Learn more about yoga for PTSD on the new articles page or Life Beyond Trauma.
War veterans are not the only people at risk from working in war zones. Civilians from around the world work in conflict areas as journalists, aid workers, UN staff, in reconstruction and a wide variety of roles. These people face great dangers, witness horrific and distressing events and shoulder enormous responsibilities. Their workplaces are far from home and loved ones. Their work is often based on compassion and the ideal of supporting peace, yet their personal load is immense.
Tools for Inner Peace retreats are the vision of someone who suffered deeply in the aftermath of UN work in several war zones. Yoga helped her recover, so now she wants others to have the opportunity to heal and learn tools for resilience and inner peace. Bringing together psychologists and yoga teachers who specialise in trauma recovery, these unique retreats are an important development in the search for solutions to the impact traumatic experiences have on people in the course of their working life.
Find out more at www.tools4innerpeace.org
It was a full house at Mates4Mates last Thursday evening as locals came along to meet Hobart's heroes of peace and find out how to help create Hope.
Several war veterans spoke about how yoga has helped them recover and reclaim their lives, while yoga for trauma teachers Helen Cushing (Ahimsa) and Lynn Romeo talked about their work and how this application of yoga is developing and spreading.
The award-winning documentary Heroes of Peace was shown, giving powerful insights into the courageous journey of several war veteran yogis. And everyone had the chance to get to know each while munching on the amazing feast provided by the veterans themselves.
Thanks to all who came and contributed to the fundraiser. It was a happy, positive evening, as the pictures show so well.
It's time to close down the Help Create Hope crowdfund and transform the website into a Life Beyond Trauma resource. 116 generous people around the world have given AUD$21,042 to enable me to publish the book I've worked so hard to produce. I can't express the gratitude I feel for your support. I know many of you but even people I've never met have given in good faith. It's been a big journey for me, writing the book, creating the website, organising the publishing, communicating with as many people as possible, holding a retreat and an event to promote the effort.
However, as they say, this is just the beginning. Now for promotion, distribution and sales. Not to mention traveling far and wide to give workshops, retreats and presentations about how yoga heals the scars of trauma. Those details will be posted on www.lifebeyondtrauma.com and www.gangesyoga.net very soon. The Life Beyond Trauma website will evolve as the applications of yoga for trauma recovery develop.
But for now, I just want to say thank you again and I look forward to sending the beautiful book to all the kindhearted people who have Helped Create Hope.
If you are still getting around to donating, do it now! Friday 4th March is definitely the last day of the Help Create Hope crowdfund. It's been an amazing journey with a grassroots community sprouting around the world to support this beautiful project. The book has been sent to the printers and will be available in May. You can be part of it by donating. Thank you thank thank you for giving.