The Breath of the Ancestors

The Breath of the Ancestors

With Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone, Resmaa Menakem, and Anita Sanchez PhD  •  Recorded Nov. 2020

Harvesting Ancestral Wisdom & Transmuting Intergenerational Traumas - A 3-Part Webinar Series

Where do we find strength and stability in a world struggling to shed its decaying skins and birth a new era? Many of us find ourselves in a state of radical amazement at the power and responsibility that has come to us. 

Join three leading teachers, thought leaders, and healers as they explore the pressing work of healing intergenerational trauma from their own cultural perspectives. Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone, anchor of the series, will offer teachings rooted in Jungian psychology and Jewish historical narratives, drawing from Kabbalistic cosmology and practices (Nov. 8). She will  dialogue with New York Times bestselling author and teacher Resmaa Menakem (Nov. 15) on the cultural legacies of racism and white body supremacy and how the residue of this trauma shows up, and can be transformed, amidst this year of uprising for change. The series concludes (Nov. 22) in conversation with Native American leader and author, Dr. Anita Sanchez, who will help us draw forth indigenous wisdom and medicine for our turbulent moment in history. 

See an intro by Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone:


In the immediate aftermath of the US election let us:

  • Explore intergenerational trauma science through the lens of Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone's personal research with trauma survivors around the world
  • Learn experiential practices for grounding the body and transmuting frenetic energies
  • Dialogue on the trauma legacies of oppression and persecution in Black and Jewish communities
  • Practice the wisdom of awareness and embodied healing modalities 
  • Discuss indigenous wisdom on healing intergenerational trauma, and why it's important for this time of great upheaval and transformation
  • Gather together with the SAND Global community

In this time of upheaval, hope, and unparalleled possibility, our ancestors’ legacies reverberate within us. Their wisdom, resilience, as well as the deep scars of their suffering call to us.  This three-part online series  will address how we can harvest the gifts inherent in our bloodlines while also healing the profound cultural traumas resulting from centuries of  racial oppression. colonization, and patriarchal abuses. 

This series will feature guided meditations, breathwork, somatic exercises/experiences, and more. 

You will receive:

  • Video recordings (two-hours each) to watch at your convenience
  • Downloadable audio recordings

Presenter Resources:

Resmaa Menakem's Book: My Grandmother's Hands
Connect with Resmaa:

Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone's Book: Wounds into Wisdom
Connect with Tirzah and get updates on future courses and offerings:
Tirzah's course on Intergenerational trauma healing:

Dr. Anita Sanchez's Book: The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times
Dr. Anita Sanchez's Meditations:
Connect with Anita Sanchez (Aztec & Mexican American):   

Direct Covid Relief for Indigenous People: Donate to nonprofits – Thank You!

  • Bioneers:  (direct to IndigiGiving Covid Relief Fund)
  • Pachamama Alliance: (direct Covid Relief Aid to Amazon (Achuar, Sapara People)
  • World Indigenous Science Network: (direct to Indigenous Elder Covid Relief)


Additional Resources:

Rachel Yehuda Interview (2015, July 31). How trauma and resilience cross generations. On Being with Krista Tippett.

Resmaa Menakem Interview (June 4, 2020). Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence. On Being with Krista Tippett. 

Our Power to Heal: Gloria Steinem and Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone in conversation (video) 

A Tool for Transcending Jewish Trauma, created by Jo Kent Katz

Ta Nahesi Coates “Between the World and Me” HBO Special 

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo


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Module 1: Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone: Healing Cultural Trauma through the Ages

Nov 8, 2020 2:00am - 4:00am PST

Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone will introduce intergenerational trauma science through the lens of her personal research with trauma survivors around the world. She will include experiential practices for grounding and tools for personal inquiry and discovery.


Duration: 1 hours, 57 minutes

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Module 2: Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone in conversation with Resmaa Menakem

Nov 15, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PST

Rage and Resilience: The Cultural Legacies of Trauma on Black Communities/Bodies 

In this session, Rabbi Firestone and New York Times bestselling author and teacher Resmaa Menakem will dialogue on the trauma legacies of oppression and persecution in Black and Jewish communities and the wisdom of awareness and embodied healing modalities. 


Duration: 1 hours, 52 minutes

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Module 3: Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone in conversation with Dr. Anita Sanchez

Nov 22, 2020 2:00am - 4:00am PST

Good Medicine: Living in Harmony with the Ancients and the Ones to Come

We will discuss indigenous wisdom on healing intergenerational trauma, and why it's important for this time great upheaval and transformation. Anita Sanchez will share Indigenous perspective on “good medicine” and “bad medicine,” the Eagle Hoop Prophecy, and the promise of the four sacred gifts to support us to be and live in harmony with ourselves, each other and the earth. The four sacred gifts are:

  • Power to Forgive the Unforgivable
  • Power of Healing
  • Power of Unity
  • Power of Hope in Action


Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone

Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone is a Jungian psychotherapist, author, and a spiritual leader in the international Jewish Renewal movement. She was ordained by Reb Zalman in 1992 and is known widely for her work in intergenerational trauma healing, Jewish feminism, and the modern applications of Jewish mystical wisdom. Rabbi Firestone teaches nationally on ancestral healing and the common boundary between ancient wisdom traditions and modern psychology.

Rabbi Firestone's publications include With Roots in Heaven: One Woman's Passionate Journey into the Heart of Her Faith (Plume,1999), The Receiving: Reclaiming Jewish Women’s Wisdom (Harper San Francisco, 2003), Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma (Monkfish Press, 2019). Drawing from neuroscience, depth psychology, and ancient Jewish sources, her latest work, Wounds into Wisdom, offers a roadmap for people of all backgrounds who wish to break free from limiting historical narratives, seize their power, and transform the future. Rabbi Firestone lives with her husband David in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Resmaa Menakem

Resmaa Menakem, New York Times bestselling author of My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, is a visionary Justice Leadership coach, organizational strategist and master trainer. Resmaa is a leading voice in today’s conversation on racialized trauma. As described by On Being With Krista Tippett, Resmaa "activates the wisdom of elders and a very new science, about how all of us carry the history and traumas behind everything we collapse into the word 'race' in our bodies. He illuminates why all of the best laws and diversity training have not gotten us anywhere near healing.” Resmaa created Cultural Somatics, which utilizes the body and resilience as mechanisms for growth.

As a therapist, trauma specialist, and the founder of Justice Leadership Solutions, a leadership consultancy firm, Resmaa Menakem dedicates his expertise to coaching leaders through civil unrest, organizational change, and community building. He helps “Justice Leaders realize their potential in the areas of Equity and Race.” Resmaa’s is an embodied approach. While we see anger and violence in the streets of our country, the real battlefield is inside our bodies, all of our bodies, of every color. If we are to survive as a country, it is inside our bodies where this conflict needs to be resolved.

Resmaa successfully coaches, trains and speaks to a diversified array of Justice Leaders who are community activists, police leaders, non-profit executives, CEOs, collegiate and professional athletic directors/managers, healthcare professionals, educators, government and judicial leaders, and the list goes on. Resmaa helps leaders examine and begin to heal the trauma of racialization that thwarts emergence. He coaches leaders on how to do the embodied work to gain the cultural maturity to lead and build community within themselves, their groups, organizations and movements.

Anita Sanchez PhD

Anita Sanchez, PhD, Aztec and Mexican American, is a trainer, consultant, speaker, and author of the international award-winning book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times. Dr. Sanchez is passionate about weaving indigenous wisdom with modern science to support healing, forgiveness, unity, and hope. Indigenous Wisdom is essential in this moment, as we acknowledge, and face, fear, suffering, healing trauma, and support consciousness rising. Anita will share indigenous prophecy—wisdom to support us, including the four sacred gifts given to all humanity for us to create harmony with ourselves, other people, and the earth.

Dr. Sanchez serves on the board of directors of the Evolutionary Business Council, Bioneers Organization, and the Pachamama Alliance, as well as being a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and the Tipping Point System. Anita leads an annual journey into the sacred headwaters of the Amazon to learn from the Achuar and Sapara peoples in order to help business leaders and their families remember who they are, what they are, and their intimate connection to our Mother Earth. Dr. Sanchez is celebrated as a global leader, named a Conscious Company Magazine 2020 World-Changing Woman, and by World Women’s Foundation: #SheisMyHero