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Creating Safer Spaces - Webinar

A webinar with Sage Hayes and Lisa Newell

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How do we know if the spaces we are offering are actually safe for various groups of folks?

Let’s explore power and identity in the therapeutic relationship. Creating safer spaces is a webinar, dialogue, and exploration for practitioners to learn about how to practice creating safer spaces for marginalized communities through language, understanding, scope of practice, and healing spaces.

We as practitioners can't define or truly know what safety is for someone else; we can educate ourselves and each other and develop skills and practices to help our clients feel more welcome and comfortable and not have to deal with some of the common forms of oppression that they have to navigate in the world. We do this by exploring our own relationship to our identities, privileges, and power.

We can work toward creating a space where folks of color, queer folks, etc can be comfortable enough to set down some of the layers of protection they have to put up out in the world. With practice, we can even potentially hold space for clients to work through the oppression they experience even if it is not the same type of oppression we experience.

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Webinar limited to 13 participants

Cost: $35, register here:

Co-led and facilitated by and Lisa J. Newell, Holistic Somatic Therapist, BS, BHSP, CMT, SEP, RM and Sage Hayes, SEP, BS, LMT of Embodied Liberation. Both Sage and Lisa are Somatic Experiencing Practitioners and senior assistants with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.

Lisa (she/her) is a somatic therapist and community organizer living and working in Brattleboro, VT. She is white, queer, and from a working class, Italian American family. Lisa identifies as a Healing Facilitator, with 20 years of professional experience specializing in trauma recovery. She brings body-based and healing practices into racial justice organizing spaces, seeing Tenderness as a revolutionary act. You can read more about Lisa at

Sage Hayes (she/he/they) is a somatic practitioner interesting in creating conditions to heal collective trauma. Sage is white, trans, queer, adopted and has 25 years experience as a social justice educator, systemic constellation facilitator, community dance DJ and has a private practice in somatic healing for 12 years. Sage is a senior assistant for the Somatic Experiencing Institute Sage and is studying family and systemic constellation work. Sage is currently working on multiple projects which incorporate healing, social transformation, community building and global evolution. For more about Sage, go to