Trauma Transformation in Community

When: 23rd June 2018 @09:3027th June 2018 @16:00

Learn and Practice skills for recognition, healing and prevention of trauma within the safe space of a supportive community

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught up in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
– Martin Luther King


“Trauma lingers in our body systems from all those moments when something happens that is too painful or fearful for us to integrate. Animals seem to have an easier time simply shaking off the energy of shock and stress – we see ducks naturally shaking themselves to let go of accumulated adrenaline after fierce encounters with other ducks. Unfortunately perhaps, we humans are more able to hide and internalise stress, and we end up carrying within our bodies not only the trauma from experiences in our individual lives, but also the historic trauma from generations that went before.


The cruelty and terror that accompany wars, colonialism, slavery, rape – all of these have left deep scars within the tissue of humanity which are passed on from generation to generation. When we meet in our communities and global networks, and when we start to develop trust, honesty and intimacy with one another, these scar tissues find enough safety to show up. We may experience this as a move from unconscious numbness to acute discomfort. By nature, it is painful and frightening. Our patterns of self-defense are likely to be triggered. The feelings hidden within the wounds we carry were overwhelming at the time, and they might still feel overwhelming when we touch them again now. Yet, they come up for healing.


In my years of living in community, and reaching out to community leaders around the world, I have seen our trauma responses rise to the surface and shape our relationships again and again. We have something to learn and refine here! We can learn to recognise trauma in ourselves and others. We can learn to self-regulate trauma so that it does not become overwhelming. We can learn to hold space consciously so that healing can actually take place.
Trauma is frozen life force – in order to melt back into the river of life it needs the compassionate witnessing presence of the other. Ubuntu – I am because you are. The Trauma Transformation in Community Training teaches some of the skills we need.”
– Kosha Joubert


“At the beginning of my professional life as a trauma therapist, I realized that human connections are one of our strongest healing resources and, at the same time, the channel through which we may suffer our most traumatizing experiences. The trauma inflicted by one human being onto another is the most difficult to heal. Today, after years of working in this field, a deep yearning keeps growing to develop methods which include our closer communities and larger social networks as part of the healing process.


After coming into contact with the teachings and community of Thomas Hübl, I received many powerful insights around the creation of healthy cultural patterns. It is in this context where, some years ago, Kosha and I met, and started this deeper exploration and collaboration. We are currently part of the assistants/mentors team of the Pocket Project – for research, education, and creation of local pockets and large group events for the transformation of collective trauma. Our aim of collaborating in this new this training is to share and spread the essential principles of healing trauma in community and to provide effective skills which stem from our personal training and experience.”
– Giselle Charbonnier


With the inspiration from the Pocket Project in our backs and the weaving together of a trauma therapy skill set (Giselle Charbonnier) and a community building skill set (Kosha Joubert), we invite you to join us on this journey!
Course Contents
In this training, you will learn skills for recognition, healing and prevention of trauma within the safe space of a supportive community


You will also gain:


  • a capacity for self-regulation through an understanding of neuroscience
  • an experience of emotions as fields of connection and inspired action
  • trust and compassion through inner reconciliation and conflict resolution practices
  • relational awareness through the practice of transparent communication
  • hope for a future based on renewed sensitivity, joy and mutual care.


Topics covered include:


  • Community building skills – sharing of life stories
  • Personal, Intergenerational and Collective Trauma
  • Introduction to Psychophysiological and Neurobiological Research
  • Community as resource – Global Ecovillage Network
  • Personal and communal sources of resilience
  • Transparent Communication
  • Trauma recognition in myself and in others
  • Trauma self-regulation: skills for influencing our nervous systems
  • Trauma co-regulation: hosting and healing trauma together
  • Collective Agreements and Cultural Shadows
  • Practice of presencing and healing trauma in community
  • Reconciliation and Restoration
  • Art, Celebration, and Rituals: Culture as Resource


CEO Global Ecovillage Network, Consultant, Facilitator, Trainer, Negotiator
Intercultural Communication & Relations, Community Building & Transparent Communication
Member of Thomas Hübl’s Core Group & Mentoring Team
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Family Constellations Facilitator
Alexander Technique Teacher, Transpersonal Psychology & Social Trauma Consultant
Member of Thomas Hübl’s Core Group & Mentoring Team


Workshop fee*: £350 / Concessions: £200 / *does not include food and accommodation
Food and Accommodation: June 22 – 27, £400, June 22 – 28, £456 (please let Newbold House know how long you wish to stay)
Food only (non-residential participants): June 23 – 27, £230
A limited number of bursaries are available, primarily for participants from the Global South. If you wish to apply for a bursary, please write directly to


To register and book, please fill in the registration form at, and contact Newbold Trust through or +44 (0)1309 672 659. Your booking will not be complete unless you both register through the form, and contact and confirm it with Newbold Trust.