Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

Activists Building Resilience and Addressing Trauma

Workshop Number: 
Bette Rainbow Hoover
Who may register?: 
Open to All
Experiential Activities: 
half gathering attenders welcome
First half (Monday-Wednesday)
Second half (Wednesday/Thursday-Friday)

We’ll de-construct trauma to understand its effects on us and on our work for social change. Using movement and play from a popular education approach, participants learn ways to build the resilience needed for life-long activism. From wholeness and compassion, we can work passionately for peace with justice for all.

Workshop Description

Participants will explore the effects of personal and political traumas on ourselves and our work for justice.  Interactive activities include: trauma healing activities from AVP (Alternative to Violence Project), movement (basic yoga), playful games for community building and worship. As we explore our own woundedness, we may gain a deeper understanding of how the hurt places affect us and our work for social justice. As we share our passion for peace and hopes of leaving the world a better place than we found it, we renew our strength and build resiliency for the journey.

Leader Experience

I have been leading experiential workshops since 1993 when I started facilitating Alternative to Violence Workshops in maximum security prisons.  As the Director of the Washington DC local office of the American Friends Service Committee for over 10 years, I led numerous workshops in both the faith and political arenas.  In recent years, I lead retreats to build resiliencey for leadership of non-profits working for social change in Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize and in the US. I co-led the Intergenerational Plenary at Baltimore Yearly Meeting's Annual Session for 152 people in an interactive workshop, "Nonviolence and Social Action for All Ages." I led this workshop at the 2018 Gathering and received great evaluations.