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An Online Symposium & Workshop hosted by Meditatio wtih Laurence Freeman OSB, Dr Gregory Fricchione and Dr Richard Mollica 

Date: Thursday 15 October & Friday 16 October

Time: 9 am -12 noon Eastern Time (2-5 pm UK time)


The practice of meditation within a cultural and wisdom tradition has been shown to help refugees heal these invisible wounds of trauma.

In 2019, the UN refugee agency reported 26 million refugees and over 4 million asylum-seekers worldwide. We need a public mental health response to help forcibly displaced individuals to heal from trauma.

Meditatio is convening leaders in the field of meditation, mind-body medicine, and global mental health to explore meditation as a healing response to trauma. All those interested in learning about the healing practice of meditation and an effective way of sharing it with refugees and other survivors of trauma are welcome to attend.

Thursday: Symposium – The Art and Science of Meditation as a Healing Response to Trauma

Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of World Community for Christian Meditation and of Bonnevaux Centre for Peace, Marçay, France
Gregory Fricchione MD, Associate Chief of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and the Chester M. Pierce Division of Global Psychiatry at MGH, Boston, Massachusetts
Richard Mollica MD MAR, Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts
Ashok Gurung MA, Biomedicine, Researcher, Co-Founder Bhutanese Community of Pittsburgh, Mental Health First Aid instructor and meditation group leader, Pittsburgh, PA


Friday: Workshop – Developing a Meditation Support Group for Refugees and Asylum-seekers

Timothy Kelly MA MSW, Meditatio Council, Program Specialist, Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
Marie Carlson PhD, Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Survivors of Torture, Austin Texas
Ailsa Adamson, Project Manager of Methodist Asylum Project (MAP) in Middlesbrough, England
Giovanni Felicioni, Associate Director, Bonnevaux Centre for Peace, Marçay, France
Odile Boekwa, Center for Survivors of Torture, Meditation Support Group, Austin, Texas


October 15th, 2020 9:00 AM   to   October 16th, 2020 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Thursday 15 October USD 20.00
Friday 16 October USD 20.00
A donation to enable someone else to attend USD 35.00

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