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Trauma, The Body and Social Justice Day 1 of 2

This 2-day workshop will lay a foundational understanding of trauma informed embodiment practices as a gateway towards radical social healing. Day one lays a foundational understanding of how trauma effects the nervous system, and how to we can use embodiment practices to heal.

On day two we will explore how we can use these understandings to disrupt racism, dismantle white supremacy, empower community healing and catalyze true justice. The work will be presented through reading, movement, discussion and personal reflection.

This workshop is open to people of all genders, races, body sizes, abilities and religions. It is encouraged that participants have a foundational understanding of embodiment or contemplative practices, and a passion for social justice.

Registered yoga teachers can qualify for 14 hours of Yoga Alliance certified continuing education credits.


Please use the following scale to determined your access to resources, privilege, social and financial capital. Please honestly consider how your positionality do, or do not, grant you access to all forms capital. Take into consideration race, gender & sexual identity, socio-economic status, family history, educational background, able-bodied-ness, etc.

  • Significant access to all forms of capital: $500

  • Substantial access to social and financial capital: $400
    Moderate access to social or financial capital: $350
    Limited access to social and financial capital: $250

  • Please email if you need more payment options.

The Heartbeat Collective believes spirituality should be down-to-earth and approachable. A place for yoga, healing, and community—the HBC was created for people to get more than they came for. Come visit the space.

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Olivia Barber, MA, E-RYT, passionately weaves trauma informed embodiment practices with social and emotional learning as a catalyst for social justice. She is dedicated to using body-based practices to transform systems of oppression through personal and relational healing. She holds a masters degree from the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Columbia University and has trained extensively with Hala Khouri, Linda Lantieri, Melissa Michaels and BK Bose. 

Olivia is a lead trainer and training manager with Breathe For Change and teaches Science of Mind at The Nueva School. She has developed globally-minded, transformational SEL curriculum for THINK Global School, and teacher wellness trainings for the UNHCR Accelerated Education Working Group. Additionally, she has taught yoga and meditation in New York City, San Francisco and Colorado and leads professional development trainings and workshops around the globe.