Launching a National Training and Education Campaign

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Holistic Healing for Survivors of Sexual Violence

The Breathe Network has launched an Indiegogo campaign to implement a national training and education project, “Holistic Healing for Survivors of Sexual Violence” that runs until December 11th, 2015. We are bringing together experts in the field of trauma resilience and sexual violence to transform the way our society responds sexual violence. Below, we introduce you to our work: why this campaign matters, how we intend to use the funding, and also, we acknowledge the generous contributions from our supporters!

Why Us?

We are innovators in the movement to end sexual violence and our approach to addressing the impacts of sexual violence on the body, mind and soul, is both unconventional and necessary. We consider the immediate and long-term health, wellness and resilience of survivors to be a vital component of the work that is currently being done in this field. We have over 100 practitioners in 20 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and Canada, who draw from over 30 different holistic healing arts modalities. Our founder and Board of Directors have deep roots in both the advocacy movement and the holistic healing arts community, which enables us to build strategic partnerships among various fields. This intentional collaboration creates a truly holistic framework for how our society can collectively and comprehensively address the epidemic of sexual violence.

Why This Campaign?

Our current capacity prevents us from being able to meet the existing need for services while the demand and interest in holistic healing continues to increase. In order to have sufficient resources for survivors, we must expand the number of trauma-informed, holistic healing arts practitioners that have the skills, sensitivity, training and passion to work effectively with this diverse population of people.

Why Holistic Healing?

The Breathe Network’s understanding of sexual violence and our approach to this work reflects what cutting-edge research tells us about the physiology of trauma and pathways towards resilience:

*Trauma is stored in the body.

*Unresolved traumatic experiences can become encoded within our nervous system, causing physical and mental health disruptions across the lifespan.

*Language-based methods alone do not necessarily resolve trauma’s imprint.

*It is never too late to begin healing! Our bodies have an in-built capacity to heal once we can address blockages – physical, mental, energetic or spiritual – that are inhibiting our natural resilience.

How Will the Funds Be Used?

We seek to implement a national training and education program for healing arts professionals in 5 U.S. cities over the next 18 months. The trainings will give participants a nuanced understanding of the layered impacts of sexual violence and teach them best practices in delivering trauma-informed care. To increase access to information on what constitutes trauma-informed care for survivors and how to implement this level of care, we are developing educational toolkits which will be available online. Each toolkit focuses on a specific modality (i.e. acupuncture, massage, yoga, reiki, etc.) and contains educational resources about sexual violence, treatment recommendations, and trauma-informed techniques. These are some of the campaign highlights – there is even more to the project!

Learn more about the campaign by visiting our Indiegogo page here. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Please contact us at with questions or inquiries about this project or our organization in general.


 Kerry Bolinder – Lisa Erickson – Hardy Moel – Kaethe Morris Hoffer – Mariko Fischer – Jamie Marich – Don Jackson – Jeff Stoddard – Danielle Durchslag – Eric Simms – Kate Donahue – Vanessa Taveras – Amanda Marrero – Jen Martin – Cindy Lanier – Tony Montenieri – Julian Quibell – Mary Henricksen – Maggie Reeve – Nicole Tierre Thompson – Lisa Duncan – Kathleen + Walter Farrell – Jennifer Boeder – Lindsay Clark – Chad Kasdin – Jack + Cindy Ebner – Mary Ritter – Barbara Claeys – Craig Wilson – Tom + Betsy Ebeling – Elizabeth Temkin – Dorie Silverman – Adam Wolff – Leslie + Sylvia Boeder – Maura Devine – Ellen Boeder – David Mordini + Jerome Fitzgerald – janelle wilson and Robin Williams – Kathy Miller – Emily Kallemeyn – Tom Quinn – Patrick Sarb – Leonard + Kay Boeder – Steve + Melissa Harris – Barbara Gaddis – Mary Reid Bogue – Tracy Bennett – Liz Hardy – Amanda Hender Demas – Joe + Diane Parker – Bonnie Klehr – Jessica Fairchild – Amanda C. Owens – Lara Veon – The Sandner Family – Ryan Maher – Susan Parrington – Rachel Durchslag – Jessica Hehmeyer – Center for Contextual Change – Becky Harris – Ann Nash – Mary + Ron Study – Jennifer Vogel – Nick Boeder – Anne + Dewey Harris – Chris + Tresa Stone – Tish Manley – Mary Boeder – Live Oak Chicago – Jackie Payne – Andrew Harris – Susan Tillet – Paul Boeder – Anonymous – Travis Wheatley – Munro Language Embassy – Allan Campbell – Molly Boeder Harris – Lawrence Boeder

*Per our campaign’s perk design, contributions of over $75 are formally acknowledged on this page. We are grateful for the tremendous support of all contributions we have received – as every dollar paves the way to the success of this project. We also appreciate those of you who have shared about this project, whether through email or social media – as those are excellent actions to support the cause and spread the word. Check out video updates about our ongoing progress here!