Ide Maria Helander, Vice-Chair of Suoma Sami Nuorat, describes her experience at a Healing of Memories workshop and how the methods she learned can help her people.
In communities victimized by war everyone has been wounded by the conflict. Antti Pentikainen who works with the UN to reach out to tribal and religious groups have found our methods vital in bringing about healing and reconciliation.
"I had an opportunity to seek help and I had an opportunity to surrender and when I did I found healing of memories."
--David Campbell, Gulf War Veteran
The Institute for Healing of Memories-North America seeks to contribute to lasting individual and collective healing that makes possible a more peaceful and just world.
Who We Serve
We serve people who endure the pain of discrimination, marginalization, and other traumas large and small. These include, but are not limited to immigrants and refugees, victims of domestic violence, child abuse, rape, and sex trafficking, people in residential substance abuse treatment, those living with disabilities, indigenous peoples, war veterans and their families, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, police and communities and first responders.
Your donation, large or small, will help us serve more people and communities in need, through Healing of Memories workshops and Community Dialogues.
Healing of Memories workshops are held in safe, secure venues and led by trained facilitators.
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What our participants say
“I was empowered to view life as positive, to move ahead and not let the past overpower me.”
“I’ve been to many workshops before but have never put my story together before. I did it here. Thank you.”
“I found the experience cultivated a deep sense of empathy in me that was unexpected and profound. I also feel that telling my “story in such a safe space and witnessing others’ stories shifted something inside me and connected me in a way that felt genuine and deep.”
“I learned the technique of purging old memories of negative experiences and in the results having the ability of growing in the good in my heart, mind and soul.”
“I waited 24 years to tell this story.”
Where we work
Activist and Author who speaks around the world on matters concerning indigenous issues, human rights, environmentalism and film producer.
Born into the Ashiihi (Salt) clan of the Navajo Nation.
The “One Love: Festival of Healing” is part of Project Arboretum initiated by Cammissa Solutions to address social, economic and environmental justice issues in Paarl. The project also aims to build the skills of especially young people and provide sustainable economic development in the area. The project is supported by the Drakenstein Municipality and will contribute to the sustainability of the Institute for the Healing of Memories.
The Institute for the Healing of Memories will be hosting its fifth International conference, “Healing journeys: Responding to the World Map of Pain” September 21 - 23 at the Welgelee Conference Centre in Paarl.
The conference will bring together healing of memories practitioners and allies from different countries and contexts we have worked with through the years.
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