Evolving a SE Asia
Mutual-Help & Self Help Trauma Support
Written 10 Oct1997. Updated April 2014.
All of the energy muted
in the following sections did unfold in June and July 2000.
A summary of the
unfolding action may be found at Communal
Ways for Healing the World.
The action that unfolded
in the proposed Support for Trauma Survivors Workshops are included later in
This Micro-proposal is
part of a wider Laceweb Plan - Self-Help
Action Supporting Survivors of Torture and Trauma in Se Asia, Oceania and
Australasia - Small Generalisable Actions
This page contains the
'Micro-Proposal' referred to in Self-Help
Action Supporting Survivors of Torture and Trauma on Bougainville - Small
Generalisable Actions - Long Version .
All of the energy
evolving in the following sections did take place in June and July 2000. A
summary of the unfolding action..
The action that unfolded
in the proposed 'Support for Trauma Survivors Workshops' are included later
in this page.
The action proposed in
this Micro-proposal is one of many stages towards the possibility of
enriching a vibrant intercultural healing network evolving in the SE Asia
Oceania Australasia Region.
Families and individuals
from indigenous and small minority people living in the Far North region of
Australia (An Intercultural Normative Model Area - INMA) and other countries
in the Region have expressed a desire to share and receive healing experience
in trauma support healing ways and to be a resource in evolving healing
Ideas are evolving for a
Laceweb Enabler Group link with indigenous and small minority people from the
region for seeding a series of Small Healing Sharing Gatherings (the FNQ
Gatherings) over 10 day periods at low cost bush safe havens in the Atherton
Tablelands in Far North Queensland, Australia. Energies are engaged in
evolving these safe havens.
Papuans, East Timorese and Hmong (from Laos) refugees who are survivors of
torture and trauma and living in the Cairns district, along with local
Aboriginal and Islander people, have expressed interest in both hosting and
being part of the Gatherings.
It may be that in the
future, natural nurturers from Bougainville, Irian Jaya and East Timor may
attend these gatherings. This way local people may come from their respective
communities, gain healing experiences and return home. This may be preferred
to Laceweb Enablers making a single trip to these overseas communities and
unrealistically raising local expectations about revisits. Funding for travel
is still problematic.
One such small Far North
Queensland Gathering may be called 'The Second Small Island, Coastal and
Estuarine People Trauma Healing Gathering Celebration.' (This did happen and
The first 'Small Island'
Gathering was funded by the UN Human Rights Commission. It was held on the
Atherton Tablelands inland from Cairns, Northern Australia in June 1964.
Refer Report to
the UN on the Small Island, Coastal and Estuarine People Gathering
It is evolving that this
Second 'Small Island' gathering be linked to the UN Peace Week June 18-25,
leading up to the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and
Trauma on 26th June 2000. (This did happen).
This is the second year
running that local Laceweb people are hosted celebrations for this UN day in
the Cairns region. The proposed Gatherings are also in support of the 'UN
International Year for the Culture of Peace and the ‘Thanksgiving' to
'remember cultural diversity in developing a rich and harmonious
international life' and 'the importance of gratitude in the personal and
civil life of every human being'.
Similar gatherings are
emerging for safe havens in the Darwin Top End Northern Territory, Australia
area. This may involve East Timorese people. Ideas are emerging for similar
involvement by refugee Aceh people from Western Sumatra, Moro people from the
Southern Philippines, and Irian Jaya indigenous people. Pending further
funding, Laceweb enablers may provide ongoing support to the emerging healing
Possibilities are being
explored for an East Timor presence from an informal Darwin based trauma
support network at the proposed June 2000 gathering in Cairns.
The focus of action and
the open agenda during this proposed communal living gathering is the
experiencing and passing on of healing ways. Refer Healing
Ways Workshops Manual.
The Enabler Group have
over 30 years experience in enabling these sharing gatherings. They also have
studies in psycho-social trauma healing to the Ph.D. level.
The Project enablers (the
Group) are an informal network of intercultural healers from a small social
Movement called the Laceweb. This Movement emerged in part out of World
pioneering work within Australia by Dr.
Neville Yeomans in Family Therapeutic
Communities and later as Coordinator of Community Mental Health for NSW in
Its early sustainable
communities and eco-city origins can be traced to Neville's father P. A.
Yeomans' Keyline work in the mid forties. The social cultural healing
movement is now spreading throughout the SE Asia Pacific region. A more
detailed background of the evolving of both the Group and the Laceweb is
contained in the Wider Plan.
Other background material
is in the paper Communal Ways for Healing the World.
Dr. Yeomans, a
psychiatrist and socio-emotional consultant and other Laceweb enablers in
Mutual-help and Self-Help Healing Ways have intimated their availability as
Nothing will happen
unless local people want it to happen. This proposal is expressed in
tentative language for this reason.
To possibly evolve a
small interlaced group of psycho-social healers reaching out of safe havens
in the Cairns and Darwin areas among families and individuals from Indigenous
and disadvantaged small minority people within Australia such as:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders
South Sea Islanders (descendents of indentured labourers), and
Jaya Indigenous people - West Papuans
people from Laos
The possibility for the
first and subsequent Gatherings is the sharing of experience firstly, in
evolving self-help trauma support networks, and secondly in using healing
ways to support survivors of trauma, especially women, children and
adolescents, towards enriching all aspects of wellbeing.
THE WIDER FOCUS
The wider focus is trauma
support for survivors and their people, including the possibility of evolving
Wellbeing sharing networks extending from the safe havens of Cairns and
Darwin. For example, there are extensions from Cairns to Bougainville based
nurturer groups beginning work among over 150,000 traumatised people in
Bougainville following over ten years of conflict.
RANGE OF PARTICIPANTS
This will be in part a
function of the available funding and the numbers of nurturers wanting to
attend in Far North Queensland (and later at Darwin Gatherings) from
Australia and overseas - for example, some nurturers in Bougainville have
been identified whom may be able to attend.
A small group of highly
experienced Laceweb trauma enablers (the Enabler Group) are available to pass
on healing ways. Various people from the above groups are beginning to
identify natural nurturers among their communities throughout Australia who
may come to these Gatherings.
Evolving Trauma Support
Trauma Support Groups in
an interlaced intercultural healing network may be extended as a result of
this gathering. Following the Gathering, the attendees may then:
enrich their nurturing experiences by being a resource to themselves and
other people within the respective communities
available as a quick response healing team in the wider context
JUNE AND JULY 2000
The following gives
details of some of the action and gatherings that did take place in June and
The UN Peace Week and the
UN Day in Support of Torture and Trauma Survivors did go ahead with a very
wide range of activities energised by the Laceweb. The following material
lists the themes covered during the Trauma Healing Sharing Gatherings. There
were three of these gatherings during the month.
SMALL TRAUMA HEALING
SHARING GATHERING CELEBRATINGS 17–25 JUNE 2000
and Torres Strait Islanders, Anglos, Australian South Sea Islanders,
Bougainvillians, East Timorese, Anglo-German, Hmong, Irish, Japanese,
North American Indian and Papua New Guinea people.
Healing Workshop Manual
Healing Ways Encyclopœdia
Cultural Healing Action.
(body) healing processes:
healing language approaches
Evolving Self help
OTHER ACTIVITIES 17 – 21
Timorese Youth dancing, singing and poetry
traditional music and dancing
North American Indian song, drumming and dance
of the film, 'Death and the Maiden'
Ceremony for Spirit Runners
Music Peace Concert and Community Market
Week Song Festival
Aboriginal Didgeridoo playing and Dance
Songs and Dances
The above is resonant
with the Watson Bay Festival organised by Neville Yeomans in the
late 1960's in Sydney.
Self-Help Action Supporting Survivors of Torture and Trauma in Se Asia,
Oceania and Australasia - Small Generalisable Actions
Version of Previous Page.
Healing Workshop Manual
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