Vicarious Trauma, sometimes referred to as Compassion Fatigue is a common result in our emotional responses when working with trauma-based populations. Vicarious Trauma is often defined as “the emotional residue of exposure that counselors have from working with people as they are hearing their trauma stories and become witnesses to the pain, fear, and terror that trauma survivors have endured”(American Counseling Association). As service providers of these populations and environments where there is a high risk of exposure to stress and violence, we often dismiss the effects of these occurrences on our emotional well-being and hold onto the negativity. Holding onto the negativity for long periods of time can result in detrimental effects on your mind, body, and spirit.
This workshop utilizes the experience of walking in nature to heal and protect us from the effects of vicarious trauma. Participants will be taken on a meditative hike to release the energies that cause us harm, understand the tools available for daily self-care, and experience what nature teaches us and how she is available for us to heal and strengthen so we can better serve our community. Much like restorative justice techniques or traditional healing circles, we process as a group through giving and receiving. We give pieces of us that require support, then we receive the support we need from each other.
The workshop instructors will take participants through the rituals and exercises that aim to provide the participant with opportunities to heal both physical and emotional pain with the permission of Mother Nature’s teachings. This month's hike is scheduled on the full moon. The full moon is a powerful time for release and letting go. We harness the gifts of this time to allow for an impactful session around this releasing. Please keep in mind that healing hands may be placed on participants as well as oils and fragrances may be applied. Sound healing will also be utilized. Please let instructors know of any sensitivities to be aware of when registering.
Workshops are held in a natural area and light snacks and water are provided. Participants are asked to come wearing layers as the weather can change drastically. Always come with close-toed shoes appropriate for varying terrains. Please be prepared to do light to moderate hiking trails locally in San Francisco, Berkeley, or Oakland.
For over 30 years, Tereza Iñiguez Flores has combined Mesoamerican (Curanderismo) traditional healing practices with contemporary healing arts, creating a unique style of life coaching. This holistic approach to healing trauma, physical discomfort, illness, disconnection, soul loss and depression, revives the true essence of the person. This successful holistic healing method offers freedom to weave a colorful tapestry of self-acceptance, expression and connection with purpose. Tierra Morena Holistic Services was founded by Tereza Iñiguez Flores, decades ago with the intention of bringing Holistic Healers and Practitioners together to share and integrate their medicine for a better tomorrow.
With 10 years of experience as an environmental educator, program manager, and deputy director in the Bay Area, Raynelle Rino brings a wealth of professional and life experience to the work of healing nature AND people. Her love for nature and youth development brought her to teach in unique settings like alternative high schools, environmental justice neighborhoods and parks, and juvenile justice facilities. As a woman of color identity has played a key role in where she is today; understanding the ever-changing world and supporting the next generation of leaders as caretakers of our planet. Raynelle started Rino Consulting Solutions in 2016 with a mission “to support and inspire the leaders of today to live in the confidence of their identities as they move through a world in the midst of social, racial, and environmental transformation.” Raynelle provides coaching services for professionals and build bridges between mainstream environmentalism and people of color in the field.