The goal of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine model is to create communities of hope and healing. It is the world’s largest, most effective evidence-based program for healing population-wide psychological trauma and stress. Bringing together a variety of techniques drawn from the world’s healing traditions as well as modern medicine, the model teaches whole populations to heal themselves. In response to the devastating 2018 wildfire season, the Shasta Health Assessment and Redesign Collaborative (SHARC) and the Community Recovery Team (CRT) have worked to raise funds and implement the CMBM model in our local region. In January, 2020 nearly 90 community members completed their training to lead CMBM small groups and workshops, which will be available to the public free of charge.
Small groups provide a safe, confidential space to learn tangible skills to calm the physiological responses to stress. Participants learn a new skill each week (meditation, movement, drawing, writing, guided imagery, biofeedback, etc.) and have the opportunity to share their personal experiences, to whatever level is comfortable. The group facilitator guides the process and also participates in the exercises and discussion. There is no advice given, and nobody tells participants what to do or how to feel at the end. Most participants find that by devoting time to self care and reflection, they are better able to manage their challenges and often find answers that had previously been elusive. Click here for a current list of small group opportunities.
Introductory workshops are a great way to quickly learn a few stress-management skills, and explore the science of mind/body medicine. Workshops can last from 1-4 hours and are offered free of charge. Individuals that are curious about participating in a Small Group may find that attending a Workshop helps provide a basic introduction of what to expect in a Small Group. People that don’t feel ready, or don’t have time to participate in a Small Group can gain some insights and tangible self-care skills by attending a Workshop. A list of upcoming workshops is available here.
“I wish I had learned these skills thirty years ago.”
“There were moments of panic, moments of intense emotions and self-limiting fears, but leaving here, I feel lighter, more open, freer. Able to let go of some of that past, trauma, drama, and baggage.”
“My experience in the group has given me tools that have transformed the way I process stressful situations.”
“The group has changed my life. I see the world with different eyes and I know the future will be much better.”
“This program was perfect for me! Self-exploration can be a daunting task–doing it with others in a non-judgmental, supportive way helps me become more aware and compassionate.”