It was a great honor to be asked to lead a Tension and Trauma Release (TRE) workshop at the Phoenix Society’s 26th annual World Burn Congress, held in Anaheim, CA this past October.  This is a unique conference where more than 1,000 burn survivors, their loved ones, health care professionals, and firefighters all come together to share stories, learn skills, and find inspiration and connection.

Nkem Ndefo and Blake Tedder

Nkem Ndefo and Blake Tedder

Along with two burn survivors, Blake Tedder and Diana Tenney, I co-presented a 3-hour experiential workshop that included chair yoga and TRE, and wrapped up with a Yoga Nidra guided meditation.  Participants raved about the session. “It felt great to move and work with the body.” “The TRE was new and it was awesome!” “Compassionate teachers. I felt safe and relaxed!” “TRE was the best because it’s at your own pace.””Wonderful workshop. I hope it is offered every year.”  And honestly, we facilitators were as moved as the survivors who were participating.

After leading the workshop, we all  joined the annual Walk of Remembrance. Led by bagpipes and flanked by firefighters, we marched in solemn procession and then heard stories of renewal and hope.  Not a dry eye in the house!  It is a mighty thing to see a phoenix rising from the ashes.

Walk of Remembrance

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