I feel excited. Brigitte, Stathia and myself are setting off on a comfort project. In short, Conscious Connected Breathing for refugees.
The sweet, flexible and inspiring Brigitte, along with Judy Gee and Veronique, has been working arduously, for more than two years to bring the International Breathwork Foundation (IBF) and the United Nations in an efficient collaboration. The undoubtful healing properties of the Breath match perfectly the United Nations’ turn to out of the box approaches for managing social challenges worldwide. As a result of this process the IBF acquired Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and the project first took off in Geneva.
The concept: Introduce a breathing method that allows refugees to manage the physical and emotional symptoms from any traumatic experience in a safe, simple and above all empowering way. The “Conscious Breathing for Trauma Recovery” is an amazingly easy way of breathing that refugees can experience first hand in small 2-hour workshops and that can use any time of the day, anywhere and of course share with their families and friends.
In this project, refugees are not the only target group. Care-givers and volunteers, the people who support refugees, often face a burn-out and can be in need of a technique that allows them to have an emotional release, rebalance their system and deeply relax.
Brigitte and Paul in the Conscious Connected Breathing Training
Both volunteers and refugees can join our 2-hour workshops and if they wish to go deeper with the technique attend our 1-day trainings, which will provide them with the skills and experience to organise workshops and trainings on their own.
Up until now, we have had a very warm response from refugee centres that provide services for mothers and children, for teenagers, from accommodation spaces and free-shops. And an enthusiastic response from volunteers. In fact, today we just received our first update:
Our aim is to host up to 4 workshops and trainings every month, for both refugees and volunteers, in collaboration with various organisations. In case you think this project could benefit any non-profit organisation please share our information and help us spread this amazingly easy and empowering breathing method.