Living Ubuntu

Finding peace: When security comes at too high a price

Finding Peace: When security comes at too high a price

Why is "insecurity" so common in our culture? Why do we stay in meaningless jobs and settle for unfulfilling relationships? Does the familiar really provide safety? How do you know when something is worth the risk? How does this play out at the societal level? Why does "national security" trump everything else?

Join us for this presentation where we tackle the deep-seated reasons behind our quest for "security" that is so pervasive in our society.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing...

- Maya Angelou


Barbara EnglishBarbara English is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field.  As a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist, she works from a mind-body perspective, and utilizes relational somatic methods as part of the process toward healing and a sense of wellbeing.  Much of her training has focused on Early Development, Infant Mental Health, and healing after abuse or trauma.  She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Living Ubuntu. 

Life's greatest challenge requires increasing our capacity for staying grounded, open, breathing, and feeling in the face of life's deepest pain and horror. This in turn will increase our capacity for experiencing and allowing love, joy, and pleasure.

If we focus only on the good feelings, it will be too tempting to resist the pain by inadvertently shutting down and eventually losing access to the wonder of life itself.

Living Ubuntu, a non-profit organization, was founded in response to Barbara’s concern about the effects of mass trauma on populations across the globe.  With an approach that seeks to unite trauma recovery and human rights issues, part of her work includes leading Orange County for Darfur (OCFD).  Through OCFD, Barbara coordinates a core group of volunteers to raise public awareness of mass atrocities and the genocide occurring in Darfur, and engage with political officials to advocate on behalf of those who are suffering in other parts of the world.  She is a 2009 Genocide Intervention Network Carl Wilkens Fellow.

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is intended for the general public.  Anyone who struggles with feelings of deep and chronic "insecurity", believes clinging to security is keeping them stuck in a rut, opts for the familiar because taking risks stirs up too much anxiety, wonders if there isn't more to life beyond the same ol' same ol' and, thinks that peace in this world is hard to find (individually, and globally). . . should attend :) 

At this workshop, you will learn:

  • How our early life experiences of security vs. insecurity continue to play out in adulthood
  • About the body's role in the quest for feeling more secure
  • Why supportive relationships in life are essential
  • The importance of grief on the path to finding peace
  • What to do when you feel stuck or too scared to make a move

This is not a passive presentation and will require your active participation.  Please wear soft, flexible clothing that does not restrict movement.  If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us

These walls I can take, but these restrictions to my life I cannot.
- Schindler's List

Date and location

Saturday, October 30 2010
9:30a - 1:00p

Manchester Conference Center
University of San Diego

5998 Alcala Park I
San Diego, CA 92110

Early registration fee: (before Friday, Oct 22nd)

If there is any financial hardship to pay, please contact us.
This is a not-for-profit event. This workshop series is a service to the community and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

*Add $10 for registration during the last week.  Subject to availability.

Cancellation Policy:
Fees are refundable less $10 processing fee, if written request received by October 16th 2010.

Continuing education credits (CEUs)

LMFTs & LCSWs  Attendance at this workshop meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (SCIBA) is a BBS approved provider #4025.

CEUs are $10 for the workshop. 


Registration online is extremely easy and convenient.  For payment, we accept all major credit cards.  Once we have received your information and payment, we will send you an email confirming your registration. 

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If you'd like to register through the mail, please download the registration flyer


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Or call us at (949) 891-2005.


[ Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (SCIBA) website ]
[ Living Ubuntu website ]

October 30th
San Diego, CA
presented by
Living Ubuntu
Southern CA Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (SCIBA)

"The defenses we erect to protect us create the very condition we are trying to avoid. Thus, when someone builds a castle to protect his liberty, he ends up as a prisoner in his own castle because he dares not leave it. "

- Alexander Lowen


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