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.


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


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

Come have dinner with me August 7 at the Veggie Grill – Irvine Spectrum!


Hi everyone,

If you live locally, come have dinner with us at the Veggie Grill – Irvine Spectrum Thursday, August 7 any time between 6p – 9:30p!

When you order your meal, make sure to mention, “Living Ubuntu” or “fundraiser” and the Veggie Grill will donate 50% of the sales amount to us for Trauma Recovery for Refugees (click here to read about Phase 3).

They have great food and we need your support. So please help us by getting the word out to your friends, family, co-workers, and random strangers you meet on the street. Make sure everyone comes with a good appetite and ready for a really tasty meal — let’s all go hang out together!

BTW: we had a great event last Sunday evening; thanks again to Julia, Joseph and Wai, and to all of you that attended! Here is the link to the recently launched Decisive Action – Sudan. Check it out and see where you fit in to this national collaborative effort to address the extreme emergencies in Sudan / South Sudan.

See you on August 7th :)

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.


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

Global Warming & Climate Change – Living Ubuntu’s Statement of Concern

“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.”
– Dalai Lama

Global Warming and the Resulting Climate Change

Living Ubuntu’s Statement of Concern

Living Ubuntu is a non-profit organization with a focus on mind-body issues, specifically health and well-being, and the effects of stress, trauma and compassion fatigue. We seek to increase awareness of the global and local impact of these issues, build a sense of community, and encourage living a more fully embodied life.

Given our areas of focus, we are extremely concerned about the disastrous implications of global warming and its direct negative effect on our mission. Climate change is already evident and by all estimations — will get worse. Continue reading

Global Warming & Climate Change – Living Ubuntu’s Pledge

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”
– Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Global Warming and the Resulting Climate Change

Living Ubuntu’s Pledge

Global Warming & Climate Change – Living Ubuntu’s Statement of Concern

  • At public events, we will:
    • serve only vegetarian foods (vegan and organic as much as possible).
    • purchase our food and other products from local sources whenever possible.
    • serve water from pitchers and not use individual disposable plastic water bottles.
    • exhaust our current supplies, then replace with eco-friendly plates, napkins, cups, utensils.
    • not use styrofoam.
    • begin a process toward the goal of ‘zero-waste’ at larger events.
  • At our office, we will:
    • use filtered water on site, i.e. no water cooler that requires water delivery.
    • use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
    • use recycled paper whenever possible.
  • For public marketing and other communications, we will:
    • not use postal mail, using digital means as much as possible.
    • begin implementing QR codes when feasible to reduce need for paper.
  • Additionally, we will:
    • carpool when we can and encourage others to do the same.
    • begin integrating raising awareness of global warming into our events and public messages.
    • keep looking for additional things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint and encourage others to do the same.

Cool California – Simple Steps for a Sustainable Future

“Live simply so that others may simply live.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“…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 ;) Continue reading