I’m Going Back to Rwanda Teaching Breathwork and Trauma Release to Psychologists and Psychology Students
I’m Kasia Patzelt and I work as an Embodiment Coach specializing in Trauma Release through Biodynamic Breath (BBTRS).
This means I help people release the frozen energy in their bodies that keeps them stuck in the often devastating events of their past.
Seven years ago I traveled to Rwanda as a volunteer for the first time. We were teaching clay therapy and laughter yoga at the university in Butare as well as local communities.
Since then Rwanda stuck with me.
That’s why I’m going back and why I need your help.
I will be giving a presentation to Psychologists, Psychology students and other Mental Health Practitioners about somatic-based trauma therapy, particularly BBTRS, on the 6th of April.
The intention is to spark enough interest, enthusiasm, and commitment to bring the full training of BBTRS to Rwanda at the end of the year.
I envision a world in which we, as a global family of humans, learn how to effectively deal with the wounds of the past, our traumas, so we can move towards more collaboration, compassion, and harmony.
After the genocide in 1994 Rwanda has a lot of work to do in that realm, because ‘transgenerational trauma’ is not just a word. We have seen and observed it happening everywhere. I even speak for myself here as I am of Polish descent and I watched the unresolved WWII trauma in my grandfather affect our whole family.
There is nothing more tragic than people suffering unnecessarily from events that have long passed.
And my heart is going out to those who are not receiving the right tools and support to ease their pain, reliving it over and over again.
Why Biodynamic Breath and Trauma Release?
Because BBTRS has been the biggest transformational tool in my life personally, I am very passionate about it and deeply believe in its power and effectiveness.
It is, however, still a comparingly ‘alternative’ method. And as we know by the time it becomes mainstream, adopted by science and doctors, years will go past and the last to benefit will be the ones in less advanced economic places.
Thinking back to my grandfather, who carried the pain he experienced during the war for the next 60 years of his life, I get very passionate about spreading the knowledge of how important it is to work with the body when working with trauma.
This knowledge should be commonplace everywhere around the world, especially in places where life is already challenging enough without adding the debilitating effects of unimaginable trauma such as genocide.
As far as I am informed, body-based therapies are not part of the curriculum in Rwanda yet.
That’s why since I had been there for the first time in 2013 I have felt the need to share more of what I’ve learned. It’s been a slow process of planting the seeds and frankly of energetically becoming strong enough within myself that I can even conceive of a project like this.
But now I feel ready.
However, I cannot, and do not want to, do this alone. More than ever do I realize that change and transformation don’t happen through just one individual but through community.
And since it’s my birthday on the 16th of March, and I’m learning to love and celebrate myself more, it’s the perfect moment for me to reach out to you, my community of friends and colleagues around the world.
Here are three ways in which you can support this vision and help me celebrate
- As I’m also an artist, I want to sell my most recent and favorite painting in a silent auction to contribute to this project. Starting price: 500. PM me if you are interested.
2. Book a Life-transformational Day or Weekend with me and learn how to move beyond the energies that keep you stuck to more fully embody your Vision.
3. If none of the above is suitable but you really love this vision and mission, you can also, of course, donate and make it a birthday gift for me, knowing that all the money received will go towards this upcoming trip and project!
(PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org. After this initial trip and presentation, I will do a proper fundraising campaign to establish a longterm training there, for now, PayPal is a good way to get started.)
Thank you so much in advance! If you subscribe to my Newsletter, I will make sure to document the journey and keep you updated!
PS: Please spread the word with your friends and family!
PPS: (I would like to add that I have no presumptions about knowing what the people of Rwanda need to continue their courageous journey of healing. This training is meant simply as a sharing and an exploration.)
Kasia Patzelt works as an Embodiment Coach and writer living in Ibiza, Spain. She helps individuals to move out of trauma into a more wholesome, joyful life through one-on-one sessions and retreats. She is the editor of Embodied Thinking.