Events for Spring 2020

The Sankofa Path: Healing From the Traumas of Racism

March 27-29, 2020 | Friday 4:30pm to Sunday 1pm
Pendle Hill Retreat Center, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086

A weekend retreat with Erva Baden and Isha Vela designed for folks who self-identify as U.S.-born African-American/Black Women.
As the descendants of captured and enslaved Africans, black and brown folks in the US have had and continue to have particular issues and obstacles in our lives based on race.
 The traumas of our own experiences and those of our ancestors experiences continue to live in us. The effects can manifest emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually–sometimes subtly and sometimes more obviously. The study of this phenomenon is called epigenetics, and some researchers are currently focusing on the effects within the US-born African-American community.
 The Sankofa Path workshop provides an opportunity to uncover what effects might be lingering within our bodies, minds, and spirits and to begin the deep healing necessary to reclaim all aspects of our radiance. By doing this work we heal ourselves, sending healing energy and gratitude back to our ancestors and forward into our collective and individual future.
 This workshop is currently facilitated by women for U.S. born African-American/Black women.
 $495/private room; $435/shared room; $300/commuter. Fee covers food, lodging, and program.
 Spots are limited to 12 participants; scholarships are available at a first come, first serve basis.
If you are seeking financial assistance to participate in this program, please click on the link for our Financial Assistance Application form, below. Do NOT register online.
About the facilitators:
Erva Baden is a contemporary shaman and Reiki Master who weaves together various healing modalities with compassion and humor to journey with folks who are committed to their own path of deep healing and transformation. For the past several years she has studied trauma recovery and the epigenetic changes caused by trauma, particularly the intergenerational effects of trauma experienced by one’s ancestors. She is currently focusing her work on assisting people to reclaim their lives and to restore their soul’s radiance from the effects of the traumas of oppression.
Isha Vela is a psychologist, Certified Core Energetics Practitioner, and personal liberation coach. Her practice, Embodied Quest, LLC, focuses on supporting the emotional well-being of social justice activists, healers, and artists. Isha is passionate about working with people of color to heal ancestral trauma and to realize one’s authentic power.

Embodied Relational Presencing

April 25th, 2020 | Saturday 9am to 4:30pm
Breathing Room Yoga Center, 216 Crown Street, New Haven, CT 06510

The capacity for emotional intimacy is the backbone of any healthy relationship, but early attachment traumas activate fight-flight-freeze responses that get in the way of establishing a deep and satisfying partnership. These responses can recreate painful experiences and leave you feeling confused, frustrated, and unable to get your needs met.

In this 6 hour workshop, you will gain a new understanding of your relational patterns while deepening your capacity for intimacy through embodied practices that support the downregulation of your nervous system. You will leave with tools to interrupt templates of trauma you may have experienced or inherited through your ancestry.