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Healing White Body Trauma in Whites
October 1, 2021$30
Monthly for 4 months, starting October (to be confirmed)
Sue will be offering small (6-8 people) 2-hour healing circles online as an accompaniment to the continuing “On Being White” offerings that Jill Varley and Sue will be hosting.
In My Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa Menakem, a black psychotherapist, talks about the trauma we whites of European heritage carry in our bodies – first, the trauma of the violence our ancestors experienced that is carried in our energy and DNA – second, the trauma of the violence we have historically and/or personally participated in. He argues, and I totally agree, that we need to heal these traumas, by definition held in our bodies, in our bodies. Without doing this, without being present with the pain in a clean way, we often unconsciously inflict our pain on others. Healing in the body is necessary to our being more resilient, open, inclusive in our lives, to our being able to take up “what is ours to do,” in the areas of our lives where we feel called to act.
The circles will be opportunities to work somatically with what arises in us as we open to what needs to be healed for our highest good and the highest good of all. The traumas we will focus on will relate to our whiteness (race), but we will likely encounter other of our origin stories as whites and we need to be open to all of these in the process.
Please contact Sue if you are interested. The number of circles and the dates will be decided, based on the level of interest.
Cost: $30 contribution each session, or pay what you can
Any workshops being held at Strong Hollow have a suggested cost, but are offered as “pay what you can”. We do not want cost to be a reason to not attend.