To Confront Effects of Trauma, Start with Self Care
Resilience practices and culturally rooted health traditions show promise for overcoming trauma in real-life settings.Read More in YES! Magazine
Youth Find Healing From Trauma at Summit
Learn about our Youth Cultural Healing Summit, which explored integrative and culturally-specific healing strategies and practices for youth.Learn More on CBS This Morning
Fostering Well Being
In April 2019, Irreducible Grace Foundation (IGF) youth brought their youth-led healing workshop to youth in the American Indian community. IGF workshops foster change, feature performances that speak truth and create space to heal from trauma.Watch the Video
The Catalyst Initiative
Catalyst honors and fosters culturally authentic self-care practices to advance health and well-being. We serve communities most in need, including people experiencing current and/or historical trauma, toxic stress, inequities, or lack of access to opportunities. Since 2014, Catalyst has helped communities realize their capacity to support health and well-being using mind-body approaches that are culturally meaningful.
How We Do It
Create the Conditions
We educate and inspire to foster an understanding of the benefits of self-care, trauma healing, and well-being.
Seed and Innovate
We boldly invest in promising practices in self-care and healing.
Scale and Shift Norms
We synthesize learnings and connect networks that embed culturally authentic healing practices in communities.
Shift Systems and Policy
We champion policies, practices, and investments that advance self-care as primary care.
See our Work in Action
To learn more and see our work in action, visit our YouTube Channel.
2019 Youth Cultural Healing Summit Report
Over 300 community members from across the state and nation gathered for the Youth Cultural Healing Summit to lift up youth leadership, cultural healing, and intergenerational wellness.
2019 Healing from Trauma Convening – Report to the Community
Our community exploration of Healing from Trauma: Tips & Techniques focused on resilience, practicing repair, mindfullness and other cultural and integrative practices.
2018 Building Resilience: Preventing Diseases of Despair Unconference Report
This all-day unConference focused on primary prevention and integrative strategies for preventing diseases of despair, including suicide, alcoholism and other chemical dependency disorders.
2018 Healing from Trauma Convening – Report to the Community
Our tenth community exploration of Healing from Trauma: Tips & Techniques focused on mindfulness, meditation and other cultural and integrative practices.
2018 Seed Grantee Convening – Report to the Community
At this event, current and past grantees had the opportunity to witness and share learning moments from the other organizations and projects.
2017 Healing from Trauma: Tips & Techniques for Resilience Summary Report
During this convening, participants were encouraged to learn, practice and take home actionable techniques for promoting and maintaining holistic health.
Use this piece to help set the conditions for effective learning loops in social innovation contexts.
Communities of Practice
Want to launch and sustain a Community of Practice? Use this information to guide you.
Catalyst Initiative – Tracking Three Years of Impact
This report is a brief retrospective of lessons learned over the first three years of incubating the Catalyst Initiative at the George Family Foundation.
2017 Catalyst Initiative Infographic
Here’s a unique overview of the work that Catalyst and our community partners have accomplished in 2017.
Resources to Heal Trauma
This piece was generated during the Catalyst Initiative and community ally Marnita’s Table 2015 Healing from Trauma Convening.
This blog created by the Penny George Institute for Integrative Health and Healing offers current information on wellness and prevention.
Using the model of Intentional Social Interaction, Marnita’s Table is designed to catalyze enduring relationships between disparate populations and the organizations that serve them.
Mind Body Solutions
A nonprofit with a mission to transform trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body.
Partners in Resilience
This organization works in collaboration to create transformative programs and provide encouraging individual services that promote resilience in the face of stress-related conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center
Their mission is to provide resources and services for people with life-threatening illness and their caregivers to explore and experience complementary healing approaches.
Touchstone Mental Health
This nonprofit transforms how services for mental, physical and social health intersect to achieve optimal wellness to assure people living with mental illness can enjoy the highest quality lives.
University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing
This site offers a variety of free online learning modules, and information about upcoming classes and speakers all focused on improving the health and wellbeing of people, organizations and communities.
Free Mindfulness Resources
These were provided by Dr. Bonnie Duran at the 2016 Indigenous Mindfulness: A Day of Practice and Community Building event.
Not familiar with meditation? Use this for guidance.
The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine
The academy unites the many voices in integrative health — from family doctors to psychologists, acupuncturists to nurses and every practitioner in between — to build bridges between professions and offer credible educational and certification programs for licensed healthcare providers.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
The ACE Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being.
The American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA)
AMRA promotes best evidence-based standards for the use of mindfulness research and its applications, and facilitates mindfulness-related dialogue and discovery.
Ask Dr. Weil
Dr. Andrew Weil is a national leader, author, and holistic physician who is a leading provider of online information and products for optimum health and wellness.
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
This center offers professional trainings for healthcare professionals, providing global trauma relief to communities effected by war and disaster, and conducting cutting-edge functional medicine research.
Move to End Violence (MEV)
MEV is designed to strengthen our collective capacity to end violence against girls and women in the United States.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
This is a comprehensive web resource for professionals and consumers that helps users make informed health decisions related to integrative health.
This award-winning public radio conversation, podcast, website and online exploration that opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?
The Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute,
This site provides research and resources by Bessel van der Kolk, MD, an internationally recognized leader in the field of psychological trauma.