New Book by Thomas Hübl
August 26, 2020Healing Collective Trauma – A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds.
A comprehensive guide to understanding and addressing collective trauma. By Thomas Hübl
What can you do when you carry scars not on your body, but within your soul? And what happens when those spiritual wounds exist not just in you, but in everyone in your life?Read More
Whether or not we have experienced personal trauma, we are all—in very real ways—impacted by the legacy of familial and cultural suffering. Recent research has shown that trauma affects groups just as acutely as it does individuals; it bridges families, generations, communities, and borders. “I believe that unresolved systemic traumas delay the development of the human family, harm the natural world, and inhibit the higher evolution of our species,” writes Thomas Hübl. However, just as trauma can be integrated and healed for a single person, groups large and small can also find recovery. With Healing Collective Trauma, this world-renowned spiritual teacher presents a hopeful road map to mending the mind, body, and soul.
Here, Hübl explains the most recent science of trauma and shares the principles of his Collective Trauma Integration Process (CTIP), a protocol he has facilitated for groups in the US, Germany, Israel, and elsewhere. He examines collective trauma both from the perspective of the latest research and through a spiritual lens informed by 15 years as a meditation teacher. Including contributions from renowned experts from across the field of trauma treatment, as well as meditative practices to support both counselors and clients, Healing Collective Trauma presents a fresh perspective on trauma integration along with practical tools for beginning the journey to wholeness.
Published in November 2020 by SoundsTrue
Collective Trauma Summit
August 24, 2020We are happy to announce that the second Collective Trauma Online Summit is coming soon! Last October in 2019, more than 53,000 people attended the first summit of this kind. In light of current events in the world, this topic has become even more urgent. From September 22 to October 1, over 40 international thought leaders will share vital perspectives about collective trauma and how it can be healed. This is a subject that concerns every individual, every community and the whole of humanity.
We are also pleased to announce that this year’s Summit will include live collective trauma healing events and panels, readings and conversations with acclaimed poets, as well as several live musical performances.
More details and registration
Introducing new CEO: Kosha Joubert
July 27, 2020
Kosha grew up in South Africa under Apartheid and has been dedicated to the healing of divides and collective trauma ever since. She lives in Findhorn, Scotland, when she is not traveling. She is an international facilitator, speaker, trainer, and consultant and has worked extensively in the fields of organizational development, intercultural collaboration and the emergence of collective wisdom.
She has been studying with Thomas Hübl since 2005, co-hosted the “Power of Collective Wisdom Conference” with him in Berlin in 2008, and was one of the hosts of the Collective Trauma Online Summit in 2019. In 2016, Kosha received the Dadi Janki Award – 100 Women of Spirit – for engaging spirituality in life and work and for making a difference in the world.
We are very happy to have Kosha join our team and enrich the Pocket Project
Healing Collective Trauma Webinar Series
August 26, 2020
Event 1: Collective Trauma in Our World Today
Event 2: Collective Witnessing for Deep Healing
Event 3: Building Community Coherence and Resilience
Thomas presents here his latest insights into the healing of collective trauma. The series was very well received – more than 20,000 people signed up for it.
More Information: collectivetraumaseries.com
Systems Sensing: Attending to Collective Trauma – Thomas at GAIA Journey
May 27, 2020
Global Collective Trauma Prevention – the New Project
April 24, 2020
There are separate groups for people in the nursing, healthcare and medical professions, who in many places are now particularly burdened and challenged.
The groups are led by people from all over the world who are all connected to the Pocket Project for Collective and Intergenerational Trauma Integration. The team has grown to 61 people. Each of the volunteers have graciously offered their expertise in supporting groups and individuals. Thomas is leading this team. There are open groups almost every day – registration is free of charge.
Global Collective Trauma Prevention – VISIT THE WEBSITE AND FIND OUT MORE >>
Healing Collective Trauma – Talks at Harvard by Thomas Hübl
Thomas Hübl gave talks at Harvard Medical School and Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in December 2019.
“One of the major elements of healing is relation. In healing relation, I create like a kind of relational warmth and generosity that allows people to really drop in and be partners in the conversation about their health. I think it’s a prerequisite if I work in a healthcare profession to have a certain level of ‘response-ability’ because when I’m reactive I’m not responding, I’m reacting.”
Discussing the importance of a support system for healthcare providers, Thomas shared his insights on how to bring the fragmented parts of ourselves and our systems into deeper integration. On this rainy day in early December, approximately 80 students, staff, and faculty came out to attend a talk at Harvard Medical School with Thomas and Dr. Bala Subramaniam, an associate professor of medicine and director of the Center for Anesthesia Research Excellence at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.Read More
For the past three years, Dr. Subramaniam has been studying the neuro-physiological effects of meditation when practiced by pre-op and post-op patients. He conducts social behavioral research on the role of meditation in supporting surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses, and has been offering meditation workshops to healthcare providers across the US and India. As Thomas and Dr. Subramaniam engaged together in dialogue, Dr. Subramaniam said, “I am impressed by your level of looking at collective trauma and (how you go into) organized societies and take care of their biggest problems, the big elephant that no one wants to touch like the German Jewish problem or another collective trauma. For example, the occupation in India – now people are just coming out of that occupation and slavery and trying to have a different mindset.”
More than 5,000 people joined the talk from across the world via livestream, as comments and questions poured in from India, Germany, Mexico, and Hong Kong, among other countries. At the end of the first week, more than 20,000 people had viewed that talk. In responding to a question about his work with collective social bodies, Thomas said, “Individual (trauma) work is very important, and that needs to continue, but I think we need larger containers because we have so many collective scars around the world.” After the talk concluded, several people waited to speak with Thomas to discuss practices that promote healing of collective trauma.
Later in the day, Thomas spoke at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, a Harvard-affiliated imaging institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. Approximately 100 scientists and post docs filled the room to hear his talk “Understanding & Healing Trauma: Moving from Individual to Collective.” During this event, Thomas opened up a dialogue around the future of brain imaging. Will it be possible one day to map the experience of collective trauma in our brains? How can we utilize scanning technologies to elucidate relational capacities as they manifest in our neurobiology?
These talks, normally presented by Harvard faculty, opened up new possibilities for discussing the impact of collective trauma on our healthcare systems. They also provided a much needed opening to further the conversation around preventing burnout among physicians, improving our medical education systems to include awareness-based practices, and offering trauma-informed care to patients and communities.
Here is the recording of the talk:
First Ever Hearing on Childhood Trauma Held at US House of Representatives
Dr. Christina Bethell, advisory committee member of the Pocket Project, provides testimony both as a survivor and expert on the science and use of evidence-based practices to address the “epidemic” of childhood trauma in the US.
On July 11, 2019 an emotionally charged hearing on childhood trauma brought together leading experts and survivors to present their findings to members of the House, including Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) who led seven hearings on trauma during her eight years serving on the Boston City Council. Pressley, along with other members of Congress and the expert witnesses, shared their personal experiences of trauma together with the survivors who attended, allowing for an unprecedented opportunity for authenticity and opening in the hearing room. Read More
Dr. Christina Bethell, an advisory committee member of the Pocket Project and a leading expert on childhood trauma in the US testified in the nearly four-hour hearing on the science and policies she’s been researching and implementing as professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative.
“The science of ACEs and resilience shine a light on the importance of moment by moment lived experiences and relational health, and require a paradigm shift in how we think about child development, human health and disease and social dysfunction,” Bethell testified. “When enough people such as the two-thirds of adults and half of US children carry adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the trauma and toxic stress that can result we find ourselves in a syndemic, or synergistic epidemic, where what ails us cannot be addressed without addressing the long reach of childhood trauma and we adopt a salutogenic approach focused on factors that proactively promote human health and well-being.”
Drawing from twenty-three years of data-driven research and evidence-based policy design, Bethell stressed the importance of creating a social infrastructure in the US that will comprehensively address the urgency of this problem, much like the national highway system connects the country. In this way, she stressed, the evidence base of trauma combined with the knowledge of the impact of lived experiences would finally meet with policy, creating impactful programs and policies that will save money and increase well-being in the country.
Bethell also emphasized the importance of awareness and healing practices in integrating trauma. “Also critical to promoting the self-awareness and self-regulation key to healing and health are practices that involve sitting silently with intentional awareness on one’s breathing, body sensations and current thoughts and feelings. These mindfulness practices enjoy strong scientific evidence to assist in neuronal rewiring toward regulation and building capacity for other self-care practices, like exercise, healthy eating and engagement in learning. They may also contribute to reduction in body and brain inflammation and symptoms of autoimmune conditions and mental illnesses.”
Bethell speaks widely on childhood trauma and ACEs throughout the US, and will be speaking specifically on ways to promote healing and self-regulation in dialogue with Thomas Hübl, founder of the Pocket Project, at the Celebrate Life Festival that will be livestreamed from Germany later this month.
The Pocket Project is a non-profit organization based in Germany that trains facilitators and leads conferences and other international events around the topic of collective trauma. Their mission is to contribute to the healing of collective and intergenerational trauma, and to reduce its disruptive effects on our global culture. The Pocket Project is guided by spiritual teacher, author, and systems thinker Thomas Hübl who has led large-scale events with international groups, including with Israelis and Germans, to heal from the impacts of collective trauma. Active Pocket Project practice groups and competency centers currently work in the US, Israel, Germany, and Argentina.
Exploring the healing of collective trauma at the Wisdom 2.0 conferenceThomas Hübl spoke at the Wisdom 2.0 conference, on March 3, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. After a dialogue on the main stage with Soren Gordhamer, founder of Wisdom 2.0, on the healing of personal and collective trauma, Thomas led a meditation session in the Practice Lounge, weaving in the themes from his conversation with Soren. The meditation was attended by up to 200 people, many of whom stayed in conversation with Thomas afterwards in their desire to understand more about personal and collective trauma.
Celebrate Life Festival 2019 – Donate phones, tablets & laptops to the global south!As the Pocket Project supports the growth of a sustainable community through its training formats (One-Year training and Trauma Transformation in Community training), we have a wish to further support our network in the global south by redistributing mobile phones, tablets and laptops.
We will then make sure they get to our network of outstanding leaders at the forefront of community-led strategies for sustainable change. These are key figures in rights and peace movements, poverty reduction, climate change and social justice.
Let’s weave webs of kindness and trust together, bringing sweet hope to places of harshness.
Cleaning Your Device Before Passing It On: Before giving away your devices (smartphone, tablet or laptop), please restore them to default settings.
Kotuitui – a conversation towards the healing of collective and intergenerational trauma in Aotearoa New ZealandA national conversation around the healing of colonisation has begun in Aotearoa/New Zealand. An event held on February 21 bought many threads together, nationally and internationally to host an initial conversation around assessing the appetite for a process to heal the effects of colonisation and other collective traumas in this country.
The event was hosted by philanthropic organisations – Foundation North and the Centre for Social Impact. The Pocket Project and its mission to integrate transgenerational and collective trauma healing has been introduced.Read More
The event was an exploration and included a panel of:
- Dr Tatjana Buklijas – Senior Research Fellow, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland
- Tui Ah Loo – CEO of PARS, an organisation focused on long term Maori recidivism
- Professor Chris Marshall – Diana Unwin Chair of Restorative Justice, Victoria University
- Karlo Mila – Pacific Poet and mental health scholar
Also two young people played a large part in the day to demonstrate intercultural healing – one pakeha (white) whose ancestor translated the Treaty of Waitangi (the treaty New Zealand is settled on between the British and the Maori) and the other whose ancestor signed the treaty.
As the leader of the event I also spoke about the Pocket Project and the potential healing of intergenerational and collective trauma and the training. A circle of support from the collective field of the pocket project supported the event.
The event raised the bar on what might be possible in Aotearoa and canvassed ideas and ways forward to enter into a 20 year healing conversation . These included setting up a national restoration centre and process that brings national and international expertise together, and also setting up circles of support for those wanting to build competencies and support the young people who are wanting to take some lead in this area.
The tragic mass shooting this month has escalated that conversation and many are willing and ready to head towards a racially inclusive society under the Treaty of Waitangi. We now have groups exploring how this might be progressed with respect, care and depth.
We are also working through a process to see what work is already happening throughout the country and how we bring these people together to learn, share and support this mahi (sacred work).
By Louise Marra, member of the Pocket Project one year training.
Harness the power of collective intelligence – a live event with Thomas Hübl and William UryRecently, Thomas and William co-led a groundbreaking 6-month program that blended the inner art of meditation with the outer art of mediation. They explored how we can link self-awareness with thoughtful action to reach new levels of effectiveness in resolving conflicts.
Now, Thomas and William are bringing their unique and much-needed perspective to a wider platform. They truly are experts in how to reframe conflict and transform it into peace, and I hope you will consider joining them for their free online event: Read More
The Power of Collective Presencing
A LIVE Online Event with Thomas Hübl & William Ury
Sunday, January 27, 2019
11:30am PT / 2:30pm ET / 8:30pm CET
Attend, and learn how you can:
- Join with a community to create a “third side” to conflicts
- Become a conscious participant in collective presencing
- Expand your capacity to contribute meaningfully without feeling isolated or alone
- Stay open-hearted and authentic – even in overwhelming moments
- Bring people together without needing to agree, disagree, or take sides