So much is happening!

Hi everyone,

Thanks again to everyone that showed up at the Living Ubuntu Veggie Grill Fundraiser. It was a lot of fun, great to see all of you, and your support really means a lot.

We also had a really good turnout for our very first “Continuing in the Community” event for the women in City Heights who are part of the East African refugee community. It was so good to see so many coming together in the pursuit of their own personal healing as well as supporting wellness throughout the community. Beginning in September there will be both a women’s group and a men’s group. We continue to need donations to support this project, so any amount you can contribute, one-time or monthly, we would be very grateful for. Donate here. Continue reading

Intro to TRE – Fundraiser: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees (September 26, 2015)

Intro to TRE – Fundraiser:
Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees

Saturday, September 26, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm
4001 Birch St. Unit A
Newport Beach CA 92660

Minimum suggested donation: $20.00
Pay at the door, or donate here.

Phase 4: Continuing in the Community
(Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego)

Come learn Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) and help the East African refugee community in San Diego all at the same time!

We have successfully completed the first three phases of this project, and now need contributions to support continuing the healing in this often over-looked local community.

Can’t attend, but want to donate? Great!

Online fundraising for Phase 4: Continuing in the Community (Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego) Continue reading

It’s tonight! August 6 4p-9p Irvine Spectrum – Veggie Grill Fundraiser for Living Ubuntu

Hi everyone,
This is a friendly reminder that the Irvine Spectrum – Veggie Grill Fundraiser for Living Ubuntu is tonight, August 6 4p-9p. Show up any time within those hours, and we will receive 50% of the sales for anything you order, as long as you mention the fundraiser when you place your order.

I am really looking forward to this evening, and the TRE Group Shake prior at 4p today. I plan to be at the Veggie Grill by 6p and many other members of the Living Ubuntu team will be there too. It would be great to see you there so we can just hang out, connect and enjoy being together with some great food.

Now, to all of you debate watchers, I am aware of this evening’s schedule. Here’s another option for you: order ‘to go’ so you will have tasty Veggie Grill foods to eat at home during prime time ;)

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UN and USDA say, go vegan! | Thur Aug 6 4p-9p LU Veggie Grill Fundraiser

Hi everyone,

Did you know that several years ago the United Nations released a report stating that the world needs to become vegan? Earlier this year, the USDA concluded the same thing.

The reasons are many. Vegans and vegetarians have a much smaller water and carbon footprint. Additionally, to better address global poverty, we need to give up animal products. It is just simple math. In a rapidly growing population, our current high-meat consumption is not sustainable. There isn’t enough land available on this earth to provide for where we are headed, and there is nothing efficient about it. The amount of food currently being grown to feed animals so they can be eaten takes away from the global food supply. It is resource-expensive on every level. (And don’t think switching to fish is going to get us out of this, we have already dangerously over-fished the ocean to the point that certain systems are near collapse. With warming in the ocean, this is going to get worse, not better.) Continue reading

As Phase 3 ends, it’s time for Phase 4: Continuing in the Community (Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego)

The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.
– Rumi

Hi everyone,

Have you been tracking recent developments in the region of eastern Africa? Nick Kristof of the New York Times recently offered a remarkable series on his most recent visit to Sudan, one aptly titled, ‘The Worst Atrocity You’ve Never Heard Of’. Prior to that, he was in South Sudan, and wrote, Tales of Horror Should Galvanize Obama.

Given these extremely horrific situations, we are glad to be able to offer trauma recovery for those who live locally.

As Phase 3 nears its end, it is time to start Phase 4: Continuing in the Community (Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego). Continue reading

Phase 4: Continuing in the Community (Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego)

After years and years of working in this and grappling with this, the conclusion that many of us are coming to is that in order to help these animal, frozen, inappropriate, fight/flight/freeze responses to come to an end, you need to work with people’s bodily responses. You need to help their body to feel like it’s over.
– Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Phase 4: Continuing in the Community

Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego

Will you help us launch Phase 4?

Online fundraising for Phase 4: Continuing in the Community (Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego)


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

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

Living Ubuntu, in collaboration with faculty from National University and local refugee organizations:

  • In December 2012 (Phase 1), 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.

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

  • In September 2013 (Phase 2), educated refugee leaders about trauma, PTSD and recovery by conducting a 6-week series that offered instruction in Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) and psycho-educational material. What is TRE?

Why does trauma recovery for refugees require a somatic approach?

  • In September 2014 (Phase 3), launched a pilot research project that included participants in Treatment and Control groups (gender-specific). TRE and psycho-educational material was taught in the weekly 2-hour Treatment group for 8 weeks and once-a-month for 3 months. All Treatment groups will reach completion by the end of August 2015.

What’s next?

Phase 4: Continuing in the Community

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Water in CA: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – July 23 (and lots more!)

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

Hi everyone,

Okay, so we all know this. California has been suffering from extreme drought for years now. Here’s the question, how many of us really know enough about our local water situation and the complicated issues involved with it? And, as climate change continues, what can we expect, and what do we need to be doing about it?

By the way, did you know?

“By making one meal a week with lentils instead of beef, a family of four can save the equivalent of 17 bathtubs full of water.”
– Oxfam International, The Food Transformation: Harnessing consumer power to create a fair food future

Since this is such an important issue, Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) asked Ray Hiemstra of Orange County Coastkeeper to come help us deepen our understanding. Thursday, July 23, please RSVP to join us for Water in California, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Additionally, we are in the initial planning stages of several local items such as getting cities on board with Meatless Mondays, making solar power more accessible, and reducing OC’s food waste. This would be a great time to jump in with OCCA’s efforts. Our next planning meeting is this week. See details and additional upcoming events at the bottom of this email. Continue reading