2022 WELLBINAR SERIES
A JOURNEY TO THE WELLBEING SUMMIT FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
We’re thrilled to offer a third series of ‘WELLbinars’ for our communities on our collective journey to The Wellbeing Summit for Social Change in Bilbao-Biscay, Spain.
Our series hosts, Sharon Salzberg and Parker J. Palmer, will be joined by incredible guest speakers from around the world – activists, practitioners and artists – each experts in their field, to explore how to cultivate wellbeing for ourselves and for the communities we serve.
To cherish others is to cherish ourselves. To cherish ourselves is to cherish others.
– Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer and industry leader, a world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author. As one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, her relatable, demystifying approach has inspired generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and her newest book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World, released in September of 2020 from Flatiron Books. Sharon’s secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings is sought after at schools, conferences, and retreat centers worldwide. Her podcast, The Metta Hour, has amassed over 3 million downloads and features interviews with the top leaders and thinkers of the mindfulness movement and beyond. Sharon’s writing can be found on Medium, On Being, the Maria Shriver blog, and Huffington Post.
PARKER J. PALMER
Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.
– Parker J. Palmer
Parker J. Palmer is a world-renowned writer, speaker, activist, and Quaker elder who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. Parker holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as eleven honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, and an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press. Founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal, he has reached millions worldwide through his nine books, including Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Healing the Heart of Democracy.
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2022 AT 9-10AM PST / 6-7PM CET
“JOURNEYING WITH GRIEF: REFLECTIONS ON TRANSFORMATION & IMPACT”
As we Face/Forward and make strides toward systemic change, we must also create space to acknowledge and honor the immense individual and collective loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will bring together inspiring social justice leaders who carry deep wisdom grounded in personal experience about the powerful role grief plays in our lives. Alongside the session’s panelists, we will explore grief both as a transformational process in itself, as well as an ongoing force inspiring new ways of building resilience and affecting change.
This session is being hosted in partnership with the Skoll Foundation as part of the 2022 Skoll World Forum.
SPOKESPERSON IN CHARGE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS PARENTS-CIRCLE FAMILIES FORUM
Robi Damelin was born in South Africa she immigrated to Israel in 1967. Her son David was killed by a Palestinian sniper during his army reserve service. After the sniper who killed her son was caught she embarked on a mission of reconciliation.
Robi is the spokesperson in charge of International Relations for The Parents Circle -Families Forum , a group of Palestinian and Israelis who have all lost an immediate family member to the conflict. They work for non-violence and reconciliation on the ground in Israel and Palestine and internationally.
She speaks to communities and schools throughout Israel and Palestine and internationally, including Congress, The House of Lords, The European Parliament, The Bundestag, The Canadian and Spanish Parliaments. The Nobel women’s initiative , Q. The Evangelical conference, Women in the World , and was interviewed on the stage in London at the Albert Hall. She has been fortunate to have the opportunity to be a catalyst in the transformation of Palestinians and Israelis from hate and revenge, to reconciliation.
Her unique role is to spearhead and set an example for a reconciliation process to bean integral part of any future political peace process. She was chosen as a women peace maker at the Joan Kroc School of Peace in San-Diego.
Robi is the protagonist in an award winning documentary “One Day After Peace” as well as “Encounter Point” She has been interviewed by Christiane Amanpour on CNN., as well as the BBC, Sky, PBS and many other media outlets all over the globe. Being a part of The Parents Circle and being able to bring solace and peace to other bereaved families is a distinct privilege.
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, REFUGEE TRAUMA INITIATIVE
Zarlasht Halaimzai is Co-Founder and CEO of Refugee Trauma Initiative, an organisation dedicated to healing the emotional fractures of conflict and displacement. A former refugee from Afghanistan, Zarlasht’s experiences have informed her work and, prior to founding Refugee Trauma Initiative, she advised NGOs on refugee education and mental health practices.
In 2021, Zarlasht was included in the BBC’s annual list of 100 influential and inspiring women for her work with refugees and in 2018, Zarlasht was selected as a Fellow of the inaugural class of Obama Fellows, a group of 20 global leaders in civic innovation.
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF ACTIVIST OF MARKED BY COVID
Kristin Urquiza is a graduate of Yale University and UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy where she has a Master of Public Affairs. She is an environmental advocate at Mighty Earth, where she works to hold corporations like Cargill accountable to their industrial agricultural practices that displace indigenous people from their lands and drive deforestation in places like the Amazon rainforest and beyond. Additionally, Kristin works closely with Liberation in a Generation, a group working to narrow the wealth gap between people of color and white families in the United States within a generation.
Her grandparents were migrant farmworkers– from Mexico and Oklahoma — and her father worked in the fields as a child. She grew up in the Maryvale community of Phoenix, and is a proud product of public primary education and the first person in her family to go to college. Maryvale is a community of predominantly people of color and immigrants, and is now seeing the highest rates of COVID-19 in the nation, where people are waiting 13 hours to be tested.