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Trauma Care and Healing for Movements

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Movement work is always difficult but in this historical and political moment it has become dangerous and painful in new ways - to our bodies, minds and spirits.

Do you want to be able to interrupt cycles of burnout and overwhelm? To learn better strategies to address the pain that shows up on your body, heart and mind?

To understand the impact of movement work we have to dig into understanding trauma, of how trauma shows up as we support and build movements for justice, how trauma shows up on the front lines, and how we equip ourselves and our communities to be fully supported for healing before, during and after protest and long haul building.

This workshop will offer an overview of the traumatic impact of protests and movement work as a whole, as well as healing methods and practices to support ourselves and each other in this work.

Do you desire:

  • Healing to support yourself, so we can care for each other and the wider world for the long haul

  • Healing that offers deeper restoration than the one time self-care practices we are often given as the solution to deeper pains.

You are invited to imagine and to be connected to a community of supportive peers in your work for justice.

This workshop is for you if:

  • You are finding the stress of your own life (and your own experience of systemic oppression and marginalization) intertwined with the stress of your work -- unsure of how to balance your own needs with those of the work you're doing to change the world
  • You are feeling triggered or traumatized by the issues you are working on because they reflect pain in your own life experience or in your family

In this workshop and practice circle you will learn:

  • The nature of trauma that is created and occurs specifically in movement and activism spaces.

  • How this kind of trauma is directly related to rhythm and functioning of movements.

  • Traumatic experience specific to crisis in frontlines activism.

  • The impact of multiple levels of marginalization (people of color/women of color/trans & queer persons of color, LGBTQIA persons, women, etc) held by persons in the movement with a focus on intergenerational trauma.

  • Contemplation and healing practices as a response to trauma in the movement - individually and communally.

  • The practice of moving beyond just “self-care” into building a full rhythm of life, community care and ritual practices.

How we will gather

We will gather through a participatory online workshop that is interactive, informative and practice-based. You will be led by Liberatory Leadership Project’s guest faculty Teresa Pasquale Mateus--a trauma specialist and leader in supporting activists and organizers through trauma.

We all have the capacity to heal, but we cannot do it alone. We need deep spiritual resources and we need to do it together, that is how we make our work sustainable — individually and together.

This workshop is part of a series of workshops and trainings led by the Liberatory Leadership Project around the intersections of spirituality, healing, and justice.

This workshop will be recorded.

Cost & Scholarships: $35. If the price is a barrier, please contact us and we will work to connect you with a scholarship. Likewise, if you can, pay it forward, to make this accessible to folks regardless of financial means.

Lead Facilitator

Teresa Pasquale Mateus, LCSW, E-RYT 200 is a trauma therapist, trauma conscious yoga and embodied care provider, and executive director/co-founder of The Mystic Soul Project - a people of color centered approach to contemplation, activism, and healing.

She is author of Mending Broken: A Personal Journey Through the Stages of Trauma & Recovery and Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma. Websites: and

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