Healing and Recovery from Abuse and Violence: What Can We Learn from Our Sisters in Rwanda?
After leading numerous Healing Retreats in Alberta for women impacted by intimate partner abuse, Joanne Van Beek and Petra Lewing were invited to lead Healing Retreats for women in Kigali, Rwanda. These unique Healing Retreats provided a safe place for Rwandan women to share personal stories of abuse, violence, and war.
The purpose of this presentation is to convey how these phenomenal women made the difficult journey from being deeply traumatized to emotional and spiritual healing. Through visual presentation, story and interaction, the focus is to share the freedom and joy the retreat participants experienced and to open the discussion on how true healing from the impacts of abuse and violence can take place in any setting.
Available as a public access course
This course is a non-credit public access course. Public access non-credit courses are offered at a reduced rate, and you do not need to be a King's student to register.
Joanne Van Beek and Petra Lewing
Joanne is a Spiritual Life Coach and has a passion for women to experience social justice, gender equality, and spiritual wholeness. These passions have inspired her to work in the area of domestic abuse recovery and spiritual healing. Joanne founded and directed a registered charity for seven years in Leduc for women impacted by intimate partner abuse. Her efforts earned her the City of Leduc Community Spirit Award for Citizen of Distinction in 2012. In 2015 and 2016, she ventured to Kigali, Rwanda to help establish Rise Up Women of Rwanda, a not-for-profit organization for women survivors of genocide, violence, and domestic abuse. Joanne has a Master of Divinity degree and a Women’s Shelter Crisis Worker Diploma. She is a Certified Life Coach, an Affiliate Faculty member at Taylor Seminary, and is studying with the Living School for Action and Contemplation, in Albuquerque, NM.
Petra has a Master of Divinity degree and has specialized as a Clinical Pastoral Counsellor working with women impacted by domestic violence and abuse for well over 10 years. As a counsellor, retreat facilitator, and celebrant she works intuitively with her clients using a range of therapeutic models, including art therapy, and healing rituals. In 2015 and 2016, she also ventured to Rwanda to provide support for women survivors of abuse, war, and violence.
Both Joanne and Petra have worked with hundreds of victims of abuse. Their uniquely combined experience and research has afforded them the opportunity to present their material to local, national, and international audiences.