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10 |   2016
Attitudinal Healing International

We are excited to share the most recent news of change and growth from the Attitudinal Healing community around the world. Join us in being a part of this ongoing transformational work and continue to help make a difference in the lives of so many!


Come join the authors for a Book Signing
December 3rd at 2:00pm

Bay Street-Emeryville
5604 Bay Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

Join bestselling authors Gerald Jampolsky, M.D. and Diane Cirincione, Ph.D., as they talk about their new book, one that will change your mind about aging. It offers inspiring new perceptions for living the second half of your life with inner peace, happiness and tranquility, regardless of what may be happening to your body and mind.

AHC - Oakland

AHC has been working in the global community for 27 years, is deeply rooted, and a part of Oakland's legacy. We encourage you to join them for this wonderful event. Your support will help AHC continue uplift and inspire children, youth and adults through art, education and leadership. Click here for more information.

Congratulations to AHC-Oakland on receiving 4 major awards to date in 2016!

AHC Co-Founder Kokomon Clottey, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, AHC Executive Director Amana Harris. Receiving 2016 Secret Sauce Award.

“It is always humbling and validating for our years of hard efforts to be acknowledged. Thanks so much! We are incredibly thankful!”
— Amana Harris, AHC Executive Director

During 2016, AHC received well-deserved acknowledgement for decades of service and for their commitment to the Oakland Community. This year, Executive Director, Amana Harris, Founders, Aeeshah and Kokomon Clottey, and the staff and volunteers of AHC were honored with four prestigious awards:

2016 Community Peace Award was presented by Congressional District 18 in recognition of their “critical work to empower the community to reject violence and work together to bring healing through art, music and other forms of creative expression.”

Secret Sauce Award was awarded by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, recognizing AHC and the Super Hero Mural Project for engaging youth in community issues and solutions through the power of public art.

Best of East Bay 2016, Best Arts Non-Profit Award recognized the Super Hero Mural Project.

Sustainable Transportation/Environmental Enhancement Project of the Year was presented by the California Department of Transportation.

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CECURA Monterrey, Mexico


“Time passes so quickly. It seems only yesterday that Margarita Duke began our first Attitudinal Healing Support Group in 2001. CECURA Monterrey has continued to grow for 15 years thanks to our volunteers and the local institutions who share their facilities with our Circle Groups.”   
— Juan Miguel Aldape, Executive Director CECURA Monterrey 

CECURA Monterrey celebrates their 15th Anniversary on October 8, 2016 with a public event featuring “The Magic of Attitudinal Healing” workshop by CECURA Mexico Founder, Maruja Candano, and a lecture entitled “Service, A Natural Attitude,” presented by former Director of Tec de Monterrey, Alfredo Pena.

CECURA Monterrey offers ten Attitudinal Healing groups in seven locations in the Monterrey metropolitan area, and has supported the opening of AH Centers in four other cities in Mexico, and one most recently in Toronto Canada.

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CECURA Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Zaidy Di Franco, Executive Director, CECURA Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

For CECURA Santo Domingo, 2016 has been a year in which the seeds of love, hard work and perseverance have germinated. This year they joyfully celebrated their 7th Anniversary with the opening of a beautiful new center facility, partially funded by the Jampolsky Award they received in 2014. For the first time, they are able to expand their support groups and have already begun training new facilitators. Along with the opening of the new center, CECURA Santo Domingo has launched a new innovative 14-week Attitudinal Healing training that is offered online as well as on site to support Spanish speaking people anywhere in the world.

“Everything in life requires love and patience, regardless of the winds that blow in unexpected directions. We have become as a strong and flexible tree, still young but with our heart wide open to learn from each other.”
— Zaidy Di Franco, Executive Director CECURA Santo Domingo

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Building Bridges
AH Western Australia in Perth Supports Alzheimer's Patients and Care Givers

Attitudinal Healing workshop for volunteers and caregivers of people with Alzheimers

Inspired by their participation in a workshop at the 2014 AH International Conference offered by Memory Bridge Founder, Michael Verde, AH Western Australia (AHWA) embarked on a collaboration with the Perth Alzheimer’s Association, the City of Melville, and Memory Bridge to educate local communities about heart-centered Alzheimer’s care. Last year, AHWA hosted Michael Verde to offer several workshops in Perth, attended by hundreds of enthusiastic participants.

Following Michael’s visit, a collaborative project called “Building Bridges” was launched to serve local seniors and persons with Alzheimer’s. Trisha Halvorsen of AH Western Australia coordinates the project, which includes regular tours of a local art gallery and a monthly “memory café” for people with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.

Earlier this year International Communications Coordinator for AHI, Trish Ellis, offered an online AH training for Building Bridges volunteers. In September, she presented a series of Attitudinal Healing workshops and trainings throughout the Perth community for staff and volunteers at senior care facilities, university psychology students, church congregations, members of senior community centers and facilitators at the AH Western Australia Centre. Participant feedback below reflects how AH continues to support people of all ages and circumstances to experience inner peace.

“I now know my brain can be rewired to deal with life’s dilemmas with more equanimity. I will use my supportive relationships to become more connected and in tune with myself.”

“What I learned about myself was how chaotic my mind is. What I learned is how anxious my body feels. Through the exercise today I feel more aware of the importance of peace of mind and of allowing myself to be in that space. I will go and look into this approach as it really inspires me. I LOVED it!”

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Power to Choose - China

Participants in Power to Choose Training in Shenzhen

Early this year, AH China volunteer translator Ni Hui gathered a team of volunteers to translate the Power to Choose curriculum into Mandarin, in preparation for China’s first Power to Choose training workshop held in Shenzhen in July.  In this training, AHI international trainers, Trish Ellis and Joe Keery worked with 113 participants, including six teens, to learn and practice facilitating the youth program in creative and culturally appropriate ways.

In addition to offering the program in school settings, several participants plan to adapt the curriculum for use with adults. One local psychologist will utilize the program in her work with first-responder crisis workers.

A 3-year plan is being developed to provide AH Facilitator Training and Power to Choose Training to teachers and social workers throughout China, especially those who work with children in the countryside. The next facilitator training is scheduled in March in Beijing, followed by a training for 200 countryside teachers in July 2017.

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Power to Choose - Netherlands


Last month, enthusiastic and well-seasoned facilitators attended the first Power to Choose Facilitator Training in the Netherlands. Many of them plan to initially use the curriculum with their current AH Support Group members. Els Thissen, Founder of Stichting Centrum voor Attitudinal Healing, and her volunteer translators have also made some appropriate adjustments to the curriculum for use with adults. They have offered a pilot 12-session adult program that began in September.

Els Thissen said of the training, “It was a very profound training, and I was again touched by the power of the program.” 

Other Power to Choose programs are ongoing throughout Mexico, as well as in Cameroon and Ghana. The curriculum was translated into Italian this year, with plans to offer a Facilitator Training in Rome early in 2017. Watch the AHI website for updates on all youth programs offered in the Attitudinal Healing global community.

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Heartlight Center: Cancer Survivor Support


Following the tradition of the founding Center for Attitudinal Healing, Heartlight Center for Inner Peace, an AH Center serving Central New York near Syracuse, offered its first AH Study and Support Group for cancer patients and their caregivers this past year. The program will now serve as a template for future focused groups using Heartlight’s curriculum to explore each of the 12 Principles through readings, meditation, written exercises and voluntary participant sharing.

For this particular group, Heartlight was fortunate to form a partnership with the ALIVE! Foundation to solicit participants as well as provide financial support. This local foundation was formed several years ago by Julia Wamp, a cancer survivor herself, to provide education and empowerment to other survivors. The Study Group was facilitated by two experienced Facilitators, one a cancer survivor and the other a healthcare professional with experience in oncology. They also were very fortunate that a beautiful space for meeting was provided gratis by a local business and oncology practice.

Feedback from the participants of this Study Group was overwhelmingly positive. All reflected deep gratitude for the unique support and lens it provided. In particular, they reflected on the power of knowing that the others in the group understood the challenge surrounding their desire to choose peace within the context of their unique struggles. A photo was taken at one of the meetings of what became known as “the living mandala”, which was shared with the participants. One of them reflected in gratitude: “it will serve as a constant reminder to me of you all and the growth and comfort that the Principles and their tools have brought to me at this very difficult time in my life.”

This powerful initiative undoubtedly will lead to additional innovation and other uniquely offered groups. Though Heartlight has provided Study Groups since 2009, it continues to explore additional ways to serve the needs of their Central New York community. Offering support to cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers was a unique privilege, and one they hope to continue to share and expand.

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