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Transforming Trauma Through Food & Body Stories: Well Now Learning Circle with Lucy Aphramor

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Thinking Through Trauma Together for Liberatory Practice Five Day Intensive

with Lucy Aphramor

October 28th – November 1st, 2019, Mexico City

Join friends and colleagues in a vibrant city for a five-day intensive, advanced level workshop for participants interested in 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.

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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. She is an award winning radical dietitian, and a spoken word poet. Visit Lucy’s website.


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


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

Full Rate (reserve your spot after April 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)

We have a few spots available at a reduced rate of $1,500. Priority will be given to participants from lower income countries, BIPOC and other marginalized identities. Please contact if you wish to request one. 

Three registrations at a rate of $1,000 have already been allocated. 

Does not include:

Transport to and from the venue, accommodation or meals.

Transport: If you are flying in, the closest airport is Mexico City Airport. Once in Mexico City, the easiest way to get to and from the venue is Uber, unless you stay at an Airbnb within walking distance (neighborhoods of Alpes / Águilas). The closest subway station is a 15 min walk. Uber rates are much lower in Mexico City than in the US.

Accommodation: Suggestions and orientation will be offered once you've registered,taking into account your individual needs and preferences. 

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.

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.


To reserve your space you must make a $250 non-refundable deposit. Full Payment is required 30 days before the training (by September 27).

Cancellations: No refunds available. By making your $250 deposit you are accepting that you have read, understand, and agree to the policy above, thank you.

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