This workshop, led by trauma-experienced facilitators from The Holistic Life Foundation, delves into applying mindfulness and yoga for navigating tough situations. They share trauma-responsive methods for introducing mindfulness in schools and daily life, discussing their neurological impacts, stress management, and trauma healing. Participants will learn self-regulation techniques for addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and adult stress, gaining tools to support themselves and others through mindfulness and yoga.
In this workshop participants will learn about / review the complex and intersectional ways in which interpersonal, community, and historical traumas impact healthy attachment and psychosocial developmental trajectories for children, with a focus on incarcerated minoritized youth. The resultant neurobiological dysregulation and resultant increase in vulnerability to mental and physical health disorders will be explored. Participants will further explore how to apply principles of healing justice, inclusive of contemplative science and ancestral wisdom when working with youth.
Research shows that parental incarceration has significant adverse impact on and intergenerational consequences for children and families. In this workshop, providers working with justice-system involved families will hear from parents and providers about what families need, from researchers about the latest findings on the impact of parental incarceration on children, and the implications of that research for what we can do better. In addition, providers working with justice-system involved families can experience significant stress, burnout, and secondary trauma. This workshop will offer some tools for supporting provider well-being, as well.
In this workshop, we will describe a community-led parent education program, called “ Safe, Secure and Loved”, which introduces mindfulness and self-compassion practices as ways to promote habits of resilience. Habits of resilience are nurturing behavioral strategies to manage parenting stress, clarify parenting goals and strengthen children’s trajectories of resilience.