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2021 Summit Speakers
  • Dr. Gabor Maté

    International Bestselling Author, World-Renowned Speaker, Physician

    Returning to Ourselves After Trauma

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    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 thirty 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 nonfiction. 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; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His next book, They Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture will be published on September 13, 2022. Learn more at

  • Dr. Fania Davis

    Founder, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Social Justice Activist, Author, Speaker

    Committing to Restorative Justice: Mediating Conflict, Strengthening Community and Repairing Harm

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    Dr. Fania Davis

    Dr. Fania E. Davis is a leading national voice on restorative justice. She is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, writer, restorative justice practitioner, and educator with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge. Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Fania a passionate commitment to social transformation. For the next decades, she was active in the Civil Rights, Black liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, anti-racial violence, economic justice, and anti-apartheid movements. Studying with African indigenous healers catalyzed Fania’s search for healing justice, ultimately leading her to serve as Founding Director of Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth (RJOY) and Co-Founding Board Member of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ).  Her numerous honors include the Ubuntu award for service to humanity, the Dennis Maloney Award for excellence in Youth Restorative Justice, the Black Feminist Shapeshifters and Waymakers’ Award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) award, the Ella Jo Baker Human Rights Award, and the Ebony POWER 100 award.  The Los Angeles Times named her a New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century.

    Fania, who resides in Oakland, California, writes and speaks internationally on restorative justice, racial justice, truth processes, and indigeneity. 

    Among her publications is the Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Justice, and U.S. Social Transformation.

  • Esther Perel, MA, LMFT

    Psychotherapist, Speaker, Author

    Revealing the Scars of Moral Injury and the Hidden Taboos in Intimate Relationships

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    Esther Perel, MA, LMFT

    Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Esther Perel, LMFT is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, Perel has helmed a therapy practice in New York City for the past 35 years, currently serves on the faculty of The International Trauma Studies Program, and acts as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED Talks have garnered more than 30 million views and her bestselling books Mating in Captivity and The State of Affairs have become global phenomena, translated into nearly 30 languages. Perel is also the host of the popular podcasts Where Should We Begin? and How’s Work? And her latest project is Where Should We Begin – A Game of Stories with Esther Perel. Learn more at or by following @EstherPerelOfficial on Instagram.

  • Jack Saul, PhD

    Licensed Psychologist, Director, Author

    Revealing the Scars of Moral Injury and the Hidden Taboos in Intimate Relationships

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    Jack Saul, PhD

    Jack Saul PhD is the founding director of the International Trauma Studies Program (ITSP) a research and training institute based in New York City.  He has served on the faculties of New York University School of Medicine – Department of Psychiatry, the New School for Social Research, Clinical Psychology Program, and Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. As a psychologist and family therapist, he has created a number of programs both in NYC and abroad for populations that have endured disaster, war, torture, and political violence. His book Collective Trauma, Collective Healing, documenting his experience, was published by Routledge in 2013.  Dr. Saul is currently working on a public arts and conversation project entitled Moral Injuries of War about the need to have a national public reckoning in the United States about our war-making and war culture.  See

  • Deran Young

    Founder, Executive Director at Black Therapists Rock

    Racialized Trauma and Collective Healing with the Internal Family Systems Model

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    Deran Young

    After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology, Deran moved to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration and a Master’s in Social Work.  While obtaining her Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas, she was blessed with an amazing opportunity to visit Ghana West Africa twice, first as a graduate assistant and second during a final field placement/internship.

    Deran is a military veteran/retired Air Force officer, NYT best selling author and highly sought after public speaker in the realms of Healthcare Disparities, Military Mental Health, Organizational Culture & Leadership Development. Her personal early life experiences growing up in poverty, fueled her passion to further explore issues of social justice and social psychology. Her current professional areas of expertise include advocating for psychedelic assisted therapy as an evidenced based treatment for cultural/racial trauma as well as Diversity, Equity & Inclusion education/consultation for large people oriented organizations.

    In 2016, Deran developed Black Therapists Rock which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and network of 30,000 mental health professionals working to heal racial trauma and the emotional scars of systemic oppression. 

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  • Dr. Richard Schwartz

    Founder of Internal Family Systems Model

    Racialized Trauma and Collective Healing with the Internal Family Systems Model

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    Dr. Richard Schwartz

    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

  • Krista Tippett

    On Being Founder and CEO, Author, Speaker

    The Power of Creating Compassionate Spaces for Collective Healing and Transformation

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    Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett is a Peabody-award winning broadcaster, National Humanities Medalist, and New York Times bestselling author. She hosts the On Being public radio show and podcast, curates the Civil Conversations Project, and founded and leads The On Being Project, a non-profit media and public life initiative that pursues deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy, towards the renewal of inner life, outer life, and life together. Krista grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, worked as a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin, and later received a Master of Divinity from Yale University. She was awarded a National Humanities Medal from President Obama. Her books are Speaking of Faith, Einstein’s God, and Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. Learn more at

  • Jack Kornfield, PhD

    Author, Buddhist Practitioner, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center Founding Teacher

    You Are Not Your Trauma: How Your Spiritual Practice Can Help You Find Your Sense of Identity

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    Jack Kornfield, PhD

    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. Learn more at

  • Stephen Porges, PhD

    Distinguished University Scientist, Traumatic Stress Research Consortium Founding Director, Professor of Psychiatry

    Application of Polyvagal Theory for Safety and Connection with Others

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    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 at

  • Deb Dana, LCSW

    Author, Consultant, Developer of the Rhythm of Regulation Training Series

    Application of Polyvagal Theory for Safety and Connection with Others

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    Deb Dana, LCSW

    Deb Dana, LCSW is an author, clinician, and consultant specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs work with trauma survivors. She is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, clinical advisor to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte.

    Deb’s clinical work published with W.W. Norton includes The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client Centered Practices, and the Polyvagal Flip Chart. She partners with Sounds True to bring her polyvagal perspective to a general audience through the audio program Befriending Your Nervous System: Looking Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory and her forthcoming print book Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory. Learn more at

  • Justin Michael Williams

    Author, Speaker, Musician

    Bridging the Gap Between Fear and Faith

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    Justin Michael Williams

    Justin Michael Williams, 33, is an author, transformational speaker, and top-20 recording artist who has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. From growing up with gunshot holes outside of his bedroom window to sharing the stage with Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, Justin knows well the pain of adversity and the power of healing to overcome. He has since been featured by The Wall Street Journal,,, The Root, The Advocate, Yoga Journal, and SXSW®. With his groundbreaking book Stay Woke, and over a decade of teaching experience, Justin’s message of hope and empowerment has spread to more than 40 countries around the globe, particularly through his national “Stay Woke, Give Back” tour bringing mindfulness to youth in underserved communities. Justin is dedicated to using his voice to serve; to being a beacon of hope for those who are lost, and to make sure all people, of all backgrounds, have access to the information they need to change their lives. Learn more at

  • Dr. Diane Poole Heller

    Speaker, Author, and Expert in the Field of Attachment Theory and Trauma Resolution

    Strategies for Healing Attachment Injury and Relational Trauma

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    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

  • Dr. Kamilah Majied

    Mental Health Clinician, Professor, Mindfulness-Based Anti-Racism Consultant, and Founder of Majied Contemplative Consulting

    Releasing Racism: Becoming More Inclusive Through Contemplative Practices

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    Dr. Kamilah Majied

    Dr. Kamilah Majied is a mental health therapist, educator and internationally engaged consultant on building inclusivity and equity using meditative practices. She has taught contemplative practice from several perspectives including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness and racial justice, Buddhism and mental health, and mindfulness practices to preserve the environment. She gave opening remarks at the first White House Conference of Buddhist Leaders on Climate Change and Racial Justice, where she also facilitated a dialogue on ending racism amongst the internationally represented Buddhist leadership. Dr. Majied is a contributing author to Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism can teach us about Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom, which is the first anthology of African American Buddhists’ wisdom. Dr. Majied also narrated the audible version of this book. She is the author of multiple published articles, podcasts and webinars on contemplative practice and has a forthcoming book entitled Joyfully Just which focuses on applying contemplative practices to social justice advocacy and education. After 15 years of teaching at Howard University, Dr. Majied is now a Professor at California State University, Monterey Bay. Dr. Majied engages people in experiencing wonder, humor and insight through transforming oppressive patterns and deepening relationships towards ever-improving individual, organizational and communal wellness. To learn more, visit

  • Daniel J. Siegel, MD

    Executive Director, The Mindsight Institute, and New York Times Bestselling Author

    How Our Nervous System and Real Connection Are the New Frontiers to Healing Trauma

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    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, 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, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, and The Mindful Therapist.  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 seventy textbooks. 

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  • Dr. Sará King

    Neuroscientist, Political and Learning Scientist, Speaker, and Founder of MindHeart Consulting

    The Intersection of Neuroscience, Art, and Contemplative Practices for Healing

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    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

  • Otto Scharmer, PhD

    Senior Lecturer, MIT, and Founding Chair, Presencing Institute

    Learning from the Past: How To Use Our History To Create New and Better Systems

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    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.

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  • Tyson Yunkaporta

    Member of The Apalech Clan on Western Cape York in Australia; Author, Researcher, and Founder of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab at Deakin University

    Learning and Remembering: The Expansive Nature of Aboriginal Perspectives on Global Systems

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    Tyson Yunkaporta

    Tyson Yunkaporta belongs to the Apalech Clan on Western Cape York in Australia. He is an author, researcher, and founder of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab at Deakin University.
  • Sherri Mitchell Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset

    Attorney, Author, and Founder of the Land Peace Foundation

    Uncovering Inherited Wisdom To Heal Ancestral Trauma

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    Sherri Mitchell Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset

    Sherri Mitchell -Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset, is a Native American attorney, activist, and teacher from the Penobscot Nation. She is the author of Sacred Instructions; Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, and a contributor to numerous anthologies including All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis and Portraits of Racial Justice- Americans Who Tell The Truth. Sherri is the founding director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection of Indigenous rights and the preservation of the Indigenous way of life. She is an alumna of the American Indian Ambassador Program, the Udall Native American Congressional Internship Program, and a longtime advisor to the American Indian Institute’s Healing the Future Program and the Indigenous Elders and Medicine People’s Council of North and South America. She currently serves as a Trustee for the American Indian Institute, is an Advisory Council member for Nia Tero’s Indigenous Land Guardianship Program, and a member of the U.S. ACE Climate Change Coalition development team. Sherri is also the convener of the global healing ceremony Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island. Learn more at

  • Leymah Gbowee

    Nobel Laureate and Liberian Peace Activist

    The Power of Being There for Others: Working for the Greater Good of Humanity

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    Leymah Gbowee

    2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights advocate.

    She currently serves as Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and is the founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, the founding head of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative, as well as co-founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberian Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). She travels internationally to advocate for human rights and peace & security.

    Ms. Gbowee’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the award-winning documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Ms. Gbowee holds an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA), and a Doctor of Laws (LLD) honoris causa from Rhodes University in South Africa and the University of Alberta in Canada.

    Ms. Gbowee advises numerous organizations working for peace, women’s rights, youth, and sustainable development, and has held distinguished fellowships at Barnard College and Union Theological Seminary. In 2016, Ms. Gbowee was awarded the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize (LAAP) for Peace in Africa by the Millennium Excellence Foundation. Ms. Gbowee serves as a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate for the United Nations and as a Member of the World Refugee Council. In 2017, Ms. Gbowee was selected by the United Nations Secretary General to serve as a Member of United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation. In 2018, she was appointed to the Gender Equality Advisory Council Secretariat for Canada’s G7 Presidency.

    Leymah is the proud mother of eight children.

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  • Dr. Archana Basu

    Clinical Psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Research Scientist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

    It Takes a Village To Build Resilience: How To Support Children and Parents

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    Dr. Archana Basu

    Dr. Archana Basu is a Psychologist in the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She is a Research Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Basu works with children and families to support their coping with trauma and grief. Her research aims to understand how trauma impacts children’s health trajectories and the role of protective factors such as the relational health of parenting and caregiving relationships for children experiencing adversities. Dr. Basu takes a systemic and intergenerational approach to her work. She has a particular interest in parent support interventions in early childhood (pregnancy through age 6), and their implementation in integrated medical care settings and within trauma informed care approaches.

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Poetry and Music for Collective Healing

Readings, conversations, and performances by acclaimed writers, POETS, and musicians

  • David Whyte

    Poet, Author, and Philosopher

    Poetry Reading and Interview: Generative Conversations for Creativity

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    David Whyte

    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 eight 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 

  • Patricia Smith

    Author and Award-Winning Poet

    Poetry Reading and Interview: Coming Onto the Page, Coming Into the Light

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    Patricia Smith

    Patricia Smith is the award-winning author of eight critically-acclaimed books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (Triquarterly Books, 2017), winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Coffee House Press, 2012), winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press, 2008), a National Book Award finalist; and Gotta Go, Gotta Flow (CityFiles Press, 2015), a collaboration with award-winning Chicago photographer Michael Abramson. Her other books include the poetry volumes Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House Press, 2006), Close to Death (Zoland Books, 1998), Big Towns Big Talk (Zoland Books, 2002), Life According to Motown (Tia Chucha, 1991); the children’s book Janna and the Kings (Lee & Low, 2013), and the history Africans in America (Mariner, 1999), a companion book to the award-winning PBS series. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Baffler, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Tin House and in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays and Best American Mystery Stories. She co-edited The Golden Shovel Anthology—New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (University of Arkansas Press, 2017), and edited the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir (Akashic Books, 2012). Learn more at

  • Pádraig Ó Tuama

    Distinguished Irish Poet, Theologian and Mediator

    Poetry Reading and Interview: The Psychic and Artistic Echos of Language, Mythology, and Ritual

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    Pádraig Ó Tuama

    Pádraig Ó Tuama is an Irish poet and theologian and host of Poetry Unbound from On Being studios. His work has been published in Harvard Review, Poem-A-Day, Poetry Ireland, and many other places, as well as being broadcast on national public radio stations in Ireland, the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the US. He is the former leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest reconciliation organisation. His work carries interest in language, conflict and religion. Learn more at and

  • Layli Long Soldier

    Poet and Educator

    Poetry Reading and Interview: On This Muddy Switchback Trail, I Know I Am Not Alone

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    Layli Long Soldier

    Layli Long Soldier is the author of WHEREAS, a winner of multiple awards including the Whiting Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the recipient of a 2015 Lannan Fellowship for Poetry and a 2015 National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • Mai Der Vang

    Award-Winning Poet, Educator

    Poetry Reading and Interview: Tending the Ancestral Wounds

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    Mai Der Vang

    Mai Der Vang is the author of Yellow Rain (Graywolf Press, 2021), and Afterland (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry, and a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, she served as a Visiting Writer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her poetry has appeared in PoetryTin House, the American Poetry Review, among other journals and anthologies. Her poetry has appeared in PoetryTin House, The American Poetry Review, among other journals and anthologies. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Mai Der also co-edited How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology with the Hmong American Writers’ Circle. A Kundiman fellow, Mai Der has completed residencies at Civitella Ranieri and Hedgebrook. Born and raised in Fresno, California, she earned degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State. Learn more at

  • Juan Felipe Herrera

    Mexican-American Performer and Activist, US Poet Laureate 2015–2017

    Poetry Reading and Interview: Giving Language to Grief and Joy

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    Juan Felipe Herrera

    Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015–2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012–2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include; Every Day We Get More Illegal; Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971–2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box. His book Jabberwalking, a children’s book focused on turning your wonder at the world around you into weird, wild, incandescent poetry, came out in 2018. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

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  • Ellen Bass

    Award-Winning Poet and Educator, Bestselling Nonfiction Author

    Poetry Reading and Interview: Being Met in the Depths of Needing To Be Known

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    Ellen Bass

    Poet and educator Ellen Bass is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her most recent book of poetry, Indigo, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2020. Previous books include Like a Beggar, a finalist for The Paterson Poetry Prize, The Publishers Triangle Award, The Milt Kessler Poetry Award, The Lambda Literary Award, and the Northern California Book Award; The Human Line; and Mules of Love, which won The Lambda Literary Award. Bass has also written works of nonfiction, including, with Laura Davis, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into twelve languages. The New Yorker has published ten of Bass’s poems throughout the years, and two have been chosen for The New Yorker podcast. She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University and lives in Santa Cruz, California.

  • Marilyn Nelson

    Educator, Poet, Author

    Poetry Reading and Interview: African-American History, Freedom and the Power of Words

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    Marilyn Nelson

    Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of seventeen poetry books and the memoir How I Discovered Poetry. She is also the author of The Fields Of Praise: New And Selected Poems, which won the 1998 Poets’ Prize, Carver: A Life In Poems, which won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and Fortune’s Bones, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Nelson’s honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Frost Medal. She was the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006. Learn more at

  • Kim Rosen

    Poet, Teacher, Founder of the S.H.E. (Safe House Education) Fund

    Poetry and Music at Live Events

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    Kim Rosen

    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 writing has been published in The Sun MagazineO Magazine, and Spirituality and Health among others. In 2007 she spoke a poem to a group of Maasai girls in Kenya who had fled FGM and Early Childhood Marriage, and that moment became the seed of the Safe House Education (S.H.E.) Fund. To learn more visit

  • Francisco Natera

    Composer and Performer of the Mexican “Flowering Chant” Tradition

    Musical Performance

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    Francisco Natera

    Francisco Natera is a composer and musician of enormous versatility, and a member of the Mexican tradition of “canto florido”. He began playing guitar at the age of 8, and by 1984 he was considered the best student at the Escuela Superior de Música del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, where he studied singing with maestro Gilberto Cerda and also studied piano, guitar and electric bass at the Jazz workshop of maestro Edmundo Valadés.
    A versatile musician, he has been part of rock groups (Hojarasca in 1983), Rhythm and Pango, a fusion of blues and huapango (La Camerata Rupestre 1984), and has performed accompanying a variety of singer-songwriters on bass (Nina Galindo, Juan Salvarod, David Haro, Rafael Catana) and piano (Richard Villalón). He has also recorded music for films (Otaola and La República en el Exilio), and has performed in important venues in Mexico City (Sala Ollin Yoliztli, Casa del Lago, Centro Cultural San Ángel).
    For the past 8 years he has lived in Amecameca, State of Mexico, where he has formed and promoted various cultural projects. He supports artists from the region, senior citizens, children and young people with his music and teachings.
    In 2015 he recorded his first album, with songs of his authorship: In Xochitl in Cuicatl, as well as poems set to music, and has performed in the most important cultural spaces in the region.
    He has also had a noteworthy participation in Community Theater for the past 11 years, where he has musicalized several plays, winning the award for best play in the First Theater Festival of the State of Mexico with the play Momentzcopiniani by Edgar Jesús Arrollo.
  • Patricia Piñón

    Percussionist and Musician, 2013 Winner of Latin and USA Grammy Prizes

    Musical Performance

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    Patricia Piñón

    Patricia Piñón is a percussionist and musician. She studied percussion at the Escuela Superior de Música de Bellas Artes, and classical guitar as a second instrument. Additionally, she has trained with outstanding teachers in Afro-American percussion, traditional Cuban music, batá drums and taught herself to play the Peruvian cajón.
    She has participated as a percussionist-soloist in the Orchestra of the Escuela Superior de Música, and the Orchestra of the Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico, and within popular music, she has played different genres: flamenco, Latin American folklore, Latin jazz, Cuban music, trova, fusion, world music, etc. She has specialized in the accompaniment of artists of diverse musical genres, among them: Gualberto Castro, Carmen Salinas, Tania Libertad, Eugenia León, Gerardo Peña, Armando Rosas, Tonana, Carmina Cannavino, Francisco Natera, Malena Duran, Lila Downs, among others. She has toured internationally, performing in major venues in England, Belgium, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, and in multiple cities in the United States and Mexico. She has made recordings with various artists, and with Lila Downs has toured South America and Spain in 2012 and 2015. Patricia has won Latin Grammy and Grammy USA awards for her participation in the album “Pecados y Milagros” with singer Lila Downs. She currently participates with composer Francisco Natera dabbling in percussion of pre-Hispanic origin and participates as a percussionist with singer Malena Duran and Lila Downs.
  • Mapumba

    Singer and Songwriter

    Musical Performance

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    Mapumba’s music is a blend of contemporary genres with African folk. He draws from the sounds of his birth country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and takes his listeners on a sonic journey around the world. His music is inspired by the folk melodies and textured rhythms of his native Baluba culture, while also drawing from Afropop and a range of international genres. His songs include lyrics sung in English, French, Chilbuba, and Swahili, and are filled with messages of personal evolution and having a positive impact on the world we live in. Mapumba’s musical versatility, combined with his energetic presence, makes his performances powerful and memorable.

    He has produced 27 albums and toured internationally. His eighth studio album titled “Rafiki’ is in production and is planned to be released in South African summer this year. Watch his artist showreel here, follow him on social media @mapumbamusic, and stream/download from

  • Jami Sieber

    Musician: Composer, Electric Cellist, Vocalist

    Musical Performance

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    Jami Sieber

    Electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber reaches inside the soul with compositions that are contemporary, timeless, lush, and powerfully evocative.  Her life-long commitment to the environment, social justice, and the healing arts are at the heart of her music, reflecting a deep dedication to the arts as a medium of exploration and awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings.
    Jami is a performer that makes transformation appear simple, taking a traditionally classical instrument and morphing it into the source of a multi-dimensional range of expressive works. From the deepest stillness to moving melodies and rhythms, her music lights the soul on fire. Jami’s musical path moved from classical to folk, to rock/pop to world and improvisation. Since launching her solo career Sieber has entered into dynamic collaborations with an extraordinary spectrum of dancers, actors, poets, visual artists, improvisers, vocalists, and instrumentalists that span the globe. Her compositions have been used for film, (Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?, Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton), dance, theatre. Learn more at
  • David Berkeley

    Singer and Songwriter

    Musical Performance

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    David Berkeley

    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.

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  • Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, PhD

    Poet, Author, Zen Buddhist Priest

    Paths to Healing: Contemplation, Stillness, Mysticism, Ritual, and Ceremony

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    Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, PhD

    Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, PhD (she/her) is a poet, author, and Zen Buddhist priest. The essence of all her transmissions come together in her teachings including these books, The Deepest Peace: Contemplations From A Season of Stillness, Sanctuary: A Meditation on Home, Homelessness, and Belonging, The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender (print and audio), Tell Me Something About Buddhism (foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh) and Black Angel Cards: 36 Oracles and Messages for Divining Your Life. She is contributing author to many anthologies including Dharma, Color, Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism, Hidden Lamp: Stories From Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women. Her work has been featured in Essence Magazine, CNN, CBS NEWS, On Being, Buddhadharma, and Lion’s Roar. She holds an M.A. from UCLA and a PhD in Transformative Learning from California Institute of Integral Studies.

    Osho Zenju’s practice is influenced by Native American and African indigenous traditions. She was raised in the Church of Christ where she was an avid reader of the Bible and adored the true mystic teachings on Christ’s path. She also participated in ceremony with Ifá diviners from Dahomey, Africa, and briefly studied Yoruba. She formally worked for decades in social science research, philanthropy with major foundations, director for non-profit organizations including those serving women and girls, cultural arts, education, and mental health. Learn more at 


  • Fleet Maull, PhD

    Founder of Heart Mind Institute

    Transforming Cultures of Shame and Blame Through Radical Responsibility

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    Fleet Maull, PhD

    Fleet Maull, PhD is an author, meditation teacher, executive coach, seminar leader, and social entrepreneur 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, 1985 to 1999. He developed the Radical Responsibility empowerment model that uniquely integrates personal and collective responsibility. Dr. Maull is a renowned growth mindset teacher who delivers his training programs and seminars around the world both in-person and online through Heart Mind Institute. He is the founder and co-host of the Global Resilience Summits and co-founder and co-host of The Best Year of Your Life Summit. He has been part of the leadership team of the Zen Peacemakers Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat for more than 20 years and co-founded the Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreat & Peacemaking Initiative. He is a senior Dharma teacher, empowered as both a Roshi in the Zen tradition and an Acharya in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

    Dr. Maull developed the Neuro-Somatic Mindfulness (NSM)® practice model, a deeply embodied, neuroscience, and trauma-informed approach to mindfulness & awareness meditation practices that facilitate self-healing, self-regulation, and awakening. He also developed the Mindfulness-Based Wellness & Resiliency (MBWR)® training program for correctional officers, law enforcement, and other public safety professionals, and frontline health care workers. He is the author of Radical Responsibility: How to Move Beyond Blame, Fearlessly Live Your Highest Purpose and Become an Unstoppable Force for Good and Dharma in Hell: The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull.

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  • Dr. Eduardo Duran

    Clinical Psychologist

    An Indigenous Lens on Psychotherapy as a Soul Healing

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    Dr. Eduardo Duran

    Eduardo is a military veteran, psychologist who has been working with Indigenous people’s in understanding and healing intergenerational trauma and the effects of the transmission of trauma. His work is informed by Indigenous theory and practice and his recent book “Healing the Soul Wound” second edition describes his clinical and research methodologies. 

  • Riane Eisler, JD, PhD

    President of Center for Partnership Systems, Bestselling Author, Futurist, Speaker, Consultant

    Shifting from the “Trauma Factories” of Domination Systems to Partnership Social Systems

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    Riane Eisler

    Riane Eisler, JD, PhD (hon), is a systems scientist, futurist, attorney, and macro-historian whose work has transformed the lives of women and men worldwide. She is president of the Center for Partnership Systems (CPS), editor-in-chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies at the University of Minnesota, and author of Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future (co-authored with anthropologist Douglas Fry; Oxford University Press, 2019), showing how the social and biological sciences, specially neuroscience, support the findings from her research. Her other books include The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future (now in 57 U.S printings), Sacred Pleasure, Tomorrow’s Children, The Power of Partnership, and The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, hailed by Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking.” Eisler authored over 500 articles for outlets from The Christian Science Monitor, the International Journal of Women’s Studies, and Business Insider to Quartz, The Human Rights Quarterly, and numerous presses. She keynotes conferences internationally and consults for governments on the partnership model; pioneered the expansion of human rights to include women and children; and received many awards for her work for human rights, peace, the environment, and the foundations for a sustainable and better future. For more information, see,

  • Calixto Suarez

    Arhuaco Indian of the Sierra Nevada

    Responsibility vs. Guilt: A Shaman’s Perspective on Human Transformation

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    Calixto Suarez

    Calixto Suarez Villafañe is an Arhuaco indian of the Sierra Nevada, at the north of Colombia. After being trained with the elders he came to understand and comprehend life in general, learnt about the four worlds, about the earth and the universe. His conclusion is that the sacred points that are there throughout the Arhuaco territory are connected with other sacred points of the planet. And that they are part of a network which is connected to the universe. 

    Nowadays he spends most of his time traveling, learning of the different cultures of the world, traditions and states. And he has been dedicated to mankind an energy exchange at those places. And at the same time he has traveled giving talks, conferences to all people: children, adolescents, adults, associations, foundations, institutions, other cultures, religions, politics and spiritual masters.

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  • Solana Booth

    Advocate Of Sacred

    Finding the Roots of Trauma Through Somatic Archaeology

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    Solana Booth

    Her three Indian names mean, “helping people from all over the world find their true road home” and “ancient medicine blanket” and “GOD”. Her direct lineage is from the one who sung the plants back to and for the people and to bestow “peace”. Her lineage is of the clan society and the creation stories which created the prayer songs and transformation of the people regarding our roles in our societies. As a Pacific NW Traditional Medicine Keeper, Ms. Booth’s vision is to open her own “Re-Cover Me in Wellness Center” by 2022. She promotes Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations living, employing traditional healing modalities such as; Traditional Canoe Family Skippering, Speaker/Doer of Ancient knowings, Traditional Ceremonies, Traditional artist, Traditional hunter & gatherer, Family Violence and Recovery Specialist, Generational Brain-Spotting Practitioner, Somatic Archeology Practitioner, First Foods’ advocate, Plant Medicine and Lactation Educator, Birth and Death work, Maternal and Masculine medicine partitioner, Plant Ceremony Provider, Storytelling or first narratives, Historical trauma expertise, and her Positive Interconnectedness model undoing silence. Ms. Booth is enrolled into the Nooksack Nation of the Chief Sam George Family from Beatrice Anderson and Samuel George, White Owl House of the Wolf Clan and Chief Joe Ortiz from Mohawk of Bay Quinte where the Peacekeeper was born. Her Paternal association is Tsymsyan of the Violet Atkinson and William Booth Family, Raven Clan. She is a mother of nine and Grandmother of two baby girls. Her children are also members of the Tlingit, Haida, Pawnee, Lakota, and Dakota Nations. Learn more at and

  • Laurie Leitch, PhD

    Founder and Director Threshold GlobalWorks, National and International Consultant and Trainer in the Social Resilience Model

    The Best Kept Secret: How Health Literacy Can Transform a Community

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    Laurie Leitch, PhD

    Laurie Leitch, PhD has been a practicing psychotherapist, clinical trainer, consultant, social entrepreneur, and researcher for over 25 years. She is Director of Threshold GlobalWorks, dedicated to cultivating the social dimension of resilience in individuals and within communities, enterprises, and systems. Committed to promoting workplaces and communities in which principled behavior and collaboration are the norm, Leitch’s organization, Threshold GlobalWorks, has developed a neuroscience-based curriculum, Social Resilience Model (SRM) for building social resilience at the individual and
    system’s level. The curriculum has been used in a wide range of organizations including military, medical, educational, criminal-legal, and corporate settings nationally and internationally to promote organization resilience and pro-social, generative relationships among individuals and across disciplines. The practical SRM skills are used to improve
    health literacy and cognitive, emotional, social, and physical health. SRM’s model is also being used in communities that have lived with systemic racism to build on community strengths and network diverse groups to enhance safety, advocacy efforts, and inherent resilience. Learn more at 

  • Héctor Aristizabal

    Founder and Artistic Director of ImaginAction

    Turning to Nature, Ritual, and Theater for Deep Healing

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    Héctor Aristizabal

    Héctor Aristizabal was born and grew up in Medellín, Colombia. He survived civil war, arrest, and torture. In 1989, violence and death threats forced him to immigrate to the United States. He combined his training in psychology and the arts with lessons gained from life experience in his therapeutic work with torture and trauma survivors in post-conflict and war areas, with incarcerated youth, immigrant families, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and many more. He is a theater director, actor, and practitioner of Theater of the Oppressed (Boal) and has dedicated his life to exploring the uses of mythology, storytelling, therapy, and theater for the creation of healing rituals while working with communities around the world. This includes Colombia, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Nepal, South Africa, India, Palestine, Syria, and more. After 28 years in exile, Hector returned to his native Colombia to dedicate himself to the peace and reconciliation process, co-creating Reconectando with Helena terr Helen.  To see more of his work visit,, and

  • Flavia Valgiusti

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

    Practicing Trauma-Informed Law for Collective Healing

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    Flavia Valgiusti

    Flavia Valgiusti is a Lawyer, researcher, social psychologist, advisor in childhood issues, an expert in juvenile criminology, a university professor in neuroscience and law in Argentina. Speaker and trainer in the judicial system. Former Juvenile Criminal Courts Judge and founder of the Children’s Advocate of the Bar Association of San Isidro currently heads the Institute of the Child and the Family. Author of several publications in journals and books. She completed postgraduate studies in Transpersonal Psychology in Aluminé Foundation and with Dr. Carlos Martinez Bouquet investigated the application of psychodrama in cases involving children.

    She also explored the technique of family constellations in the social field, organized workshops for professionals, NGOs, and community. She completed her training in collectives traumas with Thomas Huebl in Israel. Currently leading the chapter of Collective Traumas in Argentina. She is a coordinator with Ana María Llamazares the training in Holistic Epistemology and New Paradigms. In recent years she has developed a theoretical line integrating law and spirituality from a sacred and transcendent vision of Justice.

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  • Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

    Stanford Psychologist, Teacher, and Author

    Heartfulness as a Way of Living and Dying With Asian Wisdom, Science, and Compassion

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    Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

    Born in post World War II Tokyo to a Japanese mother and Irish-American father, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu draws inspiration and courage from his diverse Bushido, Buddhist, Shinto, Celtic, and Catholic heritages. His life’s journey is guided by a sense of destiny in crossing borders and forming bridges between Japanese and Americans, east and west, mastery and mystery. His mission is integrating indigenous Asian spiritual wisdom with the art and scientific practice of psychology for healing and social transformation.
    Dr. Shigematsu’s career spans half a century, from the study and practice of early childhood education to East Asian medicine, yoga, and meditation before receiving a doctorate in clinical and community psychology from Harvard University. At Harvard he studied mindfulness through a multicultural lens with Richard Katz, Kiyo Morimoto, and Chester Pierce. He has pursued lifelong learning through lived experience with teaching and learning going hand-in-
    hand, from daycare to end-of-life care, with diverse students—teenagers, Zen monks, medical doctors, business executives, and Marines.
    His work has been honored as a Fulbright scholar, fellow of the American Psychological Association, and distinguished Stanford faculty. He is the author of numerous articles and books in English and Japanese.
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  • Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

    Founder and Director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute

    Trauma Mastery: Guidelines for Finding Balance

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    Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

    Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship and The Age of Overwhelm. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for more than three decades. Much of her work is being invited to assist in the aftermath of community catastrophes – whether they are fatal storms or mass shootings. Simultaneously, she has long been active in community organizing and movements for social and environmental justice and has taught on issues surrounding systematic oppression, structural supremacy, and liberation theory. Laura is on the advisory board of ZGiRLS, an organization that supports young girls in sports. She is a founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Network, which supports the development of capacity to address climate change. Laura also served as an associate producer of the award-winning film A Lot Like You, and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother. Learn more at

  • Lori Teresa Yearwood

    Trauma and Resilience Aware, Award-Winning Journalist

    Shifting Journalism from Trauma-Activating to Trauma-Informed

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    Lori Teresa Yearwood

    In 2017,  Lori Teresa Yearwood — previously a homeowner, business owner, and Pulitzer Prize-nominated newspaper reporter — emerged from two years of homelessness and all the trauma that experience entailed.

    Today, Ms. Yearwood has returned to her beloved profession, this time as a trauma-informed journalist.

    Her essays and articles — published worldwide — focus on resilience and the desperate need for those who have severely been marginalized, to free themselves from society’s archaic and debilitating projections surrounding trauma.

    Ms. Yearwood’s most recent stories have been published in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle,  Slate – and many other publications. She is currently working on her memoir and can be found at

  • Megan Call, PhD

    Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry and Resiliency Center Director, University of Utah Health

    Designing Sustainable Workplaces: How To Address and Avoid Burnout

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    Megan Call, PhD

    Dr. Megan Call is a licensed counseling psychologist, an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of the Resiliency Center with University of Utah Health. She has research and clinical interests in promoting resilience and well-being among health care professionals, with a specific focus on embracing vulnerability and discomfort, incorporating informal mindfulness into everyday practice, improving communication and relationship skills among teams, and addressing systematic change.

  • William Ury

    Co-Founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, Leading Expert on Negotiation & Mediation

    Designing Sustainable Workplaces: How To Address and Avoid Burnout

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    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. Learn more at

  • Euphrasia Nyaki

    Trauma Healing Holistic Healer, International Speaker and Teacher

    Self-Regulating Generational Trauma Through Somatic Experiencing

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    Euphrasia Nyaki

    Euphrasia (Éfu) Nyaki was born and raised in Tanzania where she earned a bachelor of Science degree, trained as a Science teacher, and later on, was trained as a healer using holistic methods. Efu is a faculty member of Somatic Experiencing®, and a Professor of Family Constellation System Therapy by Hellinger Institute. In the last 27 years, Efu has been living in Brazil facilitating trainings and therapy for trauma healing using Somatic Experiencing®. Also, Efu has been traveling in different countries (India, Egypt, South Korea, China, Bolivia, Peru, Spain, Uruguay) facilitating trainings and workshops on different kinds of trauma healing. Due to the Pandemic situation, Efu has been giving international trainings, workshops, and individual therapy sessions. Efu is also a co-founder of AFYA: Holistic Healing Center located in the northeast of Brazil that uses different types of natural and holistic healing methodologies. Learn more at and

  • Sarah Jaquette Ray, PhD

    Professor and Chair in the Environmental Studies Department at Humboldt State University

    Climate Change as Collective Trauma: The Role of Emotions in Saving the Planet

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    Sarah Jaquette Ray, PhD

    Dr. Ray is professor and chair of environmental studies at Humboldt State University. She is author of two books, The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture, and A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet. She is also co-founder of An Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators, and her work focuses on supporting young people and educators in their climate justice advocacy.

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  • Karen O’Brien

    Professor at the University of Oslo; Co-founder of cCHANGE

    Responding to Climate Change: Challenging Our Worldviews and Blindspots

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    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 Oslo-based organization bridging research and practice around the topic of sustainability transformations. Karen has more than 30 years of research experience on the social and human dimensions of climate change and the implications for human security. Her current research focuses on the relationship between climate change adaptation and transformations to sustainability, with an emphasis on the role of creativity, collaboration, empowerment, and narratives. Karen is particularly interested in the role of beliefs, values, worldviews, and paradigms in generating conscious social change; this includes an exploration of the potential for “quantum 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. She has recently also been involved in scoping activities for The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). In 1990 and 2020, she was named by Web of Science as one of the world’s most influential researchers of the past decade, and in 2021 she was a co-recipient of the prestigious BBVA Foundations Frontiers of Knowledge Award for her work around climate change. Learn more at

  • Yehudit Sasportas

    International Artist, Professor at Bezalel Academy, Fine Art Department

    Navigating the Shadows of Collective Trauma Within Artistic Expression

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    Yehudit Sasportas

    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 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 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 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 museum solo 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 International Academy of Consciousness and Evolution (Germany and the US).

  • Thomas Hübl

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

    Collective Trauma Healing in Action: Building a Trauma-Integrating Society

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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, genocides in the U.S., Israel, Germany, Spain, and Argentina. He has been teaching workshops and presenting trainings for Harvard Medical School since 2019. 

    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


  • Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD

    Global Hub Director – Canada, Future Earth and Executive Director, Sustainability in the Digital Age

    Transmuting Suffering for Planetary Health: Rising Out of Despair and Into Interconnectedness

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    Eliane Ubalijoro

    Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD is the Executive Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age and the Future Earth Montreal Hub. She is a Professor of Practice at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. Éliane is a member of Rwanda’s National Science and Technology Council and of the Impact Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet. She is a member of the Capitals Coalition Supervisory Board as well as a member of the Global Crop Diversity Trust Executive Board. She has been a final paper advisor through 6 cohorts of the International Masters for Health Leadership pioneered by Professor Henry Mintzberg and facilitated the UNAIDS Leadership Programme for Women at the United Nation System Staff College. Éliane is a frequent contributor to publications on leadership including the book The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the 21st Century and the ebook Becoming A Better Leader. She contributed a piece to the Leading Thoughts section of the New York Times in Education on Leadership online platform on Leadership lessons from experiences of innovation, trauma and grief. Eliane has a TEDx talk on Reimaging the World from Scarcity to Prosperity. She is a Founding Signatory of the Fuji Declaration. Learn more here.

  • Verónica Molina

    Medical Doctor, Psychotherapist, Specialized in Systemic Therapy and Trauma Approach, Teacher, Lecturer

    Every Scar Hides a Wound That Healed: Resilience, Trauma, and Health

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    Verónica Molina

    Verónica Molina is a Cardiologist and Integrative Psychotherapist. In addition to her diploma in Emergency psychology and intervention in crises and catastrophes, she is trained in Attachment Theory, Developmental Trauma, Systemic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Somatic Experience, Polyvagal Theory, and Collective and Social Trauma. She leads training seminars and conferences on Trauma to therapists, doctors, and the community in general, and collaborates with the Ministry of Health of the City of Buenos Aires, training the team in the somatic approach to trauma. She is a speaker at Mental Health Congresses in the area of mind-body and trauma. She directs the Institute of Family Constellations and Approach to Trauma in Buenos Argentina. She was host and organizer of the International Conference on Health, Symptoms and Trauma 2020 with the participation of experts in the area of Health and Trauma from Argentina, Germany, and Brazil. She is member of the Argentine Association of Mental Health, the World Federation of Mental Health, among other associations. She directs the research “Traces of Social Trauma in descendants” and is a participant in the Pocket Project led by Thomas Hübl. Learn more here.

  • Jeffrey C. Walker

    Chairman New Profit, System Change Author, Philanthropist

    Becoming a Catalyst for Positive Change

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    Jeffrey C. Walker

    Jeff Walker is chairman of New Profit, a social change venture fund, and is a founding partner of the Community Health Acceleration Partnership, focused on front line health in Africa and the U.S. He also currently serves on the boards of the African Philanthropy Forum, Just Capital, UVA Center for Contemplative Sciences (where he is chair), Giving Tuesday, the Aspen Management Partnership for Health, Leadership Now Project on democratic reform and the University of Virginia’s Undergraduate Business School, where he was president for ten years. He is also a partner in Bridge Builders investment fund for Mindful Wellness. Jeff was on the board of the University of Virginia, Chair-man of The Council of Foundations at University of Virginia (UVA), served on the Berklee College of Music Board, the Harvard Business School Dean’s Board of Advisors, and the HBS Visiting Committee and is on the Advisory Boards of MIT Media Lab and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has been on numerous other for-profit and non-profit boards. Previously, Jeff was Executive-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, focusing on social enterprises and collaboration, and a Lecturer at the Kennedy School. At Harvard, he helped to develop a course in exponential fundraising for nonprofits. He served as the Chairman of Millennium Promise, partnering with the United Nations and Columbia University, an incubator to eliminate extreme poverty, and was the Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), where he is an Emeritus Trustee. Jeff Co-Founded and was Chairman of Npower, an organization that provides shared technology services to nonprofits. Jeff co-authored the book, The Generosity Network, about new approaches to gather resources to address causes each of us is passionate about. He is currently teaching, researching, and writing on the issue of orchestrating and coordinating systems change. For twenty five years Jeff was CEO and Co-Founder of JPMorgan Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co’s $12 billion global private equity business, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from the University of Virginia is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant. He received the John Whitehead award for philanthropy from the NYC HBS Club. Learn more at

  • Christina Bethell, PhD

    Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Relational Systems Change Agent

    From Awakening to Action: Creating Relational Systems of Care to Scale Healing and Equity

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    Christina Bethell, PhD

    Dr. Bethell is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she advances a new integrated Science of Thriving and national agenda to promote early and lifelong health of children, families, and communities. A lifelong meditator on a healing journey, she lifts family and community voices through data and stories and conducts research, and advocates to translate the science of child development and human potential into systems, IT innovations, and services. Her work has catalyzed concrete policies and programs to support an era of healing and flourishing amid the accumulated trauma and adversity present in culture based on a We Are the Medicine and Cycle of Engagement platform.

    Christina earned an MBA, MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago. She has been featured on National Public Radio, provided testimony to the US Congress, has published dozens of peer reviewed studies, and has led to establish national efforts that promote relational health as the cornerstone of well-being for children, families, and communities. She writes poetry, dances and believes that attuned connection with ourselves, life, and others is the source of our creativity and joy. Learn more at

  • Sandrine Dixson-Declève

    Co-President The Club of Rome, UN Food System Summit Resilience Action Track, European Commission Expert Group

    The Climate Imperative: This Is the Decade of Action

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    Sandrine Dixson-Declève

    Sandrine Dixson-Declève is currently the Co-president of the Club of Rome and divides her time between lecturing, facilitating change in business and policy models, and advisory work. She holds several advisory positions for the European Commission: Chair, Expert Group on Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation (ESIR); Assembly Member, Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Mission (DGR&I); Former member of Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance and current member of Platform on Sustainable Finance; United Nations: Food Summit Action Track 5 Resilience, She sits on the Boards companies/organisations/institutes such as BMW, EDP, UCB, Climate KIC, UCL-Bartlett School of Environment and the IEEP. Sandrine is also a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), Ambassador, for the Energy Transition Commission (ETC), and WEALL. She co-founded the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN) and has been recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. Learn more at

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, genocides in the U.S., Israel, Germany, Spain, and Argentina. He has been teaching workshops and presenting trainings for Harvard Medical School since 2019. 

    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 and

  • 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 first 2 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.

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  • 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:

  • 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


  • 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.

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A Special Interview with Thomas Hübl

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“Trauma is not just a personal experience. It is always embedded in a much wider chain of events and history. Examining our collective trauma is the way to tap into the evolutionary intelligence of humanity.”

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