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Your attendance is requested to THIS Thursday’s 4th Annual Tranquil Space Foundation Celebration. It is our annual fundraiser and a fun event with a guest speaker on everyday activism, Marq spinning fun tunes, vegetarian treats, and a goody bag for the first 50 attendees that includes a free class pass!
Wondering what Tranquil Space Foundation does? Here’s a story of a recent participant in our program Tranquil Teens:
Michelle* is an amazing survivor. Ridden by anxiety following a lifetime of sexual abuse, she vacillated between periods of depression and violent rages. The sexual abuse left her bereft of self-esteem, so much that she could scarcely make eye contact during conversations. Her emotional and behavioral instability resulted in repeated psychiatric hospitalizations and eventually residential treatment.
When I learned about the Tranquil Teens Workshop, I immediately thought of Michelle. In her fits of rage, she hardly knew where she was. Her breath was absent. She was ungrounded. I contacted the Tranquil Space Foundation to see if they would be interested in working with Michelle and our residents. They gracefully agreed to come to our long-term residential treatment center in Maryland.
On that Saturday morning our residents and girls from local therapeutic group homes converged to learn from Kimberly and her team. Amongst the forty girls gathered, Michelle stood out. She kept a quiet, attentive gaze as Kimberly led her through breathwork and relaxation exercises. She eagerly opened her journal to note what she was thankful for—to feel safe and to be protected from her abuser.
Beginning with the Tranquil Teens Workshop, Michelle made friends with breathwork and journaling. She began journaling about the horrors of childhood abuse. She used breathwork to calm herself when she wanted to hurl her anger at innocent bystanders. Recently Michelle began equine therapy. Learning to ride a horse can be a daunting task for anyone, even more so when you have experienced this world as an abusive and dangerous place. When we first arrived at the equine therapy farm, Michelle timidly walked towards the horses. She turned to me and said “I’m scared”, I said “I know and that makes sense, but you know what you can do. You can breathe. Remember how to do your deep breathing?” Looking up at me, making true eye contact, she said “like the yoga lady taught me?” “Yes Michelle”, I said, “just like the yoga lady taught you.
As a therapist and yoga devotee, I see the amazing blend of leadership skills, yoga, and creativity that the Tranquil Space Foundation offers to girls across the DC metro region. I’m deeply grateful. On behalf of Michelle, and the other 39 girls, I would like to thank the Tranquil Space Foundation for their incredible work. Namaste.
*Name of youth was changed to protect confidentiality
Our Foundation’s 4th Annual Celebration is days away. Here is how you can help:
1) Attend the event
2) Out of town or otherwise engaged? Buy a virtual ticket
3) Join the Facebook event
4) Spread the word
5) Bid on the fabulous online auction items including private yoga sessions, massage, consulting, facials, gelato, personalize cupcakes, and more!
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of women and girls!