groups + workshops

resiliency skills for care work

Thursday, May 14 7:00 – 8:15 PM PST
Wednesday, June 3 1:00 – 2:15 PM PST
Friday, June 26 11:00 am – 12:15 PM PST

On-line via Zoom 
pay-what-you-can* (suggested $5 – $30)

Starting May 2020, i”ll be offering a workshop twice a month for front-line workers and other folks engaged in formal and informal care-giving who would like to learn skills and practices for developing resiliency and coping with trauma. drawing on a broad range of approaches and modalities, these workshops will offer an opportunity for you to explore and try on different tools and techniques so you can find what works for you.

these workshops are essentially me sharing how i took everything i learned while i was training as a therapist and applied it to my own life as a burnt-out, chronically-ill front-line worker in non-profit settings for nearly fifteen years.

i know how difficult it can be to keep showing up when we’re exhausted, and at the same time how impossible it can feel to rest and prioritize our own care when there is so much work to be done.

i also believe that we can do this work in a more sustainable way. 

i’m still on this journey and learning lots of things in the process.

join me in exploring – 

  • grounding practices to help you access states of presence and calm
  • tools and skills to support your emotional resiliency that can easily be incorporated into your work
  • the relationship between individual and collective healing
  • relaxation practices so you can actually rest and sleep better

hi, i'm sarah (she/her)

i have been engaged in care work formally for nearly fifteen years, including professional roles like outreach worker, harm reduction worker, live-in caregiver and residential support worker. informally, i have been engaged in weaving networks of care and support around those i love for as long as i can remember.  these workshops will draw on both my personal experiences of doing this work and my training and study of counselling, hypnotherapy, meditation, mindfulness, cultural somatics, feminist therapy, and disability justice.i have also been immensely privileged to work alongside many accomplices over the years, whose stories of organizing during the HIV epidemic, and later in the fight for supervised consumption and safe supply have provided me with an invaluable education in collective action and community care.

find somewhere you can get comfortable and relax.

near the end of each session, you’ll be given a chance to visualize how you might incorporate what we’ve been working on into your day-to-day life, making it easier to integrate the tools and adjust them to your own needs. 

we’ll end each workshop with a relaxation portion, i’ll share a story or a reading from something i’m learning that’s relevant, and then we’ll take some quiet time together at the end. 

you are welcome to participate in these workshops anonymously! we’re meeting by zoom, so you can sign up with any email address you like, adjust your name and keep your mic & camera off throughout. 

since we’ll be doing relaxation + mindfulness exercises, you may want to listen on a set of headphones or on a speaker on your phone, you won’t miss anything if you aren’t watching the video. 

you’ll need access to a mobile device or computer, and a place where you can relax, uninterrupted for 75 – 90 minutes. the workshop will be 75 minutes long, but i encourage you to keep some time free after to enjoy feeling relaxed and prolong your rest practice.

can’t make the group times? i’ll send you a recording after the workshop. 

if you’re ready to sign up, hit the button below to fill out the short registration form 

* pay what you can is exactly what it sounds like. i trust you to know what feels reasonable for you. no one will be turned away for lack of funds and you are welcome to pay any time.