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The Institute for the Healing of Memories seeks to contribute lasting individual and collective healing that makes possible a more peaceful and just world!
Welcome! The Institute for Healing of Memories-North America (IHOM-NA) is an affiliate of the Institute for Healing of Memories in South Africa, founded by Fr. Michael Lapsley to promote healing and reconciliation in the post apartheid years. In 1990 he survived a letter bomb sent by the apartheid regime, and has since devoted his life to facilitating the healing of others. He began the Healing of Memories methodology while working at the Trauma Center for Victims of Violence and Torture in Cape Town, South Africa, which supplemented the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, headed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who continues to be a patron of the Institute. Since the 1990s, the Institute has provided Healing of Memories workshops around the world, enabling participants from diverse ethnic groups, races, and religions to reach a better understanding of themselves and each other. We work with diverse participants including offenders, refugees, immigrants and ex-combatants, however the workshops are inclusive of anyone who may have painful memories to heal. Vision A just world in which no voice is silenced, every story has a listener, where diversity and common humanity is honored. Mission The Institute for Healing of Memories-North America seeks to contribute to lasting individual and collective healing that makes possible a more peaceful and just world. How We Achieve Our Mission - We provide emotional and spiritual healing to people recovering from painful or traumatic experiences, through Healing of Memories (HOM) workshops, community dialogs - We offer seminars and presentations about our methodology, and the importance for societies and nations to come to terms with anger, hatred, and guilt, so that they are enabled to move towards sustainable reconciliation and build a better society for all. - We train HOM workshop facilitators for the Institute and organizations seeking to utilize our methodology Our work is based in the belief that all people: Are spiritual beings and of infinite worth Share responsibility for the past and are responsible for shaping the future Are capable of being both victim and victimizer We are committed to: Redeeming the past by celebrating that which is life giving and laying to rest that which is destructive Breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma, bias and hatred Working in partnership with others who share our mission
733 Third Avenue
New York, NY
Healing of Memories workshops are weekend residential experiences held in safe, secure venues and led by trained facilitators. Participants share painful experiences in a spiritual, yet non sectarian atmosphere of deep listening and mutual respect. We create a safe and sacred space in which people can share painful personal stories. When telling their stories, participants are encouraged to describe their situations in the context of the history of their countries and their families and ancestors. Connecting with others in relation to their distress, often for the first time, allows participants to move forward feeling unburdened, lighter, and empowered to find solutions to their problems. Workshops culminate in a communal celebration or ritual devised by the participants themselves that encourages people to look towards the future with hope. The process is informed by the belief that healing trauma has a spiritual dimension, while at the same time the experience is nonsectarian and people of all religious convictions or none are welcome. We work with many different groups of people, including those with disabilities, victims of domestic abuse, offenders, whether still incarceratedd or recently released, returned war veterans, and trauma survivors more generally. Besides promoting individual healing, workshops can also further the healing of relationships and communities. When participants come from diverse social groups, listening to one another’s stories also helps to overcome negative perceptions of “the other.” People witness first hand the thoughts and feelings of participants different from themselves who have nevertheless experienced great pain. Thus, the very experience that promotes individual healing also furthers mutual understanding, reconciliation, and a sense of community empowerment.
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|Tuesday||09:00 - 17:00|
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|Friday||09:00 - 17:00|
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