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.
Due to the social distancing requirements of the COVID-19 crisis, our workshops and groups are now available in an online format.
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 the button below for a current list of small group opportunities.