Beloved Community Well: Healing & Trauma


Healing & Trauma: Weaving ancestral medicine into the future

Some stories yearn to be told; to be transmitted through the red mouth into open ears and hearts. Indeed, storytelling is one vital way of being in community, of being known and knowing. Join yoga teacher Samir Patel and psychologist Vickie Chang as they share stories on their journeys of healing– tangling with the hungry ghosts of trauma and engaging with their ancestral roots and medicine. Together we will traverse the landscapes of ancient India and China, the mountains, waters, and forests of this country, and Western healing modalities such as psychotherapy and somatic experiencing. We will dance between the individual and collective, including the primacy of unresolved grief in this country, and the importance of reconnecting to our indigeneity for healing. Bring your heartbreak, your loneliness, the trauma of separation from your land/culture/people and the miracles you have experienced in this lifetime. Together, let us unlock the energies trapped in trauma to soak the Earth/body with love.

About Beloved Community Well

Beloved Community Well is a weekly practice space to build skills and connections for people committed to justice, healing and wholeness. Each week we will rotate between workshop sessions where facilitators will offer content on topics relevant to nonviolent movement work and relational sessions where people can give and receive support. This project is a collaboration between East Point Peace Academy and the Necessary Trouble Collective.

We welcome everyone from around the world to participate in this weekly space and we have an intention to address the reality that BIPOC folx often feel isolated and alone in nonviolent movement spaces, so we will have affinity spaces each month where we hold separate break out groups for BIPOC identified folx and white identified folx. We hope you will join us in this experiment!!


The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Vickie Ya-Rong Chang (she/her) was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her work as a psychologist and writer, she is dedicated to personal = collective liberation. She supports API movement spaces through offering awareness and somatic practices, which are fundamental to her individual and group counseling work. She is strengthened by her connection to Chinese ancestral practices and shaped by her relationship with the people, culture, and land of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, first settled by the Puebloans, Ute, Jicarilla Apache, and Navajo/Diné; the holy hill Arunachala in India; and the Divine Buddha Temple in Taiwan.

Samir teaches in the ancient Indian Tantric lineage of Kashmiri Shaivism, specially the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra, practices of spontaneous recognition and using tantric poetry and Dark retreats as portals into higher states of being. Over 15 years, they have meditated for thousands of hours and built a strong foundation of Vipassana in both the Thai forest tradition (Ajahn Chah) and Burmese traditions (S.N. Goenka). He took a deep dive to learn Ashtanga Yoga of the Subtle Body and exploring the healing and therapeutic aspects of Yoga at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in India. Krishnamacharya is widely regarded as the father of modern Yoga. The missing piece in Vipassana meditation and Yoga for them was lack of focus on ‘Wonder, Joy and Delight’ and a lack of an understanding of trauma, racism and patriarchy. They have a deep understanding of how to restore the body from trauma learning Somatic Experiencing from Peter Levine.


This event will happen virtually using the Zoom online conferencing platform. If you are not familiar with this platform, click here for instructions.

November 09, 2022 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Zoom Virtual Conferencing
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