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  • Peter Levine, PhD

    Collective Trauma Through the Lens of Somatic Experiencing

  • Isabelle Mansuy

    The Epigenetics of Trauma: Influence on Mental and Physical Health

  • Flavia Valgiusti

    The Role of Law and Justice in Healing Collective Trauma

  • Terry Patten

    The Dynamics of Collective Trauma in Light of What Time It Is on the Planet


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Saturday, October 12, 2019


    Global Meditation for Healing Collective Trauma

    With Thomas Hübl, Terry Patten and Robin Alfred

    Click here to watch the video of the Live Event

    Thank you to those who joined us for this special opening event.

  • Bessel van der Kolk, MD

    Psychiatrist, Author, Educator and President of the Trauma Research Foundation

    Cumulative Effects of Trauma

    • How the body resets to interpret the world as a dangerous place upon experiencing trauma
    • Addressing bodily sensations in order to better process trauma
    • MDMA research

    Bessel van der Kolk

    Dr. van der Kolk has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of potentially effective treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.

    Dr. van der Kolk has contributed significantly to the field of trauma treatment. In 1984, he set up one of the first clinical / research centers in the US dedicated to study and treatment of traumatic stress in civilian populations. This center has trained numerous researchers and clinicians specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress, and has been continually funded to research impacts and interventions. He did the first studies on the effects of SSRIs on PTSD; was a member of the first neuroimaging team to investigate how trauma changes brain processes, and did the first research linking BPD and deliberate self-injury to trauma and neglect in early childhood.

    In addition to his work as a clinician, Dr. van der Kolk is a prolific researcher. He has studied the efficacy of using yoga for the treatment of PTSD, the underlying mechanisms of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and the use of neurofeedback in PTSD. He has written books and published over 150 articles on trauma. His book The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma has been translated into over 20 languages.

  • Christina Bethell, PhD

    Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Founder: "We Are the Medicine"

    We Are The Medicine: Implementing Research to Heal Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

    • Possibilities to flourishing despite adversities like Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – which affect the majority of adults and about half of children today
    • Proactively promoting safe, stable and nurturing relationships, self-awareness and mindfulness
    • Present-day culture that is actively embracing the research findings and reflecting new awareness and consciousness, despite the troubles we see in the world today


    Christina Bethell, PhD

    Christina is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she advances a new integrated Science of Thriving to promote early and lifelong health of children, youth, families and communities. With roots in culturally-competent, community-engaged approaches to assessing and improving health and well-being, she is the founding director of the national Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) and the Mindfulness in Maternal and Child Health consortium. She led the design of a widely endorsed national agenda to address childhood trauma and promote healing and flourishing.

    Christina earned an MBA an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Healing Through Revealing methods and is an avid student of transparent communication, presence and human evolution. She writes poetry, dances and believes that connection with ourselves, life and others is the source of our creativity and joy.

  • Daniel J. Siegel, MD

    Bestselling Author, Founder of the Mindsight Institute

    Collective Trauma and Mindfulness

    • How trauma within families in the form of neglect or abuse can shape the ways in which the brain develops and the mind arises
    • The impact of trauma on the regulatory functions of the brain—the circuits that shape affect, attention, and behavior as well as the epigenetic molecules that control gene expression
    • Ways in which therapeutic interventions can harness the power of neuroplasticity, or how the brain changes in response to experience

    Daniel J. Siegel, MD

    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, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.

    Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the 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 The Developing Mind (2nd Ed.), The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, and The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D).

    Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over seventy textbooks.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

  • Peter Levine, PhD

    Founder and Developer of Somatic Experiencing® and Ergos™ Institute of Somatic Education

    Collective Trauma Through the Lens of Somatic Experiencing

    • The “bottom-up approach” in Somatic Experiencing for healing trauma
    • Supporting veterans of the armed services
    • The cultivation of connections for healing we space

    ***Warning: This conversation includes a brief mention of a scientific experiment involving mice. If you are sensitive to this topic in any way, we recommend you choose not to listen.***






    Peter Levine, PhD

    Peter is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma, which he has developed during the past 50 years. He is the Founder of the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute/Foundation for Human Enrichment and the Founder and President of the Ergos Institute of Somatic Education™. His work has been taught to over 50,000 therapists in over 45 countries.

    Dr. Levine served as a Stress consultant for NASA in the early space shuttle development and has served on the American Psychological Association task force for responding to the trauma of large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. He holds doctorates in both Biophysics and Psychology and is the author of several best-selling books on trauma, including Waking the Tiger, which is published in over 29 languages. He is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona and continues to teach trauma healing workshops internationally.

  • Isabelle Mansuy

     Professor in Neuroepigenetics

    The Epigenetics of Trauma: Influence on Mental and Physical Health

    • The influence of environmental factors and life experiences on mental and physical health
    • Research findings on the molecular mechanisms of trauma
    • Factors that pass trauma symptoms to future generations vs factors that heal trauma

    Isabelle Mansuy

    Isabelle is a professor in Neuro-epigenetics at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich; and at the Department of Health Science and Technology of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. She obtained a PhD in developmental neurobiology at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, and then trained as a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Eric Kandel at the Center for Learning and Memory at Columbia University in New York.

    For the last 21 years, she has been running a research lab in Zurich, examining the epigenetic basis of complex brain functions and physiology in mammals. Her research focuses in particular on the mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance. The goal is to determine the molecular and cellular processes which influence mental and physical health across generations.

  • Flavia Valgiusti

    Former Judge, Professor of Neuroscience and Law, Speaker of Essential Justice

    The Role of Law and Justice in Healing Collective Trauma

    • Restorative justice at the individual and community level
    • The trauma of colonization in South America and its impact on the law of indigenous people and the current symptoms in our societies
    • The unknown implication of the collective traumas in the practice of law and justice


    Flavia Valgiusti

    Flavia is a former Juvenil Court Judge. She is a Professor of Neuroscience and Law at the Master Program in Criminology, and a trainer and speaker on the judicial and legal system. She is the Director of the Child and Family Rights Institute of San Isidro Bar Association. Flavia is the leader of Argentina´s chapter of the Collective Trauma Pocket Project.

  • Terry Patten

    Teacher, Philosopher, Author, Activist & Social Entrepreneur

    The Dynamics of Collective Trauma in Light of What Time It Is on the Planet

    • How awareness of trauma can help us meet the challenges of this crazy time in human history
    • How to more constructively relate to the disturbing facts of climate trauma as well as environmental, political, and economic problems
    • Integral evolutionary activism in action

    Terry Patten

    Terry is a philosopher, activist, social entrepreneur, and author of A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries. Over the last fifteen-plus years he has dedicated his life to the evolution of consciousness and practice. He has exercised special leadership in facing, examining, and healing our global crisis.

    As an author, he co-wrote the book Integral Life Practice with Ken Wilber, Adam Leonard and Marco Morelli, which distills ancient and modern practices into a contemporary transformational lifestyle. As creator and host of the teleseminar series “Beyond Awakening,” he has explored the big questions of our time with some of the world’s most prominent and dynamic thought leaders. As a community organizer, he founded and leads Bay Area Integral, which gathers and supports an integral community in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he worked with Thomas Hübl to initiate and help direct his work in the English-speaking world and to found the LLC, Inner Science.

    As a social entrepreneur, he founded the pioneering consciousness technology company, Tools For Exploration, and led the team at the HeartMath Institute that developed their first heart-rate variability monitor. He is currently active as a social entrepreneur involved in restorative redwood forestry and developing new technological alternatives to fossil-fuel.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

  • Richard Schwartz, PhD

     Developer of the Internal Family Systems Model of Psychotherapy

    Working with Collective Trauma Using the Internal Family Systems Model

    • IFS as a deeply compassionate approach to creating peace
    • Legacy burdens of our country (racism, patriarchy, individualism, materialism)
    • Expanding our perspective and knowing of self as well as relational capacities to create significant change

    Richard Schwartz, PhD

    Dr. Schwartz co-authored the most widely used family therapy text in the U.S. and was Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois, at Chicago’s Institute for Juvenile Research and later at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems (IFS), an evidence-based, widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective as well as a practical and effective set of techniques.

    Dr. Schwartz is a prolific speaker and writer, having published many books and over fifty articles about IFS. Dr. Schwartz founded the Center for Self Leadership in Illinois, which offers workshops and training in IFS for professionals and the general public, an annual national conference and much more. IFS trainings and workshops are now held around the world. In 2014 he moved to Boston to join the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schwartz is going to be talking to us today about how Internal Family Systems understands and works with trauma.

  • Zhiwa Woodbury, M.A., J.D.

    Ecospsychologist and Author of "Climate Sense"

    Rethinking Trauma in Light of the Climate Crisis

    • The cumulative nature of trauma throughout human history

    • Disconnection from the natural world giving rise to the climate crisis

    • Acknowledging denial, overwhelm, depression to come to empowerment, action and more

    Zhiwa Woodbury, M.A., J.D.

    Zhiwa is the author of the book Climate Sense. As a lifelong eco-activist and attorney advocating for wildlife and the places they inhabit, Zhiwa has been an Ecopsychologist since 2014. He is an advocate for climate sanity, as well as a writer, editor, and dedicated dharma practitioner with unshakable faith in human nature. Zhiwa lives, works, and plays under the Big Sky of Missoula Montana. He has many papers available on, including his groundbreaking paper Climate Trauma: Towards a New Taxonomy of Trauma.

  • Prof. Rivka Tuval-Mashiach

    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Bar Ilan University

    Understanding Collective Trauma Narrative for Survivors

    • Personal and community identity
    • Bearing witness to the survivor’s story after a traumatic event
    • Metabolization and healing in order to reconstruct a whole new narrative

    Prof. Rivka Tuval-Mashiach

    Rivka is chair of the Gender Graduate Studies Department, a clinical psychologist, and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. During the last 7 years she served as the academic head of the Community Services Unit and advisor of NATA, the Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War. The research includes how people cope with:

    • trauma, illness and stress
    • identity challenges 
    • identity re-construction 
    • narratives of gender

    Her clinical work focuses on individual and collective responses to trauma, mainly using narrative approaches to study identity reconstruction processes in the aftermath of traumatic events. She has published numerous papers and co-authored the books Narrative Research: Reading, Analysis and Interpretation as well as Narrative Research: Theory, Interpretation and Creation.

  • Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe)

    Carrier of Indigenous Knowledge, Founder of Joy House School For Unlearning

    The Trauma of Disconnection from Community: Earth, Animal and Human

    • Remembering our place in the Sacred Hoop of life
    • Shifting orientation from Native American transgenerational trauma to Global Citizen trauma
    • Healing the relationship between Men’s Nation and Women’s Nation

    Woman Stands Shining - Pat McCabe

    Pat was born into the Diné Nation (Navajo), and adopted into the Lakota Spiritual way of life. She lives in northern New Mexico where she raised five children. She is an articulator of visions and dreams and symbols as the language of spiritual helpers reaching out to humanity. Pat is an enactor of Spiritual counsel, a passionate daughter of Mother Earth, and an upholder of Mother Earth’s Authority at this time. She speaks, prays, and loves internationally, fully claiming her global citizenship. Current investigations for the healing of the Five-Fingered-Ones are: our use of western science practices to participate in Cause and Effect, the deep spiritual gift of our consent as activism, and the reconciliation between Men’s Nation and Women’s Nation for functional polarity and Thriving Life.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

  • Thomas Hübl 

    Speaker, Author, and Founder of the Academy of Inner Science

    Collective Trauma Healing: How Together We Can Shift the Consciousness of Humanity

    • Becoming aware of the trauma we have been “born into” – unconscious material stored in the collective psyche
    • How a high level of group coherence can surface and heal collective fragmentation
    • Collective presencing as a superpower that can activate the self-healing mechanism of humanity

    Thomas Hübl 

    Thomas is a speaker, author and founder of the Academy of Inner Science. He has worked with more than 100,000 people worldwide through workshops, multi-year training programs and online courses. His teaching combines somatic awareness practices, advanced meditative practices, and transformational processes that address both individual and collective trauma, opening the potential for growth and healing. Thomas has guided large-scale healing events that have brought together thousands of Germans and Israelis to acknowledge, face and heal the cultural shadow left by the Holocaust.

    He is also the founder of the nonprofit Pocket Project, which aims to increase awareness and understanding of collective trauma and reduce its effects. Through his nonprofit organization, Thomas seeks to facilitate conscious cultural change with initiatives such as the popular Celebrate Life Festival, a multi-day immersive event which takes place annually in either Germany or the U.S. His forthcoming book on collective trauma will be published in 2020. 

  • Dr. Donna Hicks

    Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affiars, Harvard University

    The Role of Dignity in Healing Trauma

    • The role of Dignity in resolving conflict, recovering from trauma and more
    • The Signature Dignity Model to foster innovation and dignified human relationships
    • Bringing out the best in people

    Dr. Donna Hicks

    Dr. Donna Hicks is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She facilitated dialogues in numerous unofficial diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Libya and Syria. She was a consultant to the BBC in Northern Ireland where she co-facilitated a television series, Facing the Truth, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She has taught courses in conflict resolution at Harvard, Clark, and Columbia Universities and conducts trainings seminars in the US and abroad on dignity leadership training and on the role dignity plays in resolving conflict.

    She consults to corporations, schools, churches, and non-governmental organizations. Her book, Dignity: It’s Essential Role in Resolving Conflict, was published by Yale University Press in 2011. Her second book, Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People, was published by Yale University Press in August 2018.

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  • Jack Saul, PhD

    Psychologist, Artist and Founding Director, International Trauma Studies Program

    Collective Moral Injury and Repair

    • Critique of the dominant narrative in trauma field
    • Dimensions of collective trauma, the moral dimension and strategies for moral repair
    • The role of the arts in healing trauma

    Jack Saul, PhD

    Jack is the founding director of the International Trauma Studies Program (ITSP). As a psychologist and family therapist, he has created a number of programs for populations that have endured war, torture and political violence, including:

    • the Bellevue / NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
    • the FEMA funded Post 9/11 Downtown Community Resource Center in Lower Manhattan
    • REFUGE: Refugee Resource Center
    • Theater Arts Against Political Violence

    He has written about this work in his book, Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster (Routledge, 2013). Dr. Saul has a private practice in Manhattan and consults to humanitarian, human rights, judicial, and media organizations on staff support and stress management and trauma-informed care. As a recent participant in a project on the prevention of torture in Nepal and Sri Lanka, he is interested in ecological and collaborative approaches to human rights and public mental health. Jack also offers workshops on moral distress, resilience and repair.

    Through his artwork, Jack explores the interface between artistic representation in painting and performance, and collective trauma and healing.

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  • Dr. Claus Otto Scharmer

    MIT Senior Lecturer, Founder of the Presencing Institute

    Collective Trauma and Our Emerging Future

    • A systems thinking perspective of Trauma
    • Linking the intelligences of the head, heart and hand to heal trauma
    • How trauma affects the future of global development

    Dr. Claus Otto Scharmer

    Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School and founder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for sustainability and cross-sector innovation. Scharmer introduced the concept of presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory Uand Presence (the latter co-authored with Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers). He is co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future, which outlines eight acupuncture points for transforming capitalism. His new book, The Essentials of Theory U (2018), outlines an updated summary of the core principles and applications for leading profound systems change. 

    In 2015, Otto co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course (MOOC) for leading profound change, which has since activated a global eco-system of societal and personal renewal involving more than 125,000 users from 185 countries. In 2019, he co-founded the Societal Transformation Lab (u.lab-S), involving 350 place-based teams focusing on reinventing education, governance, and our economies in the context of their eco-system.

    Otto earned his diploma and PhD in economics from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT (2015) and the European Leonardo Corporate Learning Award (2016). In 2018, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General appointed him to the UN Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda. For 2019 he is ranked #3 of the world’s top 30 education professionals by Global Gurus.

  • Maya Jacobs Lasker-Wallfisch

    Psychotherapist, Author & International Speaker

    The Hierarchy of Suffering: Intergenerational Trauma as the Daughter of a Holocaust Survivor

    • After being a refugee (personally and via the unconscious internalization of a parent’s experience) finding a sense of belonging; becoming creative and liberated
    • The journey with compassion and forgiveness – taking ownership of fears and prejudices, becoming an activist
    • Surviving deep trauma: the incredible defense structures and elimination of vulnerability and emotional presence

    Maya Jacobs Lasker-Wallfisch

    Maya is the daughter of Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, one of the last known survivors of the Girls’ Orchestra of Auschwitz. Maya has a particular interest in transgenerational trauma arising from her personal experience as the daughter of a holocaust survivor. A Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Maya is also actively engaged in the work of the Shoah Foundation. She works with her mother on raising awareness about the ongoing nature of anti-semitism and of race hatred in a wider context.

  • William Ury

    Co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, Leading Expert on Negotiation and Mediation

    Repairing Our Relationships within the Human Family

    • Becoming a ‘third side’ to two sides engaged in conflict
    • The effects of Collective Trauma on leaders and nations
    • Being trauma-informed when mediating between individuals

    William Ury

    William is the co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, is one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation. William is co-author of Getting to Yes, a fifteen-million-copy bestseller translated into over thirty-five languages, and the author most recently of Getting to Yes with Yourself. Over the past four decades, William has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from the Cold War to Venezuela to the Middle East. Recently, William has served as a senior advisor to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in helping to bring an end to the last and longest-running war in the Americas.

    William is also the founder of the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to bring people together across cultures by opening a long-distance walking route across the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham and his family. He has a TED talk about the Abraham Path, entitled “The Walk from No to Yes.”

    He is currently a Distinguished Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project where he directs the Korea Negotiation Initiative (KNI), a collaborative inquiry into the obstacles to a negotiated resolution of the Korea nuclear crisis and how to overcome them. For the past two years, William has had the pleasure of teaching with Thomas Hübl an online course entitled Meditate and Mediate, an inquiry into how our intrapersonal, interpersonal and collective conflicts can be healed through the power of collective presencing.

  • The Pocket Project Panel

    WITH THOMAS HÜBL and Pocket Project Graduates

    Developing Collective Trauma Integration Competence

    • Pocket Project graduates reflect and discuss their learning and experiences after a year-long training with Thomas Hübl
    • Exploring the mission to contribute to the healing of collective and intergenerational trauma, and to reduce its disruptive effects on our global culture
    • How to develop and teach the tools and competencies that enable collective trauma integration
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    The Collective Trauma Online Summit is sponsored by The Pocket Project, a non-profit organization founded by Thomas Hübl and his wife Yehudit Sasportas which is dedicated to healing intergenerational and collective trauma and reducing its effects on our global culture. Through its in-person workshops, events, and online programs, The Pocket Project trains and supports individuals, leaders, and organizations worldwide to build their capacity to foster healing and resilience in traumatic situations. The Pocket Project is building an open-source online knowledge base of research and best practices in the emerging field of collective and intergenerational trauma.

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    The Panel Talk features the following Pocket Project Graduates:

    Laura Calderón de la Barca, PhD, is an Integral-Intuitive Psychotherapist, Cultural Analyst and Collective Healing Researcher. Her 2007 PhD thesis was a pioneering written psychotherapeutic session for Mexico (her homeland). She studies with Thomas Hübl since 2016. She does online therapy with people in English and Spanish and does Healing from Colonialism workshops with Indigenous communities and others. She’s preparing a collective healing event for Mexico 2021 with the Center for Complexity Sciences, UNAM. In the Pocket Project she liaises between Thomas and the Graduates, and is in the Steering Committees for Research, Colonialism and Writing groups.

    Susan Belchamber has woven work in international trade and economics with social psychology throughout her diverse career: as Deputy Director for Japanese Affairs at USTR, a trade consultant in the UK, as well as a psychotherapist. Besides consulting and community-building, Susan co-leads Pocket Project teams exploring U.S. Shadow Integration and Racialized Trauma, and has taken the lead in creating a PP Competency Center called “Exploring the Trauma of Money: moving from instability and inequality towards new and living economies” with the premise that collective trauma rests at the base of what holds much of our dysfunction around money in place. 

    Louise Marra’s leadership experience has spanned all sectors having held senior leadership and governance roles within Government, the private and NGO sector and philanthropy.   She is a graduate of the Pocket Project training. Louise’s work is focused on helping build the next era of conscious leaders, innovators, activists and organisations robust enough to enable radical innovation for an emergent and evolutionary approach to personal, social and environmental change.  Being part of the Ngāi Tūhoe tribe in New Zealand and has started work to rally the potential for healing colonization in NZ.

    Kazuma Matoba is Apl.-Professor for Intercultural Education and Communication at Witten/Herdecke University, co-founder of Institute for Global Integral Competence e.V. After his PhD in Linguistics in Germany he was interested in dialogical philosophy by Martin Buber and David Bohm. Since that time he has facilitated many dialogue processes in Germany, Japan, China, Switzerland and USA. His research topics are cultural diversity, cosmopolitan communication, third-culture building, refugee crisis, and global social witnessing. The last topic is his life-long research theme because he has asked the question “how can human beings feel more interconnected consciously” for more than 30 years.

    Samvedam B. Randles is a German-born psychologist, group facilitator, and trainer in Boston, where she founded the Inner Arts Institute. She offers workshops and trainings in systemic constellations as well as in breathwork. In her individual and group work she draws upon her training in traditional psychotherapy and her intensive study in Eastern and indigenous approaches to inner growth. In the Pocket Project she leads the group of systemic constellation facilitators focusing on collective trauma integration. Samvedam initiated the first collective trauma constellation workshop that combined new tools from the Pocket Projects with the constellation approach.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

  • Stephen W. Porges, PhD

    Founding Director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium, Indiana University

    Taking the Wrapper Off: Looking at Collective Trauma Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory

    • Polyvagal Theory’s explanation of many trauma-related experiences
    • How to understand many of the medical co-morbidities that follow trauma
    • Methods of ‘retuning’ the neural regulation of the autonomic nervous system following trauma

    Stephen W. Porges, PhD

    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.

  • Dr. Scilla Elworthy

    Founder of Oxford Research Group and Business Plan for Peace

    Trauma as an Invaluable Route to the Transformation of Conflict

    • Armed conflicts resulting from unresolved personal or collective trauma
    • The more widely the concept of trauma can be recognized, brought to the surface in a safe environment, and simply observed, there is a good possibility of enabling it to be transformed
    • Stories of how this works in situations of armed violence

    Dr. Scilla Elworthy

    Scilla has spent half a century with trying to prevent wars and has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the Oxford Research Group, working on dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide. Scilla went on to found Peace Direct in 2002 to support local peace-builders in conflict areas. Scilla was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003 and was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’, a group of elderly statesmen and women, peace activists, and human rights advocates working together for peace and human rights in the world.

    She co-founded Rising Women Rising World in 2013, and FemmeQ in 2016 to establish the qualities of feminine intelligence for women and men as essential skills in building a safer world. Her TED talk on nonviolence has been viewed by over 1,400,000 people on TED and YouTube. Her latest book The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War and her previous book Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works have each received critical acclaim from experts in the field.

    Scilla is an Ambassador for Peace Direct, a Councillor of the World Future Council and patron of Oxford Research Group, and serves as an adviser to the Syria Campaign as well as the Institute for Economics and Peace. She’s a mother, stepmother and grandmother and loves messing about in her garden near Oxford in the UK.

  • Dr. Srini Pillay

    Author, Psychiatrist, Coach, Brain Researcher

    Challenging Old Theories About the Brain – and Spirit

    • The brain science of integration, synchronization, connection and more
    • The cross-fertilization of art and science
    • Practical applications for productivity, decision making and more



    Dr. Srini Pillay

    Dr. Srini Pillay is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Part-Time) at Harvard Medical School. He is known for combining “head and heart” (figuratively and literally) in an approach to personal development and goal mastery that blends science, spirituality, and horns-grabbing joie de vivre to combat the stresses faced by ambitious and high-achieving people in academia, business, and life.

    After graduating at the top of his class from medical school in South Africa, he received a Medical Research Council Scholarship to study the neurochemistry of panic. Thereafter, he completed his residency in psychiatry at McLean Hospital—Harvard’s largest freestanding psychiatric hospital—with the most accolades ever given to a single resident. Srini also completed fellowships in Psychopharmacology, Structural Brain Imaging and Functional Brain Imaging.

    He was Director of the Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Program at McLean Hospital and was Director of the Panic Disorders Research Program in the Brain Imaging Center. There, he spent 17 years studying functional brain imaging. During this time, he maintained an active clinical practice, which he continues today.

    Currently, Srini is a member of the by-invitation-only “Group for Advancement of Psychiatry”, an American professional organization of psychiatrists dedicated to shaping psychiatric thinking, public programs and clinical practice in mental health. The founding group was seeking a way in which American psychiatry could give more forceful leadership, both medically and socially, and as a member of the “Disasters and the World Committee”, Srini’s contributions include but are not limited to two chapters in a book called “Disaster Psychiatry”.

  • Yehudit Sasportas

    International Artist, Professor at Bezalel Academy, Fine Art Department

    The Archeology of the Unseen

    • The architecture of shadows
    • The active role of the mute witness through the object of art
    • Mental maps: the hidden negotiation between the seen and the unseen

    Yehudit Sasportas

    Yehudit is one of the most prominent and prolific Israeli artists working in the local and international art arenas today. Her work is focused on site-specific installations, which include sculptures, drawings, video and sound works, and call 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 arrangements 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 a course of more than seven years, present relatively simple actions, yet such that provoke a deep and condense discussion about the manner in which we experience, understand and project our own personal stories on 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 solo museum exhibitions during the last decade, in venues such as 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 in the  Academy of Inner Science (Germany and the US).

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Friday, October 18, 2019

  • Rev. angel Kyodo williams

    Zen Teacher, Author, Social Justice Activist

    The False Divide Between Personal and Social Awakening

    • The growing movement of people dedicated to love, justice, and real wellbeing
    • Cultivating a liberated life
    • Evolving our identities beyond sameness

    Rev. angel Kyodo williams

    Once called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, and “one of our wisest voices on social evolution” by Krista Tippett, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Being Black was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield.

    Her new co-authored book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love & Liberation, is a powerful wake-up journey that is igniting communities — activist, Buddhist and beyond — to have the conversations necessary to become more awake and aware of what hinders liberation of self and society. The Radical Dharma events that have emerged from the book: Connections, Circles and Conversations, have initiated profound healing and deepened commitment to dismantling oppression across lines of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and other divides.

    Ordained as a Zen priest, she is a Sensei, only the second black woman recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. She is a social visionary that applies wisdom teachings and embodied practice to intractable social issues at the intersections where race, climate, and economic justice meet. She coined the name for the field of Transformative Social Change and sees it as America’s next great movement.  In recognition of her work, Rev. angel received the first Creating Enlightened Society Award from the international Shambhala Community. Whether in writing, teaching or speaking, her voice is unique. She was made for these times. 

  • Paul van Zyl

    Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Conduit

    Transitional Justice: How Victims and Nations Overcome a Legacy of Mass Atrocity

    • There is no one size fits all approach to psychological catharsis
    • Justice and peace exist in a complex relationship
    • Reconciliation is a multigenerational process

    Paul van Zyl

    Paul was Executive Secretary of South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission from 1995-98. Working alongside Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, he was central to a process that sought to address the painful past of victims and perpetrators on all sides of apartheid.

    He then went on to co-founded the International Centre for Transitional Justice, an organization which works in over 40 countries that have endured massive human rights violations under repression conflict. Paul is also a co-founder and CEO of Maiyet, an ethical luxury fashion brand that cultivates traditional design and culture by partnering with global artisans. In 2016 Paul co-founded The Conduit, which serves as a home for those committed to improving the world by harnessing the power of creativity and entrepreneurship. He’s a Skoll Awardee, Young Global Leader Alumni, and a London Tech Week Changemaker.  


  • Karen O’Brien

    Professor of Human Geography and Co-Founder of cCHANGE

    Climate Change: It’s a Relationship Problem

    • The latest sobering science and its implications for both nature and society
    • Not whether but HOW we can transform at the rate, scale, speed and depth that is called for by global change research
    • How to step out of our comfort zone and uncover our greatest potential for activating and accelerating transformations

    Karen O'Brien

    Karen O’Brien is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway. She is also co-founder of cCHANGE, an initiative that supports transformation in a changing climate. With 30 years of experience in climate change research, Karen’s work uses an integral approach to explore and promote deliberate transformations to sustainability. Her current research emphasizes the role of creativity, collaboration, empowerment, and narratives in adaptation and transformation processes, including the role of paradigms in generating conscious social change.

    Karen has participated in four reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and as part of the IPCC was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Along with academic articles, she has published, written, and co-edited numerous books, including “Climate Change, Ethics and Human Security,” and “The Adaptive Challenge of Climate Change.” “Globalization and Environmental Change: Double Exposures,” co-authored with Robin Leichenko, received the 2008 AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography. She received the AAG Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group Research Excellence Award in 2019. Her most recent book, written with Robin Leichenko, is “Climate and Society: Transforming the Future.”


Saturday, October 19, 2019

  • Terry Real

    Bestselling Author and Founder of The Relational Life Institute

    Multi-Generational Trauma Healing: Breaking Legacy Burdens

    • Ending the enforced compliance with the binary hierarchy of gender under patriarchy
    • Healing immature parts of the self through reparenting
    • Where have we grown and evolved in how we relate to gender and relationships

    Terry Real

    Terry is a nationally recognized family therapist and author. Particularly known for his groundbreaking work on men, his work on gender and couples. 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.

    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. He has been in private practice for thirty years and he is the Founder of The Relational Life Institute, where he teaches therapist trainings and workshops for couples. 

  • Visolela Rosa Namises

    Women's Rights Activist, Namibian Politician, Founder of Dolam Children's Home

    Cultural Healing: An African Woman’s Voice of Compassion

    • Acknowledging the role of parents

    • Recognizing symptoms of trauma in local culture

    • Addressing trauma with softness instead of force

    Visolela Rosa Namises

    The name ‘Visolela’ means ‘I love the world’ and it was her father who gave this beautiful name to her and took care of her while she was growing up. Visolela joined the then illegal party, SWAPO, the South West Africa People’s Organisation, in the 1980s, during the struggle for liberation from occupation and apartheid in Namibia. During this time, she spent 2 months in solitary confinement and another 14 months in prison. In 1985 she lost her job as a nurse in the hospital after having been seen holding hands in public with a white doctor and ended up going into exile, returnung only after Namibia’s independence in 1990. When human rights violations by SWAPO, especially those against women, became aparent after liberation, Visolela left the Party, deeply disappointed that these crimes were not being prosecuted by her brothers and comrades, with whom she had dreamed of a better future for all Namibians. 

    Visolela became a founding member and secretary-general of the Namibia Congress of Democrats, and, as a member of the Namibian Parliament stood up as prominent voice on gender and minority issues and violence against women and children in Namibia. She became an inconvenient voice in the system. When the president and “founding father of the Republic of Namibia”, Sam Nujoma, announced that troops would be sent through all towns and villages to arrest all those wearing dreadlocks or single earrings in 2003, these being allegedly ‘un-African’ signs of homosexuality, Visolela immediately responded by making a vow to grow her dreadlocks and wear one earring until this threat ceased. “Then you may start right here with me.” The case received much attention, and the president had to understand that he could not abolish homosexuality through penalties. 

    Today, Visolela is the Director of Women Solidarity Namibia, a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Ecovillage Network, founder of Dolam Children’s Home and the Aio da go community garden and aspiring ecovillage. She has been elected as a chief by the Damara peoples and is working actively to restore cultural traditions and healthy and empowering initiation rites for girls.  

  • Ken Wilber

    Founder of Integral Theory

    Trauma Through the Lens of Integral Theory

    • Human development and trauma
    • Cultural wounds
    • Working with awareness to support the release of fixed patterns

    Ken Wilber

    Ken is known as one of the most important philosophers in the world today. He is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages. Ken is the originator of the world’s first truly comprehensive or integrative philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory.” As Wilber himself puts it: “I’d like to think of it as one of the first believable world philosophies” — something that is becoming increasingly necessary in order to navigate and thrive in today’s world.

    The Integral Approach is the coherent organization, coordination, and harmonization of all of the relevant practices, methodologies, and experiences available to human beings. Through the Integral approach, we reveal the previously unseen possibilities for a better, more compassionate, and more sustainable future for all of us. Ken founded the Integral Institute, which is the first organization fully dedicated to advancement and application of the Integral Approach in relation to contemporary global issues. In 2007 Wilber co-founded Integral Life, a social media-hub dedicated to sharing the integral vision with the worldwide community, as well as documenting and catalyzing the progress of the integral movement.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019


    The Future of Collective Trauma Healing: Expert Panel & Group Meditation

    With Thomas Hübl, Monica Sharma, Christina Bethell, William Ury and Robin Alfred.

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    Thank you to those who joined us for the special closing panel and meditation to look at The Future of Collective Trauma Healing and how to take what we have learned in the Summit into the world. 



  • Monica Sharma, MD

    Bestselling Author of Radical Transformational Leadership

    Transforming Collective Trauma Around the Globe

    • Individual action can affect and transform collective trauma
    • Personal transformation and universal values as the foundation for well-being
    • Examples from the front lines of key work around the globe with the UN that has endeavored to transform some of the most challenging situations addressing personal, transgenerational and cultural trauma


    Monica Sharma, MD

    Dr. Sharma began her career as a physician and epidemiologist. She worked for the United Nations leading many of its most holistic, effective and innovative initiatives for over twenty years. Currently, she works worldwide as an international expert and practitioner on leadership development for sustainable and equitable change. She works with United Nations, universities, management institutions, governments, businesses, media, and civil society organizations. She is Chair Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

    She has published and presented over 250 articles in journals and international forums. Dr. Sharma created and uses a unique response model for simultaneously solving problems, shifting systems, and creating new patterns sourced from individual inner capacity and transformational leadership. She is the author of the book “Radical Transformational Leadership”, which won the 2017 Nautilus Gold Book Award for Business and Leadership. It describes how we can source our inner capacities and wisdom to manifest change that embodies universal values of dignity, compassion and fairness, and simultaneously transform unworkable systems and norms in order to solve problems. This book is for people who are seriously interested in participating in a deep, lasting whole-systems transformation of the unsustainable path of human civilization.

    Dr. Sharma is a wise elder in the emerging field of evolutionary activism, the work of people awakening to the work of our time, which holistically integrates the inner work of personal transformation, the interpersonal work of new levels of friendship and collaboration, and the outer work of behavior and lifestyle change and the serious social artistry of redesigning our institutions and systems at a time of radical change.

  • Dr. Gabor Maté

    Bestselling Author, Speaker

    How Collective Trauma Contributes to Addiction

    • Addiction as a case of human development gone askew – countering prevailing notions of addiction as either a genetic disease or an individual moral failure
    • How trauma contributes to addiction
    • How can one heal personal trauma and addiction

    Dr. Gabor Maté

    Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver.

    His books include:

    • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
    • When the Body Says No
    • Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection
    • Scattered: How ADD Originates and What You Can Do About It
    • Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers (with Gordon Neufeld)


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and reducing its effects on our global culture. Learn more here.

Meet Your Online Summit Hosts

Thomas Hübl

Thomas Hübl

Speaker, Author, and Founder of the Academy of Inner Science

Terry Patten

Terry Patten


Kosha Joubert

Kosha Joubert

Executive Director of the Global Ecovillage Network

Robin Alfred

Robin Alfred

Executive Coach, Trainer and Consultant