Presented by The International Focusing Institute
This online three-part series with Dennis Windego on the felt sense and the medicine wheel will assist helpers and natural helpers to journey beside client’s (or yourself/fellow human beings) trauma, and complex trauma memories to achieve: Mino-Biimaadiiziwiin (The Good Life).
Thursdays, April 13, 20, and 27, 2023
Location: Online via Zoom
Three-tier pricing: Regular price $180 Modified price $150 Lowest price $95
Registration is Required:
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This online three-part series with Dennis Windego on the felt sense and the medicine wheel will assist helpers and natural helpers to journey beside client’s (or yourself/fellow human beings) trauma, and complex trauma memories to achieve: Mino-Biimaadiiziwiin (The Good Life). Mino-Biimaadiiziwiin is a decolonizing method to address the impacts of colonial trauma with land-based teachings, medicines, spirituality, and ceremonies.
Dennis will demonstrate the powerful shift of the felt sense and the medicine wheel through experiential exercises, trauma recovery stories, and triad group practice sessions/discussions.
Medicine Wheel Scene
Dennis works with and trains therapists who work with Indigenous populations, however, he invites anyone seeking to experience these teachings to register. He will use common language and the exercise instructions will be easy to follow. No experience with Focusing or felt sensing is required. Participants will acquire tools and build sacred bundles to assist Indigenous populations and their allies for truth and reconciliation.
You do not have to be a professional to experience this powerful way of being. As our Elders have communicated since time immemorial, “We are all healers. The healing medicine is inside all of us”.
This series will introduce:
-How to build a connected, safe, and sacred ground space to sit beside complex trauma
-How to introduce land, medicine, water, air, rock, and indigenous teachings in natural healing
-How to recognize the presence of trauma through the body, speechlessness, dissociation, and fear paralysis, and overwhelming responses; how to apply the medicine wheel in assessments
-How to recognize and work with Intergenerational impacts of abandonment, rejection, and neglect
-How to take care of self and importance of healing and development as a helper
Dennis Windego, MSW, FOT, is from the traditional lands of the Anishinabeg community of Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in northwestern Ontario. His Anishinabeg name is Zoongwebines, and he is a member of the Lynx clan. Dennis follows the teachings of his late father which guides his decolonizing approach to mental health, addictions, grief, and healing trauma.
Dennis develops and facilitates community-centered, land-based, culturally relevant FOT programs. He is a Focusing Coordinator with The International Focusing Institute in New York, and a Focusing-Oriented Therapist (FOT). As a child, he was forcefully removed from his ancestral lands and sent to St. Margaret’s Indian Residential School in Fort Francis, Ontario. Through his personal healing journey, he lives the natural “felt sense” wisdom of his late mother’s words, “don’t forget who you are and where you come from”.