A Healing Passage for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Trauma
May - October 2020 - Monthly Online Offering
Within the context of growing awareness and action in our social world around sexual trauma, this is a time for survivors to unite and together undo the effects of trauma on the body, mind and spirit.
Along the path of healing/wholing lies an unraveling of the pervasiveness of silence and shame, and the need for sacred spaces for connecting with others, grieving, and being held and witnessed within community. Survivors very often experience a sense of isolation, and in this time of the global pandemic, we seek to create a place for connection and witnessing the wholeness of each other.
The intention of this online offering is to create a safe-enough space for honoring and expressing fullness in the context of a small group of survivors. The offering includes a variety of modalities to explore how these experiences of sexual trauma are held in the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual body and offers opportunities for healing through movement, sharing, embodied practice, visualizations, and other modalities.
Each online session as well as the in-person retreat is held within a sacred container drawing upon the wisdom of ritual and ceremony to support the passages towards healing of body, heart, mind and spirit.
The group will meet for 6 sessions via Zoom video call for 3 hours each from 10 am - 1 pm Pacific time, the fourth Friday from April to September. Each call will include movement, time for sharing and reflection, break time and optional home practice. These dates include:
Session 1- May 22 10am - 1pm PT
Session 2 - June 26 10am - 1pm PT
Session 3 - July 24 10am - 1pm PT
Session 4 - August 28 10am - 1pm PT
Session 5 - September 25 10am - 1pm PT
Session 6 - October 23 10am - 1pm PT
$200-$400 sliding scale for the 6 month online offering (equates to $35-$65 monthly.) We invite participants to pay what they are able to within this range, and to seek community support to help fund their participation. Those paying at the $400 level help to support our ability to make this offering available at a sliding scale rate.
Who this is for:
This online offering is for adult survivors of childhood sexual trauma, defined as any sexual violation experienced by someone under the age of 18. It is intended for those who have already begun their healing journey and are seeking more support by working with others within a facilitated group setting. This course is open for people of all orientations and genders.
Group size is limited to 12 participants.
From a recent retreat participant:
"I have so appreciated the pace of this workshop, the space that it offered such grace, a wakening of who I am. I really feel like me, in a way I haven’t before. Glorious, beautiful, scared, tender, amazingly sweet and sensitive yet powerfully strong, sensual, erotic and excited to just be me!"
Marisa Taborga Byrne
Marisa (Sasa), she/her, was born and raised in California, comes from an Irish, German, Quechua and Spanish lineage. She is a Nature Connection Guide, Rites of Passage Facilitator and Holistic Sexual Health Educator. Marisa began to hold ceremonial rites of passage for adolescents and adults in 2012. As a recipient of the powerful healing attributes of nature, she is a strong advocate for soul discovery in the wild. Marisa is an incest survivor, and devotes her time to creating healing opportunities for herself and her community, as well as holding conversations and councils with youth and adults alike about holistic sexuality, seeing education as a preventative medicine of potential trauma and the key to fully embracing and embodying our wild, natural selves.
Katie Spataro, CSB
Katie (she/her) is a full spectrum doula, holistic pelvic care practitioner, certified sexological bodyworker and somatic sex educator. In her private practice, she utilizes ritual, touch, breath and movement to tap into the wisdom of the body to support personal and collective healing. Katie specializes in working with women/womxn including cisgender and trans folks and people outside the gender binary. Katie bridges various modalities of embodiment practice, bodywork and skilled coaching on consent and boundaries to support the healing journey around sexual trauma. She works with individuals, couples/relationships and facilitates groups around sexual and reproductive health and wellness.