In a gentle way you can shake your world (2015) — Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) 8-session group series

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

In a Gentle Way You Can Shake Your World

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)

An eight-session group series

 Impart Wisdom & Wellness Center
540 N. Golden Circle Drive, Suite #108
Santa Ana, California 92705

UPDATE 1/31/15: The time of day for these sessions has been changed, noted in the schedule below. All sessions will be Sundays 9a-11a, with the exception of Sunday March 8 which will be 1p-3p.

  • Sunday February 15, 9a-11a *
  • Sunday February 22, 9a-11a
  • Sunday March 1, 9a-11a
  • Sunday March 8, 1p-3p


  • Sunday March 22, 9a-11a
  • Sunday March 29, 9a-11a
  • Sunday April 5, 9a-11a
  • Sunday April 12, 9a-11a

Register by Friday February 13: $240 for entire series (save $40) OR $35.00 per session

Pay $240.00 for entire series

Pay $35.00 per session

For more information or to register: email:, or call: (949)891.2005. Due to limited space, registering ASAP is highly recommended.

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

*Please note: Attendance at the first session is required for participation in this series unless you have learned TRE previously. For all attendees, attendance at all sessions is strongly encouraged in order to receive maximum benefit.


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What’s a mere human to do? (Intro to TRE May 17)

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
– Hermann Hesse

Hi everyone,

April was amazing! Thanks again to everyone that came out to attend the “Remembering the Past Toward Healing our Future” events. Genocide is an incredibly horrific topic to deal with, and can rapidly take a toll on anyone trying to learn more about it, let alone the enormous (beyond description) toll it takes on those who have lived through it, or were born into a family that did. In line with the title, the question begs to be asked, what can we do to better address the need for healing in this world, in our own lives, and the lives of others? What can be done ‘toward healing our future’?

As we look around our world there is much that is in urgent need of sustained attention, committed engagement, and well-thought-through, wise action. We see alarming reports on global warming, numerous international conflicts, countless natural disasters, and an array of important additional long-neglected domestic issues.

Yet most people in our society are just trying to survive the overwhelm that comes from seeking to keep up on the many varied demands of everyday living.

With so much required of us, in so many different ways, what’s a mere human to do?
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April 29 Chapman & April 30 Closing Reception – the last two April GAPM events

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Hi everyone,

This coming week brings the final two events of the April 2014 GAPM film series, Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future.

Tuesday, April 29 at 7p, please join us at Chapman University for An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance that includes a screening of the film, “Numbered”. The program also includes a Musical Tribute, Lighting of Candles and a talk given by the filmmaker, Uriel Sinai. Just like all of our other events this month, we will be asking you to contribute your heart felt thoughts on one of the cards that features a photograph and story of a genocide survivor or victim. Messages from all events become part of the mobile exhibit “Everyone Has a Name” on display the following evening at the Closing Reception.

Details of the Wednesday April 30 7p Closing Reception are as follows. We wanted to offer a time to get together and connect after six very powerful events. Integration of experiences is an important part of any journey. Please join us in the University Synagogue Social Hall as we gather for reflective conversation, and begin to think about how we can collaboratively move forward, addressing the question: what’s next?

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Intro to Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), May 17 in Santa Ana

Paradoxically, the more we let go into life the more we discover that we can re-take control of our lives and participate once again in the precarious nature of being human. Only by letting go can we unlock ourselves from the past, be delivered into the future and prepare ourselves for our next evolutionary experience.
– Dr. David Berceli


Introduction to
Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)

An introductory level experiential mini workshop on chronic and traumatic stress, vicarious and trans-generational trauma, compassion fatigue, and recovery

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:30a-12:30p

American Red Cross of Orange County
Room 232 PC (in the main building) – ROOM CHANGED TO 208PC
601 N Golden Cir Dr
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Pre-registration by May 15:

At the door, if space available:

*If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact us. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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The human body registers everything that occurs to it, both physically and neurologically. And if we do not resolve trauma all it can do is to continue to wear us down over life psychologically, emotionally and physically.
– Dr. David Berceli

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The trauma of everyday life on this planet

“The French say that to part is to die a little. To be forgotten too is to die a little. It is to lose some of the links that anchor us to the rest of humanity. When I met Burmese migrant workers and refugees during my recent visit to Thailand, many cried out: “Don’t forget us!” They meant: ‘Don’t forget our plight. Don’t forget to do what you can to help us. Don’t forget we also belong to your world.’

When the Nobel Committee awarded the peace prize to me they were recognizing that the oppressed and the isolated in Burma were also a part of the world. They were recognizing the oneness of humanity. So for me receiving the Nobel Peace Prize means personally extending my concerns for democracy and human rights beyond national borders. The Nobel Peace Prize opened up a door in my heart.”

– Aung San Suu Kyi.  See highlights of her Nobel acceptance speech.

Hi everyone,

Since we recently had a retreat about “the pain of being forgotten… the power of being remembered” (link), it seemed even more timely to hear the words of Aung San Suu Kyi as she recently gave her Nobel Peace Prize speech in person, 21 years on delay.  If we aspire to not forget, but instead to remember, to hold in mind, to keep in our heart, to bear witness, to stand with, to stand up for those who suffer greatly — how do we maintain our own inner state so that we are able to stay alive to the pain of others?  How do we hear of tragedy after tragedy and not lose heart, nor give in to the inevitable temptation to look away, to turn away, to turn our back on those so desperately in need of help?

We cannot afford to underestimate the toll it takes on us to pay attention and seek to remain responsive.  We are all at risk for being vicariously traumatized.  Chronic and traumatic stress decrease empathy.  The very act of seeking to be caring, over time, puts us at risk for winding up less caring. With all that is going on in this world, we cannot afford to ignore this.

And, we pay a price in our bodies.  Everything from unrelenting tension in our neck, back, shoulders and jaw, to sleep disturbances, anxiety, weight gain, impatience, GI distress and a host of other things can result.  In the long-term, we are at heightened risk of disease such as diabetes or heart disease.

Fortunately, our bodies also hold the key to staying well.

In our summer body group, we will be making use of Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), a body-centered method that is highly effective for releasing the deep chronic tensions that can accumulate from vicarious trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress, and especially the everyday cumulative stress that comes our way merely by living on this planet.

All details are below and on our website.  To create an emotionally safe, secure space, we are limiting attendance to 10 people.  If there is any financial hardship, please get in touch with us.  We will gladly make arrangements to suit your situation.


Barbara & Anshul
Living Ubuntu
(949) 891-2005

 “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.  Beautiful people do not just happen.”

– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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“I can’t keep pushing it away anymore”

Using TRE to heal the trauma of everyday living

“My normal way of coping just doesn’t work anymore.”
“There is never enough time. I can’t keep up with life.”
“How can I stop worrying all the time?”
“Why can’t I get a good night’s sleep?”
“I’m tired of trying the same thing again and again. Where is the joy?”

Living Ubuntu Summer Body Group
July – September 2012
6 sessions on Sunday afternoons (2:00p-4:30p)

Orange County, CA

Starts Sunday, July 8th
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This Living Ubuntu Summer Body Group series will be experiential and offered in a casual setting. It will emphasize Bioenergetic body-centered methods to help us get in touch with these experiences, learn to stay more grounded, and help bring change and healing into our wounded and stuck places.

Barbara English is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field.  As a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist, she works from a mind-body perspective, and utilizes relational somatic methods as part of the process toward healing and a sense of well-being.  Much of her training has focused on Early Development, Infant Mental Health, and healing after abuse or trauma.  She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Living Ubuntu.

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Questions?  Contact us at (949) 891-2005 or

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