In a gentle way you can shake your world (2016) — Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) 5-session group series

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. – Gandhi

In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World (2016)

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)

A five-session group series

Flowering Seed Studio
4001 Birch St, Unit A
Newport Beach, California 92660

 Saturdays, 9:30a – 11:30a

  • February 6
  • February 13
  • February 20

***NO SESSION ON FEBRUARY 27 ***

  • March 5
  • March 12

Early Registration by Wednesday February 3: $100.00 for 5 session series

After February 3 (contact us for space availability): $125 for 5 session series

If you wish to attend, but are experiencing financial hardship,  please contact us.

Questions? Email: info@livingubuntu.org, or call: (949)891.2005.

*Please note: Attendance at the first session is required for participation in this series. Attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged in order to receive maximum benefit.

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Description: There is no prerequisite for participation in this series. It is intended for both first-timers and those already experienced with TRE.

Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) is an easy to learn body-centered method created by Dr. David Berceli. Successfully used in many different countries and conflict zones, it is a simple technique that helps release stress or tension from the body that accumulates from every day circumstances of life, difficult situations, immediate or prolonged stressful situations, or traumatic life experiences (e.g., natural disasters, social or domestic violence, PTSD). Symptoms of unresolved trauma or chronic stress may include difficulties such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, body pain or trouble concentrating.

TRE consists of six simple exercises that help individuals release tension from the muscles, which in turn relaxes the anxiety of our minds, by evoking a muscular shaking process in the body. The exercises elicit this shaking in a controlled and sustained manner. When evoked in this way, this shaking, also called “self-induced therapeutic tremors” or “neurogenic tremors”, begins to release deep chronic muscular tension held within the body.

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  • Please wear soft, flexible clothing that does not restrict breathing or movement.
  • Some of the exercises are done lying on the floor. The workshop room is not carpeted, please bring a mat or blanket to lie on to increase your comfort.
  • Participation in somatic exercises, while safe and effective, could lead to physical or emotional upset. Each participant needs to stay within their own physical and emotional ability.

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Barbara English is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Certified Bioenergetic Therapist, Certified TRE Provider, and TRE Certification Trainer with over 25 years of experience in psychotherapy. Her training included a strong focus on Early Development and Infant Mental Health. Working from a mind-body perspective, she utilizes relational somatic methods as part of the healing process for those seeking recovery after abuse or trauma. Recognizing that current Western models of recovery are grossly inadequate for addressing the pervasiveness of traumatized societies, locally and globally, she founded Living Ubuntu in 2005 and serves as its volunteer Executive Director. She is a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow.

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

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…what is important is how the body feels — Intro to TRE Sep 26


…[most] are not aware of the lack of aliveness in their bodies. People are so accustomed to thinking of the body as an instrument or a tool of the mind that they accept its relative deadness as a normal state. …what is important is how the body feels
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– Alexander Lowen

Hi everyone,

Next Saturday, September 26, 10a – noon, Living Ubuntu is hosting Intro to TRE – Fundraiser: Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees. Many of you are familiar with this method, created by Dr. David Berceli. For those of you that aren’t, I want to encourage you to come give it a try. (See: What is TRE?)

I first learned Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) from Dr. Berceli back in 2004, and it is not an exaggeration to say it dramatically changed my life and the path I was pursuing. The story is too long for email, so if you want to hear it, we need to meet up for coffee ;)

By now I have had the privilege of teaching thousands of people, and countless times I have heard how it helped them sleep better. The list of additional benefits is long. For those who continue to practice it over time, stories of significant healing and a way of being able to enjoy living differently in their own skin are plentiful. Recently, I even heard a story about how it helped someone’s tennis game :)

I am very passionate about the wish for us all to have more access to compassion and live more embodied, healthy lives, so I could go on and on. Instead, I am just going to issue the invitation again – come give it a try and see how you feel. 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

Update #4: Results of PTSD survey of refugees in San Diego

What is the rate of PTSD among refugees in San Diego?

Hi everyone,

Just before 2012 came to an end, we managed to exceed our sample size goal (i.e. our goal was 150, we reached 213) in order to assess the rate of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among refugees in San Diego.  The next step was to analyze the data to see what we could find out, and for that process we owe our thanks to three faculty members at National University — Jan Parker, Brenda Shook, and Charlie Tatum.

It feels painful to me to describe such extreme human suffering in terms of percentages, but with the intention of highlighting just how much the refugees willing to complete our questionnaires have endured, and how many are still suffering currently, it feels important to note below some of the findings.

Eligibility

  • Refugees from Ethiopia, Somalia, Burundi, Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Eritrea, Uganda, or Kenya
  • Currently living in San Diego area
  • 18 years of age or older

Our sample of 213 refugees included

  • An approximately even gender split (slightly more women vs. men)
  • 75% from Somalia, Sudan, or South Sudan
  • Almost 70% that had lived in a refugee camp

The data revealed

  • 83% have endured traumatic experiences (e.g. forced evacuation, lack of food, water, shelter, access to medical care, violence, kidnapping, etc.)
  • 85% are currently suffering from symptoms of trauma, ranging from mild to severe (e.g. nightmares, physical pain, recurrent thoughts of terrifying events, etc.)

Number of traumatic experiences they indicated having gone through

  • More than 70% survived 3 or more
  • More than 50% survived more than 10
  • Nearly 10% survived more than 30

Top 5 trauma events

  1. Forced evacuation
  2. Lack of food and water
  3. Ill health without medical care
  4. Confiscation or destruction of personal property
  5. Lack of Shelter

Top 5 symptoms of trauma

  1. Recurrent thoughts or memories of the most hurtful or terrifying events
  2. Feeling exhausted
  3. Sudden emotional or physical reaction when reminded of the most hurtful or traumatic events
  4. Feeling that you had less skills than you had before
  5. Bodily pain

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At some point later this year will release more of the results in full detail.

These preliminary findings re-affirm our determination to continue with all necessary next steps toward Trauma Recovery for Refugees.

For now, our efforts turn to the planning of Phase 2 of this project, creating an experiential, abbreviated trauma recovery program specifically for the leaders in the refugee community. We will once again be focused on those from countries in eastern Africa. We want the leaders to have a firsthand experience of what our future program will be like. We will need their feedback and their endorsement when we are ready to launch the actual program.

With gratitude,

Barbara English
Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
http://livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005

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

Update #3: After four days of research with refugees… success!

What is the rate of PTSD among refugees in San Diego?

What is the rate of PTSD among refugees in San Diego?

Hi everyone,

Well, we had our fourth day of research in San Diego last Saturday, December 22, and we met with great success!

In order to assess the rate of PTSD in east African refugees living in San Diego, we needed to have completed questionnaires from at least 150 refugees.  We started the day in need of at least 25 more, and by the end of the day after having been at Horn of Africa, and United Women of East Africa Support Team, we had far exceeded that.  The additional 87 questionnaires put us at a grand total of 212!

That means the team at National University can take over in their area of expertise, analyzing the data.

A lot of planning and coordination was required to get us to this point.  It never would have happened if we didn’t have so much help from so many people.

Their names are below, the ones who have graciously given of their time and energy in numerous ways to get us this far.  We can’t thank them enough for their dedicated effort and commitment to this project!  Additionally, we have enjoyed their company along the way : )

Sahra Abdi (United Women of East Africa Support Team),  Abdulahi Aidid,  Reem Anani,  Lisa Grajewski,  Joseph Jok (International Rescue Committee),   Martina Knee (San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition),  John Kuek,  Terri Martin (Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis),  Isaac Mohamed (St. Luke’s Episcopal Church),  Abdi Mohamoud (Horn of Africa),  Hena Mustafa,  Valentine Nyambura,  Jan Parker (National University),  Brenda Shook (National University),  Mohamed Suleiman (San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition),  Charlie Tatum (National University),  Chuol Tut (Southern Sudanese Community Center of San Diego),  Wai John Wai (Sudanese-American Youth Center of San Diego)

Thanks again to everyone!

With gratitude,

Barbara English
Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
http://livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005

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

Update #2: After the first three days of research with refugees

What is the rate of PTSD among refugees in San Diego?

What is the rate of PTSD among refugees in San Diego?

Hi everyone,

Well, our PTSD research sample size continues to be just a little bit short of what we need.

In November, we launched our project to determine the rate of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in East African refugees currently living in San Diego.

After Day #2 we needed another fifty completed questionnaires in order to have an adequate sample size.

Day #3 took place at St Luke’s Episcopal Church and at the Southern Sudanese Community Center of San Diego.  We got about half of what we needed.

So, fourth time is the charm, right?

This coming Saturday, December 22 we will be back in San Diego, splitting our time between two locations, Horn of Africa, followed by United Women of East Africa Support Team.  We are assuredly oh-so-confident this time that we will in fact reach the sample size goal : )

Meanwhile, I am very excited to say that we have already started planning meetings about the actual program, Trauma Recovery for Refugees.  So stay tuned for more developments on that, and also about how the research turns out.

Fingers are once again crossed…

…and once again I want to thank you so much for supporting this project.  You have played an essential role in getting us to this point.

With gratitude,

Barbara English
Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
http://livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005

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

Update #1: After the first two days of research with refugees

What is the rate of PTSD among refugees in San Diego?

What is the rate of PTSD among refugees in San Diego?

Hi everyone,

November was an eventful month.  After the prior months of planning, coordinating and fundraising, in November, we finally launched our project to determine the rate of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in East African refugees currently living in San Diego.  At this point we have successfully completed the first two days of research, and tomorrow will be Day #3.

So far:

  • After collecting completed questionnaires on two dates in November at the Southern Sudanese Community Center of San Diego, we currently have over 100.
  • We still need about 50 more.
  • We hope to meet our sample goal tomorrow, Sunday, December 2nd, by collecting questionnaires at St Luke’s Episcopal Church and again at the community center.
  • We are using two sections of the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ).  One asks about traumatic experiences, the other asks about symptoms, and we added a section for demographic questions.  All information gathered is kept confidential.
  • We are offering the HTQ in four different languages after meeting with success in getting it translated into Arabic, Somali and Swahili, as well as English.
  • We have tried to approach this with as much sensitivity as possible.  At each research event we have volunteers on hand to assist in the process, including mental health clinicians, and translators.
  • When we reach the minimum number of 150 completed questionnaires, team members from National University, professional number-crunchers, will tabulate the data.

To have so many refugees willing to participate is remarkable and what we have asked them to do, we don’t take lightly.  Sitting down and reading a questionnaire that lists nearly every sort of horrific event known to man is not an easy thing for anyone.  For refugees from conflict zones, many of the experiences listed are all too familiar and well-known.  Putting that on paper by answering YES or NO brings its own challenge.  And we feel honored when participants are willing to go through this process as we know it is not an easy one.

The therapist in me wishes we could sit together, going through the questions item by item, able to discuss anything that comes up along the way, processing whatever needed to be processed as part of the questionnaire-completion process.  But that isn’t the way research works.  “Processing” will have to wait for the launch of the trauma recovery program.

So, my fingers are crossed for tomorrow, not only for us to reach our desired sample size, but also that we manage to convey warmth and care while we are there.

Thank you so much to all who’ve supported this project.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

With gratitude,

Barbara English
Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
http://livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005

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