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Healing Ancestral Trauma: What is Epigenetics and Why Does it Matter?

Dec 7, 2020

A First Monday Lecture with Erva Baden
7:30pm - 9pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) via Zoom.

Free to the public! Registration required.

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610-566-4507, ext. 137

Join Erva Baden in exploring epigenetics, or how the effects of trauma get passed down through the generations.

When one is confronted with a traumatic experience, the brain says “whoa, trauma!” It immediately lets us know that we have a decision to make: fight, flight, freeze or acquiesce. That message comes from the amygdala/primal brain kicking in immediately. Then, immediately after the trauma, the cognitive brain kicks in, makes meaning and looks for a remedy – “what do I have to do to avoid this feeling or experience in the future? I will always do this and/or I will never do that.”

The proclivity to rely on those responses and the decisions that the cognitive brain makes get stored for future reference. Additionally, across the generations, the learning of certain responses also gets passed on.

Understanding these histories, and our own inherited patterns can open new doors to understanding, healing, and justice.

Trauma and the Soul by Donald Kalsched
Healing Trauma by Peter Levine
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem


"Healing Ancestral Trauma: What is Epigenetics and Why Does it Matter?"


Erva Baden is a contemporary shaman who weaves together healing modalities with compassion and humor to journey with clients committed to their own deep transformation and healing. She is a Reiki Master and has more than 25 years of experience in facilitating the deep emotional process and release work nationally and internationally in men’s, women’s, and mixed-gender circles. She has studied energy work, chakra healing, and core shamanic techniques, as well as trauma recovery and the intergenerational effects of trauma.

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