Waking Up from War: Transforming Trauma for True Peace

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Sunday 5/22/2016
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Program Leader
Joseph Bobrow, Steve Torgerson

War, like all trauma, is a powerful teacher, if we can learn from it. For some years now I’ve come to know many war veterans and their family members and children. I want to share with you their voices, their anguish, what I’ve learned about the remarkable process of coming back to life, and what we all can learn from their experience about transforming suffering and living fully. We will explore the ingredients veterans need to transform trauma, and how, in a healing community characterized by unconditional compassion without judgment, they turn haunting ghosts into ancestors, usable memories which allow them to learn from experience. Since veterans and their family members can do this, so can we all.  We can wake up from the dissociative fog of war (and other cumulative trauma), face its impacts, heal, and build genuine peace.

Includes presentations, meditation, and discussion.

Joseph Bobrow is the author of Waking Up from War: A Better Way Home For Veterans and Nations (Foreword by H.H. The Dalai Lama) and founding director of Coming Home Project. Coming Home’s evidence-based programs for veterans, families, and care providers integrate Buddhist and psychologically-informed approaches and have served thousands nationwide. His pioneering work is equally relevant for those coping with a range of traumatic experiences. A Zen master and retired psychoanalyst, Joseph is the author of Zen and Psychotherapy: Partners in Liberation, The Jewel of Liberation, and co-translated Thich Nhat Hanh’s Guide to Walking Meditation. He lives in Santa Barbara and teaches extensively. www.deepstreams.org.

Steve Torgerson is a retired Lt Colonel and Chaplain in the Air Force. He served as Chair of the Air Force Integrated Delivery System (a committee concerned with personnel issues, including suicide and post-traumatic stress), and Deputy Command Chaplain for Multinational Force in Iraq, where he had first-hand experience from 2006-2007. He retired from the Air Force in 2011 as Wing Chaplain at Travis Air Force Base and Executive Director of the Travis Community Action and Information Board. Steve’s presentations on spirituality have moved listeners on Air Force bases from Chaing Mai to Munich, on San Francisco’s KQED Radio, and at Coming Home Project retreats. A Seventh-day Adventist minister, he works with inmates at The California State Prison in Solano, California, and serves on the Board of Directors of Coming Home Project.

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