April - June 2019
In partnership with the NGO Refugym , at an open refugee camp in Malakasa, Athens. It is home to 1,800 refugees, a majority of whom are from Afghanistan. A fundamental objective of Refugym’s is to empower refugees to run the exercise programming themselves, creating a community-led initiative within the camp and therefore a sustainable project. Refugym currently has 11 refugees running their programming! With an incredibly varied timetable, from self-defense and Taikwondo to football, Kung-Fu and swimming.
The Circle of Hope was conducted in Farsi and offered to both women and men residing in the Malakasa refugee camp.
Community leadership through COH:
A local resident, named Zahra, was inspired to take on the role of holding spaces for the healing circle. Zahra has been volunteering with Refugym to continue leading the circles bi-weekly since July 2019. With the assistance of a volunteer yoga teacher Zahra has continued to hold a safe space for women to gather, engage in self-inquiry, share stories and practice yoga.
Humanitarian Aid Resiliency:
Listening Circle: Safe space for aid workers to gather, share and practice self-compassion.
Secondary trauma & self-care training for aid workers working with the refugee and IDP population in the city of Athens.
Collaboration with Ompowerment Project and Spring Melanin.
…more to come