Nkem Ndefo is a transformational community leader who empowers individuals and networks with the tools to take better care of themselves and the planet. As a TRE instructor, she finds creative ways to pair the practice with activities and groups that expand the reach of how people can heal from trauma, and build community. Working with Nkem as a community partner and as part of my Outdoor Afro leadership team, I was consistently impressed with her ability to balance attention to detail and concise communications, with warmth, compassion, and strategic networking. For instance, she frequently paired hiking, with TRE in ecologically important sites that wove together relevant connections and heighten awareness and compassion for both people and nature. Nkem and her TRE practice are a tremendous asset to any organization or group.
Being exposed to TRE by Nkem Ndefo was extremely eye-opening and healing for myself and so many in our community. We've been exposed to so much physical and emotional trauma in our lives. And we are socialized to suppress our natural, emotional responses...It never occurred to me that my body was organically trying to heal past traumas entirely on its own. It was truly empowering to know one can embrace this healing at any time through TRE. And it is a metaphor for how we empower and heal ourselves through writing. Thank you, Nkem, for sharing this beautiful gift so generously and graciously with everyone here at Street Poets.
TRE came to my attention through one of our group members. I was skeptical at first, but was convinced of the benefits of the TRE practice after the first session that I attended. Approximately 48 individuals have participated in the TRE series at Cancer Support Community Pasadena since September, 2014, and the positive word-of-mouth has spread so much that each scheduled series has an extensive waitlist. Our members report better stress management, deeper relaxation, and better sleep. One participant was so excited because she no longer needs sleeping pills since completing the TRE series and utilizing the practice at home. The therapeutic tremor is a natural, pleasurable, and relaxing experience with long term benefits. Nkem is a fabulous instructor as well as a caring, giving human being.