“…that’s what Little-Brains do…”

…Being from earth as you are, and using as little of your brain as you do, your life has pretty much been devoted to dealing with fear… everybody on earth deals with fear… that’s what Little Brains do…
— from the Albert Brooks comedy, ‘Defending Your Life’

Hi everyone,

The older I get, the faster time seems to go. I suspect I’m not the only one. Hmmm… now that I think about it, the older I get, the more the world looks populated by 12-year-olds that claim to be in their twenties.  And… come to think of it, the older I get, I realize that a lot of things older people said that I didn’t believe when I was much, much younger are actually true.

Age changes us. It’s meant to. And by the way, no, I am really not that old… yet ;)

I remember the first time I learned Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises and heard its creator, Dave Berceli, talk about “Wisdom Born of Trauma”. It was one of the most inspiring and optimistic views of trauma, recovery, and potential for evolving the species that I had ever heard. Currently in this world, we have a shortage of wise elders and instead, a society full of “grey-haired adolescents” … except here in Orange County almost everyone has a stylist ;)

The point is that it doesn’t have to be that way. We can grow, we can heal, and we can evolve into a more conscious, compassionate human race. It is possible, if enough of us collectively choose to pursue the path that leads to wisdom.

It’s been 10 years since I first met Dave. OMG has it really been that long?! Geez… it feels like it was only yesterday. Seriously, where does the time go?… Anyway… My good friend and colleague,Terri Martin, was also there back in 2004 for the initial life-changing first TRE / first Berceli experience, and in a few short weeks we embark upon the next phase of the journey, not just teaching TRE for self-use, but beginning to train others to teach it.

We will be teaching TRE Certification Level I August 22-24 in San Diego. (Yay!) 

So, give it some thought, check out the info at the above link, and sign up soon if you want to do it as we are going to limit it to a small number of attendees.

Also, a friendly reminder about this weekend. I hope you are planning to join us Sunday July 27 6:30p in Irvine for God Grew Tired of Us. With Wai, Julia and Joseph there, it’ll be a great event :)


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

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

Screening of God Grew Tired of Usthis Sunday!
Sunday, July 27 6:30p-9p

LU & UNA-OC – Orange County for Climate Action Planning Meeting
Wednesday, July 30 6:30p
2424 SE Bristol Street #300, Newport Beach, CA 92660
If you arrive late, the door will be locked, call Patty’s cell to be let in: 949.246.2969
Conference call-in number: (951) 262-4343 | Participant access code: 377504

Veggie Grill – Irvine Spectrum Fundraiser for Living Ubuntu
Thursday August 7 6p-9:30p

TRE Certification Level I Training - space is limited; time to register!
Friday August 22 – Sunday August 24
San Diego

TRE Certification Level II Training
Friday December 5 – Sunday December 7
San Diego


UNA-USA OC Chapter – Coffee Talk - this Saturday!
Saturday July 26 10a-12p
Santa Ana

South Sudanese and Sudanese Annual Picnic - this Saturday!
Saturday, July 26 9a-8p
San Diego

Screening of God Grew Tired of Us – July 27 | Veggie Grill Fundraiser – August 7

You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them — for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.
– Dalai Lama

Hi everyone,

This fall we will launch Phase 3: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego. Meanwhile, headlines like this are all too frequent and extremely alarming: UN relief chief warns of looming disaster amid linked crises in Sudan and South Sudan.

Given the urgency, we wanted to do an event to connect the dots between the crises in Sudan / South Sudan, those who have come from there to live in the US arriving as refugees, and the project we will soon be launching in San Diego. Continue reading

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

The Veggie Grill


A Fundraiser for Living Ubuntu

***Thursday, August 7, 2014***
6pm to 9:30pm

When you order, mention the fundraiser, or Living Ubuntu
and 50% of your food & beverage purchases
will be donated
to Living Ubuntu for its local
Trauma Recovery for Refugees project.

Veggie Grill
Irvine Spectrum Center
81 Fortune Drive


Taking TRE to the next level: Training and Research

This era of human history is witnessing tremendous trauma on a global scale. It seems impossible to try and stop such tragedy despite our greatest desires to do so. In light of this unstoppable, irreversible and seemingly self-destructive era of our humanity, we need to ask: What possible good can come of all this violence? Once again, if we view trauma as a part of life, we must consider the possibility that the large scale trauma that we are experiencing has the potential of helping us evolve into a more ethical, moral and caring species. This global trauma can be viewed as the pain of the human species going through the birthing canal to be born into a new era of human consciousness.
- Dr. David Berceli

Hi everyone,

We have done many events over the years featuring Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). We have done everything from bringing its creator, Dave Berceli, out here to give workshops, to participating in ongoing practice together for years in the Ubuntu groups, to the incorporation of TRE into a variety of retreats and other experiential settings.

TRE has been extremely beneficial to me personally and I have had the privilege of witnessing delightful transformations in the lives of those willing to commit to an ongoing practice with it. Beyond a moment’s relief, over time, it has the power to bring resolution, restoration, and healing.

Now we are taking TRE to the next level in two inter-related ways: Training and Research.

1.)    We will be offering TRE Level I Certification Training in San Diego August 22 – 24.
This training is for those who seek to go deeper in their TRE learning experience. This 3-day workshop is a professional level training and the first step toward certification for those who want to learn how to teach it to others. (Level II will be offered December 5-7, more info soon.)

2.)   On September 6 we will launch Phase3: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego.
This pilot research project will allow us to teach TRE to 20 female refugees with faculty from National University analyzing the effectiveness of this approach.
Continue reading

Happy Interdependence Day

To make this world different we have to realize that the self is plural, it’s an absolute delusion that’s killing the planet to think that the self is separate.
– Daniel Siegel

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow is Independence Day, aka, the 4th of July. I hope you all enjoy yourselves!

While this cherished holiday celebrates the historical moment of coming to stand on our own as a country, I would suggest that it is not the least bit unpatriotic to simultaneously take note of the healthy human state, Interdependence.

We need each other. We are inter-woven and inter-connected. ‘A person is a person through other persons.’ Continue reading

Help us help local refugees. Help us change the paradigm.

While love is the source of life, it is not the protector of life.  It is naïve to believe that being a loving person will assure that one will not be hurt in life….
- Alexander Lowen

Hi everyone,

Trauma is universal. No one lives on this earth for very long without having some sort of trauma happen. It is just part of being human, stuff happens. Any life-threatening event that co-occurs with feeling helpless can give us trouble unless we fully resolve the experience.

Large numbers of soldiers returning from war are truly suffering and it would be beyond ‘bad enough’ if that was the only aspect of PTSD we needed to address. Or if it was only when something hugely catastrophic like 9/11 occurred, but it’s not.

We also have to contend with natural disasters and car accidents, school shootings and domestic violence, dreaded diseases and medical procedures that make us panic… not to mention the myriad negative effects that stem from cumulative, chronic everyday stress.

It’s time for change. We need a recovery paradigm that addresses the body, is more accessible, less costly, more effective, well-suited for various cultures, and can accommodate large numbers of people.

Many local refugees are dealing with all of the same things we are, plus the ramifications of having come from situations awful enough that the only way to survive was to flee. They lost all that was once familiar… and many that were family.

This fall we seek to launch Phase 3: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego, an 8-week pilot study with 40 female refugees.

This same model of recovery could be applied in the future to many different high-risk, under-served communities. It can greatly reduce the cost while increasing effectiveness and access for many more people who need help. In this “evidence-based” society, we just need to document it works.

Phase 3 is a critically important step toward helping local refugees recover and changing the paradigm. We need your help getting the word out about this project. To launch this fall, we need to raise $18,600 within the next two months.

       We need your generous support to make it happen.

         Will you help us?

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

                 Help us help local refugees. Help us change the paradigm.

Thank you in advance for your support,

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.

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

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

There are over 20,000 refugees from East African countries (e.g. Sudan, Somalia, Uganda) currently living in San Diego.

If their homeland had been a safe place to live, they wouldn’t have become refugees.

In December 2012, Living Ubuntu, in collaboration with faculty from National University and local refugee organizations completed a survey to assess the rate of Post-Traumatic Stress among refugees from East Africa living in San Diego.

The results confirmed high levels of unresolved trauma:

83% had endured traumatic experiences (e.g. forced evacuation, lack of food, water, access to medical care, violence, kidnapping)

85% were suffering from symptoms of trauma, ranging from mild to severe.

Services for refugees remain extremely limited.

Why is it difficult for refugees to get help for trauma & PTSD?

What can be done to help?


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