Thinking Through Trauma Together for Liberatory Practice

Five Day Intensive

with Lucy Aphramor

October 28th (9 am) – November 1st (1 pm), 2019, Mexico City

This training is full with a waitlist.

Sign up to the waitlist here

Join a small group friends and colleagues in a vibrant city for a five-day intensive, advanced level workshop engaging in a deep exploration of the hidden structures, beliefs and systems that shape conversation, practice and writing to impact health justice.

Reconnect with community and energize your passion for doing, in Lucy’s words, love’s work.

Core themes include:

·       Nutrition as social action

·       Thinking, un/feeling, learning though trauma

·       Why language matters

·       Matching theory and practice

Who is this for?

Practitioners, health professionals, activists, and scholars with a sound understanding of, and commitment to, weight inclusivity and social justice looking to further exploring their use of this philosophy.

Folks who wish to connect and be in community with others who share a commitment to equitable, body-inclusive care.

Topics and Teaching Outline:

Using an emancipatory pedagogy we’ll adopt the principles of whole person learning, and draw on the collective wealth of expertise and experiences in the room. There will be guided learning, small and large group activities, discussion and reflection that engages learners in different ways of knowing and suits a range of learning styles.  We will take time to consider the implications of the learning to our own development and resilience and what this means for our professional practice. Lucy will draw on Well Now theory, which is compassion-centered, trauma-informed and justice-enhancing.  As well as helping us shape practice, looking through a trauma-informed lens also invites us to question the deep roots of organizational knowledge-creation where a ‘trauma-ignored’ approach is too often embedded. Activities will be based around concepts deemed useful for us to explore together and also schedule time later in the week that we can use to discuss topics decided on by the group after we meet.

Sample course objectives include:

  • Developing an understanding of and appreciation for the knowledge that already exists in the group and explore how this has been shaped by implicit and explicit values and beliefs and personal and professional experiences.
  • Improved understanding of what is meant by whole person learning, praxis and critical pedagogy and how this enhances trauma-informed practice and scholarship.
  • Expanded working knowledge of concepts from social justice, social science and the humanities that can help shape practice.
  • The opportunity to examine ‘thought as a system’, focusing on the deep roots of disconnect in language and learning ways to alter this in our everyday and therapeutic conversations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the tensions, challenges and opportunities raised by conventional hierarchies, silences and processes in organizational knowledge creation, what this means for ethical autonomy, and how it supports or suppresses a trauma-informed discourse.
  • Critically examine the concept of salutogenesis and its relevance  to community learning and belonging.

About the trainer: Lucy Aphramor, PhD, RD developed Well Now, an approach to nutrition that teaches compassion, fosters self-care and advances social justice. Lucy co-authored the book Body Respect. They are an award winning radical dietitian, and a spoken word poet. Visit Lucy’s website.

About Mexico City: 

This is what Lonely Planet has to say: «Mexico City is, and has always been, the sun in the Mexican solar system. Revamped public spaces are springing back to life, the culinary scene is exploding and a cultural renaissance is flourishing. A stroll through the buzzing downtown area reveals the capital’s storied history, from pre-Hispanic and colonial-era splendor to its contemporary edge. This high-octane megalopolis contains plenty of escape valves in the way of old-school cantinas, intriguing museums, inspired dining and boating excursions along ancient canals.«

Mexico City boasts two of the 15 top restaurants in the world: Pujol and Quintonil, and traditional Mexican cuisine, which you can savor in countless spaces around the city, has been included in the Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. 

We have planned the dates of the training around one of our most iconic celebrations: Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). The celebrations take place Nov 1-2, right at the end of the training. Stay for a weekend of tradition, color, and the most wonderful cuisine.

Venue: Sukhmaani Yoga Studio, Las Águilas, Mexico City (view location map here)



Day 1

8:00 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 11:15 Opening Session

11:15 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 13:15 Session

13:15 – 15:00 Lunch

15:00 – 17:00 Session


Days 2-4

8:00 – 8:30 Meditation / mindful movement

8:30 – 10:30 Session

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 13:15 Session

13:15 – 14:45 Lunch

14:45 – 16:30 Session


Day 5

8:00 – 8:30 Meditation / mindful movement

8:30 – 10:30 Session

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 13:15 Closing session


Early Bird (reserve your spot by June 30): $2,000*

Full Rate (reserve your spot after June 30): $2,500*

*All prices in USD. A non-refundable deposit of $250 will be required to confirm your space. Full payment is required 30 days before the training (payment by September 27)

* All spaces have been filled, including those at reduced rate for participants from lower income countries, BIPOC and other marginalized identities. If you wish to register to the waitlist, please do so below.

Does not include:

Transport to and from the venue, accommodation or meals.

Transport: If you are flying in, Mexico City Airport is a well connected hub served by direct flights from many cities in the US and Canada, including LA, NY, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Seattle, Boston, Vancouver and Toronto.

Once in Mexico City, the easiest way to get to and from the venue is Uber (rates are much lower in Mexico City than in the US or Canada). 

Accommodation: A 10-15 min Uber drive from the venue (US$3-5) is San Ángel, one of the most traditional and beautiful neighborhoods in the city and a suggested spot for accommodation, with plenty of Airbnb offerings. It hosts a Saturday arts, crafts, and food market, as well as offering cultural spaces and a variety of restaurants.

Additional suggestions will be provided once you’ve registered, taking into consideration personal preferences and needs.

Meals: There are plenty of choices for breakfast and lunch within walking distance from the venue from US$5 to US$25 for a full meal, with options for different dietary needs (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, gluten free); a full list with suggestions will be provided. You can also have meals delivered to the venue via UberEats or Rappi. For dinner, you may wish to explore other neighborhoods for Mexico City’s food scene, one of the best in the world.

Cancellations and refunds:

No refunds available.

A $250 deposit is required at time of registration to confirm your space. Full payment is required by September 27th. 

Should you need to cancel for any reason, your fee is fully transferable to a new participant, please contact us to notify us who will be taking your place. Alternatively, you can gift your payment to the scholarship fund and we’ll make sure someone on our waitlist who needs it gets it (we received more requests for scholarships than we were able to offer). We very much appreciate your generosity.

Accessibility Information:

It’s important to us that we provide as accurate information as possible. If there is anything you would like to know that is not mentioned here, please do contact us directly. We will be a supportive and welcoming group and if anyone needs some assistance, we will do our best to ensure that your needs are met.

The training space is on the ground floor, as are small sized restrooms. There are a couple of steps from the entrance to get up into the studio and into the restrooms. Larger restrooms are located on a first floor, with no elevator.


The training is full with a waitlist. By signing up to the waitlist you will be on standby in case a participant cancels. 

Sign up to the waitlist here*

*Important to Know:

  • We cannot guarantee if, or when, you might be called to attend the training.
  • To be registered on the waitlist, we will ask you to submit a registration fee of US$250 via PayPal. In case nobody cancels and you are not called to attend the training, this fee will be refunded to you in full.

This event is hosted by Fiercely Embodied with Lilia Graue, MD, LMFT through Mindful Eating Mexico. If you have any questions, please write to: