Friday, March 07, 2014

Community of Healers: Trauma Tapping Training in Congo

It was almost noon, but already a steamy day in early January, eastern Congo. We were late meeting 26 women, but they waited on us, understanding that time, in Congo, is relevant and fluid. We met in the middle of a jungle, in the center of a village, in a school that butts up against the local church. Tucked in amidst brick buildings with dirt floors, we met women wrapped in dresses of bright African fabrics or dingy, worn tee shirts.  The silence of the hot afternoon was punctuated only by the sound of a typewriter clacking in a nearby school office. The silence made it possible to hear fingers gently thumping skin and bone, to hear the two deep breaths taken together at the end of a round of Trauma Tapping Therapy.

...That day in Mumosho, an intermittent breeze blew through the open windows, wrapping around the women, bringing the outside in as they carefully practiced Trauma Tapping Therapy, touching fingers to a forehead, to the tops of cheekbones, tapping the inside of each finger, lightly pummeling each other's breastbones, holding hands and breathing together. Though the women giggled at how silly it looked to practice the therapy on each other, they soon relaxed into the work, and created a sacred space to explore what trauma means for each woman, and for their community.

Read the full piece at The Huffington Post, here

Gunilla Hamne (left) leads the Trauma Tapping Therapy (TTT) training, Amani translates, communicates and connects, I take non-stop notes.

Gunilla Hamne guides the therapy practice.

Gunilla listens to the women list the kinds of experiences that create trauma in their lives.

The women practice TTT.

The women take a break outside the classroom.
(Photos by Cate Haight)

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