Sexual Harm, Trauma and the Healing Journey

January 11th—February 29th

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    Room: West Loop Shambhala Center, 37 N. Carpenter St.

    with Robert Wright, Acharya Noel McLellan, and Basia Solarz

    NOTE: This program has been pre-recorded.
    In dialogue with Basia Solarz and Acharya Noel McLellan, Robert Wright guides us into an understanding of the depth and pervasiveness of sexual abuse in modern society, the nature and stages of trauma, and ways to move toward a healthier and safer community. All sessions will take place at the West Loop Center, 37 N. Carpenter.

    Saturday Jan 11, 10AM-1PM:  Introduction to teachers and navigating the course.
     What is the extent of harm and the pervasiveness in the larger society?  Do those in a spiritual community have a particular vulnerability to this type of harm? Topics addressed include what environments enable sexual harm to occur.  We also hear definitions of Trauma and Trauma informed.  We hear how trauma manifests itself and a beginning of the discussion on how it can be healed.

    Saturday Feb 1, 10am-1pm:  Discussion of community response to trauma.  Looking at Robert Wright's model for healing from trauma caused by sexual harm.  Acharya McLellan asks how we can work with trauma if something comes up in meditation practice. 

    Saturday Feb 29, 10AM-1PM: The discussion turns to creating safer communities in the future, along with the necessary culture shift, and what men in particular should be doing.
    A question from the participants at the recording session regarding advice for the Sakyong and the Shambhala community in particular.  Conclusion, thank yous, and dedication.

    About the Presenters
    Robert WrightRobert S. Wright is a social worker and sociologist known best for his work in the fields of sexual abuse, child welfare, trauma, cultural competence, and education. In this course, Robert shares knowledge and experience that springs from decades of healing work with individuals and communities as well as his perspective as a queer, black, Christian man. 

    He also consults, trains, speaks and comments on a wide range of issues. His extensive pro bono work gave birth to The Peoples' Counselling Clinic, a non-profit mental health clinic. His pioneering work with colleagues in cultural competence and conducting cultural assessments has received national attention. For more on his work see

    Basia Solarz is a Shambhalian who has had a lifelong interest in helping people talk with each other about the things that really matter to them. Originally from Philadelphia, Basia worked for eight years in victim services where she got her first taste of community engagement. This inspired her to study facilitation, group process, and transformative mediation. She later led community engagement efforts for an urban greening program, Philly Green. Currently, she heads up the Workplace Conflict Resolution Program for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, offering transformative conflict coaching, mediation, and education services to the 25,000+ people working in that system. She lives in Halifax, NS with her wife, Acharya Eve Rosenthal.
    Noel McLellan
    Noel McLellan is an acharya or "honoured teacher" in the Shambhala tradition. He is also a school teacher at the Shambhala School, where he is Dean of Mindfulness and Contemplative Learning. Noel is the author of Teaching With Bravery: Meditation and Heart Advice for Teachers, available at He has two children, Gabriel and Esmé, and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    THIS PROGRAM IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED BUT NOT REQUIRED. COME FOR AS MANY SESSIONS AS YOU WISH. Members who wish the sessions at home may email [email protected] for login instructions.