Collective Trauma & Climate Change
Collective Healing in Action
Pocket project @ UN Climate Change Conference
1-12 NOVEMBER 2021
Trauma is at the root of our inaction in the face of Climate Change. Trauma symptoms of numbness, apathy, hyper-activation and polarisation dramatically slow down our ability to respond adequately. Our lack of relationship to the crisis is part of the crisis. The Pocket Project aims to restore our collective ability to relate sensitively and compassionately thus opening up to an increased flow of information and possibility.
Our team was present at 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, bringing in the themes of:
- Collective trauma and its impact on both burn-out and apathy in response to Climate Change
- Trauma-informed leadership and its importance in allowing for more effective Climate Change action
- Global Social Witnessing as a collective tool that allows us to relate to Climate Change
We offered live conversations, interviews, witnessings and shared meditations, with Thomas Hübl and many others.
Daily Attunement to COP26
A space of presence, relatedness and meditation to cultivate our care, prayer and compassion for life and the proceedings at COP26. See recordings below.
DAILY UPDATES FROM COP26
Exciting live introductions and short interviews with key players on the ground at COP26.
See recordings below.
Global Social Witnessing
A collective tool to mindfully attend to Climate Change with embodied awareness, thereby shifting from being bystanders to responding from our hearts, minds and bodies.
Explore the power of trauma-informed leadership and its importance in allowing for more effective Climate Change action. Allow yourself to be inspired by inspirational conversations. See recordings below.
Relating through Silence
A space of silence, reflection and digestion with which we completed our days at COP26 in Scotland.
The Anatomy of Inaction
Thomas Hübl is a renowned teacher, author, and international facilitator whose lifelong work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions and mysticism with the discoveries of science. Since the early 2000s, he has been facilitating large-scale events and courses that focus on the healing and integration of trauma, with a special focus on the shared history of Israelis and Germans. Over the last decade, he has facilitated dialogue with thousands of people around healing the collective traumas of racism, oppression, colonialism, genocides in the U.S., Israel, Germany, Spain, and Argentina. He is the author of the book Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds, available here. His non-profit organization, the Pocket Project, works to support the healing of collective trauma throughout the world.
The Hoop of Life
Pat McCabe or Woman Stands Shining
Pat McCabe or Woman Stands Shining is a Native American elder whose work explores the meeting point between ceremony and deep social healing. Pat was born into the Dine (Navajo) nation, and has also received a spiritual training with the Lakota tradition. She travels and teaches widely on the indigenous science of Thriving Life. Her work seeks to revivify human knowledge and meaning-making, by restoring the holistic knowledge practices known to indigenous people. “To be the disembodied intellect and observer rather than passionate participant, and harmonious co-Creator, has led to a great mis-understanding of who we are, where we are, and how it is.”
Ecocide - A criminal Offence
Jojo Mehta co-founded Stop Ecocide in 2017, alongside legal pioneer the late Polly Higgins, to support making severe harm to nature an international crime. As the campaign’s Executive Director and key spokesperson, Jojo has overseen the remarkable growth of the global movement while coordinating legal developments, diplomatic traction and public narrative.
Charles Eisenstein is an essayist and the author of several books, including The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible
Playing in the Cracks of our Perception
Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, research designer, writer, educator, international lecturer, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”.
She wrote, directed and produced the documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of Gregory Bateson.
Nora’s work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems.
Her book, Small Arcs of Larger Circles, released by Triarchy Press, UK, 2016 is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity.
Communities of Peace
Sabine Lichtenfels, Peace-Researcher, Co-founder of Tamera, Head of the Global Love School. Since 1978 she has been working on the Healing Biotopes Plan together with Dr. Dieter Duhm. In 1995 she co-founded the Peace Research Center Healingbiotope 1 Tamera in Portugal. For decades she is a source and internationally renowned voice for female peace knowledge, which she offers in conferences and seminars, books and speeches as well as in international peace actions
One Sun One World One Grid
William Ury’s passion is helping people, organizations, and societies get to seemingly impossible yeses, agreements that work for everyone. Trained as a social anthropologist, he has worked as a mediator and negotiation adviser in many of the world’s toughest conflicts from the Cold War to the Middle East. He is co-author of Getting to Yes, a fifteen-million-copy bestseller translated into over thirty-five languages, and the author most recently of the award-winning Getting to Yes with Yourself. He is co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, where he currently directs the Global Negotiation Initiative. Ury is also co-founder of the Climate Parliament, a forum for parliamentarians and civil society to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis.
Collective Trauma & Money
Patricia Farrar-Rivas is the CEO, of Veris Wealth Partners. She has been providing investment advisory and wealth management services since 1992, with a focus on sustainable, responsible and impact investing. Patricia is a principal consultant to the Envestnet Sustainability Platform. Earlier in her career, Patricia worked with Veris co-founder Michael Lent and community leaders in Central America on economic development, local empowerment, and social justice. She realized the degree to which economic factors were embedded in the challenges they faced, and, as the responsible investing industry was emerging in the U.S., turned her attention to advising asset owners on the potential impact of their investment policies and decisions.Patricia is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and a Certified Investment Strategist (CIS).
Collective Trauma & Money
Dana Lanza founded Confluence Philanthropy in 2009 after serving as the executive director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA). While at EGA, Dana provided networking services to over 250 grantmaking organizations from across North America and Europe. Confluence Philanthropy’s mission is to transform the practice of investing by aligning capital with values of sustainability, equity, and justice. Confluence supports and catalyzes a membership network of private, public and community foundations; family offices; individual donors; and their values-aligned investment advisors representing more than $92B in philanthropic assets under management, and over $3.5T in managed capital. Within the membership, Confluence leads a $2 trillion investor coalition for racial equity; and a climate solutions working group of paradigm shifting investors.
Racial Justice & Climate Change
Ruby Mendenhall is a Professor of Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Gender and Women’s Studies and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an affiliate of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives; the Cline Center for Advance Social Research; Epstein Health Law and Policy Program; Family Law and Policy Program; the Institute of Government and Public Affairs; and the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Mendenhall is an Associate Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Mendenhall’s research examines how living in racially segregated neighborhoods with high levels of violence affects Black mothers’ mental and physical health using surveys, interviews, crime statistics, police records, data from 911 calls, art, wearable sensors and genomic analysis.
John D. Liu
John D. Liu, Filmmaker, Ecologist, Founder of Ecosystem Restoration Camps, a grassroots movement to regenerate degraded lands worldwide. John made the documentaries Green Gold, a Prix Italia award winner, and Hope in a Changing Climate, named the best ecosystem film at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
Quantum Social Change
Karen O’Brien is a professor at the University of Oslo and co-founder of cCHANGE, an organization that supports transformation in a changing climate. Her research emphasizes the social and human dimensions of global environmental change. She has been named as one of the most influential researchers over the past decade and has written and contributed to many articles, books, and reports. In 2021 she was a co-recipient of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Climate Change. O’Brien’s new book You Matter More Than You Think: Quantum Social Change for a Thriving Worldintroduces a radically different way of thinking about climate change and social change. Inspired by ideas from quantum physics and quantum social science, this new approach – known as quantum social change – describes a conscious, nonlinear, and non-local approach to the transformations needed right now to address multiple global crises and shows how every single one of us matters in the process of transforming our future.
Daily Update from COP26
Sandrine Dixson-Declѐve has 30+ years of European and international policy, business leadership and strategy experience with a particular focus on EU and international climate change, sustainable development, green growth, conventional and sustainable energy solutions and sustainable finance.
She is currently the Co-President of the Club of Rome and divides her time between lecturing, facilitating difficult conversations and advisory work. She holds several advisory positions for the European Commission: Chair, Expert Group on Economic and Societal Impact of Research & Innovation (ESIR); Member, Assembly on Research & Innovation (DGR&I); TEG Sustainable Finance Taxonomy, Chair, Manufacturing & Outreach (DGFISMA). She sits on several Advisory Boards for Climate KIC, the European Aluminium and the IEEP and is a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and a Senior Associate for E3G. In addition, she is an Ambassador, for the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) and a Senior Advisor to Interel and Xynteo. In 2017 Sandrine co-founded the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN).
Daily Update from COP26
Paul Dickinson founded CDP in 2000 with an ambition of creating a global economic system that operates within sustainable environmental boundaries and prevents dangerous climate change. Paul previously co-founded Rufus Leonard Corporate Design and EyeNetwork, which was the largest videoconference booking service in Europe.
He has served as a member of the Environmental Research Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Actuaries. Paul has authored various publications including the book Beautiful Corporations published in 2000 by Financial Times Prentice Hall. The book introduced the concept of sustainability product marketing which is growing in significance as a force in contemporary commerce.
Paul is Chair of the Trustees of the NGO ShareAction as well as a Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland where he has established a program of seminars and retreats now used by the responsible investment community as well as emerging social businesses. He is an advisor to the NGO Influence Map and is a trustee of the grant making Friends Provident Foundation.
Daily Update from COP26
Federico Bellone is an environmental scientist and activist, devoted to unleashing the regenerative potential of nature, food and agriculture to reverse the impacts of climate change on people and planet. He is an associate of Athena Lab for Social Change , a social enterprise whose purpose is to unlock individual and collective transformations for a thriving and sustainable future by offering methodologies that blend a systems-change approach, contemplative practices and sustainability. He has spent most of his life living and working between Latin America, Europe, and United States.
Daily Update from COP26
Sarah Queblatin is an inclusive design strategist passionate in transforming the narrative of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into Design for Resilience and Regeneration. With a background in mental health and psycho-social support, ecopsychology, and expressive arts , she applies a trauma-informed understanding of regenerative resilience in her work with climate and conflict vulnerable communities. Sarah is a core team member of Permaculture for Refugees and is contributing to ways to decolonize permaculture through Principle 0. She has worked with the Global Ecovillage Network as UN and Advocacy coordinator and as representative to the UN Climate conferences. She started Green Releaf Initiative in the Philippines, one of the most climate vulnerable nations in the world, working with regenerative solutions for food sovereignty, regenerative livelihood, and ecosystem restoration. She combines this work with a passion project called Kalikhasan: Living Story Landscapes, working with local culture bearers and creatives in designing places of remembrance, resilience, and regeneration in communities facing loss and damages from climate emergencies. Sarah is also shaping a dialogue journey on decolonizing and transforming narratives of ecosystem restoration between the global north and south called Restore-Restory, where learnings can offer shared wisdom, collective healing, and emerging ways of regeneration from countries already facing harsh climate emergencies around the world.
Daily Update from COP26
Brother Phap Dung
Brother Phap Dung (pronounced “Yung”) is a senior Teacher in Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village community. Born in Vietnam in 1969, he escaped with his family aged ten and became a refugee in America. He has helped bring a spiritual dimension to ecological activism and the climate movement, representing his community at the Paris COP21. Brother Phap Dung is passionate about bringing mindfulness practice and well-being into educational settings, offering young people an alternative and sustainable way to engage themselves with the social, racial, and environmental challenges of our times.
Daily Update from COP26
Brother Spirit also known as Brother Pháp Linh, is a Zen Buddhist monk ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh. A musician and mathematician, he is pioneering new approaches in the meeting of science and contemplation. He is becoming a leading voice in a new generation of young monastics, helping to bring awareness and healing to the collective trauma of climate grief and anxiety.
Daily Update from COP26
May East is a British/Brazilian urban ecologist, sustainability educator and social innovator. Her work spans the fields of cultural geography, music industry, and women’s studies, A UNITAR Fellow she holds a Master of Science in Spatial Planning with specialization in the rehabilitation of abandoned villages. A PhD candidate at University of Dundee, her current research investigates the role of women in bridging the historic urban planning gender gap in theory, policy and practice through regenerative perspectives. Her research interests, also, include nature-based solutions for urban planning and the use of regenerative design approaches for shaping eco-communities, mining cities, slums, transition and ghost towns. Co-founder of Gaia Education she is currently the UN House Scotland Director of Cities programme. May was designated one of the 100 Global SustainAbility Leaders by Showcase Asia and ABC Carbon three years in a row and Women of the Decade in Sustainability and Leadership by Women Economic Forum 2019.
Daily Update from COP26
Chad Frischmann is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models behind Project Drawdown. In collaboration with a global team of researchers, Frischmann designed integrated global models to assess the world’s most effective climate solutions and determine if, when, and how the world can reach “drawdown,” the point in time when the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. With an interdisciplinary background in public policy, human rights, sustainable development, and environmental conservation, Frischmann works as a systems strategist to build a new, regenerative future with cascading benefits to the environment and to human well-being. As head of research and technology since Project Drawdown’s inception, Frischmann is a key spokesperson and coalition-builder dedicated to sharing the message and model of Drawdown with the world.
With a multidisciplinary background in public policy, human rights, sustainable development, and environmental conservation, Frischmann provides a systems-based, action-orientated approach to research and strategic leadership. Previously, as the senior program officer at The Europaeum, an association of leading European universities, Frischmann worked to further international collaboration through academic mobility and exchange between students, researchers, and those working in the public and private sectors. He taught at the University of Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley; and worked as a consultant and researcher for numerous organizations, from small grassroots non-profits to international agencies such as UNESCO, the International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Daily Update from COP26
Sonita Mbah is combining her role at The Pocket Project with her Masters in World Heritage Studies. She is a passionate food grower, Permaculture designer and facilitator. For over 10 years, she was the Administrator of Better World Cameroon and co-initiator of Bafut Ecovillage, an off-grid learning center North West of Cameroon. As Executive Secretary of the Global Ecovillage Network Africa, she brings regenerative community and social enterprise development to several African communities. In 2017, Sonita received the Gender Just Climate Solutions Award by the Women and Gender Constituency for empowering women on the earthen cook stove technology. Driven by her passion for healing colonial trauma, Sonita took the Principles of Collective Trauma Healing course with Thomas Hübl.
Daily Update from COP26
Mumta Ito, founder and CEO, Nature’s Rights, sees law as a vehicle for societal transformation in a paradigm of restoration, reparation and healing. A former structured finance lawyer for top ranking global law firm Clifford Chance in the City of London (London’s equivalent of Wall Street), advising governments, multinational corporations and investment banks – turned public interest environmental lawyer – Mumta set up an NGO in the Caribbean to create a people’s’ movement to successfully save an island of global ecological importance and bring about legislative change. She is one of Europe’s leading experts and advocates for rights of nature, advisor to the UN General Assembly, initiator of a European Citizens Initiative to put rights of nature on the legislative agenda of the EU and founder of the charity Nature’s Rights. Additionally she holds a degree in Zoology, is an award winning public speaker and has facilitated healing workshops around the world. Her focus is on realigning law – living and written – with the universal laws that govern all life and facilitating inner and outer transformation.
Kosha Anja Joubert - Host
serves as CEO of the Pocket Project. She holds an MSc in Organisational Development, is an international facilitator, author, coach and consultant, and has worked extensively in the fields of sustainable development, curriculum development and intercultural collaboration. Kosha grew up in South Africa under Apartheid and has been dedicated to the healing of divides and collective trauma ever since. Kosha has received the Dadi Janki Award for engaging spirituality in life and work and the One World Award for her work with the Global Ecovillage Network. She serves as host and mentor on Thomas’ online courses, co-moderated two Celebrate Life Festivals and was a co-host of the 2019 and 2020 Online Summit on Collective Trauma.
is a psychotherapist and mental health nurse practitioner in private practice and offers online private sessions utilizing mystical principles. She is passionate about embodied purposeful living, conscious relationships, field awareness, and the explorations at the edge of the known and unknown. She works with individuals and facilitates groups and corporate wellness trainings. She teaches meditation and qi gong and is a certified Hakomi Therapist. Eva has been involved in healthcare as a practitioner and teacher for 30+ years. In 2011 she participated in the first US intensive with Thomas Hübl and has worked closely with him ever since. Eva is a Teacher for the USA Practice Group Leader Training. Eva works and lives in the SF Bay Area and Monterey California.
has post graduate qualifications in environmental management, public policy and Jungian and Transpersonal psychology. She has trained with Thomas Hübl for many years including through the Pocket Project. She is an executive coach and group process leader employing many different modalities including somatic therapies. She works mainly with diverse groups of leaders on transforming patterns of the past and leading for systems change, within us and within the whole. She has worked for Prime Ministers, boards, NGOs, corporate teams, public sector and philanthropy across the globe in emergent practice, social innovation and leadership. She is deeply connected to the living planet and all its beings, and is part of the Ngai Tuhoe tribe in New Zealand and is passionate about reconnecting people as nature.
Laura Calderón De La Barca
is an integral-intuitive psychotherapist , cultural analyst and collective healing researcher who lives in Mexico City. Her engagement with collective trauma led her to write in 2007 a PhD thesis that analyzed her home country, Mexico, in an imagined psychotherapeutic session. She has studied with Thomas Hübl since 2016, and is a graduate of the Pocket Project training which completed in 2018. She has conducted online therapy sessions with people in English and Spanish since 2012, presents on psycho-education, and carries out “Healing from Colonialism” workshops with Indigenous communities in Mexico and other countries. She is on the Steering Committees for Research, Colonialism and Writing groups for the Pocket Project
works as transformational coach, trauma therapist, leadership trainer and social change facilitator. He has been supporting government, NGO and company leaders, as well as communities through transformations for 20 years. As Senior Partner at McKinsey he co-founded and led practices for sustainability, economic development and centered leadership. Jens supported more than 20 countries and 50 companies in designing and implementing plans for a more sustainable and resilient economy. He pioneered the use of lab approaches to engage diverse stakeholders from all sectors in social change and crisis recovery, incl. in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea. Jens has been studying intensively with Thomas Hübl and has hosted some of his online events. His therapeutic training includes IFS, NARM, NLP, LCP, somatic and team coaching. He has a PhD and research background in developmental and evolutionary biology as well as environmental management.
is an organisational consultant, facilitator, trainer and executive coach – and a Senior Programme Director for Olivier Mythodrama. Robin worked in criminal justice in London, before moving to the Findhorn ecovillage in Scotland in 1995 where he founded Open Circle Consultancy. He has extensive experience of leading and developing groups and individuals across all sectors – corporate, public, and third sector. His facilitation work is designed to cultivate the self-organizing principle in groups and individuals and to support the emergence of transformational fields. Robin is a registered facilitator for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Robin has been studying with Thomas Hübl for the past 12 years. He has served as a host and mentor for almost all of Thomas Hübl’s online courses, co-moderated two of the Celebrate Life Festivals and was a co-host of the 2019 and 2020 Online Summit on Collective Trauma.
Karen Gold Sherman
has a background as a Somatic Experiencing Therapist and is a Senior Assistant and Consultant for this work. She has trained in Early Somatic Attachment work with Diane Poole Heller where she also served as an Assistant and Coordinator. She also trained in Biodynamic Cranial work with Franklyn Sills. She is a Brennan Healing Science practitioner and was on Faculty at the school for 10 years, teaching, mentoring teachers and supervising students. She is certified in Core Energetics. Her background also includes working as an Occupational Therapist with parents and children for 30 years.
has 30 years of experience in accompanying people, especially in body therapy (physiotherapy, osteopathy) and also in personal development and growth. Markus works to help his clients develop a deeper sensitivity for tensions in their body and the body’s energy field as well as their origins. He works with people both in his practice and also online internationally. Since 2002 Markus has had intensive contact with Thomas Hübl and has accompanied people and their personal processes during Thomas Hübl’s seminars and online courses for many years. Since 2011 he has also been involved in the training and further education of the team of assistants.
is a consultant, coach and psychotherapist with over 25 years’ experience, working with groups, individuals and couples. She has extensive training in traditional psychodynamic therapy, somatic body/mind work, Jungian archetypes and family systems and couples work.Her work focuses on helping people discover, connect to and express their highest potential in all aspects of their life, personal and professional. Hilorie has been working intensively with Thomas Huebl for the past four years and has found the involvement in his teachings and the work emerging from them to be truly transformative for her own life and for her work with clients. Hilorie is originally from New York but has lived for the past 20 years in Israel with her husband and three children.
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Collective Healing in Action – PP @ COP 26
During this year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, the Pocket Project will be exploring the connections between collective trauma and climate change. We will be hosting events to reflect on how the trauma symptoms of numbness, apathy, hyper-activation, and polarization slow down our ability to respond. Our lack of embodied relationship to the crisis is part of the crisis.
Join the community to witness, reflect and relate to what is happening at COP26:
- Daily live snippets of news and short interviews with key players at COP26
- Online live conversations with Thomas Hübl, Charles Eisenstein, Nora Bateson, Sabine Lichtenfels, John D. Liu, Karen O’Brien and others
- Participate in ‘Global Social Witnessing’ – a collective practice of relating to Climate Change with embodied awareness
- Meditation and prayer in support of good outcomes of COP 26
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