Global Social Witnessing at the Mind and Life institute Europe

Lukas Hermann discussing Global Social Witnessing with conference participants

Lukas Hermann discussing Global Social Witnessing with conference participants

“Kinship, Conflict and Compassion” was the topic of a summer research institute (ESRI) hosted by the Mind and Life Institute Europe on 20 – 26 August 2018 in the beautiful mountain scenery at lake Chiemsee in Bavaria, Southern Germany. Scientists, peace builders, facilitators, and educators engaged in a cross-disciplinary dialogue which focused on the roots of human inter-group conflict, social connectivity and the ways that we can transcend conflict and enhance healthy connections through various approaches, including contemplative training. Read More

Restoring a fragmented world – the Celebrate Life Festival

Joy Clark and Michaela Harrison

New Orleans-based musicians Joy Clark and Michaela Harrison perform a soulful set dedicated to the memory of Aretha Franklin.

The Celebrate Life Festival was born in 2004 in Germany and became one of the most popular and dynamic consciousness events in Europe. This year the Festival opened for the first time in the United States and was deeply dedicated to explore and inquire into essential practices of healing and restoration in response to the intensity of the fragmentation we are facing in our world. Find more information and an introduction to the speakers here. Read More

Creating a virtual home base for the Pocket Project

Pocket Project Lab

An international team of dedicated volunteers creating the lab – feel welcome to join us!

The Pocket Project is a global initiative with the goal to contribute to the healing of collective and intergenerational trauma, and to reduce its disruptive effects on our global culture. As a global initiative, it needs an infrastructure to connect the members of the Pocket Groups and Competence Center, the public and researchers. The ‘Lab’ is also needed to share selected and approved research data, knowledge and experiences gained in the Pocket Groups and Competence Centers through the community and public Knowledge Gardens. Read More

Grounding the Pocket Project – Diana Chambers: our new interim COO

Diana Chambers

Diana Chambers

The Pocket Project is growing into a global organization and this process needs sensitive and mindful guidance. Since the beginning of 2018, Diana Chambers supports the Pocket Project as an interim COO with her extensive knowledge and wealth of experience. We are full of gratitude for her support and working with her is a great pleasure!

Diana’s early career included almost a decade as a strategic planner for a global corporation before she moved from the UK to the USA and subsequently directed three different charitable organizations. She then launched her own successful practice as a philanthropic advisor and family wealth mentor, where she helps her clients to optimize the role of money in their lives and relationships. Diana has a deep commitment to spirituality and integrative health and is a student in Thomas Hübl’s Timeless Wisdom Training. She lives in Switzerland.

Trauma Transformation in Community – a new teaching series has just started


TTIC Team in Findhorn/Scotland, June 2018

In June 2018 the Pocket Project, in association with the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), facilitated the first pilot training for “Trauma Transformation in Community” in Findhorn / Scottland. This training was born out of a deep calling to bring the vision and teachings of the Pocket Project together with trauma neuroscience and therapy skills (Giselle Charbonnier), and community building skills (Kosha Joubert), in order to have a faster, more effective, and sustainable reach into those places where therapeutic aid is scarce and trauma healing is most needed. Read More

Sharing an essential moment at the Heiligenfeld Congress in Germany

Thomas sharing an essentiell moment with the audience at the Heiligenfeld Congress in Germa

At the Heiligenfeld Congress 2018, “Kairos – Shaping Change“, in Bad Kissingen, Germany, Thomas Hübl gave a lecture and workshop about presence, collective traumatization and the possibilities of healing. 
In his talk “An essential moment” Thomas spoke to more than 1000 people about non-duality and how traumatization hinder us from being fully present in each moment. Drawing on mystic traditions, he outlined the complex nature of time and explained how trauma works as a frozen life force, keeping us in the “aftertime” of trauma, until healing may occur. Thomas emphasized the collective nature of traumatization like the Second World War as something we are born into and which we are often unconscious of. He stressed the importance of addressing these traumatic events collectively and pointed out the possibilities of an enhanced group consciousness in order to heal and integrate the past.Read More

Training Report

Yehudit Sasportas given a lecture on how art is capable of making collective trauma visible. Collective trauma in art – the frozen time

In May 2018 we completed the Pocket Project’s first one-year training in working with collective and intergenerational trauma. The program began and ended with a five-day seminar in Israel with Thomas Hübl and his assistant team. In between seminars there were online classes, as well as mentoring and supervision groups to support and shape the mutual work. A group of 152 participants from 39 countries formed to explore collective and intergenerational trauma and the different dynamics related to this topic.Read More

Trauma Transformation in Community

International Training with Kosha Joubert and Giselle Charbonnier, June 23 – 27 2018 in Findhorn, Scottland. This training is organized by GEN – Global Ecovillage Network.

Our lives and relationships are often unconsciously shaped by trauma – lingering remnants of deeply distressing experiences in our personal and collective histories. In this training, we take a step towards the freedom of awareness and choice, learning skills for recognition,  prevention,  co-regulation and integration of trauma within our communities.

Trauma is frozen life force – in order to melt back into the river of life it needs the compassionate witnessing presence of the other.

Learn more and register

The Nexus conference – The art of impact in a fragmented world

Thomas Hübl visited the 4th annual NEXUS USA Summit 2018 in February in Washington D.C. Nexus connects the financial, intellectual, creative and social capital of the young generation in an action-oriented, solutions-focused and safe space. It aims to inspire learning and collaboration between a uniquely powerful network of peers.

Thomas Huebl at Nexus conference 2018Thomas was one of the keynote speaker at the conference and offered a workshop and a meditation where he deepened his approach to the art of impact in a fragmented world. In his workshop, Thomas shared mystical principles that deepened participant understanding of their own impulse to create authentic impact in the world and how best to relate to the most challenging situations at one’s growing edge. He shared awareness tools and practices to build competencies as we explored cultural change and the connection to innovation and leadership which impact social structure.

Find the video of Thomas keynote here

Pocket Groups Report

The Pocket Groups are at the heart of the Pocket Project and are supervisioned and guided by senior students of Thomas, Nicholas Janni and Hilorie Baer. To give you an impression into the nature of the Pocket Groups and their ongoing development and a deeper insight in the work, here is what Nicholas Janni wants to share with you.

We have said from the beginning that there are two types of Pocket group:

  1. Groups that conduct research into the historical, intergenerational and cultural foundations of a region’s trauma imprints
  2. Groups that intend to conduct process work with the energetics of collective trauma in a context of healing and restoration

The two of course sometimes overlap, and the forming of Pocket groups in different parts of the world is naturally a slow and emergent process. Read More

Conference on Institutional Change

Resonance, Institutional pathologies and collective Trauma
Impressions form the 4th Witten Conference on Institutional Change

Audience listening to a talk on the 4th Witten Conference on Institutional Change

As part of the Pocket Project volunteer group and PhD. students, Lukas Herrmann and Adrian Wagner presented their recent research in the context of collective trauma integration at the fourth Witten Conference on Institutional Change. Can institutions become pathological? What are pathologies in institutions and how do they relate to collective trauma? Read More

Partnership between the Pocket Project and the Global Ecovillage Network

The partnership agreement between the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and the Pocket Project was officially signed in November 2017. The cooperation has been successfully under way since the beginning of 2017, as GEN and the Pocket Projected joined efforts in a crowd-funding campaign which raised a total of 19.979€ and enabled seven candidates to join the Pocket Training, who otherwise could not have participated for financial reasons. The candidates have leadership roles in their homeland communities in the DR Congo, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Colombia and Palestine.

Visolela Namises (Women’s Solidarity Namibia), Kosha Joubert (Executive Director of Global Ecovillage Network), Gabriela Martinez (Founder of Corasoma, Colombia), Neema Namadamu (Founder of Maman Shujaa Movement, DR Congo) . during Pocket Project Training in Israel in June 2017

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Interview with Neema on the Pocket Training

Neema in Israel

Neema in Israel

My name is Neema. I was born in a remote mountainous region of Eastern DRC. I contracted polio at the age of two, but with my Mom’s support, I became the first handicapped woman from my tribe to graduate from university. Later, I worked as chief advisor to the Minister of Gender and Family. Read More

Amman, October 12th-14th 2017
6th Annual Conference on Transgenerational Trauma hosted by Common Bond Institute (CBI)

Nicholas Janni, core team member of the Pocket Project, attended the 6th Annual Conference on Transgenerational Trauma in Amman on 12- 14 October 2017. About 80 people attended the conference, 16 being presenters. One of the presenters was the impressive Myron Eshowksy. Born mostly deaf into an Orthodox Jewish family, Myron ran away aged 12 and has forged a deep connection with indigenous and shamanic healers, bringing that wisdom into all the areas he works in. For bios of presenters, please see: Read More