Healing From War and Violent Trauma with Poetry & Edward Tick, PhD

Our goal is not just to awaken the soul… Rather, our goal is to grow the soul large enough, to help it become wise and strong enough, so that it can surround the dominating wound we call trauma. The formula for healing the war-wounded soul is simple: surround trauma with soul.

And the language of the soul is... poetry.

Join Ed Tick, PhD to honor the healing that has touched the many war-torn souls in the U.S. and overseas. Ed has been on a 40+ year path of healing war’s veterans and survivors. During the last 20 years he has guided international reconciliation journeys to Viet Nam for veterans, survivors, activists, and pilgrims. Experience this healing through Ed’s new book, Coming Home In Viet Nam, the “poetry of witness” born of these journeys. Listen to poems and stories which illuminate the power to transform “foes” into “friends” and “war” into “peace,” within our hearts, minds, and larger world. Learn about practicing “spirituality in community” as the direct antidote to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Come together to raise healing consciousness, support all survivors of war and violence, and share and honor these powerful and important practices and books documenting four decades of war healing and peace making.

Ed’s presentation premieres his newly published seventh book, Coming Home In Viet Nam, a 20-year collection of his poetry documenting immersion in Vietnamese culture for war healing and reconciliation. We include an overview of Ed’s four decades of transformational healing work with war survivors and how to understand PTSD and moral injury as psycho-spiritual-communal wounding that we can indeed heal through “spirituality in community.”