My soul sister and a Real Wonder Woman
I met Beatrice while I was doing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the Sorbonne on Women’s Role in Conflict Resolution in Burundi and Palestine. After reading her books linking political and trauma healing in Rwanda I was greatly impressed by her practical approach to the field, which was very different from the intellectual and mental approach at the Sorbonne. I asked to meet her and was very touched by her humbleness and practical wisdom. Needless to say, I became hell-bent to have her as a mentor for my Ph.D., but she was tied up with fieldwork. So, I dropped the Ph.D. for the practical fieldwork that I was so yearning to do in Burundi.
Ten years later, when we met again, both having experienced burnout in the development field, we connected deeply on our healing journey and over the learnings we received during the process, as we both continued to pursue our international careers as healers and mentors. We decided to co-create a retreat in the jungle for peace-builders. We wanted to share with our colleagues what we’ve learned about how to take care of one-self and how to include a well-being routine in one’s day-to-day life to support one’s mental and psychological equilibrium. The whole process taught us how far reached and too forward seeking we were at the time. We realized that for a peace-builder to admit that s/he is experiencing burnout and needs self-care wasn’t an easy talk.
Beatrice inspires me by her dedication to her growth, her unconditional loving and giving, her perseverance in motherhood and mostly her practical approach, even as a shaman turning rituals as accessible and simple as possible. I felt her love and support when I was staying with her in Washington while working on a training manual that was presenting challenges on many levels but mainly an attempt to bridge soul-based peace-building, spiritual psychology with conflict transformation. I felt so nourished by our spiritual connection and intellectual conversations.
I love you, Bea!
To know more about Beatrice and her offering I invite you to check her website Allowing The Light – Contemporary Shamanic Healing & Spiritual Guidance.