Deepening Our Collective Resilience

A three-part course with Iya Affo


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In this introductory webinar we explore Historical Trauma, taking participants on a journey that begins with understanding true wellness as a human living in harmony with nature and the planet. As we examine today’s climate crisis as an extension of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, we will discover the resultant formation of dis-ease in BIPOC communities as well as in dominant culture, ultimately
understanding how the individual, collective and societal dis-ease manifests in subsequent generations. Our journey culminates with learning how to fuse current-day knowledge with ancestral traditions for healing and facilitating self-healing communities.

The information is grounded in neurobiology and presented from a multicultural perspective, injecting traditions and ideology from various cultures from around the world. In this inclusive study we rely on the ancient tradition of storytelling, visual art and interconnected relationships to intentionally explore difficult topics.

Further Reading

Decolonizing Trauma Work by Renee Linklater

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Topics covered:

  • Indigenous Wellness
  • Salutogenesis: Historical/Collective/Intergenerational Trauma
  • Epigenetics
  • Neurological implications of Historical Trauma
  • Re-culturing & Decolonization


Iya Affo

Iya Affo is a Culturalist and Historical Trauma consultant. She earned Western certification as a Trauma Specialist and is a descendant of a long line of traditional healers from Bénin, West Africa. Iya serves as an Executive Board Member for the Arizona ACEs Consortium, is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Arizona Trauma Institute, and is the founder of Heal Historical Trauma Culture & Indigenous Wellness Academy. She has visited more than 30 countries; living in Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Native American, and Yoruba communities, embracing aspects from each culture for personal evolution. She strives to transcend tolerance through cultivating love and respect in hopes of facilitating the decolonization and subsequent healing of indigenous people from all over the world. Iya advocates for the harmonization of Traditional Medicine and Western Medicine for true holistic healing.

Deepening Our Collective Resilience

A three-part course with Iya Affo

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