Embracing Our Strength & Building Resiliency: Moving from Shame to Liberation

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Conference Schedule


8:30 – 9:00

9:00 - 11:00
Keynote: Embracing Our Strength and Building Resiliency:
Moving from Shame to Liberation - Sarah Peyton

11:00 – 11:45

11:45 – 1:15
Breakout Sessions

1:20 – 1:45
Community Closing



International speaker and neuro-educator Sarah Peyton will speak about the way that the brain is affected by abuse of any kind, particularly sexual abuse, and about the steps along the healing journey that lead to resiliency and robust well being. The talk will include an outline of the neurobiological foundations of shame and recovery from shame, as well as reveal the purpose of dissociation and the

process of returning from the far-away places that people go to when they are hurt. It is precisely these places of trauma and frozenness that disrupt our own capacity for self-care and self-nurturing, so this talk will move gently and will include many stories of healing and self-reclamation.



Breakout Session Descriptions


#101 – Resonant Language, Healing Trauma – Sarah Peyton

Join Sarah to explore the way that we can speak to ourselves that lets our bodies unfreeze, rebuilds trust, and lets our wounded selves acknowledge the losses along the way. This experiential class will cover: 1) Time, the brain and trauma, 2) What resonant language is 3) How to use resonant language to support healing. Bring your journal and the parts of you that have never before been heard.


#102 – Trauma-Informed Yoga – Molly Boeder-Harris

Trauma-informed yoga allows survivors to incrementally build a connection to themselves, to nonverbally process feelings that may transcend language, and to explore following the natural rhythms and impulses of the body. Together, these experiences can serve as a resource for strengthening resilience. In this class, we will utilize the practice of yoga as a moving meditation, inviting ourselves to notice sensation, to ground through the instrument of the body, to sync mind, breath and movement. Personalizing the practice to best suit your changing needs will be supported and encouraged. All-levels accessible options will be offered to accommodate a range of different abilities. Additionally, the instructor will share recent findings from a national sexual assault study on the benefits of yoga for healing after sexual trauma and there will be time at the close of the practice for questions and discussion. We will have yoga mats available but bring your own if you like.


#103 – Healing In Spite of Shame. For the Male Survivor – Das Chapin

Possibly the greatest impediment to recovery for male survivors is shame. It inserts itself into every nook and cranny of our private selves. Shame can create confusion, self esteem issues and undermine our experience of being a man. It hijacks our narrative and compels us to be silent and hidden, when healing needs thoughtful connection and sharing. Ultimately shame robs us of being ourselves.

Join survivor, Das Chapin, as we explore the relationship between shame and male survivors, decode some of the mysteries of how shame operates, and delve into healing practices to work through shame and its ramifications.


#104 – Understanding Trauma & Building Resiliency– Mary Zinkin

Based on the view that trauma is a biological rather than a pathological response, and that the body has an innate capacity to heal and restore itself, this workshop will focus on the impact of trauma and how resiliency can be restored using a skills based approach.  Participants will learn fundamental stages of recovery, common human responses to trauma, an overview of the brain/autonomic nervous system, ingredients for comprehensive healing, and skills for well being to expand one's resiliency zone.  There will be opportunity for practice to enhance learning of the skills.



Restoring and Grounding Room

Throughout the conference we will host a Restoring and Grounding Room, a space to step away, to re-group, to sit, to move, to be, and/or to receive complimentary support services such as Reiki (Meagan Schreiber with Tru Footing), Life Coaching (Brooke Webster of Brooke Webster Life Coaching) and Acupuncture (Scott Klein). 




We are incredibly grateful for the support of our sponsors: Crew Janci LLP; the Center for Trauma Support Services; the Breathe Network; and TruFooting. Thank you for supporting survivors and our 2016 conference.

April 23rd, 2016 9:00 AM   through   2:00 PM
1300 Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214

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Phone: 503-765-1128
Event Fee $ 30.00
Pay at the door on day of event $ 40.00

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