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A Community Conversation Acknowledging Trauma and Pathways of Healing

6:30 pm EST

$5 Donation

This panel conversation is the online/virtual continuation of OMA's Trauma programs, and it is designed to create a space for the telling and sharing of stories around our diverse life experiences and to explore the connections between us all.

As Gail Hunter reminds us, "Our greatest suffering is a feeling of being disconnected," and as we learn to acknowledge our traumas and bring awareness to the experiences in our life that have brought us pain and severed our connection to self we then begin the journey home.

It is our intention that through the telling of our stories, our panelists and our moderator during the conversation will help to bring awareness of techniques and ways of healing from various forms of trauma.

We hope you can join us for the first of our online series as we continue our journey home to ourselves and to one another.
--Callie Gropp

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Callie Gropp

6:30 PM EST: Opening
Gail Hunter
What is Trauma?

6:50 PM: Sharing of Stories
Panel discussion and Q & A

Angela Failor
Breakout sessions

8:00 PM: Closing
Marilyn Carpenter
Alexander Technique


Let’s all drop the pretense that we are either normal, or abnormal...
We are all in the same support group: ordinary people who must deal with the struggles that come with being human. We all carry this heavy weight —a trauma, in today’s terminology. We all at the same time struggle to meet our basic human beings’ needs for for connection, community, for being accepted and validated among ones who share our culture and language, or not, for authenticity – the capacity to feel what we feel and to be in touch with our bodies and to express what we feel when we need to.

Fundamentally, that is the ultimate trauma, the disconnection from ourselves.

We want to dedicate this community conversation to and about people who are long to tell their raw stories; who have numbed their tears and lost their pain; who look forward to the return of childhood days to be held by the embrace of love, regardless of their background and ethnicity.

In this series we believe that in the presence compassion healing is possible. Only when compassion is present, we can bear our pain. In the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying the author says, whatever you do don't shut off your pain. Accept your pain and remain vulnerable.
--Mai Nguyen

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