The Alef Trust Conscious Community Project is delighted to announce that we are supporting six new holistic change facilitation projects around the globe. The quality of applications from students, alumni and faculty of the Alef community was again exceptionally high, and we are excited to be working alongside these project leaders and their teams to tackle issues of social change through these constructive action-based projects. All projects also participate in an overarching research goal of investigating the experiences and challenges of holistic change facilitation, as we learn together and co-create knowledge that will contribute to the wider unfolding of a new paradigm based on sustainability, cooperation and respect, as life-enhancing participants in our Earth community.

Lorraine Clewer (Mexico). Yoga Therapy for Labour Rights Activists: Self-care and collective-wellbeing for effective, sustainable and transformative social justice movement building. The project will share individualised and group-oriented Yoga therapy tools with women’s workers’ rights activists along Mexico’s border with the United States.  It will then monitor and evaluate the impact of yoga therapy on how the women build their movement for improved labour rights in the factories where they work.

Ayesha Iftikhar (Pakistan). Journey to the Self: Taking Care of the Care-takers. Based on transpersonal and integrative principles, this programme will develop and use process-oriented group work and expressive arts to support therapists and educators who have been affected by the pandemic.

Tabitha Jayne (UK). Elf-Strength of the Earth: Developing an Earth Connected Facilitation Process. We intend to create a multi-generational approach to Earth connected facilitation that can be used with short films or in other contexts, and invite coaches and facilitators who are our partners in this project to experience the process.

Sunita Pattani (UK). EFT in the Police Force: Addressing Ongoing-Trauma. This project aims to devise and test an Ongoing-Trauma EFT Protocol, since ongoing trauma and resulting PTSD experienced by the officers seems to require a different approach than the standard EFT protocol. Experienced EFT practitioners will work with frontline police officers to develop and deliver this new protocol.

Martha Sneyd (UK). Wild Refuge: Exploring Connection to Self, Others and the Transpersonal with Residents of Chy Rehab. The project hopes to create a bridge between clinical interventions and immersive transpersonal programs held in nature. This taps into the larger vision of Wild Refuge which is to integrate spiritually nourishing, holistic approaches with psychologically informed and trauma sensitive ways of working.

Adi Vickers: Integrative Practice for the Heart-Centred Teacher (Ireland/ Italy). The project will develop a teacher-centric rather than learner (student)- centric programme. The objective is not to train teachers in pedagogy or curriculum, but to honour the Selfhood of the person behind the role of ‘teacher’ and enhance their well-being through engaging with whole person integrative practices.

We look forward to sharing further insights into these projects as they develop, take root, and blossom.

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