Learn more about the interactive and experiential breakout sessions during Building Resilience below. The sessions have been designed for you to experience integrative practices in addressing trauma, showcase existing community models, and explore new avenues of implementation. All sessions will take place twice – once in the morning and again in the afternoon.
Meditative/Reflective Healing Practices
Healing Trauma Through Befriending Our Pain
Session Leaders: Myoshin and Edwin Kelley, Sr. Instructors, Tergar Mediation Community
Session Description: Meditation enables us to transform our relationship to our experience by connection in a more loving, caring way. This helps us to develop a more accepting relations with our deeply held pain. We will examine two skillful meditation techniques that allow us to be more at ease with difficult emotions. We will begin with the practice of non-judgemental awareness and conclude with the cultivation of a warm and loving heart toward our self and others.
Session Outcomes: You will be introduced to two simple meditation techniques that will allow you to open to and more easily accept difficulty in life.
Session Leader: Rev. Ward Bauman, Director, House of Prayer
Session Description: Centering Prayer is a contemplative practice of silent prayer preparing the practitioner to experience the presence of God with oneself. This practice draws from the ancient contemplative practices described in the “The Cloud of Unknowing” and also in the writings of Christian mystics throughout history. This practice facilitates a movement from a more active, discursive form of prayer to a reception and resting in the presence of the sacred within us.
Session Outcomes: We will learn briefly about the history of how this practice arose. We will practice the basic form and process of this discipline. We will reflect together about sensations and experience of doing this together. Reverend Bauman will provide resources to communities and information to continue this practice at the end of this session.
Indigenous Ceremonial and Ritual Healing
Aokiniimo (Cedar Bath in the Blackfoot language)
Session Leaders: Linda EagleSpeaker, Elder in Residence Minnesota Indian Women Resource Center & Donna LaChapelle, Elder in Residence, Nokomis Endaad Treatment Center at Minnesota Indian Women Resource Center
Session Description: Aokiniimo is a sacred bath using four medical plants for healing trauma, water, sage, cedar and traditional tobacco. We will describe the Cedar Bath ceremony giving instructions for the use and sacred meaning of each plant by educating the audience in the step by step process to holistic wellness.
- Gathering, preserving and ceremonial use of four of seven sacred medicines.
- Learn to prepare yourself physically and emotionally for sacred cedar bath.
- Learn to smudge entire body properly with sage.
- Learn to prepare and boil the cedar water
- Learn to cleanse yourself deeply in the cedar bath.
- Learn to release our first medicine (water) tears of pain into the life giving bath.
Healing Trauma with Generational Gifts
Session Leaders: Rita Navarrete Perez, Traditional Healer & Tonita Gonzalez, BS, BA, Traditional Healer
Session Description: There is a belief within some indigenous communities that every woman who heals herself, heals all the women who came before her and all the women who come after her. Our ancestry has gifted us with many generational gifts of healing. When we are empowered by remembering the tools of healing we become healthier. In this session we will talk about the importance of traditional medicine in healing community and healing trauma.
Session Outcomes: This workshop will talk about a multicultural indigenous approach to addressing trauma and healing trauma in different communities. In addition, we will address how all indigenous communities are not the same and how every community needs to be culturally respected. We will also teach about the importance of healing trauma in order for people to recognize their own generational gifts from their culture which will help strengthen their healing path.
Exploring Mind-Body Connection Using Tai Chi as a Tool
Session Leader: Master Yang Ye
Session Description: The brief interactive session will explore how a simple shifting of the mind can lead to noticeable physical changes in the body using Tai Chi as a tool. Following the interactive session, Master Ye will teach a few simple and yet powerful movements in Tai Chi guided by subtle intent of the mind.
Session Outcomes: Participants should be able to experience the power of the mind and the feeling of Qi and how mind body connects and heal at its rudimentary level.
Grounding the Nervous System: Embodied Healing
Session Leader: Taja Will, Holistic Healing Practitioner
Session Description: This session will inform and offer tools on how to track one’s nervous system. We will use movement to create awareness of our own patterns and its ability to shift with awareness.
Session Outcomes: How to recognize the defenses of the nervous system through the body and work with those defenses in one’s self and others.
Ancient Healing Practices
Healing from the Heart: Ancient Practices for Today’s Ailments
Session Leader: Sabrina N’Diaye, PhD, LCSW-C, Founder, The Heart Nest Wellness Center
Session Description: This workshop is a one stop on your path towards blending art, science, and love, into the healing process. Together, we will experience the ancient practices of imagery, nutrition, prayer, chanting, and movement.
Session Outcomes: You will leave with an increased connection to your own heart, along with practical skills to use in your personal and professional communities.
Community Resiliency Planning and Implementation
Engage! Rising Up and Fostering Resilience through Catalyzing Authentic Community Connections
Keith Allen, Ramsey County Planning Specialist
Mary Sue Hansen, Director, Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative
Suzanne Koepplinger, Director, Catalyst Initiative
Marnita Schroedl, Social Capitalist, Marnita’s Table
Session Description: This session will explore what different system leaders — Funder, County, Joint Powers Board–have done to effectively harness the viewpoints, energy and voices of our communities. Together we will reveal how authentic engagement is a successful resiliency strategy.
Session Outcomes: Tools, techniques and insights on how effective community engagement is a first line strategy for building community resilience. This fast-paced and interactive co-presented session highlights how the formula of Intentional Social Interaction (ISI) can be used to allow community-based problem solving to spring up holistically through authentic cross cultural and inter-generational community engagement.