Recorded July 30, 2022

The Wisdom of Trauma: Community Q&A

An Community Gathering with Dr. Gabor Maté and Betsy Polatin

A live online conversation facilitated by Zaya & Maurizio Benazzo

It has been more than a year since the release of the film The Wisdom of Trauma and it is still being screened in every corner of the planet. After the wave this film has stirred in our collective heart, we have invited all of you to come ask Dr. Gabor Maté your burning questions about the film, your lives and the world.

Zaya and Maurizio begin the session with a short interview of Dr. Maté, followed by questions from participants and a discussion on current events, changes in trauma healing and thoughts for the future. We are also gently guided by Betsy Polatin MFA, SEP in breathing and movement explorations that help the resolution of trauma in the body.


Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté, M.D. is a specialist on trauma, addiction, stress and childhood development. After 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. Gabor is also the creator of a psychotherapeutic approach, Compassionate Inquiry, now studied by thousands of therapists, physicians, counselors, and others in over 80 countries.

Betsy Polatin

Betsy Polatin, MFA, SEP, an internationally recognized breathing/movement specialist and best- selling author, has been teaching for 45 years. Her unique and intuitive perspectives are greatly influenced by the study of movement, breath, and trauma, as well as the teachings of spiritual and meditation masters. She speaks at conferences around the world.

As a well-known educator, she’s had numerous articles published in the Huffington Post, and is the author of The Actor’s Secret and Humanual.

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