Deepening Our Collective Resilience

Deepening Our Collective Resilience

With Iya Affo  •  Recorded Nov. 6, 13 & 20, 2022

A 3-part webinar series

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.

We will cover the following:

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

Join Iya Affo for this 3-part online series. 

Further Reading

Decolonizing Trauma Work by Renee Linklater


  • Your registration includes access to all recordings of the event, so any missed sessions may be watched at a later date.

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Module 1: Wellness as Living in Harmony with Mother Earth

Nov 6, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am PST

In module 1 we will establish wellness as being in balance with nature and the universe. We will begin to recognize that wellness is more comprehensive than simply the absence of disease and explore the various elements that contribute to living harmoniously. Wellness is a dynamic state of being which requires a continuous effort toward internal and external equilibrium. The following topics will be covered:

  • Indigenous wellness
  • Salutogenesis
  • Various components of wellness

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Module 2: Neurological Implications of Historical Trauma

Nov 13, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am PST

In module 2 we will discover individual, collective and societal dis-ease as a result of Historical Trauma. We will examine how this manifests in dominant culture as well as in BIPOC communities. The following will be covered:

  • Historical/Collective/Intergenerational Trauma
  • Neurological dysregulation
  • Epigenetics

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Module 3: A Full Expression of Resilience

Nov 20, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am PST

In module 3 we will appreciate the significance of remembering our ancestral ways of being. We will recall the importance of prioritizing relationships with the earth and one another and learn how to fuse current day knowledge with ancestral tradition to facilitate healing.

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. Learn more at