In November 2018, a group of women and men from South Sudan will travel to Mozambique to participate in a Healing Retreat.
The retreat is based on self-care, community, and healing and seeks to build participants’ self-care skills using the training from the Centre of Mind Body Medicine (http://www.cmbm.org).
Approximately 35 Mozambican, South Sudanese, and South African artists and artisans, grassroots and civil society members will participate.
This first retreat will be based on developing Mind Body skills essential for dealing and working in stressful environments and is designed to create an environment for self-care, self-awareness and group support through the use of different healing and coping techniques. The retreat will provide opportunities for healing of service providing communites across Africa.
This retreat aims to bring together and connect people from different background and different experiences to share and together build in each other the capacity to ‘self-heal’.
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) is currently delivering one of the world’s largest, most effective programs for healing population-wide psychological trauma. The CMBM model directly addresses the causes and symptoms of psychological trauma, stress, depression, and burnout. The practical techniques taught are adaptable to a wide variety of cultures worldwide. This low cost approach builds community and reduces violence, promotes gender equality, and helps create a stronger civil society.
About the organization:
ROOTS of South Sudan is US 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011, raises funds and facilitates grant applications on behalf of The ROOTS PROJECT, a Sudanese NGO founded by Anyieth D’Awol. The funds are used to support its facility (located in Juba), the project's craft activities, equipment and learning materials and provide members with job skills, literacy and math training; and a safe environment for mothers and their young children to work and learn. http://rootofsouthsudan.org.
As part of its peace building and community empowerment efforts, the Roots Members have been developing skills in trauma reduction to counter effects of conflict that broke out in 2013. This fundraiser seeks to support the retreat bringing 5 members of the Roots Project, 4 members of SS Civil society to Mozambique together with artists, activists and civil society members from Mozambique and South Africa.
Dr. Tara Shelby, Dr. Brooke Leason and Anyieth D’Awol are from the US, Puerto Rico, and South Sudan will receive onsite support from 2 Faculty, Sabrina N’Daiye and Dr Carol Penn and program support from Associate Director of Global Trauma Relief, Musarrat Al-Azzeh through the CMBM. All the women are passionate about community, connection, social justice and healing.
For the participants, this will be a great chance to meet and share their experiences of conflict, survival, personal struggles and strengths from their own realities and perspectives to equip them with skill to enhance their life and work.
This retreat has been made possible by the generous financial support of the Van Arden Foundation, friends and the practitioners who are traveling at their own expense and donating their time. We are excited to be able to offer this program to the participants.
The funds raised with this campaign will help cover the travel of participants to Inhambane Province, Mozambique, accommodations for 22 of the participants, food and support required to make this retreat possible.
We thank you in advance for your contributions.