Carl Wilkens (4/25/18), TRE (4/28/18), and a trip to Farm Sanctuary – join us?

interspecies-frands1Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate.
We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.
– Desmond Tutu

Hi everyone,

The April events have been great so far, especially, “Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences“. We have received a lot of incredibly positive feedback about the event and several have expressed their desire for it to become something we do annually. We invite you to join our planning team as we take some time to reflect on that idea and ponder the possibilities. Meanwhile, we have two more events this month.

First, a gentle reminder:
An Evening with Carl Wilkens: Beyond Genocide, Respect-Empathy-Inclusion, Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm-9:30pm.
FREE ADMISSION |
EVENT DETAILS & REGISTRATION.

April included many topics that are emotionally challenging. It felt important to end the month with an opportunity to come together and ‘release’. Please join us for:
Intro to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®): Connection, Compassion & Community, Saturday, April 28, 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
FREE ADMISSION | VEGAN REFRESHMENTS | EVENT DETAILS & REGISTRATION. (All are welcome: first-timers and those who have already learned.)

Some of you joined us last May when we visited Farm Sanctuary. We had a great time that day! Since Gene Baur, Co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, was recently here speaking at two of our local events, we wanted to invite you to join us as we visit Farm Sanctuary in Acton again this year, on a weekend, possibly in early June, date: TBD. We will leave mid-morning from Orange County in a carpool, arrive in Acton mid-day, picnic on the grounds with BYO vegan lunch, then take a private Farm Sanctuary tour ($10 to FS per person). Would you like to come with us? Send an email to: info@livingubuntu.org and we will make sure to include you.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

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[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole
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Upcoming Events – 7 items in March (2017) – come join us!

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Hi everyone,

I have seven things to tell you about, all taking place in March. Ready? Here we go! Below please find our Upcoming Events for the remainder of the month. Hope to see you often.

Orange County for Climate Action Meeting
Tuesday, March 7, 6:30p – 8:00p – tonight!

Carl Wilkens at Soka University
(Ikeda Reading Room), 1 University Dr, Aliso Viejo CA 92656 (Read More About Carl)
Monday, March 13, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

TRE Group Shake

Thursday, March 16, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Legacy of Learning – Establishing Equity in the Aftermath of Trauma
, Part 3: A Screening of “In Utero” plus featured guest, Rebecca Amis, co-founder of MUSE School
Thursday, March 16, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

32nd Annual Great American Write-In
(visit the Living Ubuntu & OCCA table)
Saturday, March 18, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Intro to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)
Wednesday, March 22, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

A Screening of Before the Flood

Friday, March 24, 7:00pm – 9:30pm

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

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[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole
.

 

Last day to register for Intro to TRE | Joanna Macy interview

3279999-an-image-of-steps-in-autumn-forest“…the answer came right from my solar plexus: I’m doing this work so that when things fall apart, we will not turn on each other.
Joanna Macy

Hi everyone,

This email is a gentle reminder that the online registration for Wednesday, February 15 7p-9p Intro to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) in Newport Beach will expire tonight. No one will be turned away for lack of funds so please contact us if that is an obstacle.

On this ‘day of the heart’ I hope you will find time to read: Learning to See in the Dark Amid Catastrophe: An Interview With Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy by Dahr Jamail.

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Keep Calm & Go Vegan | Intro to TRE Feb 15 | Veggie Grill fundraiser Feb 23

l110031thumbHi everyone,

One of my favorite t-shirts says, “Keep Calm and Go Vegan”. It is a pretty simple suggestion for optimal health, addressing both of the major causes of disease-causing inflammation in the body (i.e. chronic stress-trauma states in the nervous system and consumption of animal products as a mainstay in one’s diet) while supporting compassionate living at the same time.

For those alarmed by recent local, national, and global events, let alone the day to day situations we all go through in our own personal lives, the “Keep Calm” part might seem unrealistic and possibly ill-advised. However, we are not at our best when living with our emergency response system “on” all the time and sometimes we lose access to the “off” or “dimmer” switch.

If “Keep Calm” is desirable but challenging for you, please consider attending Introduction to Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®), Wednesday, February 15, 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Newport Beach. As always, if paying the registration fee is out of reach for you, please get in touch so we can make other arrangements. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. (What is TRE®?)

And about that “Go Vegan” part. Will you come join us at the Living Ubuntu fundraiser at the Veggie Grill (by Tustin Marketplace) on Thursday, February 23? Come for dinner any time between 4:00pm and 9:00pm, mention “Living Ubuntu” and the Veggie Grill will donate 33% of the sales to us. Your support would mean a lot.

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We got extremely good results!


Hi everyone,
 

Many emphasize educational campaigns for social change without analyzing what might be missing to make them more effective. We are much more than our cognition, yet, we seldom consider the influences of the ongoing back and forth communication of our mind and body. Being in a state of optimal receptivity to learn new things includes feeling safe, well-rested and adequately fed, and that is just for starters. Life experiences including chronic and traumatic stress not only influence the structure and function of our brain and nervous system, they also create deeply embedded tension patterns in the body. This can limit our subjective sense of safety, and inhibit learning new information (or from past experiences), instead becoming stuck in repetitive patterns. Under stress, we can lose access to many abilities including self-reflection, deeper insight, emotional presence, caring, and creativity. Instead we “cope” and “survive” – but we don’t fully “live”, “love” or “learn”. 

I am excited to say that we have recently completed a study of Dr. David Berceli’s Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises – (TRE®) in San Diego working with the East African refugee community. Beyond the many years of positive stories and anecdotal evidence, we now have data and an article about the research which will soon be submitted for publishing. We got extremely good results! In fact, 39 out of 40 symptoms of stress and trauma were statistically significant in the amount they decreased after only eight weeks’ time practicing the exercises. This is a method that can be effectively used with large numbers of highly traumatized people. 

In viewing stress on a continuum from mild chronic daily stress to severe Post Traumatic Stress it is easy to see that the vast majority of our entire society falls somewhere on this continuum. We must consider how much this contributes to a lack of progressive, compassionate vision –  instead keeping us stuck. 

Look around at what is going on in this world and what the existing and potential leadership looks like. With so much at stake, we have no time to waste by repeating patterns that were misguided in the first place, or worse, regressing, as if sinking ever deeper into a putrid, swamp of quicksand we cannot get out of. We need the collective to be at their best. We need trauma-informed advocacy and activists. We need to re-examine our worldview and Belief Systems to see what is holding us back and how to bring change. We need our species to evolve. 

In 2017 we will be launching a new workshop series and this time TRE® will be taught in a different context. We will be focused on Belief Systems and the re-examination of our worldviews. This series of four one-day, once a month workshops will make use of TRE® in order to release deeply held tension patterns that often contribute to us not feeling at our best, additionally limiting our personal growth and global vision. If you are interested, more info will be available soon. The dates are below in the Upcoming Events so you can save them early on. 

Much gratitude to all who helped make the San Diego project possible and successful. Your efforts and contributions matter. Thank you. 

Also – a friendly reminder about tomorrow, October 8, A Screening of Ghosts in our Machine (RSVP). Come at 6p if you want to join the vegan potluck. We will start the film at 7p. 

For more upcoming events, scroll to the bottom of this email. 

Thank you for staying engaged,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

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[Ubuntu] n. What dehumanizes you inexorably dehumanizes me.

:::UPCOMING EVENTS:::

A Screening of The Ghosts in our Machine
Saturday, October 8, 6:00pm – 7:00pm vegan potluck, 7:00pm – 9:00pm film & discussion
Irvine

Thriving on a Plant Based Diet – Part II
Wednesday, October 12, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Fountain Valley

Living Vegan Meeting
Thursday, October 13, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
1151 Dove St #210, Newport Beach

A Screening of Time to Choose
Sunday, October 16, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Irvine

Orange County For Climate Action Meeting
Wednesday, October 19, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
1151 Dove St #210, Newport Beach

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises – Group Shake
Thursday, October 20, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Newport Beach

UN Day Celebration Banquet (UNA-OC event)
Monday, October 24, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Santa Ana

SoCal VegFestvisit the Living Ubuntu booth!
Saturday October 29 & Sunday October 30, 10:00am – 6:00pm each day
Costa Mesa

An Evening of Compassion and Being Together (an event to benefit Living Ubuntu)
Sunday, November 20, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Newport Beach

Re-Examining Belief Systems – a 4-part TRE® workshop series – more info soon
Saturdays: January 21, February 25, March 18, April 15
Orange County

…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

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

Update 9/25: We are now full for this mini workshop.
Please send us an email at info@livingubuntu.org
if you want to be on a first-to-be-notified list for the next one.

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.
RSVP: info@livingubuntu.org

ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT:
Phase 4: Continuing in the Community
(Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego)
RSVP: info@livingubuntu.org

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!
DONATE HERE:

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