From 2007 to 2009, we invited survivors of invasive trauma to gather together for a weekend to celebrate the sacred feminine within, and to support one another on our journey towards freedom from the internalized trauma of past experiences.
As Inner Power Yoga approaches 20 years of service, I have been looking back on some of our past programs with deep gratitude for the people who helped create these opportunities for community, healing, and personal growth. One such program was the Coming hOMe weekend retreat. I did not realize it at the time, but this event would provide a tap root for the development of my doctoral research in the sacred feminine. This year, I will be offering a new incarnation of this event with rich new content that reflects my own personal growth along this incredible journey. Organizing for the upcoming retreat truly feels like a homecoming.
Below are some reflections on the first Coming hOMe event in Boulder, Colorado.
According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) 1 in 6 American women has been a victim of sexual assault.* Every 2.5 minutes someone in America is sexually assaulted. 73% of assaults reported in 2005 were perpetrated by someone the victim knew. It is difficult to gather accurate statistics on sexual assault because so few cases are actually reported. It is time for women to stand up and reclaim our sacredness. It is time for us to come home to the safety, beauty, and power within. We reclaim our bodies as our own. We open wide the door to our freedom, joy, creativity, and self love.
* These were the updated statistics at the time of our 2007 gathering.
“I don’t know how to address all of these issues, but I would like to address all of the continued harm that happens when we carry the shame of sexual assault inside and don’t share it. I would like to address how we are held back by hating ourselves and our bodies. I would like to initiate a movement to stop the self hate. It is rooted in the personal; I don’t want to hate myself anymore. I don’t want any other person to feel the kind of guilt and shame and hatred that I have felt for myself.”
– 2008 IPY team member
IMAGES from the first Coming hOMe weekend which included progressive yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, storytelling, circling, art and somatic therapies. Thank you to everyone who donated time and resources to these first events.
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