When it comes to the topic of sexual abuse and trauma, Islander Jamie Wolf has long been aware that we, as a people, have been well wrapped in our intellectual armor, carefully blocking the emotional pain we experience with our pain or the pain of another.
Thanks to Tarana Burke and Alyssa Milano, the “Me Too” movement succeeded in “giving people a sense of the magnitude of the problem”. It has opened the door to a closet of horror that touches all of us. We have seen our friends, neighbors, workmates and partners, as well as ourselves, struggle to walk forward through that door, away from the internalized shame, and work to heal the physical, mental, emotional and deeply spiritual wounds of sexual abuse and harassment.
During this 1.5 hour interactive, discussion driven and highly participatory workshop, Wolf brings her story forward and reveals her journey to recovery from childhood trauma and sexual harassment in the workplace. She discusses the steps she took, what she learned and how the many layered wound is now a scar; a reminder of the work and the community of compassionate others she found to work through and be with her pain. As Wolf explains, “only in walking through this with the help of others, did I discover the most beautiful people, my beloved community. Had I chosen to stay locked in my intellect, I would have missed them and missed learning that I matter”. Participants will explore self-compassion and leave with a system that allows compassionate listening; to ourselves and to others.
About Jamie Wolf: Jamie enjoyed a rewarding career working within restorative justice and public safety environments. As part of her career, she has seen, first hand, worked with and studied the impacts of trauma on children in custody and the officers who are responsible for their care.
Wolf, a consultant, public speaker and coach, is both widely recognized and unwaveringly lauded for her ability to make complex, sensitive material accessible and engaging to her audiences. Her seminars for law enforcement and the public include such topics as the neurological responses to fear, the biases (implicit and explicit) we form based on our early childhood experiences, addiction, compassionate communication, cultural competence, and reflective listening (being present with another).
Saturday, October 6 at 1pm Tuition: $30
10 Scholarships are available to provide free access to this workshop