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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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)

Background

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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Intro to TRE – Fundraiser for Nepal this Sunday, June 14

Compassion is not a quality to be cultivated in isolation, aloof from life. It is easy to be compassionate from a distance, when your heart is undisturbed. When you are surrounded by those who love and care for you, when you have built a world where pain is repressed or ignored, you can easily immerse yourself in thoughts of love and tolerance. Yet that is a fragile world, built on foundations that will always crumble. Compassion speaks of the willingness to engage with tragedy, loss, and pain. Its domain is not only the world of those you love and care for, but equally the people who threaten you, the countless people you don’t know, the homeless person you meet on the street, and the situations of anger and hatred you recoil from. It is here that you learn about the depths of tolerance and understanding that are possible for each one of us. It is here that you learn about dignity, meaning, and greatness of heart.
– Christina Feldman

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the short notice. We have accepted the international invitation to participate in “Global TRE Shake… to Ground Nepal”.

This coming Sunday, June 14, 4p-6p, in Newport Beach, we are offering Intro to TRE – Fundraiser for Nepal. This event has a minimum suggested donation of $20.00. ALL proceeds will directly benefit TRE For All in collaboration with TRE-Humanitarian Support Asia (TRE-HSA) as they seek to: Create and Install a Sustainable TRE® Relief Program in Nepal for Long Term Earthquake Recovery.

Can’t attend, but want to contribute? DONATE HERE.

Still not sure what TRE is? Check out the videos below.

Want to join us on Sunday? RSVP: info@livingubuntu.org.

(And bring a mat or blanket to lie down on, the room is not carpeted.)

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We need a more heart-full relationship with the Earth — we need to resolve the trauma.

“Either we develop a more heart-full relationship with the Earth that sustains us, or we destroy ourselves and life on the planet.”
From: We Need to Relearn That We’re a Part of Nature, Not Separate From It
(This essay is absolutely worth reading in its entirety.)

Hi everyone,

This morning I saw the above essay and as I read it I felt spontaneous breath restored into my body, the life force breath of resonating with something that is a profound truth.

We are part of nature, yet mostly live in inner states that block our perception of that.

We have so many incredibly well-intentioned, important movements for social change that deal with issues as if they occur in a vacuum. Perhaps that is yet another symptom of the generalized disconnect.

For those who seek a more peaceful world, e.g. ending domestic, campus, or street violence, genocide, mass atrocities, and etc. — how can we truly progress in those areas without dramatically increasing provisions for traumatized people to resolve the trauma that is part of the root cause of what perpetuates violent reactivity and prevents conflicts from being resolved more peacefully in the first place? How can we expect next generations to be any different, given that trauma is trans-generational, unless the adults are given opportunities to heal? Continue reading

Get some relief! Registration for TRE series ends this Friday, Feb 13


Hi everyone,

I hear people talking about feeling overwhelmed more than ever before. It is evident that the vast majority of us are being traumatized by trying to keep up with the day to day commitments of daily living. The ‘day to day’ no longer consists of just keeping up with family, friend and employer commitments; it includes the impossibility of keeping up with a seemingly endless stream of digital communications. Then there’s the additional overwhelm of noting the world around us, e.g. global warming, mass atrocities, petty, polarized politics, etc. Not to mention the emotional contagion of stressed-out states in other humans; it takes an awful lot of groundedness to be able to resist getting swept up into someone else’s experience. When things really get to be too much, we go a little numb, but that doesn’t do anything to address the root of the problem, we just temporarily feel it less. And we can’t think our way out of it because the problem isn’t coming from the rational brain.

It is our nervous system that needs to shift, and that is best accomplished by doing something that speaks its language. When the old way stops working – even though it’s hard to add anything additional into the schedule — it’s time to try something new :)

Seriously — come get some relief! Join us for the upcoming Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) 8-session group series. This coming Sunday February 15 9a-11a in Santa Ana is the first session of In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World. The registration deadline is Friday February 13. (What is TRE?)

Also – on Saturday February 28, Orange County for Climate Action is hosting A Screening of Cowspiracy in Irvine. Click here for details.

Warmly,

Barbara English, LMFT
Founder and 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.

In a Gentle Way You Can Shake the World – Gandhi

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

Hi everyone,

Thanks again to everyone that recently attended Toward a More Peaceful World. As follow-up to that event, In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World (2015) — an 8-session Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) group series in Santa Ana starts Sunday February 15. This group is open to the public, regardless of prior TRE experience (preregistration is required, no walk-ins).

Participating in this group is a great way to continue what you learned during the Dr. David Berceli workshop, and, it is also a great first experience if you missed the workshop and have never learned TRE before. If it is your first time, attendance at the first session is required. Life is busy, so you can come to as many or as few as your schedule permits, however, the benefits of TRE practice are cumulative and gain momentum over time, so I would strongly encourage you to attend as many as you can. If you attend six or more sessions, you will notice far more change than attending fewer sessions. And the group as a whole will also benefit from having consistency in attendees. I will give a little bit of instruction on a different topic each time, but the majority of time will be spent in the actual practice of TRE.

Living Ubuntu is a volunteer-run organization. I will be donating my time for this group. All net proceeds will benefit Phase 3: Trauma Recovery for East Africa Refugees in San Diego. Once again, here is an opportunity for you to invest in your own well-being, while supporting TRE research, and helping us to provide services to a traumatized population that often doesn’t get help recovering, all at the same time! :)

February 15 is less than two weeks away, and space is limited, so it’s time to sign up. Register here.


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Come celebrate with us this weekend! TODAY is last day to register.

Hi everyone,

Toward a More Peaceful World is this coming weekend and as gentle reminder, online registration ends this evening, January 14 at 11p.

My recent emails have emphasized the 2-day workshop being presented by Dr. David Berceli, but that isn’t the only great thing happening this weekend. The Living Ubuntu Birthday Celebration will be Saturday evening and registration for that is separate from the workshop. So if for some reason you can’t make it to the workshop – come celebrate with us in the evening!

We have gotten amazing donations for the silent auction. Need an iPad? Acupuncture? Wine tasting? Come place your bid! Plus we have several Ubuntu-themed activities that we think you will really enjoy, and of course lots of really tasty, great food too ;)

Net proceeds will benefit Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego. Make sure to register by 11p tonight so you can join us in having a great time Saturday evening and help support this critically important project all at the same time.

And if for some reason you just can’t be there this weekend, support the project by donating here.

Grateful for your continued engagement and support,

Barbara English, LMFT
Founder & Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005
[Ubuntu] n. a person is a person through other persons

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Two incredible events — register for both by 11p TONIGHT!

Celebrate Living Ubuntu’s 10th Birthday!

Toward a More Peaceful World

Dr. David Berceli and Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)

A 2-day workshop January 17-18 | An evening celebration January 17

Golden West College
15744 Goldenwest St
Huntington Beach, California, 92647

Net proceeds will benefit Living Ubuntu’s Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego.

Open to the public. CEUs available for LMFTs and LCSWs.

Click here for more info or to register by January 14.

Much gratitude to all of our partners, donors and sponsors!

LIVING UBUNTU
GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE PEACE STUDIES PROGRAM
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR BIOENERGETIC ANALYSIS
CARL WILKENS FELLOWSHIP
THE GRAIN PROJECT
I-ACT
SAN DIEGO TRAUMA-INFORMED GUIDE TEAM
TRE, LLC
BLUE HEART COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE
BRIDGETTE HANNING
BUDDHAMOUSE EMPORIUM
COSTCO
CUMMINS & WHITE, LLP
LARA MONTAGNE PHOTOGRAPHY
MIDAN AL TAHRIR
MOTHER’S MARKET
PRP WINE INTERNATIONAL
STAPLES
STEVE KAYE PHOTOGRAPHY
SWEET SENSATIONS
THE LIVING TEMPLE
WHOLE FOODS
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Time to end the overwhelm – 6 more days to register for Toward a More Peaceful World

…if our muscles and guts are set to respond to danger, then our mind will tell us that we have something to fear….
The degree to which we cannot deeply feel our body’s interior is the degree to which we crave excessive external stimulation.
 – Dr. Peter Levine

Hi everyone,

Okay – first, the bad news.

In today’s world, most of us feel overwhelmed, either chronically, or intermittently. There is just so much to deal with and on so many different levels of life. Overwhelm is everywhere in our society. It’s epidemic. We don’t easily admit the truth of how overwhelming life can be, and what it really indicates about our quality of life and health as individuals and as a society. Most of us have grown accustomed to living right on the edge; we stretch our capacity just about as far as it can go, and then often, we just stay there. We adapt to life in this unnatural state and come to think of it as just the way life is. But it takes a toll, some of it we notice, some of it we don’t. Even taking a break is not enough. It doesn’t still our mind for long, muscles remain tight and tense, mood less than ideal, and sleep is disturbed. Overwhelm sits only one notch below “I can’t” and we cling desperately to staying within the belief that “I can” – even when that requires a bit of denial.

Now here’s the good news: you still have six more days to register for Toward a More Peaceful World.

It’s the start of a new year – an excellent time for change. Equally powerful to your body’s instinctual survival response, is your body’s instinctual recovery response. Most people due to societal conditioning and other factors have utterly suppressed and lost access to the body’s wisdom. That doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Chronic overwhelm means you are stuck. Come get unstuck. In service to your own health and well-being, come experience what is possible for you when your body is able to remember what it already knows how to do naturally – how to recover.
Let’s come together in making this much needed personal and cultural shift. Your tense muscles, spinning mind, and significant others will all thank you.

BTW: We have added a group discount, so make sure you sign up with a friend, or lots of them :)

Barbara English, LMFT
Founder & Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005
[Ubuntu] n. a person is a person through other persons

9 DAYS LEFT to make your end-of-year gift & receive your 2014 tax deduction!


Hi everyone,

The holiday season is here, and the year will soon come to an end. With nine days left in 2014, it’s not too late to make an end-of-year gift and get your 2014 tax deduction. Your donation will get an instant 1% match if you use PayPal during checkout. There’s truly no better time to make a contribution.

Thank you for your continued support for all that we do. We can’t do it without you. Celebrate the season of giving, and make a donation now.

Happy Holidays!
The Team at Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. a person is a person through other persons

Toward a More Peaceful World