Bravery Conference Keynote Speakers
Nan Stoops has worked in the anti-violence movement as an advocate, trainer, and organizer for more than 35 years. Currently, she serves as the executive director of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a non-profit organization that works on behalf of 70 community-based domestic violence advocacy agencies in Washington.
Before coming to WSCADV in 1998, Nan was the associate director of the FaithTrust Institute, a national organization that mobilizes religious leaders and communities to address sexual and domestic violence. Nan was a founding member of INCITE! Women, Gender Non-Conforming and Trans people of Color Against Violence, is a past board chair of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and has served on numerous boards and advisory groups.
Nan is the 2010 recipient of the Seattle Girls School Grace Hopper Award for Exemplary Leadership and WSCADV is the 2011 recipient of the Sheila Wellstone Award for outstanding service and leadership. As a result of Nan’s participation in the pilot cohort of the Novo Foundation’s “Move to End Violence” program, WSCADV is now recognized as a national leader for its innovative approaches to ending violence against women and girls and its ability to mobilize constituents around bold vision and action.
For balance, Nan relies on her family, baseball, and movies (usually in that order).
Nan will deliver the opening keynote at the 2017 Action Alliance Biennial Retreat on the subject of bravery.
Nubia Peña received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2016. She was selected as one of 25 law students in the nation to be recognized and highlighted for her social justice activism in the National Jurist, a leading news source in legal education.
Ms. Peña has actively sought to bring awareness to issues of violence and systemic oppression through her personal and professional endeavors. She has over a decade of experience assisting survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and victims of violent crimes as a Law Enforcement Victim Advocate.
Since 2007, Ms. Peña has been the Training and Prevention Education Specialist at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) where she developed trainings on Teen Dating Violence, Latino Youth Empowerment, Assisting and Empowering Immigrant Survivors, and Understanding Rape and Sexual Assault. Her most recent endeavor as a national training consultant includes bringing awareness across the U.S. to the intersections of violence prevention and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, an epidemic that targets our most vulnerable youth by streamlining them into the juvenile justice system. She was a contributing author in the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s “Fingerpaints to Fingerprints: Utah’s School to Prison Pipeline” report released in October 2014. In addition, Ms. Peña served as the Program Coordinator for the Racially Just Utah Coalition where their mission is to positively and proactively ensure racial equity in Utah through policy reform, accountability, and education.
Ms. Pena has recently joined the zealous team at the Utah Juvenile Defenders Office where she advocates for youth rights during detention and delinquency proceedings. Ms. Peña received a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a Criminology emphasis and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Utah in 2006.
Soyinka Rahim, Grassroots Spiritual Practitioner, was born and raised in Oakland, California in an Afrocentric family that explored holistic thinking, power to the people, the world’s religions, and many different art forms. Soyinka has channeled her experiences in dance, music, theater, poetry and song into facilitating movement, storytelling and ritual with diverse groups of children and adults in the U.S. and abroad. “Since we all deal with fear, doubt, shame and disappointment,” says Soyinka, “it’s important to make opportunities to play, laugh, celebrate and love one another through this human experience.” BIBOLOVE WORLD: Breathe In, Breathe Out.
Soyinka is a Certified InterPlay Leader. She pioneered Changing the Race Dance with InterPlay co-founder Cynthia Winton-Henry over the last four years. They’ve lead both short and weekend-long workshops on embodied racial healing in over a dozen cities and conferences across the U.S. that have opened new layers and levels of awareness for participants. She has also worked as a “conference weaver” at conferences on race issues.
Soyinka is a beloved singer/song-writer. Her CD, Bibo Love, launched in 2016. Her work taps into the power of sound and vibration to create peace and happiness for all humanity! She is founder and director of OurThing Arts Company, and she has a long history as a member of the California Bay Area’s most renowned modern and ethnic dance companies. She created the original, acclaimed Dance Play “An Alter Piece to Alter Peace.” She has worked with passion for intergenerational community in schools and community centers all over.
Soyinka will act as Conference Weaver at the 2017 Biennial Retreat.
“Soyinka gathers people with drumming and singing and soothes the soul with her flute. And then she leads folks through the joys and depths of InterPlay forms and fun. Her way is heart-opening and healing. She embraces and honors the children and the child in each of us. After Soyinka’s visit we felt a little lighter, loving, and lovable.”
AJ Johnson, Community Leader, Eastern Shore, Maryland
Bravery Conference Workshop Schedule
Day 1: Wednesday June 7, 2017
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM Registration Table Open
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch (optional for retreaters who selected lunch on Wednesday)
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Welcome and opening
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Opening Keynote: Bravery: Be open. Be willing. Be bold. Be whole.
Nan Stoops, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM BREAK
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Workshop session 1
Building Resiliency Through Engaging the Whole Brain
Beverly Gray LCSW, CTS, Family Resource Center
Alena Lemieux BS, Family Resource Center
The focus of this workshop is to provide education about specific parts of the brain, their function, how trauma affects the brain, and how to utilize the entire brain to develop resiliency. Specific skills will be provided and practiced in order to increase the use of the entire brain in coping with trauma and day-to-day stress. We will also provide education about how the brain can get stuck, how to get unstuck, and how to develop a more intentional focus. We hope to create an environment of “AHA” moments which participants can pass on to victims of trauma and for personal care.
Barriers and Solutions to Fair, Safe, and Stable Housing: Sexual Violence
Sara Surface, Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Eric Dunn, Virginia Poverty Law Center
This workshop will explore the intersections between having access to safe, reliable shelter and stopping cycles of violence. Housing Opportunities Made Equal and the Virginia Poverty Law Center will discuss legal protections available for people who may be facing eviction, extra fees, different terms and conditions, or harassment, as a result of their gender or because of previous or ongoing violence committed against them.
The Art of the Difficult Conversation
Dr. Michael J Wriston, The Competitive Edge
Most people lack the ‘courage’ to comfortably and/or effectively ‘deal with’ difficult (work and/personal) situations, most often because they have so often seen it done poorly (or avoided altogether) and rarely (if ever) seen it done effectively; and therefore lack an effective (and therefore ‘encouraging’) ‘role model’ or framework. This workshop provides participants with a framework and practical tools for successfully carrying out a ‘difficult conversation’ (in order to effectively raise and resolve significant ‘work’ or personal issues).
We Can’t Know What We Don’t Learn!: A Roundtable Discussion on the Case for Healthy Sexuality in Violence Prevention
Kristen Pritchard & Jonathan Yglesias, Action Alliance
Sexuality is a fundamental part of the human experience that makes us healthy and whole. Despite this, young people (and adults!) rarely have opportunities to safely discuss and understand the role of sex and sexuality in our culture and in our lives. In this interactive session, participants will have a chance to think through how we create spaces for young people to learn about healthy sexuality and the role that prevention practitioners and advocates can play in challenging and changing the status quo through our programming. Participants will learn about best practices from the field and strategies for incorporating these discussions into domestic and sexual violence prevention work. This session is designed to be a facilitated, roundtable discussion – come ready to connect and learn from each other!
Hula Hell Do You Think You Are?: The Use of Creative Arts Therapies in a DV/SV Organization
Katie Robinson & Frances Richardson, Project Horizon
How can creativity make a difference in domestic and sexual violence work? Hint: It’s healing in more ways than meets the eye. Learn a little (and play a lot) with an art therapist and a drama therapist who do just that: integrate creative practices into clinical spaces to work with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This workshop is for ANYONE who likes to play!
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM BREAK
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Workshop session 2
The State of the Movement
Nan Stoops, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
What kinds of changes are you noticing in the movement to end gender-based violence? What hard questions are you exploring? What shifts are happening among local programs and coalitions across the country? What new paths are advocates and activists exploring in the search to do our work in ways that centers the experiences of survivors and oppressed communities? Join in this conversation to discuss and learn about how the movement to end gender-based violence is shifting and moving on the community-level, state-level and nationally to build sustainable power to address structural oppression and pave a new way forward.
#FindingBlackGirlMagic: Exploring the Effects of Racism and Sexism on the Mental Health of African-American Young Women and Girls Concerning Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Melody M. Pannell, Eastern Mennonite University
Studies have shown that African-American girls are experiencing a mental health crisis that correlates with the intersectionality of race and gender. Learn to develop the capacity to become a trauma – informed advocate, through engaging with “in – person” narratives as well as exploring research concerning the effects of historical trauma, post-traumatic slave syndrome and identity politics that contribute to the high risk of sexual and domestic violence against women of color.
Asking Brave Questions: What is Hyper-Incarceration, and Why Should the Sexual and Domestic Violence Movement Be Working to End It?
Kate McCord, Action Alliance
The number of people currently imprisoned and/or under state control in the U.S. is unprecedented in our history and far surpasses incarceration rates of any other country. Incarceration has devastating effects on those in the system and those close to them, while weakening the social structures of entire communities. This workshop, highlighting the work of Beth Richie and Donna Coker, will outline the harms of hyper-incarceration, discuss why our movement should be working to end it, and briefly touch on promising models of survivor-centered restorative justice practices.
Helping the Helper: The Importance of Treating Your Own Trauma
Joy Ingram, New Directions Center, Inc.
This workshop will focus on the importance of self-care for advocates. We’ll address why many advocates ignore their own care, the importance of trauma-informed care for advocates, and various ways we can practice self-care.
5:15 PM – 6:30 PM BREAK
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Catalyst Awards Dinner
Join us for the 2017 Catalyst Awards Dinner as we recognize leaders and innovators in the field of sexual and domestic violence prevention and intervention. The Catalyst Awards encompass superior work across eight different categories, and apply to program staff, community leaders, volunteers, and allied professionals. This year’s group of honorees has been selected for their innovative and outstanding contributions to the field. We’ll also be recognizing our “BAT Award” recipients during the event–advocates who have completed the entire Action Alliance Basic Advocacy Training (BAT) Series!
Day 2: Thursday June 8, 2017
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Registration
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Physical Practice
Join us on the Quad in front of Bolling dorm for gentle Tai Chi led by Nan Stoops!
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Workshop session 1
The Power of Advocacy: Building a Culture of Trauma-Informed Care for Advocates
Mishawn Glover, Project Hope & Action Alliance
Healing from trauma is a process that often takes time, resources, and a village of brave advocates to support a survivor on the journey. This workshop focuses on defining what trauma-informed advocacy mean in the movement to end violence and develop a culture of care that serves both survivors and advocates through both hands on activity and discussion. Advocates will leave with knowledge and tools to use as they continue to serve as the catalyst of change in their organization and community.
Courtroom Preparation: Empowering Victims with Confidence and Bravery
Tonia Drewery, The Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley
Stacey Sheppard, Total Action for Progress
How to effectively assist those who are navigating the court process. Topics include but are not limited to: what to wear, what to bring (and prohibited items), how the courtroom is typically set up, processes, evidence presentation, and rulings.
The Military, Veterans, and Intimate Partner Violence: What You Need to Know
Brian Clubb, Battered Women’s Justice Project
Of the 50 states, Virginia has the 4th largest active duty military population and the 10th largest veteran population. As a result, military and veteran-related intimate partner violence is far to common in our state. This session will compare and contrast it with IPV in the general population, examine common issues facing both military and veteran-related victims and offenders, and discuss resources and responses systems available to them.
Healthy Relationship Education for Adults with Disabilities
Ellen Wheeler, Project Horizon
People with disabilities are an extremely vulnerable population that often do not receive sex education and are commonly treated as if they do not have the ability to have sexual feelings. In this experiential workshop, participants will hear about healthy sexuality groups for survivors with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities; learn from the lessons that have been learned from Project Horizon’s Disabilities Services Coordinator about obstacles that she has faced and what has worked and what hasn’t worked; receive a group lesson plan; and have an opportunity to practice activities and sample lessons. This is an interactive workshop on teaching healthy relationship education to adults primarily with developmental disabilities, and will cover how to approach topics ranging from “Public vs. Private” to “Sexuality” and “Anatomy”.
Trauma Informed Yoga Class
Morgan Howell, Hanover Safe Place
This will be an all levels slow flow yoga class with an emphasis on linking slow and steady breath with subtle movement to balance the nervous system. The yoga postures and transitions are basic. Ample time will be provided to linger in poses to enjoy the pleasant sensations of stretching and breathing as well as to build heat and practice using the breath through discomfort. Skills to be developed include self-awareness, mind-body integration, distress tolerance and self-compassion. This is a great opportunity to try yoga for the first time or deepen an existing practice. The class will include an overview of the benefits of yoga for trauma survivors and trauma informed techniques that advocates could potentially use for self-care and/or with their clients. Bring a yoga mat or towel.
10:15 AM -10:30 AM BREAK
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Workshop session 2
Dancing On a Minefield
Ruth Micklem, Action Alliance
Colleen Jordan, Lynn Sharp & Lupita Oceguera, The Haven Shelter and Services
Through the examination of actual case studies, this workshop will explore ways to enhance domestic violence/sexual violence agencies and advocates’ capacity to more effectively serve survivors who are traditionally unserved, underserved, or inappropriately served. Learn how innovative advocacy, embracing a both-and as opposed to either or mindset, and flexible, brave and supportive leadership creates opportunities for enhanced services to those individuals who are most marginalized in our communities.
Virginia Victims Fund
Brienna Stammer, Virginia Victims Fund
Per the Crime Victim and Witness’s Rights Act of Virginia, victims of violent crime have a right to file with the Virginia Victims Fund (VVF). The Fund has the ability to cover certain expenses related to the incident, relieving some of the financial burdens of the crime. This session will describe the nature of the Fund, discuss eligibility, talk about protections related to compensation under the law, and give detailed instructions on making expenses payable by the Fund.
The White Man’s Binary: Decolonizing Gender
Kristin Vamenta & Cortney Calixte, Action Alliance
Recent U.S. studies show that more people than ever identify their gender as outside male/female binaries, and define their sexual orientation beyond the dichotomies of gay and straight. While this may seem to be a social shift originating with Western millennials, this resistance to concepts of manhood and womanhood builds on a rich heritage of diverse representations of gender and sexuality throughout history and around the world. This workshop invites advocates to strengthen their understanding of historical trauma and gender-based violence — beyond the “herstory” of our movement.
Sonic Meditations for Healing and Community-Building
Emily Robinson, Action Alliance
This session draws on the work of Pauline Oliveros, experimental music pioneer and founder of the practice of Deep Listening. Participants will obtain background information on Oliveros, Deep Listening and the Sonic Mediations, and will participate in several group sound mediations. This workshop provides a framework for using group sound-making as a healing practice and an aid in building supportive community.
11:45 AM- 12:45 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Workshop session 3
Local Policy Engagement: How Agencies Can Work at Local Level to Engage in Systems Advocacy
Amanda Pohl, Action Alliance
Local agency representatives will learn strategies for advocacy with their local and state leaders in their communities. Strategies include, setting up meetings to frame the discussion, using local media to share the message, and identifying and working toward local victories.
Expanding Housing Options for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Dani Colon, Shelter House, Inc.
Come learn how one community has increased housing options for survivors using nationally recognized best practices. What’s more empowering than a home of your own? In this workshop, we will share the challenges our community has faced in providing housing services to victims of domestic violence and the ways in which we have increased housing options for survivors. Shelter House utilizes a Housing First philosophy which offers housing assistance without preconditions, and in keeping with this approach, recently implemented two rapid re-housing programs for victims of domestic violence. This innovative service model empowers survivors to live independently of their abuser while providing the supportive services necessary to help the client stabilize in their own home. We will discuss what housing in Fairfax County looks like, what rapid re-housing REALLY is, and how it can benefits survivors and their children.
Black Queer Youth and the Future of Tomorrow: Working to Bridge the Gap Between Community, Access, and Abuse
Tyrell Cooper & Catherine Hatcher, The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors
This workshop will encompass ideas surrounding black LGBTQIA youth and the struggles with access to affordable counseling for sexual assault and abuse. The workshop discusses the possibility of healing circles and practices of Native African traditions in conjunction with modern day therapy and counseling practices to create a space for black LGBTQIA youth to build community and receive services for coping and dealing with sexual assault and abuse.
Send nudes? A Conversation About Technology and Healthy Sexuality for Advocates
Kristen Pritchard, Action Alliance
Have you heard that there is a “sexting epidemic”? Technology-facilitated sexual behaviors are often sensationalized and shamed. People who participate in the behaviors are often stereotyped as short-sighted or irresponsible, even though some research suggests that a majority of adults have sent or received a suggestive text or two. This workshop will approach sexting and other technology-facilitated sexual behaviors from a healthy sexuality perspective and challenge participants to think about these behaviors in a different light.
SoulCollage, Part 1
Diana Jamison, LCSW, PLLC – Psychotherapist
SoulCollage is a process that involves intuitively designing cards that represent the many facets of Self. A SoulCollage card may illuminate a part of your personality, a person who supports you, an animal that has special energy for you, or a symbolic mythical figure who guides you. SoulCollage cards are made up of found images, images that your are “drawn to” from magazines, catalogs and photographs. Using the collage process, these images are cut out, grouped together and pasted on to a 5 x 8 inch card stock in a way that is most pleasing to you.
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM BREAK
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Workshop session 4
Unleashing the Fierce: The Strategic Art of the Audacious Survivor
Tiffany Mallory, VW Dynasty, Inc.,
The purpose of the workshop is to teach individuals the key elements that make up the culture of sustainable resiliency. The course will teach individuals how to bounce back from setbacks by doing daring things to promote purpose, positive decision making, and tenacity. The workshop targets both survivors and advocates and will introduce tools to help overcome adversity, including emotional and spiritual resiliency.
The Implications of Domestic Violence and Substance Use: Stories from Community Collaborations
Sara Babb, Goochland Powhatan Community Services
Emily O’Keefe, Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services
A domestic violence victim advocate and a substance use clinician discuss the implications of substance use in working with survivors of domestic violence, with regards to gaining access to shelter, access to resources, legal proceedings, financial assistance and sustainability, and safety. They will provide tips for advocates on how to identify when substance use may a tactic for power and control, as well as how to have open, honest conversations surrounding substance use with survivors. Objectives will also include how to incorporate knowledge of substance use into effective safety and transitional plans with survivors and how to build relationships and collaborate effectively with treatment providers.
Straddling the Line Between Bravery and Burnout: How to Balance Advocacy When You are a Member of the Marginalized Community You are Advocating For
Fatima M. Smith, MSW, & Kaylin Tingle, Virginia Commonwealth University
We acknowledge that it takes a great deal of bravery to speak one’s truth and we often call on the marginalized to advocate for the very marginalized group they belong too. We frame “bravery” as how we show up for ourselves and one another in this work. We will engage in a dialogue to address the following: How can we find a balance in and out of the workplace? What does building allyship in the office look like (avoiding tokenism, micro-aggressions, and having critical dialogue )? How do we maintain the focus on “community” rather than self when they are connected? These questions lead to: how to build sustainable capacity and change? We will also provide a “toolkit” for participants as the “straddle the line.”
When The Possibilities Are Open, Brave Choices Come Forward – A Look at the Recent Virginia DSS OFV Approach to Expand Culturally Specific Programming
Quillin Musgrave & Avina Ross, Virginia Department of Social Services
It is brave to seek change and carve a path toward a new way of being. During the past 6 months, a small but mighty team tried to do just that all across Virginia. The DSS OFV Underserved Populations Outreach Specialists Team will share about their coordinated effort to identify and bolster local and regional collaborations that seek to grow services for underserved, unserved, and inadequately served survivors and their families across Virginia. Much of the team’s work was informed by the brave and brilliant Women of Color Network and their 3-Tier model which will be shared during the workshop. The presentation will include process points, lessons learned, and ideas for replicating this set of strategies in your local community and will include opportunities for practice with some of the tools used by the team.
SoulCollage, Part 2
Diana Jamison, LCSW, PLLC – Psychotherapist
(continued from previous workshop session) SoulCollage is a process that involves intuitively designing cards that represent the many facets of Self. A SoulCollage card may illuminate a part of your personality, a person who supports you, an animal that has special energy for you, or a symbolic mythical figure who guides you. SoulCollage cards are made up of found images, images that your are “drawn to” from magazines, catalogs and photographs. Using the collage process, these images are cut out, grouped together and pasted on to a 5 x 8 inch card stock in a way that is most pleasing to you.
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM BREAK
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Membership Meeting
Join us for the Action Alliance Membership Meeting! The meeting agenda will include the first in a series of “Critical Conversations” about Action Alliance policy work. The topic for this conversation will be “Reproductive Health and Wellness.” We will also be presenting the 2017 Governing Body slate and asking the members to affirm this group of leaders.
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Break and Dinner
Dalton kitchen will be open for dinner between 4:30pm-6:30pm.
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fun Night Festivities
Tired from a long day of workshops? Do you want to let loose? If these questions pique your interest, come have a good time at our Fun Night Festivities. Did you know play is a great form of self-care? There will be board games, ping-pong, pool, and bowling if you enjoy some healthy competition. Don’t care for competition? Come and enjoy karaoke and a drink with your colleagues! Cash bar on site will provide beer, wine, and sodas for purchase. Enjoy a night of fun and laughs. We hope to see you there!
Day 3: Friday June 9, 2017
7:00 AM – 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Closing Keynote
UPRISING: The Need For An Empowered Generation
Nubia Peña, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Cynthia Peña, AdvoCare International
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate… it is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson
Many of us move through life from a reference point of caution, fear, and limitations that bind us to situations that keep us afraid of leaving, moving, transitioning, or establishing clearly defined boundaries in our life. As a result, we have advocates and activists within our movement that engage the work depleted and exhausted from the constant demands of our field, our personal lives, and the emotional ties to trauma we carry and bear. This strength based, empowerment workshop will guide participants through a series of exercises designed to re-align participant’s thought patterns, instill focus, and change attitudes towards dispelling fear and living a life that is brave and bold. In addition, we will discuss limiting mindsets that keep us from achieving our goals to create a life on terms that embody leadership, power, grace, and acceptance.
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM BREAK
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM Workshop session 1
UPROOTING: The Need To Plant the Right Seeds for Courageous
Nubia Peña, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Cynthia Peña, AdvoCare International
This session will narrow the focus from the morning keynote to engage in deeper and more personal self-work. We will help participants identify seeds of frustration, fear, and inability to forgive one-self and others in order to begin the difficult but critical process of uprooting and replanting seeds for transformative mindsets. The audience will be guided through an exercise that can be applied daily to encourage participants to create a vision of themselves that embodies a courageous life full of self-acceptance by beginning to break chains that bind them to a limited mentality.
Working With Your Attorney and Getting Your Money$’ Worth
Ann H. Kloeckner, Esq., Legal Aid Works
Meeting with even the nicest lawyer is intimidating! Let’s demystify that important relationship as our clients struggle to achieve justice in the court system. We will explore how to interact with this crucial professional, how a legal advocate in a shelter-based program can work effectively with an attorney to get the client the help she needs, and how to get your money’s worth while the meter is ticking.
Vision Into Reality…Maybe?
Leslie Conway & Cortney Calixte, Action Alliance
Calling all dreamers and visionaries! Imagine the possibilities of what YOUR coalition could be. In this workshop, we will explore the the possibilities of what the Action Alliance could provide if we lived in a world where money and time were not a limitation. You will be asked to dream of an Action Alliance that, with these endless resources, could provide the trainings, member services, partnerships, and many other things that you have always dreamed of. But that’s not all! While dreaming is necessary, there also needs to be vision. As we go forward in this movement, we invite you to dream with us and refine our dreams into a vision for the Action Alliance and provide big ideas for the future.
What Mother Nature Wants You To Know About Courage: An Interactive Ecotherapy Experience
Michele Zehr, M.A., M.Ed., Center for Earth-Based Healing
After providing a brief explanation of the activity and setting personal intentions, participants will be sent outside on a 20 minute self-paced “allurement walk” (rain or shine) and asked to bring back an object in nature that “finds them.” The final portion will be spent sitting in Council (sacred circle) and sharing the wisdom received from Mother Nature through this experience. Additional information will be shared about the Center for Earth-Based Healing’s trauma-informed ecotherapy programs for survivors.
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Closing Remarks
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch