The Resilience Project, 19520 Darnestown Rd, Friday, 21. February 2020

This 2-day retreat is for professionals working with clients exposed to trauma. Over the course of the weekend, attendees will begin to understand the complexities of trauma, its impact on learning and behavior, and how trauma exposure during childhood and adolescence effects developmental functions. The course will explain how chronic stress, poverty, and trauma impact learning and behavior. The course will also cover how stress and exposure to trauma impact professionals, highlighting strategies to improve self-care and prevent professional burnout.

Workshops and Offerings:
- Trauma-informed practices in the workplace, classroom, and with clients
- Mindfulness-based strategies
- Self-care and compassion fatigue
- Vicarious trauma
- Case study practical application
- Lodging is included, all rooms are shared
- Meals included (all vegetarian)
- Daily gentle yoga practice

Cost: $500 and scholarships are available. Email info@theresilienceproject.org
CEUs available upon request.
The Sanctuary Retreat Center: 


Hosted by:
Jess Gruber, MS in Clinical Yoga Therapy, Certified Yoga Therapist. Jess is the founder and director of Little Moon Children's Yoga, a DC-based nonprofit dedicated to bringing the practices of yoga, mindfulness, and social emotional learning to as many students in the DMV as possible. Jess also runs a private practice dedicated to womxn's reproductive wellness, guiding women to come into deeper connection with their bodies and the reconciliation of birth and sexual trauma through tools such as story-telling, movement, breath, and meditation. Jess believes that when womxn's healing is done in community, each person feels more deeply connected to themselves and others and therefore is able to be in the world from a space of collective power and peace.
Manny Salazar, Clinical Social Worker. Manny is a 24-year veteran and social worker specializing in working with youth who have experienced trauma. When Manny was transitioning into civilian life after military deployment he discovered the life-changing power of yoga and mindfulness as a healing modality for trauma. Inspired by his own transformative experience, he now works with young people who have experienced trauma, neglect, abuse, and poverty using social-emotional learning tools in a group therapy setting. He works with organizations and DC public schools advising educators how to implement trauma-informed strategies and cultural competence into their classrooms and school culture. Manny’s practice is rooted in the philosophy of empowering clients to find meaning in their traumatic experiences through a strength-based perspective, asking not ‘what’s wrong with you?’ but ‘what’s right with you?’ He views healing as a collective effort, reframing culture as a central feature in well-being. 

The Resilience Project

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