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Climate Talks

We are pleased to present the following climate-focused speaker talks as part of The Pocket Project’s participation in COP27. These talks will be available from Nov. 6 – 18, 2022.

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  • Climate Change as a Journey to the Heart

    Christiana Figueres

    Co-host of the Climate Podcast Outrage and Optimism and Former UN Climate Chief

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    Warning: this important conversation includes a brief mention of animals killed in fires. Please consider whether this may be disturbing to you. If you anticipate this topic to be too triggering for you to hear about and effectively process on your own, we recommend you choose not to listen.

    Highlights from this session:
    • The aspects of collective trauma that impact climate change
    • The value of emergence and collective wisdom in the construction of the Paris Agreement
    • How climate change is a collective healing process that mirrors the individual path of transformation
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    “This collective pain, and this doom and gloom that so many people speak of, how can that not be the portal toward an elevated existence of humankind on this planet?” – Christiana Figueres

    Christiana Figueres

    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/.

  • Being a Good Ancestor: Accessing the Courage to Follow a Path of Joy and Beauty

    Camille Seaman

    Polar Photographer

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    Highlights from this session:
    • Learning to surf and surrender to the rhythms of fear, challenge, and change
    • The role of an artist and storm chaser to tell the story of a place and a moment
    • Countering a culture of distraction and hyper-activation with the Indigenous practices of listening, observing, and stillness
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    “When I’m standing in front of an iceberg or a person or any entity on this planet…I feel it’s my responsibility to tell the story of that place, that moment.” – Camille Seaman

    Camille Seaman

    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.

  • Collective Action, Youth Movements, and Anti-Colonial Activism in the Fight Against Climate Change

    Xiye Bastida

    Co-Founder, Re-Earth Initiative

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    Highlights from this session:
    • How patriarchy, individualism, and racism contribute to climate change
    • The necessity of collective action to affect climate change
    • The ability of the youth to influence those in power and inspire other youth
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    “Young people can run faster, and adults know the way.” – Xiye Bastida

    Xiye Bastida

    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.

  • Filling Our Wells of Resilience: Contemplative Solutions to Eco-Anxiety and Climate Crisis

    Dekila Chungyalpa

    Founder and Director, Loka Initiative

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    Highlights from this session:
    • Healing from the natural response of eco-anxiety through community action, contemplative practice, and reconnecting with nature
    • Engaging religions as allies that can infuse the sacred into science and activate collective power
    • How neoliberalism’s model of scarcity has created massive inequity and ‘othering’ within a consumptive culture, and why this contradicts the earth’s philosophy of abundance
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    “If everything is interdependent, that issue that you pick up and delve into means that you are in some sense positively influencing all the other issues.” – Dekila Chungyalpa

    Dekila Chungyalpa

    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.

  • Catalyzing Collective Healing Through Climate Activism: Lessons From the Extinction Rebellion Movement

    Dr. Gail Bradbrook and Skeena Rathor

    – Dr. Gail Bradbrook: Co-Founder of Extinction Rebellion
    – Skeena Rathor: Co-Founder of Visioning XRUK, Co Liberation, and Being the Change

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    Highlights from this session:
    • The value of unseen, mothering, and embodiment principles within Climate Activism
    • What the failures and successes of the Extinction Rebellion Movement taught its founders about creating coherent collectives
    • Destabilizing dominator activism in the movement towards co-liberation
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    “We have this divinity and this ability to act together, and we’re here to make life more beautiful.” – Dr. Gail Bradbrook “What happens when you’ve gone through a moment of extreme emotion and fear? You need rest.” – Skeena Rathor

    Dr. Gail Bradbrook and Skeena Rathor

    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

    Skeena Rathor 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. Learn more at extinctionrebellion.uk/.

Global Social Witnessing of Climate Crisis

Many people feel overwhelmed and turn away from the reality of our climate crisis. In this live online event, Thomas guided us through the practice of Global Social Witnessing, the human capacity to mindfully attend to global events with an embodied awareness.

Thomas shared a short talk about the practice and how to engage in participatory listening in an online community. Through photographs from Summit speaker Camille Seaman, we were able to more deeply access a felt sense of responsiveness and connection with this precious planet.

A brief contemplative journey delivered us to wider sharing in the group and feeling our interconnectedness. The event concluded with recorded music from Jami Sieber and a live poetry reading from Kim Rosen.

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Collective Trauma Summit Hosts

  • Thomas Hübl

    Host, Teacher, Author of Healing Collective Trauma, and Founder of the Academy of Inner Science

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    Thomas Hübl 

    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

  • Dr. Laura Calderón de la Barca

    Host, Psychotherapist, Cultural Analyst, and Collective Healing Researcher

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    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.

    Learn more here.

  • Robin Alfred

    Host, Executive Coach, Facilitator of Transformation Fields, and Purpose Consultant

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    Robin Alfred

    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.

  • Ruby Mendenhall

    Host, Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Associate Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation

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    Ruby Mendenhall

    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/directory/profile/rubymen

  • Kosha Joubert

    Host, CEO of the Pocket Project, Former CEO of the Global Ecovillage Network

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    Kosha Joubert

    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 Consulting

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    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


  • Anna Molitor

    Poetry Curator and Host, Somatic Healing Practitioner and Group Facilitator

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    Anna Molitor

    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.

  • Matthew Green

    Host, Journalist, and Author of Aftershock: Fighting War, Surviving Trauma, and Finding Peace

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    Matthew Green

    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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