazards of Covering War (John Hopkins University Press, 2006), Battle Scarred (Tafelberg Press, 2011) and Shooting War (Glitterati Editions, 2018.) He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has authored many book chapters. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship to study mental health issues in post-apartheid Namibia and a Peabody award for producing a documentary, “Under Fire” based on his research of journalists in war zones.
Learn more about Professor Feinstein’s work here.
Clinical Social Worker, Psychosocial Specialist at Doctors Without Borders
Wellness as a Form of ResistanceRead Bio
Athena Viscusi, LCSW has been working in international humanitarian aid since 2010, and previously worked in Washington DC, providing mental health care to immigrants and refugees. She has directed mental health and psychosocial interventions for Doctors Without Borders in response to natural disasters such as earthquakes, epidemics, and man-made disasters such as war and genocide. Currently she provides emotional support to front line staff in humanitarian projects. Her pro-bono work includes forensic examinations, and evaluations for asylum applicants.
Learn more at www.doctorswithoutborders.org/.
Founder, DJ, and Doctoral Student
The Joy of Hip-Hop and Sound as Art, Science, and MedicineRead Bio
Justis Lopez (also known as DJ Faro) is the founder and Chief Enthusiasm Officer (CEO) of Just Experience LLC, an organization that strives to educate, entertain, and empower communities across the world. As a community organizer, he focuses on ways to create spaces of radical joy, justice, and healing through Hip-Hop and the arts. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Harvard in Educational Leadership, and recently completed his master’s degree in Education Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania where he focused on creating Joy Labs with Project Happyvism. He began his career as a high school social studies teacher in his hometown of Manchester, CT, and has served as a middle school and high school teacher in the Bronx, NY. When Justis isn’t teaching he can be found DJing or dancing down the street. He enjoys long hikes, funfetti cupcakes, and long walks on the beach.
Learn more about Justis and his work at www.projecthappyvism.com/.
Founder and Director, Loka Initiative
Filling Our Wells of Resilience: Contemplative Solutions to Eco-Anxiety and Climate CrisisRead Bio
Dekila Chungyalpa is the founder and director of the Loka Initiative, a capacity-building and outreach platform at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for faith leaders and culture keepers of Indigenous traditions who work on environmental and climate issues. Its mission is to support faith-led environmental and climate action efforts, locally and around the world, through collaborations on project design and management, capacity-building, training, media, and public outreach. Dekila began her career in 2001 working on community-based conservation in the Himalayas and went on to work on climate adaptation and free-flowing rivers in the Mekong region for the World Wildlife Fund in 2004.
In 2008, she helped establish Khoryug, an association of over 50 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries implementing environmental projects across the Himalayas. In 2009, Dekila founded and led WWF Sacred Earth, a 5-year pilot program that built partnerships with faith leaders and religious institutions towards conservation and climate results in the Amazon, East Africa, Himalayas, Mekong, and the United States. She received the prestigious Yale McCluskey Award in 2014 for her innovative work with faith leaders and moved to the Yale School of Environmental Studies as an associate research scientist, where she researched, lectured, and designed the prototype for what is now the Loka Initiative.
Dekila is originally from the Himalayan state of Sikkim in northeast India and is of Bhutia origin. She is the daughter of the late Tsunma Dechen Zangmo, a Tibetan Buddhist nun and teacher. She speaks five languages: Sikkimese, Tibetan, Nepali, Hindi, and English.
Learn more about Dekila and her work at centerhealthyminds.org/programs/loka-initiative.
Co-Director, Social Presencing Theater and Co-Founder of Presencing Institute
Inviting Body Wisdom to Guide Through Stuckness to HealthRead Bio
Arawana heads the creation of Social Presencing Theater (SPT) for the Presencing Institute. Working with Otto Scharmer and colleagues, she brings her background in the arts, meditation, and social justice to creating “social presencing” that makes visible both current reality and emerging future possibilities for individuals and groups. Arawana’s pioneering work as a choreographer, performer and educator is deeply sourced in collaborative improvisation.
Her dance career ranges from directing an interracial street dance company formed by the Boston Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs in the aftermath of the 1968 murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, to being one of the foremost performers of Japanese Court Dance, bugaku, in the US. She has been Co-Director of the Dance Program at Naropa University, Boulder, CO; and founder-director of two contemporary dance companies in Cambridge, MA.
She is currently on the core faculty of the Presencing Institute. She joins Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer for the Executive Champions Program co-hosted by the Presencing Institute and the Center for Systems Awareness. She co-hosts social arts residencies with Claudia Madrazo and Ricardo Dutra in Mexico, and joins Michael Stubberup and Ninni Sodahl for the Sustainable Co-Creation program in Denmark. She co-teaches with Phil Cass in the Physicians Leadership program in Columbus, Ohio.
Learn more at arawanahayashi.com
Dr. Arielle Schwartz
Founder of Resilience Informed Therapy, Psychologist, Author, Speaker, and Yoga Teacher
Therapeutic Yoga: An Embodied Healing Collective JourneyRead Bio
Dr. Arielle Schwartz
Arielle Schwartz, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, internationally sought-out teacher, yoga instructor, and leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma. She is the author of six books, including The Complex PTSD Treatment Manual, EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology, The Post Traumatic Growth Guidebook, and Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery. Dr. Schwartz guides therapists in the application of EMDR, somatic psychology, parts work therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions for the treatment of trauma. She has a depth of understanding, passion, kindness, compassion, joy, and a succinct way of speaking about very complex topics. She is the founder of the Center for Resilience Informed Therapy in Boulder, Colorado where she maintains a private practice providing psychotherapy, supervision, and consultation. With over twenty years as a therapeutic yoga teacher, Dr. Schwartz believes that the journey of trauma recovery is an awakening of the spiritual heart.
Learn more at drarielleschwartz.com.
Master Mingtong Gu
Founder, The Chi Center
Healing Qigong for IntegrationRead Bio
Master Mingtong Gu
Master Gu shares his joyous teachings and extensive master skills to train your ability to expand wisdom and energy. Born and raised in China, Master Gu received extensive Qigong training under Grandmaster Pang at the largest Qigong medicine-less hospital in China. He has mastered the unique ability to lead the collective energy field to accelerate personal and global healing. Named The Qigong Master of the Year by the World Congress for Qigong and TCM, Mingtong Gu leads retreats and workshops internationally with tens of thousands of people. Master Gu is the author of key books and the Pure Qi Online series that translate the ancient teachings of Wisdom Healing Qigong for contemporary times.
Master Gu is on faculty for Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, 1440 Multiversity, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and the Shift Network. He has been a keynote presenter at Institute of Noetic Science (IONS), Wisdom 2.0, US Journal Training, PBS, and the Festival of Faiths. He has additionally spoken at VISA, GOOGLE, Mile Hi, and the Energy Psychology Conference. He founded the Chi Center, a beautiful 79 acre retreat center located 20 minutes south of Santa Fe, to bring Qigong wisdom to benefit others, based on his success working with all ages and many physical and emotional challenges.
Learn more about Master Mingtong and The Chi Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong at www.chicenter.com.
Movement Mentor, Founder of Golden Bridge and Golden Girls Global
A Moving Journey: Dancing the Edge from CenterRead Bio
Melissa Michaels, Ed.D. Soul midwife, educator, and artist, Melissa is the Founder/Director of Golden Bridge and Golden Girls Global — two not-for-profit initiatives dedicated to improving and empowering the lives of diverse people through body-centered initiatory experiences, mentoring, and community action. Her body of work includes the book, Youth on Fire: Birthing a Generation of Embodied Global Leaders; online moving journeys, including Thresholds; as well as her video narratives of resilient people and communities mobilizing around the world. Melissa’s award-winning film, Twisted Gift, shares her dancing journey through late-stage ovarian cancer into health.
For the past 35 years, Melissa has been creating movement-based, cross-cultural educational opportunities to unleash the potential that is available at major life transitions. Her work somatically supports people as they navigate through the narrow passageways of these challenging times. This body of work grew from her decades of guiding traumatized young people from self to soul to service through dance-based rites of passage experiences. More than 60 of these young people are now certified SomaSource leaders — activists, artists, healers, and educators — creating new ways to work within some of the most marginalized communities around the world.
Melissa is devoted to our collective sustainability through the liberation of the creative spirit. Learn more about her work at goldenbridge.org
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Host, Teacher, Author of Healing Collective Trauma, and Founder of the Academy of Inner ScienceRead Bio
His non-profit organization, the Pocket Project, works to support the healing of collective trauma throughout the world. He is the author of the book Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds. Learn more online at thomashuebl.com
Dr. Laura Calderón de la Barca
Host, Psychotherapist, Cultural Analyst, and Collective Healing ResearcherRead Bio
Dr. Laura Calderón de la Barca
Dr. Laura Calderón de la Barca is a psychotherapist, cultural analyst, author and educator. She has a passion for supporting people, individually and as part of a community, to live life to the fullest, and does so through her psychotherapeutic and counselling work with individuals, couples and groups over the last 14 years. She also provides professional training, educational material, research and has offered presentations on various national media in Mexico and Canada. Besides degrees in Literature and Linguistics (BAHons), Discourse Analysis (MA) and Social, Community and Organizational Studies, (PhD, Chaos and complexity theories applied to social healing) Laura holds diplomas as Narrative Therapist (from the Latin American Institute of Family Studies, Mexico City), Anger Management Specialist (with Moose Anger Management in Vancouver, Canada) and Intuitive Integral Psychotherapist and Trainer from the Masters Center for Transformation (Ashland, Oregon). She studies with Thomas Hübl since 2016, graduated from the first Pocket Project training, has participated in the last three Collective Trauma Summits as a panelist and then a host, facilitated the Latin-American, Mexican and Colombia Collective Trauma Exploration Labs, and hosts BIPOC spaces in courses offered by Thomas. Beside her PhD thesis, a written psychotherapeutic prototype session for Mexico, she edited a pioneering book on Collective healing with Maurizio Andolfi (The Oaxaca Book, Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia, Roma: 2008), and has been active in the field of collective healing since 2004.
Host, Executive Coach, Facilitator of Transformation Fields, and Purpose ConsultantRead Bio
Robin Alfred has been studying with Thomas for over 14 years. He is a Senior Student and has had the honour and delight of serving as a mentor on many of Thomas’s online courses and of being one of the co-hosts of each of the three previous Online Trauma Summits. Robin’s passion is to support individual and collective awakening through the embodiment of the timeless, and yet contemporary, mystical teachings that Thomas offers. He practices this in his work as an executive coach, leadership trainer, event facilitator and organisational consultant, all of which have a global reach. He describes his purpose as ‘the facilitation of transformational and healing fields’ – be this in individuals, groups or organisations. Born into a Jewish family, with refugee grandparents who suffered the trauma of persecution in Russia and Poland, Robin has now lived for 27 years in the Findhorn ecovillage and spiritual community in Scotland and studied with a Sufi master for 6 years before meeting Thomas. Robin is a lover of silence, poetry, nature and all things sustainable.
Host, Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Associate Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health InnovationRead Bio
Ruby Mendenhall is the Lee Dallenbauch Professor of Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Gender and Women’s Studies and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ruby is an Associate Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. She is the founder of the Designing Resiliency and Well-being Maker Lab Node at the college of medicine. She is the co-developer of Designing Spaces of Hope: Interiors and Exteriors and the Community Healing and Resistance through Storytelling frameworks. Her research examines Black mothers’ resiliency and spirituality, and how living in racially segregated neighborhoods with high levels of violence affects their mental and physical health. She is currently directing the STEM Illinois Nobel Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, which provides unprecedented access to computer science and the training of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Citizen/Community Scientists (CSs). Recent grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will also support work around training CHWs and CSs. She is the co-creator of the Wellness Store, which seeks to create a culture of health. Ruby discusses her vision for healing in her TEDxUIUC talk entitled DREAMing and Designing Spaces of Hope in a “Hidden America”. Website: https://afro.illinois.edu/
Host, CEO of the Pocket Project, Former CEO of the Global Ecovillage NetworkRead Bio
Kosha Anja Joubert serves as CEO of the Pocket Project, dedicated to restoring a fragmented world by addressing and integrating ancestral and collective trauma. She holds an MSc in Organisational Development, is an international facilitator, author, coach and consultant, and has worked extensively in the fields of sustainable development, community engagement and intercultural collaboration. Kosha grew up in South Africa under Apartheid and has been dedicated to the healing of divides and transformational edge-work ever since. She has authored several books and received the Dadi Janki Award (2017) for engaging spirituality in life and work and the One World Award (2018) for her work in building the Global Ecovillage Network to a worldwide movement reaching out to over 6000 communities on all continents. Learn more here.
Dr. Angel Acosta
Host and Principal Consultant at Acosta ConsultingRead Bio
Dr. Angel Acosta
For the last decade, Dr. Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. With a doctorate degree in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Acosta has supported educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explored healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development.
After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, Dr. Acosta began consulting and developing learning experiences that weave leadership development with conversations about inequality and healing, to support educational leaders through contemplative and restorative practices. As a former trustee for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, he participated as a speaker and discussant at the Asia Pacific Forum on Holistic Education in Kyoto, Japan. He continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University and others. Over the last couple of years, he has designed the Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience–a contemplative journey to understand structural inequality. He’s a proud member of the 400 Years of Inequality Project, based at the New School. Learn more at www.drangelacosta.com
Poetry Curator and Host, Somatic Healing Practitioner and Group FacilitatorRead Bio
Anna is a somatic healing practitioner, group facilitator, and a lover of poetry and movement arts that open a path toward what is most essential. She has a deep passion for the mystery and precision of individual and collective trauma healing and restoration. Anna’s work is deeply informed by 10 years of study and work with Thomas Hübl, her immersion as an assistant facilitator in Bloodline Healing (an ancestral healing modality), and her study of Somatic Experiencing Trauma Healing. She bows to the poets, myth-tellers, musicians, healers, teachers, dancers, artists and wild creatures who have blessed her path and woven their magic into who she has become. Anna is a senior student of Thomas Hübl and an assistant and mentor for the current Timeless Wisdom Training. She is delighted to serve for the third year as the Collective Trauma Summit Poetry Curator.
Host, Journalist, and Author of Aftershock: Fighting War, Surviving Trauma, and Finding PeaceRead Bio
Matthew is a journalist and author of Aftershock: Fighting War, Surviving Trauma, and Finding Peace, a book documenting how military veterans and their families are exploring new ways to heal from PTSD. He has reported from across Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and is now focused on understanding the relationship between climate change and collective trauma. Matthew is a student in the Timeless Wisdom Training with Thomas Hübl. He writes a weekly newsletter on healing collective trauma called Resonant World.
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