Event: Sexual Harm, Trauma, and The Healing Journey

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NOTE: Opening date for this program is tentatively scheduled for October 1.

Sexual Harm, Trauma, and The Healing Journey

with Robert Wright, Noel McLellan, and Basia Solarz

In dialogue with Basia Solarz and Acharya Noel McLellan, Robert guides us into an understanding of the depth and pervasiveness of sexual abuse in modern society, the nature and stages of trauma, and ways to move toward a healthier and safer community. An opportunity to follow up with questions and discussion will be scheduled.  
About the Presenters
Robert WrightRobert S. Wright is a social worker and sociologist known best for his work in the fields of sexual abuse, child welfare, trauma, cultural competence, and education. In this course, Robert shares knowledge and experience that springs from decades of healing work with individuals and communities as well as his perspective as a queer, black, Christian man. 

He also consults, trains, speaks and comments on a wide range of issues. His extensive pro bono work gave birth to The Peoples’ Counselling Clinic, a non-profit mental health clinic. His pioneering work with colleagues in cultural competence and conducting cultural assessments has received national attention. For more on his work see http://www.robertswright.ca/

Basia Solarz is a Shambhalian who has had a lifelong interest in helping people talk with each other about the things that really matter to them. Originally from Philadelphia, Basia worked for eight years in victim services where she got her first taste of community engagement. This inspired her to study facilitation, group process, and transformative mediation. She later led community engagement efforts for an urban greening program, Philly Green. Currently, she heads up the Workplace Conflict Resolution Program for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, offering transformative conflict coaching, mediation, and education services to the 25,000+ people working in that system. She lives in Halifax, NS with her wife, Acharya Eve Rosenthal.
Noel McLellanAcharya Noel McLellan is a second-generation Shambhala practitioner. At Vidya Elementary School in Boulder and at Shambhala Sun Summer Camps, he formed a deep bond with Shambhala and his generation of “dharma brats.” Noel has lived at Karme Chöling three times, serving in the respective roles of baby, wood crew worker, and Head of Practice and Study. He has also lived at Marpa House and Shambhala Mountain Center. 

Noel lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife Marguerite Drescher and their two ferocious young children, Gabriel and Esmé. He teaches at the Shambhala School, helping to develop a transformative approach to education. He oversees training for young Shambhala teachers and leaders in social transformation, and is a mentor to the Ziji Collective which is dedicated to exploring the confluence of contemporary society and Shambhala principles. Noel’s writings on education, culture and Shambhala are available at broken leaf.

Registration Options

  • Individual rate: The regular course rate is $99.
  • Center and Group rates: $299 Centers, $249 Groups.
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