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Restore, Reclaim and Resource: A weekend with Resmaa Menakem
Bastyr University
Kenmore, WA
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Restore, Reclaim and Resource: A weekend with Resmaa Menakem
"Today we're at a reckoning. We Americans have an opportunity and an obligation to recognize the trauma embedded in our bodies; to accept the necessary pain of healing; and to move through and out of our trauma. This will enable us to mend our hearts and bodies and to grow up." (Resmaa Menakem,, retrieved on December 1, 2018)

How do we begin to truly heal the generations of trauma caused by white supremacy?

Resmaa Menakem MSW, LICSW, SEP, attempts to answer that question.  Resmaa is a nationally known therapist, activist, Justice Leadership Coach, public speaker and author who integrates a somatic and neuroscientific approach to healing trauma.  From his website: Resmaa works with people, communities, leaders and organizations around the world,  helping them improve their abilities to tap into their individual and communal resilience.

In his most recent book "My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathways to Mending our Hearts and Bodies" he explores the impacts of racial trauma on Black bodies and white bodies, as well as the bodies of police officers. He speaks not only about how white supremacy has harmed people of color, but also shows how the traumas of colonialism, imperialism, and violence have been transmitted from one generation to the next in white bodies.  He applies embodied, somatically based concepts and practices to demonstrate how healing and releasing these traumas would ultimately pave the way to a world where we are no longer reactively playing out old wounds in present day.  Each chapter contains exercises that ask the reader to engage with the felt experience of trauma and resilience in an effort to teach how one can move from "dirty pain" to "clean pain."

Resmaa Menakem is coming to Seattle and will be offering a weekend of workshops to therapists, healers, activists and anyone committed to doing the work of undoing white supremacy.

This interactive workshop will use music, movement, orientation, lecture, role-plays, movie clips and participant stories to help the audience gain a sense of what is possible when we aid one another in healing our embodied racial trauma.

When: June 21-23, 2019.

Friday, June 21 5 to 8 pm
This is a conversation and healing event for those who identify as black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). The focus of the event is affirmations and healing. It will include communal and self movement and affirming the experience of BIPOC from a cultural somatic lens. It will also incorporate working with somatic regulation through the autonomic nervous system, including healing touch work. This event is free.

Saturday, June 22 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, June 23 9 am to 5 pm
This weekend Workshop is open to everyone. The workshop will allow you to:
- Apply the basics of Cultural Somatics and Psychological First Aid
- Gain a basic understanding of racialized trauma and its effects on organizational systems and the body
- Develop a way to hold the horror of police brutality and violence without numbing, disconnecting, and/or feeling constantly triggered and vigilant
- Understand the basics of how organizing and giving aid effects the body
- Understand how organizations can reinforce trauma reflexes
- Develop a basic understanding on how to support the community structurally
- Learn at least three techniques that challenge the status quo
- Develop a self and communal care plan
- Recognize the stress signs and symptoms of trauma
- Understand the basics of the HIPP theory of racialized trauma (historical, inter-generational, persistent institutional, personal)
- Understand the basics of at least one resourcing technique

Participants who attend the two day workshop will receive a certificate in Cultural Somatics.

12 CEs / CEUs will also be available for mental health professionals (LMHC, LMFT, LiCSW, PhD, PsyD)

Reading Resmaa's book "My grandmother's hands: Racialized trauma and the pathways to mending our hearts and bodies" prior to the weekend is strongly recommended but not required.

Friday Evening BIPOC event:  Free

Saturday and Sunday (attendees must plan to attend both days of the workshop)

We are offering tickets in two tiers:

Supporting: $400+
This event costs $350 per seat. If you are in a financial position to pay $400 for this transformational training, the portion you pay above the ticket price will go toward lowering the cost of tickets for those with less access to financial resources.  We so appreciate this act of generosity that will facilitate many healers in accessing Resmaa's important work.

Sustaining: $300
We encourage those with limited means to pay this amount.

Solidarity Fund:
If you are a person who feels inspired by the hope of changing systemic and institutional racism and sees Resmaa as one teacher/leader who can help us get there, we encourage you to consider contributing to our Solidarity Fund.  Every cent donated to this fund will go directly to assisting healers and activists with fewer financial resources to attend this workshop. There is a $10 minimum, but you can enter any amount. Anyone is welcome to donate, whether purchasing a ticket or not. We appreciate your generosity and commitment to making reparations in service of rectifying inequity and inequality!

Scholarships: Up to 8 scholarships will be available depending on Solidarity Fund donations. To request a scholarship, please email us at with your name and the amount, if any, you are able to pay. We will get back to you in order received once we know our available funds. Thank you!

BIPOC Healing Space: There will be a BIPOC healing space separate from the main workshop space available all weekend. Sanctuary, snacks, comforts and coziness will be provided! Please only be in this space if you self-identify as a black, indigenous, or person of color.  

Accessibility information:
In order to make this event as inclusive as possible we ask that you: Please refrain from using scented products including shampoos, laundry detergent and other personal products, including those with essential oils. Be prepared to turn cell phones off completely during the event if possible. Bastyr is wheelchair accessible.
Refunds: If you are unable to attend please email us at and your ticket will be refunded minus 25% administration fee. No refunds will be given after June 7, 2019.

More about Resmaa:
You can learn all about Resmaa at his website

Presented by The Living Room
Sponsored by Center for Social Justice and Diversity at Bastyr University


Bastyr University (View)
14500 Juanita Drive NE
Kenmore, WA 98028
United States


Education > Workshops
Other > Health & Wellness

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Resmaa Menakem
On BPT Since: Jan 08, 2019
Cultural Somatics Registration


Question: Can I be added to the wait list?
Answer: Unfortunately, we are not offering a wait list for the event. We hope you can attend another training with Resmaa Menakem in the future.

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