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Healing the Wounds of History
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Healing the Wounds of History!  
In this website, we have sections devoted to Healing Wounds of History Approaches and links to the past conferences in Lebanon and Rwanda
As part of our ongoing endeavour to develop Programmes aimed at healing the wounds of history, addressing the roots of violence, we have engaged with reviewing and adapting HWH training in Lebanon. To see an evaluation report of the HWH workshops, please click HERE. For the HWH Workshop Nov 2016 Press Release, please see HERE.
More information on the forthcoming HWH Training in Lebanon could be found HERE.
"Becoming a Good Ancestor" - A recorded talk given by Alexandra Asseily' for TEDx in Kish.
News and Updates

Day of the Annunciation on 25th March 2015 
Co-organised by Healing Wounds of History Group, Islamic-Christian meeting at Al Nourieh, Beirut. See HWH Facebook page for details or the Report
Feedback from a 22-year old HWH workshop participant:
Through the HWH workshops, what have you learned about forgiveness?
"Briefly, I have learned that forgiveness is key to almost all relational problems people have; and also, to almost all non-relational problems people have. It is required everywhere and at any time, and could be used in any situation and to any degree. ... Our past is connected to our present, and thus to our future. Everything in life is interconnected: intellect; body; emotions; the unconscious; spirit; collective intelligence, memory, unconscious; ancestors; personal and collective history... There is, though, an ultimate answer: Love. ... Love is Forgiveness"
Recent HWH workshop in Lebanon

HWH 2016 Module I : A 3-day training Workshop at the Silk Museum, Bsous, Lebanon, on 31 March - 2 April 2016. This workshop was led by Matthew Pruen and Alexandra Asseily and attended by 15 professionals.  
Comment made by a HWH workshop participant:
What do you think is most important for Peacebuilding in Lebanon?
"Lebanon carries a lot of pain. The more I grow up, the more I observe that people are about to explode. Everyone walks around almost ghostly, rarely sharing feelings, satirizing the situation, and not acknowledging their own pain/states. It feels like I have to uncover so many layers/masks before I can “see” the person... Self-healing is the priority for this population. If we can first connect to ourselves, the process of connecting to others will come more naturally, with less fear of the inherited othering that continues to divide the country politically, religiously, class-wise…
Upcoming HWH workshops

HWH 2016 Modules II & III : two 3-day training workshops to be held at Achrafieh and the Silk Museum, Bsous, Lebanon, on 10-12 June and 17-20 November 2016. read more 
Reflection from a HWH workshop participant:
Which tools introduced during the HWH did you find most useful?
"All the tools and exercises are very useful, but for me, some are particularly useful, such as internal and external dialogue; listening properly; drawing; the bodily energy exercise; embodied knowing; finding ourselves in nature... These tools help by giving insight and understanding of our inner being, and at the same time, help us greatly in our social interactions and in our perception of the other. They also help in our personal growth and in some may serve as everyday practices for our own well-being."