A 9-day Online Gathering to Share Ideas and Inspire Action for Healing Individual, Ancestral, and Collective Trauma

Sept 28 – OCT 6, 2022

Summit 2022 Preview Videos

The Summit broadcast took place from Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2022. 

You can watch the Encore here through October 11 >

The Summit begins on September 28.
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these sneak peek videos of some of the talks that will be included!

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We hope you enjoy the short clip below from the full poetry reading and conversation with Poet, Essayist, Translator, and Teacher, Jane Hirshfield. While staying open to witnessing both the suffering in the world as well as the beauty, Jane speaks and writes into the multiple ongoing, shared crises at this time on the planet. With deep presence and eloquence her words presence the crisis of the biosphere, refugees, and the interconnected interior life. Jane also reads her most recently written and published poem, Manifest.

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. 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.

The short clip below is a preview of Thomas Hübl’s conversation with Writer, Embodiment Teacher/Facilitator, and Host of Finding Our Way Podcast, Prentis Hemphill. Although trauma interrupts relationship (within the body and in relationship with other beings), we can engage with somatic embodiment practices to integrate, reawaken dormant capacities, and reconnect. In this short preview of the full conversation, Prentis shares the possibility for exploring a loving disruption of various influences, including when the body and nervous system are only settled in the presence of similar people. Can what we find in this exploration be a doorway into transformation? 

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. 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.

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The short clip below is a preview of Thomas Hübl’s conversation with Physician and Author of The Myth of Normal, Dr. Gabor Maté about the manifestation of collective trauma in the physiology of individuals – specifically women. Why do women have double the risk of PTSD, and are much more likely to take anti-depressants than men? Could it be due to centuries-old suppression of the feminine under patriarchy? Could women be experiencing 80% of all autoimmune diseases because society expects them to suppress their healthy anger? What other elements surface when these gender dynamics intersect with systemic racism? Awareness of this collective cultural programming can support our movement beyond the pathologizing of individuals.

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.

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The video clip below is a preview of Thomas Hübl’s conversation with Restorative Justice Facilitator and Public Speaker sujatha baliga as she shares an example from a Restorative Justice circle about finding people who see the goodness in perpetrators, in order to support positive shifts in their lives. Especially in situations of structural oppression, Restorative Justice looks at how to resource people while also calling them to account for the harm they caused. Even in the face of a lack of resources and continuous oppression, how can we still chose to be beholden to our own path of goodness?

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.

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The three talks featured in this video include Summit Convener Thomas Hübl with Dr. Stephen Porges, Summit Co-Host Dr. Angel Acosta with Dr. Bayo Akomolafe, and Thomas Hübl with Christiana Figueres.

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The video clip below is a preview of Thomas Hübl’s conversation with Jack Kornfield –Author, Buddhist practitioner, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center founding teacher.
Jack Kornfield, PhD holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, has trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma, and is a founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society, and the Spirit Rock Center. He is one of the key teachers to introduce mindfulness practice to the west. Jack has taught meditation internationally since 1974. His 14 books include A Path with Heart, A Lamp in the Darkness, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, The Wise Heart, and No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are.

The video clip below is a preview of Ruby Mendenhall’s conversation with Dr. Sará King, Neuroscientist, Political and Learning Scientist, Speaker, and Founder of MindHeart Consulting.

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.”  

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