• Freedom from Trauma

    With the power of the Arts and EMDR

"Freedom from Trauma" is a workshop integrating two body-mind therapies recognized for their potential to uncover and heal unconscious material that is difficult to access through language alone:
• Expressive Arts Therapy: Through the power of the arts, we will create a safe space to reconnect with our inner resources and parts of ourselves that we might have forgotten. We will meditate, dance, move, use clay, paint, use guided imagery and drama therapy.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing): this innovative therapy will allow us to safely revisit and reprocess events that still impact our lives. EMDR is one of two first line trauma treatment recommended by the World Health Organization. Its efficiency is undisputed and single incident trauma can often be resolved in 1-3 sessions. 
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Latest research results in psychology have shown that in a majority of cases, depression, anxiety and substance abuse are consequences of trauma that has not been processed. 
Trauma specialists explain that if the trauma is not addressed and processed specifically, therapy is going to remain unsuccessful.
These events need not be major life-threatening incidents in order to qualify as trauma. Being bullied as a child, growing up in a neglectful or abusive environment or divorce of parents are only a few examples of events that can cause trauma.
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Powerful self-help tool for your toolbox:
In addition to the deep trauma reprocessing and self-exploratory work, Rosa will teach the participants a powerful self-help tool to use at home. 
This tool, which she calls the Angel Hug, is a combination of "Emotional Freedom Technique" and EMDR and is highly efficient in: 
• Reducing physical pain
• Reducing emotional pain
• Reprocessing trauma
• Increasing well-being and self-control
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Rosa Richter holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco.As a licensed psychotherapist and Expressive Arts Therapist in private practice and at a holistic rehabilitation centre in Iceland, she specializes in trauma work and EMDR. Having observed incredible progress in clients treated with EMDR in individual therapy, she decided to develop a group protocol that would make EMDR available to a much broader population.She found that the integration of Expressive Arts Therapy tools and EMDR yielded a therapy that was highly efficient in groups. The research she conducted with the groups she has led, showed significant improvement in depression, anxiety and hope among the participants. 
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This will take place in Auroville, a place of unending education and an experiment in human unity. Auroville has won international acclaim for its efforts in social and environmental sustainability, and has developed innovative techniques in bodywork & healing.

Auroville is an international community with over 2000 people from around 50 different countries. Located 8km from Pondicherry, 3 hours drive from Chennai city/airport (150km) along the scenic East Coast Road (ECR) and 8 hours by an AC sleeper bus from Bangalore (350km).

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Set in a green-forested area close to the sea, Auroville provides a perfect ambience with its rustic setting, and a creative and vibrant community. Participants will stay within Auroville and travel to different locations throughout their stay, accompanied by our program coordinators. Accommodation, food, transport, hostess for children and other logistics are optional extras, and we can assist you in making the necessary arrangements. Contact us on any of the following: 

Cell: +91-9655696982

Email: info@aurovilleretreat.org

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DAY 1:
09:00 to 09:30: Registration and introductions
09:30 to 11:30: Expressive Arts Therapy and Education on Trauma and EMDR
11:30 to 13:00: Noon Brake 
13:00 to 17:00: First EMDR session and Processing through the Arts
DAY 2:
09:30 to 11:30: Angel Hug and Second EMDR session
11:30 to 13:00: Noon Brake
13:00 to 17:00: Third EMDR session and Processing through the Arts
17:00 to 17:30: Closing Ceremony