Resilience and Healing Program


The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain.” Gibran

The wound is where the light enters you.” Rumi


The goal of Resilience and Healing Program is to enable Victims of Violent Crimes and Survivors Trauma to continue to live and in Greater Boston by helping them begin to move beyond their reactions to trauma through the application of Yoga asana (postures) and techniques.  The specific objectives of the program are to:

  1. Enroll 100 unduplicated adults (18 years old and up) per year as participants.

  2. Ensure 100% of participants are survivors of trauma and 80% are Victims of Violent Crimes.

  3. Increase well-being and self-sufficiency by providing Alternative Healing (Yoga, Tai Chi, Reiki, and Qigong) classes, seminars and one-on-one sessions to survivors.

  4. Increase social and familial stability in Greater Boston by offering classes and seminars to the families and loved-ones of survivors.


Program eligibility: Program eligibility criteria will include: 1). Men and women age 18 and older; 2). Victims of violent crime in Massachusetts including dependents and family members of homicide victims; 3). Sobriety, documentation maybe required; 4). Current engagement in medical and mental health services; 5) Housing stability defined as 6 months of continuous residence at a permanent address 6). Expressed willingness to work on well-being, emotion stability, reactions to trauma, and other goals.


Resilience and Healing Program Core services include:

  • Rapid engagement in individualized Yoga, Reiki, and Qigong sessions, assessment of personal reactions to trauma, and coaching/mentoring on goal setting and reclaim a personal sense of safety and security;

  • Substance abuse and mental health screening and supported referrals;

  • Specialized recovery workshops each month, including topics such as Symptoms of Grief, Remedies to Common Reactions to Trauma, emotional intelligence skills, physical mindfulness, the brain and body’s reaction to trauma.

  • Tailored individual daily practices

  • Weekly trauma sensitive recovery based Yoga classes

  • Access to unlimited Yoga and wellness classes

  • 6 months of continuous wellness services


Ancillary support services are also provided throughout every phase of service delivery.  All participants have full access to yoga classes. Clients are encouraged to conduct self-directed Yoga practice and attend classes daily.  This has become an important way in which staff and participants can stay in touch and check-in between regularly scheduled appointments.  Participants also receive referrals to self-defense workshops if appropriate.