Research Update – Phase 3: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego

Have you ever taken a risk to venture out and do something – knowing it might not go the way you hope – and then had it turn out better than you ever imagined it could?

This Saturday will be Session #8 of Phase 3: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego. If you haven’t been following this 8-week research project – we are working with more than 40 women in San Diego – half in a Control Group, and half in a Treatment group who have been learning the method created by Dr. David Berceli, Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE).

Before we started there was no way to know if we could recruit enough women, well-suited to the research parameters, who would be willing to be part of the research, and show up for eight weeks in a row – on time. Continue reading

Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) Level II Certification Training in Orange County Dec. 5 – 7

The inner development of compassion, caring and sensitivity to the pain of humanity emerges as a result of recovering from one’s own painful experiences of life.
– David Berceli


Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)
Level II Certification Training

PLEASE NOTE:  TRE is transitioning into a new system of certification in 2015. All those certified as Level I need to complete their Level II under the current model. This Level II Training is one of the last Level II Trainings offered in the US before the transition.

This Training is open to all those in process of completing Level I certification and those wanting to complete their Level II certification.

Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7, 2014
9:00a – 5:00p each day

San Clemente, CA

Early registration (by November 14): $400.00
Registration (November 15 – November 26): $450.00

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There’s a lot happening in Living Ubuntu! Join us tonight.

Hi everyone,

There’s a lot happening in Living Ubuntu!

Here’s what we’re currently working on:

And there’s more…
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The Immorality of Inaction and the Challenge of Immobility

Hi everyone,

Have you read this? Climate Scientists Spell Out Stark Danger And Immorality Of Inaction In New Leaked Report.

Global warming and the resulting climate change is freaking frightening – significantly scary – and much more….

Beyond catastrophic predictions revealed in leaked reports, what happens when an epidemic of chronic and traumatic stress has seized our society, and another life-threatening emergency needs attention? In simple terms –  we are not in a good state to give the necessary response. And the symptoms of this? Some can’t sleep, feel frustrated, irritable, impatient, angry, or even enraged – others are just plain worried, full of anxiety, and fearful about the future. For some, overwhelm predominates, and when that gets to be too much, they turn off, go numb, and just stop feeling. This last one is particularly troubling as many are at serious risk of becoming utterly immobilized. Continue reading

It’s not gonna help to just get ‘louder’…

10-angry_cat_1We know not through our intellect but through our experience.
 – Maurice Merleau-Ponty

For those who are very passionate about many issues and seek positive change in this world– it is a commonplace struggle to identify how to most effectively advocate for or draw attention to what we think needs to happen. Beyond global and local issues, some similar struggles play out within our personal relationships – e.g. ‘I feel like you’re not really hearing me…’

Two things immediately come to mind for me:

It doesn’t help to get ‘louder’ if one is doing that from a state of being ungrounded or over-charged.

It doesn’t help to get ‘louder’ if the audience is not in a state of receptivity.
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We’re on a roll with momentum building!

Hi everyone,

Amidst so many difficult, traumatizing, present-day challenges in the world, I found the response to our first-time offering of TRE Level I Certification Training in San Diego quite heartening. We reached capacity much more quickly than we expected and already have about 8 people on our waiting list for the yet-to-be-scheduled “next time” — likely to be in early 2015. So, go ahead, look over the registration site, and even though we are full for this time, get in touch with us if you want to be added to the waiting list for next year.

We are also about 2 1/2 weeks out from launching Phase 3: Trauma Recovery for Refugees in San Diego. Last Saturday was our first pre-research community outreach / intake session in City Heights, held at the Southern Sudanese Community Center. We now are about 1/3 of the way to having the number of female East African Refugees we need to be ready to start the pilot on September 6. This coming Saturday we will be repeating this effort with sessions at United Women of East Africa and Horn of Africa. We hope to be full by the end of the day. Continue reading

It’s tonight! Irvine Spectrum – Veggie Grill 6p – 9:30p

Hi everyone,

Just a little friendly reminder – it’s tonight! Come have dinner with us.

 Veggie Grill – Irvine Spectrum Fundraiser for Living Ubuntu August 7, 2014 6p – 9:30p.

Mention “Living Ubuntu” when you order and the Veggie Grill will generously donate 50% of the cost of your meal to our Trauma Recovery for Refugees project.

Can’t make it tonight, but still want to contribute? Thank you so much for your generous support!

Donate here:

 Online fundraising for Phase 3: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego

Contributions of any size help a lot. Monthly contributions help even more :)

Read about Phase 3.

Also, the registration deadline is less than 2 weeks away for:

Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)
Level I Certification Training in San Diego August 22 – 24

Space is really limited and we have been rapidly filling up, so, if you plan to participate, don’t delay – register now!

 See you tonight!

With gratitude,

Barbara English, LMFT
Founder & Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings.