On August 18-21, 2016, twenty-six people came together at the beautiful Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA for the first gathering to explore Collective Healing Spaces.
With open and warmed hearts we think of this intense and rich time we have spent – living together as a learning village. There is still much rippling out amongst the participants as we embody new practices, relationships, opportunities, and excitement about moving forward and being together in new ways, individually, collectively, and in relation to our work in the world.
In the weeks to come we will be adding to this website to reflect the wonderful time we had as well as the continued learning and opportunities that are arising. Thank you for your interest and support.
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THE CALL TO OUR GATHERING: We know that our world is full of inspired, innovative human beings who are passionate about creating nurturing, resourceful communities hopeful for and mindful of our shared future. We also recognize that in order to embody this vision we must engage wholeheartedly with the deep work of addressing the wide range of cultural traumas and unexpressed pains of the past.
We walk in the shadows of history
Too often humanity repeats cycles of escalating violence and age-old patterns of hurtful social division. The aftereffects seem to limit our capacity to address our greatest challenges from climate change and ethnic and gender prejudice to immigration crises sparked by warfare or even genocide.
We walk in the shadows of history. Traumas that occurred generations before us continue to play out and will continue to impact us until we unearth, understand and shift their patterns.
How can we create spaces for collective healing?
We have been asking ourselves what if these unhealed traumas block the energy needed to shift to a healthier future. If we know that engaging in healing process can create transformative shifts on a personal level, what could it look like and how would it feel to create community spaces for healing at a collective level?
Beyond & deeper
Beyond cross-cultural understanding, dialogues, and diversity training, deeper more embodied spaces of connection and belonging are called for in order to bring about lasting cultural change.
We believe we are entering a critical moment where new kinds of community spaces can create meaningful group experiences for witnessing and sensing deeper historical patterns so that we may unravel and mindfully integrate the unseen aspects of our ancestry.
A safe space
To do this well, we need safe spaces that allow human beings to go beyond habitual speech and invite us to open our hearts in order to access and embrace other ways of knowing. Ultimately, we need to discover how to create group experiences that foster belonging and enable post-traumatic growth where shared struggles propel us to higher levels of connection and resilience.
We believe it is the right time to step into new patterns
of being human together
with clear-seeing, the wisdom of attentive humility and the courage of hard-earned grace.