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Turning Ghosts into Ancestors: Waking Up from Trauma and Coming to Life.
February 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
War trauma is a great teacher, would that we could learn from it. It not only generates extensive dysregulation, it engenders the most profound moral wounds; as painful as any bullet. It can also teach us about coming back to life: post-traumatic growth, the conditions for change, and how the healing process unfolds. It holds lessons for working with a range of other trauma.
For ten years, the instructor and his team at Coming Home Project offered integrative residential retreats for thousands of veterans, families and children from around the country. They uncovered a robust and reliable process called Turning Ghosts into Ancestors which helps transform anguish and restore aliveness, hope, growth, and connection with others and self. Drawing from his book, Waking Up From War: A Better Way Home for Veterans and Nations (foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama), the instructor presents his pioneering integrative approach, confirmed by peer-reviewed research, that draws both from psychoanalytic and Buddhist principles, seamlessly melded in a non-denominational relational setting. It was successfully adapted to help care providers and is being developed to help survivors of other cumulative trauma.