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Our Work

The intersection of healing and justice

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Trauma is everywhere

Every human on the planet is touched by trauma - yet communities impacted by systemic oppression bear a disproportionate burden.

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Resources to heal are not

Stigma, shame, and a scarcity of culturally responsive mental health resources mean that most survivors suffer in silence.

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The impact is devastating

Unaddressed trauma can lead to illness, disease, and early death, and an alarming economic cost to individuals and society.

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The effects are generational

Cycles of trauma and harm can transfer both biologically and socially, affecting entire families, communities, and institutions for generations.

 

Our Mission

To equip everyday leaders

with skills in mental health and healing 

to build resilient communities

and disrupt cycles of trauma and harm.

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Our Vision

A world in which all humans have the knowledge and resources to access their innate power to heal themselves, their families, and their communities.

 

Our Model

By and for Survivors

The medical industrial mental health model stigmatizes and pathologizes trauma as an illness, perpetuates oppressive power dynamics, and is neither scalable nor accessible to communities disproportionately impacted by trauma.

We stand for a transformational model for healing that centers indigenous brilliance, cultural healing practices, and that envisions healing as a holistic, embodied, collective process led by and for survivors.

MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL MODEL FOR MENTAL HEALTH

PTSD is a medical diagnosis

Healing is a mental health issue

Medicate the symptoms​

Led by outsider "experts"​

Individual 1 to 1 process

Cognitive, analytical, intellectual

Linear: From sick to cured

Access based on economic means

TRANSFORMATIONAL MODEL FOR HEALING

Trauma is a human experience

Healing is a community issue

Address the underlying trauma

Led by and for survivors​

Collective process

Somatic, emotional, intuitive

Circular: Healing is a journey

Access is universal

Tools & Modalities

Our popular education approach equips communities with culturally responsive resources, backed by science and indigenous wisdom

  • Psychoeducation

  • Somatic Awareness & Practice

  • Mindfulness

  • Cultural Healing Practices

  • Expressive Arts &  Play Therapy

  • Peer Counseling

  • Emotional First Aid

  • Group Therapy & Healing Circle Practice

  • Social Rehabilitation

  • Transformative Justice Theory & Practice

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Where We Work

We offer culturally responsive trainings, workshops, and healing programs, through our global healing hubs around the world

North America

North America

North America

North America

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USA

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Uganda

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Nepal