Helping the Helpers Training


photo credit: Fabio Cea

We offer this page as a place to learn more about the first “Helping the Helpers Training,” a trauma prevention and intervention training for people working with refugees completed September 1st-6th, 2016 at our farm. For those interested in the 2018-2019 edition of the training, please visit the Quaker Council for European Affairs page as they are organizing this expanded yearlong version of the training.

The 2016 training, lead by Dr. Leyla Welkin and organized with a local organizing group, UpUpA, provided psychological skills as well as Trauma Sensitive Yoga exercises to help refugee service providers understand trauma.  The goal is to create a more sustainable refugee service network, supporting those that work with refugees so they are less likely to burn out and help them improve their work. Refugees and the communities that welcome them are the ultimate beneficiaries, as awareness and healing from the long term effects of violence become the responsibility of everyone.

For those in Europe and Turkey who are interested in the course, please see the attached flyers in English, Italian and Turkish for more information about our trainers.




We invite you to read our evaluation of the first training in our Helping the Helpers Report April 2018, which encourages and excites our interest in the latest edition. For pictures, videos, and more information about the training we recommend checking out the training Facebook page here: