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

LIVING UBUNTU
&
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR BIOENERGETIC ANALYSIS

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

Orange County 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

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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
livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005

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

 

Toward Preserving Human Dignity

…we need empathy and compassion for all…
there is too much at stake for us to not pursue this ideal.
- Barbara English

 

This is something I wrote way back in 2008…
…some of the details sound dated, and some of them don’t.
– BE

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September 18, 2008
Toward Preserving Human Dignity
By Barbara English, LMFT

A BBC headline this morning read, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has told his party’s leaders that Monday’s power-sharing deal is a “humiliation”. The word “humiliation” jumped out at me and does not bode well for success. (Click here for the article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7622495.stm.)

I don’t think we adequately comprehend or address the human experiences that lie just below the surface within political leaders, or the influential role they play in determining the success or failure of power sharing agreements and peace accords. Continue reading